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#31 cleverbffool  OFFLINE  

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Posted Aug 31, 2007 - 10:37 am

Since last year I have fallen in love with making themed wreaths. My sil lives on the beach so I made her a collection of nautical themed wreaths for all year round.

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Posted Aug 31, 2007 - 8:09 pm

This is the thread from last year. I would copy and paste it all but well I am lazy lmao. So just if anyone has questions about the things in the other thread post it here not there because noone is going to see it there since it is in the old forum.
http://www.gottadeal...t=painted plate
Jodi (rabx5) is the OP I believe on the angel ornaments and then Paula actually did some and posted the pictures for us to see.



Thanks for the link I think I have found this years teachers gifts this was originally posted by hbooper

Snowman Soup
The Soup:

1 package hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey Kisses
15 (or so) marshmallows
1 candy cane

Put the above items in colored plastic wrap
The Poem:
Put on paper
(click here to see label with printable poem tag)
and give with items in a mug

Was told you've been real good this year
Always glad to hear it
With freezing weather drawing near
You'll need to warm the spirit
So here's a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick
Add hot water, sip it slow
It's sure to do the trick!


Maybe put the hot chocolate in one of those cone shaped baggies then put it all in a mug.

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Posted Sep 1, 2007 - 8:29 am

Here are a few recipes for the dip mixes that we make. We use red and green card stock or paper to print the gift tags and add our own little note to it.



Onion Cheese Dip Mix

2 T. minced onion
1 tsp. beef bouillon granules
2 T. Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3" x 4" ziplock bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions on how to prepare the dip.

(Gift Tag)

Onion Cheese Dip

1 pkg. Onion Cheese Dip Mix
2 C. sour cream

Combine the Onion Cheese Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with chips, crackers or fresh vegetables.



Bacon Dip Mix

4 T. bacon bits
2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
2 T. minced onion
1/4 tsp. minced garlic

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3" x 4" ziplock bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions on how to prepare the dip.

(Gift Tag)

Bacon Dip Mix

1 pkg. Bacon Dip Mix
2 C. sour cream

Combine the Bacon Dip Mix with the sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve with chips, crackers or fresh vegetables.



Mexican Fiesta Dip Mix

1 T. chili powder
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. dried cilantro
1/8 heaping tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 heaping tsp. pepper
1/8 heaping tsp. salt

Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a 3" x 4" ziplock bag and seal.

Attach a gift tag with the directions on how to prepare the dip.

(Gift Tag)

Mexican Fiesta Dip Mix

1 pkg. Mexican Fiesta Dip Mix
1 C. mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 C. Sour Cream

Combine the Mexican Fiesta Dip Mix with the mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate. Dip is better if made 8 hours before serving. Serve with chips, crackers or fresh vegetables.

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 - 7:46 am

Wow, great ideas! I love the dip mixes, have bachelor brothers and other friends that would love them!

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 - 7:53 am

Thanks for the recipes

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 - 6:22 pm

this is one my friends really liked. I picked up a basket and threw in- coffee mug, 2 packets hot chocolate, book they may like, pop, popcorn to pop, a gift card to rent a movie at the gas station, and some small sample size lotion, and bubble bath.

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Posted Sep 3, 2007 - 6:55 pm

You can also make cold packs with rice.:)

COLD PACK:Just fill a large freezer bag about half way with uncooked rice and freeze. The rice will retain the cold and make an efective ice pack when you need one to cool an injury.

HOT PACK:Just fill the bottom of a cotton sock (old tube sock will do) with uncooked rice and tie off the top. Microwave until hot. It may only take 30 seconds to 1 minute to reach your desired temperature so keep a close eye om it the first time you heat it up. It can burn you if you leave it in too long.

You can also add fillings like coarsely broken cinnamon sticks, lavender buds, whole cloves or whole allspice to the heat packs for a nice aroma.

These rice bags can be made in different sizes depending on their intended use. Make a longer shape to lay over the shoulders and neck, or a square one to be laid on arms or legs, or applied to the lower back.

http://www.reddawn.n...ilt/hotpads.htm

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Posted Sep 4, 2007 - 3:54 am

You can also make cold packs with rice.:)

COLD PACK:Just fill a large freezer bag about half way with uncooked rice and freeze. The rice will retain the cold and make an efective ice pack when you need one to cool an injury.

HOT PACK:Just fill the bottom of a cotton sock (old tube sock will do) with uncooked rice and tie off the top. Microwave until hot. It may only take 30 seconds to 1 minute to reach your desired temperature so keep a close eye om it the first time you heat it up. It can burn you if you leave it in too long.

You can also add fillings like coarsely broken cinnamon sticks, lavender buds, whole cloves or whole allspice to the heat packs for a nice aroma.

These rice bags can be made in different sizes depending on their intended use. Make a longer shape to lay over the shoulders and neck, or a square one to be laid on arms or legs, or applied to the lower back.

http://www.reddawn.n...ilt/hotpads.htm


I was just wondering if you made this a square could it be used as a hot pad for cooking.. I just thought that would be neat when you put your hot food on it not that our cooking doesn't smell awsome anyway but when the pot or pan goes on it wouldn't that make it smell?

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Posted Sep 4, 2007 - 4:44 am

I was just wondering if you made this a square could it be used as a hot pad for cooking.. I just thought that would be neat when you put your hot food on it not that our cooking doesn't smell awsome anyway but when the pot or pan goes on it wouldn't that make it smell?


I don't think it would be practical. Usually if you set a hot pan on something, you want a flat, level surface so it won't tip over and spill.

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Posted Sep 4, 2007 - 8:10 am

I bought Paula Deens new holiday baking magazine and they have wonderful recipes for homemake food gifts...Im going to use them to make baskets for my parents and my DH parents

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Posted Sep 4, 2007 - 9:50 am

I bought Paula Deens new holiday baking magazine and they have wonderful recipes for homemake food gifts...Im going to use them to make baskets for my parents and my DH parents


would you share some?
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Posted Sep 4, 2007 - 10:55 am

does anyone know how to make the homemade bath milks and bubblebaths we have such a big family and i was going to make a basket for each of the females with bath stuff razors shampoo comditioner some makeup nail polish and stuff like that but i wanted to put my own personal touch on each of them ...


*~*~*~*ALWAYS LOVE AND LAUGH*~*~*~*

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Posted Sep 4, 2007 - 11:11 am

I would love to here are some I will post the rest when I get back from picking my daughter up from school Spice Cake In a Jar makes 5 jars 1 tablespoon shortening melted 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground mace 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup golden raisins 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup butter. melted 1/3 cup honey 1/3 cup sour cream 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla Preheat oven to 325, brush 5 (12 ounce) sterilized canning jars with melted shortening. Place jars on a baking sheet; set aside In a large bowl, combine flour,sugar,baking soda,cinnamon,baking powder,nutmeg,mace,and salt. Stir in pecans and raisins. In a separate bowl, combine milk,butter,honey,sour cream,egg and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Combine milk mixture with flour mixture stirring to combine well. Evenly divide batter between jars, filling each jar approximately half full. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Using kitchen towels remove one jar at a time from oven and carefully place lid and ring on each; screw lids on tightly. Cool jars on counter tops. Once jars have sealed store in a cool place for up to 1 year ______________________________________________________________________________ Gingerbread In a Jar makes 4 jars 1 tablespoon shortening melted 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup butter melted 1/4 cup dark molasses 1 large egg beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla Preheat oven to 325, brush 4 (12 ounce) sterilized canning jars with melted shortening. Place jars on a baking sheet; set aside In a large bowl, combine flour,sugar,ginger,cinnamon,baking powder,baking powder and salt.In a separate bowl, combine milk,butter,molasses,egg and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Combine milk mixture with flour mixture stirring to combine well. Evenly divide batter between jars, filling each jar approximately half full. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Using kitchen towels remove one jar at a time from oven and carefully place lid and ring on each; screw lids on tightly. Cool jars on counter tops. Once jars have sealed store in a cool place for up to 1 year ______________________________________________________________________________ Carrot Nut Bread makes 6 mini loaves 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sour cream 3 cups finely grated carrot 1 (8 1/4 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans Spiced Butter (see recipe below) Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease and flour 6 (6x2 1/2 inch) mini loaf pans. In a large bowl bear butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until fluffy. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture beating just until combined Stir in sour cream, grated carrots, crushed pineapple and pecans. Spoon batter into prepared pans and bake for 28 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely on wire racks..Package with Spiced Butter Spiced butter makes about 2 1/4 cups 2 cups unsalted butter softened 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger In a medium bowl beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy Gradually beat in remaining ingredients. separate into 6 containers and refrigerate. Bring to room temp before serving ______________________________________________________________________________ Homemade Vanilla Extract makes 1 (1.75 liter) bottle 6 Madagascar vanilla beans 6 Mexican vanilla beans 1 (1.75 liter) bottle vodka Split and scrape vanilla beans. Place scraped beans and seeds in vodka bottle. Screw cap on lightly and shake bottle vigorously. Place bottle in a cool Dark place. Shake bottle vigorously once a week for at least 3 months. Store for up to 1 year(it will darken as it ages). Using a funnel pour vanilla extract straining if desired into decorative glass jars to give as gifts ______________________________________________________________________________ Spice Tea Mix makes 6 (1 cup) gift mixes 2 cups orange flavored drink mix 2 cups lemon flavored ice tea mix 2 cups sweetened lemonade mix 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground allspice in a large bowl combine orange drink mix and remaining ingredients stirring to mix well spoon into 6 (1 cup) air tight canister or decorative jars To serve spoon 2 tablespoons mix into 1 cup hot water stir well ______________________________________________________________________________

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Posted Sep 4, 2007 - 12:22 pm

This is a good site .. it even gives you labels to put on the jars!

http://www.allfreecr...ath-salts.shtml

They are super easy to make. The essential oils used to scent them with can be pricey - but you only use a few drops at a time so a little goes a long way.

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Posted Sep 4, 2007 - 12:27 pm

Try a google search for "gifts in a jar". You won't believe the hours you'll spend looking at all the ideas that are out there. I'm too cheap to buy a book - what can I say? lol Pinking shears and some fabric swatches are all you need for lid covers. You can buy Mason jars by the case in the grocery store - or even put a post out on Craigs list or your local freecycle. You might be able to pick some up for free. You'd just need to buy the seals.

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Posted Sep 5, 2007 - 4:36 am

This is a good site .. it even gives you labels to put on the jars!

http://www.allfreecr...ath-salts.shtml

They are super easy to make. The essential oils used to scent them with can be pricey - but you only use a few drops at a time so a little goes a long way.



What a cute way to use lightbulbs..I think that I'm going to have my daycare kids make these for x mas gifts to parents. (With all my attention of course!)

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Posted Sep 5, 2007 - 2:09 pm

This getting to be a great list...thanks

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Posted Sep 5, 2007 - 2:33 pm

What a cute way to use lightbulbs..I think that I'm going to have my daycare kids make these for x mas gifts to parents. (With all my attention of course!)


I thought so also...I loved the Santa lightbulb

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Posted Sep 5, 2007 - 2:38 pm

So many idea....so little time....it makes it hard to choose- thanx everyonr for all the great ideas

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Posted Sep 5, 2007 - 3:15 pm

Here's a site that gives detailed info on making those rice packs -

http://www.reddawn.n...ilt/hotpads.htm

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Posted Sep 5, 2007 - 4:26 pm

You guys all have great ideas! Now I know what I can start doing after I get everything done around the house that I want done.

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Posted Sep 7, 2007 - 1:00 pm

last year one thing that I did was bought some whisk in the dollar section at target and then bought some kisses and filled the inside of the whisk then attached a message with ribbon that said "we whisk you a merry chirstmas"..everyone thought that it was a cute idea.

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 - 3:19 pm

Thanks, there are alot of great ideas on here.

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Posted Sep 17, 2007 - 6:21 pm

Such neat ideas here I go off to the store. I will just add to my collection of craft stuff to do! gotta shop :gdcar: gotta make :idea: gotta wrap:holiday02

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Posted Sep 18, 2007 - 2:32 am

I join this site in 05,this my first time posting great ideal..:)

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Posted Sep 18, 2007 - 8:14 pm

These are great ideas! Thank you :D

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Posted Sep 19, 2007 - 9:45 pm

I make wind chimes from some weird things. I went to tag sales and got some forks, knifes and spoons. Took one of the forks, pulled back the tines and made a loop. Then I took the knife as it was longer, drilled a hole @ the bottom (the thin part) took some white fishing line made a loop and added the knife in the middle. then i took 2 forks, 2 spoons and a butter knife, drilled holes in the part you hold on too. Then did the same thing with the fishing line. You are done. Also did this last year too, with the golf clubs. (these belonged to the X). Used a Michigan Wolverines blue golf ball that I drilled all the way threw. Tied it about 10 times, then used both hot glue and rubber cement glue on top and bottom of the ends. Cut the clubs with the copper wire cutter. Sorry do not know the real name for it. Then had the same fishing line, going thru 2 holes I made with the dremel. Tied them about 5 times each used the same glues. Love the sounds of both of them. My neighbor, said she hates wind chimes. But she did like the sounds of both of mine. I think I made 26 of the golf clubs, with different golf balls. But all golf balls were bad ones and different colors. Only got to make 14 of the silverware ones. But have more to make this year. thanks for all the ideas. JustJules

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Posted Sep 20, 2007 - 3:28 am

I was at Michaels over the weekend and I dont know if there is a name for these but they are wooden and they can be a santa, snowman, tree or whatever anyway what they did drilled holes around the entire thing and then you stick Chirstmas lights in it after you paint it I have seen these at craft shows and they are kind of expensive so when I saw that for 9.99 I went and got one and then my grandma and aunt gave me 2 50% off coupons so I got 2 of them for what I paid for the one. I think that $5 and the time spent on it is enough! besides its the thought that counts right!..lol. :)

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Posted Sep 20, 2007 - 4:07 pm

those blankets that you tie together make pretty nice gifts, I can get one done in about an hour sitting in front of the tv, if you watch joannes fabrics ads for sales they aren't too expensive & some walmarts carry the plain fabrics pretty cheap for one side

make bath salts with epsom salts

I love the idea of the dishrag filled with corn and the bathmilks if you would post directions/ingredients


These blankets are awesome, I made my mom, StepM, cousins, and niece, some last year. On the kids I didn't make them so big, so what I had left over i cut in half and made pillowcases to match (i made the pillows to put in them too.) Joann's was a good place to get the fleece, I caught the sale they have ALL the time and got some from WM too.:cheesy:

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Posted Sep 20, 2007 - 4:16 pm

Colleen,

I love making mini-scrap books out of paper bags. You can buy a huge stack of holiday paper for 9.88 at JoAnns, and paper bags are cheap. Fill them with photos, or leave them empty.

i have posted directions somewhere here, I'll have to find them. For ideas, Ebay has tons if you search for 'paper bag album'.

I am also making sets of cards this year, birthday/chrismas/thank you, etc. just a variety so recipients can always have some on hand.


I have been tryin to find a way to make my daughter (3 years) a little scrapbook and my BF's sis had one, this just reminded me of it.

Also, LOOOOVE the card set idea, we are a craft obsessed family, but me, my mom and aunt only carry the crafty gene, lol. So my sister and aunt would, LOOve to have this for x-mas. My mom had gotten into the whole card making thing (as every other craft:D ) so Ill go still all her materials (as I always do:D )

Thanks:cheesy:




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