We are nearing 6000 views! Thanks to everyone! This holiday season, consider handmade gifts and decorations. Now is a good time to start stocking up. Here is a list I like to use:
1. Newpapers, colorful magazine pages, brown paper, plain newsprint, for making very cool giftwrap. Old posters also make wonderful wrapers, too.
2. Boxes of all shapes, fancy gift boxes, packing tubes.
3. Outside, "shop" your yard for seedpods, twigs, berries dried on a bough, dried, leaves [I still collect them and flatten them in books]; flowers to dry, flower petals to dry, rocks, abandoned birds' nexts, egg shells from wild birds, acorn hats, buck eyes, small, dried animal bones, pine cones, cornhusks, dried vines. These can be used for ornaments, in vases or containers as decorations, as motifs to use to print leaf shapes, or as inspiration for jewelry and ornaments. You can also spraypaint almost anything, from the fresh fruit MS likes, to plastic yard sale and dollar store finds. Think Jeff Koons, and pick up some plastic toys to spraypaint gold. You could have an elegant and fun toy tree.
4. Look around for containers, like pitchers, colorful cans or bottles [old Coke, Arizona Tea, Celestial Seasonings], spice bottles, tins,etc. They can be used as gift wrap, to paint, to contain mixes of dried fall or winter bouquet. Vintage shoes, even bowling balls can be used for vases or winter garden ornaments. Save buttons, beads, shiny bits of paper, old cards. Ice tea makers, plastic bowls, colorful shot glasses all make nice holiday vases or gift containers.
5. Use Fresh evergreens and holly from your yards; be careful for your pets.
6. Use charcoal brickets in squares of tied with ribbon for "bad children" coal ornaments.
7. Start going over those recipes.
8. Think of compiling your blogs into books for family and friends.
9. Use old family pictures and put together an album for someone.
10. If you like to collect and have gift recipients who like to as well, start a funny collection for them, something inexpensive. Some ideas; holiday napkins or plates, pencils, pens, playing cards, buttons of one material, of one color, beads of just one color, Internet paper dolls, Internet knitting patterns, patterns for crocheted animals, vintage saucers, vintage bits of lace, the "do not remove" tags from pillows, displayed in a nice album on scrapbook paper, scrap care packages of your leftover materials, stamps cut from envelopes, penneys or state quarters, fancy gift tags, unusual cards or swatches of paper placed in a nice album. Used lotto tickets with nice graphics,carryout menus, recipes from cooking mysteries like Joanna Flukes, Laura Childs or Diane Mott Davidson's, a collection of internet articles put in a nice album about a favorite author, movie star, historical figure, sports figure, designer, etc.
11. Donate to a charity in someone's name and let them know in a beautiful card.
12. Handcopy and illustrate, or hand make, the lyrics of someone's favorite holiday song and frame it, or present as a fancy scroll.
13. Encourage under 5.00 white elephant and secret santa parties.
14. Bake lots of cookies; check out free recipes in stores and on The Net, or buy several of your favorites, mix with candies, mix an assortment of cookies and candies, and put in a pretty tin or bag as a gift.
15. Buy box of vintage or new Shiny Brite ornaments, or nonbreakable assorted oraments, and try a ribbon through their hanger.
16. Go through your books; invest in a nice silk or velvet ribbon or scarf, and tie around a stack of well-read favorites to share with a bibliophile. Ditto for magazines or unused puzzle books, or CDs, or records, or DVDs.
17. Be nice to each other, and just say Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, or even Season's Greetings with a smile to complete strangers. They will respond.
More later, and Happy Thanksgiving.
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