Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Project 2009 - #2, #3, and #4 (complete with bad photos and vague tutorials)

#2 In the grand tradition of making things you can put in a jar...

I made bath salts and sugar scrubs for some of the special people in my life.

This is SUPER easy and you can find 3,123,458* recipes by "Googling" for them.
*that is only a slight exaggeration

And, instead of buying jars, I have been saving the glass jars that our pickles, sauces and sauerkraut have come in, through the year, just knowing I can find a use for them. If you have some lying around, spray paint the lids (unless you are jarring a food product - that just doesn't seem safe) and reuse them!

Here are the salts...

Here are the scrubs. I slapped a spoon on, a tag with directions and ... TADA - a great simple gift.

#3 This is technically not a gift, but I am pretty proud of myself. You see, I found this super cute tree topper at Target, but instead of buying I thought "Hey, I can make that. It isn't like I am hosting Christmas dinner, making gifts and chasing my 19 month old son around."

So, I went outside when the weather rose all the way into the double digits and chopped down a whole bunch of maple branches. I resurrected the glue gun,  printed out a star to use as a template and let 'er rip! Throw on a dash of gold glitter that was falling off old ornaments, a few cranberry looking things from an old wreath and a broken star garland and I made myself a tree topper. It really has two stars back to back that are glued to a stick cylinder I made by hot glueing the twigs to a rolled up piece of cardstock. I tell you, I was using all my ingenuity with this bad boy!

 I like it and it fits my family and although being a little heavy for our tree, it seems to work (and it is okay that it looks nothing like the Target model).

#4 This final project, was born out of total selfishness and a need for some late night alone time and therapeutic organizing. 

I made my self the cutest little folder/file/ organizer thingamajig! (Not that you will be able to tell from the horrible pictures my archaic digital camera coupled with my wobbly hands, have taken.)

I found the tutorial here.

Mine is labeled for "Domestic Engineering".

It includes pockets for my "To Do, Today" list, grocery list, Target list, and the "Other Stuff" list. I fastened my two ends with little brads so it will keep things a little more sturdy. I think it is super cute and I feel better than ever now that I have finished it (And because I have the majority of my Christmas meal lists and recipes compiled) 

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  1. Anonymous6:41 PM

    Wow! I am SO impressed with your creativity. You even tackled multiple projects. I'll be lucky just to get my presents wrapped this year.

    Way to go!

  2. Hey, thanks for following my blog! I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to join the conversation anytime. Your Christmas gift projects are very impressive! I'm sure everyone who recieves these gifts will be very thankful.

    Hope you have a great Christmas season.

  3. The bath salts look so pretty!!! And you really had me laughing at your title! LOL!

  4. I just stopped by to say THANK YOU for entering the Great Cakes Soapworks giveaway at Muthering Heights! Can I just say, that I think we would get along famously? Love your crafty projects!!! Subscribing to your feed now... Best wishes on the giveaway - you'll have to stop by my blog for more great bath & body recipes to make at home!

  5. Hi, I am glad you enjoyed my tutorial.


  6. #4 is fabulous. I think I'm going to make a TON! Great job!


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