So, we're on a budget here at Chez Coffeemomma. If you stay at home, you know what I mean. And it's really not that bad...except at Christmas it does kind of cramp my style. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to give gifts. I adore finding something for someone I like and knowing it is the perfect thing. So this year, when I wanted to give friends a little something, I had to get crafty.
These are handmade felt ornaments I made for T's friends. I am pretty impressed with myself that I did these all from my little pea-sized brain, without a pattern. No, the child who received these is not named "Baahj"...each kid got their own initial. I had to be careful to sew sturdily, so that no matter of tugging would dislodge anything. But it's out of my hands now. :)
These gems are homemade hot chocolate kits. I coated plastic spoons with chocolate, then dipped them in peppermint and cinnamon. Also included are homemade marshmallows. yes, homemade marshmallows. I didn't know such a thing existed, but I found a recipe on the web and decided to try it out. There are many many sites for this, and all of the recipes are pretty much the same. I used our kitchen-aid mixer, and that really made the job easier...you have to whip them for about 15 minutes to get the right consistency and at the end things get a bit thick. Hubby also took some of these to work, under strict instructions not to take credit for them. Not like he would...I think.
I also tried to make some refrigerator magnets by covering small wood tiles with scrapbook paper and dimensional clear glue....only one set turned out okay. I didn't affix the paper to the wood in a good way, and the other sets looked a little funky and not right for gifting. But I liked the way it looked and I"m going to keep on going with this project until I get it right.
Haven't been doing much knitting lately...there is too much piling up on me. I can really tell that my zen is off because I don't have that down time. I'm getting excited for vacation, which will include much knitting, purling, and vegging out.