I showed you an idea I had the other day for homemade Christmas Cards. Here is the end result.
With this one, I put a tie on it so it could be hung from a doorknob.
This one does not have a hangar on it. I’m not sure which way I like better. I’m making more of them, these are just two for y’all to see.
A little past the 1st of December, but I’ve started playing with this “Advent” project from Moda. It was also something I sold in my store. It’s actually hanging tags, when done. You add one a day until Christmas. I’m not sure if I’ll get it done by Christmas, but I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve a good start on it – got all the pieces cut out. Now, I have to sew them. If my cable would get fixed, I’m quite sure I’d be able to whip these up in no time!
Jen is helping me pick varying colors to piece together for this project. Do you like the tongue sticking out? I think it’s hilarious!
Teaching my boys how to make snowflakes. Today, while I was driving away to Shari’s to work and catch up on things (like this blog), the boys were hanging snowflakes on our front window. I got a picture or two before I left.
So cute! I’m hoping we can make more snowflakes, later on. Since we are getting tons of rain and no snow, it’ll help set the mood for winter and Christmas.
Jen and I found this book a little while ago and there’s two crafts in it that I really want to do. We tried one of them the other night and then again last night. So far, it hasn’t quite turned out the way it ought to.
It’s drinking glasses with jam in them topped with paraffin made to look like snow. It was the most wonderful idea and I couldn’t wait to make some and send it off as part of our “homemade Christmas.”
The jam doesn’t seem to have “set” the way I expected it to. It could still work out! One post I found online said to put it in the fridge to help it set up. We’ll see.
Jen started peeling the grapes. It said to remove the skins and then add them back into the jam later. She didn’t like this job.
Cook the grapes until squishy and then squish them. Make sure you run them through cheesecloth so you get all the seeds out. The cheesecloth is a pain in the kiester, I’ll have you know!
Add the stuff and cook it up. Then, pour it into the cups.
That was on Friday night. Last night, we tried again, with different cups.
Since it didn’t quite set up, we’ve got it in the fridge as directed by another website. If that doesn’t work, another person mentioned boiling it a second time and trying to get it to set up again. I’m anxious to put the paraffin on it but won’t until it starts to set even a little bit. It tastes divine, though!
Last night, we also canned bananas…
Who woulda thought you could can bananas? Apparently, it’s not that hard. Just add some lemon juice to keep it from turning brown and you’re good to go. We got two jars from quite a few bananas we found. In fact, if you buy the bananas that have the black spots on the outside, quite a few of them are in good shape inside and they are a lot cheaper than you’d normally pay!
This type of banana is used for baking. Banana bread, banana pancakes, etc. I can’t wait to taste some of it! It was quite pleasing to hear the “pop” of the jars sealing, too!
Individual Quiche for breakfast on Saturday. An idea of mine that turned out really good. Instead of one huge Quiche, everyone got their own.
I set them out on plates and Jen had to get a picture. She thought it was cute the way I lined them up.
We also made some brown bread loaves – mini ones so we can freeze them and only use what we wish to eat at that time. Less waste for when the bread has been reheated one too many times and starts getting hard.
And, as a final touch, we made some biscuits for use with our jam. With the rest of the dough, I got a little creative. I will say, though, I shouldn’t play with the dough so much. It restricts how high it’ll rise, if I do. I’ll remember that, next time. I think.
I believe that’s all that Jen and I have created the last few days. However, the best part wasn’t what I made; it was what happened to us while we were out shopping for something we desperately needed (a story for another time).
We stopped by that second hand store that we love so much and were looking for our item when we saw this book:
I asked the man how much it was and he said it was “$5.00.” I pulled out all the money in my pockets, which came to $2.97 and offered that much for the book. He said, “I’ll tell ya what. If you come back 2 or 3 days after Christmas and this book is still here, I’ll sell it to ya for that much. ” I said, “But that won’t work. We’re doing a “homemade Christmas,” where we buy nothing from stores to give for presents. This would help so much!”
An older lady was shopping, noticed our conversation and started asking questions. I gave her an outline of what all we’re doing for our 1950s living, including doing all homemade presents for Christmas, and she was suitably impressed. I embellished a little – things that I hope to be doing real soon but haven’t, yet – and the conversation flowed. The wife of the man (remember the little old couple I spoke about before at this store?) came over and slapped a Five-Dollar Bill on top of the book and said, “I’m buying the book for you.”
I was incredulous but she was adamant, she was buying the book for us. She added that Jen and I had to pay the tax. I told her thank you and I would. The conversation continued for a few moments and then the husband of that same couple said, “The store will pay the tax. Enjoy your book.”
I couldn’t believe it! It was, quite simply, one of the kindest things anyone had ever done. We are now the proud owners of this cute book and, even if it was made in the year 2000, it has some great ideas in it. I can’t wait to dig in and start playing with them. I’ll let you know as I find things!
And so, we’re still crafting away. I’m having a blast and dragging Jen kicking and screaming through the entire process (including sewing – I’ve given up on trying to teach sewing to her, she’s on her own) and gearing up for a “homemade Christmas.” I think it’s a great exercise in being frugal and trying to do things from the heart instead of buying from the heart.