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Gifts; I need your ideas!

I like making gifts.  My budget likes me making gifts.  My schedule.....needs some convincing.

Gifts I can make:

Knitted items (I'm a new and slow knitter)
        Scarves: 2 weeks; $10
        Dishcloths: 1 week; $2
        dolls: 3 weeks; $10
        clothing items for very special family and friends: 2 months; $25
        Christmas ornaments: 1 week, $2
        more ideas?

Sewn items
        not having begun sewing on my own yet, I don't know.
        But here there will be cool stuff!
        ......later

Baked items
        Amish friendship bread + starter:  1 day; $8
        plate of cookies: 1 day; $5
        more ideas?

Painted items
       "Art": 1-6 weeks; $10-$25
       Ornament: 1 day, $3
       Clothing: 1 day; $10
       Misc. Item: 1 week; $15
       more ideas?

Other
        Bath salts: 1 day; $8
        more ideas?

Combos
painted pillow?  collage art? more ideas?

EDITED TO ADD:

Homemade journals!  Sounds like fun to make....I think I could make one a day?  Might be expensivish though,   $15

I'm dreaming....

...of Christmas trees.  Lots of them.

I like Christmas trees.  I like themed Christmas trees.  I like to have a lot of Christmas trees.

I also like the old-fashioned fun and excitement of having a real Christmas tree put up on Christmas Eve, full of homemade decorations and lights.  We discovered a few years ago, when we thought we couldn't afford a real tree, that if you go to Home Depot or Lowes or a Christmas tree lot on Christmas Eve around or after 5 pm, you can often get a tree for $10 or less, sometimes even free.  We have gotten several lovely trees this way.  We bring it home and set it up with paper decorations, popcorn strings, bits of foil...anything that won't have to be removed when the tree goes out in the trash.  We also hang candy canes, gingerbread cookies, popcorn balls... It's amazing how festive and homey a tree decked out like this can look.  Part of our reason for this type of decor is our several young children and cat.

However, as I said before, I like lots of trees.  And there is no way I would be happy going the first part of the month treeless.  So, I have a plan I am slowly working out.  It may take a couple more Christmas's to get it done, but that's ok.


Edit:  Ooh!  I just had a great idea.  I have small blank wall in the kitchen where I could hang a garland in the shape of a Christmas tree.  Liking that idea for the kitchen wreath....

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Merry Christmas 2007

First post!  I hope a lot more people will join us here.

Meanwhile, a little bit about me, the owner/moderator.  First: this is my first community.  I don't know how good I'm going to be at running it.  Be patient please.

Name: Stormimay
Age: 27
Family: one husband, six kids, one cat. Various extended family members.
Christmas hope for 2007  That I will make realistic plans and keep them!  (yeah, both of those are a challenge for me)

This year will be both easier and more difficult than previous years.

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