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One more thing. My Friend Mica is having a Christmas Book Giveway on her Blog.
Oh! I almost forgot! I think I was asked by a few people to share the cinnamon roll Recipe. Well, you have to Thank Miss Paula Dean for it. Cause that's the one I use. ;-) You can find it
One year I was inspired to make all of my kid's gifts. This year, I am not doing that, but trying to get them gifts that inspire their creativity.
My Blogging Friend Heidi always inspires me with her handmade toys that she makes for her children. Go take and look over at her blog.
This year just really crept up on me. So I took the easy route for me, thus the most simplest. But I love the idea of handmade gifts. One you know it was made in America. Two, you know who made it for you did it with thoughtfulness and love. I know when I make a gift I tend to think more about the person I am making it for. Imagining how they will enjoy the gift. ♥
Now some of us aren't what other's call crafty. And that's OK! But here's a little secret. My forte' isn't cooking. I like it sometimes. But I would rather get my hands dirty another way. So all you ladies out there baking dozens and dozens of cookies this Christmas. That is so not me. I make the cut out cookies for my family. We enjoy and consume them. I don't give them to no one else. ;-)
I might enjoy cooking more often. But when I was younger I never learned to cook well. Sweetie joined our family one year after our wedding day. And for about six months of our marriage I didn't have a kitchen. So I have been a very distracted cook my whole marriage. It isn't fun, but a necessity of life.
Well, I do enjoy baking, but my hips don't enjoy it. Boy I am getting off track.
Anyway! I would like to share with you some pictures of Christmas pasts where I did make a few gifts.
Below was the "family gift" for our extended family that I made. It's a clear Christmas ornament with a lighthouse painted on it. Sand is placed on the bottom with teeny tiny sea shells. I also wrote the Bible Verse:
The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
The year I was inspired to make ALL of their Christmas gifts was a busy and hectic one. I did a lot of sewing! I think it was in the space of two weeks that I did it all too. I was crazy I believe.
Pajama's for the kids.
Quilts for the girls bedroom
Tutus for the girls...who found them stashed away before Christmas. But oh well, they were happy!
And last, but not least, a soft doggie made from an old T-Shirt for my baby nephew
So that's what I made for that particular Christmas. Last year I only made one measly thing. And I did it in a hurry, because I made it in about one day, and didn't take my time like I should of. But that's the beauty of kids. They don't notice sewing mistakes. :) This is a Beauty and Beast Belle dress. Well, it's supposed to be anyway. Bean was thrilled with it though!