Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

The holidays are coming and, if you’re like me, you’re starting to plan ahead to avoid the December rush. Biscotti makes a great hostess gift for dinner parties, a lovely accompaniment to a gift of freshly roasted coffee beans (*coughBytownBeanerycough*), or as a sweet indulgence for yourself when assembling childrens’ gifts late on Christmas Eve. It keeps well and can be made fresh up to a week in advance of gifting. Alternately, you can make, cut and freeze the cookies, and then thaw and dip in chocolate just prior to gifting.

While these can’t be made too far in advance, November (or earlier!) is a great time to start sourcing some funky serving plates, vintage tins, or other repurposed storage containers for gifting these. Would you believe that the handmade stoneware plate in the picture above was bought for $0.50 at a local rummage sale?

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It’s that time of year again — the time of year where I make big, ambitious lists for myself of all the amazing homemade gifts I’m going to give and then realize I don’t have quite as much time as I need, considering I have to send most of them to Nova Scotia by mail. ūüėČ

There are, however, lots of great gifts that can be made at home that don’t require a lot of time and I’m sharing some ideas from this year’s list! (more…)

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DIY: Peppermint Lip Balm

It’s that time of year — dry skin and scratchy lips are a couple things I really dislike about winter. This recipe puts a bit of shimmer back into your smile while moisturizing your skin. It’s simple to blend and makes a lot, so be sure to pass on the bounty to your friends and family!

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A number of years ago, suffering holiday burnout, I decided to simplify my holidays. Under the “keeping it simple, keeping it fun” motto, I issued myself an annual gifting challenge — one year everything had to be “previously loved”, discovered in thrift stores and antique shops. Another year, I used reusable wrappings for everything — tea towels and fabric ribbons make great wrapping paper and a gal can never have too many new tea towels!

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