Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’

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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Lots of folks are feeling the pinch this year when it comes to holiday spending. Here are some great gift items for under $30 that are functional, stylish, and unique. Make them stand out even more by pairing them with something homemade!

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is so close, and I’ve still so much to do — though to be fair, most of it is for local folks. I’ve the stuff for mailing just about ready to go, minus the baking (which I’m trying to finish up today and tomorrow).

I’m pretty darn’ happy that I’ve not bought “things” for people but have, instead, put time, effort, and a whole lot of love into making gifts by hand. There is something deeply satisfying about gifting from one’s talents — I’m left feeling that I’ve truely given a gift from the heart.

That said, the gifts for kids do have a little something “bought” to go along with the gift I made — nothing big, mind you.

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Holidaze

It’s that time of year — I’m up to my ears in crafting, baking, and questing for vintage treasures to gift my loved ones. Today is the first day where I’m really feeling the “Holiday Happy” I used to feel when I was a lot younger. I stopped feeling it like this when we moved up here away from our families and only really began to recapture any of it at all when #1 was a baby. Kids really do make the holidays more fun, I think, and I’m not even a person who is overly fond of children (excepting my own and a few very exclusive others, of course).

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