recent favorite homemade gifts

recent favorite homemade gifts

what are people's favorite homemade gifts? recently, i came up with "oatmeal cookie facial scrub for winter-tired skin" take a cup of oatmeal and place it in a foodprocessor fitted with a metal blade. turn on and process for about 3 minutes until it is super, superfine (a powder, really). while machine is running, drizzle 1/2teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond) into the mix. voila! you can also add to the grinding almond meal if you like (i had a bit from x-mas that was going rancid and i added that too) packaged in plastic bags placed in little chinese-take-out cartons (.30 ea) with a bi of ribbon and a fancy label. to use the facial scrub, add powder to water to make a thick paste and rub into skin with fingertips. makes your skin feel great--so soft! and it is really gentle. also, you could do alot of oatmeal, add lavender flowers and have a very nice tubsoak (i've done that too.) other ideas? i make something new each x-mas and here's some favorites: canning fancy mustards and relishes (corn, pickle, pepper) choc. dipped dried apricots fleece socks marinated olives and spiced almonds dogbones aprons for children (get kids into the kitchen and out of the Mickey Ds) candied citrus peel-dipped in choc? delish! lavender drawer satchets pots of herbs (i get little teracotta pots for a dime each at my local reuse center) cashew (fancy-nut) brittle favorite packaging (my rule--a buck or less) old canning jars purchased in thrift shops with a scrap of luxe fabric (like raw silk or linen) tied around lid with twine chinese take-out boxes--often you can get them in colors new steel quart paint cans from the hardware store (use a bag inside). lids snap TIGHT! clear cello bags drawn shut with silken cord threaded through holes punched in the top little craft paper bags/same cord as above thrift baskets sprayed black or silver and filled with shredded paper picking up a silverplate spoon/knife at thrift/antiue shop for under a buck and tying it to package (be sure to polish it first) i use vellum paper a lot for tags--gives homemade gifts a more sophisticated look (personally, i hate the "country quaint" aesthetic.)
pictures of hearth and home

pictures of hearth and home

Plant id help please! (and a question about mulberry bushes/trees)

Plant id help please! (and a question about mulberry bushes/trees)

Plant ID, Fellow Plant Nerdies

Plant ID, Fellow Plant Nerdies

Paint help?

Paint help?

Temptation!

Temptation!

That was fun.

That was fun.