Friday, December 7, 2018

Sensible little Christmas gifts

Most times towards the end of the year I start looking around for ideas in which I can share my love of gardening and crafting and baking with those I love.
One year I dried herbs in the microwave and they dried nice and crisp in 30-60 seconds.  I used a mix of Rosemary, mother of herbs and kaffir lime leaves and lime peel. A tropical herb mix from my garden, and a recipe for stuffed vegetables stuffed roast vegetables, it is very yummy.  So easy to slip the packet and recipe in with a Christmas card.




One year I crocheted snowflakes - check out all the free patterns here at Cratsy  I also made crocheted angels. There are some angel patterns on Interweave, so nice to be able to share free patterns.  Either of these can just be slid into a Christmas card, making it just a bit special.


I love to make gingerbread men, biscotti and shortbread as they are easy to put into little cellophane bags and tie up with a pretty ribbon.



One year I found these tiny aerogram notes (you have to be of a certain age to know what they are!) and I wrote this little poem, and inserted a tea bag in each one.  


On Christmas Day
at half past three,
Brew yourself a cup of tea.
I'll think of you,
You think of me
While sitting 'round
the Christmas Tree.

~ Author Unknown



This year I made bowl cosies with some pretty bowls for my co-workers.  I included my recipe for ham and pea soup, because that is something everyone has to do with their ham bone don't they?

Everyone can always use tote bags, and I am obsessed with the rag quilt method.  How good would this look made in Christmas colours!




Do you like making Christmas crafts and gifts from the kitchen?

7 comments:

  1. Wow you are a busy person. I don’t craft stuff for Christmas. I am flat out getting my bought Christmas cards away.

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  2. All such great ideas. I don't get more creative than knitting hats and mitts and occasionally an afghan. I really like your bowl cosies - they would be so handy here in Canada with our cold winters.

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    1. Jenny there are lots of tutorials out there, and they are fun to make. Even in this heat I still make curries and soup sometimes.

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  3. I really enjoy having some thing creative going on, often more than one thing at a time!

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  4. I love crafting things for christmas gifts, knitting washcloths and stitching felt ornaments. This year I have also made tote bags out of touristy linen teatowels. I love the idea of your herb mix, I have lots of herbs growing in my garden so I am going to tuck that idea away for next year. Meg 🙂

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  5. They are all lovely ideas Gill. This year I made soaps and foot balm :)

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  6. I like to give handmade and my intentions are always good but I usually have a few things I haven't done come Christmas.
    I love to pop a tea bag into my penpal letters and love receiving different teas from all over the world in return too. I glue the packets they come in into my journal.

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