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Old 08-14-2009, 05:09 PM   #641
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Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas and inspiration!

I'd love to make Denise's lotion. I'm in Canada, and cannot find Delon Vitamin E cream, so I wondered if anyone can suggest a substitute? I'm guessing it should be a cream in a jar (not a lotion in a bottle). Is it as "stiff" as Nivea Cream? Could I use Body Butter?

I found some very nice jars so I'm ready, except for finding a suitable cream! TIA

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I couldn't find Delon vitamin e cream either. I used vitamin e cream or lotion that I found at Walmart. I think the brand name was Fruit of the Earth. HTH.

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I've used the Fruit of the Earth, too, and loved it! )
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I have not read through all the threads but this year I am revamping an idea I did several years ago.

Fill the wisk part of a kitchen wisk with Hershey's Hugs and Kisses. I wrap it in cellophane and add a big bow. Then I type and stamp a cute tag that reads "Wisking you a Merry Christmas". Hugs and Kisses, signed xxxx

I saw this idea on a website - could have been here, years ago. Now that my DD is in a new school with new teachers I can do this idea again. It is a small inexpensive gift but a very cute idea.
I love this. I am going to do this for my co-workers!

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Thanks for the cream suggestions - I found some in "the other Christmas thread" too. Hope to try it soon!

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I don't know why I was looking through Pick A Petal gallery but, I found this neat idea for giving a gift card. I have a niece that will be nearly 16 at Christmas and all she wants is $$$. The links are for the template and picture of someones finished project.
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You could use something other than flower for Christmas....obviously!
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I don't know why I was looking through Pick A Petal gallery but, I found this neat idea for giving a gift card. I have a niece that will be nearly 16 at Christmas and all she wants is $$$. The links are for the template and picture of someones finished project.
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You could use something other than flower for Christmas....obviously!

cute stuff cindy! thanks for the links!

we usually give mostly GCs for christmas. it cuts down on returns for getting the wrong size/color or whole gift idea all together! (sometimes in laws can...i won't even finish that statement)
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cute stuff cindy! thanks for the links!

we usually give mostly GCs for christmas. it cuts down on returns for getting the wrong size/color or whole gift idea all together! (sometimes in laws can...i won't even finish that statement)
What are you talking about In-Laws.....my Mother takes things back!! Last year I made her some really cool things (my opinion) and the basket I gave it to her in, with all the items, is still sitting in her office!! One of the items was a Page Protector Calendar (in my gallery)!!

So, this year she is getting books and gift cards!!! Thanks for letting me vent!!!
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I know we have talked about altering composition books....but, I just could not wrap my head around a journal type. Until I saw this one in the gallery! I love it! http://stampinwithjulie.blogspot.com...-thursday.html

I could see giving this to my SILs, MIL and Sister for Thanksgiving gifts for them to use. I would divide the pages into: Food, Cards, Gifts and make a pocket for Reciepts and Gift tags!
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I know we have talked about altering composition books....but, I just could not wrap my head around a journal type. Until I saw this one in the gallery! I love it! http://stampinwithjulie.blogspot.com...-thursday.html

I could see giving this to my SILs, MIL and Sister for Thanksgiving gifts for them to use. I would divide the pages into: Food, Cards, Gifts and make a pocket for Reciepts and Gift tags!

i do a lot of the composition books!

my great niece just asked me to do one for one of her classes this year.

they are also at the top of the gift list for my daughters' friends.

i always have some on hand.
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i do a lot of the composition books!

my great niece just asked me to do one for one of her classes this year.

they are also at the top of the gift list for my daughters' friends.

i always have some on hand.

I see the office stores have them on sale this weekend. Too bad I did not think of it last weekend.....it was the tax free weekend here in St. Louis!!! Darn!!
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This year I've decided to be ruthless - sending Christmas cards can become a habit if:

1) the person you send them to year after year never reciprecates, and,

2) you haven't seen them in years and despite you keeping them up to date with your life in the annual Xmas letter, they just sign their name and you haven't a clue about what they're up to:

So I've decided to just send a card to the friends and family who really matter to me and for each one of them I am going to make an extra special card.

I hope this doesn't sound too harsh but this year rather than bowing to convention I'm going to celebrate the people who really matter to me.
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This year I've decided to be ruthless - sending Christmas cards can become a habit if:

1) the person you send them to year after year never reciprecates, and,

2) you haven't seen them in years and despite you keeping them up to date with your life in the annual Xmas letter, they just sign their name and you haven't a clue about what they're up to:

So I've decided to just send a card to the friends and family who really matter to me and for each one of them I am going to make an extra special card.

I hope this doesn't sound too harsh but this year rather than bowing to convention I'm going to celebrate the people who really matter to me.
It does not sound harsh.....it sounds just right! And I speak for myself, and a few others I know, that you have to do what is right for you.

DH and I have dropped several folks from our annual Christmas card tradition. Because, like you, we never hear back from them or, like you, only get a signed card. That would not be so bad if they followed up with an e-mail or something but, that does not happen either.

And we go one further....if we are going to see them at Christmas, we don't send one at all because....we are going to be with them and wish them a merry, merry in person!

Let us know when you post your cards, we would love to see them!!
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This year I've decided to be ruthless - sending Christmas cards can become a habit if:

1) the person you send them to year after year never reciprecates, and,

2) you haven't seen them in years and despite you keeping them up to date with your life in the annual Xmas letter, they just sign their name and you haven't a clue about what they're up to:

So I've decided to just send a card to the friends and family who really matter to me and for each one of them I am going to make an extra special card.

I hope this doesn't sound too harsh but this year rather than bowing to convention I'm going to celebrate the people who really matter to me.
No, it doesn't sound harsh at all - just realistic in these tough times with higher and higher postage.

My "rules" for Christmas cards have usually been that I send them to all close family members, including those who live here in town and that I see frequently. Most of them like getting handmade cards and tell me so.

I also send them to close friends who live here that I visit with regularly. Ditto on liking handmade cards. These two categories also get Birthday and "no special reason cards" throughout the year and love receiving them.

Then, there is the category of "friends" who live here that I think fondly of, but for one reason or another, usually just busy or changing lifestyles, I don't see very often. They get Christmas cards, too.

This doesn't add up to a very long list. Last Christmas I think I made and sent about 30 cards.
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I trimmed my card list. There are some people I would not want to be in touch with. lol

I am sewing on grandson's curtains for their John Deere bedroom, and I am wondering if I got enough material. I will be cutting it close.


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My rule on Christmas cards is, if I don't receive from them two years in a row, I don't send to them anymore. If they don't write a note, than that is what they receive, just a signed Christmas card. Doesn't sound very nice of me, but that is just the way it is.
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I've done the movie buckets before... you can sometimes find a plastic version of the paper boxes you get at the theater for popcorn at dollar stores. Walmart also carries the little boxes of candy like at the theater for about $1.

Thanks for such great ideas everyone!! I can't wait to get started next month!!
Carissa, I will have to keep my eyes out for those!
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And Walgreen's has popcorn candy in a red & white striped popcorn box.
ooooooo, I need to find some of that!
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I don't do a whole lot of Christmas cards - usually around 50 total, and about 25 of those alone are to my mom's side of the family. I only send out probably 3 or 4 each year to people I don't really see much of the rest of the year, but who send cards and letters every year and we email. The rest are all to other family members/friends and a lot of them are hand-delivered (cuts down on postage). I know people that send out hundreds - it must work for them - but I think 50 is my limit. Most of the people on the list also get other holiday cards and birthday cards, etc.
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Ok.....I am so excited I am actually starting my gift making process. I made my list yesterday, after looking at my stash o' recyclables. I had 3 composition notebooks and tons of Christmas paper....so I am making this http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...0&ppuser=24926
I think this will be a nice gift for my sisters in laws and sister for Thanksgiving so they can use it for Christmas.

I have everything cut out and tonight going to put together, at least. The embelishment process will take a little longer though!

Oh, just wanted to tell you that in Jan. I made up a batch of Denise's Lotion and kept it in my basement, in the jars I will give it in.....it has held up very well. NO change in consistency or fragrance! That will also be for the same family members.

So what is everyone else working on? Patrice?
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Wow! Awesome ideas - I guess it's time to get started on Christmas stuff
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http://www.skiptomylou.org/

I hope my link works to the Skip to my Lou blog. In her next post or two down she has great ideas that can be sewn. I like the sewn coasters and the napkins/bread covers she turned into towels with scrap fabric.

Everybody I know has gotten paper crafted gifts for the last few years, I may try to surprise them this year with my minimal sewing ability.
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What are you talking about In-Laws.....my Mother takes things back!! Last year I made her some really cool things (my opinion) and the basket I gave it to her in, with all the items, is still sitting in her office!! One of the items was a Page Protector Calendar (in my gallery)!!

So, this year she is getting books and gift cards!!! Thanks for letting me vent!!!
I just looked in your gallery and I loved the page protector Calendar. I cant believe the work you must have put into it. Just know it was given with love and never change.
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I just looked in your gallery and I loved the page protector Calendar. I cant believe the work you must have put into it. Just know it was given with love and never change.
Thank you for your kind words.
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Hey Cindy,

I can top the calendar story with my mil.

But that would waste our holiday work time. lol


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I can top the calendar story with my mil.

But that would waste our holiday work time. lol


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OH Come On!! Now that you have teased us....you have to tell us!!
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I can top the calendar story with my mil.

But that would waste our holiday work time. lol


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Now you have to tell since we are curious!
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Weeeeelll, since you have twisted my arm. I danced in a circle when my mil got me a battery operated flour sifter one year.

And then many years ago she was having a holiday tea at her house for her book club. I made a batch of peppernuts. For those who have never had the priviledge of eating those, they are tiny round buttery cookies flavored with oil of anise. You have to make up the dough, let it sit over night, then work out dough into long ropes, then cut in tiny slices and bake. The cookies are about the size of a nickel. Then you put them in tins to age. The longer they age, the flavor mellows, get crisp. My family loves these, and they are an acquired taste. And as you can tell, a lot of work and effort. I went and bought the prettiest holiday tin I could find, loaded a big bunch of these, and took it to her. I thought she could sit it out on her table, and serve them.
She opened the tin, took a tiny miniscule bite of a cookie, threw the cookie back in, exclaimed " YUKKK!!! Thanks but no thanks, don't you know how to bake anything chocolate?"


Yeah I will bake something chocolate for you, when
pigs fly. lol

This is the rudeness my dh was raised with, and I have spent the last 30 years breaking him of. I was taught when someone gives you a gift, be gracious, thank them, even if it goes straight to the garbage disposal.


I got even more, but my fingers would fall off from typing.



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Weeeeelll, since you have twisted my arm. I danced in a circle when my mil got me a battery operated flour sifter one year.

And then many years ago she was having a holiday tea at her house for her book club. I made a batch of peppernuts. For those who have never had the priviledge of eating those, they are tiny round buttery cookies flavored with oil of anise. You have to make up the dough, let it sit over night, then work out dough into long ropes, then cut in tiny slices and bake. The cookies are about the size of a nickel. Then you put them in tins to age. The longer they age, the flavor mellows, get crisp. My family loves these, and they are an acquired taste. And as you can tell, a lot of work and effort. I went and bought the prettiest holiday tin I could find, loaded a big bunch of these, and took it to her. I thought she could sit it out on her table, and serve them.
She opened the tin, took a tiny miniscule bite of a cookie, threw the cookie back in, exclaimed " YUKKK!!! Thanks but no thanks, don't you know how to bake anything chocolate?"


Yeah I will bake something chocolate for you, when
pigs fly. lol

This is the rudeness my dh was raised with, and I have spent the last 30 years breaking him of. I was taught when someone gives you a gift, be gracious, thank them, even if it goes straight to the garbage disposal.


I got even more, but my fingers would fall off from typing.



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That very nearly makes me glad I'm single and don't have to deal with a MIL!!!!! How rude is she?!?!!
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Weeeeelll, since you have twisted my arm. I danced in a circle when my mil got me a battery operated flour sifter one year.

And then many years ago she was having a holiday tea at her house for her book club. I made a batch of peppernuts. For those who have never had the priviledge of eating those, they are tiny round buttery cookies flavored with oil of anise. You have to make up the dough, let it sit over night, then work out dough into long ropes, then cut in tiny slices and bake. The cookies are about the size of a nickel. Then you put them in tins to age. The longer they age, the flavor mellows, get crisp. My family loves these, and they are an acquired taste. And as you can tell, a lot of work and effort. I went and bought the prettiest holiday tin I could find, loaded a big bunch of these, and took it to her. I thought she could sit it out on her table, and serve them.
She opened the tin, took a tiny miniscule bite of a cookie, threw the cookie back in, exclaimed " YUKKK!!! Thanks but no thanks, don't you know how to bake anything chocolate?"


Yeah I will bake something chocolate for you, when
pigs fly. lol

This is the rudeness my dh was raised with, and I have spent the last 30 years breaking him of. I was taught when someone gives you a gift, be gracious, thank them, even if it goes straight to the garbage disposal.


I got even more, but my fingers would fall off from typing.



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And that was good....you were right! So was that the last time you baked anything for her again? I love those cookies....you can bake a tin for me!

I have more stories about my mom, not my MIL. My MIL is wonderful, though we had a rocky start when DH and I first got married (this is my 2nd marriage, his first...we've only been married 6 years). Things are so much better between us....in fact, I would call her my friend! I talk to her generally before I talk to my Mom, when I need help sorting out things in life. Sad, huh?

Thanks for telling us!
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Patrice, Your cookies sound wonderful!! Not so much your MIL, though! I hate to change the subject, but does anyone have a coffee drink mix that they have tried and really like? I would like to make some up for gifts for my coffee drinking friends (I have the stamp set Like You A Latte that I just got and want to use it!!) I already have a hot chocolate mix from a post earlier in this thread (have another stamp set for that one too!!)
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:21 AM   #672
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Patrice, Your cookies sound wonderful!! Not so much your MIL, though! I hate to change the subject, but does anyone have a coffee drink mix that they have tried and really like? I would like to make some up for gifts for my coffee drinking friends (I have the stamp set Like You A Latte that I just got and want to use it!!) I already have a hot chocolate mix from a post earlier in this thread (have another stamp set for that one too!!)
Oh, that sounds good! I would be interested in that too!

Does it use instant coffee?
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:25 AM   #673
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She opened the tin, took a tiny miniscule bite of a cookie, threw the cookie back in, exclaimed " YUKKK!!! Thanks but no thanks, don't you know how to bake anything chocolate?"
Holy cow how incredibly rude?!?! My mother woulda smacked the snot out of me no matter how old I was if I ever did anything like that! kudos to you for handling so gracefully (wait - what was your reaction?!).
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I hate it when I hear bad MIL stories......not all of us are bad......I had issues with my MIL, but, she is dearly missed now.....and, on the whole....she was a wonderful person.....now that I'm on the other side, I really try to be a good MIL....sometimes it is hard because DIL aren't perfect specimens either.....trouble is, it's a case of families melding together and every family has different ways of doing things...you have 3 children and 3 spouses now....so, it all is a difficult balancing act...but, on the whole, we get along great....I know I do or say things that may upset one of them sometimes, but, they do the same....so hopefully it all equals out...bottom line...we all love each other and the bonus of 6 beautiful grandchildren just sweetens the pot! And I love doing all the wonderful projects I find on this website for them....
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Oh, that sounds good! I would be interested in that too!

Does it use instant coffee?
Yes, I believe that it does, all you need is hot water.
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My reaction to the "cookie tin fiasco" was cold dead silence. Dh was raised in this dysfunction, so it took him years to realize " this isn't right". His relationship with his family at this moment is strained at best. For the couple of years I had a dil, dh and I were very good to her. But when she abandoned my son, and two children, then tried to extort money from us, I am cool in my dealings with her. I am a generous person, I will do anything for anybody, but dump on me once, that's it.


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I LOOOOVVE!!! those cookies but don't have the patience to make them. I can only get them when I visit my brother in Ks.

Bless you for having your heart in the right place, too bad I can't say the same for her. Just keep on being who you are tho - don't let her stop you from doing things out of love.
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My reaction to the "cookie tin fiasco" was cold dead silence. Dh was raised in this dysfunction, so it took him years to realize " this isn't right". His relationship with his family at this moment is strained at best. For the couple of years I had a dil, dh and I were very good to her. But when she abandoned my son, and two children, then tried to extort money from us, I am cool in my dealings with her. I am a generous person, I will do anything for anybody, but dump on me once, that's it.


Okay, what is everybody working on/ How many days until Christmas?


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Patrice, Your cookies sound wonderful!! Not so much your MIL, though! I hate to change the subject, but does anyone have a coffee drink mix that they have tried and really like? I would like to make some up for gifts for my coffee drinking friends (I have the stamp set Like You A Latte that I just got and want to use it!!) I already have a hot chocolate mix from a post earlier in this thread (have another stamp set for that one too!!)

here is one for hot cocoa & one for mocha coffee...

hot cocoa mix
6 1/2 c. powdered milk
1-5 oz. pkg. cook & serve chocolate pudding
1 c. powdered chocolate milk drink mix
1/2 c. powdered non-dairy creamer
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

can be stored in a dry area for 3 months.
dissolve 1/3 c. cocoa mix in 1 c. boiling water... ENJOY! i did! i made an extra batch for US!
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mocha coffee mix
1 1/4 c. instant coffee granules
7 c. dry milk powder
5 3/4 c. powdered chocolate milk drink mix
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1 3/4 c. powdered non-dairy creamer

store in an air tight container
add 4 T. mixture to 1 c. boiling water

i made this cute little gift for my BFF last year!http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...6&thumbsonly=0
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Thanks Michelle! I remembered that post from last year.....it was great! Thinking teachers, school nurses or office staff.
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