Since Christmas is over, and I finally gave out all my gifts, I wanted to post the handmade gifts that I gave out this year.
Every year, I give my friends and family at least one handmade gift. Last year I knitted cabled head bands and hats for everyone. The year before I gave personalized gingerbread people. This year, I left things a little late, and made two quick, but useful gifts for the peeps in my life.
The first gift I made was some beard oil for my D. I made the labels to and put them onto a recycled bottle. This is the easiest stuff to make: 3 Tbsp of Sweet Almond Oil; 2 Tbsp of Jojoba oil; 1 tsp of Seabuckthorn Oil; and 2-3 drops of Tea Tree essential oil and 1 drops of Sandalwood essential oil. (Note: This is not a great recipe for people with nut allergies. Use Olive Oil, and light Castor Oil instead of Almond and Jojoba!) D loves it. He uses it once a week. And he laughs each time he sees the label.
The gift I made for my lady friends was a stamped clay ring dish which I packaged with some hand salve. I found the DIY tutorial at this great blog.
There was some trial and error on this one though. I found that the best ink for this project was "archival" inks, and the brand that worked best for me was Colorbox. The other ink pads I used faded and weren't as vivid once the clay dried. For others i didn't used any ink at all! I just stamped them nice and hard so that the impression came through. I liked these ones the best. I added some gold leaf paint to the edges to make them a little more fancy. They were a hit with my pals.
Did you make any gifts this holiday?
Friday, 2 January 2015
Hi friends. I know, it's been a while. There was a lot going on, and I never found the energy to do much, let alone blog about it. And I just couldn't bring myself to start a blog series called, "From my couch" so, a took a break. The truth is, I started a new job, and threw myself into that (as you do) and and, and. The break was just what I needed. I feel refreshed, and I came back to look at me blog, and thought to myself , "I like this blog." Which is good. Because it's mine. I'm still not going to have a very active posting schedule, I think mostly on the weekends since that's when I do the fun stuff, so if you stuck with me this long, I hope you won't mind the lighter postings. Yous are good people though, so I think we will be fine.
On with the post!
That's quite a title for the second day of the year. But this twitter hashtag was the best New Years thing I have seen. It started with this lady: