I have always been making my own cards since the first time I went to buy my mom a mothers day card and saw the price on the back. Knowing that in a couple of months that card would be tucked away some where's, like in the bottom of the garbage, I decide to make my own. I must say that I have a long way from the folded over construction paper and crayons in my creativity. One way I have found to recycle cards that you receive is to cut out the images or saying and use them for your own cards. This is one that I just made recently for a wedding.
I also love to make my own gifts to give people. From home baked goodies to cookies, brownies or soup mixes in a jar or even tissue paper wrapped bag of solider beans I like to give people things I know they love. Even sprucing up gifts makes them look so much more attractive. I got this idea from a friend at a baby shower I went to and decided to make one for my cousins baby shower. This is a pack of diapers formed into a diaper cake. Each diaper is rolled up and tied together with a mini hair elastic. Then you shape it like a cake, put some ribbon around each layer and place little gifts into the ribbon. Since this was for a little gal you could put baby hair stuff, mini books, teethers, soothers or whatever you would like.
My friend used this gift as a baby shower game and had each women write their name and a number of how many diapers they thought were in the cake. The woman who was the closet won a little prize.
Recently I have decided that before I have any more children I would like to learn how to do two things. The first is knitting. I am always seeing pretty little dish cloths at the farmers maker and craft sales and thinking...those would be a great gift. So with the help of 3 great teachers I have now knit 2 dish cloths and I am on the 3rd. This is a picture of my first one which I decided to keep because there are a lot of mistakes in your first project. My second goal is sewing...but I haven't started that one yet.
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