I love making gifts for friends and family. I get to think of that person as I make their gift.
Every year we give goodies to our friends, family and neighborhoods...they get spicy&salty chex mix and sweet&chocolatey no-bake cookies. The challenge this year was doing it on a tighter budget. So our list of recipients was a little shorter and then I also had to figure out how to package it cheaper. The cookies to our neighbors were packaged in wrapped pringles containers and our family&friends go their girts in wrapped cup holders from Sonic. Pretty creative and thrifty, if you ask me.
For my sister and sweet Baby V, I made a shadow box to display one of V's newborn pictures and outfits. I love how it turned out and my sister loved it too.
My m-i-l loved my earring holder, so I made her an 8x10. I used a front opening shadow box again and then some metal mesh I found at Hobby Lobby. I really like how her's turned out...I may be re-doing mine.
The final handmade gift was for my bestie Nicole. She has an insane obsession with magazines...I think she gets a couple in her mail every day. So, I re-purposed a magazine by making a cross out of the pages. Now before you freak, this was not an original idea. You can see the complete tutorial by clicking HERE.
I find so much joy in making gifts for friends and family, but I have to admit...I stress over it A LOT. I want them to love it as much as I love making it for them. I try not to barrage them with too many "are you sure you like it" questions.
Now, it's time to finish some of the projects I have started for myself.
I am married to my best friend and am the mom of two wonderful kids. I have had my ups and downs in regards to health, happiness and weight loss. This blog will tell you about all of those ups and downs and my opinion on the randomness that we call life.