My handmade Christmas gifts were quite popular this year. Everyone liked the fabric gift bags that I used for most of my wrapping. I will include some of the more popular items below.
Now it is time to prepare for Valentine's Day. This year I purchased small valentine gift bags to give to my daughter's class of 18 students, her teachers, her Sunday School class and her cousins that she sees often. (I considered making V-Day bags - white lunch bags with red heart-shaped doilies glued or stapled to them.) And, if I have enough bags left over, I will even include my co-workers on the list. This year I am also observing "Random Acts of Kindness" week (Feb. 14-20). I have made a small list of people who I would like to give a gift to for absolutely no reason. This should be alot of fun. I plan to give/make gift baskets, special treats, fruit baskets, etc. I have lots of work to do, so, until next time ...
MY MOST POPULAR GIFT ITEMS FOR CHRISTMAS 2004
I put everything in my fabric bags:
movie packs which included hot chocolate packs, snack size microwave popcorn, Dove chocolates, and peppermint - the teenagers on my list loved these
apple cider, sparkling grape and cranberry juices
candles with glass votive holders - I added small embellishments to these with stickers and/or paint
homemade peanut brittle (microwave)
homemade gourmet cookies
First I determined what size I needed for the majority of my fabric bags. Then I added an inch to this measurement (double this). I folded and ironed the fabric in half and sewed two sides (leaving the folded edge on the bottom). Sew on the wrong side and then turn fabric inside out. To finish the gift bag I used a nice complimentary color ribbon and tied it in a bow. I found that fat quarters made three bags (holds a quart size storage bag nicely). I used fleece and cotton fabrics in Christmas colors and fabrics. I received so many compliments on this that I used up all of my leftover Christmas fabric to make bags for next year.
I absolutely will have to share my recipe for the Peanut Brittle. It was delicious! Also, for those of you who are interested please feel free to join in on this Recipe Swap that I am involved with. I will be sure to share all of the recipes that I collect from this. (See below)
This is an invitation to try a recipe exchange. Please send a recipe to the person whose name is in the number 1 position below. Then copy this letter to a new e-mail and move my name to the number 1 position and put your name in the number 2 position. Only your name and my name should appear in the body of the e-mail when you mail it out. You should e-mail it to 10 or more people. If you cannot do this within 5 days please let me know so it will be fair to those participating. You should receive 36 recipes. It is also fun to see where they come from.
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