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Homemade Christmas or Anytime Gift Ideas
Wed 23-Dec-09
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Ruthdigs
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Betsy – "handwoven-edible-birdseed-lavender-beeswax-table-decorations"  lol.  Brilliant! Laugh 

Glad to be of help re the truffle recipe, it's very easy.  Try here for a handy cups / grams conversion table – with my thanks to Fiona who mentioned it in the blog a while back.  Another page I find useful for US / UK ingredient terminology is here.  Interesting your mention of the curing time for soap – that was another of Kirsties suggestions – 2 weeks before xmas!

I'd like to echo the sentiments of SOL and Michelle and wish everyone a very merry chrimble and a happy and healthy new year.  May your seeds grow, the weeds not show, and a bumper harvest be had by all.   Smile

Thu 24-Dec-09
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Bonnes Fêtes from France too!

Tue 29-Dec-09
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We, as a family, decided to seriously cut our spending this year.  As a result, a lot of our gifts were home made.  My brother bought some lovely tartan scarves that were going for a song where he lives and we took our pick.  My daughter made jams, jellies and tie dyed bags, etc.  I made apple and cranberry chutney for everyone.  It was just lovely.

I think this is the way we will go in the future.  The gift means a lot more when it's been hand made and it may take more time but saves a lot of hassle pushing through the shops to find 'suitable' gifts.

I want to try flavoured oils, etc - they always seem to go down well.  Any other ideas?

Tue 29-Dec-09
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Hello Joy

I made preserves and fudge to give away this year. I'm also making flavoured vinegars, cookies etc.

We have a little gate side stand and it's fun to fill it with diffrent treats too.

Thu 14-Jan-10
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ok, so we all know, I need to be organised.  Next big events in the years time table are Valentines day 14th February and Mothers day 14th march for the UK.  As in this house we do not really celebrate Valentines, we will only have maybe a slightly more posh dinner.

I am diving in with Mothers day.  I am going to make a necklace and bracelet.  I might even go crazy and buy some PMC.  Metal clay to peeps who arent up on that.  You mould it how you want and heat with a blow torch.  I use a kitchen you see chefs on tv.  I scrounged it off of a family member as id was destined for the bin after they burnt themselves by not following the instructions and held the dish they had creme brulee in.  Their stupidity, was my gain.

http://www.pmc.vpam.co.uk/index.asp

has anyone else thought about anything? 

Fri 15-Jan-10
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S.O.L. said:

they burnt themselves by not following the instructions and held the dish they had creme brulee in.  


They did what????!!!!Doh

Fri 15-Jan-10
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That sounds like an exciting project SOL.  I'd not heard of PMC before but it seems very beguiling.  Do let us know if you make something with it?

I'll try that again!

Fri 15-Jan-10
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TA, what a lovely word - beguiling - I haven't heard that for ages .......WellDone

Bring back some old-fashioned, and forgotten, words!

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Fri 15-Jan-10
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It is a lovely word. I love those kinds of words but I daren't incorporate them into everyday language, the poor Latvians have enough problems with the number of words I use now Whistle. One word that my Grandad used to use always makes me smile is "vexed", he used to say "Eeee I'm vexed" Magic

Fri 15-Jan-10
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you tube has lots of peopel demo-ing PMC.  But I will have a go and you can have a look if I can get pics.

Tue 19-Jan-10
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PMC sounds a lot like metalic fimo.

I did all homemade gifts for christmas this year, which was mostly food stuff, a selection of truffles, mini biscuits, mincepies and fudge, some blackberry vodka and a loaf of banana bread for my sister who's diabetic (the sugar content of the fudge and truffles may well have killed her).

Also made some jewellery with semi precious stone beads for my outlaws, and a big crochet blanket for a mate. semi precious stone beads are surprising inexpensive, compared to buying a necklace or bracelet (one example, a string of small garnet beads, fishing line and findings costs under £10 and will make a neckalce, bracelet and earrings, a garnet bead necklace from the crystal shop costs £30). Admittedly the findings i use tend not be stirling, so no good for anyone with metal alergies (sidebar, if you have metal alergies and find it a pain not being able to wear pretty costume earrings you could try painting the hooks/posts with clear nail varnish. This should insulate you from the impurities for the few hours most people would wear such things).

I started a painting for my other half, but before i finished it i decided it was rubbish and not to bother continuing, especially as we decided to move in together and i didn't fancy having it on display where its imperfections would mock me daily. Unfortunately he's now seen the work in progress and demanded that i finish it so he can have it on the wall in his new office, so at some point i shall have to get on with that.

I probably wont make anything for mothers' day as my mum will be on an oil tanker somewhere. I shall soon start cross stitching some easter cards for my aunts though.

entirely off the subject: the little maths test I have to do before posting today is 1+1. This made me laugh.

Intolerance will not be tolerated.

Wed 20-Jan-10
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Cheap jewellery used to be a problem Rae Mond but nowadays there is no nickel in the findings or shouldn't be. It is the nickel that used to cause the most problems, and the way to test it is with a magnet, nickel is one of the other magnetic metals along with iron and cobalt. I suppose that other metals could be a problem but it was nickel that was the main culprit (incidentally it is also high in oats and if I eat too many oat breakfasts then I end up with itchy skin)

Wed 20-Jan-10
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JoannaS said: it was nickel that was the main culprit (incidentally it is also high in oats and if I eat too many oat breakfasts then I end up with itchy skin)


Nickel is high in oats - eh???!!!  DohLaughBig_Laugh

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Yup I saw it on the BBC many moons ago (wish I could find it again but I can't, even tried googling it) just at the time my skin was really itchy but I had been having oats with apple and cinnamon for a few weeks, combined with the hard water in Copenhagen where I was living at the time and my skin was suffering. I dropped the oats for a while and the itchiness died down and now I still eat oats just not so often.

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Joanna, this is amazing - there's me trying to do the right thing to keep down the cholesterol levels, and now you tell me that my itchy skin may be due to my porridge Surprised

Heavens, is anything  s a f e  any more?   Confused

Oh, and Rae Mond - I too had 1+1 today ......

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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