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Homemade Christmas or Anytime Gift Ideas
Wed 20-Jan-10
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danast
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We can't win can we ?  Doh

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It depends on whether you have a nickel allergy or not brightspark, I can't wear certain earrings given to me by a friend pre-nickel ban as my ears become itchy within an hour but other metals I am perfectly okay with. I find I am okay if I cut the intake down, you don't have to cut it out entirely, or it could be due to something else. Big_Hug

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Wed 20-Jan-10
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Mmmm - probably right, Joanna, perhaps it isn't that at all.   Confused

But I have regarded oats as one of nature's best products - making flapjacks and similar for gifts has always been well-received, too.

It is just surprising when you look into the constituents to realise just what we put into our bodies.

Oh, and what happens when you key in the wrong maths ??? Are you ignored, or what? Big_Laugh

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Thu 21-Jan-10
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If you key in the wrong maths answer it won't let you post until you get it right Monster

Thu 21-Jan-10
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I'm intrgued by the PMC too but it's quite pricey isn't it?

I have my mothers birthday on March 11th in addition to Mothers day on the 14th - it's a perennial dual-gift-giving problem.

For mothers day I often find unusual / interesting seeds and make a little set up, last year it was some of the more interesting chilli types from the Real Seeds site.  This year I think I'll concentrate on cottage garden type flowers as the whole front garden had to be dug up to put in a soakaway last year so is now a barren wilderness compared to it's former glory, definitely needs perking up.  As I have been ordering seeds for myself; most recently some splendid looking black and white oriental poppies, and as they alway seem to come in pack sizes far larger than the average mortal needs I thought I'd make up some seed envelopes with pretty hand made paper and fill them with different seeds.  Really it gives me an excuse to indulge my seed buying habit with the justification that they're not all for me!! Big_Laugh

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What a lovely idea.  I too have become a seedoholic and thanks to Fiona I found the Real Seeds site too.  I intend to share the plants when they come up.  I hate throwing them away because I have too many.  Black and white poppies eh - must have a look at those!!!!

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Thu 21-Jan-10
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Ruthdigs said: I thought I'd make up some seed envelopes with pretty hand made paper and fill them with different seeds. 


That sounds such a pretty way to present your gift of seeds, well done for thinking of it.WellDoneStar

I'll try that again!

Fri 22-Jan-10
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Since the nickel directive has come into force you're right, there's a maximum amount of nickel allowed of something ridiculous like 0.3%, but some people I know have issues with other base metals.

My mum can only usually ever wear sterling, but with the nail varnish trick she can wear costume stuff for a few hours.

I like the home made seed selection idea too. I have some good friends who are into gardening and have jsut moved house. They used to be my bossesat the shop I worked in while I was at uni, but now are my fake adopted aunts. They call themselves the Jewish Mothers Union, though only one of them is jewish and neither is a mother. They check up on me to make sure I'm eating properly and insisted on inspecting Sam for suitability when he and I got together. Fortunately he passed. the guy I was seeing before was not approved of, and turned out to be useless, so they clearly know their stuff.

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Fri 22-Jan-10
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Valentines pressie idea - 'romantic' marmalade with peel hearts in it - brilliant idea and easy to replicate at home assuming you can make marmalade.  (I can't but for those of you that can this could be a nice gift for V day brekkie.)

Tue 19-Oct-10
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Just moving this thread back up on the list so Heather can find it!

Does anybody have any new ideas for this christmas?

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Wed 20-Oct-10
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Not a new idea but query having just re-read this thread.  (I feel all xmassy now - nice. :yes:)  Will the pickled sprouts keep if you don't do the hot water bath bit?  Is this just basically boiling the filled jars in a pan for the stipulated time or is there more to it than that?

Must admit to being a life-long non-fan of sprouts but thought I may try them like this - and for pressies.

Picked lots of sloes at the weekend - now in the freezer prior to becoming  sloe gin - whether any of that will make it a presents I don't know though - it might be my present to myself.  big_laugh medicine

Wed 20-Oct-10
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Hey Michelle - came straight to this thread when I read that you had posted your Pickled Sprouts recipe here last year.  I've spent so much time reading right through the thread from the beginning that you have froggy-hopped me to starting up the thread again.  I'm so pleased it's been resurrected.

I've really enjoyed reading all previous posts - what a creative lot you are. welldonewelldone I'm currently pondering how to package up make my prezzy jellies and jams so that they look festive.  I'm thinking along the lines of paper hats (festive wrapping paper) and a raffia or ribbon tie with a triple label (think a mini stack of 3 luggage labels)- (1) a seasonal greeting; (2) name of jam/jelly; (3) a few suggestions on how to serve it up.  I'm not very crafty and could do with some more ideas.  How have the rest of you decorated such gifts? 

I'm also stuck for ideas on how to package 2-3 pots together.  In the past I've just used shop-bought gift bags and tissue paper, but in the name of thrift I think I'm going to begrudge spending more on the wrappings than on the gift itself.  Any ideas?

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Wed 20-Oct-10
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Hi Ruth - Thanks for the link to Real Seeds.  Another prezzy problem solved.  My nephew has recently become inspired by his 7 year old daughter's passion for gardening (caught from her Nanny - my sister) and has had great success with chillies this summer.  He has sent me some perfect red specimens for me to do some more Hot Chilli Apple Jelly, plus some seeds from some yellow ones.  So he's going to get some jelly and some more unusual seeds - sounds like we've got a good swap going. 

 

Aaaargh! Sum = 13.  I knew the day was going too well.shoo_fly

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You're more than welcome " I love real seeds.  big_hug

Re your packaging Q " we used to make bags from colourful magazine pages when I was young, you could use xmas wrap or perhaps brown paper and stamp it with something festive.  Even wallpaper etc " anything.  These make bags with a base so ideal for jars:

See Ruth's blog here.

One sheet appropriately sized paper. Fold round to make 'bag' shape.

 

Glue edge.  Fold section up from base " bear in mind that the final width of the flat base to your bag will be half the amount you fold up now.  Fold back over the other way as well.

 

Open out and fold 'flaps' thus formed into centre and stick down.

 

Fold flaps in half again and stick down again " tada!

 

If you want you can pop a strip of tape on the bottom for extra safety.  Then punch holes in top " add ribbon handles / tags etc etc etc.  Only limit is your imagination!  magic

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There's supposed to be photos on that but I'm not seeing them unless I'm in the edit option. angry

Anyone else got them?

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