I've been trying to work on some handmade gifts this year. This is something I used to do alot, years ago. How I seemed to have more time when I had two little boys and all their activities going on.. is beyond me. I feel way busier now for some reason. weird. I really have been trying to make time to do this more... for a number of reasons, but first and foremost , because I think there is something about a handmade gift that makes them extra special. Time is precious to all of us these days, and I think, knowing someone took time out of their busy life to "make YOU" something , makes it really special. Reason number two.. I love making stuff.. and it gives me an excuse to PLAY. lol
I made a few of these. Super simple..just stamped on a paper CD over, and added a large monster cookie. You can buy a hold box of these CD envelopes, and they are really inexpensive. Then I just added some ribbon and a little stamped tag.
I used stamps from the Crafty Secrets... Vintage Christmas set
Here is one the other things I have been putting together for gifts. If you haven't hear me singing the praises of my "rice sock" ... prepare yourself.. because I LOVE these things. I have suffered from migraines since I was in grade school .. and this is the only thing (well, this and Excedrin Migraine" that get me through them some days. I know they say "cold" is better for migraine sufferers than heat.. but this is what works for me! I have taken so many different migraine meds over the years , it's ridiculous... and nothing helps me like this does. My sister Sharon told me about them years ago.. and now we always have at least three of them in the house at all times. All it is , is a tube sock , filled with about 2-3 cups of rice..that you microwave. It's nice moist heat and it stays warm for a long time.
Two things you want to remember... NOT minute rice.. regular rice
and.... DONT MICROWAVE too long, or it smells like burnt popcorn. You will have to toss it! ( amount of time in the microwave depends of course on how much rice you put in the sock and on your microwave.) .. just test it , a little at a time. I have about 2 1/2 cups in mine and I microwave it about 70 seconds. If its too hot at first..just wrap a dish towel around it.. as it cools , you can remove the towel.
They are great for so many things.... actually , anything that aches!.. and in the winter.. just to keep your feet warm in bed, if nothing else. My mom had arthritis in her feel, and that's what helps her at night.
This is just one of those things.. that has helped me so much.. I always want to share it with everyone.. in case it helps even ONE person, half as much as it's helped me.
( I did a little pink blanket stitch and some embroidered snowflakes on these.. just a little added love) lol
The "artsy" girls are coming over today.. so I need to stop blogging and hit the shower. Everything else is pretty much really.. for an afternoon of creating!