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gift ideas Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
gift ideas Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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Post turkey day reflections & a new holiday tradition: The Advent Basket

Thanksgiving day Adalyn took her first solo steps. Time is just flying by. Everly starts school this last week. Last week we also had our first snow flurries. We found a butterfly living in our office. I am betting it’s the offspring of one of the many bugs Everly has captured and brought inside.

I cut off a bunch of my own hair and im flabbergasted that Christmas is just a few short weeks away.

I’ve been working hard at planning and prepping for our new advent tradition… The advent basket.

Back to school with Scoolio-Von-Hoolio and OfficeMax giveaway. Get Organized Today!

Last week I was invited to participate in a "Get Organized for Back-to-School" webcast & twitter chat and it was a blast. First off I love twitter chats of any kind so I was stoked to participate, I was also interested in getting some organizational tips because our "office" is anything but organized. The idea of the webcast was that Peter Walsh and several panelists would present organizational tips for the home, for kids and for the classroom while allowing viewers to submit questions via twitter that the panelists would answer. N isn't the most organized person in the world so I was stoked to get some organizational tips from the webcast. They presented lots of good info and many good reminders about organization. Here are a few: TIPS FOR HOME 1) Find the...

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Homemade holiday gifts are IN, what are you making?

My top search terms right now are homemade gift ideas. There is no doubt that the economy is impacting the way people are thinking about holiday shopping. People would rather make things to give as gifts because it saves money. I personally like creative homemade, do-it-yourself gifts because they are more from the heart than store bought ones. Plus I have a blast making gifts for people cause I am crafty like that. Now since so many are flocking here in search of homemade holiday gift ideas and craft projects I wanted to take a second to suggest some easy gift ideas for you to try this holiday season. If you want to check out the instructions just click on the linked text! you have a project you have written about on...

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Lookie what I got…

Just wanted to share the gorgeous soap I just got in the mail today from Maiden53. It is a bar of fresh and energizing tangerine soap, yum! I love handmade soap for a number of reasons. The main one is because homemade soap is usually more natural and it leaves my skin feeling so nice. After checking out the Garland Prarie Soaps page I got really excited about the occation soaps idea. N and I have been brainstorming fun wedding favor ideas and homemade soaps are a really good idea! With our forest wedding theme we wanted to encorporate the scents and textures of the forest in to the wedding reception. Giving individually wrapped homemade soaps to our guests is a very cute idea. Fun! Thanks Maiden53 for the bar of soap...

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I was not making porn I promise!

Just because I have a tripod set up at the end of the bed does not mean we were making porn! I am sure that is what the neighbors are thinking though. It's a kind of funny sight and thought so I snapped a photo of it and thought I would make it the title of this post. Nice huh? I am sure I'll get lots of 1 second hits from people searching for homemade porn now huh? Seriously though I was recording a video demonstration for another craft article I wrote. As I mentioned yesterday I sold another article and have been feeling highly motivated to write these days. Plus the search terms on this blog have been super instructional craft project oriented. The people have spoken and want more craft...

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Bloggy Giveaway winners!!

I promised I would announce the winners of my bloggy giveaway soon after the contest closed. I'll admit it was hard to figure out who was the most deserving so I decided to give two away instead of just the one. Here are the winners of the heartwarming mini message in a bottle gifts. Thanks for all your entries guys! Becky S Well, my message would sort of be for two people. I recently adopted our beautiful daughter from China. I would write a thank you to her birth mother for giving us life’s greatest gift. However, we don’t don’t who her birthmother is, so I would have my daughter hold onto it as a keepsake. Then she could someday add her own thank you, too and remember the special...

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Bloggy Giveaway- Mesage in a bottle gift

Okay, I was tempted to host my own giveaway after entering Witchypoo's giveaway. So here I go joining the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival! This giveaway will run for one week from today closing on May 3rd, 2008 for US residents. To enter just leave a comment below that tells us why you should win an adorable and heartwarming mini message in a bottle gift. The most worthy comment will win the giveaway so pour your heart into describing who you would send the gift to. Oh and don't forget to subscribe to my feed! The message in a bottle gift is for sale on my gift site as a Custom Gifts by Talina exclusive and is a great way to send a special, sentimental message to a loved one. Reaching out and...

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Making my own braided rug- Prairie Chic Craft Idea

Braided rugs (or rag rugs) are not only useful around the home but they are also a great way to recycle fabrics. You can make your own braided rug using old t-shirts, boxers, linen and even scrap fabric from sewing projects! These are sometimes referred to as "rag rugs" they have great character and are a wonderful way to recycle and reuse. I have been wanting to make one of these for our home for quite sometime and I am finally making it happen this week. I like the idea of the braided rug because it is made from recycled material that I would otherwise throw away. Plus the rug has a unique, primitive charm about it. It is extra special because it is 100% homemade too! The instructions I found were...

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I have many free craft project ideas for you

I wanted to take a second to share a series of craft project articles I have published recently ans some that were published way back when and deserve some attention. If you are crafty or if you are looking for tutorials on certain crafts you are in the right place! I have tons of projects that you can try today! I have included a brief excerpt from each of the articles, if you click the excerpt it will take you to the article. Make your own braided rug/ rag rug - Braided rugs are not only useful around the home but they are also a great way to recycle fabrics. You can make your own braided rug using old t-shirts...

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Amaryllis time lapse video

Well, I did it! I finished my amaryllis bulb time lapse video. I actually wanted to make the video to show people how awesome bulbs are. It's not the best video ever but it's pretty good for my first time lapse attempt! I was taking photos for about 4 days.. Getting the lighting and background just right and keeping it that way was hard but it turned out alright! Tonight I had the most fun putting the slides to the music. I used Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers for the background music (hope that is not bad)...

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Finches leave the nest! Happy x-mas eve!

Yesterday I got a photo of two of my baby finches outside of the nest having a good time! My gray one and a cream colored one were hanging out on a perch together testing the waters! I am super excited and surprised that they are flying so early in their development! In other news our holiday kitchen madness has ended! We spent much of 12/22/07 making fudge, orange ham glaze, cinnamon raisin bread, rice crispy treats, chocolate dipped pretzels, English toffee, oatmeal raisin cookie mix, rustic soup mix and much more! We were canning, packaging and wrapping like crazy till about 2 am! We made up lots of good treats to give away to family and we had some fun too! I think the baking and crafting that we do...

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Still trying to finish your holiday shopping?

Are you an online holiday shopper? If so you are running out of time to complete that shopping! Many online retailers experience a rush of sales from those last minute shoppers about the third week before Christmas. This year the madness began on December 10th and many shops are reaching their holiday shipping deadlines at the end of this week. Many shipping deadlines approach this week and into early next week so if you want your online orders to arrive before Christmas you need to get busy! Amazon.com is a great holiday gift retailer I have used this year. Amazon is still offering their two day shipping Today, December 20th 2007. Buy.com, a popular online electronics retailer will be offering their free shipping specials till Sunday December 16th 2007 and...

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It is an eventful day, because of our pets.

First of all thank you to everyone who wished me well for the craft show! I did pretty good, got 3 custom order inquiry's. Will deliver one on Monday! A local business woman will be giving my ornaments away as "meeting favors" at her board meeting on Monday. I am delivering them to her, also another man asked me to help him come up with a nice gift set for his wife. The good thing about doing craft shows it that it gets your name and business out among the locals and that is aways a good thing! I can actually take local orders and fill them up until the day before Christmas because they don't need to be shipped far away! On top of that I did actually make...

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Recycled sweater purse and glove instructions

I had planned to publish the instructions for the cozy sweater purse in my previous post titled Homemade Christmas gift ideas, to-go boxes and purses… Oh my but the post became rather long and for the sake of the sanity of my readers I put the instructions here in a separate post so it could be found more easily. All you need to do to make this nifty little sweater gift bag/ purse is find an old knitted sweater or perhaps a nice wool seater that has been felted (or if you are like me it was mistakenly shrunk). Take your favorite purse pattern or draw your own. I'll post a my own free pattern here for your to print and use, please don't repost it though, link to this blog post...

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Top Chirstmas Gifts 2007 – for my shopping list.

My mom is insisting that I don't buy her any more Christmas gifts than I already have but I found the perfect gift for her today while I was browsing the Top 2007 Christmas Gifts for Her site. She collects Snowbabies and every year we have bought her a new one for her holiday collection. Today I found one that is "girlfriend" themed with the little snowbabies searing glasses and pearls. It's adorable! I don't want post a photo or a link to it because I don't want her to see it- I may buy it after all. but if you are looking for some last minute (ha, well end of November is last minute to me) gifts you should check out the site! ...

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Clever Holiday Gifts I found- November 2007

I have gotten the majority of my big holiday shopping out of the way prior to thanksgiving this year. Yay for me! I try to do this every year and am not always successful, this year I pulled it off though! Oh, by the way of you still need to do holiday shopping consider doing it from the comfort of your own home! I did all my shopping online and will only be visiting a store or two between now and Christmas. You can even start your "black friday" shopping from home now! Visit your favorite stores on 12am on black friday and get the deals without having to wait in line outside those stores in the wee hours of the morning- unless you really love the chaos of black friday...

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Homemade Gift Idea- Origami Treat Box

We have about 8 Victoria's Secret catalogs that are piled up on our living room table. Each catalog has the exact same products in it just in a different order. Anyway I wanted to put them to good use somehow, I was going to use them to start the fireplace up or something. Tonight I came across a fun blog site that I was browsing. One of the articles posted was a tutorial on creating easy origami gift boxes. I thought this was a cute way for me to give some of my homemade goodies this holiday season. I was trying to learn the fold tonight and I used paper from the wasteful Victoria's Secret catalogs. The boxes are actually really cute because of the catalog colors and print and the...

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Get your free 2007 holiday E-book today!!

This year I got involved in a fun free holiday E-book. I submitted my favorite cookie recipe to the E-book and I am excited about trying all the fun recipes others have submitted to the E-book! If you need some holiday ideas you should check this out! The theme of this years E-book is centered around how to plan the best cookie swap ever. Each participating vendor was asked to share a tried and true family cookie recipe and or one of their family traditions. This years e-book is set up as follows: You will find a listing of all of the vendor's recipes and/or holiday tradition followed by their special offer with a link that is click-able to their website. The resource page is full...

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Avoid the crowds- shop online!

I do that majority of my holiday shopping online and I even start buying stuff before the official holiday shopping time period. Last year just for fun I went to some of my favorite stores for "black friday". It was exciting and chaotic but was not nearly worth the hassle in my opinion. Last year I was shopping for an IPOD or MP3 Player. Several stores had good black friday deals but those deals were so limited and coveted that only a few people got the hot items they needed. Needless to say I did not find the portable music player I needed during my black friday excursion. I actually found a great deal on an MP3 player online and buying it and having it shipped just in time for...

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