October 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm #255866mudhenMember
I have been having a good time this year putting together all sorts of bits and pieces to make gift baskets for friends and family at Christmas. I’ve got a good stash of jams, jellies and preserves:
Lilly Pilly Jam and Jelly
Quince Jelly and Paste
Grapefruit and Cumquat Marmalades
Cumquats in Brandy
Rose Petal Syrup
There are dried orange slices ready to dip in chocolate and will make up some cordial this week and bottle that too. Sweet Chilli Jam is also on the list of to-do’s.
I’m very excited that for the first time ever, I’ve done Christmas all through the year with seasonal fruit. I’m going to make cloth baskets from op shop doona covers, pop in a couple of cloth shopping bags for each lot of the extended family and maybe some tulle produce bags too. My overseas parcels have to be ready to post by the end of this week, so a few little things for nephews will be made up this week (I’ve been felting op shop jumpers to make softies) and that will be one big job crossed off my list.
My kids have been told that we are getting one big family present this year, and the rest of the gifts we exchange between each other need to be home- or hand-made. DS19 is a keen photographer and I’m going to ask him to do a series of individual photos so we can finally get some pictures up. DS17 is thinking he’ll make his siblings a whizz-bang trebuchet they can take to the park to chuck tennis balls with, and DS15 is putting the finishing touches to a family monopoly game that he’s made up with inspiration from all the different places we’ve lived (enough to fill the 4 sides of the board!)
Have you been thinking about gifts already? What sorts of things are you planning, or have done already?October 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm #509744karyn26Member
Xmas again!!! Already!!!
I was in coles the other day and they had the xmas stuff out already.
I just shook my head.
I havent even thought about xmas so dont know what anyones getting :S
Good on you though Mudhen for being so organised. :tup:October 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm #509745BobbeeMember
Mudhen that is fantastic, well done you. And you have the co-operation of your children too. :clap: :clap: :hug: :hug:
I have some patchwork things like quilts and lap rugs and wall hangings that I hope to have ready on time but that’s as far as I’ve got. 😉
Bobbs :hug: :hug: :hug:October 8, 2011 at 10:02 pm #509746BronMember
Wow, there is so much inspiration on this forum!! Those ideas sound fantastic, but I love the Monopoly one!!October 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm #509747MuddyfeetMember
I’m doing mulberry sauce as I type, I’ve dehydrated bags of pecans off the tree, and tomorrow I’m making up some lemon cordial and some lime cordial to bottle. We’ll be seeing family in November, so I’ll divvy out the presents then.
MFOctober 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm #509748MuddyfeetMember
Can you explain the “softies” a bit more please? They sound interesting, and I seem to be forever at opshops!
HOctober 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm #509749marzMember
‘Softies’ are toys made with fabric, wool, felt etc. and stuffed with soft filling. I’ve made owls and cats. :tup:October 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm #509750mudhenMember
softies are just soft cuddly stuffed toys made from felted wool or whatever material you wish! I have some dinosaur patterns I may use, or may just make some interesting monster one for the little boys in my life.
I love op shopping too! Getting very hard to find woolens even at the op shop though.October 9, 2011 at 1:03 am #509751BarbMember
We don’t do Christmas anymore but if we did that sounds like what I would like. Your family are lucky, it sounds like it will be great
Barb.October 9, 2011 at 1:26 am #509752JaimeKristeneMember
I need to start thinking about christmas too. We’re moving to our own home on November 2nd so we’ll get serious about it all once we settle.
Last year relatives gave us a celephane wrapped plate of home made cookies and some chocolates. I’d like to try my hand at making cordial but not so sure about recipes. Guess i can only try. I made marmelade last year and we still have a bottle left, but i could make marmelade for xmas gifts hrmns. Think i will do just that. Orange ginger lime marmelaide oh yum
Thanks again for the inspiration.October 9, 2011 at 10:14 am #509753
Wow you are organised Mudhen, and what wonderful gifts to give! Personally, I think the rose syrup is the pick of the lot! I’m sure everyone will have their favourites.
What do you use for jars? I’ve given close relatives retail bought jars with our raspberry jam or sauce, with strict instructions to give the jar back (I liked the nice ones, at $5-$8 a pop!). These weren’t presents as such, just sharing the produce, and of course nothing gets returned, which makes giving produce away quite pricey! So I’m looking for economical sources of jars right now! Know of any?
Christmas has been a low-key, family get-together here, with presents quite a small part. I’ve usually made a point of doing handmade things. But Mr FR’s mother passed away this year, and I always had the feeling that Christmas was really done for her, and now I’m at a loss as to whether to do anything at all…not that I seem to have any time for handmade projects at the moment!October 9, 2011 at 10:18 am #509754KasaliaMember
I am making ironing board covers for all the big girls this year out of left over curtain material. 🙂 Also hope to do aprons,currently making a quillo for my grandaughters birthday, but they are so expensive to do, only for a really special occassion.October 9, 2011 at 11:46 am #509755froot_loopzMember
I have an aunt thats doing a homemade Christmas this year
I generally make Christmas ornaments and hand them out with cards
but as to the actual gifts Ive been picking up bargains throughout the year.
got my sil a womans weekly cookie cookbook, cookie cutters and oven mitts for all under $10
I have to send most of our gifts interstate, because postage is expensive, I go looking for the lightest and cheapest presents I can find.October 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm #509756
Kasalia post=326223 wrote: Also hope to do aprons,currently making a quillo for my grandaughters birthday, but they are so expensive to do, only for a really special occassion.
What is a quillo?
I did aprons one year – they were fun! :tup:October 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm #509757
Hmmm… thinking about the name as I sent that post…a quillo is some sort of quilt combined pillow, isn’t it? Would love to see one, I’ve only seen quilts with a pouch that rolls up into a pillow…
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