Christmas Gifting

I had fun with Christmas gifts this year.  Some were just mundane, like a book for my brother-in-law, grilling accessories for my in-laws, gift cards for my sister and her husband because they have to travel home, and computer speakers for my dad.  But for my mom and other friends, I got to be a little more creative. And as always, I churned out a load of Amish Friendship Bread!

This year I decided to try my hand at making homemade vanilla extract.  I used two types of vodka: one organic and the other potato vodka (for gluten free).  I purchased the Avery labels from Amazon.

I gave this to my mom along with some homemade Lavender Gardener’s Hand Scrub and Hand Cream.  I also found a neat little potmaker for starting seed that uses newspaper.

For my best friend, in addition to some homemade vanilla, I got my mom’s help to make a scarf that was inspired by the one in this post.  I found lace curtains at Goodwill and the scarves (I made two and decided to keep the color she didn’t want) at Target.  The fabric of the scarves I chose was scrunched, so sewing the curtain lace on proved a little more difficult, but in the end they turned out super cute.  The one I gave her was a lime green, so I kept the black one.

And speaking of sewing, my mom got me this for Christmas:

I don’t know how involved I will get in sewing, but just being able to hem or mend seams and make simple things like curtain panels or pillow covers on my own will be nice.

Published by Leslie

I think Habitual Rearranger fits me well because I am never settled on designs, colors, or placement of items in our home. I drive Bradley crazy sometimes, but I keep figuring out new and better ways of doing things! I am not striving to be profound or an expert on anything in this blog. It is simply a way to keep a record of all of my adventures - home and life - for me to reference and also for my loved ones to follow along. I am a born and raised Georgia girl. I don't think I would enjoy living anywhere except the south. Bradley and I spent six and a half years in our starter home and are now in our forever home, a 1970s traditional two story brick house. I love getting into all kinds of projects around our house, and I try to document all the dirty details here if for no one else than for me.

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