Monday, December 27, 2010

Gifts given and received...

For the first time this year, my girls exchanged hand/home made gifts. Brianna (17) sewed a make-up wrap for Kirby (she used the tutorial here but made it slightly bigger - this is a really cute blog too!)...
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... and Kirby (20) home tie-dyed two tank tops for Brianna! How cool is that!
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Unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning...
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I have 4 sisters and for the last few years we have been exchanging gifts with a theme. It started off with paper in 2007 ( I have to hunt down some pics) then material in 2008 then round and shiny in 2009 and this year the theme was garden...
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I potted up a terracotta herb pot with oregano, basil, chives and parsley (in the holes) and added a petunia, a vinca (like impatiens) and a strawberry seedling in the top.
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Marilyn gave me a chilli plant, gardening gloves and scissors...
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Janine gave me this concrete stepping stone and cute bird...
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Sue gave me this potted plant and wrought iron pot holder...
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... and Leanne gave me these garden goodies - calendar, garden bag, mozzie repellant sticks, scissors, kneeling pad and leaf scooper and a garden gnome who was AWOL for the picture! Aren't they all cool presents???
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It's my turn to think of a theme and I have decided I'd like a recipe book from each of them. Ten mains, salads, desserts, cakes or slices and 10 hints/tips. They've all be married over 30 years so they should be able to come up with some good tried and true recipes.
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Do you exchange gifts with a theme? It is fun!
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Cheers - Joolz

7 comments:

  1. What a GREAT idea! Methinks I might inteoduce this idea to our family for next year!

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  2. How great are those gifts!
    Such a cute idea to do a theme gift giving.....Love the garden goodies....

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  3. Well done to your girls! Lovely gifts!

    Love the themed gifts too. You guys are full of brilliant ideas.

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  4. nice to see the girls making gifts........
    love the present theme idea too......

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  5. I think a theme is a great idea! We haven't ever had a theme. Might be worth doing next year!

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  6. Haven't you got clever girls? Handmade is great, and thrifty.
    And how smart to have a theme.

    Cheers,
    Lisa x

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  7. Looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas. Tom and I decided this year that we are going to try and do a homemade Christmas with store bought gifts from Santa, I guess I better start planning that now. :)

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