A Homemade Christmas

IMG_0001Wine cork ornaments made by my Mom, Nana, and my Mom’s cousin, Jane!

This year, as my family and I went to our pre-planned Christmas events, I started noticing a trend. There seemed to be a whole lot of hand made gifts being given; gifts with thought and heart. While this has little to do with food, I thought it would be neat to share with my readers and hopefully spark a few ideas of creativity.

Ty and I had planned on doing a little gift making ourselves, mainly because they mean more… and supplemented by the fact that we are lacking funds. And as he says “my time is free”. Take a look below to see a sampling of what we gave and received this year.

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Ty’s beautiful gift to me. My new dog-tooth-chew-mark-less coffee table. There is even a bullet in the wood!

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My Yankee Sawp gift. A Bromeliad Terrarium. 

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Homemade Dill Pickles, Bread & Butter Pickles, Dill Relish, and Beet and Cabbage Relish. I’ll perfect our tags some day…

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Detailed view of a gorgeous cutting board Ty made. Man’s got talent!

IMG_0485Some redneck wine glass made by my Mom and Nana. Everyone got a kick out of these!

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We received various framed photos. This happened to be one from the photo booth at my brother’s wedding.

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Ty’s sister gave me a set of hand-made cards. They are stunning. I’m stealing this idea for later!

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My Aunt Beth made this stunning necklace! She puts my jewelry making skills to shame!

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Did you know vanilla extract can be made with vanilla beans and high quality vodka? Well, Ty’s sister did! She gave us this cute jar with homemade vanilla extract.

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A beautiful seashell angel from my aunt to hang on my Christmas tree next year… or hang on my wall, though I’m afraid it will be lost against the wood. 

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