Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Getting it Together

 Remember this zippy bags I made back in the summer from scraps? I hit CVS yesterday with my extra care bucks to round out the items I wanted to include in our DD's "On the Go First Aid Kits" for a Christmas gift. The supplies are geared to our Grands needs as they are the ones who always seem to have a bobo or illness when away from home. I have been watching the sales and coupons for a few month's to stock up on supplies as many things included can be pretty costly. This is one of the many odds and end's that take time to pull together.
 A trip to the attic to pull out wrapping supplies I purchase for penny's on the dollar each year at the after Christmas sale's was also on the To Do list. Can you see AJ the beagles blue ball that is making me crazy? That sucker has been put up at least until the wrapping is done. A dog and a ball running over the wrapping paper has not been working well for me but seems to energize the beagle even more.
 While in the attic I dug around for baking containers I also purchase at the after Christmas sales last year. I noticed while at the craft store this week these packing kits run from $5.00-$7.00 ouch!! Stocking up on the clearance sales sure helps when putting together homemade goodies for friends and family.
 As I am running into items I need or want to include in gift baskets/bags I am organizing them in this cute market bag. One of these days I need to monogram this thing.
Between doing odds and ends yesterday I started the wrapping, ugh!! I hate wrapping but it is a must do. Our DD's are having there Santa gifts delivered to our house this year so the grands surprises won't be ruined. Getting my own wrapping out of the way should help keep down a little of the maddness when the big girls arrive to do their own wrapping.

I look around the house and think what the heck have I been doing, this place is a mess. But as I write this post it helps remind me of why I can't seem to mark all the things on my LONG to do list off. I seem to be spending a whole lot of time sorting and organizing. Today is my last day for the next 4 days to pull it together before I have one or more of the Grands. Boy oh boy would they have a hay day in all these boxes, wrapping paper, tape, etc.

Sew today I was thinking why not share a bit of my scrap sewing with one of you who might enjoy an "On the Go First Aid Bag" of your own or to use as a gift. To get your name in the hat leave a comment on a handmade gift you have done or will do that is not only useful but frugal as well. Good luck to you all!

19 comments:

  1. Hi, would love to be entered in your give-away. This year I made all the ladies on my list, zip top pouches (make-up bags) for my bits and pieces of fabric.

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    1. I know the ladies are going to LOVE those bags and don't you love putting all those scraps to good use

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  2. I made homemade chalk boards out of picture frames and spray on chalk board paint. I wrapped with white and colored chalk. Rebecca Harrelson

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    1. LOVE that idea!! I told Hubby last weekend I was going to put a chalk board at the front door so I could remember which of the big or little kids borrow things from us.

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  3. That pouch would be perfect during our move! I have knitted many scarves. Currently working on a family gift- DH and DS #2 making doll bed for granddaughter. I made the doll quilt, pillow, and "mattress." Off to pack a few more boxes- ugh! Angela

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    1. Oh how fun!!! You have the whole family in on the act. Christmas morning will be super special at your home

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  4. That's awesome! Can you post a list of things you are putting in the first aid baggies for toddlers? It's such a great idea!

    I'm working on a sweater for our little nephew right now but I'm not sure if I have enough time to finish it.

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    1. I want to learn to knit but I already have so many prijects going on. I posted the list on tonight's post. Our little ones are past the age of needing orjel or tummy bubble meds but they too would be great to have on hand

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  5. What a great idea this is! My grandchildren's mothers would love to have one of these packed in the car. We always take a first aid kit with us when we tailgate--all my tailgating friends would love one. And then there's ........so many! Thanks for the great idea.

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    1. You sound like me Janice! Ha I too am the one that always have a first aid kit on hand, one in the car, one on the Harley, another for our suitcase. The kiddo's clean me out all of the time. sew..from now on they will have thier own

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  6. I usually do some baking for inexpensive gifts around the holidays. To package then nicely, I purchase baskets and other containers from the second hand store and fancy them up with ribbons and other holiday trim. So cute and helps the budget! Everyone loves a lil' homemade!

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    1. Great idea! So many ladies work away from home these days they just don't have time to do baking. Have you seen the price on food gift baskets? CRAZY

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  7. The first aid bags are a great idea, Debby. I not a fan of wrapping either. Hope AJ got her ball back? as I know she would have.

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    1. AJ much like the grands rule the roost around here!! She has her ball. Ha

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  8. At the moment, I can't think of a thing except bibs. Been a long day!
    You are the busiest, getting the most done homemaker in cyber world!

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    1. Ha, thanks Rhonda. Thinking of you and all the families getting hit by the ice storm, stay safe

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  9. My favourite frugal homemade gift is a basket of goodies for both my Step Grandmother and my mother in law. Both ladies are in their nineties and love their sweets so I make up some cookies, some loaves, and some candies. I package it all up nicely in a pretty basket so than when it gets home it can be placed in the freezer for a later date and some can be enjoyed now. Both of these ladies just love the baskets and can wait for Christmas to come.

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    1. I miss putting goodie boxes like that together for my Dad and Aunts who have all passed. For so many years they baked sweets for us, such a blessing to be able to do the same for them when they couldn't do for themselves

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