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I like to do a homemade gift for my family at Christmas time.  One year, I did pillowcases.  It was super easy!  At first, I had thought to try to find out what each person’s bedroom colors were and try to match those, but that turned out to be too difficult.  Matching colors was a problem, and I didn’t want my family to feel guilty for not using them all the time.  By doing the Christmas theme, family members could just bring it out once a year if they like.  I had also thought to use up some...

If you have a young boy, do you have this problem?  My son likes to keep his Lego set packaging so that he can look at the pictures.  I guess it’s like a magazine for him.  The problem is, of course, that it’s a mess of broken down boxes that keep his room from looking nice and neat.  Well, I had an idea. I needed to turn this pile of boxes… … into a more organized apparatus like this…   Using ModgePodge, I glued some fabric...

On Mother’s Day, our church traditionally gives each Mother a small gift of appreciation.  Some gift from past years were floral ideas: a mum for Mom, single rose or carnation for Mom, etc. A favorite gift idea involves chocolate.  You can’t go wrong with chocolate!!  Last year we made paper purses and filled them with a variety of chocolate bars.  It was fun to look through our stash of buttons for the perfect one to glue on these purses. ...

I’m so pleased to introduce my readers to a new MostlySensible contributor, Ann Shrader.  She’s my mom!  There’s no one on earth who has a knack for putting together some really neat gift and hospitality ideas.  Ann Shrader has been a missionary kid, a Bible college professor’s wife, and a pastor’s wife, and a veteran of...

Hosting a party in my home is always a joyous time.  Anytime our home is opened for a party or other get-together it’s nice to send folks home with a little something if I can.  Time and resources were in short supply for me, so I made some simple gifts.  It was just enough to let folks know that we love them and we were thinking of them.   The menu this year was a little simpler for me because we asked folks to bring a salad or a dessert.  They...

When the kids are settled into a school routine, and I am too, I like to make homemade Christmas gifts.   ๐Ÿ™‚  I like to include at least one homemade item in the Christmas gifts for the family.    So what to do this year?   Here’s an idea for you that I did a couple of years ago.  It was really easy, not too expensive, and very practical.  Hot pads!  Big ones!  I bought one Christmas themed flannel “layer cake” for...

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