Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Showing Appreciation...

It is usually very enjoyable to be invited to someone's home for dinner (or even just dessert) to fellowship together as friends. Typically, I don't take a hostess gift, nor do I expect one from anyone coming to my house...they are invited just for us all to enjoy each other's company.

However, annually we try to have a progressive dinner for the youth activity at church, so for the past couple years I've decide to take a hostess gift to those that take the time to prepare food for a bunch of kids that are going to eat & run. This year it was these mugs filled with various hot drink packets.

There was one mug given per stop...
The contents included
     1 - Hot Chocolate Mix Packet
     1 - Hot Apple Cider Mix PAcket
     1 - English Breakfast Tea Bag
     1 - Chai Tea Bag
     1 - Earl Grey Tea Bag
     3 - Creme de Pirouline Dark Chocolate Cookie Wafers
     1 - Filter of Coffee (for 1-12 cup pot of coffee)
     1 - Sugar in the Raw Packet (1 Tablespoon serving size)
     1 - Mug :)

Everything was prepackaged...except 3 items: the cookies, which I just divided into sandwich baggies, the coffee, which I put in a filter than wrapped in a baggie; and the sugar, which was the crafty part of the gift. I took a section of parchment paper and folded it in half and sewed up the sides. Then I filled it with the sugar, folded the open edge over twice, and then poked a hole with an Xacto knife to put the snowflake brad through to hold it closed. I really liked how those looked :)

These were easy to make up and could easily be kept on hand for quick hostess gifts to give out, if that is something you enjoy doing... and it seems like it might be more prevalent to do at holiday time, which is quickly approaching. They would also make great gifts too! They were fairly reasonable in price, especially if you get the mugs at a dollar store. However, the price could quickly climb if the mug and content are "upgraded" to more gourmet items. They can be easily customized if you know the person you are gifting it to likes a particular kind of hot drink.

Personally, I think they are a great gift because who doesn't like a new mug?! Not to mention, I drink a ton of hot beverages, especially in cooler weather.

Would you enjoy getting this as a gift?

"Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

~ 1 Peter 4:9-10 ~


Friday, October 30, 2015

Cozy Scarves...

Early October here in NW PA was a little on the cooler side and was definitely a time when we could get some scarves out and start accessorizing with them.

This got me to make about 10 scarves from some really cozy warm wintery materials. Two of the scarves were for myself :) and the rest for selling at a mid-October craft show.

Here are the cozy fabric neck wraps (aka. scarves) that I made...

Gray Chevron Minky Continuous Scarf 

Green Leaves Brushed Continuous Scarf 

Woolly Plaid Continuous Scarf 

 Purple Floral Flannel Continuous Scarf

 Minky Sky Blue Dots Continuous Scarf

 Fluffy Blush Pink Continuous Scarf

Beige Heather Sweatshirt Continuous Scarf

All of these are on my Gift Cove store website and ready to be shipped! Go on over and pick out your favorite... you'll be all ready for cooler weather and look stunning at the same time!

"She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry;
her clothing is silk and purple."
~ Proverbs 31:21-22 ~

Thanks for stopping by...


Monday, October 26, 2015

Planning Ahead...

As October draws to an end, the planning for Christmas really kicks into high gear...especially for those of us that enjoy making the presents we plan to give to others throughout the holiday season.

Last week, Liz and I visited a local quilt shop just to browse (and kill time before we needed to be at the library...). The inspiration during this trip was a set of pompom makers and the sample pompom hanging in front them.

They got me to thinking...

Then it got me perusing Pinterest...for ways to make pompoms without buying pompom makers and for projects we can make with the pompoms for Christmas gifts.

I found both! 

The How to make a Wool Pom Pom Wreath and Garland blog post from An Oregon Cottage was probably the most influential pin of my search.

So, the pompom making has begun, but not en mass... hopefully we will pick up the production pace soon and get a good head start on our Creative Christmas!

I have other Christmas plans in the works too... 

Do you? What are your Creative Christmas plans?

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." ~ Proverbs 17:22


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Beautiful Fall Day...

This afternoon warmed up nicely after a chilly start this morning...so the girls went outside to play in the leaves. I was able to catch some of the fun with the camera...

Out on the trampoline...
 Laughing on the large tree swing...
 Sweet girl...

 Swinging contentment...
 Watching the sun...

 Adorable girls :)

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" 
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~

Thanks for stopping by...

My store at www.thegiftcove.com has some great gifts to give for the coming holidays... more items will be added soon!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Beginning a New Year...

of 'homeschool'! We started school today...a day earlier than I was planning, because the girls wanted to!

Our Summer break is usually May and June, so they are typically ready to start again at the end of June...I like starting in July...and with starting early we get to take a good portion of December off. :)

Here are the eager students during the first day...
So willing to work today...
Liz working on Literature/English...
 Amber got to take a short break...
Hopefully they keep up the good attitude the whole year!

"Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right."
~ Proverbs 20:11


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