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I would rather you spend 5 minutes making me something than pulling out a credit card. My grandson (4 yrs old) had made a pinecone spider web for a school project - he asked me if I wanted it cause his mom was going to throw it away - it has a front row seat in my china cabinet. This year he made me a key ring - the green animal on it looks like a turtle but it's really a frog (my Girl Scout camp name name is Treefrog). That key ring is always with me and the pride he feels when he sees me with it is immense.
I have been making embroidered pillowcases since Feburary for this year's Christmas. They are about $10.00 a pair & then the thread (floss) is very inexpensive.
We have adopted the rule Mz. Hussar speaks of above. The only thing we added was that you could get a gift at a yard sale or Goodwill or someplace - but you had to have paid CONSIDERABLY less than it would have been from the regular store. (Part of our plan was to help save enough money for a family ski weekend we will remember longer than most gifts)
Surprisingly, everyone liked the idea! My husband and son already started it by making me a fountain for Mothers Day.
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