Beautiful Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Want or Need some new and beautiful Christmas ornaments?
These would be an awesome gift for people on your list as well!

Pop on over to www.etsy.com/shop/sophiescottage
and get some before they are all gone!GREAT PRICES TOO!
Nothing says Christmas better than these handmade ornaments….!
They’re a great deal!!

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

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Pretty Christmas Ornament Gift

I don’t know about you, but I love getting new Christmas ornaments as Christmas gifts…A new one on the tree each year, and what better way to think of your friends and loved ones than putting that new ornament on the tree each year and remembering the giver,which is you!
I found this lovely idea over at the pottingshed on blogspot.

Buy a pretty ornament within your budget that you think the receiver of the gift would like……
Then make a pretty simple paper cone,out of card stock….
Then you could get some free clip art and print out some sheet music,or cover the cone with some old sheet music or old book pages, or whatever color or theme you like…
Fill with some fiberfill or cotton,place your ornament in it,add some greenery or dollar store silver sprigs like these,(or glitter existing ones)embellish with some of your craft supplies,decoupage cutouts, or whatever you like, buttons perhaps, or yo-yo’s….piddle around with your crafting and sewing supplies…until you are pleased with the outcome.
That’s it! You have given a lasting gift with beauty and sweet sentiments, and you didn’t have to spend anything much except for buying a pretty ornament.
Love and joy..
Peggy
visit my etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage“>

Pretty way to give Christmas ornaments!


As always, working on new stuff for my Etsy shop….!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage “MY ETSY SHOP”

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT TAGS

AHhhhhh….. Valentines’ day…..the time to show your love in a special way for that special someone.

Alot of people don’t know that the REAL person, VALENTINE, paid the ultimate price for love of others……the ruler had forbid men to marry because the country needed them for war…they knew if the men got married….they wouldn’t WANT to go off to war…..what kind of  ruler would ignore God’s law, and impose his own over  people in love….who wanted to obey His law and be married?

So, when he was imprisoned and sentenced to die for the ”crime” of secretly marrying couples, his last note was to his OWN love…..which,if  legend holds true….read, “from your Valentine…” and THAT’S how it all got started…….a what a lovely day of days it is.

What a man, huh?………………..I’ll bet he would have NEVER even imagined OR thought that his sacrificial legacy would become a day honoring him…our own “Valentines Day”….and that it would….. probably forever I should hope,… be a once a year SPECIAL celebration of LOVE.

I would hope that we would ALL show the ones we love that they are special…not only on February 14th, but EVERY day…..MY DH will get a special card on this day…along with his favorite “food”..which is chocolate! One big ole’ HUGE Hershey bar….which we shall share together, because that’s what people DO that have love for one another…..

It makes me remember grade school with fondness…..we would all make a huge folder with paper and staples and hearts with a pocket to put on the back of our seats…where everyone would place the Valentines that they had for the other students. I remember those cute and sometime silly or corny little Valentines……everyone in the class got Valentines….I remember one little boy I was quite fond of was that home sick that day, so I volunteered to take all his Valentines that he received from school to him at his home…and sure enough, there he was in his little pajamas..home sick…but I’m sure that big folder of probably 30 or more Valentines, made him feel just a little bit better that day!Do they still do that in school???I sure hope so..it’s been a long while since mine were in school, but I hope they NEVER stop that tradition.It didn’t matter if you were popular or not, or rich or poor,or ugly or pretty, or skinny or fat,EVERYONE got a Valentine on that ONE very special day.I’ll bet it just makes alot of kids days a little more fun, and a little brighter…..don’t you?

Many Valentines of old are VERY collectible.It is quite amazing that many have survived through the years. In doing some research, I found some pictures of the most beautiful antique Valentines, and many people, I have found, have contributed to the making of these beautiful paper treasures,from the invention of paper lace to all the extra adornments that could be added to them….as well as sayings like  this:

“May fortune weave a wreath for thee, Of all her choicest flowers. May all thy days the brightest be, And sunshine gild thy hours”

 

 that saying could be for ANYONE! It was VERY common to give Valentines to good friends as well as husbands and wives and couples.

In honor of  “Saint Valentine”, and his own life that he risked and gave up for the good of others by performing Holy Matrimony, I have made a 3 piece tag set of Simple Victorian sentiments…….these are now available in my Etsy shop if you would be interested in purchasing them…. www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

 The next set is a Sparkly Music theme.These could be a Valentine in themselves, or used as a tie on for your gifts….!

"LOVE NOTES"

 

 These are ALSO available for purchase in my Etsy shop. www.etsy.com/shop/creekwatercottage

In the meantime, I’ll be workin’, as my body permits, on more projects for you!

Easy and pretty vintage gift

IN THESE ROUGH ECONOMIC TIMES, YOU CAN STILL GIVE A NICE, PRETTY, AND THOUGHFUL GIFT FOR  UNDER $5.00!!

HOUSEWARMING, BIRTHDAY,CO-WORKER, OR EVEN FOR CHRISTMAS. ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE IMAGINATION.

I FOUND THIS BEAUTIFUL  CHINA SOUP BOWL WITH RED ROSES AT A THRIFT STORE A WHILE BACK, IT WAS ONLY $2.00.

 NOT KNOWING WHAT I WOULD BE USING IF FOR, JUST THAT IT WAS PRETTY, AND I LOVE PRETTY BOWLS OR VINTAGE CHINA!

ALTHOUGH, WITH THIS GIFT PROJECT, YOU COULD REALLY USE ANY KIND OF CHINA, NEW OR OTHERWISE, AS LONG AS IT IS IN GOOD SHAPE WITH NO CHIPS OR FADING.YOU CAN USE SAUCERS, PLATES, OR A SHALLOW BOWLS LIKE THIS ONE.

I THEN THOUGHT  WHAT A NICE GIFT IT WOULD MAKE FILLED WITH SOME ROSE HIPS  AND A NICE SCENTED CANDLE.

(you could also use clear or colored stones, which are $1.00 a bag at dollar tree, or bagged potpourri, or lots of other things for filler)

 

 I GOT A NICE SIZED SCENTED CANDLE AT DOLLAR TREE FOR    $ 1.00, AND THEN TIED A LITTLE SHEER RIBBON BOW AROUND THE CANDLE, AND THAT WAS THAT!

inexpensive gift idea

according to studies in the retail industry, candles are STILL a strong seller, so, everybody must like ’em alot! and, they still come in real handy when the electricity goes out! and WHO of the FEMALE GENDER would not just DREAM of a nice, soothing, RELAXING bubble bath with a nice meditative CD, and candles lit around the tub?

ANT IT ONLY COST ABOUT $3 to  $4.00!!

 IF YOU WANT TO SPEND A LITTLE MORE, GET A CD,BUBBLE BATH and SALTS, wrap the candle bowl: CUT A ROUND PIECE OF PLASTIC CELLOPHANE,( OR GRAB A PLASTIC GIFT BAG AT DOLLAR STORE), gather up at the top of basket,secure with ribbon and curls bow(also cheap at dollar stores) AND PUT IT IN A BASKET WITH the above items and NICE BATH POUF OR NICE WASHCLOTH!

other quick ideas for this gift project:

  • a white bowl,white candle,bow, with fake pearls in different sizes, as filler
  • a beige or white bowl/ candle,jute bow, sand and/or seashells as filler
  • white bowl, bright pink candle, white pebbles or different shades of pink and white beads for filler

Many variations you can do, what a nice gift to give or receive!

 

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