Wow, I am on a roll with getting things made this week! It’s making me really happy to be able to cross stuff off my list. Today I finished up the gift for Punky’s teacher, and for my family’s gift exchange. Actually, not only the gift, but the wrapping too!
I mixed up jar-sized batches of popcorn seasoning mixes from recipes that I found on line. All of the recipes I found seem to only make enough for one or two batches of popcorn. Much easier to make up a big batch and have it in a handy shaker I think. I chose three different flavours and went to work mixing up dry spices. Even if you think of yourself as not crafty/not artsy/not able to cook you can do this. You’re just dumping dry spices into a bowl, mixing them together and then transferring them into a jar. It took me a few minutes to figure out how much I would have to make to fill two jars of each flavour, but the actual mixing and packaging probably took all of ten minutes. Easy fast and fun, just what holiday gifts should be! Of course, you know my obsession with good packaging – I had to make up some fun labels to go on the jars. No fancy sticker sheets required (sorry Staples) for the labels – regular paper and a decent glue stick work great.
Now, for the wrapping. Yesterday I went over to Len’s Mill, our local fabric/yarn/never know what else shop. It’s a good place to go for fabric of the type I was looking for, which would be cute and cheap. I didn’t feel the need to spend a ton on gift bag fabric. Len’s carries some of the fancy brands, but if you walk past those shelves you’ll find more shelves piled high with less expensive fabrics. Some are good quality, some not so much. It’s always a mess, but fun to dig through. A small amount of poking rewarded me with this fun green print – looks kind of like candies, right?
All four bags took me about half an hour to make. I had a half metre of fabric, so I just folded it in half lengthwise,and then cut a 10 inch wide piece for each bag. The last bag is a bit bigger as there were about 13 inches left after three 10 inch cuts. It’s a gift bag – who cares? I have a little tutorial here if you want instructions to make your own super quick bags. I love projects like this where you use up very bit of the supply you bought for it, I have enough craft stash!
Finally, a continuation of yesterday’s purple theme.
Remember RedBear? Well, his sweater was a big hit. Punky hasn’t requested any clothes for him this year, but I think she’ll like that he has pants that match hers. On his part, RedBear was very patient with me as I had to try his pants on him a couple of times to make sure I wasn’t messing them up too badly. Unlike his best friend RedBear has limitless patience.