Some more gift ideas, but not from the kitchen

I have referenced our “homemade gift rule” with the adults in my family before.   We can only give homemade gifts (although my mom takes liberty with this and fudges quite a bit).

We did buy toys that were on the nieces’ and nephews’ wish lists this year, everything from Legos to Kinect 360 games, but one item on my niece’s list stumped me—a striped owl.  I searched Amazon, but with every view I kept thinking, “I could make that.”    Off to the fabric store I went.

That was dangerous.   All the patterns were on sale for only ninety-nine cents so my Christmas gift-giving brain went into overdrive.   I bought three patterns and fabric to make not only the striped owl, but a stuffed chicken, birds, and aprons.

I had forgotten how difficult and tedious some toy patterns can be.  But, I persevered and have presents for two nieces, the nephews, and mom and my sister.

I love the “striped owl” but that is one funky looking chicken.

I put a couple of patterns together to make my angry bird characters.   Who does the yellow bird resemble?

My angry bird characters.

Yes, Bert from Sesame Street!   🙂

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Back to more cooking gift ideas tomorrow.

Note:  As I was struggling with all the owls, chickens, and angry birds, what was I listening to?  Ironically enough, This American Life was airing its annual Poultry Slam!  🙂

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My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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