My Holiday Gift Suggestion List for 2015 (all under $20) including links to my reviews.
A must-have DVD collection for the “Hitch” fan on your list!
One of the best books on Reiki I’ve ever read!
My all-time fav gardening book.
Fun and Easy Gardening for even the “green thumb challenged“! 😉
A Mr. Cheddar Approved Title!
Enlightening and Informative. Recipes Too!
Wonderful Pens! Mine Are Still Going Strong, Years Later! 🙂
Beautiful Eco-Friendly Stationary, with a Difference!
Yoga CAN Be For Almost Everyone!
Sooooo relaxing!!! ZZZZZzzzzz…. 😉
My Go-To Tootsie Polish! It’s Great.
♥Happy Shopping and Holidays♥
IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START! 😉
Get your free copy for all these lovely patterns: here
I just ♥ that white chevron bag and the ruffled wine-colored scarf.
Happy Knitting and Week!
Did you have a good time on Black Friday? Amazon sure made me smile yesterday! 😉
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Happy Reading, Shopping and Cooking too!🙂
Here’s a screenshot from around 9AM on Black Friday, over atAmazon.comfrom the:
Top 100 Paid List for Vegetarian Cookbooks:
Not number 1 but heh on a Paid List, especially on Black Friday, I’ll take it. 😉
It’s a rare honor/treat to end up on any Top 100 List at Amazon, especially the paid lists considering the millions of books that are available at Amazon. I wasn’t able to see if I moved up any further later in the day as I was out and about with a lot of errands to do, but it sure was a nice way…
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I ♥ handmade and heartfelt gifts, to give and to receive.
Made with ♥, special and one of a kind gifts. Also, giving of our time, in big and small ways. Treasures and memories that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.
Gotta ♥ all those reasons and more. 😉
On the eve of Black Friday, I thought I’d share some suggestions here at Veggies…for easy to make handmade gifts and other ideas, just in time for Christmas.
What is your fav handmade gift that you’ve made for someone or received?
From the kitchen:
Knit and Crochet:
Giving of Your Time and Talents
(the most special gifts of all, IMO) 🙂
-Volunteer to read to someone on a regular basis who is blind or vision impaired.
-Spend a day exploring winter’s wonderland with a child in need. Perhaps a way to also give a single parent a much-needed break.
-Befriend a older person at a care home who has no family or friends that regularly visit.
-Knit prayer shawls and give them to recipients personally, throughout the year.
Offer to help a neighbor who is living alone with some household chores like: snow shoveling, small home repairs, bringing over a fresh plate of cookies…There are a lot of lonely people out there and the holiday season is a particularly difficult time for many people.
-Volunteer to take calls at a local crisis center.
-Volunteer to help with a local literacy program.
-Plan small gifts to give as random acts of kindness: to people you meet on the streets, delivery people, letter carriers, clerks at stores you regularly shop at…and watch their faces light up with your thoughtful gesture.
Some suggestions: Coffee cards, a stack of fresh cookies tied up in a small gift bag, lip balms to help with winter chapped lips, simple hand-knit scarves, good-quality chocolate bars.
***I’ve always loved Mason jar crafts/gifts!***
Check out this post at: Twines & Vines for some beautiful, last minute handmade gift ideas. :<)
Happy Weekend and Crafting!
I’ve always ♥ making (and getting!) handmade gifts, at any time of year.
There’s something so special about a present that someone took the time to make, large or small and in whatever type of craft it was created from.
I also ♥ crochet, although I haven’t been doing that much “hooking” 😉 in the past year. I hope to get back to more crochet projects in 2014.
I found this short but well done Christmas crochet book:
over at Amazon recently and decided to give it a try.
Here’s my review from Amazon:
“Christmas Crochet: Done In a Day features attractive holiday crochet projects that definitely would be doable in a day or two.
IMO, there is nothing better than handmade gifts at any time of year. The crafts in this book would make excellent holiday gifts that would be well received by the recipient.
Instructions are easy to understand.
In spite of it being a rather small book, there are projects that would appeal to young and old, two and four- legged pals too!
As an avid and long-time crocheter, I’m glad I downloaded a copy of Christmas Crochet: Done In A Day.”
If you’d still like to make some crochet Christmas crafts but need a little inspiration, give this ebook a try. And do let me know what you make!
Happy Hooking and Holidays! 😉
This pattern post has been getting quite a few hits lately, based on my stats, so thought I’d feature this easy knit project again, here at Veggies.. just in time to make for Christmas.
I made the one pictured above and am working on a couple for gifts right now too.
What I really like about this cover is not only how it looks but how protective it is too. Nice and thick because of the seed stitch used throughout, so it really cushions the ereader; unlike some of the other ereader cover patterns and even the commercial covers, that are available.
This pattern was one that I found over at Ravelry.
Laura, the designer has graciously provided a PDF of the pattern: Kindle_Cover
Just seed/moss stitch throughout, knitting in the round (p the k and k the p) to form this lovely, textural yarn fabric.
I used some wool from my stash. The yarn color shown is Fire Tweed by Lopi.
The only thing I am changing this time is to make it an inch shorter than the pattern. If you decide to make one of these, measure your own ereader and make the cover (up to flap) just 1/2″ more than the length of your ereader so it fits snugly. It will stretch a bit too, with repeated use.
Another tip, if using a wool yarn for this project, DO give it a soak in a wool/delicate wash detergent after making the cover and before using it, to soften up the yarn. I used Eucalan (click to read my review of that great product) and it softened up this yarn beautifully. Wool yarns can be a bit rough and you wouldn’t want to scratch the screen of your ereader.
Who needs to spend $20. + for one of those generic ereader covers? 😉
And handmade gifts are always so special.
Happy Knitting! 🙂
I just posted this year’s 20 gift ideas under $20, over at My Real Life Reviews.
I hope you find the list helpful with your own holiday shopping!
Happy Holidays! 🙂
Hello again! It’s great to be back to post here at Veggies...
I’ve missed blogging and I’m really looking forward to visiting you all again soon.
As I mentioned previously, I have been working on a number of projects and goals that I want to complete for 2011. January has already been a very good start to the year.
I’ve been keeping a yearly goal plan and also one for each month. January’s projects have all been checked off, except for one project to go and that should be a quickie! 😉 I’ve still got a few days to finish.
I really think this is the kind of goal-setting that’s going to continue to work for me. Workable and at the same time enough of a challenge to make it interesting.
So, what are some of the things I got completed and/checked off my goal list for January?
- committed and kept to a regular exercise plan
- chose all the poems I want to include in a collection I am working on
- 1 crochet project (1 to go) for the crochet book I’ve had on the back-burner
for too longquite a while
- set-up my new review blog (more about that below)
- various proposals and local projects that are still in the works (again more to come on these)
So, not too shabby for a good start to the new year!
Speaking of my new review blog. It’s now a reality at: My Real Life Reviews
Hope you’ll stop by soon and often. Please add me to your blogroll: www.myreallifereviews.com and do spread the word.
I’ve been wanting to start a review blog for a long time. In recent months I’ve also had a number of emails/requests from companies and individuals asking me if I’d be interested in reviewing their products.These requests have been another nudge/reminder for me to finally get this new blog up and running. I also have written several reviews in the past here at Veggies…and My Poetic Path, that I’ll be sharing over at My Real Life Reviews.
I’ve always found it so helpful to check out reviews for products I’m interested in, before buying or when considering which brand/type to chose. I hope you’ll find my reviews helpful and informative. Mr. Cheddar will also be helping (natch) and has already designated himself as blog author for all products feline-related. I’m certainly ok with that!
I’m still getting use to Blogger after being with WordPress for such a long time. It’s been fun and a bit of a challenge but I think the “bones” of the blog are looking pretty good. Now to get those posts written and the sidebar filled up!
As my new blog header says re: the products I’ll be featuring: SOME GOOD, SOME OK and SOME….JUST PLAIN BAD!
I’ll end up today with a big thanks to Ruinwen for the beautiful goodie package (which also included natural soap and a scrub) that arrived in the mail for me this week. I was also inspired to update my avatar photo after this wonderful pkg. arrived!
She knitted this lovely scarf for me and I will treasure it always: