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Make Your Own Gift Baskets EBook

Don't purchase another expensive gift basket--
YOU can create terrific & unique gift baskets yourself for a fraction of the price!
Learn How to Make Gift Baskets at Home!

Dear Readers,

Saving money on gifts is a favorite topic around here. We all have holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other gift-giving occasions to deal with, and it adds up, doesn't it!

But no one wants to be a "skin-flint," or worse, see our gift "re-gifted" at a garage sale! We want our gifts to be appropriate and wanted--we want people to see we went to some trouble and were really thinking about them. Right? Of course.

Nothing says, "I'm really thinking about you" more than a custom gift basket--and nothing could be more expensive!

Have you priced a gift basket lately? Yow! Talk about sticker shock! But it's hard to look past those beautiful hampers, when you know the person you're shopping for would just love what's inside.

Here's a thought:

Make the gift basket yourself!

This guide can show you exactly how to put together 99 different homemade gift baskets--baskets you can easily customize even further for a gift your loved ones will know was made just for them!

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A Craft Fair Goldmine Ebook

Psst! Be sure to read all the way to the end so you don't miss the free bonuses--more than 500 craft ideas that come with this ebook!

Do you love making unique gifts and keepsakes with your hands? Do you wish you had more time so that you could do more crafting and maybe make money doing it? If so, this could be the most wonderful message you've ever read! Why?

Because I Can Teach You How to Succeed Selling Your Own Crafts!

It's a huge step when you decide to take a hobby to the next level and start trying to make money off of it. It's a little scary, but it can be so very rewarding. The key to making your crafting business a success is being prepared and armed with information. You have to know what you're doing before you start.

That's why I'm offering you this wonderful ebook, "Craft Fair Goldmine," to help you along the way! This is more than just a guidebook, it's a training manual designed especially for you--the beginning craft business owner.

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Victorian Lace Today

My one word review:

SQUEAL!!!!

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How to Start a Crafts Circle

Today, Wednesday, is Knitting Circle Day, one of the highlights of our week. Many of our friends come over. The moms work on projects and the children play. Our circle is a little community, without which our lives would be a lot less full.

We help each other out with projects, problems, life and its inconsistencies, and boss each others' kids around to the point that we all got invited to the eldest boy's bar mitzvah last year because he couldn't imagine the Knitting Circle Ladies not being there.

So how do you come up with one of these nifty little circles of your own, knitting or otherwise?

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How to Kool-Aid Dye Silk Scarves

watermelon scarfI love KoolAid. Good grief, not to drink! To dye stuff with!

KoolAid is a ready-made acid dye, suitable for any protein fiber. That means silk, soy silk and wool, fiber fans. Usually I dye wool with it, or its close relative, Easter egg dye.

when our friend Karen had a birthday recently, Anhata decided it would be fun if we KoolAid-dyed her a silk scarf in her favorite colors, Berry Blue, Grape and Lemon-Lime--er, blue, purple and green. :) As long as we were at it, we dyed scarves for ourselves and for another friend who's having a birthday soon.

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Personalized Soap

Most women love decorative soap. And most moms love a Mother's Day gift that shows off a child's creative work. For these reasons, personalized soap is an ideal gift for Mom, Grandma, godmother, or teacher. Decorative soap is so simple to make you might want to give several bars placed in a pretty basket, lined with a colorful napkin or piece of fabric.

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Lynn's Finished Objects 2007

Being a compendium of objects finished in 2007 in various crafty media from knitting and spinning to sewing and quilting.

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Lynn's Big Book of Finished Objects

In which you will find pictures and descriptions of various and sundry crafty-type objects completed over the years.

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FO: Mom's Flame Socks

Mom, I need a picture of these! :)

Started: Some time in June 2006
Finished: Some time in August 2006
Pattern: My usual toe-up PGR style sock
Materials: Lorn

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Spinning 2006

  • Wild slubby batts from OFFF '05: pinks, purples, blues, reds and whites in a mix of fibers from wools and mohairs to silks and I think some soy silk or tencel. Became this scarf.
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FO: Second Pair of Socks for Dad

These were my dad's "thank you" gift for helping during my hospitalization this spring. I need to start making longer socks. I'm always worried I'm going to run out of yarn.


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FO: Lou's Scarf

Started: 9/23/06
Finished: 9/27/06
Materials: Essentially 1 skein of lavender heather Cascade 220 with pompons in a contrasting heathered green. The second scarf will be knit in the green with lavender pompons.

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FO: Tubey Sweater


Started: 2/15-ish/06
Finished: 10/18/06
Materials: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Winter Night, size 8 bamboo circs

Finally! My Knitting Olympics project--finished! Sure I look like hell, you think that's bad, check this:

But! The hubby loves it so what the heck. I draw your attention to the fairly even hemline on the side view. When I first finished this the front was WAY higher than the back. I had forgotten--how could I forget?--that I really need to add 2 inches to the front of any top. I already add that without thinking to sewn items, but not to knitted items. I ripped out the hem and did a half-assed set of short rows in the front that to my amazement worked out. The sweater needs blocked still, but it's comfy.

PS: Like the bra? Fancee Free, my chickens.

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FO: Dishcloth blanket

Started: 8/15/06-ish
Finished: 9/20/06
Materials: 4.1 skeins Lion Homespun in color Shaker
Needles: Plastic Susan Bates size 13 40" circ
Pattern: Diagonal dishcloth scaled up to the ridiculous
Recipient: Todd

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Lynn's Finished Objects 2006

Being a compendium of stuff I finished in 2006, in knitting, spinning and other crafts.

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Ask the Miserly Mom: Cleaning, Grocery Budgeting, Bread and Scrapbooking

Questions Jonni answers:
--I would like to know what you can use on walls to clean hairspray off? Hope you can help!
--Thank you for all the hard work you do on the subject of $$$$$. It is nice to have the support. My question is, how much is a reasonable amount to expect to spend on a family of 6 for groceries? Keeping in mind of course that we try to serve healthy meals.

--I am looking for a bread recipe that will make a soft, non-crumbly bread. I would like to not buy store bread, but my bread recipe is too hard and crumbly to make good sandwiches, toast, etc.

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