Monday, December 30, 2013

Homemade Christmas Gifts

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
We always enjoy this special time of year with friends and family. On Christmas eve, I rounded up my little ones and we watched The Nativity Story. I love that movie and was so happy to be able to do that with them. Great way to begin all the festivities.

Today, I just thought that I would share a few of our "homemade" gifts that we did this year. We had fun coming up with ideas and putting them together. Brett had to do most of the work and he did amazing as always. Love that man!

So, here's the gift he made for his mom...

I got this idea from KariAnne at Thistlewood Farm. She has made some fabulous letters out of pallets. We decided to do a rustic letter A (for Arganbright of course) out of some salvaged barn boards we had on hand. We made it on a very large scale because his parents live in a timber-framed home and we pictured it up high on one of those beams.

For my sister Alana, I decided to make a vintage hostess set. I've made one before... they're just a really fun and festive gift that you can be creative with. Here's how it came together...

The items I included were: vintage soda crate (for a tray),  mason jars (for drinking glasses), carafe, paper straws, vintage mason jar with candy canes, notebook and some tree trunk slabs for a rustic centerpiece. (things that I added that are not pictured are a bar of hand-soap, some ribbon and a recipe for hot coco). My sister is such a great hostess, so it was fun to put this together for her. I loved the festive pop of red with this gift! It was perfect for Christmas. (if you want to see the other hostess set i put together you can do that here.)

The last gift that was homemade was a new stable/horse stalls for Little Miss. She's in that American Girl Doll phase and absolutely loves her horses that go with the doll.

Brett made it to fit in a little closet/storage space in her room. It turned out perfect! The doors open and close and the kids spend a great deal of time playing in it themselves.

It was a great Christmas.
Thanks for stopping by! 

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" Luke 2:11

Linking To:
The ScoopMod Vintage Life ~ Knick of Time ~ 
The Chicken Chick ~ The Dedicated House ~
 Savvy Southern Style ~ Give Me the Goods ~
French Country Cottage  ~ Rooted in Thyme ~
Frugal Friday  ~ The Cottage Market 
The Vintage Farmhouse


  1. Handmade gifts are the absolute BEST!!! Lovely!!!

  2. I just love that 7up box. I must look for one. I love old boxes

  3. The horse stable is just too cute! My girls are too old for American Girls now but my neice would love that. I really love your 7up box too. Great ideas!

  4. LOVE these gifts! And the horse stable is to die for. You've been featured on Sunday Features {Give Me The Goods} and will be on my FB page today too ;)
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