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      Barb, how much fabric did you use for a pillow case? I like that

      idea and have 50% off coupons for Joann’s so would like to get some

      fabric.

      Alice

      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Barbara DeVore”

      wrote:

      >

      > I love this site, finally people that understand.

      > As stated earlier, I live in Montana, with 2 grown children with

      > families. Last year I told them that we would ALL have a Almost

      > homemade Xmas.(somethings you have to buy to complete the

      project.)

      > They had to make the gifts and had 4 months to do this.

      > I received a wonderful C/D from our Son, with pictures of he and

      his

      > sister growing up, the music he placed with it was great.

      > Our daughter and grand boys made me a gorgeous necklace, and the

      > boys counted every bead. They made cookies for grandpa. The

      > pressure was gone, we really had lots of gifts to share, and a

      > wonderful holiday.

      >

      > This year I have been going to garage sales and 2nd had stores for

      > material, jars, bottles, anything that I think I might use. AND

      it

      > better be cheap or it doesn’t come home.

      > I am making pillow cases for everyone. I bought towels, and added

      > 6 ” of the same material to the bottom of the towel to create a

      > special gift. I have placed Vanilla Beans in bottles 1 per 4 oz,

      > added vodka, and they are sitting, waiting to be given as Vanilla

      > extract. Pure and no additives.

      > I am making Russian Tea, found cute jars, and perfect glass cups

      to

      > give together.

      > It takes time, but my Xmas is almost done now.

      > One year I bought a photo album that took 4×6 pictures, got index

      > cards the same size and made recipe cards for all the family

      > dishes. The kids still use these books, they even have added some

      > new recipes. Use material, or card stock and do the out side cover.

      > Starting early helps. But Xmas is from the heart, we just need to

      go

      > back to that.

      > Barb D.

      >

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