If you can't buy em' something, make em' something

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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 12-05-2010 04:19 PM 1028 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You know, I’m really thankful that I have the talents I do. Because of the economy things are really tight for us right now and I’m not able to buy every one in my family Christmas gifts. So, I’m going to make them. I know, I know, CHRISTmas is right around the corner and there’s not much time left. I have seen some of the gifts that many of you are making and I applaud you all. I have been so inspired by you. The gifts I’ve chosen to make are simple; a set of coasters for mom and dad, a lazy susan for my wife, and napkin holders for my sisters. I’ve started both the lazy susan and the coasters and now must start thinking about the napkin holders. The designs for these projects are realtively simple, nothing nearly as ornate as what I’ve seen some of you produce. My skills just aren’t there yet. All the same, I’m going to enjoy making these gifts and even though they are simple I’m sure they’ll be useful. Thanks for reading, take care.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#1 posted 12-05-2010 04:39 PM

Hey Doug, not only useful but, they will be appreciated too. There’s nothing like getting something that someone made just for you. I always liked the hand made cards my kids gave me much better than those store bought things. I’ve also received a few gifts from other LJ’s. It’s hard for me to put them to use because I know they were made just for me by someone that wanted to do it. Don’t worry about the skill level. That comes in time….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 12-05-2010 05:07 PM

Doug, it sounds like you have win-win situation planned out to get you through the Christmas season. The gifts you are planning are from the heart and that is worth far more than any that are commercially available. I am sure these will be enjoyed and cherished far more than if you had gone to Wal-Mart and bought something off the shelf.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 12-05-2010 05:12 PM

I love these kind of stories Doug. Christmas is a time of joy, peace and giving. The giving is from the heart not from the pocket. I have gotten away from the commercialism of Christmas years ago and the ignorant shoppers. Since I have been serious in my woodworking, I haven’t shall we say done the commercialized type of shopping. I love going into the hardware stores and lumber yards with my Christmas list. For those who don’t know me the looks on their faces is priceless when they see my Christmas list. My list contains the names of everyone I’m making for with the hardware and supplies I need for their project. Their first response is your giving hardware for Christmas? I then explain that I build my Christmas and these are things I need for their projects. For those that know me they ask me whats Mary’s getting this year or what others are getting. I know take pics with my camera phone to show them the gifts I make.
My family would be down right disappointed if I bought them something in a package anymore. They too have gotten away from the commercialized Christmas gifts and will make there own. I get some neat drawings, bake goods and even coupons to have things done for me through out the year.
Its funny how the stress of the economy is no longer there, but the joy of what we’re going to make for each other this year. It requires you to pay closer attention to the family so you can make different things each year. I also have not had any problems with re gifting, refunds or returns.
You are smart keeping it simple with small projects one of my biggest downfalls is making a lot of large projects. Have fun and a very joyous Christmas.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 12-05-2010 08:04 PM

Hi Doug

Would you believe, I have never made any Christmas gifts for the family till this year. Not for everyone, but just for my brothers daughter and one of my daughters. The other daughter got the crib and dresser. I am really enjoying doing it and now that I am retired I hope to do it for more of the family members next year. The girls are getting jewelry boxes, and I cannot believe how much time goes into making these. Good thing I am getting paid by love (priceless) because you sure could not charge by the hour.

I am sure your family will cherish their gifts much more, because they were made by you. Have a very Merry Christmas!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 09:22 AM

There are a lot of people in that situation these days. Last night we ate a place we frequently go and my wife and an associate go there occasionally too. My wife is always doing something, crocheting, card making, sewing………… One of the ladies there showed her some doilies she is making for here family since they can’t afford to buy anything. I added a bit to the tip.

My dad who was raised during the Great Depression told about getting an orange one Christmas.,

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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