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Sea Glass bracelets

I think I’m going to have to go into my Mom’s Feed Reader and remove my blog from her favourites… I’m never going to be able to surprise her for Birthdays or Christmas.  Hi Mom!

This summer’s trip to New Brunswick will be pretty busy, but one of my priorities is to find me some sea glass.  I will keep this sweet little craft idea in mind.

As found on Makezine.com http://makezine.com/craft/how-to-sea-glass-bracelet/

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A co-worker is getting married and I wanted to give her a modest gift for her day.  I think a Wedding Day Emergency Kit (or at least the starting of it) is the perfect idea.

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This looks really cool: http://www.the36thavenue.com/2011/11/25-handmade-gifts-under-5.html  (found it through www.mrsjanuary.com) this morning.

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This is a neato idea for a wedding gift!  http://feltorama.blogspot.com/2011/02/guest-blogger-marigold-of.html

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I’ve been thinking about Christmas for a while (what knitter hasn’t?) and what I’m making for people … but my sister just asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I’m stumped.  I had the same dillemma in 2009 and the list I made then was greatfully received by family, and I was very happy to get things I really wanted.  For 2011, I would prefer things that don’t take up a lot of space. 

Ideas (and I repeat – these are just ideas, not demands for stuff.  I really would rather just spend quality time with family and friends!):

  • I have a new job – Mom, did I tell you that?  (this is a test of the does your Mother really read your blog system)  Yesterday it was made official – promoted!  I think I need clothes.  I like Reitmans.  A Reitmans gift certificate would be lovely.
  • I love my iPhone and I’ve been stingy and only getting free apps.  An iTunes Gift Certificate would be really nice.
  • A nice new thick camping sleeping pad.  But a nice one like this one or this one.  Or someone to fix the broken buckle on the other one.
  • I really think these are cool: See Day 10 Here The Pottery Yarn Bowl is beautiful.  And I would really like it.  But I would never buy one for myself. 
  • While you’re there… The Yarn Harlot (my favourite knitting blog) has been doing a series called “Gifts for Knitters”.  It is 25 days of things a Non-Knitter who Loves a Knitter can do for their Knitter.  This is day 1Day 12 covers stocking stuffers – I’m always needing (losing!) darning needles and measuring tapes.
  • Did I tell you I bought myself a Guitar?  At Value Village.  I think I’d like lessons. 
  • Cutlery – I am still using the Value Village mishmash of cutlerly that I acquired from 1994 through 2004.  Stuff that is all the same – but with knives that aren’t too heavy – would be cool!
  • More printed/framed photos of the kiddos – especially when Niece starts taking Ballet Lessons.  (this is my favourite idea of all!)

I’ll think some more on the thing… but that’ll be a good start.

Merry Christmas

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Hmmm… if you know Guiders like I do, you’ll know that we use a LOT of ZipLock bags.  They were made with Guiders in mind.  That’s why this “Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag” is a neato gift idea for your Guider (Spark, Brownie, Guide, Pathfinder) or probably teacher. 

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I just got word that a very good friend gave birth yesterday (three weeks early).  As I’m not someone who has ever given birth, I’m always a bit baffled watching people react.  What does a new mom need?  What can I do to help?  Here is my take on what I’ve observed with input from Christine (who is a Mom).

  • Helping visitors are most welcome.  These are people who arrive with food and leave.  Or arrive with food, then fold your laundry and leave.  They don’t ask if it is ok to sweep your floor or feed your cat. 
  • Helping visitors who just do what needs doing are better than those who ask, “what can I do”?  Both are good, but the former is best.
  • Visiting visitors are less welcome.  Visitors who must be entertained and fed, and who stay for long periods of time are not helpful.  (Update: I’m assured that visiting visitors ARE welcome for baby cuddles -and Mom needs company and moral support too)
  • This list seems to sum it up well (link originally found on www.giverslog.com):  Gloria Lemay’s Ten things to do for a new Mom

Congrats Christine.  I can’t wait to meet Jellybean.  I will bring Lasagna.

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