My Week on Wednesday and Heartfelt Holiday Gifts


Join us each week for My Week on Wednesday to find out what Christine from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers has been doing all week and also to find some GREAT links about that week's THEME

Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (we did!) and is ready to enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season!

Our Elf on the Shelf (affiliate link) — George — made his first appearance and brought with him the books we will read to help our family Celebrate the Return of Light. Do you have an Elf on the Shelf as part of your holiday tradition? How about Kindness Elves? I think that if we hadn’t already started our Elf on the Shelf tradition, we would be doing Kindness Elves! And George has never really been a spy for Santa, but more of a friendly Christmastime visitor. I’m thinking about having him employ some of the Kindness Elves’ ideas this year. 🙂

Our Elf on the Shelf hanging out with the rosemary // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers


(Also notice that my rosemary is not yet dead!!!)

And the season of gift-giving is upon us. So I have collected a great group of heartfelt gift ideas from myself, my fellow bloggers at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

My Week on Wednesday and Heartfelt Holiday Gifts // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Yarn & Stuff

Knitted Dish Cloth from Walking Softly Upon the Earth

Knitting Pattern: Tri-Bow Headband from Building a Frog

Fox Tea Towel from ImaginAcres — This is SO cute I may actually have to learn to knit 🙂

How to Knit Socks from Joybilee Farm — This is another reason that I must learn to knit.

Crocheted Hand Warmers from Timber Creek Farm

What is a Knitting Loom? from The Homestead Lady — I think it’s a mysterious thing that turns yarn in wearable clothing by as yet unknown means… but The Homestead Lady says that this is an excellent activity for children.

Herbs, Extracts, and Things from the Kitchen

photo credit: Yearning & Learning

photo credit: Yearning & Learning

A Homemade Homestead Christmas: Potted Herbs from The Free Range Life

5 Homemade Holiday Gifts to Start Right Now from Tenth Acre Farm

Homemade Gifts (including Homestead Hooch, a Coffee Liqueur) from Imperfectly Happy

Fresh Herb Jars as a Handmade Gift from Homestead Chronicles

Valerian Mint Cordial: The Perfect Herbal Nightcap from Herbal Academy of New England

Easy Chocolate Mint Extract from Common Sense Homesteading

Vanilla Extract (made with Rum) from The Ceder Hill Chronicles — This sounds fabulous. Plus it’s a way to make gluten-free vanilla extract!

Vanilla Extract from Montana Homesteader

Make Your Own Extracts from Yearning and Learning

Candied Orange Peel from Life From Scratch

Candied Pecans from Joybilee Farms

Orange Pomander Tree from The Woodwife’s Journal — I have got to get my act together and make one of these for our Yule table this year!

Bath & Body

photo credit: Montana Homesteader

photo credit: Montana Homesteader

His & Hers Spa Gift Sets from Schneider Peeps

Cherry Pit Heating Pads from Joybilee Farms

Homemade Hand Warmers from Little House Living

Heat Therapy Pad from Schneider Peeps

Lavender Bath Salts from Herbal Academy of New England

Easy, Homemade Body Butter from Montana Homesteader

Healthy Skin Care Recipes from The Farmer’s Lamp

Make Your Own Coffee Cardamom Body Scrub from Building a Frog

Homemade Lipstick from Simple Life Mom

Honey Mint Lip Balm from Fabulous Farmgirl

Miscellaneous Awesome Ideas

Chicken Wire Gallery Wall Frames from Chicken Scratch NY

Handmade Christmas: Wooden Dominoes Tutorial from Schneider Peeps

Holiday Aromatherapy Playdough from Chickadee Homestead

Glove Animals: Crafts Kids Can Do from The Homestead Lady

Dressed Up Canning Jars from Timber Creek Farm

10 Easy Ways to Turn a Canning Jar into a Christmas Present from Yearning and Learning

How to Tie Dye with Natural Dye from Montana Homesteader

A Messenger Bag from Schneider Peeps

Non-toxic Wax Tarts — The Hippy Homemaker — Maybe I’ve just lost touch with “smelly things” because I had never even heard of the toxic kind. But I can’t wait to try these! 🙂

Mostly from the Store

Photo credit: Homestead Honey

Photo credit: Homestead Honey

Gifts for the Rugged Man from Idlewild Alaska

7 Gift Ideas for the Real Food Person in Your Life from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

What Homesteader Chicks Want for Christmas from Yearning and Learning — By the way… if you’re looking for something for ME, this is an excellent place to start. 😉

Homesteader Gifts for Her from Chickadee Homestead — Here, too. 😉

Even More Ideas

100+ Gift Ideas for a Handmade Holiday from Homestead Honey

20+ Handmade Christmas Ideas from Schneider Peeps

100+ Homemade Christmas Gifts from Montana Homesteader

Homemade Christmas Gifts for Everyone from Northern Homestead

Christmas Gifts and Wrapping from Chicken Scratch NY

11 Homemade Gift Set Ideas from Simple Life Mom

I hope this will help you find the perfect gift for the special people on your lists this year. 🙂


And now for the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week.



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7 Responses to My Week on Wednesday and Heartfelt Holiday Gifts

  1. Thank you Christine for sharing my link!!
    This is a really nice line up of ideas for gift giving.

  2. tessa says:

    This is a fantastic list and one I need right now! Thanks for sharing our link!

  3. This is a great starting point for a homemade holiday! Thanks so much for putting this together

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