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. 🙂
(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.
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
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
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
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.
Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesday. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!
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