Thanks to the online hospitality of Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous. I was able to participate in the Handmade Gift Exchange. Every person gets matched up with a partner and has 1 month to make a gift and send it to their partner. There are no real rules…the door is wide open to create whatever you wish. With that I bring you my homemade creation.
My Partner was Debbie from Ohio, who described her self as a 60-year-old who refuses to grow up. In getting to know her she really enjoys her time with the grandkids. So I decide to make “Grandma’s Boredom Buster.” You may have seen ideas like this before, a jar full of ideas to fight the summer boredom blues while the kids are home from school. I created a document (2 columns) with all sorts of arts & crafts ideas, free activities (like having a picnic in the living room), and research her local chamber of commerce for ideas of places to visit as a tourist. I printed them all out on colored cardstock, leaving a few blank for a free-choice or to allow her grandkids to come up with a few more.
The container was an old christmas cookie tin that I rescued from the trash. I spray painted the outside with Heritage White Rustoleum paint. Then lined the outside with some funky ribbon and added the title to the cover. I found that tacky glue with a dab of E-6000 worked the best to keep the ribbon on the tin.
The title was created in word with a circle shape, add a text box, print, cut out, and adhere. I used scrapbook adhesive so it wouldn’t seep through the paper.
I also added a few homemade stamped note cards inside. In return I received a mini-decorated-board book and bottle cap magnets, adorably wrapped in white tissue paper with a pink rosette ribbon and lime green stretchy bow
Thanks to Linda for hosting this fun little party. I believe the next one will be in November for a fun homemade Christmas exchange! To see all of the gifts, head to homemade gift exchange linky party to see what was sent and received!