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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Handcrafter's Holiday MeMe

Do you have a favorite gift that you love to give?
I've tried making something different every year. I've given drawings, oil paintings, acryllic paintings, pottery, crocheting, prayer pillows and all different kinds of crafts.

If you’re making gifts this year, what are you making?
I printed out some of my artistic photos, and matted them, so I'm giving those as presents this year.

Do you have any good stories about handcrafted gifts you’ve given or received?
I'll never forget when I was little, my mom making me a pillow Care Bear. It was the yellow sunshine bear, and I still have it. (my mom used to call me her little sunshine.)

A few years ago, I made prayer pillows for my 4 parents who all have birthdays in July.
I made them out of old cut out jeans, and made them into shapes. I put their names on one side, and sewed a pocket on the other for them to put prayer requests inside. The idea is to write it down, give it to the Lord, and then rest peacefully, and don't worry.

Do you have any great gift compilation ideas (a grouping of gifts just perfect for certain recipients?)
In the past, I would put together coffee themes for people, or snowman themes, and one of my sisters LOVES pigs, so I got all pig stuff. (none handmade though)

Name one thing on your personal wish list.
Display shelves for my precious moments

Do you make and sell things that would make fantastic gifts?
We're always making something or other, but I don't have a store anywhere.
I have made jewelry, photography, pottery, and art. My sister makes beaded keychains, frames, and beautiful jewelry, and my mom knits and makes the coolest paper flowers. We did a craft show together recently, and our friend, Shelly joined in, contibuting cool gift baskets.

What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
Christmas Eve, we light candles, and take turns reading verses of the Christmas story from Luke, and some other passages that help tell the story.

Have you started any new traditions with your family that you didn’t practice growing up?
We try to make a Birthday cake for Jesus, and sing Happy Birthday.
My side of the family also started focusing on handmade gifts the past few years. We can get other things also if we want, but we try to give something handmade to everyone.

What do you love most about the holiday season?
Decorating, and making holiday crafts, shopping for presents

What do you like least about the holiday season?
Since it's winter, it's just always dark and dreary, and I miss the sun a ton!

Anyone close to your heart that you’ll be missing this year?
I am so blessed to have all my family with me during the holidays.

What is your favorite holiday food?
stuffing/cranberry sauce

Do you have a great recipe to share?
It's my only recipe, LOL.

1 can cream corn
1 can strained sweet corn
1 stick of melted butter
2 eggs
1 small box of Jiffy cornbread mix
1 8oz. container of sour cream

Simply mix all the ingredients in a casserole dish, and bake uncovered in a preheated oven at 350* for 1 hour.

It's the dish I bring every year, and I never get tired of it.


Lynn said...

That corn recipe reminds me of my grandmother's corn pudding! I was thinking of using it for the Handcrafter's Holiday MeMe. Oh, and did you know that Jiffy Mix is only made in one place in the whole world? Yep. Right here in Chelsea, MI.

Shari said...

no way! that's the neatest thing!

Chris Worthy said...


I tried to post here a couple of days ago, but Blogger was having issues. :) Thanks for your kind comments. I will pray for you and your beautiful family.


Samantha said...

I just found your blog through Sew, Mama, Sew! Obviously I'm commenting on this post a little late, but my mom (or I, depending on who is hosting) makes the same corn casserole for almost every big family gathering, and it's become a big hit with my husband's family as well since I introduced it to them at Thanksgiving.

Love your blog!