Christmas Ornaments from Souvenirs

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Pinocchio ornament One of my favorite things to do is travel to new places with my family.

While shopping can be a great deal of fun we generally don't make it our main activity and keep our souvenirs to a minimum.

One item that we do enjoy bring back is Christmas tree ornaments but often we are traveling in the summer when such items are not readily available in the stores.

We have solved that problem by turning souvenir items into tree ornaments.

Festive Food Garnishes (Sweet)

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Festive food garnishes sweetEven the simplest dessert can look extraordinary when you add a garnish or do something interesting to the plate that it is on. It's what raises the look from nice to spectacular. 

Many of us have wonderful desserts that are family favorites that taste spectacular but tend to look a little boring when they are on the plate.

Restaurants spend a lot of time and effort to make their desserts look appetizing and have a kitchen full of simple trick that they use. 

With out much effort you can be plating desserts that will have everyone saying WOW!

More Inexpensive Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments

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More Inexpensive homemade Christmas ornamentsInexpensive home made Christmas tree ornaments are great to make when your tree is a little bare or if you are decorating a tree in a public place that you don't want to spend a lot of money on but you really would like to look nice.

Here are three ideas that I have used on my own Christmas trees, (yes, trees, I am one of those people that has a small forest in her home at Christmas time.)

All of these are easy to make, inexpensive and relatively quick. All you need to worry about is drying time.

The Ultimate Party Check List - Free Printable

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BubblyThink great parties are just thrown together? 

Think again. 

It doesn't matter if it is a birthday party for a group of 5 year olds or a sophisticated cocktail party for the trendy set, it doesn't just happen.

To have a great party to you need a check list to make sure that all the little things are done so you don't have to worry and can enjoy yourself along with your guest.

 Here is my Ultimate Party Check List.

Antique Christmas Postcards - Free Printables

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Christmas greetings antique postcardWhile we are so use to receiving Christmas Cards at the turn of the last century Christmas postcards were much more popular.

These antique post cards are so unique to our eyes now because of the obvious hand writing on them. All the lettering was painstakingly done to be as decorative and neat as possible. 

This set of cards were produced between 1905 and 1913. You can use these in displays, packaging, to make tags and numerous other ideas.

Here are 5 of my favorite antique Christmas postcards from my own collection starting with 
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Emergency Chocolate Stocking Stuffer - Free Printable

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Emergency ChocolatesThere are times that chocolate is not a treat, it is a medical emergency.

What better way to satisfy someones craving for chocolate than to give them a stash of "emergency" chocolate bars.

These would make great stocking stuffers or inexpensive gifts for co-workers.

It is a great fast and easy last minute gift to make.



Make Fabulous Cheap Christmas Cookie Tins From Cans

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Cheap easy cookie tins from cansGood looking Christmas cookie tins are hard to come by unless you start spending a lot of cash. You love to give out your baked goods to family and friends over the season but don't want to spend the money on packaging.

Here is a very simple, easy and super cheap way to package your Christmas cookies and other baked goods.

Simply use tin cans from soups, juices, spaghetti sauce and what every else you use and make them into beautiful container for almost next to nothing. You'll be making your own fitted lids so the cookies will stay safely inside.

So inexpensive to make you will be able give out your cookies to one and all.

Christmas Potpourri to Make

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Christmas potpourri
Every holiday season the stores start filling up with the traditional bits and pieces that can make homes feel more Christmasy. 

One of these things is the winter potpourri which generally is a cellophane bag of pine cones that are scented with cinnamon or other fragrances. 

These are suppose to smell wonderful but many are made with very cheap products while charging you ridiculous amounts of money. 

Having your home smell fabulous is one of the joys of Christmas. To make your own pot pourri is easy and inexpensive.

Here is my recipe for my Christmas Pot Pourri that I not only place out every year but give to family and friends as gifts.

Coal Cookies for Christmas with Printable Label

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Coal Cookie for ChristmasCoal Cookies!  What could be better to slip into a stocking for Christmas or to give as a treat to friends. 

(Add these printable tags to them so they know what they are getting.)

Even if they haven't been Naught, Naughty, Naughty they will enjoy the sweet taste of this treat made from Oreo Cookies.

This is a fast and easy last minute stocking stuffer or a tiny gift that can stand alone or be added to something else. 
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