Thursday, December 22, 2011

MOPS Worker's Gifts

I wanted to share with you the gift that we made during one of our MOPS meetings for our Moppets workers for Christmas.  We wanted to give them something to show we appreciated, but of course, we were on a limited budget for the year.
The Sparta MOPS right now has three round tables that we sit at for our meetings, so we divided making the bags into three different chores.  One table made the cocoa and bagged it up, one table made the card on the front, and the other table assembled and bagged everything up.  I wasn't sure how this would work out for us, but it went really smoothly and we had a great time working together, too!

 So, the inside of the bag had hot cocoa, a bag of mini marshmallows, a candy cane, peppermint stirring sticks, Hershey's kisses and Andes mints.

We had a cute poem that I found on the internet, but now I can't find it.  I am so sorry to whomever I stole it at this point.  I had it earmarked and for the life of me, I can't find it again!  Here's what it says:

Was told you've been real good this year,
Always glad to hear it.
With freezing weather drawing near,
You'll need to warm the spirit.  
So here's a little Snowman Soup,
Complete with stirring stick.
Just add hot water, sip it slow,
It's sure to do the trick!

We asked if there were people in our group if they wanted to contribute ingredients to make these, and we got donations for everything, except the bags!  We made enough so that each Mom in the group could take one home, plus six extras for our Moppets workers for around $4!  Not bad for Christmas gifts!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I'm sure most of you have been busy getting ready for the Christmas season, as I have also!  I've been so busy with getting my gifts made and some other major life changes, which I can't go into quite yet, that I haven't been posting as much as I'd like to.  I'm going to share one of the gifts I've been making for my daughter.  She asked for a large purse, so when I saw this pattern at I am Mama Hear Me Roar for a Tohoku bag, I knew that I had found a great purse for her.  I hope that she likes it, because I am very excited about it!It has a pleat in the front and I did the droopy bow.

I added a pocket with a larger section and a cell phone section.

 The material was from some that I had on hand.  The black, red, and white is a wool material and the top section is from a skirt that was gorgeous, but didn't look right on me.  It has a very fine pin stripe in it.  The inside of the purse is lined with the skirt lining - a satin.
 I made the handle out of the skirt belt.  I think that it turned out great and cost me nothing!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Jesse Tree Update

I thought I would share an update of what we did for our Jesse Tree.  I put up our biggest fake tree in the middle island between the kitchen and living room with just lights on it, and then each day, we'll update it with the new ornaments.  I actually made three copies of the ornaments, so that we can use two, and then I'll save a hard copy for next year, if I want.

Oh, my daughter made the wreath at MOPS last week, so that had to be added to the Jesse Tree!  Cute, huh?

Here's a closer look at the ornament.  It's really simple and cheap to make.  I just used some leftover scrapbook paper, cut into a 3"x3" square and then used a Corner Rounder to make the corners pretty.

If you missed that link, here's the post for the Free Jesse Tree Printable!  Don't forget to check out those blogs that I love to link up to on the right column.