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Christmas Giving

I got the idea to make nostalgic gifts this year from wood. Part of the inspiration for this was the lack of funds; part was the endless bit of everything that ought to be used, and the rest was a ‘natural’ instinct.

Hubby and I both fell for it. ‘It’ being the idea that it wouldn’t take much effort. Even the simplest project stretched our patience and time.


Making toy guns

For the young men on the list, we made wooden rubber-band guns. I learned that we should have used solid wood and not plywood…but that’s what we had. It split and cracked while we kept cutting more and more pieces until we had enough parts to get it together. In the end it was worth it. I put plastic cups with numbers on them to supply objects for a target. I figured I’d better go that far or some little girls would be the bulls-eyes. The guns worked well…or maybe the kid was just a good shot.


Cutting the plywood









Some little girls got weaving sets. I got the job of circling the 8″ squares of flat wood with hundreds of tiny teeny nails. The thought seemed simple, but try to line all those up and hammer them in!

Then there were several stepping stools, a coat rack, and a…? whatchmacall-it to hang garden tools on (under a deck). The latter was really a couple of 4X4′s that we drilled at an angle to hold several dowels for the hangers. One of the stepping stools went to a one-year old toddler. He thinks it’s great to push up to couches and places were he can’t gain access. Maybe that was a mistake. He doesn’t realize that it will get used to potty-train him shortly.


No…not 2 eyes. It’s the start of a hole for the handle on the ‘two-step’ stool.

I got out the branding iron and put our seal of approval on these gifts. That made them a keep-sake because the recipients won’t be able to give them away to another party with that kind of ‘logo’ attached. haha.

…oh – and one person got a truckload of firewood. They say you give what you like yourself. In this case it’s so true!

Of course there was also gifts from my kitchen like the HP sauce recipe


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8 Responses to “Christmas Giving”

  1. Anna-Marie White says:

    Oh thats wonderful, Sherrys Santa shop! The rubber band gun pic is so nostalgic. i know what you mean. One project can turn into an unbelievable excercise in frustration. I decided to cut a very nice king sized mattress down into a Queen Sized. UGH!
    Mike had hot metal sparks flying all over the Hotel Room. I send him out to the vast parking lot. This resulted in him making the most horrible mess all over where the guests come in. Which I had to contain. This made him more ornery than your average Mule. Horrible experience. All because some guy made it look easy on Youtube. Lesson learned. LOL. Thanks I feel better now.

    • sherry says:

      Poor Mike. Poor Anna-Marie…but yah, it happens. Was this something for your airstream dream? Everyone wants to get bigger, but you wanted smaller?

  2. Anna-Marie White says:

    More pics! Oh btw I laughed good and hard about the nail one. LOL. I really would have liked to see that.

    • sherry says:

      I regret this, but it seems like I don’t take enough pictures of things I give away. Maybe it’s psychological?

  3. Naomi says:

    That is the most amazing Christmas list I have ever seen in real life. Most like that come from stories you read from the 1800′s. I love it! Right up my alley.

    • sherry says:

      That’s us…real backwards, different, but we love it too.

      • Naomi says:

        Actually we are the ones that have it right. Everyone else is backward.
        Going heavily into debt to buy the latest fade toy that will break in a day is not my idea of doing things right.
        Quality handcrafted one of a kind items are the only way to go. And if you can’t achieve ‘quality’ you can always claim that it was ‘made with love’, which actually will increase it’s value. :)

        • sherry says:

          That was the theme all right: Made with love..and it’s one-of-a-kind- because we’re not sure it we’ll ever do this again…


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