Today, a few last minute ideas in the kitchen, under the tree and with the family! I hope you enjoy!
Denise has mentioned this for years and for some reason, I never "got it" until today and now I can't wait to try it! I am wishing I'd have done this while Liza and Buddy were still living nearby!
First, in advance, a gift must be purchased and wrapped. The gift needs to be "generic". Denise now does two gifts for this activity ~ one for the grands and one for the grown-ups. She's used games, gift cards, cash, gadgets as the gift.
The gift is then placed in a larger box and wrapped like a normal gift. Then, it's wrapped again. And again. And again. Each layer of wrapping is different and difficult to open. Denise wraps the gift in gift wrap, puts it inside a plastic shopping bag, then duct tapes it around and around, wraps it again in newspaper, shipping paper, gift wrap, more plastic bags. "Layers" are taped around and around, tied with string, duct taped, electrical taped, masking taped, Scotch taped, you name it. The package is ugly. Denise says that it's not even square anymore. You can't tell what the original shape was.
To play the game: You will need the gift, a pair of dice and a pair of winter gloves. Not mittens. Not thin yarn type gloves. Insulated, thick gloves, like snowmobile gloves. Everyone gathers around the table and the first person rolls the dice. Going around the circle, everyone takes their turn rolling the dice. When the first person rolls doubles, they grab the gloves, put them on, grab the gift and begin unwrapping the first layer of wrap. They unwrap one layer at a time and continue unwrapping. As they are unwrapping, the rest of the players continue to roll the dice until the next person rolls doubles. As soon as the next player rolls doubles, they grab the gift and gloves, put them on and begin unwrapping until the next person rolls doubles. A layer at a time, the package is unwrapped until the final person who unwraps the actual gift wins! The winner gets to keep the gift! Denise says it's hysterical and gets pretty wild.
Here's a cute little quickie project, if you're looking for a last minute gift. The fabric sheets are available at Office Max. It's not transfer paper, it's actual fabric to print on.
Picture-Perfect Pillows from Country Living.com
Spark a trip down memory lane with an old family photo and cool printer-friendly fabric. To begin, scan and upload the photo to your computer, then place the image in an 8½" x 11" Microsoft Word document. Adjust the image as desired, leaving a half-inch border around it for seam allowance. Print onto an ink-jet fabric sheet ($9.99 for five 8½" x 11" sheets; amazon.com) . If necessary, trim the fabric, then cut a same-size piece of backing fabric, like linen or broadcloth.
Pin the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing. Stitch around the pillow along the seam allowance, leaving a four-inch-wide opening on one side. Use small scissors to clip the corners, then turn the pillow right side out. Push out the corners, iron out any wrinkles, and stuff the pillow with loose fiberfill stuffing ($4.33 for one pound; amazon.com) before blind-stitching the opening closed.
Jalepeno Poppers Made Easy! (photo from pinterest)
1 can of Pillsbury Crescent dough
Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.