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Rice  filled Heating pads - This is a great gift for Dad to help soothe his sore muscles!  Also great for stocking stuffers. 

To begin, buy fabric that will be the outside of the bag.  You can make the bags any size but you do want it to be able to fit into the microwave.  

Sew 3 sides of bag and put rice inside. Sew a seam to close bottom third of bag. Add more rice and stitch closed the 2/3 of bag closed. Add more rice and stitch bag closed. 

To use:  Heat in microwave and apply. 

Variation:  You can also use hand towels. Fold the towel into thirds the long way. Fold one way, sew 3 pockets, fill with rice then sew closed. You can also mix rice with lavender oil for a nice scent.

Apple Cinnamon Ornaments  [top]


1/3 cup cinnamon
1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup applesauce

Preheat overn to 225 degrees.  Measure the cinnamon and flour and put both into a bowl.  Mix.  Measure and add the applesuce to the flour and cinnamon mixture.  Mix.  The dough will become stiff and thick.  Place the dough onto a cutting board and roll it out with a rolling pin until it is about 1/4 inch thick.  Use a cookie cutter to cut our your ornament.  Make a hole in the top of your ornament by sticking a straw through the dough.  Place the ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake for 2 hours.  When the ornaments have cooled down, thread a piece of ribbon through the hold and tie the ends.  

Sit-Upons [top]

A Sit-Upon is a great gift for someone who loves to garden. It is a rectangular pad stuffed with magazines that your favorite gardener can use to kneel on. It can also be used as a seat cushion for football games or just sitting on outside in the grass!   I remember as a child making a sit-upon in Girl Scouts.  Mine was orange with yellow yarn.  These have such a nostagic feeling for me when I think of them!   

What you will need is a plastic tablecloth that you can cut up and either newspapers, magazines or even an old catalog for the stuffing, yarn, a hole punch and scissors.  Begin by laying the tablecloth out on the floor pattern side down.  Put the magazine on top of the tablecloth.  You are going to cut out 2 rectangles that are the same size.  The rectangles will be 1 1/2 inches larger than the magazine.  Now make a sandwich with the tablecloth on the outside and the magazine on the inside.  Punch holes around the perimeter of the tablecloth edges.  You will use these holes to sew the top and bottom pieces of tablecloth together and the magazine will be the padding inside.    Thread the yarn in and out of the holes until you have stitched all the way around.  Tie it off and viola!

Mosaic Flower Pots: [top]

My kids made these for me a couple of years back in Vacation Bible School and I just love them!  They are super easy to make and you can customize them for whoever you are giving them to.  

You will need:  Terra-Cotta flower pot (you can either paint the pot or leave it natural), adornments (you can use anything - my kids used plastic jewels.  Other ideas include seashells, glass beads, charms, tiles...), ceramic tile grout.

To make, spread the ceramic tile grout around the outside of the pot.  Press the adornments into the grout.  Let dry. 

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