We love being outside. If the weather is nice, or even if it is only tolerable, you will find us outdoors. My buddy The Social Planner and her husband have an epic year. The have a firing range for target practice, a zip line, web swing, a golf practice area with a 25 yard, 50 yard, and 75 yard posts to aim for along with a tee box out in the back area of their property.
Closer to their house they have more games. Washers, outdoor games, a trampoline, playhouse, and playground.
Close to the house there is a pool and hot tub along with an awesome outdoor porch.
This year we were excited to find out they didn’t have, but wanted something we know how to make! It made Christmas so much easier for us.
They borrowed our corn hole set for a party and said that it was a hit and wanted to get a set. We made our own set six years ago after learning about it from our son in law. You can see the post with instructions here. We use our set a lot. It is possible to make two sets of corn hole boards out of one full sheet of plywood. Your local Lowe’s or Home Depot they can even cut it into two foot by four foot pieces.
I wanted it to be special for our buddies so I decided to paint the name of their property on the corn hole set. (Our set is pretty plain Jane with stripes that took me all of an hour to paint.) They call their property The Rockin’ F after a branding iron they bought long before they ever thought about moving to the country. I was so excited to notice that they had a sign at the entrance to their driveway that would work.
I covertly took several photos of the sign and then went totally old school and teacher-y on it. I printed best of the photos then traced it onto a transparency. I bought an overhead projector at a school auction years ago and I still use it. I am not ashamed. Any teachers out there who ever went into a store with green, blue or red Vis a Vis marker on their arm after school? Seriously, I don’t have a vinyl cutter and need to learn to use one. It took several days, and several coats of paint but I am pretty proud of how they turned out.
We were a little late but happy to be able to give them to our buddies as Christmas presents this year. We were happy to be able to give them something made with love that they will use.
Did anyone else make homemade Christmas presents this year?
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2 thoughts on “Handmade Presents are Best”
First, I’m so happy you’re back blogging. Second, yes, I love to make homemade gifts. I made and gave away jellies to friends and family. Blueberry-jalapeño was a hit, as was the blackberry and the orange marmalade. My husband had ground venison/beef burger meat and pan sausage. We told the recipients it was a “meat and jelly” year. Needless to say they loved it.
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I would love to be on your Christmas list! I need your blueberry-jalapeño jelly recipe. Thanks for taking the time to respond. I am glad to be back.