Simple Homemade Gifts

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1 Linda November 22, 2013 at 8:14 am

Just found you and signed up for newsletters. Looking forward to my first email!


2 Jill November 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I found you through Facebook, I love your site. Thanks for all the great ideas.


3 Sue November 24, 2013 at 5:09 am

Love your website!


4 Kay Reed November 24, 2013 at 8:11 am

I’m an old granny and I love you site. Keep up and good work and please don’t let all the nay sayers get to you. You are doing a great job


5 Mary Nordyke November 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Thanks so much for being here. Your food information and everything on here have been extreme blessings in my life. As Kay Reed said in a previous post: “I’m an old granny and I love your site. Keep up the good work and don’t let all the nay sayers get to you. You are dong a great job.” By the way–I didn’t read any “nay sayer” comments but if I ever do, I’ll just have compassion for them and pass them by. I too am an old granny and, from experience, have learned what value is. God bless you for all your beautiful work.


6 Joni November 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I love all of these great gift ideas! Thank you so much for the inspiration!


7 Julie December 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

You serve as an inspiration to so many. Thank you for resetting the bar and becoming an example of how to live joyfully, creatively, and frugally. Thank you. God bless you and your family. Looking forward to seeing photos of your home project.


8 Karen December 12, 2013 at 4:33 am

Love your site! The chocolete cherry granola says it only lasts a week. Is there a way to package it so it lasts longer? If not, it is tough to give as gifts. Thanks!


9 Toni November 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm

I also would like to know. Wonderful sounding gifts


10 Sandy January 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Would love to get you “News Letters”! Love your site!


11 Alexis January 24, 2014 at 5:07 am

Thank-you for a wonderful site!! I love it πŸ™‚ It is fun and I love sharing it with my family and friends.


12 Carol February 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I so enjoy your site an have alerted many to check it out:) it’s such
A refreshing change for this geeked-out all-about-me world today
Thanks for a return for just good down-home living tips fun an
Insight for such a time as this today..I’m gonna try beeswax candles
Very soon πŸ™‚ if I should win in the raffle w jars I shall make some in those
An pay it forward by rewarding a friend or neighbor w a candle
In a jar as well as mention your site to them:) Gods Blessings to you an yours


13 Matt December 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Several years ago I bought a leather coat. It needs waterproofed so I only wear it on dry days. I purchased cowgirl boots for my wife for Christmas this year and of course they are not waterproof either. Knowing that she wants to wear them New Years Eve I bought otter wax leather waterproofer. It’s pricey to say the least but it’s all natural which is what I wanted. Since then I have been reading that I can make my own natural waterproofer with beeswax and lanolin. Now I have a great idea to make jars of leather waterproofer for the men’s Christmas gifts for next year.
One recipe I read is
1/4 cup lanolin
2 tablespoons of beeswax
Put ingredients in a jar, put jar in a saucepan of water and heat on stove while stirring until they are mixed together. Take jar out of saucepan with potholder and let cool. I heated up the “wax” and applied with a paint brush. 24 hours later wipe off excess with a clean dry cloth.


14 Janette June 11, 2015 at 1:23 am

I have just found your website and love what I found. I love craft, gardening and cooking and was lucky to be able to spend years learning from my practical and very capable mother. Greetings from Australia, lovely to hear what you are doing.


15 Mimi August 1, 2015 at 10:20 pm

For Christmas last year I did a dozen quart canning jars filled with 4 different types of cookie mixes for my son-in-law to be. He loves cookies and my step-daughter works full time so time is short. He loved it and it was a really easy thing to do!


16 Sharon August 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Love your blog, website, this is fantastic thank you for sharing all of this great information.



17 shirley krause June 17, 2016 at 10:40 am

Thanks for sharing with us. We lived off the land for years until we had to move to a larger city. We fished, hunted,grew, or bartered our way through life until we had to move. We now after 26 years of being away from the land have land again and are trying to get back to our old way of life. My husband has build our house and barn. We have a orchard started with trees that are now producing fruit. We love to make everything from scratch. We are now in our golden age!! (over 650 but still want that way of life. Thanks again for your web site.


18 SLS July 5, 2016 at 5:36 pm

After many years of living frugally by necessity (and becoming quite good at it), I started to drift away once my job situation improved. While I never let go of some of the basics (life can exist without a television, clothes dryer, and fashionable clothes), I did start relying on quick foods, expensive body care products, etc. due to my demanding career and just general inattention. Your book has reinvigorated my interest in getting back to the basics, not just to save money, but to be more aware of what’s on my skin, inside my body, and being sprayed around my home.


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