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I received a truly awesome Christmas present in the mail today from Spa Bettie!

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She made customized Maggie and James Christmas tree ornaments.  Is that not the cutest thing EVER?

 

See the resemblance?  Wink, wink!

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And:

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I think Kristina is going to do a step-by-step post tomorrow on how she made the doggie ornaments over at her blog!

 

After opening that totally heart-warming present, I participated in two long conference calls and made myself, my father-in-law, and the Husband lunch.

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Hummus and spinach sandwiches:

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Fruit:

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And nuts:

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Then, I drove all the munchies over to the clinic, and Iā€™m now checking in patients and organizing the desk.  It looks like paperwork vomited all over *my* space while I was away this morning.  Hmm.

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What sweet homemade gifts have you made or received this year?

{ 71 comments }

 

  • Johanna B December 20, 2010, 2:33 pm

    The doggies are adorable (the ornaments and the real ones). Wonder if she does kitties. I’ll have to check out her blog.

  • Krista December 20, 2010, 2:35 pm

    OMG. Cutest ornaments ever.

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms December 20, 2010, 2:36 pm

    I made homemade caramel for my mom since she loves it on her ice cream!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 20, 2010, 2:38 pm

    I love Kristina! She is such a sweetheart. How nice of her to send you those cute ornaments. They’re perfect.

  • Gabrielle @ Weightless December 20, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Cute doggie ornaments! Every year, I get a homemade ornament from my realtor. Such a nice gesture!

  • Chrissy (The New Me) December 20, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Those ornaments are amazing! What a great idea. I have two enormous black dogs – I might have to adapt this idea for them!

  • Amanda December 20, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Those ornaments are adorable! I bake…and send baked goods. But you’re probably not surprised. šŸ™‚

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 20, 2010, 2:44 pm

    That’s such a sweet gift! I’d love to be able to make things like that! šŸ™‚
    I usually bake for people! Fun for me and yum for them (hopefully!) šŸ˜€

  • Paige @Running Around Normal December 20, 2010, 2:44 pm

    Love Spa-bettie!! Those ornaments are way too cute! šŸ™‚

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 20, 2010, 2:45 pm

    My boys painted ornaments for us and I love them. I used to be all about a fancy tree when I had my first Christmas trees, but now I really love a natural looking tree (even if it is fake) with homemade ornaments! I love the dog ornaments. My cats keep getting in my tree, so I have living kitty ornaments in there!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 20, 2010, 2:45 pm

    Wow Spa-bettie, those are soooo cute!

    How did you make them?

    • Kristina @ spabettie December 20, 2010, 2:52 pm

      I’m working on a tutorial post – it’ll be up on my blog tomorrow! šŸ˜€

  • Sana December 20, 2010, 2:47 pm

    What a lovely gift from a blogger!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 20, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Those ornaments are too cute! I love them!

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) December 20, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I love to give home made cookies as presents. Not the most original, but it’s a cliche for a reason. Namely, YUM. šŸ™‚

  • Kristina @ spabettie December 20, 2010, 2:52 pm

    so happy you like them… you know Maggie is one of my favorite dachshunds out there in blog land ! <3

  • VeggieGirl December 20, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Aww love the Maggie & James ornaments! šŸ™‚

    I’ve made some scarves, batches of blondies, and ornaments for the holidays this year.

  • Ali @ Ali on the Run December 20, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Ahhh so cute! What a great gift idea for puppy parents!

  • erica December 20, 2010, 2:53 pm

    those ornaments are so adorable!!!

  • Bethany December 20, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I love those doggie ornaments and have a friend with two tiny dogs and I’d love to make some for her next year.

    This year I have given my homemade apple butter, made crocheted and fabric coozies, made soy candles and pumpkin bread.

    I recieved in the bloggy ornament gift exchange I participated in a beautiful handmade quilted ornament with the sweetest message from the girl who sent it to me. Even though I don’t know her it totally made my heart smile to get something handmade from someone else (since I often give handmade stuff myself).

  • Evan Thomas December 20, 2010, 2:57 pm

    Bettie is a genius.
    I was thinking of making bark as a present, but instead I just made it for myself and have been eating it all afternoon. Merry Christmas to me šŸ™‚

  • Brittney December 20, 2010, 2:57 pm

    LOVE them! And I love Kristina šŸ™‚

  • Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) December 20, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I made a painting for my parents, which I know they will love!

  • Anna December 20, 2010, 3:00 pm

    Most of my gifts this year are homemade… one of my favorite gifts is homemade notecards. I take vintage illustrated books and cut out words and pictures, then apply them to cardstock and make pretty cards.

  • Amy December 20, 2010, 3:07 pm

    I didn’t handmake this gift, but it was the best Christmas present I’ve ever given…I participated as a donor on this: http://thebloggess.com/?p=9493 and I have never felt the Christmas spirit more in my life. It’s amazing!

    LOVE those pup ornaments…so cute! šŸ™‚ I wish I was that talented!

  • Lauren December 20, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I made my boyfriend a mini-scrapbook of our last year together. I put it together while counseling scrapbook camp this summer (ha, we have such fun, random camps at the summer camp I work at) and gave it to him for our one year this past summer.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 20, 2010, 3:15 pm

    such cute ornaments!

    i have posted quite a few times this season about making homemade gifts and receiving them…recently I just made choc dipped cookie balls for my neighbor who watches our house all year when we’re not in it. he loved them!

  • Kristina December 20, 2010, 3:17 pm

    LOVE those ornaments!!!!! I make strawberry jam and red pepper jelly every year-they’re red…it’s Christmas…it works!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman December 20, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Those ornaments are so cute!

  • Ashley December 20, 2010, 3:22 pm

    Those are adorable! This year I made three blankets, a sleep mask, and a personalized jewelry box.

  • JenATX December 20, 2010, 3:31 pm

    None yet! But I am going to make OSG power truffles for my boyfriend’s family. I think homemade presents are so meaningful šŸ™‚

  • Amanda December 20, 2010, 3:40 pm

    Your dogs are awesome! So cute : )

  • Samantha-The Life Abundant December 20, 2010, 3:47 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the ornaments! We finally put our ornaments on the tree last night and I was commenting that Molly (that is our daschound) doesn’t have an ornament after 5 years and we need to get her one. Does spabettie sell them or is it a just for fun thing?

    • Caitlin December 20, 2010, 3:50 pm

      I’m not sure!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef December 20, 2010, 3:49 pm

    how cute!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 20, 2010, 3:51 pm

    oh my – they are too cute! I didnt make any homemade gifts this year – although I have made homemade bon bons (crackers) for christmas day!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 20, 2010, 4:00 pm

    The ornaments are SO cute! I made cookies for people this year, as well as some cards – haven’t had time for much else though!

  • Jenna December 20, 2010, 4:09 pm

    So sweet. I think my pup needs one of those.

    I have made different popcorn seasonings in cute spice tins for the men in my life and dead sea salt bath salt with lavender oil for my ladies.

  • Anne P December 20, 2010, 4:10 pm

    Omg… those ornaments are SO CUTE!!!

  • Lisa December 20, 2010, 4:12 pm

    I love the ornaments! Kristina is so creative!

  • suki December 20, 2010, 4:14 pm

    those are absolutely adorable! šŸ™‚ what cute ornaments. i haven’t MADE any gifts this year, but i’m totally getting ideas for the near future!

  • Helen December 20, 2010, 4:25 pm

    One of my besties hand made a Christmas card for me. It was so thoughtful and cute!

  • ezzie December 20, 2010, 4:26 pm

    those are so cutee!

  • Dorry December 20, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Kristina is one of my dear friends and the best gift giver in the world! Those ornaments are SO awesome. šŸ™‚

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews December 20, 2010, 4:45 pm

    I love those! I have two dachshund ornaments myself. In fact, one of my dachshunds is eating a candy cane right now that she stole out of my purse (grr..little rascal!).

  • Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 20, 2010, 4:48 pm

    Cute ornaments! I found a knit Dachshund ornament from Crate and Barrel (I think?) last year and I just HAD to buy it. Love dachsies!

    Anyway, earlier today I received a package from my parents who live in a different state and my mom sent me my fave homemade anise cookies! I was so surprised and delighted!

  • Ann @ Day by Day December 20, 2010, 4:58 pm

    Well I haven’t been great at making anything this year, but last year I made my Mom a kind of chronicle of her time in Paris visiting me while I studied there. It was a picture book of our journey complete with a funny poem (kind of poking fun of how silly/clueless we were together and how much fun we had). She loves it!
    See:

  • Baking 'n' Books December 20, 2010, 5:21 pm

    I love this title.

    I also want to eat lunch with you one day.

    And I am making carrot-cake muffins for my staff…if they can survive me first…;)

  • vanessa December 20, 2010, 5:25 pm

    Maggie’s ornament is too much, I Iove it!

    On a side note, the bread looks fantastic (full of grains), what kind is it/where do you buy it?

    • Caitlin December 20, 2010, 9:19 pm

      its from la brea and is sold at harris teeters!

      • vanessa December 21, 2010, 6:02 am

        Fantastic, thank you!
        Bread with a proper crust is so hard to find and that bread looks like it has one!

  • nicole December 20, 2010, 5:26 pm

    Those are too cute! I know my mom would love some of her dogs.
    My friends and I just had a little gift exchange last night, and one of them made adorable picture frames with inspirational messages.

  • Erica December 20, 2010, 5:33 pm

    oh my goodness! How cute are those! ALMOST as cute as the real thing šŸ˜‰ I always give homemade baked goods to friends and families. Outside of that, I’m not too crafty šŸ˜‰ Hope your week is treating you well

  • Laura (Starloz) December 20, 2010, 5:51 pm

    awesome gift, i havent opened any yet

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous December 20, 2010, 6:34 pm

    Homemade sugar cookies with supa dupa thick frosting! YUMMM.

  • Katie @ peacebeme December 20, 2010, 7:02 pm

    I LOVE those!!!! I want a basset hound one! Sorry, I get realllly excited about dogs.

    I made jars of homemade hot cocoa mix, and tea towels with animals sewn onto them with different colors of cloth. I made an elk for my boyfriend’s mom and a golden retriever for my mom. I also handmade over 30 Christmas cards. I was crafty this year, it was actually really fun and I want to keep it going.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 20, 2010, 7:03 pm

    Those ornaments are so cute and thoughtful!

  • Cindy December 20, 2010, 7:17 pm

    I’m the most uncrafty person in the world, but I think my girlfriend made me a scarf for Christmas. She is to sweet.

    I would love to see how to make those ornaments so I can make one of my precious Sasha.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 20, 2010, 7:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, those are the cutest ornaments ever! What a thoughtful gift!

    I’m just planning on baking my friends’ favourite treats to give them for Christmas.

  • Dynamics December 20, 2010, 8:32 pm

    Yesterday I made my special white chocolate candies for my daughter. So easy. This year I was able to find miniature VEGAN marshmallows.

  • Jacalyn December 20, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I like to collect photos throughout the year of my family and make each unit their own framed collage. There are 4 of us girls in my house, all married, all with kids – thats a lot of photos.

    • Jacalyn December 20, 2010, 9:22 pm

      not ALL in one house, obviously. ; P

  • Laurie December 20, 2010, 9:36 pm

    Those ornaments are truly adorable. For me the biggest drawback about not celebrating Christmas is missing out on the ornaments. Most of Christmas I am fine to miss out on, but there are some cool ornaments out there. The other day at the running store I saw a pink ball (I think that is what you would call it, you know the regular round ornaments) that said “Swim Bike Run” I had to buy it for my friend because it just had to be bought!

  • Coco December 20, 2010, 9:56 pm

    I graduated from college this semester, and my roommates made me a scrapbook of photos and memories. It is the best Christmas/Graduation gift EVER!

  • Nicole @ yuppie yogini December 20, 2010, 10:30 pm

    My doggie ornaments have been out-done!

  • Amber K December 20, 2010, 11:13 pm

    I usually make Christmas cookies for presents since I can never afford to get anyone anything. This year to be gluten-free I’m making fudge and candy. It’s a new experience, although a very tasty one!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion December 21, 2010, 11:34 am

    Oh my goodness!!! Those ornaments are adorable! I love, love, love them šŸ™‚

  • Katie December 21, 2010, 6:00 pm

    Ohhh the ornaments are just too cute! For Christmas this year, all of the Weddingbee blogger girls did an ornament exchange – I crafted a reindeer out of wine/champagne corks, and the one I received was a hand sewn pillow with buttons (my Weddingbee moniker)! It was so sweet to give/receive handmade treats!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 21, 2010, 11:30 pm

    Those are SO FREAKIN Cute!!!!

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