Dec 27, 2010

Holiday Handmade

This year the mister and I decided on trying our hand at a set of completely handmade Christmas gifts. This is how 50 apples, 3 bottles of tequila and some yarn turned into 6 delicious gift baskets.
{BBQ rub}
{BBQ sauce}
{Apple butter}
{Everlasting vanilla extract}
{Jalapeño infused tequila}
{Dark chocolate truffles}
{Salted caramel candy}
{Key lime meltaways}

+{winter headbands and a tiny owl friend}

 happy holidays.

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Dec 8, 2010

eat, drink, live

I got this Indian tiffin or dabba lunch box at a fair trade store called Ten Thousand Villages. It's awesome. In Mumbai, India, there's a whole system for delivering hot lunches in these to kids at school and businessmen at work. The Dabbawallahs or delivery men, will pick up the prepared lunches from hardworking wives and mothers and carry upwards of twenty of them speedily to their recipients, all on a bicycle. Kind of like the Jimmy John's delivery boys...

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Dec 6, 2010

crafts for poor people

In the spirit of the holiday and in training to try to keep at least one of my goals in the new year, I've been crafting a lot. Of course, I am way behind on the handmade gifts everyone will be getting, and am instead making wreaths that look like children's projects.

This one was fun, super easy, and cheap to make. I made the basic wreath using this tutorial. I used old t-shirts so I cut the strips shorter and tied them real tight so that they would stay fluffy. Then I made some pom-poms out of yarn and sewed them on.  I topped it off by adding this classy ransom note style greeting with stamps. Maybe I'm just channeling how much I want Amy Sedaris' new book...
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Dec 2, 2010


I went to a, let's say "different", sort of school in my grade school years. It was called The Waldorf International School. Waldorf Schools around the world are based on a creative education developed by Rudolph Steiner and rooted in Anthroposophical ideas. I think it's such a crucial point in a child's life to nurture natural creativity and individual development that this type of education couldn't be more fitting. We learned such a broad spectrum of things and in so many different ways. 

We learned about Pythagoras by doing math, acting in a play, and reading. We learned botany by doing field work and making our own books. We celebrated May Day with a May pole dance and Advent with a spiral wreath ceremony which I remember fondly every year and wish my friends didn't think I was bonkers for suggesting we do our own. 

Advent today is much more associated with Christianity, marking the beginning of the Christmas season and Church year. But Advent has also signified the days before the winter solstice and the representation of life and light in the dark times of winter. This is the way it, and all festivals, are celebrated in Waldorf. They are not taught, but offered in ways that allows children to assign their own significance. For this reason, there is a nature table on which children progressively add more "life" - rocks, plants, etc. to the Advent wreath. The Advent spiral, made of evergreen, represents the kingdoms (animal, plant) of the earth. Children walk around it, lighting a candle from the center and leaving it on their way out, creating  light in preparation for the winter.

In keeping with craftiness and the holiday spirit, I made an Advent calendar, slightly more light-hearded and silly as the mister can only tolerate so much hippyness from me. We'll see if I can sneak in a wreath. But this one hangs at our entrance and there is a little activity for each day. All sorts of things from drinking hot buttered rum to advice from favorite poets.

See the easy tutorial after the jump