Monday, December 15, 2008

Tonight's Gift Exchange

Tonight is our annual Bible Study Christmas party. Each year we look forward to this special event. We get together, relax, are served dinner, we visit and laugh, and catch up on each other's lives. Following dinner is our gift exchange done in the game style of "now you have it, now you don't...". It is always an interesting and fun way to do a gift exchange. Rules have it, you can take someone's gift from them, but only 3 times, after that, it is yours to keep. Which leads to the purpose of this post. The gift is not to be over $15.00, which addes more challenge to the creating. I know you have seen many beautiful pedestal plates that have been created in the blogging world. This is my version. I purchased a glass pillar candle holder, a white dinner plate and a red bell photo holder, at the "Pottery Barn Outlet". I washed, dried and took off all tags, then glued the glass holder to the bottom of the plate, with my trusty "Goop" glue. It works best for me to turn the plate upside down, put the glue on the edge of the glass candle holder, turn it upside down and adhere to the plate. At this point, I set something heavy on top of the glued upside project, and let it set for 24 hours.

After that time period, I add a paper lace doily, and with a small piece of double sided tape, set the bell photo holder in the center. I made a card using a plain white index card, with a christmas picture from a magazine glued to it. I used my "Merry Christmas" stamp, hot glued some faux holly on it, and added touches of glitter to the card.

I baked my favorite "raisin bran muffins" adding extra chopped walnuts and raisins. I added a red bow around the glass candle holder, and it was complete, and I did it for a bit under the 15.oo. Food gifts are very popular, especially with the holidays approaching. I remember one year working hard to keep the gift I had chosen, of my friend's delicious homemade granola in a old looking glass jar. And another time wanting, but not able to keep an usual purse that my sister-in-law created out of a placemat. You cannot believe how many people tried to take that one home. It is all out of fun and friendship, and evening to look forward too.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

I love the way your gift turned out! What a fun and creative gift exchange. = )


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