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STORY AND PHOTOS By REBECCA FLANSBURG As the last remnants of summer fade, everyone’s thoughts likely turn to the upcoming holiday season and the sometimes stressful task of buying gifts for friends and loved ones. One solution to the “buying the perfect gift” dilemma is the creative process of handcrafting your own gifts for the special somebodies in your life. Here are a few ideas that are sure to appeal to someone on your list. n

Memory Mittens

I found this wonderful idea during one of my time-wasting deep research sessions on Facebook when Sharon Hazelton and her daughter, Lacy Herron, shared the “memory mittens” they created as gifts. Memory mittens are made from upcycled sweaters or the sweater of a loved one. Sharon discovered memory mittens when a co-worker, whose mother was nearing end of life, asked if she could make several pairs of mittens using her mother’s sweaters. These unique and touching gifts became Christmas gifts for that co-worker’s family. “It was both heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time,” said Sharon. “But we thought it was an amazing idea and such a special way to not only upcycle, but to preserve a memory. I’ve lost count on how many pairs we have made.” Those looking to create their own memory mittens should lean toward using thick, flat-knit sweaters made of 100 percent wool.

Soothing Bath Salts

Looking for additional ideas or places to purchase other people’s handiwork?

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“Me time” moments don’t come nearly often enough in life, but by creating and giving bath salts, the receiver will have a new reason to indulge in some pampering time. These bath salts are surprisingly easy to make and are a great activity to involve kids. Supplies needed include mason-type glass jars with a screw-top, two cups of Epsom salts, two cups of coarse sea salt, whatever essential oils (for yummy smells and therapeutic effects) you desire and even some food coloring to jazz things up. In separate bowls, mix together the Epsom salt and desired coloring or oils and the sea salt with their desired colors and oils. Once mixed, begin layering them in your jars in an alternating pattern. Add any cute ribbon/string/craft embellishments you want to “pretty up” your jar, add a gift tag or even instructions for use as a final touch (typically about 2 tablespoons of bath salts per soaking is perfect). Brainerd Fall Arts and Crafts Festival at Brainerd High School Oktoberfest Artisan & Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

Her Voice Magazine Fall 2016  
Her Voice Magazine Fall 2016  

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