"A Christmas Secret,"
children's story by Susan Molthop
Start pattern and idea shopping
Begin work on gifts
Don't forget garden gifts. If you start now,
you can have beautifully trained herb topiaries ready for gifts by
You could also bottle home-grown herbs and
make home-grown potpourri for presents. Dried flower arrangements
also make good gifts, so order those seed catalogs and think Christmas!
Not quite up to making decorations from scratch?
Maybe you like the personal touch but aren't too crazy about anything
that looks completely homemade? Try combining store-bought with handcrafted.
Shiny glass balls look beautiful with crocheted lace covers.
We have a large, beautiful Father Christmas
top ornament that came with a cheesy cardboard barber pole staff.
One summer, while hiking in Utah, we found a piece of driftwood that
was just the right size and shape and all ready rubbed smooth. We
brought it home, where my husband cleaned it up and put polyurethane
on it. Now it looks like an authentic walking stick, and gives our
top ornament a very classy look.