Wednesday, 30 November 2011


A homemade gift can be the best kind of gift.
 There are those that scoff, remembering the misshapen clay ash tray given . The fact still remains that a lot of love goes into the creation of a homemade gift..It's become very fashionable to make home-made gifts to give away at Christmas or take to parties. Sometimes it can be  a cellophane  bag of Xmas cookies , sometimes a knitted  hat,  mitts or socks perhaps  even   a personal  luxury item....
This season I have tried to add these special touches   with a few home made gifts.They will be used   for hostess gifts , to neighbours who have done little favours for us , a little extra tuck in for broughten gifts..
First of my homemade gifts:
Lavender  Oatmeal Milk bath.

pretty aren't they and oh how nice the scent!
oatmeal ends up very finely ground
I chose lavender essential oil   for its many   benefits, sleep aid, ease anxiety,improve circulation  reduce blood pressure,relieve muscle pain.......... the oatmeal  soothes irriated  and itchy  skin and the dry mlk powder   soothes and moisturizes dry skin.
 The oatmeal was pulverized in a  small  grinder  so hopefully won't leave residue in the bath... Dry milk powder and a bit of baking soda which also  eases itchy skin  are all the other  ingredients needed.

Candy Cane  Bath salts.

For these  jars I used  sea salt , epsom salt, a touch of baking soda  and cranberry scent....  a little red food colouring to tint  half of mixture.tilted jars  and layered   white and red coloured salts....Soaking in Epsom salts  is said to help magnesium deficiency  which account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, and  stress-related illnesses. Sea salt  is a purifier  that is  soothing, relaxing, and energizing.
Finished up with organza ribbon, silk flowers  a little scoop for milk bath and  fancy tags from a web site.
 Do you make gifts?


Rosanne said...

These look lovely and I bet they smell great too! I try to make something handmade for Christmas every year and encourage my daughters to as well.

Barbara F. said...

Rosemary, you should sell these on Etsy! They look so pink and pretty! xo

Lythrum said...

I like homemade presents the most too, and I have been working on knitting hats and scarves for my family and friends. Much better than receiving a gift card, in my opinion. :) Your gifts are lovely.

Crafty Gardener said...

What lovely gifts you have made for your friends and family.

Karen said...

Rosemary, how pleased the recipients of your lovingly made gifts will be!

I adore handmade gifts the most, too, and love to receive them. I'll be making a few things this year, mostly sewing and, if I ever get the basement cleaned out, I'll be making some stained glass whatnots, too.

poppilinnstudios said...

Rosemary, what wonderful gifts. Who wouldn't love Candy Cane Bath Salts or a Lavender Milk Bath! I think they're a great idea.