Father’s Day, 2008

It’s that special time of year again when dads look forward to all the unique and wonderful gifts that they will receive. Everything from ties to power tools is on the menu. One of the best gifts I ever received was a 12-string guitar. I used to joke with my wife all the time about getting one for my anniversary present. My wife and son went in on this together and purchased it online. I tried to think back to what I used to give my dad for Father’s Day. Nothing really stands out in my mind. Today we mostly … Continue reading

Be Prepared with an Extra Gift

It is Christmas Eve and if you are reading this in real time, you probably aren’t out spending at the last minute for the one person you forgot to shop for. Isn’t that the most maddening thing? You’ve got everything wrapped and you feel really good about all the holiday preparations. You’ve decorated, budgeted, shopped and finally sat back to enjoy some eggnog when the neighbor stops by to wish you a Merry Merry and they’ve brought – ACK – an unexpected present. I’ve learned to always have a few things wrapped in pretty all occasion paper or a gift … Continue reading

Give The Gift of a Cookbook Treasury

One of my favorite gifts to give is a yearly Cookbook Treasury. Using scrapbook supplies, craft items and a hand picked album, you can give a gift that keeps on giving throughout the entire year. Getting Started: Gather all the recipes your family adores, perhaps even traditional recipes served at family functions and anything your own family just can’t get enough of. Remember to include items for each individual section – Soups and Salads, Desserts, Main Dishes, Appetizers, Snacks, etc. It’s your choice how you break them up. You Will Then Need: An album or binder in the size of … Continue reading

Father’s Day Gift Idea: CD Holder

Make Dad a CD holder that he can use in the car, keep in his briefcase, or put in his luggage if he travels. It’s a thoughtful, useful gift that’s even more special because you made it yourself. Start with a piece of thick cardboard (cut a piece from an unneeded box). The cardboard should measure about six inches wide by twelve inches long. Cover the entire piece of cardboard with soft fabric that won’t scratch CDs. Use craft glue or fabric glue (no staples that could end up scratching CDs). Make the smoothest side the front. Next, cut pockets … Continue reading