And by posting this now, you have time to do something like this for your family next year!
I alluded to the fact that I was making something for them back in February. I got this idea right after last Christmas from my friend, Suzanne, who made a really cool cookbook for her mom. I decided that I would make a cookbook for my dad and siblings from my mom’s old recipes (and even commented on her site that I was going to do it!).
I researched sites for quite a while before deciding on Tastebook, and I am beyond happy that I decided to go with this site. First of all, it’s only for making cookbooks. So while mine didn’t include cool pictures like Suzanne’s did (and I wish I’d done that somehow in this), I think that the format makes it easier to input the recipes than typical photo sites. And Tastebook isn’t just for making your own cookbook from your own recipes; you can draw from literally thousands of recipes from popular sites to make your own cookbook, and while the quality far surpassed my expectations, it’s very affordable. **End of free commercial for Tastebook.**
So, I was really, really excited to give these to my family on the 26th when we got together. We draw names for Christmas, so this was just a little something extra that I did this year, which added to the surprise! I think that they really liked them, and I think I’m going to have to get one printed up for myself sometime, too.
My other DIY project this year was a frame for Zach and Michon with their last name in it. I totally ripped the idea off several online stores that make these and sell them for a mint. Some use real sign letters to make their pictures, and other use things that happen to look like a letter; I went with the latter, and came up with this:
I need to reprint the “S” for them, as it was a little too large for the opening in the frame. In case you’re wondering, the letters are:
P – the end of a wrought iron handrail on our back steps
A – the hardest one to find. It’s part of a streetlight turned sideways.
L – the inlaid floor in Jack Henry’s room
S – our napkin holder
This actually became a really fun challenge, finding letters in everyday things. I’d love to do more of these, but I totally lucked out finding a frame with four openings that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m hopeful that if I contact this guy I bought some custom frames from in the past I can work something out and make a few more of these with longer last names.
This pretty much the full extent of my craftiness 🙂