The Best Homemade Gift Ideas Monthly Digest: free-gift-ideas-newsletter-November2008.html

by: Brenda Mullard

Table of Contents:

1. I do, now what? Little things happy couples can do everyday.

2. Welcome New Subscribers

3. What’s new?

4. Crafter/Artist Interview of the Month

5. Project of the month

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In keeping with the wedding summer theme I found 1) 5 Little Things That Happy Couples Do Everyday. Summer is all about weddings. I don’t know about you, but whenever my spouse and I go to a wedding I kind of relive my wedding day. It reminds me of why I love my husband and what has kept us together for the past 10 years. Here are some very good habits for couples to do to make their marriage happy and strong.

Daily Habit #1: Talk to Each Other

Want to know the one thing that's most important to a successful marriage? That's easy. Walk up to your husband and surprise him with this one-question relationship quiz:

You: "Honey, what do you think is the one thing most important to a successful marriage?"

Him: "Umm, uh did you say something?"

And, well, there you have it.

Happily married couples typically say their relationships work better when they can sit down and gab one-on-one, like thinking, feeling adults. But who's got time for that? Make the time. My husband and I tend to catch up at night after the kids have gone to bed. It’s our, ” How was your day?” time.

Daily Habit #2: Flirt Flirting is fun. Let’s face it, it just is. The other day I called my husband and as soon as he answered the phone I said, “Hi hansom.” He giggled like a schoolgirl. But I knew at that moment that I made his day. He had been thinking of that simple gesture all day long. Write notes and place them in each others lunches or on a mirror. Buy a greeting card for no reason. Send flowers for no reason to each other. Guys like getting flowers ladies. Send a quick e mail to let each other know you are thinking about one another. Flirting is fun, and who doesn’t like a significant other who comes home from work or where ever in a really good mood?

Daily Habit #3: Get Stupid Together My husband and I love to people watch. We do. The other night we went to a concert a few towns away. We had received free passes from a friend of mine, but I would have gladly paid the $7.00 just for the people watching. We have done the Polar Plunge on January 1st jumping into a frozen lake together just to say we did it. We dance in the middle of the grocery store. We get lovey dovey in front of our kids and make them say things like,” Not again…no more mushy kissing…” It’s fun to have fun. Don’t be afraid to get a little crazy and make each other laugh.

Daily Habit #4: Declare Your Independence Togetherness is great, but even married couples need time away from each other. I think Moms really sometimes get lost in the day to day routine of having a family and all of a sudden realize, ”Hey, where did all of my friends go and why do I never go anywhere?”

"Doing things separately gives you a chance to fill in the blanks that your partner can't fill in for you, for example, one of you likes art shows, the other one likes outdoor sports like hunting and fishing. Plus, taking a break from each other gives you more things to talk about, because when you're joined at the hip, what's to talk about? You've already seen it all."

The point, naturally, is not to make space for each other in that I-can't-wait-to-get-away-from-you sort of way, but to pursue your own hobbies and interests.

Daily Habit #5: Share a Spiritual Moment Spirituality doesn’t always mean praying. One definition of spirituality is, a sense of connection is the center of spirituality — connection to a reality beyond than the physical world and oneself, which may include an emotional experience of awe and reverence. Spirituality may also include the development of the individual's inner life through practices such as meditation and prayer, Ok, I will be the first to tell everyone that Corey and I are not deeply religious. Yes, we go to church on Sunday and we are raising our children according to what our religion tells us to do. More importantly, we are on the same page in our spiritual beliefs and that’s what makes us a force to be wreckoned with.

2.Welcome New Subscribers

A big welcome goes out to all of my new subscribers! We had 20 new people join our mailing list this month. That is so EXCITING to me! This website wouldn’t be worth creating if it weren’t for all of you. Thanks for your continued support! It’s great to have you all here. As always please feel free to share any comments you might have about my website or newsletter. Good and bad are always accepted and considered!

3.What’s New?

The end of summer is near, but don't fret! There are still plenty of summer gift ideas to be found along with back to school teacher gift ideas to start your school year out right.

It's also never too early to start thinking about Christmas and to start planning what you are going to make for everyone this year. I have also added new card to my paper greeting cards shop I have just opened another greeting card shop at Zazzle I have been blogging away with crafty gift ideas, recipes and tips for gift giving on my Best Homemade Gift Ideas Blog I try to update my blog often with new project ideas, tips, tricks. Feel free to stop by everyday! Become a follower and get notified when a new post is added!

5.Crafter/Artist Interview of the Month

4. Crafter/Artist Interview of the Month This months artist is a very talented metal smith for Canada. Eidel makes beautiful jewelry with no exception to engagement rings and wedding rings. That’s why I thought this interview would be perfect for the August newsletter. So Eidel… take it away!

1) How long have you been designing and making jewelry?

I started making jewelry many years ago. A friend of mine invited me to a beading workshop and I was hooked. I never stopped making jewelry since then. First it was my hobby, but then I decided to go ahead and make it my profession. 2)Have you have any formal training as a metal smith?

Yes, I went to George Brown College in Toronto to study gold and silver smithing, stone setting, and jewelry design. 3)How do you start the design process for your pieces?

I start with drawing sketches and playing with different color combinations. Sometimes I make my jewelry in brass or silver first and if I like the result I use gold or platinum. 4)What does your work space/studio look like?

My studio is a 20 sq.m room with a huge window and beautiful view.

5)How does your family feel about your creativity and jewelry making?

They are very proud of me)). My daughter enjoys showing off jewelry I created just for her. My husband is happy for me because I realized my dreams and do something I always wanted.

6)Do you have an assistant who helps you with your pieces? Sometimes I ask a friend of mine who is a stone setter to give me a hand, but usually I work by myself.

7)If someone wanted to get started in jewelry or metals work what advice would you give them?

If it is something you like- go for it! Try to learn as many techniques as you can and apply them often. Metal work is sometimes challenging, but if you succeed it can be very rewarding. 8)Do you have a "day" job or do you design jewelry full time?

I make jewelry full time now, but it is my second profession. Long time ago I worked as a pharmacologist. 9)If someone was interested in buying one of your pieces how would they go about doing so?

I run an online shop where you can purchase a piece you like or contact me to request something different. I love to work on custom orders. You can email me with any questions at 10) Is there any other advice you have for my readers about jewelry making and metal smithing?

If you create jewelry, it is very important to make up your own style…something unique that would help your jewelry stand out and be recognizable.

5)Project of the Month

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Have you tried a recipe from our newsletter? Let us know how it turned out. Here’s some feedback from one of my readers, Lorna from Florida: Tried Brenda's strawberry margarita recipe, the girls and I loved it! Had to add sugar though, think my frozen strawberries weren't sweet enough. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe!!! You are so welcome Lorna, thanks for letting us know you tried the recipe! You can also share your recipes on the share your ideas page too!

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