December 2, 2008

Christmas Seed Craft

I love to make homemade, homegrown gifts for family and friends at Christmas. We took pear butter back to Colorado and also some seeds. As I mentioned a number of posts ago, one of the things I wanted to do was make homemade, custom seed packets for my hyacinth bean vine seeds. The seed packet template that I had originally found didn't work out too well, so I ended up going to Microsoft Home Magazine, where there was a great, easy template for making the packets. If you go to this link, the instructions are near the end of the page and the template download is near the top right corner of the page. I had never heard of this site but it seems very good. Below is a picture of various stages of completion.

The template was very flexible and you can add your own picture or some clipart to one side, then add a text box with instructions on the other side. I did jimmy the lettering around and used word-art for the title, but you can make this as simple or as artsy as you like.

Here are the finished packets. I was very pleased with the way they looked. The picture of course, is the vine we grew on our front porch this year. My mom had a great idea, which was to have everyone who wants to grow the vine be in a competition of sorts to see who can grow the largest vine. We will potentially have these growing in Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, California, Maine, and believe it or not Alaska! Yep, my little sister and her husband are going back there to live. They left it a few years ago and now they're returning. They'll live outside Anchorage (Palinville!), but my sister will be working at Prudhoe Bay - can you say Arctic Ocean??? She'll send me some photos soon - my little sister the adventurer! May all your dreams come true.

Well, this is all then.

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