homemade presents '08

We always trade names for the family gift exchange for Christmas. This year with Steve's family we decided to make homemade presents (to cut present costs) but everyone ended up spending money to make their homemade presents anyways. Oh well. Steve and me had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for our gifts. Steve had his bro-in-law Ben and I had Steve's mom Pip.
For Ben Steve made him the game of "Ladder Golf". You need 14 2ft. pieces and 16 1ft pieces of PVC pipe.
You need 12 elbow joints and 12 T joints.
Then you create two stands using the parts.
Then you need 12 golf balls with 6 pieces of 1.5 ft rope. You carefully drill a hole (big enough for the rope to be snug) through the golf ball. Then you knot each end of the rope and burn/melt it off so it won't fray. Having 6 of the balls be a different color would be ideal but you just draw designs on the balls to make them different from the other team.
Now you are ready to PLAY! Official rules found here.
For Pip's present I made Christmas throw pillows and a new cooking apron (which I didn't get a picture of).
Her Christmas colors are Red and Gold and I found somem awesome fabric to go along with that. I used two different reds and made them opposite designs. The gold just looked fab on it's own.
So I sewed, stuffed, and stitched them up.
These are the final two sets.
And this shows them grouped on my chair. I think she will love them.


Blake and Jenny Jones Family said...

Those pillows are so cute. I love them too. The homemade gifts is a good idea. I think everyone will remember what they gave each other more because they really had to put thought time and effort into it.

We missed you at the Christmas Eve dinner at Valentines!


Meagan said...

I love ladder golf. We always play that at mutual when we are having outside activities. (not to brag, but I'm pretty good). Glad that you had a wonderful Christmas. Hopefully you got my other post that I changed my blog address, if not its www.thecutestboysever.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

So creative as usual.

Kandis said...

Your pillows look amazing! And the game was pretty sweet as well. Looked like a good time, we missed you guys!

Anonymous said...

I have totally seen variations of Ladder Golf up at my friend's vacation house in Flaming Gorge - it's awesome! Your pillows are great, too! Go KO and Steve!