This year for Christmas I was really inspired to make as many handmade items as I could, using materials I already had here at the house. Financial reasons played heavily into this decision but also just the idea of cultivating a heart of gratitude in my children and wanting to be a good steward of things we (or others as the case may be) had already spent money on and were just sitting around.
I came across this great idea on a blog a year or more ago. When my mom passed away last December I saved what I refer to as "the pie list" off of her refrigerator. She kept a list of what type of pie every family member liked on the side of her fridge. I knew as soon as I saw it what I would do with it. Mr. Steady took the list to the copy store and had it enlarged. Then I took a picture I no longer liked and a stretched canvas I had purchased previously. On the large sign for my dad I wrote "Pie fixes everything", a saying from a sign Mr. Steady and I saw on our second honeymoon two years ago. Then around this I copied, using carbon paper, my mom's pies. Dad's favorite is blackberry so it went on the center top. I just kind of moved the others around until they fit. Then I painted each pie type.I did something similar for my brother, using the stretched canvas. His favorite was coconut cream so it went first. I didn't have room for the whole "pie fixes everything" so I just put PIE on his.