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Feels good to be posting again.
I forget how much I enjoy it.
I have done the stress of preparing for Christmas and a new baby before, and forgotten how overwhelming that can be as well.  But it is nice to have the holidays to distract my mind from focusing on how big and uncomfortable I am.
We usually do a whole lot of homemade goodness for Christmas.  My husband and I really enjoy coming up with the ideas and bringing them to life together.  It is kind of our thing.  However, we were lucky to manage only one homemade gift this year.
The Mini Bread Board
A special handcrafted gift for our neighbors, friends, and family – mass production style.  To see our previous “neighbor gifts” click here and here.
This gift came together very inexpensively for us.  9 dollars to be exact – for over 50 presents.
My husband found a very old chunk of wood (cedar, we believe) in my late grandfathers junk yard.  It was weathered and kind of sad looking, actually.  With some cutting and sanding, the real beauty underneath truly came out.  And we were both awe struck.  In fact, it was so beautiful underneath, he made me a farmhouse table out of it, which is yet to be revealed.  But I can’t wait for that debut.When I told him what I wanted him to do with it for Christmas, he was pretty excited.  He took a whole day off work to play around with the wood.  He seems to enjoy meticulous, time consuming projects like this.  At least that is what he tells me.

At the end of the day, he came in with 50 beautiful mini bread boards.  I was so excited!!!  They were prettier than I imagined.
I stained them heavily with the above food safe, mineral oil, found at Home Depot. This is where the $9 cost came from.

The result was a very antique looking piece of wood.

Each mini board has its own features.

Some thin, some fat – but all so lovely!!!

They are about the size of an adorable 3 years olds face.

The perfect size for a mini loaf of bread, or a roll at dinner time.  They would also work great as a cheese board.

I think they would also be great for any food photography enthusiasts.

The possibilities are endless.

We should probably sell them.  Hmmmm.  Not this year.

Instead, we tied them up with a picture of the Savior, the true Bread of Life.

With a reminder that if we come to Him, we shall never hunger. (John 6:35, King James Version of the Bible).

The girls had a great time packing these to our dear friends around us,

with some fresh baked bread (of which one or two may have fallen on the ground on the way).

And that is the extent of our homemade holidays for 2013.  A very rewarding project.

I did muster out a fluffy wreath for the entry, thanks to a dear friend who agreed to make it with me.  Friends are great motivators.

Wreath tutorial found on this site.

This will be the last you hear from me this year.  I do have a couple of makeovers to show off 🙂 but we will see if I can push those posts out before a baby.Have a wonderful Christmas!!!!!!

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  1. Those are so cute. If you do this again get your mineral oil in the pharmacy. Safe for people and a LOT less money. 🙂

  2. I love this idea!! We will be using this for a church function this year. Where did you get that picture of christ?? I would love to print up that same one. 🙂

  3. What a wonderful gift for your family, friends, and neighbors! I wish I was one of your neighbors too because those are so amazing. I just love how you tired that scripture into the gift as well. Simply perfect.