Archive | June, 2010

More Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Framed Poems

13 Jun

If your budget is a little tight this year – perhaps so tight it’s cutting off your circulation – this next homemade Father’s Day gift idea is right up your alley. Lyn from Washington made these framed poems last year and estimated the total cost to be around $2.50. That’s cheaper than most store-bought cards, folks. And a store-bought card isn’t likely to make your man tear up like this will.

Plain wooden picture frames from a craft store
Paint and brushes
Wooden shape cutouts
Construction paper
Vellum paper (sold individually at many craft stores)
Other embellishments as desired (i.e. felt)


  1. Paint the wooden frame and the cutout shapes, or have your child(ren) paint them. Set aside to dry.
  2. Cut a piece of construction paper to fit inside the frame.
  3. Paint your child’s hand or foot and place it on the construction paper; set aside to dry.
  4. Print a poem (or note from your child) on a sheet of vellum paper, cut to the same dimensions as the construction paper.
  5. Once dry, glue the wooden shapes onto your frame, and embellish as desired.
  6. Place the vellum on top of the construction paper and place inside the frame.

Need some inspiration? Here’s the poem Lyn and her friend used in their frames:

Walk a Little Slower – author unknown

“Walk a little slower Daddy,”
said a child so small,
“I’m following in your footsteps
and I don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true,
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you.”

So, so sweet. Lyn, thank you for sharing this idea and the photo!


Father’s Day Gift Ideas – Homemade Spice Rubs

12 Jun

spice rubs
Chances are, there’s at least one guy on your shopping list this Father’s Day who loves to barbecue. Whether it’s your husband, dad, or grandpa, these homemade spice rubs fit the grill – I mean, bill.

This project can be as simple or as challenging as you choose to make it.


  1. Choose your containers. In the past I’ve used a set of three magnetic spice tins from The Container Store (shown as a set of five with a spice rubsmagnetic plate; you can buy the set of three without the plate for $5.99 in stores or online). The Quattro Stagioni Spice Jar, also sold at TCS, lends an Italian flair for $1.49/jar. Crate and Barrel sells these Mini Slanted Jars and Glass Spice Jars for $1.95 each. Essentially any smaller jar will do; I strongly recommend purchasing the containers first, labels second as the shape and size of your container will dictate the kind of label you can create.
  2. Your labels can be as simple as the name of the rub handwritten on a piece of cardstock and tied on with twine, or you can design your own and print them spice rubsout. I wanted my labels to have a rustic, Western feel, so after printing them out, I dabbed on a mixture of instant coffee grounds and water with a paper towel to “age” the labels, then singed the edges with a safety lighter.
  3. Choose your recipes. See below for a few to get you started. Make a note of the quantity your recipe makes in comparison to the size of your containers. You can always put the extra in a labeled plastic baggie so they can replenish as needed.
  4. Buy ingredients in the bulk spice section of your local natural foods store. Some stores that offer spices in bulk include Henry’s Farmers Market and Sprout’s Farmers Market.

These rubs are best used within three months and stored in a cool, dark place. With summer fast approaching and grills firing up across the country, they’ll be lucky if they last that long.

Hot and Sweet Rub (scroll down)
Oregon Herb Rub
BBQ Dry Rub

spice rubs

Photos courtesy of maria renee: photography and design.