Last minute gift wrapping idea


I am getting ready for Christmas and have run out cookie tins. I just didn’t find that perfect one to give to someone. However, I saw something on Pinterest recently that came to mind when I was trying to come up with a gift wrapping idea for some cookie treats I wanted to give to someone.

I had a #10 can, I sprayed painted it with a dark red gloss paint I had purchased at Walmart. Then I found a box and put my can in there and sprayed it on the outside only. Today when I came from work I found some white gloss acrylic paint. I stuck a old tooth brush down into the bottom , pull it out and moved the bristle back and forth to give the can the look of snow flakes on the can. I used some wire and made handle.

I filled the can with three layers of different cookies.. The last bunch were peanut butter blossoms and here and there I would throw in some Christmas kisses to give it some color. I tied a ribbon to one side of the handles, I think I will make a smaller mittlen and hang it down to as a gift card to the person I am going to give it too. Here is how it turned out:   


Clear Cellophane


Cellophane rolls has many great uses. I recently was wanting to find something to cover some mat boards that I had cut for someone. I didn’t want them to get marks or finger prints.

By the way,  mat boards need to be handled like a record. Fingers on the edge and not touching the front of the mat..  So I took clear cell wrap and wrapped it like a present. Except I taped all the corners on the back side. That way I could slip it into  frame. It was the best solution!

If you should get a finger mark on your mat, we use to pour iodine salt on the mat and let it sit over night sometimes it would lift the mark and be gone by the next morning.

Hope this helps someone thanks from Mary O @ Prairie Pine Peddler

Come visit my shop on etsy too, I have some great jewelry that is down to earth!

This piece here is a blue glass pendant with blue beads attached to the front.of the pendant. The necklace is made from denim hemp cord with brown copper glass beads scatter around it. Great piece to show off or give as gift! More can be seen at

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Magnesium Flat Sticks

Being prepared isn’t just for boy scouts anymore. We all need to be prepared. Even if we will never use this in our life time, it may help someone else.

Do you have a 72 hour kit ready to go, if you had to leave your home. Are you thinking that this won’t happen to you, guess again it could. We have trains, we have companies that go up in flames and we have trucks that carry chemicals that are not safe that could cause us to have to leave our homes for a short time.

There are many sites on the internet, if you type in 72 hour kits will bring up suggestion as to how you can personalize this for your family.

Couple of things I have found helpful, is to have copy of your birth certificate in case you need to prove who you are in a plastic bag so it wouldn’t get wet. While we are talking plastic zip lock bags it good to have some paper, tape and pen in case you need to leave a note for love one particularly if it is raining. Because I am interested in this subject from time to time I come across tips and store them away to read later. Today I am sorting thru some of these and came across information about a Magnesium Flint Stick. Thought I would share this here.

A Magnesium Stick is a must have for the survivalist. It is a beacon of light in the worst situations of life because it gives you the opportunity to create a fire no matter what climate you are in.

Most magnesium sticks have three parts, a bar of magnesium, a flint striker, a metal striker. These three things added together crate the perfect fire creating system. To begin you simply shave the magnesium bar down creating small flakes of magnesium.

Then you take the flint and position it over the magnesium flakes. Then you hit the flint striker against the flint sending a spark onto the magnesium and presto you have ignition. Magnesium burns at about 3500 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot enough to catch anything on fire. Most importantly hot enough to dry out small twigs enough to burn.

Magnesium sticks are not expensive about $3 to $15 depending on the size. They can be carried on your key chain or pocket. or you can hang them on your pack.

I have two items on my key chain that I love, one is flat screw driver and the other is military can opener. I love it.

Thanks Mary O. at Prairie Pine Peddler;                              ,