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My Bedford farm was the inspiration for the special holiday gifts I’ll be making this year.
I enjoy coming up with distinct gifts and packaging. For these potted begonia cuttings, I used a box lid as the base, filled it with shredded craft paper, and wrapped it in cellophane. A twig placed in the center serves as a support for the cellophane, gift tag, and bow.
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I love propagating rare plants from cuttings and do so often. Many friends ask for homemade specimens of some of my greenhouse plants. They make great gifts when presented in artisanal decorative pots. These were custom made by Guy Wolff Pottery.
Style A tags, in Black, $4.90 for 10, paperpresentation.com.
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I harvest Cantitoe Corners honey from my hives every autumn. This year, I packaged it in beautiful lidded jars with graphic labels and gilded-paper lid covers. I used waxed twine to hold wooden honey spoons in place. I packaged homemade lemon curd the same way.
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Preserved lemons add brightness and complexity to all sorts of dishes, and I made a dozen or so jars for friends who cook a lot.
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I used lemons grown on trees at the farm and eggs from my prolific hens to make lemon curd.
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A Mille Fleur hen in the chicken yard, one of dozens that lay gorgeous eggs.
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Unexpectedly Chic Accessories
Tassels and bracelets made from braided and twisted horsehair were packaged in jewelry boxes wrapped in burnished gold paper and finished with a ribbon and a wax seal of a Cantitoe Corners sycamore tree.
Jewelry boxes, in Matte Black, from $7.80 for 10, boxandwrap.com. Antique gold tissue paper, $2.75 for 24 sheets, nashvillewraps.com. J. Herbin traditional sealing wax, in Dark Green, $6.50, letterseals.com. Embossed gift boxes, in Gold, 12" by 9", $7 each, paperpresentation.com.
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Rutger, one of my five Friesian horses that contributed tail hair for the horsehair projects.
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Two knit vests were created using wool from my sheep. "Sheepish" tags cut from paper hint at what's inside.
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Babaa and Black Sheep, my two black Welsh sheep, provided the wool for the vests.
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Bartok loves his new pillow top filled with catmint. Using a fine cotton fabric, I made pillow slips, which I filled loosely with dried homegrown catmint.