A few nice Homemade Gifts images I found:
Image from page 420 of “Things worth doing and how to do them” (1906)
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Title: Things worth doing and how to do them
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Beard, Lina Beard, Adelia B. (Adelia Belle), 1857-1920, joint author
Subjects: Amusements Games
Publisher: New York, Scribner’s
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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Fig- 558.—Nestle the chicken coseyly in the shell. CHAPTER XXXI HOMEMADE CANDLESTICKS F you are working in clay try makinga few candlesticks. If you haventthe clay, why not get some at onceand begin this most fascinating work?Candlesticks are always decorative;even the old tin candlestick with itshalf burnt tallow candle has a certainpicturesqueness that the artist recog-nizes when he chooses that as anaccessory to his picture instead of theprosaic oil lamp. Then again, candlesticks give a wide scope toindividuality in design, and that it gives expression to onesoriginality is one of the greatest charms of pottery making. A potters wheel is not at all necessary. The primitivemethod of coiling the clay and gradually, without hurry, buildingit up into the form desired is far the better way for home workers.
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Get Your Clay at the nearest pottery where anything finer than flower pots ismade, and if it is a place where they turn out only earthenwareask for their finest clay. Very frequently they make a quantity 385 386 Things for Home, Gift Days and Fairs of extra pieces for holiday trade and for these prepare a finerclay than they ordinarily use. Fifty pounds of clay will keepyou busy a long while and twenty-five pounds will be sufficientfor a number of small pieces. It sells at about one and a halfcents per pound at most of the potteries. Break your dry clay into small pieces with a hammer andthen pound to a powder. Put it into an earthen crock that hasa cover of its own, and mix with water until it is of the consis-tency of dough. If you are not to use it immediately, and it israther stiff, make several holes in the clay with your finger, filleach hole with water, cover the crock closely with its lid and setaway until wanted. When you are Ready for Work take out a good sized lump of clay,
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