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Eat, drink…
Linda Westcott of Candy Box Creations uses dark, white and milk chocolate to make personalized sports and novelty gifts. “A lot of my ideas come from the people who order,” says Westcott. Chocolate pianos, golf balls, and sewing kits with edible buttons and spools of thread make a sweet gift for a friend with a special interest. www.candyboxcreations.blogspot.com

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“May his whiskers grow green when he eats a crubeen.” It’s not Dr Seuss, it’s a citation from A Treasury of Newfoundland Dishes, 50th Anniversary Edition. And yes, “crubeen” is another word for pickled pigs feet. The cookbook contains over 3,000 traditional recipes submitted by Newfoundlanders back in the year 1958. The book lists 15 pages of contributors making it possible to look up grandparents or relatives who may have sent in an entry. www.boulderpublications.ca

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Screech, the infamous drink that passed through Conan O’Brien’s lips on late night TV, has produced a new limited edition aged rum for the holiday season. It’s priced at $28.94 a bottle. www.nfliquor.com

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FEELS GOOD
…And be merry
Last spring, Julliane and Rachel Moss, ages four and six, made hundreds of colourful handmade magnets in support of the Janeway Children’s Hospital­—and they raised over $8000. Now they’re beading into the holidays and our hearts with Christmas ornaments for the same cause. Twisted Sisters Boutik has teamed up with the Moss girls, and ornaments purchased in-store will be matched dollar for dollar by Twisted Sisters for the Janeway. Buyers will also receive an amount of Twisted Sisters dollars that equals the donation. rachelsspecialproject@yahoo.ca Twisted Sisters Boutik, 175 Water St

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Thanks to some wonderful grand provincial funding to the tune of $10,000, The Best of Wonderful Grand Band: Vol. 1 & 2 DVDs are now available in local music shops. The Newfoundland cult comedy is a likely hit on many a grown-up’s Christmas list. Check out O’Brien’s Music or Fred’s Records for a copy. O’Brien’s Music Store, 278 Water St. Fred’s Records, 198 Duckworth St

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WARMKEEPERS
Baby, it’s cold outside
Aromatherapy soap and candle maker Suzanne Fitzgerald has taken to melding her leftover wax with tree bark and dried grandfather’s beard twigs to make highly flammable Firestarters. All you do is “pop one knob in a wood stove, fireplace, a campfire at the cabin,” says Fitzgerald. They come in packs of 10 for $3 making great stocking stuffer material. (Just don’t hang it over fireplace.) Cosmo’s Candles, 237-2680

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Michelle May’s Mayberry Creations trigger an instant feeling of nostalgia with knitted nan-style slippers with toe cosies ($8-$15). She also crochets gorgeous flapper-inspired hats that would fit nicely on any Gossip Girl wannabe ($15-$27). www.mayberrycreations.etsy.com

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Inspired by her four-month old baby boy, Tara Bradbury designs a line of eco-friendly toys and children’s clothing called Mushy Peas. Her jersey-knit stuffed animal monkeys and cotton bunnies are a hit among Gingersnap shoppers, as are the waterproof kiddie pants she fashions from recycled wool sweaters. “I’ll wash the wool in hot water and dry it. It gets really tight like felt. Then if baby’s diaper leaks, they won’t get wet,” explains Bradbury. Gingersnap: 202 Water St www.mushypeas1.blogspot.com

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INDOOR ACTIVITIES
Stormy weather
Break-up the monotony of a day spent indoors by curling up with the new edition of locally produced arts and culture journal, Riddle Fence. The quarterly publishes poems, short stories and artwork. Subscriptions are available online at www.riddlefence.com.

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John Evans’ Shape Shifting Puzzles are made with his jig saw and each one is unique. What more, each puzzle has multiple solutions since the individual pieces can be interchanged. Certainly makes for an appropriate metaphor for times of goodwill. www.shapeshiftingpuzzles.com 726-9553

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Have a white Christmas with some green on your windowsill. The Organic Farm has made $4 pea kits which include growing instructions, soil and a pack of seeds. Sing some ‘let it grow, let it grow, let it grow’ and voila, tasty pea shoots in a few weeks. Food For Thought, 382 Duckworth St. www.theorganicfarm.net

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