Saturday, November 24, 2012

Handmade Gifts Round Up

***Don’t forget—use code PRESALE15 for 15% off your entire order in my SHOP… everything is already marked down 15% to $8.50 each, so you’d only be paying $7.22 per scarf!***


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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a nice time with my husband’s family and then the next day we went on our annual tree hunt. Nolan and I started this tradition the first Christmas we were married and then his parents started joining us 3 years ago for Jace’s first tree hunt. This year it was so fun to have Reese with us as well!


Getting things festive around our house and planning out gifts for everyone (I don’t start my shopping until December since I’m counting on sales in my shop this year to help pay for things) got me thinking back on what I have made for presents in the past. Which made me think you might enjoy a round up too!


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Guys in our family received personalized crocheted beanies—including this handlebar mustache one for my brother-in-law. Details about the 3 I made can be found HERE.


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And speaking of gifts for guys, I made my husband 3 freezer paper stenciled T-shirts. Original post found HERE.


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If you’re having a hard time coming up with ideas for a bachelor in your life, have you thought about food? I made a bunch of individual freezer meals for my brother’s birthday this year and he loved it. Recipe found HERE.


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And one last guy gift—I customized a basic back pack to perfectly hold all of my husband’s disc golf gear HERE.


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For the ladies in your life you could make a crochet hook holder


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Or crochet head wraps (also seen in our tree hunting picture in this post)…


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Last year I made single loop cowls for my sister-in-law and brother’s girlfriend (soon to be sister-in-law now!). I simple made a thicker and shorter version of the Time Out Cowl that I shared with you HERE.


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Jace and I once made a special gardening apron for Grandma.


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I have the most fun with the gifts for little ones in my life. Like this HAT I made for my new niece last year.


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All my nieces received tutu skirts from us last year.


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I made The Incredibles peg people for Jace.


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Or you could make felt finger puppets—I made StarWars characters for the boys and Disney Princesses for the girls. A tutorial and free templates for the princesses can be found HERE.


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I also have made felt paper dolls for my niece.


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And if you’re looking for some simple projects for other people in your life, I love these fabric gift card/money envelopes (I actually use one to hold all my coffee shop/restaurant punch cards).


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My final project to share today is what we gave Jace’s Sunday School teachers last year—homemade drawstring bags filled with homemade goodies.


I hope that inspires you! It makes me excited to come up with some new ideas for gifts this year!


Thanks for stopping by!


Parties I like to link up with:

Transformation Thursday The Sunday Scoop, The Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Making the World Cuter Monday, Weekend Wrap Up, Just Something I Whipped Up, Get Your Craft On, Real Momma, Real Style, Tutorials and Tips Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Make it, Wear It, Show and Tell Saturday, Weekend Bloggy Reading, I’m Crafty Party, Take a Look Tuesday, Simply Link Party, Whatever Goes Wednesday

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Scarves & A Special Offer for You!

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I’ve been having fun getting my shop stocked up again and I’m hoping for good sales this weekend! One of my favorite new additions is this mustard yellow striped scarf made from a super soft jersey knit.


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There’s also a new charcoal gray argyle print, also from jersey knit.


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And I’m loving this gray and white chevron.


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Can you get any happier than bright fuchsia and polka dots?


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And then there are the solid colored infinity scarves: deep plum purple, deep aqua, chocolate brown (out of stock, but I’ll have more again soon), black, navy and mustard. (Not shown here: raspberry pink and light gray.)


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And let’s not forget about some of the other knit prints.


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Or some of the woven cotton scarves.


And I’ll be adding a few more over the next few days.


I’ll be offering a discount for shoppers from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, but thought I’d give you all a little bit of a presale. Because I appreciate you all so much. Maybe we could even say I’m thankful for you??? Between now and Monday you can use the code PRESALE15 to take 15% off your entire purchase.


Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Two Crafty Baby Shower Activities {Free Printable!}

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I love baby showers and celebrating a sweet new life. I don’t like the typical shower games though. I’m just not a fan of smelling melted chocolate in diapers or tasting baby food. Call me crazy. So when a friend of mine and I were planning a baby shower, I thought it would be fun to do a little craft as our activity.


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I love baby pictures taken each month of the baby’s first year where they’re wearing a onesie with how many months they are labeled on it. A friend of mine used her embroidery machine to make them for Reese (you can see how adorable she is in her one month pictures HERE). I’ve also seen the simpler option of stickers to just be put on the onesie for the photos.


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Since my friend’s first baby was ahead on sizes as a baby, I didn’t want to worry about the sizes being off for her pictures, so we went the sticker route. I designed a sticker for each month (download the PDF for free HERE. This is for personal use only. These labels cannot be printed and used for resale or else they will violate copyright laws on the fonts) and printed them on 8.5 x 11” mailing label sheets. Typically, the sets of onesies/stickers I’ve seen are just for months 1-12, but I think it’s fun to have a picture of them right after they’re born to help see the full progression of their growth, so I added a “Brand New” label. Then I cut out each sticker, collected a bunch of ric rac, ribbons, glue and gel pens and put the supplies in mason jars to add a little bit of cuteness.


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The ladies at the shower then decorated the stickers instead of playing a game. I had made up a few samples (as seen in the bottom right corner of the top picture) to help inspire them. It was so fun to see how each lady decorated the labels.


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Back in August my sister-in-law and two of my friends gave me a shower for Reese. My SIL knows me well and knows my distaste for typical shower games, and planned a really fun craft/gift to be done at the shower. She picked up square 26 square blocks at a local craft store, painted them with colors I used in Reese’s nursery, and stamped them to turn them into ABC blocks. Then at the shower she set them out with some other cute stamps…


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…as well as several sharpies/permanent pens. Then during the shower the ladies got to pick a block and write a little note to Reese on it and decorate it with the other stamps if they wanted to. She also redecorated the box you see above, Mod Podging hymn sheet music (she chose songs that referenced birds/wings/flying), and painted a few birds cut from Mod Podge to match the blocks.


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After the shower she finished up any left over blocks and sealed them, and put them in the box she had decorated. They’ll sit nicely in her nursery, and when she’s old enough she’ll be able to play with a toy that was specially made just for her, full of messages of love and blessings.


How about you? Are you a fan of typical shower games (if you are, that’s awesome!) or do you like alternative activities as well? What’s the most fun thing you’ve done at a baby shower?


Thanks for stopping by!


Parties I like to link up with:

Transformation Thursday The Sunday Scoop, The Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Making the World Cuter Monday, Weekend Wrap Up, Just Something I Whipped Up, Get Your Craft On, Real Momma, Real Style, Tutorials and Tips Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Make it, Wear It, Show and Tell Saturday, Weekend Bloggy Reading, I’m Crafty Party, Take a Look Tuesday, Simply Link Party, Whatever Goes Wednesday

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Framed Embellished Glass {Tutorial}

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I feel like October flew by and November is going to go even faster. I have a fun d├ęcor project in the works, and it will beautifully showcase seasonal art pieces. So when I was given the opportunity to try out some Martha Stewart Paints, I knew I had to make something that would help get me ahead for Christmas decorating.


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I started out with the adhesive stencils, various glass and multi-surface paints, paint brushes and squeegees from Martha Stewart Crafts, cheap frames and some craft paper.


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The adhesive stencils act as silk screens, a crafting method I hadn’t used before. So I tested them out on the paper to make sure I had the hang of it before moving onto embellishing the glass from my picture frames. It was so easy to use I really didn’t need a trial run! You just stick your stencil to the surface, put some paint on the stencil, and pull the paint across the space with the squeegee. You can see how cleanly and crisply the line came out on the “O”.


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My next step was stenciling snow flakes on the glass with the “frost” glass paint. Once again, I simply placed the stencils where I wanted them and pulled the paint across the stencil. I love how this color was faint and left a frosted affect… hmmm… guess the name for the color was fitting.


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After stenciling the letters on the glass as well, I thought they needed to make a stronger statement, so I went over the letters using the tip on the glass paints and it created a puff-paint affect.


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If you’re using a paint that doesn’t come with a fine tip on it, you could use these great tip caps.


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A also did little dots on different points of the snowflakes using the frost with the tipped cap, and some little green dots at the empty corners. Finally, I slipped some green patterned scrapbook paper in the frame itself, and had just the art I was hoping for.


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I loved how simple these products were to work with. And Reese proved to be a true test of their simplicity since I had to take plenty of breaks to comfort her little one-month-old fussiness while working on them. I can’t wait to decorate my house for Christmas, but until then, it makes me smile to look at these frames sitting on my entertainment center.


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Thanks for stopping by!


I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Martha Stewart Paints and The Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are completely my own.