DIY gift ideas

diygiftideas As I said this week for me is all about the handmade gifts. While I can’t reveal what I am making until after the holidays I thought I’d link some tutorials for what I think are some really beautiful gifts.
1. Candle tea cups: I’ve been meaning to make these for awhile. I always see very cute tea cups in the thrift shops and I think most people enjoy a good candle.
2.hand carved crochet hooks: I love the idea of carving some very special crochet hooks for the crafty person in your life. Even if some one doesn’t know how to crochet yet, a beautiful handmade hook and a book on crochet might be just the thing.
3.laptop bag: This laptop bag also makes a great purse.
4.Baby food spice jars: how about some spice jars for the cook in your life? You could also fill them with baking supplies like sprinkles, plastic toppers etc.
5.Shrinky Dink pendant: you could make a lot of really cute designs with shrink plastic, or turn them into a keychain instead. We made ornaments of the kid’s drawings one year, and magnets of katamari characters another.
6.freezer paper stenciled pillowcases: freezer paper stencils work on all kinds of things from t-shirts to totes.
7.Rubber origami ornament: another DIY i’ve been eager to try. You dip origami into the rubber to create a more permanent object. Looks like a great gift topper too.

Twelve Links on Twelve Twelve!

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1. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Yesterday’s Classics)- I read this book to my youngest son last year and we simply loved it! This story is not to be confused with the Frank L. Baum’s book. This story tells of Santa Claus as a young boy who has a knack for carving wood, and how his legend began and continues today. The story made us cry, it is so lovely and sweet! I think this is a great book too for kid’s who begin to question if Santa is real or not, as the ending is a great way to explain who Santa is.
2. Bleaching Bottle Brush Trees- Did you know you can take the ugly store bought bottle brush trees and bleach and dye them to look like cute vintage ones? I cannot wait to try this! Just a few tablespoons of bleach in water and it doesn’t take very long, then you can tint them with RIT dye for colors.
3. The Container Store- has really cute vintage inspired gift wrap this year, this one too!
4. JC Penney’s- has cute vintage style shiney brite ornaments
5. Vintage Christmas catalog page scans- love the ones from the 50′s
6. Christmas Vinyl Covers – want them all!
7.make a snowy mountain DIY- I’d even add some embroidered little holiday skiers coming down the mountain
8. Adorable crepe paper bells DIY
9. adorable paper cup bells DIY
10. The cutest bell jar inspired ornament DIY (I made these for crafternoon gifts, so much fun!)
11. wrap up oversized gifts as giant Christmas crackers
12. paper ornament print outs

Sunday Links – Halloween Style

Today I wanted to share with you a few Halloween links for your enjoyment…

photo by Secret Fun Blog
I tend to think that the best Target Halloween store display was in 2003. The giant masks are just so spot on…see all the photos over at the Secret Fun Blog.

My favorite Halloween movie (not kid friendly) is Trick ‘r Treat I know I talk about it every year, but so far nothing has been able to top it. The Halloween imagery is just that good. Come on Hollywood, I need more Halloween movies please….and when I say Halloween movies, I mean actual scary movies that are about Halloween (not just a scary movie, and please not just a torture movie)


I love all three of these t-shirts for Halloween, and right now Threadless shirts are still $9.99

and a few more:
-free halloween fonts
-free cut and fold printable masks
-cute cone girl’s in halloween costumes
-my list of kid’s halloween movies from last year
-Betsy McCall Halloween paper dolls

Sunday Links – Halloween Love

Have you seen that Beistle has released a new set of Vintage Halloween reproduction decorations! I love them so much, and they are offering two freebies..a skeleton candy box printable, and free printable halloween gift tags.

and more vintage inspired halloween printables:
-free vintage halloween invitation printable
-free vintage whirl -O- Halloween game
-free printable halloween bingo cards
-free printable Halloween place cards
-free apothecary labels (and tutorial for adding them to hand towels)
-free (8) different Vintage Halloween Pictures to print and frame (just scroll down a bit)

Sunday Links – Paper Piecing Halloween Potholders


A few people commented that they would like the make the potholder from my pot pies post, so I thought I’d do a little round up of foundation piecing patterns for Halloween! While I couldn’t find the exact pattern I used (I made mine a few weeks ago) there are plenty of jack o’ lanterns to choose from. If you’ve never done foundation piecing here is a great starter with photos.
-simple pumpkin and witch
-more complex witch on broom
-jack o’lantern
-another jack o’lantren
-black cat
-candy corn
Then to turn it into a potholder I simply did the same thing as these hot pads.