Gift Ideas

Gifts for The Doll Lover
1. Doll Patterns: Hillary’s doll patterns are adorable, you could sew up a bunch of dolls for the doll lovers in your life, or gift them the pattern instead so they can make their own.
2. Nesting Doll Socks: I think almost anyone could use a pair of socks, and these are pretty cute with little nesting dolls all over.
3. Paper Doll Plate: This one is great for any paper doll fan, I know it was meant for small children, but I’d keep in on my dresser to sort small jewelry.
4. Hitty Her First Hundred Years: This is the memoir of a doll named Hitty. I love this book, its so sweet and charming and has really nice illustrations inside too.
5. The World’s Smallest Post Service: this little kit to make your own tiny letters and parcels is just about the cutest thing I ever did see.
Gifts for the maker
1. Camera pencil pouch: perfect for anyone who uses a lot of pencils & pens to draw, or the camera lover.
2. Time To Get Stuff Done Mug: I own this mug, and I love it so much! Its just a great size, and feels great in your hands. It always motivates me to grab a big cup of coffee & get to work!
3. Washi Tape: This day of the week washi tape would be great for someone who journals or scrapbooks.
4. Embroidery patterns: from Sublime Stitching make a great gift for the needleworker.
5. Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny & Aaron: Create Incredible Art Journals and Handmade Mixed Media Treasures with Two Master Crafters: I own this book and it is awesome! Not only does it show a bunch of really cool projects to make (from art journals to things like fake cakes that look good enough to eat!) but it also really serves as an inspiration to take techniques and tips and come up with your own projects. Anyhow who likes to make stuff would be lucky to receive a copy of this book for Christmas.

I’ve been doing almost all of my holiday shopping online, how about you? I love making little strange shopping guides, its like window shopping!
*the amazon links are affiliate links, which means I will earn a small percentage of amazon credit if you choose to buy something, but they are all items I wanted to link regardless

Jo-Ann “Celebrate The Season” Santa Favor Cup DIY

I’m back with my third and final DIY for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft’s Celebrate The Season. This time the theme was “fabulously festive”. These santa favor cups can not only be used to hold small treats, but you could also add tiny flags with names to use them as place holders. I think they would make any table festive, and they are very easy and quick to make.
Supplies:
-1 empty toilet paper tube for each Santa, you could cut paper towel roll tubes down to size too.
-felt in pink, red, and white
-black ribbon
-paper cups found in baking supplies area of Jo-Ann
-red embroidery floss
-sewing needle
-black seed beads
-sequins
-small red pom poms
-glue, I used hot glue
First you will need to cut strips of red and pink felt. Since I used synthetic sheets of felt, I cut my strips long enough to go around the tube twice, so the brown of the tube did not show. If you use wool blend felts they are thicker and you will only need to cut them long enough to go around once.
Next attach your eyes. Thread your needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss, and tie a knot on one end. Push you needle through the back of the felt so that the knot is hidden on the wrong side of the felt. Your needle should then go through a sequin, through a bead, and then back down through the sequin and felt. The seed bead will hold the sequin in place. Sew on both eyes.
Now stich of glue pom pom nose in place, and with red embroidery floss stitch a little smiling mouth.
The next step is to glue your face felt and body felt in place. Since I am wrapping mine around twice I made sure my face is right side up and glued the felt onto the paper tube, securing the end with more hot glue. Then glue the body on so that the felt meets up.
Add a bit of glue to the outside of your paper cup and push it down into the top of the paper tube. Hold in place while glue dries.
Now cut a beard and eyebrows from white felt. To make beard cut a half circle from felt, then fold in half and cut another half circle from the center, start small and check against your face, if they cut out area needs to be larger to show more of your face trim a bit. The eyebrows are simply a oval cut in half. Glue the beard on just on sides, and eyebrows in place.
Glue a black ribbon around the center for his belt, and fill the cup with candy or small toys. Here is a coupon from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores to help purchase your supplies. If you end up making some Santa favor cups, I’d love to see them!

crafternoons


Here are the last two crafternoon things I’ve created, the houses are from templates I found here and here.
The felt ornament I just made up to look like a little elf, but just kept forgetting to take a photo. I still hope to get a chance to sew some more before Christmas arrives, I think they’d be fun to attach to the tops of gifts.

December Crafternoon



This month’s Crafternoon was on a Friday evening, because let’s face it December is one busy month, and this was the only practical day for me to squeeze one in. The bad side about it being in the evening was there is just no way for me to get any decent photos. Most of what I took came out blurry or too dark to use. Our craft was making Putz style houses, and I wish I got a photo of all the houses together they were so cute. I’ll get some photos of my houses and last month’s craft soon as I realized I never posted a photo of that either!
The little snowman favors you see above were a thrift find and I filled the little cups with wrapped candy so everyone could take their own little snowman home.
We did a secret Santa swap instead of the white elephant gift, and had a Christmas cookie swap.
I’ll leave you with a photo of the dark side of crafternoon, or as I like to refer to it– the craftermath!! This is the worst part of an evening based crafternoon because it some times ends up running really late into the night (1:30am for this one) and there is no one who wants to clean at that time of night, its just off to bed at that point. Luckily Katie was spending the night and Thomas is always a great helper too and we got it cleaned up the next morning instead. Paper crafts can be messy stuff!
Just a head’s up for anyone who wanted to buy any of my items from Society6, they have a couple of promos for Christmas, this link give you free shipping and $5 off products (through dec 8th at midnight) but then they are also offering a special where each day they feature a new product deal up for grabs from midnight to midnight. Sunday’s is $6 off all tote bags! So if you were waiting to buy something special this week will be a great time!