|Vintage card from my collection|
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
|Gift tags I have made from old cards|
I'll start with some simple printable labels with a chalkboard look to them. Both of these are by Lia Griffith for World Label Blog. The first set: chalkboard Christmas gift labels
|Photo from World Label Blog|
|Photo from World Label Blog|
The Elli Blog has some gorgeous Wooly Woodland printable gift wrap:
|photo from The Elli Blog|
|photo by The Feathered Nest|
|photo by Thirty Handmade Days|
This creative gift wrap made from a painter’s drop cloth, from The Idea Room,
|photo by The Idea Room|
And finally, just a few tags. These washi tape gift tags from Making Home Base
|photo by Making Home Base|
|photo by A Spoonful of Sugar|
And lastly, look at these lovely folded gift tags from old Christmas cards!
|photo by Jewelry Making Journal|
If these have inspired you to make some handmade wrap, bags, and tags, head on over to my Gifts, gift wrap, etc. Pinterest board for more inspiration!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
|A handmade gift I completed this past year|
Here are links and pictures for a few of the items I thought would make fantastic gifts for kids:
This Superhero T-Shirt Quilt is such a great idea. From My Thrift Store Addiction.
|Photo by My Thrift Store Addiction|
I love this Be Valiant sign for a kids' room. What a great encouragement to a child!
|Both images from The Happy Scraps|
This list of 20 things to put in a Kids’ Cooking Gift Baskets is from Savings Sarah.
|Photo by a href=“http://www.savingssarah.com/">Savings Sarah|
Some great ideas here; I know any kid in my life would love a basket like this!
This Kids’ Study Pillow is another thing many of my grandchildren would love.
|Photo by Positively Splendid|
If you'd rather not give a toy,check out Ten Great Non-Toy Gift Ideas from How Does She.
|Photo from How Does She|
Here's a fun and practical idea for a toddler: Toddler Superhero Scarf.
|Photo from The Scrap Shoppe Blog|
This Sleepover Bag with Matching Pillowcase
|Photo from Sew4Home|
Last but not least, check out these Quilted Floor Cushions
|Photo from DOBLEUFA|
Hope you have found some fresh ideas for the kids in your life!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
|Some owl hot packs I made last year|
I'm going to share a few links and pictures that might interest you and give you an idea of what's on my board. Ready? Prepare to be inspired!
Personal family gifts are so meaningful. Here are some great ideas in that category:
This Family Recipe Album
|Photo by Balancing Beauty and Bedlam|
Speaking of recipes, this idea -- Framed Family Recipes for kitchen decor -- is a bit simpler project,
|Photo by Tattered Style|
I found the next one, perfect for families with young children, on Infarrantly Creative. It's a guest post by Brooke of The Crafting Chicks: a Family Photo Go-Fish Game.
|Photo by The Crafting Chicks|
These Photo Tiles by My Family
|Photo by My Family|
Just a few more! These DIY Lap Desks by So Not Donna Reed
|Photo by So Not Donna Reed|
are one of the most often re-pinned items on my board. I love the idea of making one's own lap desk, but the thought of using an actual wooden board -- just not sure about that. Seems like it might make the desk sort of heavy. Still, as much as purchased lap desks cost ... I just might try it.
I love the thought of making one's own soap with all of the supplies easy to purchase now. No scary lye or anything in this yummy-sounding Lemon Poppy Seed Soap
|Photo by Raising Up Rubies|
I've saved the best for last! I am SO intrigued by this Gift Card Snow Globe by The Creative Mama that I have got to try making at least one this Christmas!
|Photo from The Creative Mama|
Hope you are feeling inspired! Make a list and get going on some handmade gifts!
Monday, November 10, 2014
Quite a few years ago I made Advent countdowns (as pictured above) for each of my grown kids and their families. I found old frames at the thrift store and repainted them using crackle medium, then followed countdown instructions from Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 6 to make the projects. You can read all about it here: Gooseberry Patch Advent Countdown.
Naturally, with my love for advent calendars and countdowns, I had to make a Pinterest board just for them. Here's the link:Advent Calendars and Christmas Countdowns.
If you're thinking you might like to make an advent calendar this year, it's time to start. So here are a few inspiring ideas!
Here's a Christmas countdown I had pinned and blogged about previously: A Fun and Different Advent Countdown What a neat idea!
|Photo by workmanfamily.typepad.com|
Here's a look at just a few of my other favorite ideas:
This Toolbox Advent Calendar by Sassy Style looks like so much fun to decorate and fill.
|Photo by Sassy Style|
Then there's a Wooden Chalkboard Countdown to Christmas by Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl.
This looks relatively simple, but it's a pretty and fun way to count down the days.
|Photo by Pretty Handy Girl|
|Photo by Finding Home Online|
Last, but far from least is this adorable Advent Calendar Kit featured on I Heart Naptime.
|Photo from I Heart Naptime|
Hope you have enjoyed this look at my countdown board. Head on over to Pinterest to find some of the other neat countdown ideas I've pinned!
Saturday, November 08, 2014
|A "Pinterest project" I made previously|
I just love crafting, period, but never more so than at Christmas time. I like to see that my kids and grandkids have gifts handmade by me. Sometimes the ones for my grown kids and their spouses are just kitchen gifts -- candy, cookies, jar mixes -- but there is usually something handmade for everyone. My goal this year is to get the handmade gifts done by the end of November (all except the kitchen ones).
Then, I should (ideally) be able to spend the first part of December crafting some fun decor items and baking. I thought that by sharing the Crafting for Christmas board first, other people might find some inspiration for things they want to start right away and complete by Christmas!
Edited to add: I had actually posted this a week ago, but decided that I would edit it to add some links and pictures for some of the nifty ideas on my board. Here goes:
Let's start at the front door with this creative Christmas Church Wreath from Homespun With Love.
|Photo by Homespun With Love|
Now, let's go for a few simple ornaments. I so enjoy making ornaments and like to add a couple of new ones every year, if I can find the time. This Tart Tin Ornament by Indulge Your Shelf is so sweet! The page these were on seems to be gone from Indulge Your Shelf -- I pinned this a couple of years ago -- so the link probably won't work. But I think they look easy enough to replicate without instructions.
|Photo by Indulge Your Shelf|
You noticed the sheet music on the ornament above? Here is another easy-looking ornament that uses sheet music: the Sheet Music Christmas Ornaments from The Graphics Fairy.
|Photo by The Graphics Fairy|
For some pretty Handmade Holiday Napkins, check out bhg.com. The simple embroidery patterns are free and downloadable.
|Photo by bhg.com|
Some special Christmas art is so nice to display at this special time of year. Here are two ideas: Twinkling Christmas Canvas Art from Clean & Scentsible is so pretty.
|Photo by Clean & Scentsible|
And then there is this Simple Christmas Art by Just a Girl and Her Blog.
|Photo by Just a Girl and Her Blog|
Just a couple more ideas that I couldn't resist! First is the Car in a Jar Snow Globe
|Photo by It All Started with Paint|
And then, lastly, this masterpiece from Elizabeth at Creative Breathing: Seasons Greetings Shadowbox. The photo below is only a partial view. You can see it in its entirety on my Pinterest board. I did find, in clicking my link to make sure it worked, that I got a "the page you are looking for in this blog does not exist" message. Don't worry. Click the "shadow box" label in the right sidebar and you can find it easily.
|Photo by Creative Breathing|
Okay, that should be plenty of Christmas crafting inspiration for now! Enjoy!
Monday, November 03, 2014
|From my collection of vintage Christmas art|
This spring I came to the realization that, due to increased eldercare responsibilities, I needed to scale back on the handmade gifts. I decided to do just one handcrafted item for each of the kids, something uncomplicated and simple but still special. By midsummer I knew what the gifts would be, and in the fall I began ordering materials, taking advantage of sales.
So far I've finished three of the eleven gifts. This week I'm hoping to crank out a few more. I won't be able to post pictures until after Christmas, but I am getting serious about the crafting!