Yes, yes … it’s gift guide season! I’m sure you’ve seen them popping up everywhere. I love gift guides because they take a lot of work out of the gift hunt. Themed ones are especially helpful when buying for that special someone who has interests you are unfamiliar with. So while you may not need this guide for your own holiday shopping, it may be helpful to forward along to your loved ones with a little *wink*wink* *nudge*nudge* if ya know what I mean ;).
I have the cutest little god daughter who is the biggest girly-girl. Every year I try to get her something handmade (whether by me or through etsy). Often I will make her a little dress or outfit, but ever since See Kate Sew collaborated with Riley Blake fabrics to come out with this doll fabric I’ve known I needed to make this for my sweet Violet.
Just wanted to do a quick little post about these lovely little wooden bead necklaces I made as thank you gifts for all the amazing ladies who pitched in and helped with our wedding. They were super easy to throw together, and I really enjoyed picking out different color combinations for each person.
The tutorial I used is from See Kate Sew. The directions are straight forward with good pictures, which makes these beautiful necklaces so easy to put together… with a chic and modern result.
These are GREAT gift ideas for any lovely ladies in your life. You could even make things a little faster by throwing together a single layered version. I of course threw one together for myself as well.
|My valentine for the Gentleman using wood paper and stamped fabric bunting.|
|The blue polka dots keep it a little masculine.|
|My Gentleman reads so many different books at once, I thought a set of
fabric bookmarks made from scraps (yeay!) would be the perfect gift
to keep it all situated.
These are machine embroidered with little “inside joke” emblems.
|Inspiration from two different tutorials at Pins and Needles and The Sewing Loft.
Dimensions I used: 6 1/2″ x 2″
|This lovely package came in the mail from Mom & Dad.. contents TBA!!|
|So very excited to get this from my sweet Gentleman.. he truly
knows the way to my heart!
Single or Coupled, with friends or lovers, love it or hate it, at home, work, or a fancy restaurant.. however you are spending your valentines day, I wish you love, joy, and happiness!
With great love,
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I cannot tell you how excited I am to be posting this! Buttercups will be releasing some of our vintage half aprons for a special Valentines Collection!
Planning on cooking for your gentleman this Valentines day?? Amp it up with one of our sexy-sweet aprons (with whatever you choose underneath *wink*) and your beau will surely be satisfied, no matter whats on the table!
I know what you’re thinking: “But Lady, I couldn’t boil water to save my life!” Don’t worry your little tush, I’m betting you won’t make it past the first course looking like this… it’ll be straight to dessert if you know what I mean ;).
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Now that I’m finally getting back in the swing of things in the big city, the hustle and bustle of the holiday is over, its always a good time to reflect on how very blessed I am to have such a wonderful gentleman, family, friends.
Yes, yes, I am quite the lucky girl. And as I am enjoying all of the lovely things I was gifted this Christmas by all of those lovely people in my life, I couldn’t help but share my favorites with you:
1. Coat from FM908 on etsy, 2. Built by Wendy: Coats & Jackets, 3. Leather High-top Chuck Taylors, 4. Assortment of rubber stamps, 5. Seamstress Bracelet by Monserat De Lucca, 6. Canon PowerShot s95, 7. Vintage Pin Cushion
What were some of your favorite gifts?
A special treat today… not only are they cute, but these Gift Bags are easy to make (if your a scrap collector like myself you will already have the supplies needed), and the best part… they are re-useable! Don’t you just love that? I do!
- fabric scraps (preferably Christmas colored), also no shame in buying fabric for this project either, I’d say about 1yd for 3 bags.
- spare buttons
|Take a small rectangle of fabric folded in half, draw a line diagonally across the rectangle|
|Open to see your Christmas Tree!|
|Cut a piece of scrap to the desired size of bag, I chose to do fairly smaller bags, but this would work on a larger scale too (this one will be folded on one side), place tree on fabric in desired spot.|
|Edge stitch tree onto fabric around each side.|
|I also did some criss cross stitches for a garland affect, just like on some of my Christmas Cards!|
|Fold fabric in half, right sides facing. Sew along open edges leaving about a 1/2” seam allowance and one end (as desired) open.|
|Measure and cut a piece of scrap for the closing flap… I did mine on the bias for contrasting stripes. Sew this to the top of the bag opening, right sides facing, on the “back side” of the bag, with 1/2″ seam allowance.|
|Once flap is sewn on, press seam allowances to the inside and fold front edge of bag toward the inside as well. Edge stitch all the way around the bag opening, catching the seam allowance of the flap.|
|It will look like this. I added some edge stitching on the flap as well.|
|Mark size and desired placement of your button.|
|Use the button hole stitch setting on your machine. If you’ve never done this, there is a pretty decent tutorial here.|
|When finished, cut open button hole. I also like to add some fray block to ensure its strength.|
|Mark desired placement of button and sew.|
|Ta-da! Now stuff with goodies and place under tree! These can be used for anything from baked goods to clothing, although I wouldn’t put anything with a definitive shape in there to keep away the present snoops in the house!|
If you want to get real fancy, I’m sure it wouldn’t be too difficult to add lining as well – keep in mind if you choose to do lining you will need more fabric, I considered it but couldn’t wrangle up enough scraps. Also, it would be super easy to throw a handle on there using ribbon or more scraps!
What are your handmade gift wrap ideas??
A little while back my dear friend Eddie left the big city and moved out west (L.A.). I wanted to make him something nice as a going away present and thought a set of post cards would be perfect (and hopefully encourage some snail mail back to the east coast!). These also make great stocking stuffers for the far away male friend in your life. Don’t feel like drinking yourself silly to acquire the supplies?? Ask your bartender friend to raid their bin at work!
Beckie at Infarrantly Creative has a great tutorial for making postcards from cereal boxes. I gave this project a boozy modification to fit Eddie & my mutual love for Lone Star and the state of Texas!
Here’s the finished product, full process photos after the jump. Check out Infarrantly Creative for the tutorial!
- Beer Carriers (I used 8)
- Paper Cutter (can also just use scissors)
- Corner Rounder (optional)
- Fine Point Marker
|If you are an avid beer drinker.. you may just have a few of these in your recycle bin.. I “borrowed” some from work :).|
|Start by cutting off all the excess, and very carefully ripping off the middle dividers. (This unfortunately leaves a nasty glue spot in the middle of the card…wasn’t sure how to remedy it so I just left it.. any suggestions??|
|Using my paper cutter, I cut the cards down to the size suggested in Becky’s tutorial.|
|Round off the corners|
|Use a ruler and fine point marker to add the lines.. I just improvised this one.. no special measuring involved… there’s those nasty glue spots!|
|Wrap em up and send em out!!|