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Archive for November, 2009

Excited for the holidays!

The weather’s chilly, the trees are bare and I swear I can smell cinnamon in the air! It might be a bit early to start decorating the tree or playing my Christmas With The Chipmunks CD, so I’ve channeled my excitement into crafts!

The Emo Snowmen Holiday Card Set

The Snowman Variety Holiday Card Set

The Noel Holiday Card Set

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Lauson: Creative With Heart

While shopping through pumpkin bread on my friend Julie’s etsy site, I noticed some darling beaded earrings and necklaces for sale.   Crafted by Lauson,  Julie’s 8-year-old neighbor, these pieces are a fun way to gift yourself with an accessory that shines, teaches and helps.

Julie’s teaching Lauson about business.

They’ve decided to donate half of his profits to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information go to http://www.jewelofthelion.etsy.com.

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I’ve been thinking about different ways to creatively wrap this year.  While I like to stay away from the basic wrapping paper, ribbon and a peel-and-stick tags, sometimes it’s easier than getting really creative.  especially if you have a million gifts to wrap.

I remember one year, when my sister and I were young, my mother helped us make wrapping paper.  She cut raw potaties in half, and my sister and I carved designs into the flat cut side, much like pumpkin carving.  She then laid out big sheets of paper and  plated of craft paint, and we stamped the paper with our designs.  It was so much fun, and a great memory to keep.

I made some gift tags for my etsy site, all out of pretty decor paper.  They’re big, about 5×2, and would look great on a plainly wrapped present.  They’re bold enough that they’ll make a gift beautiful, if I don’t say so myself!

What ways have you creatively wrapped your gifts?

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I obviously love papercrafting, but there’s so many awesome other homemade crafts out there.  These are some of my chilly-weather faves:

fave 1

Navy Upcycled Leg Warmers by TaffyCrafts

fave 2

Neck Warmer Scarflette by AMothersCrochet

fave 3

Doggy Neck Warmer by Have2Knit

fave 4

Coif Spicey Pumpkin by HotWeinerDog

fave 5

Eco Chic Cup Sweater by CuffeShop

fave 6

Pixie Hat in Huckleberry by Pixiebell

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My newest creations, like all my others, are made with recycled materials.  These are made with an older sock monkey calendar that I forgot I had, and some recycled paper and board.  They’re some of my favorites yet!

The Grandpa Sock Monkey Journal

The Boho Sock Monkey Journal

Gift Set 1

Gift Set 2

I love the monkey!

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Not that these are suggestions by any means, but I’ve used:

flour and water

hairspray

gum

sap

bubblegum

What weird thing have you used as a substitution when crafting?

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