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It’s a wrap! Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

December 14, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

It’s a wrap! I’m off on vacation until January, but before I go I wanted to leave you with one last post. This one is all a about gift wrap ideas, to put the finishing touches on all those wonderful handmade gifts you’ve worked so hard on!

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season! Thanks for reading!

Gift Wrapping ideas

Stamped Gift Wrap | Paper Snowflake Wrapping | Hand Stamped Fabric Gift Wrap | Washi Tape Gift Wrap | Paint Chip Garland | Kraft Paper & Felt ideas | Reindeer Wrapping Paper | Hand-drawn Giftwrap | Follow The Arrow Wrapping Paper

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Handmade Gift Guide Round Up

December 14, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Only 10 days left till Christmas, but don’t worry that’s still plenty of time to create special handmade gifts. If you’re still looking for some inspiration however, have a look through our Handmade Gift Guide Series for some great ideas for pretty much everyone on your list.

Handmade Gift Guides:

2011 Handmade Gift Guides:

Handmade Holidays

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts From The Kitchen

December 14, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, How-to

Because the holidays and food go hand-in-hand, and because my previous Gifts From Your Kitchen post was so popular, today’s last and final gift guide post is an extended version, with even more fabulous gift ideas for you to whip up in your kitchen!

In addition to the recipes, most of these ideas also come with printable labels or packaging ideas to make sure your gifts not only taste great, but look great too.

Handmade Gifts From the Kitchen

1. Fleur de Sel Caramels – All the rage right now, these salted caramels make a fabulous gift, and printable labels come in 3 styles.

2. Foolproof Fudge – Traditional fudge can be difficult, but this streamlined recipe is simple enough for kids to make.

3. Bacon Jam – Who doesn’t love bacon? This would make a great gift for pretty much anyone on your list.

4. Holiday Truffles – These easy chocolate truffles look festive in their Christmas Red and Greens.

5. Infused Vodka – When it comes to infusing vodka there are endless options. Try fruity with pineapple or strawberries, sweet with vanilla beans or spicy with jalapeños.

6. Homemade Jam – Traditional homemade jam is always a treat, and these cute labels come in 10 different flavors.

7. Flavored Coffee Syrup – Do you have any coffee lovers on your holiday gift list this year? This is a cute little idea takes your morning cup of joe to the next level.

8. Bite-sized Cookies in a Jar – Mason jars are perfect for packaging, and I love the way you can see these adorable cookies inside.

9. Marinated Goat Cheese – Bring artisanal flavor to plain store-bought chèvre with this simple marinade — then gift your haute-rustic handiwork in a gorgeous glass jar.

10. Flavored Salts – Elevate your favorite foodies’ cooking to another level with flavored salts. These make great gifts, and a little goes a long way.

11. Homemade Butter Mints – Homemade butter mints are soft, creamy, and not at all difficult to make. Just five ingredients and a bit of mixing, kneading, and rolling are required.

12. Pumpkin Butter – Fantastic spread on toast and muffins, over waffles, stirred in ice cream. The spices added to this treat are the same spices added to pumpkin pie, so it has all of the flavor, without all of the fat!

13. Easy Pickled Jalapeños – These quick and easy pickled jalapenos aren’t just for spicy Southwestern dishes though… They add a zesty zip to plenty of dishes, from burgers to soups, dips to salads and plenty more. Toss ‘em in cornbread too!

14. Oreo Truffles – These easy Oreo truffles make great holiday neighbor gifts, and the cute labels are free to print.

15. Homemade BBQ Rub & Sauce – Got someone on your list who loves to grill? Why not make them some homemade BBQ Rub, and delicious sweet & spicy BBQ sauce?

16. Homemade Pesto – This recipe is so impossibly easy, you’ll wish you’d started making it years ago.

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Holiday Bingo! Free Printable

December 13, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, Free Stuff

Looking for a way to entertain the family while you wait for Santa? Add some festive fun to your Christmas celebration with Holiday Bingo! Print this pdf on heavy card stock, then cut out the cards and you’re ready to play.

Holiday Bingo Free Printable

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(10 different playing cards included)

Happy Holidays from Talk Crafty To Me!

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Beach Bum

December 13, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Got someone on your list who can’t wait to ditch the parka and don a bikini? These handmade beach themed gift ideas are sure to get them dreaming of warmer days!

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Beach Bum

1. Sea life Canvas Art – Spruce up your Beach Bum’s walls with some easy DIY sea life wall art.

2. DIY Beach Bag Tote – This great tutorial will have you churning out beach bags in no time… and really, who couldn’t use another beach bag?

3. Beach Decor Wooden Paddle – Turn your favorite Beach Bum’s house into beach chic with this charming Paddle.

4. Ombre Beach Inspired Pillows – More fabulous beach decor, with a tutorial to show you how to make these gorgeous ombre pillows.

5. DIY Flip Flops – Turn a pair of ordinary flip flops into something special… perfect for long walks on the beach.

6. DIY Ombre Straw Hat – Help protect your beach bum from harmful rays, by looking stylish at the same time.

7. Rope Knot Headband – This nautical inspired headband makes a cute gift for the beach bum in your life.

8. Pelican Sign – This adorable sign is sure to have your beach bum dreaming about the sea.

9. Beach Towel With Pockets – Help your beach bum keep track of beach essentials — sunscreen, novels, flip-flops — by sinking them in a corner pocket.

10. Fish Sculpture Wall Art – A great accessory for any home with a tropical, Beach, or Coastal Theme.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our last Handmade Gift Guide of the season… and everyone’s favorite: Gifts from the kitchen!

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Handmade Ornament Inspiration

December 12, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Who doesn’t love a handmade ornament? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites that are sure to get your home in the festive spirit.

Handmade Ornaments

Holly & Berries | Stamped Fabric Trees | Wooden Snow People | Grizzly Bear | Salt Dough Ornaments | Felt & Fabric Owl | Pom Pom Ornaments | Washi Tape Ornaments | Linen Stars

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Ski Bunny

December 12, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Today’s handmade gift guide is for the ski bunny who likes to hit the slopes, sip après ski cocktails and still look stylish for a night out on the town!

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Ski Bunny

1. Striped Cotton Cowl – Help keep your ski bunny warm and stylish with a cozy knit cowl.

2. Fingerless Gloves – These fingerless gloves are a super easy project. Made from sleeves of a sweater so no knitting involved.

3. Sweater Pillows – Another easy gift idea involving sweaters. These cozy pillows will help your ski bunny relax after a long day on the slopes.

4. DIY Coffee Cozy – Say goodbye to those cardboard coffee shop cozies with this easy DIY version.

5. Winter Ski Weekend Print – This charming, winter holiday, ski-themed illustration, would make a great addition to your favorite ski bunny’s lodge.

6. Peppermint Stick Cocoa – Warm up your ski bunny with this yummy homemade peppermint hot chocolate.

7. Fire starter Kit – Who doesn’t love warming up in front of a fire on those long winter nights? This fires tarter kit makes it a snap to get that fire going so you can warm up even quicker!

8. DIY Faux fur bracelet – Vintage buttons accent this easy faux fur braclet making a stylish accessory for your ski bunny apré ski.

9. Country Cottage Socks – Theses cozy socks are perfect for lazing around the house on snowy days.

10. Eat Sleep Ski Sign – This vintage-style wood sign would make a gorgeous addition to any ski bunny’s home.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for The Beach Bum.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Book Lover

December 11, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Do you have a friend who feels at home among the library stacks, who appreciates the smell of an old bound novel, and who even has a favorite literary figure? Then you’ve got a book lover on your hands! Here’s a selection of handmade gift ideas sure to put a smile on their face.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gifts For Boo kLovers

1. Personalized Bookplate – Help your book lover keep track of all the books in their home library with a personalized bookplate.

2. Hand drawn mug – Perfect mug for your literary friends with a good sense of humor.

3. DIY Piggy Bank Bookends – A fresh coat of paint on some recycled children’s piggy banks, or toys make stylish bookends.

4. Beautiful DIY Succulent Book Planters – Transform old books into beautiful planters for succulents.

5. Tea & Books illustration print – This illustrated quote from C.S. Lewis would make the perfect addition to any book lover’s home.

6. Magnetic Bookmark – Make sure your book lover never looses their place again, with a handy magnetic bookmark.

7. Handmade Journal – Give your book lover a hand bound book, a place to dump down their thoughts and express their emotions… or even just write their grocery list.

8. Graphic Stenciled Pillow – Take your book lover’s favorite quote and stencil it on to a handmade pillow, for a very personal gift.

9. Reversible Book Bag – A book lover can never have too many book bags, and this great tutorial gives you too bags in one, with it’s unique reversible pattern.

10. Re-purposed Book Shelves – Re-purpose old books into cute shelves perfect for the home of a book lover.

Be sure to check back tomorrow as we continue our series of Handmade Gift Guides. Tomorrow: Gifts for Ski Bunny.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Pet Lover

December 10, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Bring a smile to the pet lover in your life with a handmade gift that celebrates the special connection between them and their furry four-legged friends.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gifts For Pet Lovers

1. DIY Etched Glass Treat Jars – Give your pet lover somewhere stylish to store all their yummy treats. These etched glass treat jars are easier then you might think.

2. Image Transfer Bag – Transferring an image to fabric is easy, and once you know how the possibilities are endless.

3. Pet Pillows – These cute pet pillows are simply photos printed on white canvas. Then just cut out the rough shape, sew around the edge leaving room to stuff. Then stuff and whip-stich the whole. Easy-peasy and your pet-loving friend will adore the personalized touch.

4. Homemade Dog Treats – Knowing what goes into our pets is important, so why not make homemade treats!

5. Pet Pouches – Make sure your pet lover never forgets their doggy bag at home. These little pouches fit perfectly on any collar.

6. Sardine Cat Nip Toys – Forget plastic balls and cheap mouse toys, these handmade cat nip sardines are so much cuter!

7. DIY Pet Shampoo – Make sure your pets are clean and smelling fresh for the holidays, with this homemade pet shampoo, and they’ll be sure to reward you with lots of cuddles.

8. Tattooed “Mom” Dog Sweater – Let your pooch show he loves you by wearing his heart on his sleeve, or err… back, with this adorable sweater.

9. Personalized Pet Bowls – Show your furry friends how much you love them with elegantly personalized food and water bowls.

10. Personalized Dog Bone Ornament – These personalized ornaments make a lovely decoration for any Christmas Tree.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more great ideas as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for the Book Lover.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Gardener

December 7, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, Gardening

Help your favourite green-thumb kill time until the spring thaw with these gorgeous gardening gift ideas.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Gardener

1. Peas on Earth Print – I’m smitten with these adorable vegetable prints. Check out the Etsy shop for other fruits and veggies, if peas aren’t your thing.

2. Neon Dipped Pots – A gardener can never have too many flower pots, and what a great way to add a splash of color.

3. Gardener’s Apron – Practical yet pretty. Give your favorite gardener a handy apron to help hold tools, gloves, and seeds as they get down and dirty.

4. Seed Bombs – Seed Bombs are a great way to spread the love, and the flowers. Simply mix together clay, dirt and seeds, roll into balls and let dry. Then package up with a little note.

5. Flower Arranging Kit – Your favorite gardener will appreciate a kit for arranging flowers, especially flowers from their own garden. Pack all the essentials inside a jar that’s attractive enough to double as a vase.

6. Seed Packets – These adorable seed packets are available as a free download. Simply pick your favorite colored paper, print, and fill with seeds.

7. DIY Garden Markers – Sure most green-thumbs will be able to tell you what’s what just by looking at their garden, but theses are just so darn cute who wouldn’t want to have a set?

8. Spray Painted Watering Can – Brighten up an old watering can with a simple coat of paint. Who says the flowers have to be the only thing colourful?

9. Gardener’s Soap – Anyone who’s spent much time in a garden can tell you just how dirty you can get. So why not give your favorite gardener some beautiful handmade soaps to help clean and nourish their hands after a long day in the garden.

10. Bee and Insect Hotel – Get their garden buzzing with this great bug house. Perfect for solitary bees such as Mason Bees, which are excellent for pollinating in the garden, helping to increase fruit yields.

Don’t forget to check back on Monday for more great ideas as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series.

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