National Cookie Day (USA)

December 4, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Apparently December 4th is National Cookie Day in America. So to celebrate… I’ve rounded up some inspiration for some fabulous holiday cookies. Time to get baking!

HolidayCookies National Cookie Day (USA)

Hope Joy Noel | Butter Dream Cookies | Gingerbread Trees | Christmas Pudding Cookies | Chocolaty Melting Snowmen | Coconut Christmas Wreaths | Peanut Butter Rudolph Reindeer | Joy & Noel Jam Tiles | Gingerbread Men Sugar Cookies

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Traveler

December 4, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Next up in our Handmade Gifts Series… gifts for the Traveler! Everyone has one, that friend who’s always running off to faraway places, only to return with amazing stories and stunning pictures. Well it’s time to show that friend of yours just how much you miss them when their gone. Give them something for their next adventure and they’ll be sure to think of you, however far away they may be.

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!

HandmadeGiftsForTravelers Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Traveler

1. Personalized Map Letter – Cover your friend’s initial with the map of their favorite place.

2. Traveler’s Notebook – What every traveler needs. A place to jot down notes, doodle pictures of their travels and record their amazing experiences.

3. Passport Case – Keep your passport safe and travel in style, with this handmade passport cover. It even has room for extras like a credit card, room key or boarding passes.

4. iPad Case – The traveler’s new best friend, the ipad! Keep it save with this stylish and simple cover.

5. Handmade Luggage Tags – There’s no mistaking who’s bag is who’s with these handmade luggage tags.

6. Neck Pillow Covers – Make sure your favorite traveler arrives rested and raring to go after a long plane or train ride, with a colorful neck pillow.

7. Vintage Map Necklace – Why not spoil your traveling friend with a beautiful vintage map pendant of their favorite place, or maybe remind them where home is.

8. Personal Stationary – Be sure you stay in touch while they’re roaming the world by giving them their own stationary. They’ll have no excuse not to write.

9. Travel Dice Game – Help them make friends, and pass the long hours of travel with a fun travel game.

10. World Traveler Prints – Remind them of their favorite city with a gorgeous hand-illustrated print.

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

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Foodie

December 3, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

We’re kicking off our Handmade Gifts Series today, with gifts for the Foodie! You know that friend of yours who’s always in the kitchen… whipping up yummy treats, and if you’re lucky sharing them with you. Well it’s time to give back and we’ve rounded up some great handmade gift ideas for your foodie 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!

HandmadeGiftsForFoodies Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Foodie

1. Recipe Tea Towels – Emma turned her grandmother’s handwritten recipes into tea towels, for that personal touch.

2. Dipped Wooden Utensils – All the rage right now, but often over priced, here’s an easy DIY version to help you get the same look.

3. Golden Gun’s Apron – Who calls the shots in your kitchen? Silk screened aprons are a great way to personalize a gift for your favorite foodie!

4. Custom Canisters – This tutorial comes with free printables to help you get the look of these classy canisters.

5. Simple Pot Holders – You can never have too many pot holders. Make these with fabric that matches your foodie’s kitchen decor.

6. Wooden Recipe Box – Add some of your favorite recipes on these free printable recipe cards, and give your fav foodie somewhere to store the secrets to all their best creations.

7. Magnetic Knife Strip – Instructables shows you how to make this beautiful wooden knife strip, perfect for storing a foodies most important tools.

8. DIY A-Frame Wine Rack – Everyone knows food and wine are a great match, so here’s an easy tutorial that might just be rewarded with a thank you meal.

9. Personalized Cookware – How many people can say they have personalized cookware? With this easy tutorial you can show your foodie friends just how special they are, with custom etched glass cookware.

10. Kitchen Chalk Board – Every foodie needs a place to jot down a quick message, or notes from their newest recipe. This Kitchen Chalk Board is the perfect accessory to any kitchen.

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

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Holiday Craft Fair Calendar 2012

November 30, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

‘Tis the season…. for holiday craft shows! Lots going on this month, so check out one near you and buy handmade this season.

HolidayCraftFairCalenar Holiday Craft Fair Calendar 2012

Saturday December 1st

Holiday Heap (Charm City Craft Mafia) – Baltimore, MD
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade 2012 – New York, NY
The Little Craft Show – Fayetteville, AR
Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair – Greenville, SC
The 3rd Annual Wandering Winter Craft Show – Toronto, ON
Cresskill Holiday Craft Fair – Cresskill, NJ
I Made It! for the Holidays – Pittsburgh, PA
Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market – Chicago, IL
Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Detroit, MI
34th annual Holiday Bazaar – Rochester, NY
Christmas Craft Fayre and Market – Bristol, UK
The Bizarre Bazaar - Seattle, WA
Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show – San Francisco, CA
Holiday Craft Fair – Hoboken, NJ
Christmas Holiday Shoppe – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sunday December 2nd

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market – Chicago, IL
Holiday Hit List – San Diego, CA
Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Detroit, MI
Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show – San Francisco, CA
Holiday Craft Fair – Hoboken, NJ
GLAM Indie Craft Show – Gainesville, FL

Saturday December 8th

Got Craft? – Vancouver, BC
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale – Portland, OR
Atomic Holiday Bazaar – Sarasota, FL
Craftapalooza – Abilene, TX
Artropy Craft Show – St Louis, MO
City of Craft 2012 – Toronto, ON
Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar – Oklahoma City, OK
Handmade Holiday 2012 – Richmond, VA
Crafts Gone Wild – Columbus, OH
Happy Holiday Craft Bazaar – Columbus, OH
Holiday Craft Fair – Boston, MA
What the Craft! – Calgary, AB
Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar – Oklahoma City, OK

Sunday December 9th

Got Craft? – Vancouver, BC
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale – Portland, OR
Atomic Holiday Bazaar – Sarasota, FL
The 3rd Annual Wandering Winter Craft Show – Toronto, ON
City of Craft 2012 – Toronto, ON

Saturday December 15th

HoneyCraft Indie Craft Market – Woodstock, IL
5th Annual Crafty Feast – Columbia, SC
Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market – San Francisco, CA

Sunday December 16th

HoneyCraft Indie Craft Market – Woodstock, IL
Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market – San Francisco, CA
Handmade NW Formal Artisans Fair! – Portland, Oregon

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Handmade Advent Calendar Roundup 2012

November 15, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Can you believe we’re halfway through November already? December 1st is only a couple of weeks away, so rather than leave it till the last minute, like I usually do, I thought I’d remind you all it’s time to start thinking about Advent Calendars. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy, or something that will last in your family for years to come, I’ve got lots of great inspiration for you this year.

advent calendars 2012 Handmade Advent Calendar Roundup 2012

1. Santa’s Beard – One of the cutest and easiest ideas I’ve come across in a long time. Trim Santa’s beard daily as we get closer to Christmas.

2. Reindeer Cups – This is a great project to get the kids involved with. Glue googly eyes & antlers onto paper cups and fill them each with a little surprise.

3. Falling Stars – These paper pouches are filled with treats and sew together easily on a sewing machine. Did you know you could sew paper?

4. Scrapbook Advent – This cute idea not only gives you a daily surprise but the envelopes let you save notes and thoughts from each day, to look back on the following year.

5. Snowflake Countdown – This easy idea consists of 25 snowflakes each with a fun holiday activity on the back.

6. Shadow Boxes – A great use for a shadow box, each little box contains a little treat or surprise.

7. Dixie Cup Advent – These little paper cups are covered with fun coordinating paper and strung up with clothes-pegs.

8. Santa’s Pom-Pom Beard – Another great project for little ones. Everyday attach a pom-pom or cotton ball to Santa’s beard when it’s full, Santa will be near.

9. Easy Envelopes – These easy little envelopes are folded out of fun scrapbook paper, and filled with a holiday activity.

10. Advent Tree Decorations – Why not combine your advent calendar with your tree decorating. Every day add a new ornament to your tree.

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Hand-drawn, custom illustrated holiday cards

November 12, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, illustration, Paper goods

DearIda1 Hand drawn, custom illustrated holiday cards

I know it seems far to early to be thinking about Christmas already, but I wanted to share these adorable custom hand-drawn holiday cards. Lisa Mundorff is the fabulous illustrator behind Dear Ida, a custom greeting card site run by a group of Portland based friends.

For years, instead of sending out the traditional photo cards featuring her kids, Lisa has been creating hand-illustrated cards, featuring colourful drawings of her and her husband Brian’s children. Year after year, their cards have been such a hit with friends and family, that they decided to share the love — and created Dear Ida.

DearIda2 Hand drawn, custom illustrated holiday cards

The premiss is quite simple… you browse the site and chose your favourite background, then upload photos of your kids, pets, etc… then Lisa creates custom illustrations of your family to add the the background. It’s amazing how personal they feel even when using the same backgrounds.

DearIda3 Hand drawn, custom illustrated holiday cards

DearIda4 Hand drawn, custom illustrated holiday cards

The cards are run on an offset press at a small, local, Portland printer on heavyweight felt paper stock. The finished size of the cards is 9″ x 4″ and includes matching kraft envelopes. Because each order is custom created, printed and packaged it can take up to two weeks before they’re shipped — which is why I’m telling you early! If you’re looking for unique and personal holiday cards definitely check out Dear Ida.

Visit Dear Ida to order your holiday cards >>

DearIda5 Hand drawn, custom illustrated holiday cards

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Spooky Halloween Shadow Puppets

October 26, 2012 - Filed under Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we’ve got a great project for you. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party, or just looking for an evening away from the TV… Download our free template to create these spooky Halloween shadow puppets, then turn out the lights, and let your imagination run wild.

ShadowPuppets Spooky Halloween Shadow Puppets

- Download the free printable here

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Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

October 15, 2012 - Filed under Halloween

Making your child’s costume shouldn’t be the scariest thing about Halloween. You don’t need to be a master seamstress, or even own a sewing machine for that matter. With a little bit of imagination you can easily make a fun creative costume for your little trick-or-treaters.

One of the easiest ways to make a Halloween costume is to start with a solid-colored hoodie, or onesie. Don’t feel like you need to make the whole costume from scratch. Make your life easier… stores like American Apparel carry a whole rainbow of solid colored clothing just waiting to be embellished and turned into something fabulous.

And if you can’t find the exact color you’re looking for you can always buy white, and dye it to suit your project (check out this site for some tips on dyeing onesies).

solid color halloween Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

You can turn a solid colored hoodie or onesie into pretty much any creature you can imagine. Have a look at the inspiration below, and then let your imagination run wild.

EasyHalloweenCostumes Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

1. Adorable Dalmatian Puppy – This white hoodie set, was transformed into a cute little dalmatian, simply by adding black paint spots all over. Attach a couple of ears and some socks painted with paws, and top it off with a little bit of eyeliner for a nose and some freckles.

2. Little Miss Sunshine – Embellish a cute yellow dress with a sun cut out of felt. You can buy felt letters and ribbon at most craft stores to create the sash. Check out the full how-to here.

3. Pink Owl – This costume would work great with pretty much any color of hoodie. Find matching fleece or felt from your local fabric store to make the feathers and simply sew them on, or even use your glue gun. Decorate a pre-cut foam mask to complete the look. For printable templates and full instructions check out this tutorial.

4. Halloween Onesies – Looking for something simple for your new born? Again with just a solid colored onesie and some felt you can turn your little one into a pumpkin, a skeleton, or a ghost.

5. DIY Bat Costume – Sew wings to the sleeves of a solid shirt for an easy Bat costume that’s comfortable to wear. The mask is cut from a template and worn over sunglasses to get the effect of dark eyes. (more Bat inspiration)

6. SuperHeros – Be your own super hero this halloween. An easy cape and a letter or symbol of your choice are the start of a great costume. Add some metallic leggings from American Apparel, and embellish with a belt, some cuffs, and a mask or a headband. Got more than one kid? Why not create a whole team of superheros?

7. Shark Costume – A grey sweatsuit is quickly transformed into an adorable shark. A white chest, some jagged teeth and a fin sewn down the back of the hoodie complete the look.

Perhaps you need a little bit more help turning your solid colored clothing into something a little more creative… look no further than etsy. You can buy simple hats and accessories to help turn your costumes into something truly memorable.

8. Bumble Bee | 9. Srcuffy Lion | 10. Assored Halloween Hats

Remember just keep it simple. Kids costumes don’t need to be overly complex, a couple of simple accessories are usually all it takes to make a great costume.

Are you making your child’s Halloween costume this year? We’d love to see what you came up with so don’t forget to share your creations on our Facebook Page – facebook.com/TalkCraftyToMe.

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Last minute Father’s Day Crafts

June 17, 2012 - Filed under Father's Day

Still scrambling for a last minute gift for dad? Don’t worry it’s not too late to whip up something fun and personal. Check out these easy ideas sure to make dad smile.

fathersDay Last minute Fathers Day Crafts

1. Get outside with the chalk! This is a fun idea to get the kids involved. Simply pick a spot on your driveway or sidewalk and create a fun scene then step back and take some pictures.

2. Paper Picture Frame – Show dad how much you love him with this cute picture frame. Trim your photos to fit the openings of the letters and you’ve got yourself a fun photo frame.

3. Photo collage – Another great photo idea, especially if you’ve got lots of kids. Have them spell out your message to dad, or if hold fun signs to create a photo collage.

4. Super Hero Coasters – Got a comic loving dad? Why not make him his own set of coasters from a graphic novel. Just be sure not to cut up his favorite one.

5. Monogrammed Mug – Make dad his own personal coffee mug. Add his initial, spell out DAD, or even write him a little father’s day message, and he’ll be reminded just how much you love him everyday.

6. Homemade Hot Sauce – Hop in the kitchen and make your dad his very own fiery hot sauce. Perfect for a summer of grilling.

7. I love you this…. much – Show dad just how much you love him with this cute and easy card. Simply trace around your hands and stick them together with a folded strip of paper and your message to dad.

8. Tee-riffic dad – It doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick up a bag of golf tees and use this free printable label, to show your golf loving dad just how great he is.

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Handmade Gift Ideas: For Pets

December 14, 2011 - Filed under Christmas, How-to, Inspiration

Don’t forget your furry friends this holiday season… they’re part of the family too! Pamper your pets with these adorable handmade gifts.

HandmadeGiftsForPets Handmade Gift Ideas: For Pets

1. Pet Food Canister: Recycle and old tin into a handy and stylish pet food container.

2. Stamped Metal Pet ID Tags: Mentioned this technique in the gifts for her post, and think it works just as well for pet tags. Check out this great tutorial on stamping metal to create your own.

3. Cat Nip Mice: A great way to use up fabric scraps and a perfect toy to keep your cat entertained this holiday season.

4. Dog Paw Stocking: Who says stockings are just for people? This cute dog paw stocking is a great way to include your furry friend in the festivities.

5. Dog Bed: Tired of sharing your bed or couch with your pooch? Why not make him his own comfy bed?

6. Rope Toy: This is a super easy gift and cheap too! All you need are a few dish towels and a couple minutes of time, and you’ve got yourself a new rope bone perfect for tug-of-war!

7. DIY Dog Collars: Is your pup in need of a new collar? Here’s a great tutorial for a cute collar sure to put a little bounce in your pups steps.

8. Dog Bowl Stand: You dine in style so why shouldn’t your pooch? Why not make him his very own dining table?

9. Cat Scratching Pad: Keep your cat away from your furniture and give her this cute fish shaped scratching pad.

10. Doggy Rain Coat: Pamper your pup and keep him dry on your winter walks with his very own rain coat.

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