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9 Candy Cane Crafts

December 5, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

9 Candy Cane Crafts

Nothing say “Holidays” quite like candy canes! Not only are they perfect for all sorts of sweet treats, but they can also be used in festive craft projects that will bring the holiday spirit in your house or make great gifts.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Homebody

December 5, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Today’s Handmade Gift Guide is for those friends of ours who don’t need to venture too far, but instead prefer to curl up on the couch with a cup of something warm and enjoy the comforts of home. Give your homebody something to make the home they already love even more special.

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 The Homebody

1. Porcelain Pen Mugs – Plain white mugs get a make over. One of the easiest projects around, simply doodle your design with a porcelain pen then bake in the oven.

2. Domestic Trophies – A new and playful spin on an old tradition.

3. Nature Inspired Vase – Use your printer and different types of transfer paper to embellish everything from fabric to furniture.

4. COZY Scrabble Pillows – Make your favorite Homebody’s home even cozier with these cute scrabble pillows.

5. Striped Cardigan – Help that special someone keep warm on these cold winter nights with a comfy yet stylish cardigan.

6. Knit Teapot Cosy – Make tea time a little more enjoyable with a knit cosy to keep your teapot warm.

7. Paint Chip Wall Art – You don’t have to be able to draw or paint to create stylish wall art. Spruce up with walls of someone’s home with this easy piece made from paint chips.

8. Chunky Knit Throw – Giving something hand knit is always special, and this beautiful chunky throw would be a perfect addition to any living home.

9. DIY Chevron Rug – Turn a cheap Ikea rug into something special, by coordinating it with your Homebody’s decor.

10. Very Fine House Art Print – This cute little print would make a lovely addition to a kitchen, foyer, fireplace, or family room.

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

Posted by: kelly

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!

Holiday Cookies - National Cookie Day

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!

Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts For Travelers

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!

Handmade 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.

Posted by: kelly

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.

Holiday Craft Fair Calendar

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.

handmade advent calendars

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

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated 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.

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated 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.

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated 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 >>

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

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Make it better: Craftalong for Sandy Relief

November 6, 2012 - Filed under News

***UPDATE*** There has be a change in the shipping address.

Looking for a way to help those suffering after Hurricane Sandy? Why not stitch up some warmth! Participate in the Make it better: Craftalong for Sandy Relief, by sewing, knitting or crocheting something warm.

Craftalong for Sandy Relief

How to help:

1. Make it – Knit/sew/crochet something warm. Hats, mittens, blankets, sweaters… whatever you make make it warm.

2. Send it – Send your finished item to:

Natalie Soud
Soho Grand Hotel
310 W. Broadway
New York, NY 10013

3. Share it – Share what you’ve made to help spread the word. Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, or Instagram, remember to use the tags #makeitbetter and #sandycraftalong.

For more information, and free easy patterns visit Manhattan Craft Room or A Dose of the Delightful

And don’t forget to visit the facebook page to share your creations: facebook.com/sandycraftalong.

Happy Stitching!

Craftalong for Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Talk Crafty To Me is looking for contributors!

November 5, 2012 - Filed under Other

Got a great tutorial you want us to feature, or a fun holiday project you’d like to share? Talk Crafty To Me is looking for contributors! Whether it’s a one-time guest post, or a reoccurring column, contributing to TalkCraftyToMe.com is a great way to bring attention to your work, your blog, or your shop.

We’re looking for craft related posts that are original and unique. Tutorials, recipes, craft show reviews, shop tours, artist features, products features, pretty much anything related to DIY, crafting, and the handmade community.

If you’ve got an idea for a post drop us a line at kelly@talkcraftytome.com.

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