Before winding up the Wine Bottle Roundup, you may want to quickly put together a mod puffy snowman gift tag/ornament. Made from a houndstooth remnant, dacron, felt and a silver 1/2″ grommet, he’s a cute little touch of MOD anyone would love. This is fast and easy if you have the materials in your craft stash.
1. Use round patterns to draw three concentric circles in a snowman shape on a piece of fabric, dacron and a felt back. Continue Reading
Ordinarily, I’d try to figure out how to make these cozy little sweater pet beds, but when designer, Susan Lowe Heap, owner of WoolyBuddyBeds.com only charges $25.00-$30.00 for her handmade wool felted cat or dog beds, and donates 5% of all proceeds to various animal shelters, I must step back and respect her tremendous creativity and generosity. Susan
scours thrift stores for wool sweaters to wash and felt, donating yet again. She softens up the sweaters and then somehow pads and molds these into snuggly beds animals can’t seem to resist. Continue Reading
Hi everyone, it’s me Sara of creativejewishmom.com back again with some inspiring ideas for DIY Hanukkah decorations. If you’d like to read a little about the history of Hanukkah, please see my post from yesterday here. Or continue reading for a bunch of crafty DIY ideas that could easily keep you busy all year!
Hanukkah decorations? What would that be exactly? Between you and me, it could be anything that brings you joy! Not to pop anyone’s bubble, but the idea of Hanukkah being a blue and white holiday is a fabricated American idea, that does link the holiday to the colors of the Israeli flag, but was probably developed in order to commercially distinguish the Jewish holiday from the red and green holiday. Continue Reading
Still haven’t gotten around to your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping yet? Don’t. Instead, you might want to consider opting for a recession-busting, buy-nothing holiday. However, just because you don’t buy anything doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be giving your loved-ones gifts. For example…
Teacups with saucers make the world more ladylike and dainty and thus brilliant. If you combine teacups and saucers and candles you get either a tea party waiting for a place to happen or these: Teacup Candles! Guest blogger Kate over at Design*Sponge made these lovely little fellows. So cute, and I think they might be what ModHomeEcTeacher was talking about in her post about repurposing thrift store stuff to make gifts.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
teacups (saucers optional) – Kate got hers from thrift stores
I love the idea of making soap but am totally scared off by the complex-science-molten-fat part. These cupcakes are super easy to do, as technically you reshape soap as opposed to making it.
Before we start I have to say that I know the ‘icing’ on these is pretty lame, certainly no Bakerella creation, but that is more to do with me than the technique. I am infamously horrible at cake decoration. Every cupcake I’ve ever made has looked like it was iced by an angry drunken chimp. Continue Reading
Maybe you haven’t had time to shop, or maybe a lack of funds has made braving the holiday shopping experience less than fun, or maybe you just don’t know what to buy those hard to buy for types. Don’t worry. Take a deep breath, read the list below and maybe you’ll find the perfect last minute gifts. Bonus: They’re more personal than the ubiquitous ‘gift card’ AND some don’t cost a thing!
Offer that favorite couple a free night of your babysitting services.
If you have a fan of everything modern on your Christmas list and need some gift-giving ideas, you might want to check out Mod Livin’s Under $100 Gift Shop, but don’t worry, there’s plenty to choose from closer to $50. And what’s great is there’s something for everybody! Here’s just a sampling: