Gift Guide: 10 Project Kits Perfect for the Crafter and DIY Enthusiast

Good gifts can be hard to find. And I don’t work well under pressure, so with less than four weeks left until Christmas, I’m feverishly trying to find the perfect present for everyone on my list. I’m especially fond of kits this year… I consider them to be the modern, DIY version of the gift basket. Keep reading to see ten of my very favorites.   


The mulling spice kit shown above can be used to make mulled cider, wine or even spiced rum. Continue Reading

DIY: Build a Top Notch Sewing Kit

created on: 12/20/08

Nothing satisfies a seamster more than fresh new supplies. Whether it be sharp new shears or a handy cutting mat, sewers (not soo-ers) love their supplies.  Opt for ala carte when putting together a sewing notions kit. That way you can choose higher quality items and eliminate the unncessary ones. The best thing about this is that you can spend a little or alot and get credit for everything. Here’s a list….

that may help guide you when you enter a Joann Fabric superstore or order online:

  • Gingher Shears.
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Paint-by-Number Van Gogh??

When I was a kid, one of my older sisters was a fan of paint-by-number kits, the subjects being puppies and anthropomorphized mice and such. Apparently, things have changed in the paint-by-number world. Case in point: Reeves now has a Masters Collection. The highlights of which are Winslow Homer’s On the Beach, Monet’s Water Lilies and Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Bedroom at Arles. The 15 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ kits will set you back about 19 bucks. Continue Reading