Something about this year has stirred my creativity. I think it’s a combination of wanting to be a bit more frugal (and hand made makes you think it’s cheaper….it usually isn’t!! but, it’s fun!!. I also think that I’ve been feeling slightly more in control in my life and that stirs my creativity rather than leaving me frozen. I don’t know how many pictures this blog will let me share so I may share in stages. I’m doing this less to brag as much to document for later so I can say “OH, yeah, I remember when I did that!!)
For Sarah’s birthday I made her a cute little scissor and tool holder.
I found this idea on the Idea room (one of my favorite blogs!! lots of my ideas came from here this year!)
I purchased 1/2 yard (and that’s waaaay…too…much!) of a really pretty double sided pre-quilted material. I cut one piece 9 inches by 18 inches and the second 6 inches by 18 inches.
I found a pretty contrasting 1/2 inch ribbon and folded it over the top exposed edge on the 6″x18″ fabric and sewed it in place. easy peasy.
Then, on the larger piece I sewed a 18″ piece of contrasting ribbon. I folded the ribbon in half to find the middle and then sewed it about 6 inches down and 2 inches in from one of the edges. Make sure you sew the middle of the ribbon and then don’t re-sew over top. I also zig-zagged the ribbon so it looked kinda purty.
to finish up I sewed the bottom of the short piece to the long piece, matching edges. Then, I marked different pocket sizes, some are 3″ wide, some are 1″ wide, depending on what will be stored, hers stores combs and scissors. I sewed up the marked lines using a straight stitch (I used contrasting thread so it was decorative). I started with the center line and then worked outward. It was super quick. When done I finished with a simple ribbon border on the edges as binding.
I’m rather proud of it and Sarah’s delighted. Note: if I do it again I would probably make the ribbon ‘tie’ a couple of inches longer, maybe 6-8 Inches longer .
for friend gifts I wanted to do something cute! soooo….
John makes these darling little wooden baskets every year. He makes them in small batches of 2-3 so I used them as my gathering point for all of my cute stuff.
Once again I found this darling little idea on The Idea Room for using a safe edged can opener to create a neat little package. Then, I filled my clean cans with different treats, like cookies and fudge and brittle. Several of the cans I filled with chocolate dipped fortune cookies with a tag that said “I’m so fortunate to know you!” on it. I found this cute little free download @ http://lauriefurnell.blogspot.com/ and so I was able to cover my cans with this darling little snowman! I think he turned out cute!! I want to do this again next year.
All wrapped up they look super adorable. I gave them to my activity girls and my AG assistant leaders and then I also bought inexpensive dollar store mugs and gave them hot chocolate with a stick. Such an inexpensive idea but suuuuper cute! It went over really well. Hope I haven’t bored you!