Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother's Day is fast approaching and I'm sure you're looking for some fun and unique gifts to make with your kiddos and to make for Grandma's.  Here are a few ideas that I personally love and have done with my little guys. Marie's man came up with this bookmark. Talk about impressive.  The next year Marie added lots of ways to say the word “Mother” in different languages for the back. Holy Cow, look these games Kathy personalized for her mother! Her Mom loves to play games so Kathy went above and beyond and made the play time a little more special. Mother's Day Coupon Book - Give service as a gift to Mom this Mother's Day by using this coupon book. Simply print it out and fill in the blanks. {{Easy}} Hettie made these homemade bath salts for Mother's Day.  Every … [Read more...]

What to Put On Your Wedding Gift Registry

How many of you out there registered for fine china, crystal and silver flatware that has since gone either unused or barely used? Or maybe you registered for a bath towel warmer or a remote control caddy thinking you'd definitely use those things then ended up selling both in your first yard sale. Here's your opportunity to educate brides-to-be far and wide! Please consider answering one or all of the following questions: What did you put on your wedding gift registry that has been the most beneficial, most used item in your household? What did you put on your wedding gift registry that is either still in it's original box or is collecting dust somewhere? What do WISH you had put on your registry that you didn't? I'll go first. 1. I'd have to say our everyday dishware has … [Read more...]

DIY Felt Board – Fun Holiday Gift

I am attempting a handmade Christmas this year and have been searching for projects to do for my family and friends. I originally saw this idea on The Artful Parent and thought this would be the perfect Christmas gift for my two girls. This way they could have their own large felt board complete with different packets of cut out images that go along with different stories and landscapes. It is quite a simple project and is very do-able (which is perfect for me). First, I purchased a scrap of plywood about 1/4 inch thick and 2 feet by 2 feet. You will also need to pick up a can of Elmer's Spray Adhesive, a large piece of felt a little larger than your piece of wood (for the backdrop), craft glue and many different colors of felt. Follow the instructions on the back of your Spray … [Read more...]

Ribbon Bookmarks

My sister Geri and I love to craft and we love to read. Every year along with our birthday gift to each other we include a new book to add to our collections. We also hand make a bookmark to keep inside. Sometimes we write a little message on the back or sew a tiny photograph to the bottom with a picture of something that we want to remember from that year. They are quick and easy to make and they are so classic looking. Here are some fabulous examples from Martha Stewart Living: Ribbon Book Marks Tools and Materials 2 1/4-inch-wide ribbon (16 inches long) 1 1/2-inch-wide ribbon (14 inches long) Pencil Ruler Utility knife A needle and thread Bookmark How-To Cut ribbons to a length a bit longer than the book they're intended for. On the wrong side of the wider ribbon, … [Read more...]