No fussy measuring here! I simply cut a strip of felt, then cut one petal and use it as a guide to measure the rest. Make them big or small, red or white, and use them to decorate anything. I love how these flowers have a number of layers and plenty of dimension. In this post, I’ll show you have to make this flower two different ways. One way makes a lovely semi-flat flower, while the other technique makes a beautiful, more dimensional flower. Leave your thoughts/questions in the comments below!
We all love to eat the special treats and foods that are given and received at Christmas. Sometimes there is an overload of sweets and sugary treats since many of us are happily baking cookies, breads, and cakes. So if you’d like to give some yummy food gifts that won’t send your friends into a sugar coma, send some savory goodies instead.
Wisconsin is the home of many a cheesemonger including Wisconsin Cheese Mart. Their Nibbler Crate is a collection of Smoked Gouda, Baby Swiss, Cheddar, and Colby cheeses. Yum!
If your friends are looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips, give them some SeaSnax. These sheets of roasted seaweed are delicious as is, but you could also add them to salads or rice!
Need an accessory for an upcoming Christmas party? This poinsettia hair pin would be an elegant addition to your holiday garb. It is available in either red or white and would also be a great as a gift!
For your earth-loving, tree-hugging, health-minded, and crunchy friends, check out these gift ideas. Looking for something that is repurposed, upcycled, or sustainably made? How about handmade goods to help support local artisans in small communities? The elves have got you covered.
This beautiful Jewel Toned Sari Scarf is handmade from upcycled, vintage, silk saris. Be sure to check out the video to see how the saris are made.
This Suncoat Polish & Peel Nail Polish is water-based, non-toxic, and is even safe for kids. If that wasn’t enough, it is a vegan (cruelty-free) product. How to remove? Just soak your fingertips in water and peel. It’s that easy! This peely polish only lasts a couple days, so if you’re looking for one that lasts longer, try this one or this one.
Bye-bye chemical air fresheners! Hello Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag! This handy charcoal filled bag will eliminate odors in your home, apartment, or car. Set it out in the sun for an hour each month, and it will last 2 years.
Reduce waste and save trees by using Squeeze Cellulose Cloths as an alternative to paper towels. These cloths are made from biodegradable cellulose and can be used for months! Dishwasher safe.
Looking for more gift ideas for your green friend? Click here.
Love those ready-made curly bows, but hate to spent $$ for them? I’ll show you how to make these curly, fluffy bows easily at home so you can save your pretty pennies for other things… like more ribbon?
Oh. My. Goodness. Is Neva the Christmas Hippo not just the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen? Hippos are my second favourite animals, so I melted a little when I saw this cutie-pie. Made of red fleece with green cotton ears and tootsies, Neva would make a fun, whimsical addition to anyone’s holiday decor, especially those of us who really do want a hippopotamus for Christmas
While I was making these, I remembered when I was an elf-in-training, learning many techniques in my drawing and painting class. We did all sorts of fun things and used many materials. Today I’ll show you a few different ideas for painting some quick gift tags. Happy painting!
Raymond has been such a good little reindeer this year that I planned a fun surprise for him during the autumn before we started getting really busy preparing for Christmas. Remember Raymond’s dream from the springtime when he was obsessing about baseball? Well, I took Raymond down to Atlanta, Georgia to attend an Atlanta Braves game! We had a fabulous time watching the Braves take on the San Diego Padres, and Raymond had an absolute blast taking everything in—the organ music, the lights, the grass, the wave, the nachos, and of course the game!
When I think of geeks, I think about brainy smarts, rockin’ glasses, and wild hairdos. How about you? One of my friends doesn’t have a crazy hairdo or glasses, but is really smart—he can solve a Rubik’s cube in less than 2 minutes! For your friends who are math wizards, science geeks, and appreciators of techie things, here are some gift ideas.
Filled with iron-based particles, this Super Magnetic Putty is just that—super magnetic. When placed near the magnet (included) the putty will slowly stretch and engulf the magnet. When you click the link above, be sure to check out the video of the putty in action!
One of the things I enjoy most about Etsy is discovering unique handmade items like this wood-burned ornament. I like the stars scattered above the snowcapped mountains with pine trees nestled at the base. The wood used to make this ornament was harvested from fallen branches, so you can rest assured that no trees were harmed in the process of making these ornaments.