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Great Ideas — 20 Handmade Gifts to Make!!

4 Sep
There were so many fun handmade gift ideas linked up this week!
 I just had to share a few with you! 
 Painted Coasters @ Positively Splendid
 Mini Polaroid Necklace @ Polish The Stars
Vintage Fabric Notebook @ Homework
 Make Mustache and Lip Suckers @ The Idea Room

 Geography Love Pillow @ In Between Laundry
 Hexagon Quilt @ See Kate Sew
Personalized Gifts @ She’s {Kinda} Crafty
Stamped Washer Necklace @ Fancy Frugal Life
 Play Swords @ Simply Homemade
Magnetic Necklace @ A Creative Princess
 Mini Cherry Pies @ Homespun with Love
 Fabric Baby Blanket Cake @ 2 Little Hooligans
 Photo Blocks @ Our Lil Blessed Nest
 Painted Plates @ Show Tell Share
 S’more Fun Gift Toppers and Printable @ My Insanity
Braided Rhinestone Bracelet @ Miss Lovie
Baby Name Embroidery @ Lines Across My Face
Dimensional Magic Necklaces @ Artsy Fartsy Mama
Carved Wood Plaque @ The Little Giggler
Rosemary Tomato Pesto @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Peach Cobbler in a Jar @ Life is a Party

And come link up YOUR projects and enter to win — 8 Piggy Paint colors plus chemical-free nail polish remover {$64.99 value}!! 

 

xoxo 

PS — Fall is almost here!! I’m sharing 
at Babble’s new Home Ec today!!
PPS — Thanks to everyone who applied for my helper opening. I have been overwhelmed with the response and am still going through the emails and resumes. I will update you soon!!



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Make Personalized Covered Button Jewelry!

4 Aug
covered button jewelry tutorial
I think a handmade gift is so much more personal and special than something picked up at a store.
Here’s a handmade gift idea that is simple, easy and inexpensive to make, yet shows that you care.
And the best part – anyone can make these.
{Ella, my 6 year old, made some}
personalized covered button necklace in box
Personalized Covered Button Necklaces
personalized covered button necklace
I know I have an addiction to pretty fabric. I just can’t get enough of it. When I order it sometimes it sits there for weeks because I can’t bring myself to cut it. And I never want to throw away scraps of beautiful fabric. This project is perfect for those precious fabric scraps. All it takes is a few inches of fabric, a covered button kit, a shank and some E9000,  Mod Podge and Dimensional Magic (optional) plus about 10 minutes of your time!
Here’s a little Covered Button Tutorial – in case you’ve never made these before: 

covered button tutorial 1
1. Pick out the covered button size you want to make.
larger circle of fabric
2. Cut a circle about 1 inch larger than the metal button.
the fabric
3. Put the fabric on top of the flexible plastic mold, right side down.
4. Press the top of the button cover onto the fabric and into the flexible plastic mold.
put the back on it
5. the fabric will bunch up at the top once you press down. Fold the excess fabric into the center of the button and press the back of the button onto the button and press down until it snaps in place.
covered button tutorial
That’s it!
Now, to make it into a pendant – pull off the metal ring with pliers. Then put a dot of E9000 on the back of the button and press a jewelry shank onto it. Let dry.
personalized covered button pendant
covered button jewelry tutorial
To  make the personalized pendant, I found some alphabet fabric and then cut out a circle with the desired letter in the middle. I made the covered button and then covered the button with a layer of Mod Podge. Once that was dry, I filled in the letter with a colored Sharpie (permanent marker). Be sure to add the Mod Podge, or the Sharpie will bleed into the fabric. After that is done, I added a layer of Dimensional Magic over the top to seal it. But this is optional.
coverd button boxes
And I saw a fun idea in Martha Stewart. To package up this project, I made some covered buttons, and then threaded an elastic band through the back. Then you can wrap the rubber band around the gift box with the button on the top. It makes a cute alternative bow, PLUS the gift receiver gets a cute covered button pony tail holder to use too!! So fun!!
covered button hair bands
And of course, you can make plain Covered Button Necklaces too!
plain covered button pendant
ella wearing covered button necklace
Share your creativity and win in a 300-page copy of Home Made Simple!! 
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1.  Tell us about your favorite handmade creation. Attach a photo if you have one!

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Have a wonderful day!!! 

PS — I am linking my project up to these fun parties:

The DIY Show OffBCD 125UndertheTableandDreaminggiveawaysTidy Mom I'm Lovin It Fridays
 



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Great Ideas — Handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

4 Jun
Father’s Day is coming up soon. 
There were some great Father’s Day ideas linked up this week:
{Father’s Day free Soda Printable @ WhipperBerry}
 {Print off this Father’s Day card @ Holiday Snob}
 {Make Dad a Burlap Drink Koozie @ Strictly Homemade}

{Father’s Day Frame Project @ The Silly Pearl}
{Have the kids fill out this Father’s Day card for their dad @ Big D and Me}
{Make a Paint Chip Clipboard for dad to hang pictures @ Something Created Everyday}
{Love this — Print off this Count Down for kids who have dads that travel @ My Computer is My Canvas}
{Subway Art @ Craftionary}
{Daddy Subway Art Printable @ Holiday Snob}
{Or this Subway Art @ Today’s Fabulous Finds}
{Father’s Day BBQ Towels @ The Silly Pearl}
And here are a few others I have seen and loved lately: 

 {Living Locurto}

{Remote Cookie @ Bee in Our Bonnet}
{Download these Daddyland Tickets @ Disney Family}

{Tatertots and Jello}

{Make a tape Measure Father’s Day Card @ Family Fun}
So fun!!

And so many more great ideas are happening at the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! Come over and be inspired. We would love to see YOUR ideas too!!
Link up and you can win a Personalized Family Canvas {$129 value} from

Have a Happy Saturday! 
xoxox

Great Ideas — Fabric and Paper Flower Projects!!

8 May
Happy Mother’s Day!!

You must check out this DIY banquette and Rosette Pillows @ Dixie Delights
Make a Layered Cake with Rosettes @ The Tomseth Family
Transform a Thrift Store Lamp with rosettes and burlap @ A Little Birdie Told Me…

And another Lamp Makeover with Burlap and Rosettes @ Embracing Change
Update a dress with Rosettes @ Made it on Monday
Make a Shabby Wrist Rosette Bracelet @ Make it Love it
 Get the 411 on how to make these Ribbon Flowers @ Artfully Caroline
Make a Beautiful Rosette Headband @ Cherished Bliss
 Embellish a Cardigan with Rosettes @ Welcome to The Good
or a Satin and Tulle Clip @ Of Pink and Fairytales
Great gift idea — make Embellished Flower Thumbtacks @ Keep Home Simple
Or this Happy Yellow Rosette Bracelet @ So I Saw This Tutorial…
 Print off this Mother’s Day Printable and embellish it with fabric rosettes @ Diary of Dave’s Wife
Make a Rosette Wreath @ Chicy Creations
Or this pretty Rosette Wreath @ Ali Lilly
Make a Bottle Cap Rosette Wreath @ Pressed Down, Shaken Together
Make Shabby Fluffy  Flowers @ Cherished Treasures
 Create Doily Rosettes @ Doberman by the Sea
Spruce up your drapes with Rosette Tie backs @ A Very Dandoislion
 Sew up some Zig Zag Pillows and flowers @ Flamingo Toes
 Make Baby Shoes and Headbands @ Grey Luster Girl
 Make an adorable Rosette Headband @ Greetings from the Asylum
Make a Paper Flower Rosette Bouquet @ The Magic of Ordinary Things
Sew an Rosette Dress @ Girl. Inspired.
 Make some Assorted Fabric Rosettes @ Pick Up Some Creativity
Quick and Easy Fabric Flower Tutorial @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl
Make a Spring Rosette Necklace @ Tinker Annie Belle
Create Paper Rosette Cards @ Fireside Studios
Make a French Market Bag with Rosettes @ Make it Give it
Make some Paper Rosette Flowers @ Sweet Bee Buzzings
Whip up some Fabric Flowers for hair bands, packages or projects @ All I Create
Make a Pretty Fabric Corsage @ Something Pretty
Crochet a Pretty Rosette @ Cheri Quite Contrary

Make a Pretty Rosette Dress @ Bolo Heads

Make some pretty Fabric Flowers @ Sweet Paper House

Find out how to make these Rolled Paper Flower Rosettes @ Always Springtime Flowers

So many pretty Flower Ideas!!

Thank you for linking up to the party. And link up YOUR ideas and enter to win a beautiful DownEast Basics Swimsuit.  
Just in time to hit the pool!! 

xoxo

Another Great Ideas feature post coming up soon!!! 

 

Great Ideas — Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts to Make!

30 Apr
Mother’s Day is coming up soon!
Here are a few wonderful Mother’s Day gifts ideas that were linked up this week:
Simple Starfish Display @ Charcoal & Crayons
Mother’s Day Text Art @ K.I.S.S. {Keep it Simple}
 
Make Mom a Personalized Coupon Book @ Something Created Every Day

 Or a Family Name Plaque @ So Not Donna Reed
 Create Map Art with maps of places that mom has lived @ Crafty, Scrappy, Happy
Make Mom a Silhouette Tote @ Ms. Not So Perfect
Or a Dimensional Magic Belt Buckle @ Mod Podge Rocks
Make mom pretty resin earrings @ Grey Luster Girl
Or make a  Celtic Knot Necklace @ Mommy Go Round
Give mom a  Glass Gem Necklace @ Madigan Made
Or make her a Ruffled Pouch @ That’s My Letter
Create a Boden-inspired necklace for mom @ Flamingo Toes
Whip up a batch of Gardner’s Hand Cream @ Northern Cottage
Make her some pretty pillows for her bed @ Ladycrafter 14
Make pretty Mother’s day Nests @ Dreaming in Color
Print off a fun Mother’s day Printable @ Holiday Snob
Or this pretty Mother’s day Printable @ Kiki Creates
Print off a fun saying for Mom’s Craft Room @ 30 Handmade Days
 Or this fun Mother’s Day printable @ Measured by the Heart
Make mom some cupcakes and print off these Mom Cupcake Toppers @ Diddles and Dumplings
Make Mom a Beautiful Zipper Flower Pin @ Delicate Construction
Or a Shimmered Brooch @ Peek a Dot 
Kids would love making these Photo Magnets @ Sweet November
 Or Bottle cap Magnets @ Literally Inspired
 Make a Mother’s Day Flower Gift @ Ginger Snaps
Or a Spring Flower Frame @ Every Creative Endeavor
Or make mom a Hanging Garden @ Everyday Art
Another fast and easy gift is this Tiered Tray @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
 And another great Dessert Stand tutorial @ Bubbly Nature
Or mom would love a DIY Jewelry Holder @ Peace, Love, 2 Sisters
Decoupage mom a special canvas @ Craftionary

Come over and see all of the creative projects that have been linked up this week! 
 There are great Teacher Appreciation ideas, DIY projects, Sewing ideas and more! 
And come link up YOUR ideas and you can win a $35 credit to Ladybug Blessings!!


Another Great Ideas feature post is coming up tonight.

Have a Happy Saturday!!
xoxo

Great Ideas — Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts to Make!

30 Apr
Mother’s Day is coming up soon!
Here are a few wonderful Mother’s Day gifts ideas that were linked up this week:
Simple Starfish Display @ Charcoal & Crayons
Mother’s Day Text Art @ K.I.S.S. {Keep it Simple}
 
Make Mom a Personalized Coupon Book @ Something Created Every Day

 Or a Family Name Plaque @ So Not Donna Reed
 Create Map Art with maps of places that mom has lived @ Crafty, Scrappy, Happy
Make Mom a Silhouette Tote @ Ms. Not So Perfect
Or a Dimensional Magic Belt Buckle @ Mod Podge Rocks
Make mom pretty resin earrings @ Grey Luster Girl
Or make a  Celtic Knot Necklace @ Mommy Go Round
Give mom a  Glass Gem Necklace @ Madigan Made
Or make her a Ruffled Pouch @ That’s My Letter
Create a Boden-inspired necklace for mom @ Flamingo Toes
Whip up a batch of Gardner’s Hand Cream @ Northern Cottage
Make her some pretty pillows for her bed @ Ladycrafter 14
Make pretty Mother’s day Nests @ Dreaming in Color
Print off a fun Mother’s day Printable @ Holiday Snob
Or this pretty Mother’s day Printable @ Kiki Creates
Print off a fun saying for Mom’s Craft Room @ 30 Handmade Days
 Or this fun Mother’s Day printable @ Measured by the Heart
Make mom some cupcakes and print off these Mom Cupcake Toppers @ Diddles and Dumplings
Make Mom a Beautiful Zipper Flower Pin @ Delicate Construction
Or a Shimmered Brooch @ Peek a Dot 
Kids would love making these Photo Magnets @ Sweet November
 Or Bottle cap Magnets @ Literally Inspired
 Make a Mother’s Day Flower Gift @ Ginger Snaps
Or a Spring Flower Frame @ Every Creative Endeavor
Or make mom a Hanging Garden @ Everyday Art
Another fast and easy gift is this Tiered Tray @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
 And another great Dessert Stand tutorial @ Bubbly Nature
Or mom would love a DIY Jewelry Holder @ Peace, Love, 2 Sisters
Decoupage mom a special canvas @ Craftionary

Come over and see all of the creative projects that have been linked up this week! 
 There are great Teacher Appreciation ideas, DIY projects, Sewing ideas and more! 
And come link up YOUR ideas and you can win a $35 credit to Ladybug Blessings!!


Another Great Ideas feature post is coming up tonight.

Have a Happy Saturday!!
xoxo

Great Ideas — ♥ Last Minute Valentine Gift Ideas!!

13 Feb
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 {Easy Heart Coffee Sleeve @ Smile Monsters}
{Love Bug Gifts @ 30 Days}


[Love Letter Corsage @ Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss}
{Salted Caramel Cupcakes @ TidyMom}
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{Sugar Cookie Pops @ This Little Nest}
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 {iPhone Valentine @ Living Locurto}
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{Fabric Fortune Cookie Valentines @ Coco and Cocoa}
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 {Raspberry Meringue Drops @ Hoosier Homemade}
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 {Oreo Love Bugs @ It’s a Tradition}
{Sweet Paper Box gift idea @ Craftberry Bush}
 {Soda Valentine gifts @ Blue Cricket Design}
 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JSPTsj2e_Qk/TVWH-qNfgTI/AAAAAAAAEMY/DXfmp7TII5w/s1600/003.JPG
 {Lunch Box Valentine Love @ Three Pixie Lane}
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{Decorated Cookie Pops @ the audzipan anthology}
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{Love Bird Chapstick Gift Printable @ My Computer is my Canvas}
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{DIY Photo Blocks @ Funkymom Cards}
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vLDZN7bnYWc/TVaqANxZYhI/AAAAAAAAARY/uDlOOJRW9-A/s1600/valentine+pots+5.jpg
 {Lollipop Flowerpots @ Social Salutations}
 {Dollar Frame gifts @ The Single Nester}
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{Easy Valentine Heart Pins @ Create}
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{Valentine Bubbles @ Crafting and Creativity}
{Homemade Dipped Valentine Marshmallows @ a pretty cool life}
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{Coconut and Chocolate “Mounds” Cookie Bars @ madigan made}
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 {Oreo Truffles @ Amanda’s Cookin’}
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{Chocolate Truffles @ Everyday Art}
https://i0.wp.com/i614.photobucket.com/albums/tt227/amabry_2009/chocolate.jpg
 {Nutella Chocolate Pretzel Bites @ Savory and Sweet}
 http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_cdN0kyrGlsE/TVNGT9NPGMI/AAAAAAAAAIA/VyiGeghgOkg/s1600/IMG_1579.JPG
 {Book Page Flowers @ Yellow Blackbird}
 https://i2.wp.com/www.sillypreciouspiggies.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/valentineprintable8.jpg
 {Printable Sucker Covers @ Silly Precious Piggies}
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 {Marshmallow Valentine Treats @ The Sweet Life}
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{Chocolate Dipped Cookies @ The Tidy Nest}
{Friendship Bark @ Living with Punks}
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{Cocoa Mocha Marshmallows @ Apple Loves Orang}
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{Strawberry Dipped Marshmallows @ Nap Time Journal}
 {Snicker Surprise Cookies @ Under The Table and Dreaming}
{Valentine Bouquet @ Caits Creates}
{Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes @ Kusak’s Closet}
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{Homemade Chocolates with Buttercream Filling @ Our Seven Dwarfs}
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{Cookie Pops @ Smile Monsters }
{Homemade Twix Bars @ Fudge Ripple}
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{valentine Skewers @ Red Couch Recipes}
[Popcorn Valentines @ Ladybird Ln}
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{Fudgy Valentines @ Kristy Makes}
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{Homemade Valentine Oreos @ Domestic Sugar}
Woo hoo — so many fun ideas have been linked up so far!! This is my favorite part about blogging – seeing all of your inspiring ideas!! come link up your ideas and you can win $35 to Fabric is my Bag
Another Great Ideas feature post is coming up soon! 
xoxox