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Homemade Gift Ideas party with a beautiful giveaway!

It's the first day of the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash from Simply Sweet Home. I am excited to host  -- we are sharing homemade gift ideas. There is something special about a gift that is homemade. You probably know that I love working with burlap. So I thought it would be fun to make some embellished burlap bags to give homemade treats to my family and friends. I made some different sizes … [Read more...]

A litte project, a big winner, a room redo and a birthday girl!


Here's a project that is floating around the blogosphere right now.    I made this one up for our "Super Saturday" class last month. The kids love changing the date on the blocks every day. You can order a kit a few places, one I found is here. Or, if you are super skilled, you can make your own blocks. Also, countdown blocks would be great for most holidays and other events like … [Read more...]

Whimsical Christmas Wreath

marshmallow wreath

So I had all of these big, eleaborate plans to make a burlap/paper wreath. It was going to take hours and hours of fine craftsmanship to make. Well, life got in the way, and instead the kids and I made a whimsical, funny wreath instead. And with a blog called tatertots &; jello -- I think it fits in perfectly! **Put a dab of Gorilla Glue on each Marshmallow before you put … [Read more...]

Christmas Advent Cones on a glittery branch, burlap trees and a free printable!


I love my cookie sheet advent calendar, but I wanted another advent that I could use for little treats, special notes and other small holiday goodies.  So I cut down two very large branches from a tree in my backyard, spray painted them silver and added some glitter.  Then I used some vintage music paper and made little cones. I embellished them with trim, ribbon, flowers and vintage … [Read more...]

What I was doing this weekend and my first Christmas Giveaway!


   I had a few big projects that I was working on this weekend (a big one I will unveil tomorrow). Another was a custom order for one of my cookie sheet advent calendars. And I thought since I was making one, I might as well make a few. And to start spreading the Christmas cheer, I made one to give away to you!  {the 24th has a silver star ornament that you can have your kids … [Read more...]

More Burlap Projects: make a Holiday Card Holder using a tomato cage?


I know the title of this project sounds weird. My sister Wenderful actually gave me this idea. She had heard that you can turn your garden tomato cages into card holders. So I looked around and I found this picture from Lowe's.   Well of course I wanted to see if I could incorporate some burlap into the project - lol. Last night I stayed up way too late experimenting and this is what I came … [Read more...]

Are you wondering what to give your best friend, sister or mom for Christmas???


Are you wondering what to give your best friend, mom or sister for Christmas??? Here's a cute, inexpensive, stylish gift you can make that they will love! Interchangeable watches -- they are fun, fashionable and you can match the bands to your outfit!   First of all, order some stylish watch faces. I found a great website -- www.ewatchwholesale.com. The faces average about $5.50 each plus … [Read more...]

Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar


My kids love playing with this calendar. My 4 year old loves to put the new magnet on each day. This is a fun project to make because you can use your imagination to make up the magnets. Some things I used were: little mirrors dominos  small ornaments like sleds, stars and drums that are meant to go on miniature trees die cuts poker chips   glass disks vintage buttons … [Read more...]

I Can Make That — Burlap Magnet Boards


  Just A Girl is having a really fun party today. She has asked people to come up with fun, handmade ideas for gift giving this year.   I made these burlap magnet boards. You can make them in any size or shape.  If you would like to make one, this is how: Go down to Home Depot or your local hardware store. Pick out some plywood. I had the guys down there cut it to the lengths … [Read more...]