Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa! I know him!

4 Vintage Santa Claus Ornaments / 1960's / Mid Century Holiday
Hello Everyone,
If you know where I got the title for this post from, then you are awesome!

After two DIY post in a row, I thought it would be fun to change gears a little bit and write an Etsy type post (since I haven't written one in a long time). So today, I''l be showing you some of my favorite vintage Santa Claus finds from Etsy. 

Personally, I only have one vintage Santa Claus item which is an ornament. I was completely fine with that until I started searching Etsy for this post. Now, I really want more 50s/60s Santa Claus home decor just because its so darn cute. I mean look at those ornaments above. Aren't they adorable! They would look perfect on a tree.

Here are some other fun Santa Claus vintage finds!

Fun 1950's Santa Nodder Bank
Vintage 1960's Holt Howard Winking Santa Salt and Pepper Shakers
Vintage Inarco Japan Porcelain Santa Claus Figurine
1958 Holt Howard Santa Candle Holders
Do you have any vintage Christmas decorations?

xo Katie 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bag Of Toys Ornament DIY

Hello Everyone,
Hope you all had a great weekend!

Today I'm going to be showing you how to make this cute little bag of toys ornament. I got the idea for this project when I found an old ornament I bought a few years ago. The ornament I bought was a shopping bag that contained toys, gifts and rolls of little wrapping paper inside. This particular ornament looked handmade, so I thought it would be fun to recreate my own version. 

Wrapping Paper Scraps
Tacky Glue or Glue Stick
Small Toys
Hemp Cord
Embroidery Floss
Pencil or Chopstick (optional/not pictured)
Scissors (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)

Step 1: With your scrap of wrapping paper, wrap your box the same way you normal would. However, in the places where you would apply tape, you will apply Tacky Glue. Applying the glue, will help make the bag more stable. Also just wrap up one end of your box and leave the other end open. 

Step 2: When the glue is dry, slide your wrapping paper off your box and cut it down to the size you want. 

Step 3: Now take your glue gun, and drop some hot glue into the bottom of your bag. Then take your stuffing and put it on top of the glue. During this step you may want to use something like a pencil or a chopstick to push the stuffing into the glue. Keep repeating this step until your bag is about a little more than half way full. 

The reason why were adding the stuffing, is to make our bag more stable while giving it some shape. 

Step 4: Gather your small toys and start playing around with the look of your ornament. In my ornament, I used a few small toys, some buttons and scrap piece of wrapping paper (which I rolled up to look like a roll of wrapping paper). When your happy with the placement of your toys, hot glue them into place. 

picture 1
picture 2
Step 5: Take your hemp cord and cut two small pieces (picture 1). Then apply some hot glue to the ends of each cord and place them inside your bag. You will want to put one piece of hemp cord in the front and the other piece of hemp cord in the back. When your done, you should have something like picture 2.

Step 6: Cut a small piece of embroidery floss and tie it around the two handles of your bag. Then tie a knot at the top which will create a loop. 

Once your done adding the embroidery floss, then your ready to hang your new ornament.

This ornament project is a great way to recycle all those scrap pieces of ribbon, wrapping paper or little things that may be currently in your junk drawer. If you don't have any little toys on hand, check your local Dollar Store. At this time of year, they usually come out with mini ornament sets that only cost 1 dollar. These mini ornament sets can look like a variety of things (like nutcrackers, angels etc) that you could use in your own ornament.

What do you think? Do you like this bag of toys ornament?

xo Katie 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Peppermint Pin Holder DIY

Hello Everyone,
Today I'll be posting (finally) my first Christmas DIY of the season! Its a home decor project that involves displaying those Christmas pins/brooches that you may not necessary wear anymore. 

When I was decorating for Christmas this year, I decided to get all my Christmas pins out and display them as decorations. I ended up putting them in random places on my bookshelf amongst all my other Christmas items. The pins looked cute sitting on my bookshelf but I thought there could be a better way to display them. So to solve this problem, I created a pin holder (out of an embroidery hoop) that had the look of a holiday peppermint!

Embroidery Hoop
Red Felt
White Felt
Sewing Pins
Red Thread

Before I get into this project, I wanted to explain something about the red peppermint swirl. When making this project I created my own template based on the size of my embroidery hoop which was 6 inches. I basically free handed my design onto a piece of paper and cut it down to size to fit within my embroidery hoop. Now depending on the size of your embroidery hoop will effect how big the red peppermint swirl will be. 

I uploaded my original template for you guys to use but you may need to size it up or down depending on your embroidery hoop. 

picture 1
picture 2
Step 1: Take your swirl template and trace around it onto your red felt (picture 1). Then remove your template and cut the swirl out. When your done cutting, you should have something like picture 2. 

Step 2: Take your red swirl and pin it onto your white felt. Then (like you normally would) take your now one piece of felt and place it into your embroidery hoop. 

Step 3: With a needle and thread, sew the red swirl to your white felt. 

Step 4: When your done sewing, cut off any extra fabric that is around the embroidery hoop. 

Once your done cutting off the extra fabric, your ready to display your pins! 

I love the way this project turned out! Its such an easy way to decorate your space while displaying some of your favorite pins.

If you didn't want to make a peppermint or if your not a fan of sewing, you could always get some Christmas themed fabric and use it in the place of the peppermint design. This would allow you to have a cute decorative embroidery hoop made in half the time. 

What do you think? Do you like this peppermint pin holder?

xo Katie

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide For Crafters

Hello Everyone,  
Today I put together a quick ten item Christmas gift guide for all those folks out there, who may be buying their crafty friends something for Christmas this year. I tried to provide a little bit of everything in this guide along with some different price ranges. Some of these ideas would a make great stand alone gift or you could combine a few to make the grand daddy of all craft gifts!  

1. Knit Your Own Dog in Dachshund: I mean really! A Dachshund combined with crafting? There is not much more I can say about the awesomeness of this gift. However, besides it being such a darn cute idea, it would make a great gift for that knitter in your life. I also think this kit would make a great gift for the crafter ''who has everything'' (since the kit itself is really unique). 

I found this kit on Mod Cloth but if you go to Amazon they have more dog options and even a cat version.  

2. A Good Pair Of Scissors: This may not sound like an exciting gift but a crafter would definitely be happy to find a good pair of scissors in there stocking. With all the things that we crafter put our scissors through, having a good pair which is not covered with paint, glue or glitter would be a much welcomed gift.  

3. A Craft Book: There is nothing better than opening a fresh new craft book which is just full of ideas. With all the great craft topics and authors other there, your bound to find a craft book for that crafty friend. Above I picked out Meredith Crawford's new book (from One Sheepish Girl), which is overflowing with crochet goodness.  

4. Glitter: Honestly, a crafter can never have too much glitter.

5. Hot Glue Gun: This idea kind of goes along with the good pair of scissors. I think any crafter would love to have another glue gun to either keep as back up or to replace there dying one which has probably been used in so many projects. The great thing about this gift, is that there are so many glue guns out there in terms of budget and colors. The above glue gun is cordless, pink and a bit more expensive. However, you could easily find a zebra print of sold print glue gun for half the price at your local craft store.

6. Mini Paper Trimmer: A paper trimmer in general, would make a great gift for any crafter in your life (especially those scrapbookers). With that being said, a mini paper trimmer is just much more fun. For starters, its a great supply to have on hand and (since its mini) wouldn't take up that much space.

7. Subscription to a Craft Magazine: You could keep the craftiness going all year around by gifting your crafty friend a subscription to there favorite magazine. Depending on the magazine, it would be about under $30.00 dollars and if you threw in a mug filled with there favorite tea/hot chocolate, you would have an instant gift.  

8. Craft Caddy/Lamp: Any type of lighting or storage would make a nice gift for a crafter. For starters, you know that your spending your money on something they need or will use. This sort of makes the spending part (for you) a little less ''odd'', since you know that your getting a useful gift for your friend. Also everybody needs storage and crafters are more than eager to reorganize there mint button collection by shade and size, just to be a bit more organize.  

9. Craft Supplies: I know what your thinking, wouldn't this be that same thing as item 4? Well, in my mind glitter is in a category all on its own. So for the sake of argument, were just going to assume that ''craft supplies'' entails everything but mountains of glitter. With that being said, you can never go wrong with buying craft supplies. Personally, I found that is best to buy all the craft supplies that your crafty friend already loves. 

For example, if your friend loves Mod Podge, then buy a new bottle or buy a Mod Podge Starter Set (which allows them to try different samples of the Mod Podge formula).  

For an easy easy peasy lemon squeezy gift, you could fill up a basket (or craft caddy) with some craft supplies, add a craft book and cross that person off your Christmas list.  

10. Darby Smart Subscription: Darby Smart is a company that I have talked a lot about on the blog. I really can't say enough nice things about them because there company is just so darn awesome. However, if you haven't heard of Darby Smart, don't worry cause I will explain.  

Darby Smart is a craft box subscription service. You can order a craft project, get it sent to your door and inside you have all the items you need to make the project. Its really a lot of fun! You can buy craft projects in one purchase, subscribe for 3-6 months or buy a gift card. They also have a craft box subscription service within Darby Smart called Darby Girl. Darby Girl is just like the original Darby Smart but is just geared towards teenagers.

This gift is like a step up from the magazine subscription. Instead of getting a magazine at your door every month, your getting a full craft project. This craft project being based on current trends and sometimes certain holidays. For example, getting to make a heart shaped box in the month of February. In the words of Ina Garten, '' how bad can that be''.

So, those are just a few of my ideas when it comes to giving your crafty friends an amazing gift. If your a crafter, what would you recommend as gift?  

xo Katie 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lets Wrap!

Gift Wrapped
Hello Everyone,
I'm back! Even though your probably tried of me saying that but this time its true (I promise). I'm finally free (at least for four weeks) from endless nights of paper writing, textbook reading and note-card making. Yes folks, this girl is on Christmas break! 

Which means instead of all those boring things I mentioned early, I will be writing blog post, reading craft books and making some fun DIYs. Don't you just love having time off? 

To kick off this week and the holiday season, I rounded up a few DIYs which all deal with making your own wrapping paper. Now making your own wrapping paper may seem like another thing to add to your Christmas to-do list but honestly its all about finding the right wrapping paper DIY for you. 

For example, if your someone who doesn't have a lot of time to craft, then probably hand stamp wrapping paper is not the project for you. However, making some wrapping paper which involves adding some twine and a pom pom maybe right up your time-crunch alley. On the other hand, if your someone who is just dripping with oodles of holiday craft time, then maybe besides making your own wrapping paper you could try making some cute bows as well. 

So below, I gather a bunch of wrapping paper DIYs which range from super easy to a little bit more time consuming. Never the less, I wouldn't mind seeing some of these wrapped beauties under my tree!

In all honesty, if I had to lay my right hand on a stack of craft books and say whether or not all my holidays gifts were in homemade wrapping paper.....my answer would be no. My trick when it comes to homemade wrapping paper, is to only use it on those special gifts. That way you don't have to be overwhelmed by making a ton of wrapping paper and the paper you do make, will add a special touch to your gift.

So have you ever made your own homemade wrapping paper?

xo Katie

p.s Here is another bonus wrapping paper DIY you can check out which I made last year. 
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