‘Crafts’ Category

Merry + Green Christmas!

Posted on December 16th, 2011 by Tonia No Comments

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We’re heading off to the cabin in the woods with Mike’s side of the family this weekend. There will be games, gifts, food, laughter, football, and lots and lots of kissing/playing with our sweet niece. Pret-ty excited!

Please excuse the quietness of the blog lately…the holidays have officially taken over our lives for the time being. I’m sure, and I hope, that you’re busy with your own holiday celebrations, so you don’t need me distracting you anyway. ;)

Until we meet again, here are a couple posts I did last year regarding eco-friendly and homemade holiday decorations:

Green Christmas Decor
Green Christmas Decor II

And more homemade decor ideas that will transform your home into a cozy holiday scene without a lot of plastic crap that will sit in a landfill for eternity after you’re done with it:

Ice lanterns {we’re going to do this for our New Years Eve party! You can buy an ice mold -or- you can cut the top off a milk jug and fill it with water!}
Plaid-shirt ornaments {I’d try to use something other than styrofoam for the inside, though…}
Paper-bag flowers {to go with your coffee-filter poufs, of course!}
Yarn balls {would make a beautiful centerpiece for the table, piled in a bowl. Make them smaller and with Christmas-colored yarn, perhaps.}

Happy Holidays, all you wonderful readers!

Homemade Holiday Gifts: Headbands

Posted on December 15th, 2011 by Tonia 5 Comments

It has been a regular ol’ Santa’s workshop around here lately! I am crafting up a storm. Yesterday I made six of these puppies:

Here’s the tutorial I followed. I wear a headband like this almost every day. It’s probably my favorite accessory and is especially handy when my bangs are in the annoying growing-out stage, or when I’m camping and haven’t washed my hair for days. I am so glad I learned how to make this kind of headband and I hope that my girlfriends who receive them will find them as handy and as cute as I do.

Hope your gift-making is going well! We’re getting down to the wire!

Homemade Holiday Gifts: Tea & Mug

Posted on December 6th, 2011 by Tonia 3 Comments

How are you all coming along on your gift-making? I’m starting to bite my nails and cross my fingers that I get all my projects done in time for Christmas!

This week I’m making tea packets {via this tutorial on one of my favorite blogs} and hand-painted mugs {via this tutorial on another awesome blog} to give to neighbors and friends.

I think it’s going to be a cozy and relaxing craft, and I’m excited to sample my tea concoction {to make sure it tastes good….} Good luck with your projects!

Reuse Tues: Potholders & Poufs

Posted on November 1st, 2011 by Tonia 6 Comments

Image courtesy of alisaburke.blogspot.com

Duuuuude. How amazingly cute are these jean pockets turned into potholders? I MEAN! My next sewing project for sure.

And speaking of sewing, my aunt Cathy who is very talented with a needle and thread {like, makes-her-daughter’s-prom-dresses talented} taught me how to make these cool “poufs”. They’re basically ottomans, but cuter.

I stuffed mine with old bed sheets and mattress pads that I shredded up {and all the stuffing that Charlie has ripped out of his toys over the years- I saved it hoping it could be reused someday.} Aren’t they so comfy looking? I still have to sew the top patch down on the yellow and gray one, but the red one is finished.

‘Tis the season for board games and reading good books by the woodstove with our wool-socked feet propped up on a pouf! Plus they double as extra seating when we have a party.

What are you re-purposing around the house lately?