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BEST Dollar Store Stocking Stuffers

It’s Christmas Eve and you just realized you forgot to get the stocking stuffers. Acccck!!! Well, there are still places to get some great stocking stuffers for under $1 each. Check out my recommendations for some fast and affordable stocking stuffer options you can get right up until Christmas Eve:

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Target $1 Spot – open until 11pm in most cities. Check the Target Store Locator to get the hours of the Target store in your town. Get these Stocking Stuffers:

  • $1 Chips Ahoy, Cheezits, Nutter Butter, and Keebler cookies in a cup
  • $1 Notepads and stationary items with gold accents
  • $1 Sets of mini gel pens
  • $1 Stamp + Stamp Pad sets. The stamp pads are total crap BUT the stamps are nice and still a super deal for $1 (get ColorBox stamp pads instead)
  • $1 Bagged Candy, like Sixlets
  • $1 Gloves and Socks (not in my video but they do have these)
  • $1 Underwear – we have gotten these as a gag gift, rolling cash or a gift card in them and puttingthem in the stocking. Our kids are savvy to it now but you could totally do this prank on your kids for a dollar!

Dollar Tree – open until 7pm in most cities. Check their Store Locator to find hours of your local store. Get these Stocking Stuffers:

  • $1 Nail Strips (think Jamberry, but not really Jamberry)
  • $1 Lindt Lindor Truffles 3 pack bag
  • $1 Toy Cars
  • $1 Swedish Fish and other boxed and bagged candies
  • $1 Danish Cookie Tins

Grocery and Drug Stores – many grocery stores close early on Christmas Eve so you’ll have to check their hours. A drug store might be a better bet, like a local Walgreen’s or CVS.

  • Full size candy bars – usually $1 each or 2 for $1.50
  • Gum and Mints, usually about $1 at the checkstand

I hope this has helped you avert a Stocking Stuffer crisis this holiday season ;) I know I am ready… you know, since I had to buy all this stuff to make this video and all. Except I did eat that 3 Muskateers bar… On that note, I have some more advice for you – if you do shop early for stocking stuffers, don’t hide them in your desk where they’re easy to access (and eat!).

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The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015 – 12 Days of Giving Day 12

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Hydrangea Hippo’s 12 Days of Giving – giveaways, craft tutorials, and designer interviews during December 2014

Today is the final day of our 12 Days of Giving series! Thank you to everyone who has followed along these 12 days — we had so much fun sharing crafts, places to go, traditions, chats with artists and crafters, and more with you to kick off the holiday season. We still have a couple of days left to enter the giveaway so I hope you will enter and pass the info along to your friends – we are giving away 12 prizes but ALSO there are multiple giveaways on some of the posts, like $2000 in gift cards from Bass Pro Shop! Please note, today’s post contains affiliate links.

Today I am sharing this awesome guidebook that was sent to me by the publisher over the summer: The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015 by Bob Sehlinger and Seth Kubersky with Len Testa.

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We’ve been going to Disneyland since we were born but there are lots of things we haven’t seen in the park and don’t know about it. We actually just went to Disneyland last week with Elena Etcheverry and Jamie Dougherty to celebrate Elena’s birthday! We decided this was a great time to take the The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015 for a test drive and see if it really had anything to offer all of us seasoned, Disney super fans. The guide has alot to offer those from outside of California, including maps and info about airports and local attractions and ports here in So Cal so if you are visiting Disneyland from out of town, I totally recommend The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015.

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We started off in Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s super dark inside the ride so we needed light from our cell phones to read the book but we actually learned some super cool stuff about the ride! I had no idea there was a version of the ride at Disney World and, the California version is  longer and better maintained. Sweet! The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015 is a nice size to fit in a purse or backpack so you can carry it all throughout the park to learn more about the attractions.

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Did you know that the Golden Horseshoe is a great place to get ice cream sundaes and catch a show? Matthew loves the mint chocolate chip sundae from the Golden Horseshoe! The guide told us which of the 3 food lines inside the Golden Horseshoe was the shortest and we were in and out faster than anyone else. I always dread going to the Golden Horseshoe because food service is slow but now I know the secret to getting my ice cream fix fast! However, I did find that the info about the show change to a new interactive show was not accurate … yet. Apparently the change is supposed to happen in 2015 from a stage show to an interactive show so we’ll have to check that next year.

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We love the Mad Tea Party. The guide says to ride this on your second day in the morning or after 5pm. We waited only about 10 minutes to get on around 8pm – this ride is great at NIGHT, when alot of the little kids have gone home and the lights are especially psychedelic. Check out this video I made of the ride in action:

TIP: Xaver and Katie think the tea cup with the lavender flower is the fastest cup on the Mad tea Party ride – that’s the one they’re riding in. What do you think after watching the video?

Though The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015 is Unofficial, we think it looks right at home among these official guide books in one of the gift shops inside of Disneyland. Okay, so they don’t actually sell this book in Disneyland – it IS Unofficial and all, but the store clerk let us have this bit of fun with it anyways. Well, they didn’t actually LET us…okay, this is getting a little uncomfortable so we’ll just take our book and go, mmm’kay?

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Before leaving for the night, you need to get a photo in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. You can tour the inside of the Castle – we’ve done this and it was nice to see that The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015 had all the details and insider knowledge we knew, all written down for anyone to follow. Thumbs up!

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The clip out touring plans in the back of the book were really a nice surprise. With or without kids, there are walking plans for seeing lots of attractions in the park, which can come in really handy. Being season passholders, we tend to wander and double back and then we only ride 2-3 things in 6 hours because we don’t have a plan. Next time we go to Disneyland, we’ll try out one of the plans to see if we can get in alot more fun for our time. 

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Susan Lenart Kazmer on Art – 12 Days of Giving – Day 11

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Hydrangea Hippo’s 12 Days of Giving – giveaways, craft tutorials, and designer interviews during December 2014

I’m so honored and excited to bring you a Google Hangout with artist and silversmith Susan Lenart Kazmer, the creator and owner of ICE Resin, author, fashion designer and more.

Susan Lenart Kazmer with her Trapeze Artist, a piece featuring cast ICE Resin

Susan Lenart Kazmer with her Trapeze Artist, a piece featuring cast ICE Resin

Susan comes from the art world but she has some wonderful inspiration and ideas that us crafters can use. See what she has to say about talisman, being a business person and artist, finding inspiration, and how she sees ICE Resin and the work we all do with it. 

I love her thoughts on exploring, perfection, and stretching herself and the mediums she works with in order to create new work.

Pieces Susan Lenart Kazmer designed and taught in classes in  2014

Pieces Susan Lenart Kazmer designed and taught in classes in 2014

 

I get intimidated myself by some of the things I see true artists making so I love how Susan shares how we can be inspired by artists rather than being intimidated.

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Susan Lenart Kazmer at work in her studio …

Find Susan’s work and books here (affiliate links):

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Susan has generously offered to giveaway a copy of her book, Resin Alchemy and a couple of her DVDs! Enter right here with this handy-dandy Rafflecopter widget!! Winners will be chosen and announced after the 12 Days of Giving concludes.

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10 Glass Etching Projects With Etchall – 12 Days of Giving – Day 10

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Glass etching is such a fast, easy, and affordable way to make custom holiday gifts! Today, on day 10 of the 12 Days of Giving, I’m sharing 10 glass etching projects you can make RIGHT NOW to give as gifts during Christmas next week or any time of year. Here are the basic supplies you need to get started with glass etching:

Etchall Etching Creme:

This etching creme is the gold standard. Way back in the beginning when I was doing glass etching and did not work with any glass etching creme company, I started using Etchall when I got it from our local scrapbook store. It gives a nice, even etch and is reuseable so you can make hundreds of projects with one bottle! The scrapbook store closed and we used up all of the Etchall bottles we had. I searched and searched online and all I could find was this other product called Armour Etch so Xaver and I ordered Armour Etch. This was in the heat of the holiday season, when we were etching TONS of custom beer mugs for our etsy shop and craft fairs. Well, Armour Etch gave a horrible, uneven etch and we had to discard $100s worth of messed up etched glasses. It was awful!!! I’ve seen people using Silhouette and Martha Stewart etching cremes and the results are so bad that I can see the streaks and uneven etch even in pictures on the internet. No thanks! I’ll stick with Etchall – it has always worked and given me excellent results. On top of that, the company is family owned, they invented the product, and it is all made in the USA. It’s pretty much perfect! Now, it might seem like Etchall is expensive but consider that you can use it over and over and over again – it really isn’t that expensive over the life of the bottle. I say start with the small bottle and work your way up to a bigger one if you find you really love etching projects. Some of the links to these products are affiliate links – I make a few pennies when you buy and it helps us keep the lights on here ;)

You can find Etchall here:

Etchall on Amazon - this is the 4 oz. bottle which I recommend when you are starting out

Etchall from Etchall.com (they always have specials on their Facebook Page – tell Barbee I sent you when you order!)

Other supplies you’ll need:

1. Etched Glass Mason Jars

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Pick up these mason jar mugs with lids and straws at the 99 Cents Only Stores for 99 cents! A little etching makes them look like $10 glasses. Check out this glass etching tutorial on the Sizzix blog to see how to make these with a Sizzix eClips2 machine. If you don’t have an eClips2, you can use any electronic die cutting system to make your vinyl stencil or hand cut the letters out with a craft knife and stencil.

2. Etch a Tabletop

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If you have a thrifted or beat up glass table with scratches, etching is a great way to give it new life. I took an old beat up scratched all to heck glass top table and transformed it with vinyl doilies and Etchall’s etching creme: Doily Etched Glass Table Top

3. Etched Beer Mugs

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We used to offer these in our etsy shop. You can find the mugs at most dollar stores and then you’ll use a vinyl stencil to make the image. Use the same tutorial as for the mason jars to etch beer mugs for your family and friends!

4. Etched Vase

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Apply a stencil or stickers all over a glass vase, like this one from Dollar Tree. Then dip the vase into Etchall’s Dip N Etch! It’s pretty rad. Here is a pdf showing how to do this: 

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5. Etched Cookie Plate for Santa

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I made one with a mustache on it and the tutorial for that is in the pdf above (from #4). But you can also make one for Santa, like this one by My Chihuahua Bites!

Cookies for Santa Plate 

6. Jewel Jar Lanterns

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Create gorgeous frosted, colored lanterns with mason jars and a few basic jewelry items. This project was made by Julie McGuffee of Life In The Craft Lane.

7. Etched Glass Coasters

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These are super easy to make — all you need is a piece of glass or mirror with a vinyl stencil. FaveCrafts did a great tutorial on how to make etched glass coasters.

8. Upcycle a Jar

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Turn any jar into a piece of pretty, shabby chic decor by adding an etched design with bits and baubles around the top.

9.  Mask A Design on Glass

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You don’t have to have a fancy stencil to glass etch – Julie McGuffee shares how to use scotch tape to make a design on a vase with etching creme!

10. Chalkboard Glass

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Etching glass gives the surface tooth so paint and other things can stick to it. Etch glass candle holders and then paint with chalkboard paint to make knockoffs of these (which are $30 on Amazon! Chalkboard scented candle lemongrass)

11. Etched Wine Glasses and Candle Holders

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Wine Glasses and hurricane style candle holders are a little more challenging to etch because the surface is curved in two directions and the stencils are hard to stick on straight. But we did it at Seaside Soiree with Charity Wings last month!! This project is a great make n take at parties - etch the glass in 15 minutes, wash, and use for the rest of the night! Tip: Use post-it notes to write the name of the person whose glass it is and the time they need to return so you can track them down when their glass is ready to rinse. Here are some pics from the event: 

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I hope this gives you lots of ideas of ways you can use Etchall to create cool etched glass projects and gifts! It’s one of my all-time favorite products because I can count on it for consistent results all the time.

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A Christmas Tradition – Collecting Keepsake Ornaments – 12 Days of Giving – Day 9

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Hydrangea Hippo’s 12 Days of Giving – giveaways, craft tutorials, and designer interviews during December 2014

Have you decorated your tree yet this year? We’re getting a late start as we usually decorate right after Thanksgiving. We did a poll on our Facebook Page recently and it seems most everyone decorates between Thanksgiving and December 1st. Well, we’re really behind the curve if that is the case! Inspired by Heather Mann’s tree decorating video, we did a video of our family decorating the tree this year. It’s super fun and if you have not yet decorated your tree, consider making your own video! Here’s our time-lapse tree decorating video:

The kids were in charge of the decorating and they did a pretty awesome job. The only part we had to help with was the star on top that didn’t want to stay on. I think everyone has that problem!

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We decided to go with mostly green and red ornaments this year from our collection of handmade and special ornaments. Starting in 2008, we started an annual Christmas tradition, buying each of our kids and my sister’s two eldest kids an ornament every year. We’d choose a special place to shop and each kid chose an ornament that represented themselves and what they were into that year. We bring the ornaments home and I attached a tag to each with the child’s name and the year. Over the years the kids have collected ornaments from spaceships, to cupcakes, to cups of Coke, to cell phones, and more. My sister recently came over and was looking for all of her kids’ ornaments on the tree, thinking about how old they were when they got a particular ornament. This is a tradition Xaver and I do with the kids – no one else is invited! Ha! My vision is that when the kids move out and start their own families, I can gift them with a tin of all of their childhood ornaments to start their on trees with their families. Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links. Thank you!

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Every year, I have scrapbooked our annual ornament trips, from the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA to Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach to  Collective Journey (now Crackerjack’s) in Redlands to Cost Plus World Market. Wherever they want to go, that’s where we’ll go:

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This year, I have a big box of ornament making supplies and I thought it might be nice to make ornaments. The kids are coming over this weekend, after school releases for winter break, and we will probably make several ornaments each. I have all kinds of supplies I plan to set up like a little bar – toy cards, wire for making hangers, beads, empty glass balls, Smoothfoam balls, buttons, chenille stems, ribbon, and lots of hot glue! I’ve been collecting some ideas on Pinterest that we can look through for inspiration before starting. We’ll set up each kid with a cup of hot cocoa and then start browsing the ideas I’ve collected! 

Would you like to create an ornament tradition with your kids and family? You can set up an ornament making bar for everyone in your family – they can do this before Christmas or even on Christmas Day, creating a keepsake ornament to take home for their tree and to remember that year. Here are 10 ornaments to make at your keepsake ornament bar or just for yourself:

  1. Button Ball Ornament
  2. Monogram Initial Ornament
  3. Cinnamon Stick + Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament
  4. No Bake Bird Seed Ornaments
  5. DIY Scented Ornament
  6. Vintage Style Snowman Ornament
  7. Scrabble Tile Ornaments
  8. Button Wreaths
  9. Reindeer Thumbprint Ornament
  10. Decoupage Cardinal Ball

And if you’re in Southern California, here are some great places to get unique ornaments:

 

Enter to win “Sewing Tales to Stich and Love” by Kerry Goulder with this handy-dandy Rafflecopter widget!! Winners will be chosen and announced after the 12 Days of Giving concludes. This book has loads of great softies you can stitch, including many that can be made into ornaments. Kerry recently announced her new line of dies with Sizzix so keep an eye out for those in 2015! Follow Kerry on her blog here: kidgiddy.

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Smoothfoam Button Ornament + 12 Days of Giving – Day 8

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All this month the team at  Smoothfoam is making balls, balls, balls!! Christmas balls, that is, on our Holiday Ball Hop!  Smoothfoam is perfect for making ball-shaped ornaments because the foam is fairly solid, with a smooth surface. You can pin things to it, glue, decoupage, paint… there are so many possibilities that just can be done with general floral foam balls. Today, I created a very simple, vintage inspired ball-shaped button ornament:

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These come together lickety split and require only a few basic craft  supplies that you might already have on hand. If you don’t have them, I’ve linked them to some affiliate links on Amazon so you can buy them easy peasy and get them in time for Christmas:

Supply List:

And here’s how to make them:

You can make a BUNCH of these to hang on your tree or skip the ribbon hanger and fill a vase or bowl with the balls as a decoration. I think they’d look great in an apothecary jar!

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Heather Mann Talks about CraftFail – 12 Days of Giving – Day 7

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Hydrangea Hippo’s 12 Days of Giving – giveaways, craft tutorials, and designer interviews during December 2014

Welcome to Day 7 of the 12 Days of Giving here at hydrangeahippo!! Today I have a totally atypical crafty book to share with you!! I’ve linked it up to Amazon via an affiliate link to make it easy to buy as a gift for your fellow crafty friends so sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and try not to laugh too hard…

Crafts. Failure. Not two things you think of  TOGETHER, at least not fondly! But CraftFail changes all of that. The book showcases failures from holiday crafts to food crafts, from all of the world, in a funny, witty, and uplifting way. I found that in alot of the classes I taught, some of the crafters were so stressed about making everything perfect that they had to bring out measuring tapes to see how far away from the edge of the paper a button was. And other times, there were crafters who were so happy-go-lucky and immersed in the flow of the “process”, that the end result did not matter as much as the experience of creating. There are so many different types of crafters out there who create for so many different reasons but in our closets, we all have a craft fail or two… No matter how the crafter in your family creates, CraftFail will make them smile, laugh, cry, and roll on the floor!  Be sure to check it out on Amazon or your local book store and give the gift of failure this Christmas!
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I hung out with Heather Mann, the author and creator of CraftFail and CraftFail.com, chatting about different types of crafters, living in a Pinterest world, what she does with all the things she creates for all of her sites, and how she started CraftFail.com and her other blog, DollarStoreCrafts.com.

Isn’t Heather awesome?! Check out more of her work and connect with her here:

You might be wondering if I have ever had a CraftFail? Sometimes I do but then I figure out a way to fix it or take the project in another direction so the fail is not noticeable or the project becomes something else than what I started towards. My biggest craft fails are scrapbook pages. If I haven’t scrapped in a long time, my first few pages look TUUUURRRIBBLE!

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I really should just tape this picture of Charles Barkley to my paper trimmer… I do have some really bad pages that have been sitting in my “in progress” (read: terrible pages in need of help) Art Bin for YEARS. Like this one about Felt Club LA. I miss Felt Club! This was like, EONS ago! DO I rip the page apart and start over? All the pics are spaced weird, some pics are matted on black paper or red polka dots or not at all, Katie is making a crazy face in my photo, I don’t like the colors I chose for the paper, and whose idea was it to fussy cut the flag?! This page has been siting in the Art Bin for so long that the adhesive from the pics is falling off and the pics are sticking on top of one another!

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I guess I’m in good company as far as craft failures — you won’t believe some of the superstar blogging and crafting peeps in the book!

If you want to get in touch with your failure side (or just laugh at other people’s failures), enter to win a copy of CraftFail right here with this handy-dandy Rafflecopter widget!! Winners will be chosen and announced after the 12 Days of Giving concludes.

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