Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!!
The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.
Craft Attitude http://www.jonathanfongstyle.com/blog/
Donna Salazar Designs http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/
Walnut Hollow http://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/
100 Proof Press http://www.100proofpress.com/_blog/Blog
ICE Resin http://iceresin.com/icequeen/
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Jamie Dougherty http://jamiedoughertydesigns.blogspot.com
Nathalie Kalbach www.nathaliesstudio.com
Jen Goode http://www.100directions.com/
Kathy Cano-Murillo http://www.craftychica.com/site/
Tanner Bell http://www.craftteen.com
Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.com
Jen Cushman http://jencushman.wordpress.com/
Adrienne Ford http://bry-and-i.blogspot.com/
Joanne Fink http://www.zenspirations.com/home/
Vicki O'Dell http://vickiodell.com/
Liz Hicks http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/
Denise Hahn http://inmyblueroom.blogspot.com/
Courtney Chambers http://www.alittlecraftinyourday.com
Tami Mayberry http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/
Norma Rapko http://normarapko.blogspot.com/
Cheryl Waters http://blog.artsyfindings.com/
Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media. We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?
Do you have those people in your life who have everything? Or they have a wishlist filled with ridiculously expensive items? (Hey Dad, no, I am not buying you another iPad for Christmas….sheesh!)
Well, sometimes a little bit of handmade goodness is much more special than all those things money can buy, communicating love, care, and thoughtfulness! Every year for the holidays I bake cookies and make candies for my family and friends. My grandmother started the tradition, then my mom took it over, and when I had a family of my own, my mom passed the torch to me. I have been making my grandmother's cookie recipes for years as well as added a few of my own, like Cranberry-Orange Shortbread and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies.*
Friends and family have come to expect their cookies each year and with our busy lives and sometimes long distances between our homes, sometimes cookie delivery time is the only time I see some of these friends all year. We make an entire two day affair out of it, driving from house to house to visit, share, and chat. Every year I have some interesting way to wrap and present the cookies … I mean a metal tin from the dollar store just wasn't gonna cut it for me! One year I decorated hat boxes, another year I did gift bags.
This year I thought it would be nice to create a handmade tea towel to line the baskets of cookies. This tea towel is cut from a large piece of linen I found in my grandmother's sewing stash when she passed. I sewed the edges and then added embellishments. Here's a vid of the entire process:
Instead of the words “peace” and “joy”, I can add the family's name or a new baby's name. I love the idea that these can be customized for anyone. Here are the supplies you; need to create these for your family and friends this holiday season.
- ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Clearsnap
- Epson LabelWorks Printer and Iron-On (Fabric) Label Cartridge
- Epson Label Works Ribbon Cartridge, Navy with Gold Type
- Crystler 20 by Norma Rapko for Walnut Hollow
- Crystyler 20 Crystals by Walnut Hollow
- Flourish Bird Stamps by 100 Proof Press
- 24″ x 18″ piece of linen fabric
- 90″ of lace trim
- Embroidery floss
- Sewing Machine
- Elmer's Embellishment Glue
- Cello Bag (for cookies)
* All of the cookies pictured in the making of this item have been eaten ;)
Thank you again for hopping!
I hope you enjoyed today's post!