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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Gift giving to adult friends is hard. A friendship bracelet just doesn't mean the same thing to a 42 year old as it does to a 12 year old! I like to get really practical gifts for people that they want or that meet some need. Thankfully, most of my friends and family don't NEED much so they tend to ask for lavish gifts or none at all.  (Really Dad, you want another iPad?!) But sometimes the thought really does count in a gift and that's when it is nice to give something handmade.

 Love is all you need Wood BISTRO Sign by Jennifer Priest for Hydrangeahippo Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2014 COLLAGE 

I created this somewhat psychedelic sign with a Beatles quote for a colorful, vibrant friend of mine who has fallen on hard times the last few years. This sign has a positive message that will brighten anyone's day, from a college dorm room or an office to your home or for a friend in need of a happy reminder.

Love is all you need BISTRO Sign by Jennifer Priest for Hydrangeahippo Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2014

You don't have to use a Beatles quote on this fabulous Walnut Hollow Bistro Sign board – maybe make the sign say “Bistro” and hang spoons from the hole or have it say “Vino” and hang grapes from the ends… It's totally up to you. But the masking technique with stickers – well, you can do that on any sign! I just love the contrast between thematte black “background” and the colorful letters. It's a total trick on the eyes!

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The handmade heart ornament was created with ink and stencils for a custom pattern, just as I created the pattern on the wood sign itself. I stamped the letters onto the fabric once the heart was cut out and heat set the ink with an iron. The ColorBox Crafter's Ink that I used is permanent on fabric when heat set – I can't believe how vibrant it is and it actually stays vibrant for years. I made these tea towels last summer with the same ColorBox Crafter's Ink and they are still as vibrant today after 50 washings.

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Here's how I created this fun resist technique, inspirational sign board for a friend:

Who knew you could make your own patterned fabric with ink, right?! I hope this project has inspired you to think “handmade” for the holidays. Brighten the day of a friend you're close to with the gift of handmade.


 Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create another handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!


Ellison Educational Equipment 

Walnut Hollow 

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo


Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Rowland Technologies

Neat and Tangled

ICE Resin

Therm O Web

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Clearsnap – Vivian Keh

Ashley Rader – Giddy Upcycled

ICE Resin – Jen Cushman

Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps

Graphic 45 – Andrew Roberts

Rina Gonzales – Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Therm O Web – Amanda Niederhauser

Cori Warner – The Flying C

Yana Smakula – My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking

The Buckle Boutique – Shawn Mosch

Eileen Hull Designs – Eileen Hull

Angela Muir – Handmade in the Heartland

Krista Winters – eat, knit & d.i.y.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Erica Houghton

Katie Smith – Punk Projects

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Karen Aicken

Jeanie Hevener – Create & Babble

Ellison Educational Equipment – Hilary Kanwischer

Fancy Shanty – Stacy Molter

Liz Hicks – Blogerisms

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Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo's board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop – please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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13 thoughts on “Love Is All You Need Bistro Sign – Handmade Holidays Day 2

  1. Love it Jennifer! This if fabulous and a great idea I’m going to try! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted on November 8, 2014 at 10:43 am