December 20th, 2015 | Comments Off

Maybe it is because I love to cook, but I feel like gifts for the kitchen lover are some of the easiest to buy!

Chefs, bakers, foodies…you name it – if you love the kitchen, chances are you love gadgets and kitchen things. Dish towel, oven mitts, personalized aprons, dough cutters – these are items you just can’t have enough of! I have a set of dish towels for many holidays, from Christmas to St. Patty’s Day. And because each holiday season lasts a month or so (I pull out my Stars and Stripes towels in June for the 4th to start that festive, summer feeling!), I wouldn’t be bummed to have more when the others are in the wash!

 

You just can’t go wrong when it comes to kitchen gifts. Spatulas, whisks and spoons make for fun wrapping ideas, like the adorable oven mitt shown above. The gift can be personalized in so many ways – monogrammed for a new bride or groom who enjoys cooking, masculine for the dude who likes to grill, pink for a little girl who just got her first play kitchen set or you could even make kitchen utensils fan out to look like a turkey as a hostess gift on Thanksgiving!

Those who love the art of cooking love items that help them to create beautiful foods. While we may or may not spend money on fancy casserole dishes and dessert plates, we love to receive them as a gift! Personally, I would never shell out the cash to buy beautiful pie plates… but (hint, hint family and friends!) I would just die and go to heaven if I received this gorgeous ruffled ceramic pie dish below! And gifters, keep in mind that giving a great kitchen gift always calls for a great meal coming your way in the near future ;)

 

Keep in mind, even if your kitchen-loving friends and family SEEM to already have one of every kind of dish and gadget, there is always something available to keep them smiling in the kitchen. Check out the amazing artwork from TreehouseIllustrator on Etsy. This shop has turned a simple wooden spoon into a magical piece of kitchen equipment that deserves to be hung on the wall! Get designs of celebrities, as shown below, or other options like mustaches or Harry Potter characters. If you love the idea, but don’t see it at the shop – you can request a custom order be made just for you!

 

The artwork on these spoons is so incredible! Be sure to check out TreehouseIllustrator to purchase.

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December 19th, 2015 | Comments Off

I was just on the Pottery Barn Kids website (I just love all the adorable baby items they have!) and found the most adorable Baby Shower idea!

A new mom needs a wide range of items to make it through a day with her new child. There are so many necessities – from blankets and burp cloths to pajamas and bath toys. As a shower guest, you might have a registry to work with, but often times those are not personal and don’t cover items like shampoo, diaper cream and other forgotten items. So when I head to a shower with a gift basket, I often toss in a couple bottles of baby lotion or a package of diapers. But the problem is…so does everyone else!!

Instead of ending the shower with 27 bottles of No Tears shampoo that the mother-to-be will NEVER USE, why not make the shower have a little creativity?

 

When designing shower invitations, suggest the guests get creative and give them each a “Time” to work with. Bath Time, Nap Time, Story Time, etc. Not only will the guests have fun preparing their special gift, but the new mom will end up with way more usable items in the end! You can even have a door prize for the most creative, the most colorful, and so on!

If the new parents have specific hobbies, like scrap booking, tennis or hiking add those in as fun categories if you are expecting a lot of guests to show and run out of traditional ideas. The parents would love to have some tiny hiking boots or a supply of baby scrap booking stickers and paper! The shower will be a lot more personal this way!

For ideas on what to put in baskets, be sure to visit Pottery Barn Kids for a great list of suggested items!

I just love this idea!

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February 10th, 2014 | Comments Off

These days, I feel like many people have given up on sentimental, handmade gifts.

For many holidays, I receive gift cards. Not that I don’t appreciate being given gift cards to craft stores and fabric stores allowing me to buy what I need for the many projects I have going on, but it just seems so impersonal! What happened to the days when friends and family really took the time to find a gift they knew you would enjoy? The thought, the effort, the time taken to think about that person and what they would find to be a special gift…not just running to the corner store to grab a greeting card and a gift card right before meeting up to give the gift!

Whether you are a first time crafter, or one who has been around the block a few times, I truly believe a quilt is a beautiful gift to give! Choosing fabrics that correspond to the personality of the friend you are making it for, taking the time to think about that person as you cut and sew blocks together with love… it is a true gift that anyone, male or female, young or old, can enjoy for days and years to come. And each time they cover themselves up with the warm gift, they will think of you and all the efforts you made to create the special blanket for them!

Today, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite patterns to use in creating very simple quilts. These quilts are great ones for a beginner or intermediate sewer! With Valentines so close, these are a quick project to whip up for that special someone! When gifting, be sure to really think about the person – do they like bold colors? Floral patterns? Did you take a trip together that memories can be found in fabric patterns (i.e. A trip to Paris together would make for a great opportunity to use Eiffel Tower fabric, or iron on Photo Transfer fabrics!)? How about a collection of old tee shirts?

This quilt is created by using a simple technique of cutting multiple blocks into different sizes and switching out the fabrics to piece the squares back together. Does that even make sense? Visit the tutorial link for MUCH better directions than my description ;) . This would make for an adorable baby shower gift!

I absolutely love the look of vintage sheets in these quilts above. If mom or grandma has a great selection of old bedsheets, this would make a charming gift for her birthday or Mothers Day! If I could track down my brothers old Ninja Turtle and Spiderman sheets, it would make for a very different quilt… not so “charming”, but right up his alley for a fun, humorous, usable gift!

I am curious how many people out there still gift sentimental things? How many of you opt for the last minute gift card?

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