Today’s handmade holiday idea is all about creating a simple hostess gift. I purchased a few different sizes of  wooden spoons, and taped off stripes at various intervals with painter’s tape, and then painted in the lines with black paint. After the paint thoroughly dried, I peeled back the tape to reveal the pretty stripes. Make sure you add a matte coat of clear finish over the top so that they’re safe to hand-wash.  And of course, presentation is everything — I wrapped the set up in a  shiny silk ribbon to make them gift-giving-ready!

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Ready for another simple handmade holiday gift? This is another under-5-minutes DIY — glittery rhinestone filled ornaments. To make these, I purchased clear ornaments from my local craft store, and filled them up with rhinestones in various colors, shapes and sizes. Then I added a bright pink silk ribbon to the top for hanging. While I sort of want to keep these shiny little decorations for myself, I think they’d make a great gift for your girlfriends, customized in colors to match their style. Or tie a few onto a wrapped present as a special decoration that the recipient can add to their tree!

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I am slowly recovering from my long weekend of feasting and am ready to kick-off some holiday-talk this week! Last year I had so much fun sharing DIY gift ideas, so I thought I would share a few new ideas this season too. This mulling spice kit is a super simple idea that would be great for hostess or teachers gifts — and it’ll take you only about 5-minutes to put together.  I purchased some stacking organizers from the Container Store and in each layer added in a different spice — cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, anise, allspice, are all common mulling spices you could use here — pick the ones you like best! After all of the containers were filled, I stacked them back up and tied some whole cinnamon sticks to the container with a festive red ribbon. Consider pairing these with a bottle of red wine, some spice-bags, and a little handwritten note with your favorite mulled-wine recipe!

Mulling Spice Kit 1 Mulling Spice Kit 2 Mulling Spice Kit 3 Mulling Spice Kit 4

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When I’m hunting for the perfect table linens for holiday table idea, I often use a fun little DIY trick to get exactly the look what I’m going for – fabric-by-the-yard and a handmade touch! I pulled lots of the Waverly Inspirations line of fabrics in various orange and black patterns to create a festive, layered, and unique tablescape for Halloween! I draped orange striped fabric for a bold backdrop, used striped and gingham patterns for a tablecloth and runner, and cut no-sew table napkins out of pumpkin orange fabric and used some of the gingham scraps to make rustic napkins for a festive and spooky table setting! read more

With Halloween parties, and Thanksgiving feasts, and Christmas dinners all on the horizon, we are entering one of my favorite seasons – tablescape season! I love to build a beautifully textured and layered design when setting my table for the holidays, and one of my favorite tricks for making a unique tablescape is to use fabric-by-the-yard for a handmade touch. I got a chance to play with some of the new Waverly Inspirations line of fabrics at Walmart, and I was like a kid in a candy shop playing with all the of colors and patterns in the collection! I picked out a few of my favorite Waverly Inspirations fabrics to set a fall-inspired table and share a few of my tricks for using fabric by the yard to create a handmade table design. read more

Chilly New England weather has given us a few sneak peeks of the season ahead, and this year more than ever I find myself prepping my house (and mental state!) for the long winter ahead. I’ve started to set aside some craft supplies for indoor toddler entertainment, my to-be-read book stack is looking healthy for cozy nights by the fire, and I’ve been stocking my pantry and linen closet a bit more purposefully with essentials. And those essentials are looking a little bit more stylish this year thanks to the Scotties Triple Soft tissues designed by Genevieve Gorder! read more