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Crafts make the best gifts

my mom loves my crafts. or she just loves me too much to tell me otherwise. so she keeps getting them. this year I made her a set of  signature three strands stationery and monogrammed handkerchiefs (she actually requested plain white handkerchiefs, I thought only grandpas still used these) to liven up what could have been a boring gift. now if you find yourself looking for plain handkerchiefs, do not go to joanns. though they are usually the golden land of all things craft, they have every possible material to embroider EXCEPT hankerchiefs. seriously, they have sachets, baby bibs, aprons, and tons of other items that I can’t understand why anyone would be interested in owning, much less embellishing, but if you need handerchiefs just go straight to amazon. here are the results, there was also one with a misshapen heart but was too ugly to make the cut. merry Christmas mom!

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Cookie craft: 3 year old style

a few days ago i made Christmas cookies with my three-year old nephew. he loves cookies. and sprinkles. lots of them. here’s hoping the rest if the family shares our love of sugar!

Wrapping it all up

when you have no idea what to get someone (especially your in-laws who have everything they could want or need), the secret is in a good wrap job. some shiny paper can make even the most boring gift exciting, for a few moments anyway. i’ve found that just a hint of papersource papers can do the trick.

another stolen craft

this week on crafternoons (or at least again on this post), i’ll be supporting the crafts of others (aka stealing content because i haven’t had time to breathe let alone craft). this craft is long awaited, as my dad gifted me for my birthday last January the promise of building a tv stand for our living room to match the other beautiful pieces he has designed. now when he promised me this i was thinking, oh maybe will get it in february, well maybe march, then i kindof forgot about it and got used to seeing our tv on a random green table.

UNTIL i got the call that the tv stand was ready for delivery! last week my dad drove it up from evansville, and i can definitely say it was worth the wait! it is so special to have something that was made by someone you love, out of love for you. which is the real purpose (in my view) of crafts in general.

so thanks to my dad for this beautiful gift! watching bravo has never been so good.

craft thief

so although i haven’t personally been doing much crafting lately, my friend beth sure has. and the word crafting really doesn’t do it justice, she’s just designed, sewn, and creatively staged a photo shoot for an entire collection. it’s like project runway only way better because beth is cool but not bitchy like irena (spoiler alert).  i am so proud of her work, lauren and kyle’s (my other amazingly talented friends) photography skills, and the three strands skills at putting it all together in a beautiful, consistent package. see attached!

and not only am i proud of these friends, but also my beautiful and so kind friends from work who volunteered to model beth’s clothes on this chilly november day! i am so blessed to have such amazing friends willing to lend a hand (or skinny body).

Pool

Margarita + watching cruise ship= heaven