I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a break (and a long nap). Since that won't happen at least until December 26 around here, I'm closing my Etsy shop tonight, not taking anymore orders, and saying good-bye to this blog until 2016. Otherwise, I'll end up in worse shape then my favorite gingerbread ornament.
You can still shop many of my bags in person at RaNEW Salon and Spa this weekend, Dec17-19.
Thank you all for reading and for continuing to support my shop. Look for big changes and new directions when you hear from me again in a few weeks!
Christmas is coming fast, just over two weeks away. Today I'm sharing some items I've bought/bartered for over the past year from artisans that might make a great gift for someone on your list.
Bamboo iPad case from Primovisto. This photo does not do it justice...check out their shop for some beautiful accessories, all made from sustainable bamboo.
While not something you can get in an online shop this year, this mini mug is one of my absolute favorite ornaments from my dear friend Heather of Ledgerock Pottery. Isn't it the cutest?
Since we recently installed a new front door, the entry needed a little sprucing up. This slate street number sign by The Slate Masons was just the right touch.
This key and mail holder is handmade by Rustic Creation. So versatile. The address book also came via Etsy from Beth Bee Books.
Pottery from Rising Sun Earthworks. The chili crock I've had for several years (and still looks brand new!), but the batter bowl is new. It is the handiest size--every kitchen should have one.
Doormat from CapePorpoise Trading. It is made from recycled lobster pot lines in Maine and comes in several colors and at least two sizes.
Cork wallet from Corkor. This wallet is fantastic! Cork is a sustainable material, waterproof and naturally antimicrobial.
Whatever is on your gift list this year, I hope that some of the gifts come from small artisans. Supporting the handmade movement with your dollars does more than give you a beautiful, quality gift. It helps real people just like me pay for my kids' karate lessons. Thank you for your support!
If you're following along with the SewMamaSew Handmade Holiday series, you'll see that it finished up yesterday. I think the Foxy roundup on Sunday Nov 29 was my favorite. There are lots of great ideas for everyone on your list. Don't forget to check the archives for the past 8 years.
I thought I would add a free tutorial roundup of my own, in case those ideas weren't enough to keep you busy for the next 4 weeks. These are some of my all-time favorite gifts that I've given in past years.
The Gathered Clutch Tutorial from Anna at Noodle-Head.
Gingerbread Ornament by Elsie at Elsie Marley
Simple Felt Garland by Jess at Craftiness is not Optional
Stuffed Crab Toy by Abby at While She Naps
Kid Pants by Dana at MADE
Camera Strap Cover by Lindsay of the Cottage Mama
Superhero Cape by Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy
Quilted Coasters by Shannon of Very Shannon
Happy Holiday Stitching!!
Knitters are the best! I knit badly, but I love to sew lovely bags to keep their projects, needles and hooks in order. I also teach sewing, and you can find many sewing resources here. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.