Furoshiki – wrapping gifts with fabric

Furoshiki – wrapping gifts with fabric

Study this image of how to wrap gifts in fabric, Japanese-style. You can download the original image in a pdf file so you can make it a lot bigger. This is such a lovely way to present gifts, and it’s economical and environmentally friendly. The art is called...
Yule clogs

Yule clogs

Before I started researching this post, I didn’t realize that the traditional Yule log that one puts in a fireplace is also known as a Yule CLOG. But today I want to talk about the clogs that are Dutch wooden shoes. On the evening of December 5th, the Dutch celebrate...
Walnut shell doll beds

Walnut shell doll beds

Make tiny walnut shell doll beds and little bead dolls to put in them. You need walnut shells, scraps of felt or fabric, little wooden beads or something to represent the baby’s head, and hot glue. Instructions from Pepper and Pine are in this 6-minute video....
Homemade sugar scrubs

Homemade sugar scrubs

Make your own sugar scrubs for bathing. This is so easy to make that I now keep a jar of sugar scrub in my shower all year ’round. In the winter, this helps with my dry, itchy skin. In the summer, it helps with exfoliation of exposed skin. These jars can also be...
DIY scented foaming hand soap

DIY scented foaming hand soap

Make your own scented hand soap. This time of year you will see all the wonderful fragranced hand soaps for the holidays. I do indulge in those from time to time, but mostly my family just takes old foaming hand soap bottles and refills them. We have been doing this...
Scarves and hats for deployed troops

Scarves and hats for deployed troops

Operation Gratitude is a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to U.S. troops that have been deployed. They are currently putting together 25,000 holiday packages and they would like to include a handmade hat or scarf in every single package. They would love...