Pencil bouquet

Pencil bouquet

Last week I mentioned this quote from the movie You’ve Got Mail: “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” Using this...
Sewing kit

Sewing kit

Once I was the recipient of the gift of a homemade sewing kit. The giver had gathered all the things a prepared seamstress might need for quick repairs – needles, spools of thread in a few different colors, a small pair of sharp scissors, a seam ripper, spare buttons,...
Fly a kite

Fly a kite

Let’s go fly a kite! If you are feeling crafty, you can make your own kite.  A diamond-shaped kite is easy to make with 2 dowels and some heavy tissue paper. I made them myself all the time when I was a kid. You know, because eventually I let go of them and lost...
DIY I Spy Christmas ornaments

DIY I Spy Christmas ornaments

I hope that by now your local craft stores have gotten their Christmas in July stock, although Amazon always has Christmas stock year-round. We are making I-Spy Christmas ornaments using this tutorial from u-createcrafts.com. If you are not familiar with the “I...
DIY candle gifts

DIY candle gifts

Start making your own candles to give as Christmas gifts. It is very easy to do with microwaveable soy wax pellets (affiliate link). You can add color with crayons, and fragrance with essential oils. Or add color and fragrance all at once by putting some scented wax...