Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dare To DIY- Crafty Gifts

Sorry to be MIA- I've been busy enjoying holiday festivities. We've already enjoyed 6 activities- all since Thanksgiving!

That lovely busyness is part of the reason I did not participate in Kim's first two "Dare To DIY" events.

Dare to DIY  
I've participated in the "party" since Kim started this tradition a few years ago.  

This week is all about hand crafted gifts.  I love making homemade gifts for others.  Each year I make 3-10 gifts for the holiday season.  Some years a I do lots of the same things, other years I do  a few different items.  I also love doing food gifts.  This year I still have some holiday craft gifts in the works...these gifts have all been given and opened so I don't feel bad sharing.  
(Also all these gifts have been inspired by Pintrest....of course)

Owl Heat Pads 
 These little cuties were created using this free pattern ("thank you" to the creator!).  These guys are great- cute, fast and easy to make, all using scrap materials from my stash.  They are filled with rice, vanilla essential oil, rosemary and lavender herbs (from my friend's garden- she made the purple striped dude).  The backs are soft flannel and corduroy.  Nice, soft, warm, good-smelling and cuddly....the guy second from the left is mine- so I'm speaking from experience.    

Crinkle Toy
I've made tag toys before but never a crinkle one.  I have to say it was not easy and a bit frustrating.  The end result was less crinkly than I wanted but the mom-to-be was still please- I guess that's what matters.  And I have lots of other cute little friends to give me reasons for practice. 

Door Silencer
Another simple baby item I've never made before. And I might add, a genius one at that! I never would have thought of this if I hadn't seen this pin. I was a bit skeptical, but it worked on my craft room door. The silencer was very fast and easy to make.  I had all three "ingredients" in my stash.  

My sewing table and chair are currently covered with 20 different fabrics for the 4 other projects I'm in the middle of.  What are you making this season?

**need some ideas?  Go see what others made! 


Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

These are fabulous! Wow! I esp. love the heat pads. Those are adorable. Thank you so much for linking up this week. Love all these Projects!

Kelly @ Corner of Main said...

Cute! I have a thing for owls ;) Visiting from Newly Woodwards...

Leah said...

these are all totally brilliant! love love love. nice work!

visiting from newlywoodwards,


Emily said...

So adorable- all three. I love them- the door silencer is genius. And the owls are super cute!! I wish I could sew half as good as this- nice work!!

elf said...

Such cute things Leigh :) The giraffe is super cute and I love the colors! The owl is genius and I love how you made him too. What great projects Baby is going to love as much as Mommy :) You're so thoughtful.

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

These are all such great gift ideas! You are very talented, I wish I had your sewing skills!

Debbie @ My Little Mess said...

What great ideas! The giraffe and owls are so cute and the door sliencer is genius! I wish I knew someone with a younger child so I could make some!

visiting from Newly Woodwards

Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic said...

The door silencer is so cute!

I love the owls too!!

Anonymous said...

Love the owl heating pads!!! ck

Lindsay said...

Hey there! Not sure if you've received it before but I've picked you for the Versatile Blogger Award! The "winners" will be announced tomorrow on my blog :)

Anonymous said... owl seriously looks so mean. He completely wants to peck my eyes out. Oh well...

I did the magnolia garland (I'm sure you've seen it over my door), the epsom salt candles, chalkboard food labels & the red glitter balls. For not having my favorite project friend, I've been busy!


Anonymous said...

Love these gifts!!! :)

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