Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Michigan Christmas

Santa in the window

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monkey in the tree

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Christmas tree decorations

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squirrels

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caravan

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Dalilah

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tree house

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sheep

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red berries

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camp fire

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xmas tree

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greenhouse

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egg

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cookie making

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carolers

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train bridge miscalculation

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shrimp

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Vernors

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dinner

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christmas presents

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covered bridge

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yule log

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WWWWD?

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I often ask myself, what would Wonder Woman do?  And it’s comforting to know that even she might be a little uncertain at times.  It makes me feel a little better, when I  sink in my indecisiveness, to think that perhaps she would too but for her outfit (that outfit!) and fancy projectile crown and her more-than- industrial-strength wristbands.  What would Wonder Woman do?  She’d save the planet.  That’s what she’d do.  But it might take her a minute or two.

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A Handmade Holiday, Chapter 2

Yes, everyone on my list already has a crown.  Some people even have two!  Do you hear the panic in my voice?  So this year, I have been very busy trying to find new things to make everyone on my list.  After yesterday’s post, I kept remembering ideas I had found on Etsy.  I should have included this, I should have included that….  For those of you who don’t know Etsy, take a look now.  www.etsy.com  (Self promotion alert: while you’re there check out MY shop on etsy  www.scarlettdalila.etsy.com)  I’ve decided to share a few more projects today.  These patterns and DIY kits can all be found on the global marketplace known as Etsy.  Same spoiler alert applies today, people:  Do not continue reading if you are expecting a gift from me this holiday season.

Who doesn’t need more mittens?  Upcycled Felted Wool Fleece Lined Mitten Pattern from RebeccaMaeDesigns

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Paint the family in a new way.  DIY Blank Russian Nesting Matryoshka Dolls from ShopSwellGoods

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Very sweet.  Hand Carved Birds for a Mobile by SuppliesbyWKStudios

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Duct tape, the new black.   Duct Tape Rose Rings Tutorial by QuietMischief

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Talk about chic.  A huge step up from the ones I made as a kid.  You should probably just put a kit together for the recipient unmade and let her have all the fun.  Frees you up to complete the other million handmade gifts on your list.  Total score.  Creative and a timesaver for you.   Clothes Pin Art Doll Tutorial by DollProject

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I heart Pee-wee Herman. ( Don’t panic my future gift recipients…. although to be fair you are not even supposed to be reading this.  I got this one for me (I’ve never been one to shy away from self-gifting!) to hang in the spot above the mantel where my now ex-husband’s picture used to be.)  PopParty also has the Golden Girls in paint by number among other pop culture icons.  I love them.    PeeWee Herman Paint By Number Kit by PopParty

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I could go on and on and on but I’ve got to get busy.  Lots of projects to complete.  Happy holidays and celebrate the day.

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A Handmade Holiday

When I was little, just like so many of you, we drew names before Christmas with my mom’s side of the family.  There was one catch.  The gifts had to be handmade.  Now I come from a long line of crafty people so it was pretty easy for them to pull this off.   However, I believe you too can do it, even if you consider yourself, and/or the members of your family, “untalented” shall we say, in the arts and crafts department.  The last thing I am suggesting is that you screw yourself out of a good gift and instead set yourself up to receive a glob of glue and yarn disguised as a present.  The internet has a plethora of ideas and tutorials you can share with your loved ones if you decide to get on this train.  It’s not too late to get these done before the holidays.  Below are some of my favorite DIY projects that I would LOVE to receive as gifts.  Hint…..  Hint…. Perhaps you might too.  Spoiler alert:  Do not continue reading if I might have pulled your name out of a jar.

Spice up your fridge.  Japanese Masking Tape Magnets by Twirling Betty

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Send some old shirts on a new mission!   The Easiest DIY T-shirt Infinity Scarf by Madigan Made

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Now for this one, you’ll want a sewing machine.   Pillows Made From Tea Towels by The Pleated Poppy

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Let your imagine run wild!  Giant Pom Pom by Handmade Charlotte

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To add a bit of green to the white winter landscape, this is one of my favorites.  DIY Terrarium Kit from BuyDisOrDat on Etsy.

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There are so many things you can do to spice up the holidays and make it more special by giving a handmade gift.  My friend, Nicole makes the most delicious sweet bread that she gives to all of her friends.  She only makes it this time of year so it is an extra special treat.  Think about finding a recipe that you too could make as a yearly tradition and give as a gift.  The possibilities are endless.  Now go get busy.  There’s still time.  Happy holidays and celebrate the day!

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