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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.
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
Paint the family in a new way. DIY Blank Russian Nesting Matryoshka Dolls from ShopSwellGoods
Duct tape, the new black. Duct Tape Rose Rings Tutorial by QuietMischief
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
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
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.
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
Send some old shirts on a new mission! The Easiest DIY T-shirt Infinity Scarf by Madigan Made
Now for this one, you’ll want a sewing machine. Pillows Made From Tea Towels by The Pleated Poppy
Let your imagine run wild! Giant Pom Pom by Handmade Charlotte
To add a bit of green to the white winter landscape, this is one of my favorites. DIY Terrarium Kit from BuyDisOrDat on Etsy.
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!
Hey, your name is Shoanna. Who is Scarlett Dalila and why does she feel better?
Yes, my name is Shoanna Catherina. Scarlett Dalila was the name of my Cabbage Patch Kid. I absolutely loved the name and always wanted to have a real Scarlett Dalila. Instead, I have a Jackson Edward and a Vivian Louise. That’s just who they were. So when looking for a name for my shop, I remembered a name that I loved but hadn’t used yet. Scarlett Dalila Felt Better was born……again. She feels better because everyone feels better when wearing a crown! Don’t you? Plus it was a play on the word felt, since the crowns and bags are made of felt. But you probably already figured that part out. I still have the original Scarlett Dalila. She is as cute as ever. (Thanks mom for saving all the good stuff!)
Why the skull and crossbones? And are those flowers growing around the bones?
I have always been fascinated with skull and crossbones. Perhaps I was also a pirate in a previous life. Sometimes knitting and felt can be thought of as grandma-y-ish. I wanted to make my stuff a little edgy. Cool. Something a little hipster would want to wear. So to balance out the grandma-y, I added the skull and crossbones. And yes those are flowers growing around the bones. Because the skull and crossbones may be thought of as a little dark by some, I wanted to lighten it up a bit. Add a soft side to the dark edginess. I want to be sweet and spicy all at the same time. It also shows that out of darkness there can be light. Flowers need light. So turn on the light.
You explained Scarlett Dalila, but what about Shoanna? What kind of name is that?
An interesting question. Coming from parents named Jack and Anita, you might think I would be a Caroline or a Kate. My grammas’ names were Marjorie and Louise. Their mom’s were Rosa and Lucille. I could go on and on and on and on down the line and not find another Shoanna. They say they found my name in a newspaper. Dr. Christiaan Barnard, who performed the first successful human-to-human heart transplant, was having an affair with a beautiful English woman named Shoanna. Back in the 70’s that made big news I guess, hence the newspaper account. (An aside….Seriously people, you need to stop having affairs.) I digress, but worth mentioning. They say they just loved the name. Didn’t rip out the newspaper clipping. Interesting. Therefore, couldn’t add it to my baby book. Too bad. Although it is documented that he had several affairs in his lifetime, I haven’t been able to confirm the one with a lovely Shoanna. My sister’s name is Jane. Just kidding. It’s Tennell. So it all fits nicely together.
It wasn’t until facebook that I had proof that Shoanna is a real name. As of today, there are over 75 people registered with their first name as Shoanna! I actually stopped counting at 76! And to think, I thought I was the only one all these many years. And get this, there is a barista at the local Starbucks who swears her best friend is named Shoanna! Shoanna! I nearly fell over when she told me. Literally. So close, but yet so far away. I want to meet her. I want to start a facebook group of people named Shoanna. So, if your name is Shoanna, please drop me a line. We have so much about which to talk, my kindred soul.
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And Scarlett Dalila is all bundled up! Bring it on. Oh, I crack myself up.