12 Favorite Hostess Gifts under $25

December 8th, 2010

I love being invited to parties, especially this time of year, don’t you?   Laura from Texas recently wrote to me asking about inexpensive but elegant hostess gifts.  Nothing beats a homemade gift, but time and money are precious and short this season.  If you’re looking for something unique and special and don’t want to spend a lot of moola, here are twelve charming ideas that make great hostess gifts!  All under $25!  

Extra Ingredients Measuring Spoons ($18) and the Castle Key Bottle Opener ($12), both from Anthropologie.

 

anthro gifts

 

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Winter Berries on Canvas

December 8th, 2010

I took a painting class years ago and it taught me one truth: I have very limited skills when it comes to recreating an image with paint on a canvas.   Grrrr, how I struggled with my first (and only) still life.  (Never never never again will I torture myself with a still life!!!)  Ugh.  One thing the art class did do for this left brain lawyer was kick the right side of my brain in gear and it forced me to get creative on canvas!   As a result, now and then I find it therapeutic to create little pieces of art for my home.  

Last year, I made this little winter berries canvas, and never posted any sort of ‘how to’, mostly because I didn’t think it was so great.  After bringing it out again this year, I realized I really do love it!  I was a fun and simple painting, and the little berries popping off the canvas are a fun backdrop to a holiday vignette. 

 cg berries on canvas

 

After some gentle prodding by several readers (and actually finding those darn pictures from last year) I’m offering up the quick play by play.   As with any non paint-by-numbers art project, you need to go with how you feel, what looks right to you because the beauty of art is its subjective nature.  That said, this is the technique that worked for me! 

 

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Christmas Craft Link Party!

December 6th, 2010

Season’s Greetings, Ho Ho Ho, Happy Festivus, Happy Hanukkah and Merry Merry Merry Christmas friends !  ‘Tis the season for sparkle and shine, homemade treats, crafting, baking, decorating, and holiday cheer!  We’ve been busy around here with all of those delights, and I have just a few to share today.

The first is this little ‘Love Stitched’ ornament I made for my stepdaughter who is off at her first semester of college this year.  Living in a dorm, she needs something to keep it smelling fresh, so I stitched a sweet sentiment with red embroidery thread on linen, cut out a heart shape, filled it with a lavender and rice mixture, and sewed it all together.  I slipped it in her stocking, and I can’t wait till she finds it!

 love stitched ornament

 

Next, my littlest ones helped paint and glitter up some very merry MDF letters found at a craft store.

paint glitter staple

I stapled ribbon to the back and suspended them in our dining room area, how fun!  You can’t quite tell in the photo, but the white glitter adds more sparkle in the light.

 

merry hanging ribbons

  

 

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