a winter sale……

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

a winter sale......

 

The shop is stocked for the holidays! Lots of new things in there…….. take a peek!

If you are swooning over the nature notecards….. save and buy a set! There are less fees that way and I pass the savings along to my customers. The cards are perfect for teacher’s gifts! I sold several at the fair last weekend for folks putting together gifts for teachers. (don’t forget music teachers too!)

I’m offering a one week sale this year! Use the code wintersale to save 10% off your order and receive a surprise gift too. (good through next Saturday – 12/6)

Thank you to all of you support small and handmade businesses during the holidays.

xo~

s

 

handmade holiday gifting {1}

Pssst…..

I don't want to alarm any of you. But do you know what today is?

Six weeks until Christmas.

Well, six weeks and three days to be exact. I usually notice it's almost Christmas sometime around December 10th. And then I'm trying to pull together a whole lot of handmade gifts and I'm running crazy getting things ready. It's insane. This year I'm trying to be more mindful. And while I know you super organized ones are weeks ahead of me on this handmade gift thing, a girl has to start somewhere. 

So……

For the next six Mondays I'll be sharing a post on diy handmade gifts. Mostly super simple. Minus a patchwork project that may find it's way in here.

Happy crafting friends!

 

handmade holiday gifting {1}

handmade holiday gifting {1}

handmade holiday gifting {1}

handmade holiday gifting {1}

handmade holiday gifting {1}

 

Lavender, Chamomile & Oat Bath Sachets

These simple sachets are quick & easy to sew up. They make a lovely addition to a gift basket or thoughtful hostess gift for winter parties. Oats & chamomile are soothing to dry or irritated skin, and dried flowers offer a subtle scent when steeped in a hot bath.

Materials::

1/4 yard cotton muslin or lightweight linen

1 cups oats

1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers

1/4 cup dried lavender flowers

 

thread for stitching

 

Directions :: Cut the fabric into 4 inch squares, one quarter yard should yield roughly 20 4 inch squares. Starting at the top right corner, stitch all the way around a square, sewing each of the four corners, but leaving the top open for stuffing. Repeat with each set of squares.

Mix together the oats and chamomile flowers in a bowl. Spoon 2 Tablespoons of the oat & flower mixture into each square.

Stitch the top closed, being sure to backstitch over the seam on both corners. Trim long threads. For the look above, trim the sachet edge with pinking shears for a nice finished look.

Muslin or another more open weave fabric, even cheese cloth, is best for these sachets as you want the healing oats to steep and let their goodness into the warm water. Get creative! Try other dried flowers like lavender and rose, or add a few drops of essential oil to each sachet. Use one to two bags in a tub of warm water for a soothing bath. Gently scrub your skin before getting out for an herbal exfoliation.

I like to make a half dozen and present them in a mason jar tied with pretty ribbon as a gift.

Makes 10 sachets.

Enjoy!

 

xo,

s

p.s. we'll be making all the things you see in that last photo over the next few weeks!

 

week 2 * week 3 *

 

spook-tacular!

hello, hello!

I made the two day trek back home to all my lovelies just in time for Halloween. My first day home was filled with last minute costume prep, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and hanging out with family visiting us from New York. phew!

I have some bits of my adventure to share with you. But first, a few photos from our Halloween and the costumes that I poured a whole lot of love into this year….

 

spook-tacular!

 

spook-tacular!

 

spook-tacular!

 

spook-tacular!

 

spook-tacular!

 

We had an Archer & Pirate this year. Along with a beautiful elusive Gypsy who handed out candy. Our pirate was especially funny as he fully embraced his role. There was a lot of "Argh Matey" sort of talk going on. It was a silly day, for sure.

For those of you who are interested in costume details, both are from Burda. The archer costume was very easy to whip up, but the pirate costume was the most difficult I've ever sewn! The jacket is fully lined and there were some funny parts in the instructions that I just didn't understand. In the end I tossed them & put things together my own way. I am happy with the results and I imagine my stylish little guy will be getting a lot of wear out of that jacket too. 

We also had a visit from the Sugar Sprite last night who took a generous portion of the Halloween booty. But of course, she left some for the kids too.

I hope you all had a spook-tacular Halloween as well…. if you have a post or picture to share I would love to see!

 

a kid designed fort with salvaged wood + weekend links

Joe helped the younger two kiddos build a fort out of our old picnic table. The legs had rotted, but the rest of it was good so a salvage project was certainly in order. The kids designed it and he helped them make some tweaks based on materials we had on hand. I love that he stands back and lets them trouble shoot ideas for walls and roof and stair materials. And of course, you know Luke loves using tools! Aside from snapping photos, my only contribution was the fabric for the walls……

 

a kid designed fort with salvaged wood + weekend links

 

a kid designed fort with salvaged wood + weekend links

 

a kid designed fort with salvaged wood + weekend links

 

a kid designed fort with salvaged wood + weekend links

 

Since the photos, they have also built a swing. They've been playing on and in it for hours a day, Luke especially likes to perch hisself on the very top to do his work. They are currently tying to convince us it need wheels!! Remember their car? I can just imagine the whole thing flying down the street if we give in to that request… I don't how I feel about that!

One thing for sure though, I love watching their kid built creations take shape.

 

And now… a few links for your weekend…..


I love this reclaimed coat rack by MissMacie. Just think of all the cool reclaimed stuff you can make. My mind is churning with ideas! Other bits making me smile on etsy are these lovely prints and these beautiful little wooden birds.

Annie launched a fresh new website for Alphabet Glue and Volume Nine is out!

Speaking of Glue. After the last issue, my kids have become mildly seriously obsessed with making comic books. These are our favorite blanks to fill in with lovely creations.

My blogging neighbor Amanda has a lovely little pop-up shop going on full of knitted goodness.

Jade just purchased this album on vinyl with her birthday money. It's just as good as their first one!

This is the cutest thing I saw this week. {well, aside from my own kiddos, of course} But really. You should watch it. I love Sesame Street.

And as always…. a year ago this week.

 

Have a lovely weekend friends!

xo,

stephinie