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I adore making gifts for my loved ones. I actually started making gifts in May because I was so excited. I actually just finished weaving in the ends of my last knit gift and just need to put together a few smaller gifts myself. Even if you’re not like me, and haven’t even thought about what you will be giving this year, you still have plenty of time to make your own gifts. Check out some of my favorite ideas.

Monogram Handwarmers from Upcycled Sweaters

Upcycled Monogram Hand Warmers

One of my favorite things about giving homemade gifts is the opportunity to really tailor the gift to the recipient. Things like monograms or even just the use of a person’s favorite color are so special.

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Free Stuff Friday!!

Happy Friday! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with plenty of yummy food to eat. Let’s celebrate Black Friday by kicking off the gift giving season with a gift for one of you!


This week’s winner will receive a tape runner, an Aleene’s Tacky Glue Pen, a Mini Hot Glue Gun, a hole punch, a car seat organizer, and a USB powered light!

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: What’s your favorite way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers?

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Holiday Cards Mixed Media Style

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Holiday Cards Mixed Media Style

Mixed Media is a hot style right now.  As card makers many believe that this style and the techniques used with it would not go with the cards they make or they would never be able to do it.  Yes, you can and it’s easy!  This card for the holidays is the perfect example of how you can combine mixed media with card making to get an awesome result.

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Crepe Paper Poinsettias

By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa

Crepe Paper Poinsettia Gift Toppers

I have always been envious of those who can wrap and decorate their Christmas gifts like an expert. To me, the most exciting part of the holiday season is picking out, buying, and wrapping Christmas gifts, even though I’m sort of terrible at it. I get all excited at the concept of giving someone a beautifully wrapped present with something that they will love inside, but then I go for it and when I’m done, I’m pretty disappointed by the lack of holiday magic I feel when looking at them. It probably doesn’t help that I’m too cheap to buy nice wrapping paper.

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Kids’ Crafts: Holiday Baking

November in Portland is very rainy and chilly, not to mention cold season. As we’re spending more time indoors and preparing for the holidays with fall crafts and indoor activities I thought this would be the perfect time to gather some recipes for holiday baking with the kids. Here are recipes that the family can make together right in time for Thanksgiving and holiday bake sales and parties.

Making no bake mum cookies is more like assembling small edible works of art than cooking, which I have to admit is more our strong suit in my family!

DIY No-Bake Mum CookiesHandmade Charlotte

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Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

We hope everyone had a lovely weekend, and I think we’re all looking forward to the upcoming holidays. Let’s bring the gifts a little early this year for one lucky winner.

Congratulations to Barb Macaskill!


This week’s winner will receive a Sizzix prize pack that includes a Sizzix Texturizz Starter Kit, A Textured Impressions Set, A Sizzlits Die, and an Embosslits Die!

The winning answer to “What is one thing that you are thankful for?” is…

“I am thankful for my husband who has literally breathed life back into me when he came home from work on July 23, 2009 to find me blue, no heart beat and no breathing. He called 911 and brought me back to life before they got here. They lost me a few times on the way to the hospital but if hubby hadn’t kept me alive I wouldn’t be here today to enjoy my 3 beautiful grandchildren whom I am also thankful for!”


Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

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