Shannon Berrey

Favorite gift tag printables

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I love free printables! Many gracious bloggers are offering up their talents in the form of gift tags, cards and advent labels. All of these are available for us to download and use for free! These are my favorites from across the web.   

oana beaufort


design sponge


poppytalk homemade


jones design company





style at home


kelli murray


nest of posies





Click on the link below the card you like to take you to the blog where you can download the design.To see last years gift tags, click here.




Santa pillow

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

When I was in junior high and high school, I always chose to make my friends their Christmas presents. This was well before the day of pinterest and the idea that 'DIY is cool.' I would paint personalized acrylic boxes, painted sweatshirts, handmade jewelry...every year there was a different idea. My friends were not DIY'ers and thinking back, I am not sure they were as excited with these gifts as I was in creating them. Fast forward to today, and handmade gifts are more popular than ever. If you are looking for a fun gift you can make and you have some basic sewing skills, then you will love this holiday pillow.


I used a white duck cotton, heathered gray felt, and a orangy-red chevron {left over from this project}



My finished pillow is 17". I cut out an 18" square of the white fabric for the front and an 18" piece of chevron for the back {1/2" seam allowance}   



I found this santa silhouette doing a google search. I made him out of the gray felt. To adhere the Santa onto the pillow, I ironed fusible heat & bond to the back of the felt.




  You can have your santa looking left or right. I printed it off and traced it onto the felt using chalk.



Cut it out {you cut through the felt and the fusible paper backed web}.



Pull off the paper backing of the fusible web. This leaves the glue on the back of your felt.



With the glue side down, center the santa on the front of the pillow fabric and iron using the directions on your specific heat and bond product. 



I like to use a flange detail to edge my pillows. You don't have to add anything, but it really adds a great touch. Using an orangy-red linen, I cut a 3 1/2" strip on the bias. I Ironed it half and pinned it to the edge of the front of the pillow and stitched in place {It ends up being 1 1/2" finished} Place your pillow back fabric on top of the front, right sides together, and stitch all the way around leaving a 3" opening on the bottom edge. Turn the pillow inside out through the opening.

Add your stuffing through the opening. I actually add an additional step here -- a covering for my pillow insert. This makes the pillow look less lumpy and more professional. Using any light colored fabric you have {mine is a thin cotton} cut 2 17" squares of fabric. Sew together and turn inside out.



Slide it into the pillow opening making sure the opening of the pillow insert is in the same place as the opening of the pillow. 



Add your stuffing and hand sew the opening of the insert and then the opening of the pillow.



A look at the back.



One present down!      



Teen gift ideas

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I hope your first few days of December have been great! We have been enjoying some beautiful non-holiday weather and even had the doors open while doing my last little bits of holiday zhushing. I caught up on some blog reading over the weekend and I had fun perusing lots of great gift idea posts. But, I only saw one that addressed teenagers. And, well, as hard as it is to sometimes admit -- they are people, too! And they definitely enjoy me. If you don't have one, they can be a bit of a tricky group to buy for. Since I am blessed with 2 of these lovelies, I thought I would help out with a few ideas for the teenage girls on your list.    


1. Go into the world print - a beautiful illustration that serves as a great reminder to your 'almost ready to go into the world' teen to make a difference. Pop it in a pretty frame.

2.Shower squid -- this useful gift is designed with 9 adjustable 'tentacles' that can bend to hold soap, bottles, razors, you name it..  

3. Chocomize custom candy bars - this cool company allows you to choose your teens favorite chocolate base and then add 5 extra ingredients {out of a menu of 100!} to create a customized candy bar.  

4.  I heart NC necklace -- this hand made leather necklace is a sweet remembrance of where their heart is {even if school has taken them hundreds of miles away ;)   

5. Crayola window crayons/markers-- I know these appear to be for little kids, but Maris actually has these and they get a lot of use! High school kids are always drawing on each others car windows but sometimes they don't use the right 'medium' {ever tried getting shoe polish off a car window?? not easy} These come in either markers or crayons. The crayons are a little more concentrated while the markers look a little more like watercolor. They write easily and come off with a damp cloth. {I even got to wake up a few weeks ago to wonderful birthday messages on my bathroom mirror thanks to these}  

6. Tortoise monogram necklace- this 1.5" acrylic monogram necklace comes in 15 different colors and either a script or block font. I think this would be a wear every day gift, for sure.

7. Monogram pillow-- custom made machine washable felt pillows in any color and a number of different styles.

8. Embroidered circles pouch--  this would be a great pouch to use as a make-up bag

9  Watercolor Map blanket -- these fleece blankets are custom made with your their own neighborhood {!} in a beautiful watercolor painting. You can highlight their house, high school or favorite hang-out spot. Wouldn't this be great to send to your college kid so they can wrap up in a little 'home sweet home'.   

{Of course, restaurant and movie coupons, gas cards, or a gift card for a mani/pedi always work}   

My gifts may be a bit more sentimental and personalized this year due to the fact that my baby is leaving for college next year. But I do think that any teen girl would love to unwrap any/all of these!  

And speaking of teenagers...I was forwarded the cutest video that a friend received for her little girl. It is a custom video message from Santa {aka Portable North Pole}. I loved it so much that I made one for my kiddos. Obviously, this is meant for young kids, but aren't we all kids at Christmas? I knew my kids would get a good giggle out of it {not to mention be impressed that mom was able to create something so cool. I swear, I think that they are still amazed that I am able to even sign into my blog each day...} You answer quite a few questions about your child and then you get to upload pictures -- all of which are used within the video {our chihuahua's even make a cameo!} If you want to make your own, this is the $3.99 version, but they also have one that's free and one that's more upgraded. 

Check out Jack's video:


cute, right???



Sweet hostess gifts: Oh Little Rabbit

Friday, November 30, 2012

 With the holiday party invites starting to roll in, it has me thinking of hostess gift ideas. I found some of the sweetest handmade tea towels and napkins over at Oh Little Rabbit. I love the sweet look of hand printed textiles and I also love giving something that is hand made. These organic cotton flour sack towels are screen printed with original hand drawn images using quality fabric inks that stand up to the everyday wear and tear of your kitchen.   






If you want to really impress your hostess, check out these creative ways to present your tea towel.


 Simply My Kitchen gives a step-by step on how to use a tea towel to wrap a loaf of bread.

Martha shows how to wrap up a jam bread package.


Or use a tea towel to wrap around a bottle of wine with a pretty ribbon.

If your hostess is a foodie, how about wrapping it around a favorite cookbook.



Or, if she has a green thumb, wrap the tea towel around a plant container with some twine. 



To see all of the textiles from Oh Little Rabbit, visit their store here. 


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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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