Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas - Crafty Friends

Hello! It's almost Thanksgiving - do you have your holiday shopping done yet? OR, are you like me and have a list but no actual gifts yet? (please tell me I am not the only one?!?)

I put together a few lists of great gift ideas to help you out this year! A mix of things I have pinned to give to some of my loved ones. A mix of things from: Amazon, my little handmade shop and local Louisville handmade friends. I am a big believer in handmade gifts and supporting local businesses, and I hope you are too. Plus consider supporting some of my friends this year!


Today's list includes a variety of ways to encourage your crafty friends! Whether you know someone who likes to dabble in a few mediums, makes handmade gifts for every holiday or has told you they want to learn something new in 2017- I have a few fun ideas! 

1. The Crafter's Box // Monthly Subsciption. This ia new subscription service, each month your friend would get a curated box with an easy to complete project! It comes with online videos and a message board. You can get your pal a one, three, or longer subsciption.
2.  JVilla // Loom Kit with Yarn and Weaving Guide. I'm obsessed with this girl's Instagram feed. She sells these lap looms with the tools worked right in. Learning to weave would be so fun! This is actually on my christmas list, and I am really looking forward to playing around with it.
3. Gift Certificate for a Handmade Workshop. Local to Louisville? I teach a variety of crafting and cocktails workshops around town. You can read about them HERE. Buy a gift card for your pal and come with them for a really fun girls or guys night out! These events have been really, really fun so far. I have a LOT of fun projects to teach for the holidays! 
4. Silhouette Cameo.  This is definitely an larger gift purchase, but one you can be sure they will use the heck out of! The Silhouette is a digital craft cutter. Think of it like a printer except it cuts instead of prints. You can use it for: stencils, paper, fabric, plastic, a million different mediums. You can design your own files for things like monograms, names, shapes, it's really unlimited. This listing  is for the newest edition and it comes with all sorts of accessories they can play with! 
5.  DIY Woven Art by Rachel Denbow. I have a girl crush on Rachel (there, I said it). I have read her blog for years- she sews crafts with paper, home decor, and recently took a shine to weaving. She is very inspiring and I would LOVE to get this book to go with a lap loom = ).
6. Craftsy Gift CardHave you ever taken a Craftsy class? I love them (I blogged about one of their sewing classes HERE). They are an online learning website that has classes on a variety of skills- cooking, sewing, crafting, photography, etc! Beginner classes, advanced- there is something for everyone. A gift card would be a welcome nudge for your buddy to try something new! *A bunch of their classes are on sale for Thanksgiving Weekend!*

Did I help you fill your gift list? I hope so! This was a lot of fun to put together. Like I said earlier, I am not paid by these companies to promote them- I just enjoy sharing things like this. = ) Call me a professional enabler...

Thanks for coming back today- I am so thankful for my little piece of the internet and all of YOU who hang out here with me = ) Happy Happy Thanksgiving! 
xoxo, Michelle

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kiddos and Babies

Hello! It's almost Thanksgiving - do you have your holiday shopping done yet? OR, are you like me and have a list but no actual gifts yet? (please tell me I am not the only one?)

I put together a list of great gift ideas to help you out this year. A mix of things from: Amazon, my little handmade shop and local Louisville handmade friends I have pinned to give to my loved ones. I am a big believer in handmade gifts and supporting local businesses, and I hope you are too. Plus consider supporting some of my friends this year! I am NOT being paid to sell their goodies, they are just people I really like and want to tell you about them. 

This is my second post of the day. I posted a list for families and friends this morning.
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1. Personalized Stationery // My Etsy Shop. I have made DOZENS of these superhero notecards since I listed them a year ago. I have made- twin versions, all girl, all boys, you name it. Learning to send a hand written thank you note or pen pal letter is such a great lesson for your little folks! And what kid wouldn't want anything that has their name on it?  Add on the $5 gift bag and they will also get a pencil, stamps and fun envelope seals! 
2. UNICORN ONSIE. Sorry, I'm shouting, but OMG! look how freaking cute these are!! To be honest, I would buy these for my adult friends too. And maybe one for myself ; )
3. Instax Camera. I have had my own instant camera for a few years now and I'm telling you-kids LOVE them. My 7 year old nephews love taking pictures every time I see them. They are super easy to use and you can find the film at alot of stores now. This bundle comes with a carrying case, film and other fun accessories. This listing is just the camera and HERE you can see a really fun folding album they can display their prints in.
4. Art Lab Book. I have given out the Trash This Journal book a few times and it has been pretty popular. This Art Lab looks like a really fun interactive book for kids! 
5. Jackie and Olive is a new Etsy friend. She makes these freaking adorable baby sets, You guys, this sloth fabric is THE CUTEST PRINT I HAVE EVER SEEN. Sorry, I'm shouting again. Cute kid accessories have that affect on me. 
6. Mercidotes // Handmade Doll. My grandma had a set of those Russian nesting dolls, and I had all the fuzzy feelings when I stumbled upon these dolls on Instagram. Imagine my surprise to find out these were made by a Louisville girl! She also makes these really adorable aprons that your cooking friends might like.

Did I help you fill your gift list? I hope so! This was a lot of fun to put together. Like I said earlier, I am not paid by these companies to promote them- I just enjoy sharing things like this. = ) Call me a professional enabler...

I'll be back tomorrow with one last list for those crafty friends in your life! xoxo, Michelle




(please note: I am an Amazon affiliate. If you use one of my shopping links it will take you to the website and I get a small referral fee. I use the money to go back into my website to cover things like hosting costs, and I am not recommending things I wouldn't buy myself.)

Holiday Gift Ideas - Friends and Families

Hello! It's almost Thanksgiving - do you have your holiday shopping done yet? OR, are you like me and have a list but no actual gifts yet? (please tell me I am not the only one?)

I put together a list of great gift ideas to help you out this year. A mix of things from: Amazon, my little handmade shop and local Louisville handmade friends I have pinned to give to my loved ones. I am a big believer in handmade gifts and supporting local businesses, and I hope you are too. Plus consider supporting some of my friends this year! I am NOT being paid to sell their goodies, they are just people I really like and want to tell you about them. 


In this group I found things that work well for families as a unit- things they can use and enjoy together. These would also make great host gifts! 

1. Field and Forest // Personalized Ornaments are a great way to remember baby's first Christmas or your first holidays as a married couple! 
2. #Hashtags Board Game. This could either be #hilarious #inappropriate, depending on your group of friends ; )
3. and 4. Do you know a family with furry friends? As a cat mom myself I would LOVE to get this cat toy from a friend. That little green dino would be great for an active pup.
5. 5 Second Rule. I saw this game on a TV commercial and it looks like too much fun! Again, it could get slightly inappropriate depending on the people playing. 
6. Thistle & Thread // Hand Stitched Wall Art is a gift they won't get from anyone else- it's a one of a kind! They have a full line of finished pieces and lots of options for custom made.
7. Amazon Fire Stick.  I have one of these on my office TV and I LOVE IT. It's easy to set up and use. You have access to hundreds of apps like games and tv shows. I have Amazon Prime, so I love having access to all that online content. It's only 29.99, which is a great price point. 
8. Custom Made Family or Baby Scrapbook  If you know someone who just got married or had a baby (or had another big milestone) a custom made scrapbook makes a really great gift. I have done dozens of these books for my clients, in a range of prices, sizes and styles. There is really no better way to preserve special memories.You can purchase a gift certificate to go towards the price of their book and then I can take it from there! Go here to buy a gift card or email me (gluegunky@gmail.com) and I can walk you through the ordering process.





This roundup includes pieces I think my friends would love. Guys and gals alike, and again- many of these make fun host gifts! 

1. Personalized Stationery // My Etsy Shop. One of my most popular gifts. I make them in a variety of colors and styles, and I can customize them with a last name, monogram or whatever you like! 
2. Craftsy Class Gift Certificate. Have you ever taken a Craftsy class? I love them (I blogged about one of their sewing classes HERE). They are an online learning website that has classes on a variety of skills- cooking, sewing, crafting, photography, etc! Beginner classes, advanced- there is something for everyone. A gift card would be a welcome nudge for your buddy to try something new! *A bunch of their classes are on sale for Thanksgiving Weekend!*
3. KateRoseCo // Blanket Scarf. I met my buddy Kate a few years ago at a craft fair- she is the best! She specializes in handmade bow ties and wedding attire, but just debuted a line of scarves. I am in love with this red buffalo plaid. 
4. Big Chillers Ice Cube Tray. Many of my friends are bourbon drinkers and these are super popular. They freeze larger ice cubes that keep your liquor cold without watering them down! You can also freeze flavors, garnishes in ice, make jello shots in them, coffee ice cubes for iced coffee. They are super useful! 
5. Mermaid Sequin Pillow. You guys. I am OBSESSED with this pillow. I love everything about it- the colors, the shiny, and they are a great price! I ordered two for myself.
6. Jonathon Adler Bourbon POP Candle. I have smelled other bourbon candles and they are lovely. I really like the copper tumbler it's made in, nice a simple but modern.
7. Emily McDowell Studio // Everyday Bravery Pin. Another online buddy I really respect. She has such a fun style and great message she shares through her art. I am not sure I would wear an enamel pin on my jacket anymore, but I can 100% get behind the message. 'Stopped Caring About Bullshit' is one of my favorites, but there are a lot of really fun options!
8. My Etsy Shop // Handmade Journals. This year I have gotten into Travel Journals as a way of memory keeping, and that led me to selling these hand stitched journals. Not just for making scrapbooks, these are great for list makers, busy folks and stationery lovers. Pair them with my favorite writing pen for a cute gift set. 
9. Holy Moly Snail Mask. True confession- I am wearing on of these sheet masks right now - I love them so much!  I have dry, sensitive skin and these masks have made my skin really soft and tight without irritating it! I'm giving to my girlfriends for our gift exchange this year, they are going to love them! 
10. Gold Pineapple Shaker. I stumbled upon this randomly while searching the 'New & Interesting' section of Amazon. Isn't it cute? It would be a fun addition to your cart.

Did I help you fill your gift list? I hope so! This was a lot of fun to put together. Like I said earlier, I am not paid by these companies to promote them- I just enjoy sharing things like this. = ) Call me a professional enabler...

I'll be back later today with my gift lists for the little people in your life! xoxo, Michelle



(please note: I am an Amazon affiliate. If you use one of my shopping links it will take you to the website and I get a small referral fee. I use the money to go back into my website to cover things like hosting costs, and I am not recommending things I wouldn't buy myself.)