Handmade Gifts


I have truly come to believe that I most enjoy giving gifts that I had made.  For the past few years, I have been in the life position of needing to find inexpensive ways to create gifts.  People are indulgent about their gifts from me, because they know my situation.  And truly, having skills and using them, along with the gift of my energy and time, to make something unique and with love…to me, that is more meaningful.  I love that I can put my love into what I give.  Not that I don’t enjoy gifts that people buy for me.  Or gift cards.


I like using creativity to think of small, meaningful things that I can craft for others.  It is never a perfect or gorgeous item; it’s always flawed and slightly hokey. But I like to think that I think of things that actually add value to their lives, in some small way.

"What Does the Fox Say?" Pocketbook

“What Does the Fox Say?” Pocketbook

"Reasons Why" high heels, with reasons why the woman is amazing.  They are currently displayed in an epic closet.

“Reasons Why” high heels, with reasons why the woman is amazing. They are currently displayed in an epic closet.

Handcrafted birthday card (I don't often make cards, as you can see here).  You can't see what's inside. :)

Handcrafted birthday card (I don’t often make cards, as you can see here). You can’t see what’s inside. 🙂

Origami necklace

Origami necklace


Magnetic Pin Bowl


So, something I’ve been learning over the last seven or so months is that pin cushions don’t work for me.  I’m not fastidious and deliberate enough to take the time to push each individual pin into a cushion that tends to migrate around my machine.

I realized what I needed was a needle plate or bowl that would keep the needles rounded up for me; while I get frustrated pushing pins into a cushion, neither do I want to pull one out of my foot.  UGH.

I’ve seen a lot of cute tutorials for DIY magnetic pin plates, and honestly, that project might have been easier and cheaper.  But I got it in my head that I wanted something different.

I decided to find a magnetic parts tray and decoupage my choice of fabric to it.  I liked the idea of something truly unique that would be strong enough to handle lots of pins and lots of wear and tear.

I found two in a clearance bin at a hardware outlet store…for cheap–which is why I bought both.

Simple project: Decoupage and sponge brush, magnetic bowl, and a square of fabric.

See that metal blue bar that is clamped under my green work light?  That is going to be attached firmly to my sewing table, creating a solid, fixed base for my pin plate–which makes it STUCK until I DECIDE to move it.  No knocking over or onto the floor for me.  Which, I must add, is a huge benefit of the magnetic parts tray over a DIY version–that sucker ain’t movin’ unless I say so.

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Lots of layers of decoupage.  Lots.

And this cute little bowl, so cheerful and happy.

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The before and after versions.  I haven’t decided what fabric I want to use for the second bowl.

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Recording My Accomplishments

This is…just a place for me to record memories of things that I create, cook, and craft. I do a lot in service, and I’m learning more and more skills. I want to keep track of my triumphs…and maybe my not-so-successful attempts, too.  If they’re not too traumatic.

Here we go. 🙂