Easy Floral Infinity Scarf

I told you about my new tank on Monday.  Well, the fabric was too pretty to only buy a tiny bit, so I went with a whole yard.  I didn’t have a plan, I just caved to the siren’s call of yet another piece of fabric that I couldn’t ignore but probably didn’t need.  My husband, standing next to me at the cutting counter, didn’t even try to stop me.  Poor guy knows better.  But it all worked out in the end, because now I have this:

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Cut a piece of fabric 24” wide by the width of the fabric, 58” in my case.

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Fold with the right sides together, matching the long edges. Start stitching 2” from the end with a 1/4” seam.  Stop 2” from the other end.  I only left 1” and it made the rest of the steps a little more difficult.  If your fabric is thick you might want to even go 3 or 4”.  Press the seam to one side.

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Turn the scarf right side out.  With right sides together, match up the two short edges.  Stitch together with a 1/4” seam.

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Turn right side out, so the seams pull inside the scarf.  There should be a small opening where the seams intersect, like this:

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Stitch the opening closed by hand and you’re done.

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By using the width of the fabric, this is the perfect length to loop around my neck twice.  It looks great with my new tank and, for now, a jacket.

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See, I did need that fabric after all!  Right?

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Coffee Sleeve of the Month–Rainbow

Months ago, I had the idea to make this month’s coffee sleeve as a rainbow, due to the proximity to St. Patrick’s Day.  It seemed perfect, because the arched shape of the sleeve would lend itself perfectly to a rainbow.  I even thought it would be an easy one.  Well, things didn’t exactly go to plan, but I ended up somewhere pretty good anyway.

Really, the only thing wrong with my original pattern was the lack of good math on my part.  After I sewed it together, I realized my error and (angrily) threw it in the garbage.  I could have redrawn it, adjusting to fix my mistake, but about that same time I realized it could be saved as something different.  Instead of torturing myself by trying to do it again, I changed direction and made the coffee sleeve this way instead.

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To make this sleeve, you’ll need 11 pieces of fabric, cut 4 1/2 by 1 1/2”, a 3” piece of elastic cord, fabric for the backing and InsulBrite for the inside.  You’ll also need a button and this basic coffee sleeve pattern.  If you count, you’ll see that I cut 12 of the strips, but it was a full strip too long.  Another mathtastrophe.

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Sew the pieces together with a 1/4” seam.  Press all the seams in one direction on the back.

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Turn the fabric right side up and cut out the coffee sleeve.  If you’re not into rainbows, but would like to combine some different fabrics for a coffee sleeve, this technique works beautifully.  It’s great for using up scraps.

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Flip the pattern over and cut a backing piece and InsulBrite.  Sew or tie the ends of the elastic together.

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Layer the pieces with the rainbow right side up, the loop centered on the right, the back right side down and the InsulBrite.  Stitch around with 1/4”, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom.

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Turn the sleeve right side out through the opening.  Press and topstitch all the way around near the edge.  Sew the button on where the elastic reaches.

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If you want to up the St. Patrick’s Day-ness a bit, you could make one of these Shamrock Barrettes and sew or clip it onto the sleeve.

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So, what happened to Plan A?  It turned out way too wide for a coffee sleeve, but after I got ahold of myself and pulled it back out of the trash, I realized it was the perfect size and shape for a matching mug mat!

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To make the mug mat, you’ll need rainbow strips cut from this pattern, fabric for the backing and batting for the inside (you can use InsulBrite here if you’d like).

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Sew the pieces together.  Since you’re matching an outward curve to an inward curve, I found it was best to just match the edges up as I sewed instead of trying to pin everything in place first.  For some reason I ended up a little short on the yellow row, but I just cut the entire edge to match.

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Using this piece as a pattern, cut the backing and batting. 

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Layer the pieces just like the coffee sleeve, omitting the elastic.  Sew together with a 1/4” seam, leaving an opening for turning.  Turn right side out, press and topstitch near the edge.

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How’s that for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat?

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On an unrelated note, this is the final day for my 4th Anniversary Giveaway winner to contact me, or I will have to draw a new name.  If you’re “maggiethecoder,” I’ve sent a few emails and you have until the end of today to get in touch with me so I can ship your prize!

And the Winner of the 4th Anniversary Giveaway is…

First I’ve got to tell you, choosing a winner was quite a project.  When I laid out the rules for this giveaway I offered you a second entry to telling me where you follow me outside of the blog.  What I failed to mention was to leave a second comment letting me know that.  Entirely my fault.  That meant choosing by random number was out.  Instead, I printed out every single one of your comments, printing those twice that mentioned following me.  Folding that many was out of the question, so they got wadded up instead.  Fancy, right?

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For reference, that bowl measures 17” across and 5 1/2” tall.  My printer is still smoking.  I tossed that baby like a salad, then had my son reach in with one of his giant paws.  Trust me, he didn’t take this lightly – he really dug around in there.  He emerged with this one:

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Congratulations to Maggie for winning this set!

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If you’ve been around for any of my other giveaways, you know how much I hate choosing only one winner.  So, I tossed the bowl again and my willing volunteer pulled out a second winner:

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I’ve already been in touch with Patti and her set will be on its way tomorrow!

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Thanks so much to everyone who entered.  I loved reading your sweet comments.  Some day when I win the lottery I will give all of you prizes.  Step one, start playing the lottery.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

Easy Lined Zippered Bag

As I promised on my 4th Anniversary Giveaway post from Monday, I’m here today to show you how to make these lined, zippered bags.  Crazy easy.

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These are so simple, in fact, I actually had to look back through my projects to make sure I hadn’t already covered them.  I can’t believe I haven’t, but let’s fix that, shall we?

To make one, all you need is fabric and a zipper.  For a typical purse size, your zipper should be in the 7 – 9” range.  Cut your fabric into rectangles the width of the zipper (or slightly smaller) and the height you’d like your bag, plus 1/2”.  My zipper was just over 8” from end to end, so I cut my fabric 8” by 6 1/2”.  You’ll need two pieces for the outside and two pieces for the lining.

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Lay one of the lining pieces right side up.  Line up the edge of the zipper with the edge of the fabric with the zipper also right side up.

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Add one of the outside pieces on top with the right size down.  Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, stitch 1/4” from the edge.

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I don’t know about you, but even with a zipper foot I always end up with wonky stitching when I pass the zipper pull.  To avoid that, unzip the zipper a few inches before you begin stitching.  Just before you’re about to stitch past the pull, make sure your needle is fully down in the fabric and lift the presser foot.  Zip the zipper back up past your needle.  Lower the presser foot again and continue stitching.  Nice, straight seam!

Press both fabrics away from zipper.  Topstitch close to the fold.

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Repeat steps with the remaining outside and lining pieces on the other side of the zipper.

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Unzip the zipper halfway.  This step is important, because if you forget you won’t be able to turn your bag right side out.  Open out both sides.  Pin the two outside pieces to each other with right sides together, same with the lining.  The zipper should fold with the teeth facing the lining side.

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Stitch all the way around 1/4” from the edge, leaving 3” open at the bottom of the lining.

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Clip the corners.  Turn the entire bag right side out through the opening.  Push out the corners.

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Press the bottom seam of the lining, turning in the opening.  Stitch across the bottom close to the edge.  You could also hand stitch the opening closed if you prefer.

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Push the lining into the bag, iron out the wrinkles and you’re done.

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If you want to get a little fancier, you can make your bag so it will stand up.  You can also add a loop if you’d like to clip it to a bigger bag or use it as a wristlet.

Cut all your pieces the same, except add 1” to the height on all pieces.  Cut two pieces of iron-on interfacing the same size.  For the loop, cut fabric and interfacing 2 by 4 1/2”.

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Apply the interfacing to the outside pieces and the back of the loop piece.  Fold the loop in half with wrong sides together and press.  Fold both edges in to meet the middle.  Press.  Stitch close to both folds.

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Continue making the bag and shown above.  When you reach the point where you’re pinning the outsides and lining together, fold the loop in half and slip into the seam allowance of the outer pieces, about 1” down from the zipper.  Double stitch over the loop for added security.

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Once you’ve sewn the seam all the way around, stop before turning it right side out.  Flatten the corners so the seams touch and pin.  Stitch across each corner 1 1/4” from the point.

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Cut off the excess from each corner.  Turn right side out and finish as shown above.

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These are great for so many uses, take very few supplies and are quick to whip up.

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Be sure to visit THIS POST before midnight on Saturday, February 15, 2014 to enter to win my anniversary giveaway, which includes one of these little bags!

4th Annual Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway

Four years ago today, I sat down at this computer (well, not THIS exact computer, but stay with me here) to start writing this blog.  I didn’t really know what I was doing.  At. All.  That first month, I stumbled through some sketchy posts, trying to get my bearings and figure out what I was doing.  A total of 42 people read what I wrote that month, and I think I probably didn’t even know some of them in real life. 

It’s been an amazing ride so far.  I had my first print magazine project published last year and I’ve had the opportunity to appear on some other blogs I admire.  My Etsy shop is thriving, and I’ve branched out to Zibbet and Meylah.  I’ve been the recipient of some amazing opportunities, and I couldn’t be more grateful.  But what I’m most thankful for is you.

Without all of you out there reading this, I’d be talking to myself.  Which I would do, but I’m glad I don’t have to.  All of your comments, likes, links and silent passing through are what keeps this interesting.  To show my thanks, let’s get to this year’s anniversary giveaway!

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Remember my project for Craft Warehouse last month?  They sent my this springy fabric and when I was finished with it I thought it would make a perfect anniversary giveaway!  The pictures don’t really do it justice.  You’d think after four years I’d be a better photographer, but I’m still working on it.  In addition to the One Yard Wonder Retro Bag…

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…you’ll also receive this One Yard Wonder Smart Girl’s Set Phone Case…

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…a One Yard Wonder Jet Set Travel Tissue Pack…

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…a zippered, lined cosmetic bag (which I’ll show you how to make on Wednesday!)…

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…and a reversible coffee cup sleeve.  Surprised?

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How to Enter

To enter to win this entire set, just leave a comment here.  Whatever you’d like to talk about.  I’ll give you a second entry if you leave a comment here letting my know where you follow me outside of my blog (Facebook, Pinterest, Etsy, Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin’). 

This drawing is open to anyone, worldwide, except my daughter who REALLY wants this bag.  Maximum of two entries per person.  The contest will be open until midnight Pacific time on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  I will choose a winner by random drawing on the 16th.  Please make sure your email address is linked to your name when you comment, or include it within your comment.  If I don’t hear back from the winner by February 23rd, I will choose a new winner. 

I can’t wait to find out who I’ll be sending this to!

Coffee Cup Sleeve of the Month–Heart and Arrow

It’s almost February, which means love is in the air.  We all know someone whose love for coffee lasts all year, so why not give them a gift to encourage that addiction? 

For this month’s coffee sleeve, I decided to get back to the reversible option that I started out with.  This one looks a little complicated because there are so many corners, but they’re all straight lines, so it’s really just a lot of pivoting.  For you new sewists out there, be sure your needle is down in the fabric when you lift your presser foot to make a corner.

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To make this sleeve, you’ll need this pattern, a small piece of interfacing (if you intend to embellish the heart at all), a 3” piece of elastic cord, InsulBrite and two buttons.  Cut one of each pattern piece from fabric, then flip the pattern over to cut the piece for the back.

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Apply the interfacing to the back of the front heart.  Add embroidery, applique, buttons or whatever trim you’d like.  I just embroidered using a font I had on my computer and a back stitch.

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Stitch the ends of the arrow to the sides of the heart for the front and back.  Also stitch or tie the two ends of the elastic cord together.

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Press the seams away from the hearts.  Using the front side as a pattern, cut a piece of InsulBrite to match.

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Layer the pieces with the front section right side up with the elastic centered on the arrow and the loop to the inside.

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Lay the back section, right side down over the top, then the InsulBrite on top of that.  Pin in place. 

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Stitch around the edge with a 1/4” seam.  Leave one section of the end open for turning.  Clip all the corners.

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Turn right side out.  Use a pointy tool to push out all the corners, being careful not to poke through the fabric.

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Press, turning in the opening.

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Top stitch around the edge of the entire sleeve and down each side of the heart.

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Make a mark 1” from the end of the arrow and centered in the middle.  Stitch the two buttons at that mark, slipping a toothpick under each button.

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Ready to give to your Valentine.

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And don’t forget, when they’re tired of that side, there’s another one to use!

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Buttoned Neck Warmer

I recently discovered my yarn impediment skipped a generation.  I bravely gave my daughter a knitting book and a skein of yarn for Christmas.  I fully expected it to go into a storage box, never to be seen again.  But then something magical happened.  She dug out the knitting needles and, barely glancing at the book, started on a scarf.  I keep expecting it to disappear, but she kept at it.  She started carrying it out of the house with her and telling me stories of teaching a friend to knit too.  They visited craft stores and a local yarn shop together.  She finished that scarf and has barely left the house without wearing it since. 

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Now, I’m still using the loom.  It works for me and I enjoy using it once in a while.  Around the same time I bought her yarn, I grabbed a skein of my own.  It’s a bulky so it goes quickly, and is so pretty.

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That one is Codi’s.  I went with an oatmeal color.  I made a short, flat scarf using a basic design.  Really, anything you like would work.  I just kept going until I ran out of yarn, which ended up about 32” long and 5” wide.  I dug four 3/4” buttons out of my stash, but if I were going to buy some specifically for this I might go a little larger.

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I overlapped the scarf the way I planned to wear it and marked the four spots where the buttons would go with pins. 

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I carefully transferred my marker pins to the bottom layer, then straightened them out a bit so they were lined up properly.

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I used embroidery floss to stitch a button at each mark.  The mistake I made was not sliding something under the button as I stitched so there would be some room underneath for buttoning the other layer on.  I worked the thread ends inside the scarf.

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To button it, I just overlapped it again and pushed the buttons through the top side in the appropriate places.  For the sake of the scarf I will probably leave it buttoned and slip it over my head when I wear it.  I’m not sure how it would hold up to stretching over the buttons repeatedly. 

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As I was writing this, my daughter walked into the room with a ball of yarn I donated to her newly formed stash and asked “What did you want me to make for you?”  I have a knitter! Winking smile

Friday Favorites–Staying Warm

I always feel like winter kinda gets the short end of the stick when it comes to seasons.  Autumn gets a lot of the cold weather credit in November, then when winter actually gets its day in December, no one notices because it’s almost Christmas.  Once the holidays are over, all anyone can think about is when spring will arrive.  Well, Winter, this one is for you.

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What did your mom always say when you’d go outside in the cold?  Put a hat on!  This Convertible Neck Warmer from Sovanisa is a brilliant idea for sending those kids out in their bike helmets.

Convertible Neckwarmer from Sovanisa

Another great way to warm your noggin is a hoodie, and this one from Small Things is so cute.  Love those big buttons!

Mustard Hoodies from Small Things

Sometimes it’s not about going out into the cold, but keeping it outside.  This Door Draft Blocker from Patchwork Posse adds a little color to the room and keeps those breezes out.

Maybe you ventured out without sufficient coverage and now you’re trying to warm back up.  Try this Cherry Pit Pillow from Nifty Thrifty Things.  I’ll bet it smells fantastic when it’s heating.

Cherry Pit Pillow from Nifty Thrifty Things

I have this fun little thing called Raynaud’s Phenomenon.  Sounds exciting, huh?  It just means my fingers turn white, hard and lose blood flow if they get cold and they hurt like mad when they warm up.  It’s a nuisance.  Needless to say, I try really hard not to let that happen.  I think these Pocket Warmers from Fellow Fellow would be perfect for me.

Pocket Warmers from Fellow Fellow

Thanks to the above stated weirdness, I have more gloves than you can imagine.  That doesn’t stop me from adding to my collection, and these Fingerless Mittens from Zaaberry would fit right in.

Fingerless Gloves from Zaaberry

I always love an accessory that can serve more than one purpose.  This Cargo Scarf from lovefromvirgil on Instructables would be so handy.

Cargo Scarf on Instructables

You aren’t the only thing that gets cold when it’s chilly outside.  Don’t you hate when you try to take a hot dish to a friend’s house, only to find it lukewarm when you arrive?  Then you need one of these Casserole Carriers from 2 Little Hooligans.

Casserole Carrier on 2 Little Hooligans

We all know how hard it is to wrap a baby up warmly enough in a car seat, so how about a nice warm cover to go over the whole thing?  Check out this Car Seat Canopy at Fleece Fun.

Baby Car Seat Cover from Fleece Fun

In my experience, the best way to get warm is from the inside out.  This Caramel Corn Hot Chocolate from Recipe Girl would definitely do the trick.

Caramel Corn Hot Chocolate from Recipe Girl

Only about 11 more weeks of winter! Smile

Friday Favorites–Quick Gifts to Make

It’s December 20th, so there’s no denying it any more – it’s crunch time.  If you think it’s too late to make those gifts you need to finish your list, you might want to check these out first.  From stocking stuffers to co-worker or neighbor gifts to gifts for a whole family, there’s a little bit of everything here.  Just don’t take too long reading it…you have work to do.

Friday Favorites - 10 Quick Gifts to Make - Crafty Staci

If you’ve got an ornament exchange coming up but still want to give it a little personal touch, try this One Minute Ornament from No Time for Flash Cards.  There are some great ideas for ornament fillers, but I just can’t wrap my brain around how she got those flat marbles in there.

If you have a little more than one minute, there’s always a Five Minute Infinity Scarf from Sweet C’s Designs.  This is a great idea if you still need a gift for a co-worker.

5 Minute Infinity Scarf from Sweet Cs Design

Gift cards are always appreciated.  Add a little handmade to them with a 10 Minute Gift Card Holder from See Vanessa Craft.

10-Minute-Gift-Card-Holders from See Vanessa Craft

If you need a gift for a family, this Root Deer Float Kit from Thirty Handmade Days would be fun to make and to give.

Root Deer Float Basket from Thirty Handmade Days

A tea-loving friend would enjoy this Tea Wreath from Dollar Store Crafts.

Tea Wreath from Dollar Store Crafts

Your neighbor might like this Peppermint Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar from The Frugal Girls.  I love the Santa belt, wrapped in just the right spot.

Peppermint Crunch Dark Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar from The Frugal Girls

Do you have a young lady still to shop for?  Make her this Bottle Cap Necklace from Mrs. Greene.

Bottlecap Necklace from Mrs Greene

How about the guy who has everything?  Give him the gift of prognostication with this Fortune Telling Cube from DHagen on Instructables.

The Fortune Telling Cube from Instructables

We all need a little unwinding and pampering after the holidays are over, so this Cinnamon and Vanilla Sugar Scrub from the Idea Room is a great idea for just about anyone.

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub by The Idea Room

If you need something a little more substantial, but still pretty easy to pull off in a short amount of time, check out this Quick Drop Zone from The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Quick Drop Zone from The Shabby Creek Cottage

Here’s hoping you only need one or two of these!

Crafty Staci Newsletter

Just in case you haven’t gotten enough of me yet, I’m about to launch a newsletter.  I have a lot to say, and apparently it can’t be contained in a blog, various social media outlets, two shops and the ear of a husband you’re probably feeling a tiny bit sorry for right now.

The newsletter will focus on my Etsy and Zibbet shops.  I’ll use it to announce new products, fabrics or variations on existing products.  But the most exciting thing you’ll find in my new newsletter is SALES!  Click the big box below and it will take you right to the sign-up page.

Newsletter sign up

I’ll be publishing via email, fewer than six times per year (probably 3 –4), usually in advance of a sale or holiday.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I will be having a Black Friday weekend sale, so my first edition will be out that week.  All of my in-stock products will be on sale, but subscribers of my newsletter and blog readers will receive an extra coupon code, totaling the largest holiday discount I’ve ever offered.  If you’re interested in following what’s happening in my shops (did I mention the SALES?), just sign up and watch your inbox!