Category: Handmade Holiday

Salt Lake City’s December Gallery Stroll

If you are still looking for a gift for someone on your Christmas list, or even just for yourself, check out the Utah Locals Holiday Boutique at Alpine Art, located at 430 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Both Josh and I have artwork in the show. The opening reception is this Friday during the Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll, so make a night of it and check out all the great art exhibits around town.

While you are there, make sure and take a peak at my line of Italian leather clutches, wallets, ipad cases, and computer cases. They make a great holiday gift. The show runs through early January.

Hope to see you there!

A Handmade Holiday Fabric Photo Book

A Handmade Holiday Fabric Photo Book sewnEvery Christmas my husband and I give each other a handmade gift.  This year, I made Josh and Monet a photo book by basically sewing photos onto felt along with other memorable items like old letters, ribbon, keys, and rings.

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fabric photo book sewn together

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a handmade holiday fabric photo book sewn

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a handmade holiday fabric photo book sewn

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a handmade holiday fabric photo book sewn

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A Handmade Holiday Fabric Photo Book sewn

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What do you think?

Did you ever see the accordion style book that Josh made for me last year?  If you haven’t you must, it’s amazing!  One of the nicest things he has ever made for me.

And while I’m happy with how the book I made turned out, I fear it doesn’t even compare to the book he made for me.   That’s how it goes when you’re married to an artist. It’s the thought that counts –right!?

I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year!

A Heartmade Eco-Holiday Contest

Have you heard about the eco-holiday contest going on over at Heartmade, inspired by the lovely Mayi Carles?  Today is the last day to submit work.  Check it out.

hearmade's eco-holiday contest

I decided to submit a few items --both inspired by applique and Christmas.

Growing up, my grandmother whom I’m very close to, never wasted anything.  For example, I have vivid memories of her putting water into a basically empty ketchup bottle where she would shake it around and dump it into a pot of soup she was cooking on the stove.  Wasting was not an option.  And since I lived with my grandmother for awhile, and grew up around her after we moved out, I believe her ability to use every last drop has been past down to me.  This is why I love applique –applique allows me to use all the scraps of fabric I collect over time, instead of throwing them away.

The print below for example, was made entirely out of scrap fabric, scrap binding, scrap ribbon, buttons, and embroidery thread.  And the Christmas tree was made from re-purposed felt, originally a sweater with moth holes from my wardrobe.

christmas machine applique scene

I made this holiday applique scene awhile back, as I was getting ready for the "A Crafty Holiday" blog hop event.

Christmas machine applique pillow

I then turned the print into a pillow for my mother, again using scraps I had left over from quilting.

Christmas machine applique pillowChristmas machine applique pillow

Lastly, I used scrap fabric to make name tags, putting the names of all the grandchildren in my immediate family on the presents, and the pillow insert was made using scrap batting and scrap polly-fill.

sewn paper and fabric cards

I also made a few Holiday cards, again using scrap paper, buttons, and fabric.

I hope this inspires you to save your scrap fabric in the future.  Any piece of ribbon or fabric, bigger than an inch, get’s saved in my studio.  Look at the tiny presents, with their tiny ribbons –really, every last drop can be used, just like my grandmother use to do.

Handmade Holiday Tutorials

Josh and I love giving handmade over the holidays.  Here are 3 easy handmade holiday gift ideas and tutorials for you and your family to try, inspired by gifts that we have given in the past.  Enjoy.

#1:  Homemade Coffee Liqueur Recipe

homemade coffee liquor tutorial recipe handmade holiday gift ideas

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#2:  Etched Glasses Tutorial

handmade holiday gift glass etching

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#3:  Machine Appliqued Clothing Tutorial

homemade holiday gift machine applique onesie tutorialhandmade holiday gift machine applique onesie tutorial

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What are you making for people this holiday season?

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