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Attempting Aloha: Nov 14, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 6 - Gifts for Women (Great for Mother's Day!)

UPDATE: 4/21/17    Aloha! I've fixed old and broken links and added some more fun projects just in time for you to get ready for Mother's Day! Please leave a comment or email me if you have a project you'd like added to the list. Mahalo, Charlee

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This week we're talking about gifts. I LOVE giving gifts. I love thinking about them, buying stuff for them, making them (sewing, painting, woodworking, you name it). I don't particularly love wrapping them, but I love watching them unwrap! Sadly, we live far from family, so I miss out on most of the unwrapping except for my little immediate family (kids and hub). I try my hardest to use my record my kids opening all their gifts from specific family members and then email it to them, so they can "watch" my kids open their gifts.

Today's topic is gifts for women. Be it a sister, mother, sister-in-law, girlfriend, grandma, whatever. We're going to try to find a gift that might work for you. BUT, I try to be as practical as I can. I know I've seen a bunch of really cute kitchen kits out there with hot pads and whisks and measuring cups, but unless you know the woman really well, and you know she NEEDS those things (or she's a new bride), most women don't really want more measuring cups. It just adds more clutter to my already junky kitchen drawers. But I'll love you forever if you give me some awesome jewelry...or let's just be safe and go with chocolate, right? ;)

So what do you say we just jump right in and get inspired?

These framed signs are a favorite right now, and I'm excited to put a few around my house. I think any woman would be so excited to receive one as a gift! Kari Anne of Thistlewood Farms has a great tutorial for you.

And along the same lines of trendy word art...let's talk about letter boards for a minute. These things can be outrageously expensive. Why not DIY one and gift it to a deserving mama? Here's an easy and thrifty tutorial.

I think I'm ready to jump on the macrame bandwagon. These hanging planters from Hey Lila Hey look like just the right project to get me started. (The English version is down below the German.)

Speaking of plants...I really love these tabletop planters built by Pneumatic Addict. Such an inexpensive project but with such a big impact. Excellent gift idea!

This is such a cute idea for the woman who has lived in numerous places. Frame small heart-shaped cut-outs from maps of the cities she's lived! Visit Melissa at 320 Sycamore to see her lovely tutorial.

You can't go wrong with a small clutch. You can fill it with nail stuff, make-up, Shopkins... I digress.  You can visit my tutorial for more pics and ideas on making your own.

For those of you who are experienced seamstresses, this free pattern for a faux leather purse is just gorgeous. Pretty classic style that would suit a wide range of styles. Sew 4 Home has all the details.

If you're worried you might not get the right style of purse, why not just make an inner purse organizer for them? Craftsy has the free pattern for this cute one.

My friend (who shall remain anonymous to protect her gift-giving secrets) is going to make some of these cute state embroidery gifts for her fam. Anyone in my fam do embroidery? Bueller?? We've only got 7 states for you to cover...

These are from Kojo Designs.

I love this idea for displaying some of the kids' artwork on Grandma's fridge. Adds just a little bit of style to their scribble scrabbles. ;)  See the rest at Vintage Glamorous.

If you're new to woodworking, this is a very simple project for you using corbels to make a magazine rack. Full tutorial and instructions at This Old House.

This is cute for a grandma. But mine would need about 4 of those...she has 10 kids, 35 grandkids (so far, my youngest uncle is younger than me), and 6 great-grandkids!  This is from Taya at Eat Pray Create.

I have tons of old t-shirts that need a new purpose. Maybe they would be happy as braided scarves? The Simple Craft Diaries can show you how to make them.

For some easy peasy (no tools needed) jewelry. Lots of these rosette bib necklaces out there, but I just loved this one by Project Runway.

Or for those who are feeling a little more ambitious, Bev at Flamingo Toes has MANY awesome necklace and jewelry tutorials. I LOVE her site!!

Another simple but fab necklace with a tutorial by Tiny Sparkly Things.  Wouldn't this necklace be darling with copper washers and cream ribbon??

Let's wrap up the jewelry section with a super easy earring tutorial. I whipped up these flower earrings in about 30 minutes and for less than $1 per pair.

Do you have a family member who travels a lot? What about this heat-resistant flat iron cozy for your hair straightener. The tutorial can be found on Craftster, but I'll give you a hint...she uses an old oven mitt!

And for the woman who's always bringing meals to others...a darling casserole carrier. 2 little hooligans can give you all the details.

Wouldn't you love receiving one of these darling book purses? Visit Scribbit for the tutorial.

This darling "Please enter your pin" pin cushion was made by Charlotte Brooks on Folksy but is no longer available. But it would be super easy to make small bean bags and fill them with sand! You can use my tutorial on how to print on fabric for the personalized lettering.

I super duper love when something totally functional is also really beautiful. These little faux polaroid magnets made with your own pics are just the cutest idea ever. Visit Sundae Sins for a breakdown of how she made them.

And who can't use a new sassy apron? I may not use mine to bake, but they're adorable for just walking around the house and pretending I cooked something! ;)  The Dating Divas have created a cute, easy,  AND FREE! pattern for you to use.

Michelle at Honey I'm Home made these easy and adorable measuring tape bracelets that would be a great gift for your seamstress friends!

You can buy a pack of 3 fabric tape measures for just over $5 on Amazon.

For the cook with a good sense of humor, these DIY painted kitchen towels are pretty hilarious. Go say hi to Katie at Addicted 2 DIY to get the full tutorial.

I saw these fun stone trivets on Martha Stewart Weddings and thought they'd make and easy DIY. Just felt, glue, and a bag of stones from the Dollar Tree.


This lovely jewelry display was posted on Reddit by a user whose information is no longer available.
The post is still active, and he left instructions on how it was assembled.

You can find a set of 20 mug holder screws for $2.50 on Amazon

This earring / ring display box is a simple DIY you can find on Gluesticks Blog.

Here's a similar box on Amazon

I'd be thrilled to get a handmade sweater cap (made from an old sweater) like this one from Steph at Crafting in the Rain.

A simple lemon scrub is always a hit, and Amy at The Idea Room has the perfect recipe.

I've made this as gifts before, and these small wooden spoons were such a cute addition tied on to the jar with baker's twine.

Here's an AMAZING one for you from Kate at Centsational Girl. DIY cutting boards!! My mom would love these!

This Clark's Cutting Board Oil has excellent reviews on Amazon

What's on YOUR list?



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