DIY 2011 Calendar

Where I work people do Christmas in a big way—which means food, gifts, more food, repeat. I knew I would have to partake in the office gift giving, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I decided to DIY it of course, and create something for my co-workers that was both pretty and useful—which is why I made these 2011 calendars. I love to hand draw patterns and awhile back began archiving some of my favorites. I scanned my patterns into the computer, and using illustrator, formatted them into an image for the calendar header. I printed them on card stock paper, punched a hole in the top to hang a ribbon, and trimmed the edges with a  quarter inch rounded punch.

I was happy with the results and so were my co-workers; now the office is full of these cheerful calendars. Kelsey of Minted Life posted about another great DIY holiday office gift idea, here is her How-To on making these adorable hot chocolate filled ornaments.

Felt-A-Palooza

For December’s craft meet-up the FC crew made felt ornaments. We drew, cut, stitched and stuffed, and by the end of the day we were buried in an explosion of felt.  A big thank you to all the ladies that made this event such a blast!

Here are the results!

My hubby and I drew ornament templates especially for this meet-up. To download them, click here-  Download the Felt Ornament Templates PDF here

Download the Felt Ornament Templates PDF here

Etsy Austin Event!!!

“Austin, TX- November 20th & 21st, 2010 - Just in time for the holidays, EtsyAustin CRAFT RIOT brings you A Handmade Revolution in Shopping! This 2-day family-friendly event is the perfect place to find locally handmade and unique holiday gifts. Indulge in fabulous shopping from over 40 local artisans while enjoying your favorite cocktails and other refreshments. Get creative in our fun wintery photobooth filled with props. Admission is free and the first 25 guests will receive EtsyAustin Craft Riot gift bags filled with goodies each day.”

Saturday, November 20th, 11am-6pm

Sunday, November 21st, 11am-6pm

The EtsyAustin Craft Riot event will take place at The Marchesa which is located at 6406 N IH-35 Austin, TX 78752

Heart Felt Holidays

1.Pickles 2. The purl bee 3. Angel Dog Designs 4. Jenn! 5. Fancy Tiger

While on the hunt for holiday craft ideas I discovered felting! Wool felting is a method of manipulating and shaping wool using soap and water; here is a great DIY felting guide. I never realized the versatility of wool until I read this post; it describes how to construct the colorful felt ball wreath shown above. I love-love-love this handmade wreath, and would probably keep it on display all year. If you’re not interested in molding hundreds of tiny felt balls to make a holiday wreath or garland, you can purchase them pre-made here.