Mineral make-up – Introduction, part 1

To those of you who followed a link from Tutorializer or another blog to get here, welcome! This is only the first post on mineral make-up – I think there’s something like 92 posts on the topic on the blog (click here to see them) with many ideas for various things like eye shadow, foundation,...

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Handmade Christmas presents – matchbook books!

Make some cute matchbook books to share with your family. Perfect for stocking stuffers or the person on the go who wants to make notes as they run around town! Use up your bits of paper or small stickers for this project! In short, they’re awesome! TEMPLATE – You can make this template as large...

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Handmade Christmas presents – gift tags

The icing on the proverbial present cake is always the gift tag. (Ever better when my name is in the “to” section!) So here are a few links to get you started on making your own holiday themed tags. If you want to make your own, check out these templates from Jersgirl’s site…Square cornered tagsScalloped...

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Handmade Christmas presents – single pamphlet bookbinding

Making books can be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be. There are dozens of way to make a simple book your giftee will cherish for years to come! Here are two simple techniques…single pamphlet and album stitch. To make a basic book you’ll need:Scissors, embroidery thread, and needleInside paper (to...

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Handmade Christmas presents – sewing a cold tie

Cold ties are easy to make and pretty darn awesome to give as presents. Okay, so maybe they aren’t really suitable for the winter season, but they come in handy when someone has a fever or during the summer. And they’re easy to make in really pretty fabrics! So what are they? Cold ties are...

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Handmade Christmas presents – Creating Kits

I like to put together kits to bring a few different items together. Create some cute packaging, and always make sure to include a note with instructions on how to use the items (do not use the pumice-y foot bar on your face!), ingredients in the items (respect for allergies and all that), and some...

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Handmade Christmas presents — stencilling fabric!

You remember how to stencil, right? If not, here’s a quick reminder tutorial…(or click here or here for some illustrated tutorials). 1. Print out your picture on a piece of paper.2. Tape the stencil with masking tape to a piece of freezer paper (wax side down).3. Cut out the stencil with an X-acto knife (be...

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Handmade Christmas presents – labelling

I love making labels! They are the proverbial icing on the cake of handmade Christmas presents. Not only are they good for people who might have allergies or are picky about what they put on or in their bodies, but they’re great fun to create and make. You don’t need much — a few printer...

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Handmade Christmas presents – packaging

So you’ve got a whack of presents made, but how do we package them? You can go out and get some cute packaging and put your stuff into it — yeah, not so much hand made, but we’ll make it our own! — or you can print out packaging and customize it!BATH SALTS and CHOCOLATE...

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Handmade Christmas presents – more chocolate and candy!

Yep, there’s even more you can do with chocolate once you’ve learned the basics of chocolate making… PAINTING WITH CHOCOLATEFor visual instruction, click here!You can paint in your molds to create chocolates with different colours. For instance, you can create a cute present chocolate (like the one in the link above) by painting the bow...

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