Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gift Giving Idea #3

Luggage Handle Wrap
This is a great gift idea for anyone who travels.  You can easily make this gift for guys, too, by using a fabric print that is 'masculine'...whatever that means!  Here is a set that I made for myself before my trip to the British Isles this past summer:

You can find the tutorial for this craft at Little Birdie Secrets.

Gift Giving Idea #2

Book Plates
My next gift idea is from one of my favorite crafting sites called Skip to My Lou.  This is a great idea for a teacher gift or really for anyone who likes to read.  As they mention on the site, you could print out these labels (although I would just print them on sticker paper as opposed to buying the sticker medium) and give them with a gift card to a book store. 

Gift Giving Idea #1

Wondering what to give for gifts this year?  Well, I've compiled a list of affordable gift-giving ideas that you can make (mostly) at home!  I'll be posting them periodically over the next couple weeks so stay tuned!

 CD Sleeve Cookies
Materials Needed:
-1 box of paper CD sleeves
-Sticker paper (bough mine at Staples)
-color printer to print the labels
-parchment paper (to line the inside of the CD sleeve so grease marks don't stain the paper)
-ingredients to make your favorite cookie recipe

I gave these out last year to my coworkers and some of my students.  First, bake slightly oversized cookies (I just used trial and error to get the correct size for my oatmeal raisin cookies), then line the paper sleeves with parchment paper or aluminum foil.  Next, print out the labels onto sticker paper, cut out and affix to the to of the packaging, half hanging over the front, the other half hanging over the back. I originally saw this idea on MarthaStewart.com but created my own sticker labels in Photoshop. You can download my template (but you'll have to click on the link twice) for the labels HERE. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Teacher Crafty Lady

Soooo, I should probably change the name of this blog to TEACHER Crafty Lady from September to June because the role of high school teacher has taken priority over my craft time!  This school year has been just crazy so far and I honestly haven't had that much time to craft.  It probably all began when I moved my sewing desk out of my craft room and into the flip house to stage the office.  When I brought it back in school had started and I hit the ground running grading papers and planning lessons.  Also, I have been cheating on this blog with this blog.  So I guess I have technically been crafty and creative, just with another purpose in mind!  I promise I will post more crafts soon!!