Thursday, November 29, 2012

Handmade Gift Exchange {What I Made} and an Announcement!

Hello friends. It's been awhile, huh?

Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? Our  little family certainly did. We took almost a week off, disconnected from the outside world and reconnected with our family at a beachfront home in Florida for the holiday. It was awesome. (More about our trip tomorrow!)

I feel like I've been so incredibly busy. The holidays tend to turn us into mad women, rushing around decorating, gift buying and just trying to get it all done. Am I right?

This year, I decided to add to the chaos and I joined in on the Handmade Gift Exchange that Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous hosts twice a year. And I'm so glad I did!

How does it work? Well, you sign up and then get paired up with another crafty gal. You two chat a bit, discover what the other one likes and then you create a personal, handmade gift for your craft exchange buddy.

Here's what I made for my buddy this time around.

 In case you can't tell, it's a Christmas-themed, monogram wreath to display on her front door, or anywhere  else in her home. Do you like it?

I love the little leaves, berries and bells cluster that I added. Such a fun touch! :)

 To make your own you'll need:
* Yarn
* Hot glue gun
* Any little extra accessories you'd like to add
* Time and PATIENCE!

These wreaths definitely take time to come out  right... and you need patience to get the yarn to stay just right on the ends of the letters. But, it's definitely worth it for the final product! :)

I mailed this out a few days ago, so it should be arriving soon. I'm so excited to see what my buddy made for me! :)

I guess I should also add, that I will be opening my own Etsy Shop this January!! It's been in the works for about 3 months now and I'm super excited to share my craft with you. I'll be selling yarn wreaths, yarn monograms and monogram yarn wreaths (like the one above). I'll be sure to share more info as my opening gets closer! :)

Have you ever participated in a Craft Exchange? Interested in signing up for one? Linda hosts one twice a year. Be sure to sign up for her next one! :)


  1. Really pretty! I will definitely catch the next craft gift exchange! And congrats on the Etsy shop!

  2. Ah! That is adorable! I'm already thinking I may need to order something from you for my sister's wedding in June ;)

    And yay for joining the world of Etsy shops! It's so much fun. Lots of hard work, but worth it

  3. I love how you used two different colors instead of just one. And Congrats on the Etsy shop - how exciting!

  4. C for Clever.. very cute! You'll have to let us know when you open your Etsy shop! I'm also an Etsy Lover and shop owner. Congratulations, and Merry Christmas.

  5. Looks great! I'm sure your Craft Exchange buddy will love it :)

  6. Very cute wreath! I never would have thought of using yarn.


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