Friday, October 25, 2013

2013 Etsy Handmade Gift Guide

handmade gift ideas


Gift Guide 2013,  Etsy Handmade Gifts under 25 dollars

Why not support handmade artisans this year and buy all handmade gifts! These handcrafted picks are my favorites from my Etsy shop and from my friend's shops. Most are under $25 and very unique, creative, fun, some eco-friendly, upcycled and even personalized and one-of-a-kind; all made with love and care. Avoid the crowds and generic gifts and shop online in the convenience of your own home!  Take the handmade pledge and support handmade this holiday season and spread the handmade love!

Jewelry Gifts for under $20
Vibrant handmade mandala necklaces and magnet sets  

mandala necklaces


Energizing, healing and calming mandala pendant only $14.50 for the small, one inch size and $18 for larger ones. These mandala patterns are super fun to create on a computer program; they are my original designs and are not mass produced like the ones you see made from scrapbook paper or digital downloads. They come in many vibrant colors with a modern stainless steel cord or vintage style chain. 

magnet gift set

Jewels for the fridge!
I also make mandalas in colorful magnet sets! The the fiery orange, pink and yellow is my favorite! May be a great gift for your massage therapist!

Gifts for Nature Lovers 
Fern Necklace Earrings Set 

Handmade emerald green fern necklace earrings set; perfect gift for nature lovers for $18.50. Made with my own photo of a fern I took on a hike in the Cascades. I also have other earrings necklaces and even magnets using this print, all under $25! 

necklace earrings set

Personalized Gifts for Him or Her
Hand stamped collar stays and jewelry

Love the idea of a personalized gift? These personalized hand stamped collar stays are so unique and they are only $18 from Beadsoul on Etsy. You can find hand stamped guitar picks, bracelets and cuff links. For her, personalized rings, bracelets, necklaces and more! Be sure to click on the photo to go to Beadsoul on Etsy!

personalized gifts

Gifts for Music Lovers
Unique Guitar pick earrings with treble clef  

Beautiful earrings are made with guitar picks and feature handmade solid brass treble clefs; check out these earrings in many colors plus some other fabulous must-see items by CobaltandCopper on Etsy!

gifts for music lovers

Chunky Stretch Cocktail Ring

Don't know her finger size? These fun statement rings stretch to fit anyone! Get them at SparkleCatStudio on Etsy for $25 and under!

chunky ring

hair accessories

orange hair sticks

Gifts For Her
Gifts For Long Haired Women and Girls

Hair sticks make a special gift for the long haired ladies. Great with a casual messy bun or a formal up-do; all sorts of styles and colors to chose from, most under $25.

Gifts  for Book Lovers

 Gemstone bead bookmark only $10! Stock up on these, everyone could use a bookmark like this! Find gorgeous gemstone beaded bookmarks, earrings and jewelry at PrettyRockShop on Etsy

beaded bookmark

gifts for baby girl


Gift for Baby Girl
Crocheted Baby Dress 

Cutest crochet baby dress made by Knitwhats? on Etsy for only $24, also see the fun crocheted donuts and even cuff bracelets and necklace all for under $25! 

 Gifts for Everyone

Say something with a special card!

Sometimes a special card is all you need and a handmade one is even better! Check out PascalesStudio on Etsy for handmade card sets and prints.

christmas cards

gift for cats

Gifts for Cats 
Don't forget Kitty!

Cute cat toy from NewEnglandCrochet on Etsy for $5!

Fun Stocking Stuffers 
Colorful Stacked Button Magnet Sets 

Who wouldn't love some cute colorful magnets for their kitchen or magnetic board? Stacked button magnets made from an assortment of plastic, metal, glass wood, vintage buttons from my button stash in multi-colors or solids. These are so fun to make! Perfect for a small gift, gift for older kids, stocking stuffer or secret Santa gift. Most come in sets of eight for only $13. Neodymium magnets are super strong and can hold several layers of paper! These are shipped in a pretty decorative box all ready for gift giving. 

button magnets

More handmade gift ideas from home decor to handmade jewelry:

'Etsy Handmade Gift Guide 2013' by BluKatDesign

Turquoise Sakura Cherry Blos...

Magpie Feather painting Bird...

Crochet Beanie Hat with croc...

Black and Red Macrame Bracel...

Stuffed Monster Plush, Felt ...

EAT Sign / Kitchen Wall deco...

Turquoise Blue Pansy Pot 1

Red Jasper Teardrop Earrings...

Candle holder - Light out of...

Girl's Yellow Batik Peas...

Red Heart Necklace

Key Hanger in a Red Mosaic P...

Scrabble Tile Coasters

Black and red leather bracel...

The Whirlpool Hand Knit Broo...

Colorful Dragonfly Brooch, d...

Are you taking the handmade pledge and buying and supporting handmade?  I would love to see your comments!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Decorative Foil Balls DIY

decorative balls

I am always searching for ways of reducing static from the dryer and these foil balls are all over Pinterest so I thought I would give it a try! Well, no luck in reducing static but the balls became so smooth and dense; they remind me of mercury glass.

foil dryer balls
Foil dryer balls on Pinterest

I started with about a 2" ball of foil that I firmly packed.  If I do this again, I would start with even bigger balls because they shrink by one third.  Then I made several more:

Now if you put more than two balls in the dryer, it will be very noisy .... and this takes about two months if you do 4-5 loads a week! After a month your ball will look like the one on the right (below) still kind of like a foil ball. It takes awhile to get the smooth burnished look as the one on the left!

foil balls

I think these balls will look great for the holidays.  So now,  I see some pins where they say to also put vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser for the rinse!   I am going to have to try this one!

Do you have any laundry tips or have any cool ideas for decorative balls? Do you have any Pinterest fails? I would love your comments here :)

UPDATE: No more balls in the dryer; just 1/4 vinegar in a Downy ball for the rinse cycle and not a bit of static!!!