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Handmade for the Holidays–10 Easy Homemade Gifts

Pinterest, blogs and Facebook, oh my! The internet is awash with projects that put Martha Stewart to shame. One project after the next, and they're all labeled "Easy!" and "Simple!"--but the honest truth is, they're far from simple or easy. Now, I love making homemade gifts. I do it every year, for friends and family alike. But handmade gifts should make your life simpler, not more complicated! … [Read more...]

Homemade for the Holidays: Lucious Lotion Bars

 Have you ever seen those fancy lotion bars at craft fairs or expensive beauty boutiques? They look so pretty and smell SO good! They promise all kinds of great benefits for your skin over the stuff you buy at the department store counter. But here's a little secret: while they are fantastic for your skin, you don't need to pay the high price!  They are very simple to make, use only a few … [Read more...]

Loom Knitting: Braid Knit stitch

I am blown away by the response to my Quick and Easy Loom Knitting post from last year. It is consistently one of the top posts from the site, even now, a year later! When it passed 3000 pins I thought I was going to fall over! I had no idea there was that much interest in beginner loom knitting!I get emails all the time asking for how I make the pattern for the pink scarf. I've never written … [Read more...]

Best of Naturally Frugal: Homemade Lotion Bars

 Have you ever seen those fancy lotion bars at craft fairs or expensive beauty boutiques? They look so pretty and smell SO good! They promise all kinds of great benefits for your skin over the stuff you buy at the department store counter. But here's a little secret: while they are fantastic for your skin, you don't need to pay the high price!  They are very simple to make, use only a few … [Read more...]

Homemade for the Holidays: Add Some Sparkle to Your Step!

   Glitter is everywhere! I have a seven year old daughter so it is all over my home. I need sunglasses to walk into Justice because of all of the sparkles. I go to the store and I see all kinds of glitter-fied products. Celebrities are wearing tons of glitter. Shoes are being covered in it by the hottest designers. Glitter is everywhere, and Pinterest is certainly no exception! Earlier … [Read more...]

Handmade for the Holidays: Loom Knitting

I've been a knitting fool lately! I've determined that this year I am making as many of my gifts as I possibly can, and so I've been very busy with different projects. My favorite projects so far have been my yarn projects. I am by no means coordinated or talented with knitting needles, but I love the idea of making my own scarves, hats and more. I've known how to knit and crochet since I was a … [Read more...]

Simple Holidays: Thanksgiving Printables

  If you've got little ones coming to dinner then you'll love these activity placemats from PaperGlitter to keep them busy!  These beautiful rings from Silverbox Creative let you or your guests share what they are thankful for, then turn them into decorations for your home!How cute is this? Tic Tac Turkey! Get this game plus several other beautiful printables from Anna and Blue.If you've … [Read more...]