Mustache Mug

Mustache items are all the rage lately. I came across this fun and adorable DIY Mustache Mug tutorial from The Tortoise And The Hare. They point out that it would be a great Father’s Day gift, and I agree, but why stop there? I can think of a ton of people on my Christmas list who would get a kick out of this gift. All you need is a mug, a sharpie, Pebeo gel stain, and an oven.

mustache mug

I “mustache” you, who will you be making this mug for?

Easy Breezy Lovely Lace Pottery

This weekend, I found an amazing simple tutorial for creating beautiful lace pottery. I am very excited to try this one out! There are 2 links here, one is the original post by Karen from StrictlySimpleStyle.com and the other is the copied tutorial from Victoria Magazine. All you need is a rolling pin, porcelain clay, a doily, a sponge, and about 2 days time to allow it to dry. I can’t believe it’s so easy to make something this beautiful!

lace pottery

Who will you be making these lovely bowls for?

Peppermint playdough

A couple of weeks ago I posted about gifting DIY Peppermint Hand Scrub and now here is a peppermint gift for the kiddos. Yummy smelling homemade Peppermint Playdough! Actually, I can think of a couple of adults on my list who would enjoy this one, too! 🙂

peppermint playdough

A big thank you to The Idea Room for posting this great tutorial!

To DIY or not to DIY

When is it appropriate to give handmade gifts? Alan Henry at Lifehacker.com, wrote an insightful and informative article that could keep your DIY gift from being a flop to a hit. Stick to what you know. If you don’t sew, don’t attempt to make an outfit that requires a sewing machine. Know your audience. Don’t waste your time gifting something they can make better themselves, already have, or don’t need. Henry says,“Giving a handmade, DIY gift of food, clothing, art, or a useful household item is a great idea, as long as you know you can do it well, and you’re sure they’ll love it.”


I come across adorable gift ideas that require sewing or knitting all the time. I’ve inherited a lot of great traits from my Mother, but sadly her sewing talent is not one of them. I wish I could make these items, but I’m not confident in how they would turn out. Maybe one day I will attempt to make something requiring a sewing machine, but it’s definitely not something I would pawn on to someone else. I make what I know I will be able to do well. The whole concept of DIY gifting is to make a unique something that is giftable and looks store bought. The only time someone wants something that looks it came from elementary school art class, is if it’s from their own elementary aged child.

Not to mention the stress involved in attempting to create something you know nothing about. Usually when you are creating a gift, you have a certain person in mind and a certain event to present it. There is nothing worse than attempting, failing, and being in a time crunch. That’s when you end up not gifting a DIY at all and end if buying a last minute gift card.

I believe that DIY gifting is great for any occasion, but as Henry says, know your audience. For instance, wedding showers and baby showers usually have a gift registry request on the invitation. As Essortment.com says, registrys should “be used as a guide” and “guests aren’t obligated to shop from the registry list. It’s perfectly acceptable to call the hostess to find out if there’s anything in particular the happy couple desires”. Since baby and wedding showers are life changing events that require certain items, I prefer to purchase an item from the registry and make a DIY gift to coordinate. I am still providing the receiver with what’s needed and also giving my heartfelt unique gift.

A great DIY gift for a baby or wedding shower is this Framed Monogram Letter from Tipjunkie.com. You could monogram with the couples last name or the baby’s first name initial. I could see the receiver placing this on their mantel or baby shelf. Happy Crafting!

A gift, just because

I bookmarked this DIY gift idea a couple of weeks ago.I filed it under Teacher Appreciation, maybe something my daughter can give to her teacher as a part of her Christmas gift or teacher appreciation next May. And then I was at Target. Let me just say… I.LOVE.TARGET. Now that I have that off my chest, there were these adorable little coffee themed post it pads and coffee themed pens, all for $1. So I snatched a bunch up and thought, why wait for a specific day to give this gift? We appreciate our daughter’s teacher 365 days a year. So we whipped it up and we gave it on a Wednesday, just because.

Cook with your children

With Thanksgiving coming up, I’m reminded of all the family time that is about to be spent in the kitchen. It got me thinking… how important is it to cook with your kids? I try to let my daughter help out in the kitchen whenever she shows interest, but it can be frustrating when I’m time crunched or attempting something new.

According to webmd.com, cooking with your children has a lot of benefits, like getting them interested in trying healthy foods they normally wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. My daughter used to eat anything and everything in sight, now that she is four, she has become more picky. I’m sure a lot of parents can relate… she would eat mac and cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if we let her. So I’m all for her trying and eating healthy foods, and it makes sense, if she’s a part of what she puts on her plate, she will feel like she had a say in the meal, even if she didn’t. According to the article, there are a lot of other benefits cooking with your children can have:

Some  short-term benefits:

  • Kids feel like they are accomplishing something and contributing to the family.
  • Kids are more likely to sit down to a family meal when they helped prepare it.
  • Parents get to spend quality time with their kids.
  • Kids aren’t spending time in front of the TV or computer while they’re cooking.
  • Kids generally aren’t eating junk food when they’re cooking a meal at home.

Some long-term benefits:

  • Learning to cook is a skill your children can use for the rest of their lives.
  • Kids who learn to eat well may be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
  • Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence.
  • Kids who cook with their parents may even be less likely to abuse drugs.

Wow. It really makes me step back and realize I need to make time, have patience, and encourage her to help with family meals. The author of the site Cooking With My Kid, set a mission in 2009, make 365 recipes in 365 days all with kid-assistance. This challenge has changed the way they eat, cured pickiness, and created a special bonding experience. Check out her blog where she posts recipes, how to videos, picky busters, and super cute photos of her kids making some mouth watering meals as a family.

All this talk about family in the kitchen reminds me of the perfect Take This Make This gift tutorial. Framed family recipes. So sweet and beautiful!