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More Cheap Holiday Gift Ideas! by arteesvida
December 9, 2008, 12:52 pm
Filed under: Holiday Projects, Home and Garden

1) Make a throw pillow out of a silk scarf!

2) One dollar design finds from Domino.  Some good ideas, just like their one dollar gift ideas in the last post.

3) Embroidered menorah (very easy and chic looking!)

4) WalletPop’s gifts you wouldn’t know are from the dollar store.

5)  Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt Cake.  Doesn’t this look delicious?  I would love for someone to give me a delicious cake!

6) Cute bears to sew from felt.  A fairly easy hand sewing project.  Come to think of it, I would love someone to give me some felt bears, too!

7) Marshmallow guns! No need to buy them, they are simple and inexpensive to make!

8)   Homemade felt stockings.  Another fairly simple hand sewing project, and one you can fill with goodies!

9) Free printable 2009 calender.  Gorgeous graphics.  Print it off at work for no cost at all!!

10) Ok, so I don’t have a number ten.  What is your favorite inexpensive idea?



Poor and Crafty — Budget Christmas Ideas by arteesvida
November 30, 2008, 5:25 am
Filed under: Holiday Projects, Home and Garden

1) Domino has a bunch of dollar gift ideas here, with some clever new spins on some inexpensive classics. 

2) Homemade hot chocolate mix.  This mix is TO DIE FOR OMG SO GOOD.  I’ve not had any kind better that isn’t completely homemade.  And sometimes this recipe even beats the completely homemade.  There is some serious fighting over this mix whenever I make it.  Talk about office politics!  You can present it in jars, or baggie it up, put it in a Christmas mug (mason jars and Christmas mugs are dirt cheap at thrift stores, which will make you not only cheap, but green).  If you want to get fancy, decorate with ribbon, candy cane, etc.

3) Homemade quick bread such as Pumpkin Plumpkin Bread (this recipe makes two loaves, which equals two gifts, or one-for-me-one-for-you.

4) Have a friend who loves to cook? Make them some Umami Salt!

5) Print wrappers for candy bars or candy canes.  This makes a great little work present!  Some are even customizable.  Here, here, and here.

6) Make small, inexpensive theme baskets. Some ideas: tea, a mug, and honey; bath salts and a candle, mexican hot chocolate and a molinillo (ok, so that’s only regionally inexpensive).

7) Teacup candles (love this idea, it’s great even if crafty isn’t your thing)!

8) Your Daily Freebies is my favorite deals and freebies board online.  Great source for cheap and free magazines subscriptions and other items you can use as gifts!

9) Have kids? Frame their art with inexpensive frames and mats from the thrift store or your local discount supercenter.  I have my kids art mixed in with other framed pieces around the house and it looks great.  A good present for grandparents!

10) Marble suncatchers.  I want a bunch of these on my back porch!



Corozon Charms by arteesvida
January 6, 2007, 12:10 am
Filed under: Holiday Projects, Mixed Media, Non-Traditional Jewelry


I’m participating in a valentine charm swap and these are what I’m making (I still have to make several more…it’s a BIG swap). I started with plain wooden disks from Michaels and painted them black. I decoupaged corozon loteria cards on the front of each one (that I sized especially on the computer to make them fit). Then I sprayed them with Krylon triple thick glaze. I drilled a small hole in the top and in the bottom of the wooden block, and set an eye pin in each hole with E6000. I added a glass heart bead to a head pin and attached it to the bottom eye pin with a jump ring and added a larger jump ring to the top eye pin. They are big enough to wear as a pendant!
Does anyone want to see more step by step pictures? I can take them when I make the next batch!



Spider Brickstitch Pattern by arteesvida
December 22, 2006, 12:49 am
Filed under: Beading, Holiday Projects

This pattern was designed and created by Faith Harper. Permission is granted by the author for the pattern’s use in creating beaded projects for personal use and resale. However the pattern itself may not be reprinted without written permission from the author.

My son loves Spider-Man. LOVES LOVES LOVES Spider-Man. He was Spider-Man for Halloween last year and we have high hopes that he will take off the costume any day now!

I designed this pattern with him in mind…use it to celebrate the latest Spider-Man adventure or get an early start on your Halloween jewelry. This brickstitch pattern would make a great necklace or amulet bag!



Valentine’s Day Projects by arteesvida
December 21, 2006, 11:49 pm
Filed under: Beading, Clay Jewelry, Holiday Projects, Kid Friendly Projects, Wire Work

Beadwork Projects

Tons of links to Valentines projects from the Beadwork section of the About network

Rings ‘n Things Pattern for Beaded Heart Earrings

Valentine’s Day Jewelry Making Projects from the About network. (Scroll down the page to see the V-Day listings!):

Wire Work Projects

Wire Mesh Heart Pendent (This is designed for card making, but would also work well for making pins and pendents.)

Wig Jig Wire Heart Projects

WigJig Four Square Hearts pendent

WigJig University Valentine Choker and Earring Set

WigJig Unversity Heart Suncatcher (Another project designed to be something else but would work great for jewelry making!

Polymer Clay Projects

Valentine’s Day Polymer Clay Heart Cane

Sarajane’s Polymer Clay Valentine’s Hearts

HGTV’s Hearts and Flowers Polymer Clay Pin

Paper or Plastic Projects

Valentine’s Day Foamy Hearts Earrings

Shrink Plastic Heart Necklace

Projects For Kids

Bread Dough Heart Pins

Kid’s Domain Valentine Pin

Kid’s Domain Plaster Of Paris Valentine’s Day Pin

Valentine’s Day Necklaces and Bracelets from Kids Domain

Heart pattern for making safety pin jewelry from the Family Crafts section About network



Thanksgiving Projects by arteesvida
December 21, 2006, 11:48 pm
Filed under: Beading, Clay Jewelry, Holiday Projects, Kid Friendly Projects, Wire Work

Thanksgiving Jewelry Making Projects

Tom Turkey Pin

Cute lapel pin project made with wood cut-outs!

Thanksgiving Earrings

Fun beadwork project…complete with fabulous beaded “feathers”!

Pilgrim Hat Pony Bead Pattern

A great project for small fingers using satin cord and pony beads.

Thanksgiving Perler Bead Patterns

Two nice perler patterns…a thanksgiving turkey and a gorgeous cornocopia.

Turkey Pin

Easy felt lapel pin project.

Turkey Bead Safety Pin

A nice beaded safety pin jewelry project.

Cornocopia Beaded Safety Pin

A colorful cornocopia pattern.

Incognito Turkey

I love this little guy! He would make a great little pendent!

Sassy Scarecrow Pendent

An easy polymer clay molding project.

Pumpkin Seed Beads

The pumpkin seeds get salted and roasted in my house, but if they last longer in yours, you can make this fun necklace out of them!

Autumn Leaf Brooch

Mexican pottery clay and water colors duplicates the look of fired pottery for this cool pin!

Holiday Harvest

A lovely indian corn beadwork pattern!



Samhain Style by arteesvida
December 21, 2006, 11:38 pm
Filed under: Beading, Clay Jewelry, Holiday Projects, Wire Work

Moon Earrings

This triangular brick stitch pattern works up into a pretty moon and star earring pattern.

Pentacle Power Jewelry

Work up this cool pentacle beadwork pattern to make a choker, a bracelet, or even earrings!

Pentagon Choker

This pretty choker is a great wire jig project!

Triple Moon Necklace

Another neat Wig-Jig University project…check out the pretty purple moons!

Star Power Earrings

Pretty five point star earrings!

Half Moon Earrings

Pretty half moons made with a wire jig super peg.

Triple Spiral Pin

Honor the Maiden, Mother, and Crone with this triple spiral wire pin.