Handmade Christmas

Cookies in a jar - Recipe and free downloadable labels HERE
I am actually planning on changing my pantry to complete mixes in jars (examples found here) - I have a plan for the new year - and living out of town and wanting to eat simple this just seems like the ideal thing to do.

Pillowcase mattress for the kid - can form into many different variations and packs up small to travel with. I used four vintage pillowcases (.50 cents each) and four pillows from the spare beds around the house and half hour of my time = WIN.
Most variations I found on the net used one large piece of fabric or Donna cover and five slots.  Here I made up my own pattern (pattern was as complicated as sewing together four pillow cases then stuffing them with actual pillows - yep that hard)

DIY Mugs.
Mugs found for $1 each - Draw on,with a sharpie, the design - Bake in oven for 30 mins at 180 Deg Cel. The word on the net/pintrest is that there is mixed success with these designs working long term. Apparently if you keep them out of the dishwasher and hand wash only you will get good results. Fingers crossed.

So that is a little taste of a few projects I have made for this Christmas - you know I love to give handmade - and with the sheer amount of inspiration out there you can easily give your loved ones something that is handmade - unique as well as quality - handmade doesn't have to mean "tacky"....go orn.....

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.