101 Days of Christmas: DIY Dyed Play Silks
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101 Days of Christmas: DIY Dyed Play Silks

Play silks are a great open-ended toy for kids. They can become a fort, a baby blanket, a scarf or a sari. I've been wanting to dye play silks for the girls for a long time now -- and I've even had the silk and Kool-Aid just waiting to be used -- but for some…

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101 Days of Christmas: DIY Cookie Tin Divider

I may have gone a bit overboard with trying chex mix varieties this year, making original, apple pie, caramel corn and cranberry-orange! But the reason I created so many different varieties (ahem, besides the fact that eating them makes my heart and my stomach happy!) is because I had a vision for this fun DIY…

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Green Gifts from Laundry Tree for Christmas

Looking for a practical green gift for someone you love? Be sure to check out Laundry Tree SoapNuts! Practical gifts aren't for everybody (my mom would much prefer a thoughtful, inexpensive gift than an expensive "practical" one), but my Christmas and birthday wishlists often include kitchen tools, reference books, and more! This Christmas, give the…

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101 Days of Christmas: Felt-Covered Journals
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101 Days of Christmas: Felt-Covered Journals

I actually made these felt-covered journals for our sisters a couple of years ago, but I figured they were worth resurrecting for the series because they make great stocking stuffers or teacher gifts. {If only I had an updated picture...} This would be a great project for kids who are just learning to hand sew,…

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101 Days of Christmas: Marshmallow Shooters

We made these marshmallow shooters for my younger step-brothers a few years ago, and they were a hit. Rather than just giving them the guns and some marshmallows (or pompoms for indoor play), we also include paint and foam brushes so that they could camouflage them as well. That year, as the rest of us…

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101 Days of Christmas: Felt Coffee Cozy
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101 Days of Christmas: Felt Coffee Cozy

Isn't this felt coffee cozy so much fun? And the best part is you can customize it with any shape or design -- white snowflakes, a Christmas tree, an apple for a teacher, embroidered names, etc. It's also a really easy project. While I like the look of the hand sewn edges, they don't need…

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101 Days of Christmas: Homemade Soap
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101 Days of Christmas: Homemade Soap

I've always wanted to make homemade soap, but I'm intimidated by the directions for making soap from scratch because it involves lye and comes with all kinds of safety warnings. I'm a little too scattered in the kitchen -- with kids running in and out and multiple projects going at once -- to trust myself…

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Giveaway: $100 Minted.com Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Quinn ([email protected])! I'm excited about today's giveaway, and I'm especially excited to check "order Christmas cards" off of my Christmas to-do list! Minted.com offers premium cards for a variety of holidays and occasions, and their new 2012 Christmas card collection offers a beautiful variety of traditional and…

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Jewelry Gifts from RedEnvelope.com

I've always loved browsing the unique gifts at RedEnvelope.com. From the practical to the heartfelt, I'm always able to find something for those hard-to-buy-for people on my gift list. Despite the abundance of items available, the site is easy to browse with categories and subcategories to help you navigate right to the gifts that interest…

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Holiday Craft Supplies from The Ribbon Retreat!

I'm so excited to introduce you to one of the 101 Days of Christmas sponsors today: Whether you're having a handmade Christmas, hoping to create your own accessories to match your little girls' Christmas outfits or you're an entrepreneur with your own handmade business, The Ribbon Retreat is a one-stop shop for  ribbon, fabric, barrettes,…

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