Tablecloths, Advent Calendars, Leaf Art & Wrapping Paper

BonBon Break

A Thanksgiving Family Tradition Tablecloth

~:: From Glitter to Gumdrops ::~

I’ve known Mary for years, but I didn’t know about this until last year when we were crafting together, and she brought this beauty out to embroider. She can’t remember where she found this idea, because it is 34 years old.

ABOUT CHRISTY: My name is Christy, and I’ve been blogging crafts, cooking, and a side of travel and daily life for the last few years at I’m an accidental blogger. I began years ago to keep up with friends, who soon wandered away into cyber space and life, and I turned my blog into a living recipe book and craft journal for myself. Who knew when you put your ‘stuff’ out into the world of the internet others could and might want to access it? I’ve had the pleasure of growing organically over the years and love the people I meet the projects they try and report back on, and the ideas they share with me. My full time job is teaching, and I also do live crafting segments on Good Morning, Texas every few weeks. I minor in lots of majors and there’s a bit of every craft genre floating around my site. I love sharing the fun things I find to do, the ideas my friends (both ‘real’ and ‘blog’) share with me, and passing along the old and new crafts with a fun twist.

Pottery Barn for Kids Knockoff Advent Calendar

~:: While Wearing Heels ::~

The days leading up to Christmas can be an exciting time. Make counting down those days even more special by creating your own advent calendar.

This detailed tutorial, inspired by The Pottery Barn for Kids advent calendar, gives you 25 free patterns for each pocket and instruction on how to put it all together. The patterns mainly involve cutting out felt and gluing so it’s easy enough, you can even get the kids involved. Use the patterns as inspiration or create your own pocket(s) that hold special meaning for your family. The possibilities are endless.




ABOUT AMY: Amy, from While Wearing Heels, suffers from a severe form of Crafter Attention Deficit Disorder SO does her blog. She finds herself doing a lot of tutorials. What sort of a tutorial really depends on the week (crafts, hair, home decor, how to extract a bento box cup from your dog after she has eaten one). She likes to share things she thinks are interesting or helpful and hopes to get that across with a few laughs thrown in.

Join the good times and ideas with Amy on Pinterest or Facebook.

Paper Punching Leaves

~:: Grow Creative ::~

Put your paper punches to good use with something other than paper. Punch out fun shapes from brightly colored fall leaves to create unique shapes with unique textures.

ABOUT ELISE: Elise Engh is an artist turned crafter who started her blog, Grow Creative , in 2010 in hopes of documenting her own creative growth and encouraging others in cultivating their own creativity. She is a mother of one rambunctious four-year-old and loves to crochet, paint, take photos, decorate her home on a budget, and experiment with all forms of art.

Follow along with her at Grow Creative, Facebook, and Pinterest .

Hand-stamped wrapping paper

~:: Swoon ::~

There’s something special about a perfectly wrapped gift, isn’t there? It’s the cherry on top of the gift itself. I ran out of pretty gift wrap the other day and decided to improvise by making my own. You’d be surprised at what you can do with a few items you probably already have a home. Click over to Swoon to find out how to make your own hand-stamped wrapping paper, just in time for the Holiday rush!





ABOUT RANDI: Randi is the creator of the blog Swoon!  and resides in the Pacific Northwest. She spends her days wrangling three children under the age of five and making pretty things in between. She also loves reading, cooking, planning parties, and exploring the city. She finds joy in the details of daily living, and loves learning new things. Swoon! is a journal of her life, with plenty of projects and ideas thrown in for fun.

Follow Randi on Twitter and Pinterest.