Mother’s Day is sneaking up on us, and as we all know moms love something handmade.
But if your crafting skills fall a little bit shy of magnificent, you can get a helping hand from Cozyblue. This family tree embroidery pattern would make a perfect gift for you to buy yourself and complete for mom. She’ll love your effort and want to keep it as an heirloom.
I am so ready for spring. With two blizzards and record-breaking snow in New York City this year, I am desperate for a sign of warmer days to come.
This sweetly designed bird feeder from StudioLiscious would be so perfect to hang from a tree dripping with buds to welcome the first birds of Spring. Do you hear that birds? I’m calling you back!
I love decorating with independent art. Sites like Etsy are my go-to place for unique prints. Since today is Valentine’s Day I thought I would share my favorite prints that will bring a little love home all year long.
Who can forget the now famous Domino cover featuring this modern For Like Ever poster above a traditional white fireplace?
Barb Blair, owner of Knack Studios in Greenville, SC, is known for her inspired “redeeming” of old furniture. I’m in love with her designs. And if I can’t be her, I at least want to own one of her pieces.
Barb names each of her works. This one is “berno,” my favorite because of the poppies and porcelain drawer pulls. If you don’t live near Greenville, don’t worry. Knack originals are for sale on Etsy, and Barb has the shipping down to a science.
What I call “National Love/Lust Day” is just one month away. And while plenty of people dread Feb. 14th, I’m not ashamed to say I LUV IT…now. As a child, I was completely traumatized by forced elementary school participation in Valentine’s Day. Decorating a shoebox with a slit at the top. Watching with feigned excitement as classmates slipped cards into the box. I would get a valentine from my crush saying, “I’m bananas over you!” Was he really, or did five other girls get the same card? The agony and the ecstasy. Fortunately, I’ve reclaimed my passion for Valentine’s Day through the power of crafts, and so can you. This year, get into the spirit with these fun, DIY projects sure to please loved ones of all ages.
Artificial flowers have never been so well-read.
These intricate, handmade bouquets are crafted by Melisa Simo from vintage folded paper. Melisa’s Etsy shop Whether Paperworks can customize a special Valentine’s Day gift, a wedding bouquet or a Mother’s Day pomander from love poems or your favorite piece of music. I even like the thought of having one of these lovely arrangements on a bedside table with colors picked to match my decor.
Design Happens fans love all things interior design. So, what could be more perfect for this week’s Freebie than a piece of art that matches our passion.
Florida artist Anne Harwell’s blog, Annechovie, is a must-read around the office. And her bright prints, available in the Annechovie Etsy shop, are popping up all over the web and in shelter magazines. (Even her orange chair print has made it big. Look for it over Meryl Streep’s shoulder in a scene from the movie It’s Complicated.) Anne wants a Design Happens reader to take home her Blue and White Ginger Jar print. Enter to win by answering this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, January 10.
This week’s question: What would you commission Anne Harwell to paint for your home? A beloved pet? A favorite piece of furniture?
Are you always digging through your cabinets to find the spice you need? Me too. And the one I want is always in back.
Problem solved with this 24-inch spice rack from Purposedesign which mounts on your wall to keep the spices you always need at hand. Added bonus? This rack comes with the spices shown.
While I always welcome the new year with a small gathering of my closest friends and family, I can’t help feeling I’m part of a giant cosmic party celebrating with billions of people all over the world. Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s party for four or 40, check out our favorite decorating ideas for ringing in 2011…with a bang.
Just two more days until the big day! I know my wish list items have been on the huge-price-tag side, but what’s the point of dreaming if you’re not gonna dream big? However, today’s gift is definitely in the doable range.
Etsy shop PadandQuill hand makes these hard cases (for iPads, iPhones, Kindles and more) that masquerade as a Moleskine-style journals. The cloak-and-dagger quality of these protective carriers made me fall for them instantly. And with all the delicate electronics everyone is carrying around these days, a case like this sure would come in handy, Santa.
Hello, Santa. Have I told you how handsome you look in that red suit? In fact, you’d look darling standing next to this primitive apothecary cabinet in that snappy outfit of yours. (And the pitchfork could come in handy of the elves get out of hand.)
If I ever did get a cabinet like this one (#7 on my design wish list), I think I’d have to make a index on my computer of the contents in all the drawers. So many wonderful places to squirrel things away!
…electric toaster. And a rather stylish one at that. If this has perked your interest in historic toaster designs, you’ll love the International Toaster Museum.
And don’t forget to pass along any great design mysteries you find. Just send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you catch the premiere of our special, 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas? If you missed it, be sure to tune in or set your DVR for the encore airing this Friday, December 3 at 2p/1c.
I was so inspired by the hundreds of cool Etsy crafts that I made a handmade gift of my own.
My inspiration: Handmade Felt & Yarn Wreath by Etsy Seller Itz Fitz
As the sun sets, so begins the eight-night celebration of Hanukkah. Around the world, families and friends will spin the dreidel, light the menorah and exchange presents.
D’oh! Did you forget someone on your gift list? Clearly “Comet the Hanukkat” looks miffed! This handmade felt dreidel stuffed with organic catnip is sure to put a smile on his face.
OhBoyCatToy: Organic Catnip Dreidel
Whether you’re punting for a last minute hostess gift or looking to shop ahead for next year for your bubbeh, zeyde or mameleh, here are some of our favorite, beautifully designed and cool crafted Hanukkah and Judaica gifts from Etsy.
To celebrate tonight’s premiere of the show 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas, we’re giving away a little piece of HGTV. Watch the special this evening at 7/6 for a look at hundreds of our favorite Etsy gifts, as well as excellent how-tos for 15 fabulous crafts you can make and give as presents.
I snagged this on-trend and utterly cute birdhouse terrarium by Etsy seller No Place Like Gnome while visiting the set of the 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas shoot.
Take a few seconds to answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, Nov. 29 for your chance to win the kit to recreate this whimsical terrarium.
This week’s question: What is the most cherished handmade gift you’ve given or received?
And don’t forget to watch the show!
Taking a break from Black Friday insanity? Delight in this bit of black instead.
This handmade vinyl wall decal by Etsy seller Spell It Out is by far the prettiest chalkboard I’ve ever seen. Don’t you agree, it makes a to-do list much more appealing? I love the melding of the Victorian design aesthetic with the modern-day need for organization.
For the ultimate Black Friday escape, don’t miss the premiere of our new show 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas tonight at 7pm ET. Plus HGTV’s guide to 100 of our favorite handmade gifts from Etsy crafters is free from parking hassles!
Happy Thanksgiving and warmest wishes to you all! (Especially if you live in or are traveling through those parts of the country getting blasted by blizzards and Arctic chill this holiday. Brrrr.)
Looking for more craft ideas to decorate with this holiday season? Don’t miss the premiere of HGTV’s new show 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas tomorrow at 7pm ET. It’s packed with hundreds of great Etsy presents. Plus our experts have created 15 fabulous step-by-step presents you can make yourself.
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