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Handmade Christmas Craft Along Week 2 and Winner

Sorry for the delay, boy what a day.  Something terrible occured (though I have no idea what it may have been) and my kitchen sink and solid surface countertop have some pretty big cracks in them making using them very tricky.  I have been all over town looking for replacements, Lowes, Home Depot, HHGreg, Sears and last and most fun, IKEA.  I also have children preparing for speach contests which needed to be finished tonight and I am half way through 6 costumes for All Saints Day….I am exhausted!  The good part is, I will have some remodeling projects coming up to share with you in the near future. 

Thank you so much for all your super kind words on my knitting project yesterday. Every comment left here is very special to me : )  With every comment I read I felt like “hey, I think I really can do this!”  I can’t wait to finish the baby kimono and share it with all of you.  I also got so many great suggestions on patterns to try, Thank You!!!!

To begin this week, I want to announce the winner of the pair of earrings from The Clover Dilly is…..

Mandi @ Catholic Newlywed said… I love those earrings! And I love the idea of homemade Christmas gifts
Mandi, please email me so I can get your package out to you : ) 

I really love these earrings so much!  I own a few pairs and they are so sweet.  I am super excited to share a super good deal that Alex from The Cloverdilly has extended to my blog readers.  If you order two pairs she will give you another of your choice for free.  Yippeee!!!  These are very well received as stocking stuffers or gifts for any girl (any age) on your list.  You can visit her store right here. (Note* to receive the free pair, just leave the color you would like for the third and free pair in the comments section when checking out)

If you are joining in on the Craft Along, just leave a comment and a link to what you are making or made in the linky link or in the comments box.  It doesn’t have to be recent but it does have to be handmade.  To see the challenge pledge click here
Here are my handmade gift ideas for this week:
I was not able to find a link to make this corner book marker but I am planning on making it from two triangles of wool felt and embroider the recipients name on it.  I have a few book lovers on my list so this is on my list to make.   

This next one comes to us from Skip to My Lou.  The tutorial is very easy to follow. I plan to make from super soft cotton knit and with a yard I can make a few. 

Isn’t this knot tote so cute?  I really can’t decide whether I will make this to give or to keep but I will be making it!  Jessica at Me Sew Crazy posted this project back in the summer and I tucked it away for just this purpose.

I love coasters!  I found these on Flickr by NanaCompany and I believe she sells them on Etsy but you will have to check for yourself here.  These would not be hard to make without a tutorial but again if you cannot make it yourself, buy it from someone who can.

Do you have someone on your list who runs on a treadmill (not I, but I am sure they are out there).  This Ipod holder would be very useful.  Find the tutorial here.
I could use these business card holders.  Go on over to The Craft Cupboard to see how.
Of course on my list there are knitters and crocheters (in my same house really) so some crochet hook and knitting needle cases are a must.  Here are a couple of different ones.

you can find the pattern here
and this sewn version also has some cute hand embroidery.  This would make a very special present for any yarn lover in your life.
OK so that is it!  What are YOU working on?  Please share with us.  If the Mister Linky Link dissapears, please share in the comments section and I will try to figure out the linky thing.

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Holiday themed mason jar sippy cups tutorial

I heart mason jars, always have!  When Poppa and I first started this family I kept everything that I could in them. In our little condo kitchen, I removed the doors to the upper cabinets to display my french country inspired jars full of rice, beans, sugar etc.  My style back then was very eclectic and most people thought I was out there (not that they have stopped thinking that) but for the 90’s, this was pretty unusual. Our other use for them was drinking cups. They were cheap and if they broke, who cares plus it gave me an excuse to try my first jam, 3 citrus marmalade (wish I had taken pictures).  Not much has changed since 1996 around here except that we can afford “good” cups for visitors : )

 What you’ll need:
Mason jars with lids and rings
scrapbook paper or fabric
disposable cup lid (like what you would find at a fast food restaurant)

 trace the mason jar lid and cut out enough circles to cover all your jars

 now do the same with all the plastic lids and cut those out

 place your paper or fabric circle under the plastic circle you cut out of the plastic lid. Line them up and with an exacto knife, put the knife in the slit in the cup lid and using it as a guide, cut an x through the paper underneath it.

 put the plastic lid on the jar, paper on top and secure the lid.

 insert straw and enjoy

You can reuse the plastic liner many, many times.  You could also drill a hole in the metal lid of the mason jar itself but I cannot find the bit that makes that hole at the moment and in case you are not handy with a metal drill bit, here you go.

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