Stash Bash – Saint Nicholas handmade gifts

I’ve never met a crafter without a stash of some kind. This year my goal is to use up all the craft supplies I have spent money on that are taking up mental and physical space in my life.  Join me here every Thursday for a Stash Bash.   

How lucky for a Stash Bash to fall on such a beautiful feast day!!  I hope you are enjoying your day if you do indeed celebrate this feast day.  I am sorry for getting this posted so late this morning.  I was up again until 2 AM finishing the last gift to put into the kids shoes.  I actually am not showing that particular gift because I did not put the last part on it though my son was super happy with it anyway but once it is done I will share the pattern…it’s a knitted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!!

This  year I had to really think hard to make the gifts from stuff we already have but I am very happy with everything.  I hope this does not sound like bragging but I heard some of the kids this morning saying “this really looks store bought, how did Momma do that” and one of my older children who was walking by saying “come on it’s Momma, she can do anything”.   That made the entire day of crafting yesterday worth it.  And it makes me feel like a super hero!! Except, that I’m sure super heroes don’t wait until the last minute to make projects they have had planned for weeks. 

If anyone wants a how to on any of these little gifts, just ask and I will post a tutorial.  They are all small gifts and make good stocking stuffers.

Burlap sack with a leather tie from my scrap collection of leather to put the wooden memory cards into

animal tracks memory game drawn by Momma

Tic tac toe game on a wool bag with a velcro closure to keep game pieces in.  The tic tac toe pieces are made from wood circles
Livie loved this clothespin doll.  I think some furniture might be in order for Christmas!

the girls got handmade knitting needles with their very own stitch markers.  These were so easy to make and were finished with a nice beeswax polish

and by the time I came downstairs Ronnie had already put them to use.  I need to do some knitting lessons with her but I guess she started figuring it out on her own.

and for my bacon afficionado…a bacon shirt

the only things I had to purchase for the Saint Nick gifts were this t-shirt and chocolate coins which they know will await them every year.  If you look closely, you will see that they are Hanukah coins because that is all I was able to find at the store…though they were 40% off and I don’t think they kids even noticed.  I’m surprised actually!

So what have you been up to? I love to see what you come up with. I have added the Mr Linky to the bottom of this post for you to link up your Stash Bash projects.

Here’s what to do. There are no rules. 
Just use what you have and try to not buy new supplies, unless you need it to complete a project that you are making from stuff you already have in your stash. 
Take a 

12 Responses to Stash Bash – Saint Nicholas handmade gifts

  1. 5-htp May 3, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Handicrafting has its roots in the rural crafts the material-goods necessities of ancient civilizations, and many specific crafts have been practiced for centuries, while others are modern inventions, or popularizations of crafts which were originally practiced in a limited geographic area.

  2. utah medicaid April 23, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    In some contexts gift giving can be construed as bribery. This tends to occur in situations where the gift is given with an implicit or explicit agreement between the giver of the gift and its receiver that some type of service will be rendered because of the gift.

  3. Megan January 11, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    Two years ago I made my boys and nephews hobby horses out of thick outdoor socks, stuffed animal eyes, cotton yarn and twine. They are still being enjoyed and holding up very well!

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  5. Mama Taylor December 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I would love to know how you made those knitting needles! Can you please post a tutorial?

  6. amber hudson-o' December 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    love this idea, just came across your blog so will deffinately link up in the future 🙂 luckily the headband in my post I've had for about 6 months and the button for over a year so it's good to see them go to new homes 🙂

  7. priest's wife December 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    So sweet! How did you attach the arms (wire?) to the doll?

  8. One Acre Follies December 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Wow! I think your kids are right. You can do anything! And yes, I'd love to know about the stitch markers and the clothes pin doll.

  9. Sarah December 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    I LOVE the knitting needles! I have tried to make needles before, but yours are far more beautiful than any I have made. I would love a tutorial for those!

  10. EMMA December 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    What wonderful gifts you have made, and how lovely to hear how much your children appreciate you. I'd love a tutorial on any of the above, especially the stitch markers! I have plain old plastic ones which I am forever losing, if I had such beautiful ones as you make I'd be far more careful!! they look like little jewels!

  11. Courtney December 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Proverbs 31 woman…her children will rise and call her blessed. You are well on your way! Enjoy your day, your children, and their kind words. God bless!

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