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Christmas Hanky Buntings

As I’m sure most of you know already I am nuts over both vintage hankies and buntings! I did a post earlier this summer that was a hanky bunting. If you have hankies you love but don’t want to cut, you can fold them in half diagonally and tie them together to form a sweet bunting that is just perfect for hanging over a bed. Last Christmas I made another bunting from old hankies too. It turned out to be so sweet I just had to share it with you. I don’t have a photo tutorial, but I will explain my process below. If you like to embroider, you would have so much fun making one of your own!

So, the first thing I did was choose white hankies that were in good shape. I embroidered a letter on each corner to spell “joy.” You could spell out any word you like you just need to have enough hankies corners to do so. I also used a vintage christmas bell hanky that had some spots in the middle, and an embroidered hanky. Next you want to cut your hankies. Fold each corner into the middle so you have a squarish shape and the corners meet in the center. Cut the hanky corners up the straight edge so you end up with four triangle like shapes and a center piece you can keep or toss. Now, lay out your triangles the way you like. I used one printed triangle and one embroidered design triangle on each side of my white embroidered word. Then I took some extra strength stitch witchery and pressed it in between the top of the hanky triangles and some cute ribbon and ironed it. You can then add buttons or a cute running stitch along the ribbon. Pretty easy right!

 I just adore these hanky buntings! It’s a great way to use vintage handkerchiefs! I love how versatile they are! And they really add a sweetness to your decor. These would make sweet gifts as well. Overall a really simple and fun DIY for your favorite space.

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guide 2012- Gifts for Guys

Today is Wednesday, and you know what that means… It’s time for another fun Holiday Gift Guide! This week I’ve scoped out some fantastic finds for the men in your life. Guys can be so hard to shop for sometimes, but I think any man would be happy to receive one of this cool swag.

I love to shop hand made whenever I get the chance, so most of my finds are from wonderful Etsy artist stores. Here are my favorite unique and hand made finds:

Check out this awesome Marvin the Found Object Robot which is also an ipod dock from Gizmobots Here 

Check out this Dr. Who Tardis Iphone Case from  Graphic Pals Here

Check out this fantastic Repurposed Altoid Tin Amplifier and Speaker for IPhone/ Mp3 Players from Ampoids Here

Check out this fun Wood Ipad dock from Vallis Wood Here

Check out this amazing Gift Set of Men’s hygiene Products from Sam’s Natura Here

Check out these cool Red Sox GAME USED Baseball Cufflinks w/ Gift Bag from Bottom of the 9th Online Here

Check out this handy Personalized Little wallet pick guitar case from RNTN Here 

Check out this fun Jackson Galaxy –  Real Men Love Cats – Mens tshirt  from RC Tees Here

Check out this great Dr. Who Dalek in Love Coffee Mug Exterminate The Hate from Betwixxt Here

Check out this awesome Mustache Cookie Dunk Mug from Lenny Mud Here 

There are also a few retailers online that I like to buy from as well. Here are some picks from a few of my favorite sites:

Check out these LED Work Gloves from Think Geek Here

Check out this fun iCADE Mobile – Gaming System for iPhone from Think Geek Here

Check out this cool Whiskey Stones Gift Set from Uncommon Goods Here

Check out this awesome Spark Plug Airplane Paper Weight from Uncommon Goods Here

And last but not least, one of my personal favorites! Check out this R2 D2 Mimobot Flash Drive from Mimoco Here 

Most of the guys I know would love to have any of these cool items! I’d love to have a few of them myself! I just adore the robot with the iphone dock, so cool!Definately check out the fabulous Etsy stores and all the wonderful items they have! I hope I have helped some of you find a great gift or two in the mix of my faves here! Be sure to tune in next week for another holiday gift guide!

Happy Shopping!


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