Monday, February 28, 2011

My Creative Gift {for a crafty friend}

I have a crafty friend.

Actually, I have a few.

But one in particular had a birthday last week and I wanted to make it special. I wanted something that would make her smile and charm her socks off. I wanted something she would LOVE! I wanted to give her something she could use again and again and again.

The problem?

Her craft room is like a mini-Michael's. She has it all. I could've walked into Michael's or Hobby Lobby and picked up anything on any craft or tool shelf and chances are, she probably has it. {Let's face it, Sof... it's true!!}

So, what's a girl to do?

Get creative! (Oh, and raid Etsy.) That's what.

If you've never seen Etsy before, then WHEREOHWHEREHAVEYOUBEEN? It is like a playground for hand-made crafty fools like me! A wonderland, by all accounts.

I've had a long list of favorites on Etsy for a sweet forever. So, I just hopped over, found a few unique and original items and ordered up a few savory goodies! In just a few short days, sweet little hand-made items starting arriving in my mailbox from all over the world! (In fact, I'm still waiting on one or two to arrive any day).

Opening each of those packages was almost more fun than putting the final gift together!

Here's how the gift turned out:

Pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

Here are a few of the things I purchased from Etsy and from my favorite craft and scrapbooking stores (click on images to view larger).

I also added a few more items after this picture was taken. I had the packages all scattered around my house and it took me a few tries to remember where I stored all the fun goodies! (Note to self: keep the packages together next time!!)

Once I *found* the gifts, I wrapped each item individually and stuffed them into the box. It was like 10 tiny presents in one! Yay for fun gifts!

Please forgive me as I shamelessly show off all the cute packaging of the gifties.
(Psssst: If "cute" isn't your thing, you can just skip on over to the next blog. It won't hurt my feelings at all.)

A container full of felt circles.

A sweet little envelope for the tiny paper doilies.

Cute decorations for the top of the washi tape.

A non-bendable package for the 6 inch doilies (taped up with cute washi tape).

A tiny bag for the metal tags adorned with flower and bling.

Gift tags reworked to display twine.

Chic printed twill ribbon on my favorite clothes pins.

Said twill ribbon used to tie up the packaging on the kraft stickers.

Jazzed-up small ziplocks to hold the flowers and bottlecaps.

I used a few of the items in the gift to make a tag to attach to the front of the gable box.

And, that was it! I attached the tag to the wired pom pom trim and off it went! To a loving home with my friend, Sophie!

Hopefully she'll love these items as much as I love her! (And she'll forgive me for telling the world wide web that she has a mini-Michael's in her home.)

And, because I always get lots of questions about what's what and where to buy, here is some info on the items I used:
Digital frame by Fee Jardine at Sweet Shoppe Designs
Bazzill Cardstock Paper (pink dotted) and printed twill ribbon from Scrapbook Creations
Happy Birthday paper from Hobby Lobby
Twine by Divine Twine
Washi tape, kraft stickers, big doilies, wooden tags, mini pom pom wired ribbon by sugarbsupplies on Etsy
Felt circles created by me using Cuttlebug
Tiny paper doilies by Greatest View on Etsy
Gable box from If It's Paper (now out of business) :(
Metal tags, tiny flowers and jewels from Hobby Lobby and Michael's

I'm linking this project to:
Tip Junkie handmade projects


Sophie Morand said...

Just two words: THANK YOU!

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Visiting from Tip Junkie. What an awesome gift. Cute presentation and chalk full of fun craft making items. I know I'd love it. ;-)

Our Family Eats said...

I saw this post on Tip Junkie - so precious! I love how it turned out, and the thoughtfulness behind it is priceless!