Crafter’s Wishlist – Jacinda Edition

Many of us are scaling back our holiday shopping this year, less material goods, more handmade (yay!) but maybe this is the year that you (or someone you love) is planning to invest in your craft. So we Prudent Mamas are here to share some of our favorite crafty gifts and gadgets. Some of these items we own and can’t live without, some were kindly sent to us for review (we’ve only included them if we LOVE them), and some of them we are dreaming of finding under the tree ourselves. So if you are looking for a few items to add to the ol’ list, maybe these ideas will help. Just direct your loved ones to Prudent Baby for gift ideas, and be sure to tell them to say hello in the comments. They could win some glitter.

Brother 5234PRW Project Runway 4-Thread Freearm Serger
Jaime and I will be introducing many new serger tutorials in the New Year on this bad-boy. It’s an investment for sure, but from our sewing machine experience, you can’t go wrong with Brother products. There is a special offer which includes a mail-in rebate and a dealer discount on the Brother site Black Friday blowout sale right now!

Silhouette Digital Cutting Tool
I’m sure a Silhouette is at the top of many of your shopping lists this year. I have just been crazy for mine and there are so many techniques that I haven’t even tried. If you suspect that someone might be slipping one under the tree for you, make sure they order here from Prudent Baby and enter the code “prudent” at checkout to get your machine for $199.00 ($100 savings) plus a roll of transfer paper, a roll of vinyl and the Home Decor CD for free! But act fast because this offer is only good until November 30th!

If this is the year that you plan to invest in a high-quality camera, Jaime and I are huge champions of Canon cameras such as the EOS 60D and the Rebel. Personally, I’m hoping for a Fuji Instax 210 under the tree, complete with a TON of film so I can shoot away. I’ve seen so many creative people, like Rachel, having a blast with their instant cameras!

But enough of about the fancy gifties that fill our dreams, let’s talk about some goodies that won’t break the bank.

A box of fancy baking supplies from Bake it Pretty would be a sweet treat on Christmas Morning. I’d like some of these cupcake liners, adorable cookie cutters and this too-cute chocolate mold.

When I stopped by the Simplicity booth at Quilt Market to check out the new goods, I was introduced to a slew of beautiful trims like these from Cynthia Rawley. Having received a box of trimmy goodness from my friend Jaime for my birthday, I can tell you that this is just about the most fun gift ever.

And of course no Prudent Baby Wishlist would be complete without a copy of Prudent Advice: Lessons for my baby daughter (A life list for every woman). It is truly magnificent.

Some sparkly Zebra Pen Sarasa Metallics are stocking stuffing perfection.

As are the amazing Flower Frill Templates from Clover. I saw them in action at Quilt Market and I WANT WANT WANT!!

And I can’t help but throw in a little something for the crafty tots. Calafant sent us one of their newest creations, Mermaid Cove, and we had an unbelievable time decorating and assembling. We immediately added more of these marvelous kits to our personal wishlist. She was so proud that she had to show off her underwater creation to her bestie.

And because books are just about my favorite gifts to give or receive, here are a few on my own wishlist.

Pattern by Orla Kiely
A collection of beautiful patterns by design goddess Orla Kiely that you can print out via CD and use for all of your personal crafty projects.
Martha stewart encyclopedia of crafts
Need I say more?

Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love
What little girl wouldn’t love one of these precious dolls made by someone who loves them?

But this booklist could easily get out of hand, maybe books need a wishlist of their own?

Please leave us a comment and let us know what material goodies you are hoping for this year. A great answer might win you a bunch of sparkly glitter fabulosity.

Stay tuned for Jaime’s wishlist in just a bit!




I'm with you on the Brother machines. I learned on my 30+ year old Singer Diana (one of their early electronic models, and I LOVE that she has a name instead of just a number) and while it sews beautifully I was driven to tears on so many occasions just trying to get the tension disc threaded I'm surprised I didn't give up sewing altogether. I now have a Brother sewing/embroidery combo and you can't beat it for user-friendliness. The upper thread path is numbered right on the machine, so I could thread it right out of the box without even looking at the manual and without shedding a single tear. Miraculous!

Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE

I would like a Janome machine on my fantasy list, but on my realistic list I'm hoping for the simplicity bias tape maker and/or some pretty custom family jewelry from The Vintage Pearl. I just had our second daughter eight days ago and would love to show my pride for my daughter's with charming jewelry like theirs.


We are looking at the Calfant Pirate ship and castle for our son. The other FANTASTIC thing we found for our son is a template to turn a huge box into a rocket ship. So cool.

My dream crafty thing is a gift card to one of the amazing fabric stores here in LA. Jaime just turned me onto International Silks and Woolens!

I thought a sewing machine was on my wish list, however with three semi working ones my husband put his foot down. He took apart the two younger ones (Universal KAT and Singer Quilt and Craft)and serviced them so they were fully working. The old one (c.1930 in the desk/stand) he conceded to getting serviced as a Christmas gift. I guess a 4th sewing machine would be a bit obsessive!


i'm obsessed with my serger and also with calafant cardboard puzzle painting toy things. we have the castle and santa's bringing us a tree house i hear!


A Silhouette is on my list for Monday. I'm not waiting til Christmas! Plus, I just got a new Brother SE400, which I LOVE!!! With the optional sidecutter, it does as much "serging" as I'm gonna need for a while at least. đŸ™‚



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