Link Love

 Gorgeous DIY wreath from Today’s Nest

We have been trying to think of a way to incorporate fabric (we{heart}fabric) into ornaments so these Simple Christmas Felt Ornaments make us very happy.

Make these Simple Cedar Branch arrangements practically for free! I want a dozen for my mantel.

These free holiday downloads for entertaining and gift giving come in four gorgeous themes and did we mention they are free?


This cute ruffle stocking would make an adorable side-kick for our ruffled tree skirt.

A handmade cardboard castle that would be the star at any winter season birthday party! How fun!

Giving up on finishing those Christmas Cards? has some hilarious holiday messages for those with an edgy sense of humor.

When I haven’t been crafting this week, I’ve been online shopping! So to round out this week’s link love, here are a few (non-handmade) gifts I’ve had my eye on for the kids. Some of them are just a fantasy. How about you? Are you finished? Any good gift ideas for the kiddos 18months-4years? Share and you might win that pretty fat-quarter up there!

The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer Hello Kitty Chainstitch Sewing Machine

Plan Toy Chalet Doll House with Furniture

 My First Piano

Doll High Chair and Crib

Green Toys Teas Set Beauty & the Beast: A Pop-up book of the Classic Fairy Tale

Anything from Toys from the Past. Love.

Fruits and Veggies. These are plastic (dread) but soooo nice.

Melissa and Doug Trunki Around the World with Mouk First Book of Sushi eeBoo Counting Birds Wall Cards

And the list could go on! Hmn, looks like I need some less spendy options, off to look at the facebook stocking suffer ideas you all left Jaime. If you haven’t “liked” us yet (but do like us) why not join the party?



Krista Vossler

Well, we're done with gifts for the Precious (our 5 month old, Lucy), but my goal is to get started on a quiet book in January–see blog link below–this is a fantastic tutorial.

Also, we love, love, love the wooden toys at this Etsy shop, and have directed the grandparents there:

I'm free-styling an owl ornament for my goddaughter, but don't have pictures up yet–will post when I'm finished–need to get it done soon!


I found the store Lily and Thistle from the blog MADE recently and it is really cool.
Hannah is really nice and makes paper dolls to look like your little girl or boy. You get to choose from lots of options to decide their hair, eyes, skin color, and even freckles or glasses. You can buy them pre printed or you can print them yourself. It also comes with a cd so you can reprint your little mini me if your child destroys the first one. If you sign up for the outfit of the month club you'll receive a new outfit every month in your email. So fun! And of course for a littler girl, you can make them their very own Black Apple Doll that looks like them too.


I am just finishing up the crafty gifts this weekend, which includes a ton of felt food a mailbox and letter link here and I did make my oldest a black apple doll and then a black apple kitty for the youngest sorry no pics camera got busted maybe I'll get one in my stocking. And I love the sewing machine I've been wanting one for years and my mom (who has two fancy machines) thinks I'm nuts I just tell her "Come on it has HELLO KITTY!!" that makes anything cool right!?


Fun pics! I'll be skipping the piano for my daughter b/c she'd rather play mine. ha. I'm finished shopping and sewing and have been for over a week. It feels pretty awesome. Merry Christmas!

stephanie joy

looking at some of your book picks, i couldn't help but remember one of MY favorite books as a child:
our version had english and german words in it (my parents were born in germany and immigrated with their families when they were young children). i think this would make a fabulous book for children who are brought up in multilingual homes. as of now, i can only find the english version but i'm sure if you look hard enough you can find ones with not only german, but french, spanish, italian, etc. i can remember spending hours looking all the intricate pictures of the talented richard scarry. such fun!!! 🙂 i know my kids would love this book. i may have to just steal it from my parent's place next time we're in texas! 🙂 hee hee!


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