2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up

2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up
THE HANDMADE HOLIDAY LINK UP IS A LINK PARTY FOR ETSY SHOPS, HANDMADE SHOPS OR A HANDMADE ITEMS THAT YOU SELL

Monday, December 31, 2012

Celebrations: bring on the bling for new year’s eve


Here are a few New Year’s Eve ideas that you could put together in no time. I blinged out a few serving pieces and glasses that will make my New Year’s extra sparkly.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~82~ & a new year roundup

Thank you to everyone who stopped by this week and shared a project on the Inspiration Board. It was a smaller, more intimate gathering this week but as always, all the projects were wonderful.

As we head into the New Year, I want to thank you all for your visits, comments, links and friendship. Some days I can’t believe how many of you stop by to visit my little corner of the creative world here at homework. I’m looking forward to another year of creative sharing with all of you.

As we head into the last weekend of 2012, enjoy these projects in the spotlight this week.


a1A stunning holiday treat box by Sandy’s Space. Chocolate truffles are nestled inside the beautiful box made out of folded and cut paper with a self locking top. Pretty pins add a festive touch. Sandy always creates the most beautiful paper projects.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Homework Dress Code: holiday style with No nonsense

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.



I have to confess, although I used to be really stylish and into clothes my everyday-work-from-home style has become boring. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make an effort to break free from my typical yoga pants and t-shirt uniform.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [82]

 
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Merry Christmas! And welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. I decided to go ahead and pre-schedule this link party since many of you may not celebrate Christmas or if you do, you can always join the party in the next few days.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sew and Tell: vintage chenille no-sew stockings

I love vintage linens. In fact, a long time ago – in a galaxy far away, I used to make and sell pillows using vintage fabrics.


Friday, December 21, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~81~

Welcome to the Inspiration Board spotlight. If you linked a project here this week, I want to thank you so much for sharing your creativity and inspiring me. With so many link parties available, I’m so happy to be on your link party list.

Well, it’s Friday and we have one weekend before Christmas. It’s time to kick it in high gear and finish baking the treats, wrapping the gifts and making final preparations for a holiday feast. At least, that’s what I’ll be doing this weekend.

While I’m running around in a frenzy of tissue paper, ribbon, measuring cups and last minute glue gunning -  grab a mug of hot chocolate and check out the projects in the spotlight this week. There are a few Christmas projects included but for the most part, I tried to pick things that would work for New Years and beyond. Enjoy the inspiration!



Thanks to Imprintalish, I’ve added another item to my list this weekend. These homemade peppermint patties look too good to pass up. I need to make these, oh and then eat them.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Celebrations: a glittery new year countdown


Have I mentioned my glitter obsession this holiday season? Maybe once or twice or ten times. I’ve been sticking glitter to a lot of things but this by far has been the most fun.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Little Crafts: kiwi crate holiday fun

Kiwi Crate 12I’ve mentioned before that my son is now a teenager – so when Kiwi Crate asked me to review their holiday craft crate geared for kids age 3-7, I had no choice but to borrow some little crafters. My friend Katy also has a teenage son but she has lots of nieces and nephews who were happy to help out. How cute are these happy crafters?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [81]

Thank you for joining me today for the Inspiration Board link party. I deleted the party introduction that I had previously written and since there are no words to convey what we all feel since Friday's events, I'm posting this photo of Forget Me Nots from my garden.



Thank you again for joining me - I can't wait to see what creative inspiration you are sharing.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sew and Tell: tiny sweater ornaments



Aren’t these just the cutest little tiny sweater ornaments? My friend Vicky made these and I had to share them with you.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Good Taste: holiday favorites with philadelphia cream cheese

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PHILADELPHIA cream cheese for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have to confess, one of my favorite things about the holidays is all the yummy food. Don’t get me wrong, I am very into the true meaning of the holidays but a ridiculous amount of delicious food is prepared, shared, given and eaten during the holiday season. And I enjoy every bite!


Friday, December 14, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~80~

Happy Friday friends! I’m so happy you stopped by to see all the beautiful projects in the spotlight today. The Inspiration Board was brimming with glitter, evergreen, lights, and wonderful confections. Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful projects. As always, I was so inspired by your creativity. Here are a few in the spotlight today.


BW-fudgeB-tallBlack and white fudge from Jen’s Favorite Cookies. Fudge is such a holiday tradition and this black and white version is so elegant. A fantastic homemade gift or a touch of class for a holiday buffet.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Good Taste: enjoy the holidays with an edward’s pie {giveaway}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Edwards for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.



One of my favorite desserts is a chocolate cream pie. I consider it in a totally different category than fruit pies - I love those too but chocolate cream pies are so light and fluffy. And although I enjoy baking, it’s hard to find time around the holidays to make everything homemade.


Sew & Tell: needle felted penguin

Have you ever tried needle felting? This is something that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile but I never got around to. Thanks to EK Success Brands, I was able to make this little penguin fairly easily.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [80]

Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party! If you're new, I'm so happy you found me. If you've been coming around for awhile, you know how much I appreciate you! I've been so amazed by the holiday inspiration that has been linked up the in the past few weeks and I can't wait to see what everyone has been up to.

Tart 2_thumb[5]Vintage Tart Tin Placecards – from my archives

A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on your blog.
  • Follow homework. You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.
  • If you have a giveaway, I have a separate giveaway link party - see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Au Naturale: frosty apples

Here’s another item leftover from my fall décor. These beautiful Golden Delicious apples were part of my Thanksgiving tablescape. Of course, at the time, the were unadorned and hanging out with white pumpkins and acorns.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~79~

Happy Friday everyone. So… how are we all doing on our holiday to-do lists? Anyone done? Not me – I’ve made a little progress but I’m still behind. I really, really need to get an earlier start next year. I say that every year but I really, really mean it this time.
 
I know I’m not the only one who is crazy busy so a big thank you for sharing your amazing creativity on the Inspiration Board this week. The projects, crafts, diy, recipes and ideas are so inspiring. I wish I had time to make each and every one. Here are some of the projects in the spotlight this week.



Ice Lantern 1Oh My – Creative made holiday ice lanterns that are just stunning. What an impact these would have for a holiday gathering. Head over to for the full tutorial and tips to keep the lanterns from melting.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Inkling: glitter tags and boxes

I’m really into glitter this season! Here’s a quick and easy project that will add some sparkle to your plain tags and boxes.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

homework: reading {quirk books free homemade sampler}

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This is such a treat. Quirk Books has released a free downloadable DIY Gift Guide. They’ve taken some of their most popular crafts from their fun quirky books and made us a free sampler.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fresh Look: Color+Plus with Lamps Plus



Lamps Collage
I’m thinking about changing the color scheme in my living room. For years, my living room has been beige and white with touches of blue and gold. I need to possibly break out of my neutral phase and get bold.

The Inspiration Board: link party [79]

Frosted 3_thumb[3]Photo {from my archives – little frosty trees}

Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. I'm so happy you could join me. It's a crazy, busy time of year and I'm so grateful for all you who take the time to stop by and share your creativity or leave a sweet comment.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Celebrations: it takes a glitter village

Every year I like to change up my holiday décor. Some years have been all natural elements but this year I’ve gone glitter crazy!