Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HOMEWORK {Reading}: Holiday Issue Martha Stewart Living & a Giveaway

There’s still time to create handmade or homemade holiday gifts and these ideas from the pages of the holiday issue of Martha Stewart Living are amazing. This story is titled Partners in Craft. I love that title because I love to share ideas and feel like the creative community is all about partnering. The projects featured in the story and in this post were created by members of the Martha Stewart extended family – colleagues, friends, current and past contributors to the magazine.


These cookie snow globes are darling. We’ve all seen hundreds of variations of the mason jar snow globe but these take things to a new level. Everything in the jar is edible. Homemade gingerbread cookies, royal icing and little trees made out of hard candy are nestled in a snowy field of icing.

This simple gift idea includes homemade granola and raw honey packaged in a compostable wood box and wrapped up with wax twine. Easy and delicious!

Tea Gift Box
For a special gift, you can assemble a luxurious teatime in a box. This box is filled with decadent items like a gold rimmed teacup, vintage spoon and a silver strainer. Plus, rose scented sugar, specialty tea and other treats. What a beautiful gift, that you could easily pull together with thrifted or discount store items.

Beautiful handcrafted leather luggage tags and stationery would make a great gift for the traveler.

If you can knit, you can easily create these pot holders made with cotton-linen yarn and embellished with twill tape inspired by French natural-linen towels. Add some pretty wooden kitchen utensils and you have a beautiful handmade gift.

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You can find more holiday inspiration in the December/January issue of Martha Stewart Living, on stands now, and at


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My friends at Martha Stewart want you to enjoy the holidays and get creative with this Learn with Martha: Foiling Kit. Learn the basics of foiling with this kit from Martha Stewart Crafts®. This kit helps beginners master essential techniques and complete 14 stunning foiled cards. Fun and easy to use, it teaches you how to create beautifully foiled cards, invitations and more. The kit includes guided step-by-step instructions to use the foiling components in the kit.


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  1. This year, I am knitting for my youngest granddaughter and making little house ornaments for friends and family.

  2. I'm skipping giving my own homemade gifts, but found a handful on Etsy that I purchased and am excited to give! I am giving handmade cards though! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  3. I am making afghans, scarfs and hats for my family and homemade soap and wash cloths for friends.

  4. Making an afghan, some tags and cards for others to use for their holiday gift giving.

  5. I'm baking cookies for friends and family. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I am making some dipped chocolate pretzels for friends and making tags on my Cricut to put on gifts

  7. The cookie snowglobes are brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

  8. thanks for the chance! I have a major obsession with gold foil right now!

  9. I am making signs for my friends :)

  10. Soap, a fleece robe, a holiday tray & clothes.

  11. I'm crocheting elves for all the children in my family. (crochet addictuk)

  12. I am sewing gifts this year: a tree skirt for my son; appliqued towels for my daughter; table runners for friends; a few personalized bibs for new babies in the neighborhood.

  13. I am knitting and crocheting different types of scarves, and also sewing different types of totes. I am also working on refinishing so pieces of furniture! :)


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