Monday, November 16, 2009

Handmade Holidays

Time for another Handmade Holidays linky!  I have a few projects to show you but I didn't get all my photos taken before I ran out of light  (darn short days!)  Here is one idea, remember all that silverplate I got on ebay?  It came with several of these adorable spreaders. A $5 set of metal stamps at Harbor Freight and a little practice on scrap metal and this is what you get. I ♥ love it ♥ !  It wasn't that hard and can you imagine how cute this would be in a basket with home made jam and bread?  And if you are afraid you couldn't do this, this spreader will be in my etsy shop, 'cause I've got more and I'm willing to share:>)

This cute wreath is another easy project.  I had the foam form in the basement in my craft stash and I wanted to wrap it in ribbon but I didn't have enough of the color I wanted to use.  I didn't want to spend any money so I grabbed some white fabric in a  tiny white leaf print and ripped some strips to wrap around the wreath form.  Next came yo-yo's rosettes and vintage button centers. I couldn't find my glue gun (!) so I used straight pins to attach the yo-yo's and buttons. A shiny red satin ribbon makes a pretty hanger.  I think I'll make two of these for the living room windows.

And that's it! Easy and cheap and festive. I'll be trying some more butter spreaders for the etsy shop later this week, so if you were hankering for one keep your eyes peeled. Now it's your turn! I would love it if you left your ideas on the McLinkly below:>) 
I am also participating in DIY day at A Soft Place to Land and Get Your Craft on at Todays Creative Blog. More great ideas, have fun!

38 comments:

Firefly Hill said...

Kathy,

I totally love this project...I never would have thought to do this! You really are very creative.

My computer crashed yesterday so I am using my dauthter's...I will add to the McLinky but it will be to a project I did a few weeks ago on my blog. I hope that is OK...I have some new projects but I cannot upload photos at the moment.

xo,

annie

Blondie's Journal said...

Metal stamps. Now that is a new one to me. I love those spreaders...they are too cute!!

Am loving HH!! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

I LOVE it Kathy!!!!!!! I didnt even know they made metal stamps! You are so clever!
Hugs,
Amy

Stacey said...

I absolutely adore the knives!!

Connie said...

That is one of the loveliest place settings I've ever seen, honey! All red and Christmas-y. Just love looking at it.
xoxo,
Connie

Dolly said...

I guess I will be joining hubby on his next trip to harbor freight!
{he loves that place}

I want to try this...it is way too cute!
I love it!!!
Kathy you are such an inspiration!

Hugz,
Dolly

Kathleen said...

Very cute!! Harbor Freight?? we don't have that!
You are making me stay up till 12:01!!
I can do it..I'll go take a nap..
My project post is up...

bj said...

Oh, dear...don't think I can stand to stay up that late...but I'll try.If I don't get back by tonight, I'll link up in the morning.
Cutest spreader and your setting is just beautiful...you are so dang talented, Kathy. Just beats all I've ever seen...:)
xoo bj

Tracey said...

Kathy it's just wonderful!!! You always come up with such great projects!

:) T

Kathy said...

Great idea Kathy...would make a very cute gift indeed! Thanks, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Mimi Sue said...

Very cute. I'm looking forward to seeing all your ideas. Mimi

Lorrie said...

A fantastic idea - metal stamps - I never knew such a thing existed for home crafters.

Lorrie

Karen said...

It turned out really well!

PS-Clarence is back home safe-but empty handed.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Too Cute! I have some of those metal stamps....I used them on vintage silver spoons to mark herbs in my garden. I love this idea!!
Hugs,
Penny

SharDon Exclusives said...

What a sweet token of love! Someone would cherish this, I know I would. Great idea!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Oh my goodness! That is so adorable! What a great idea.

Sue said...

You have appeared to stump us all with the metal stamp...never heard of such a thing....I went on E-Bay looking for cheap silverware...couldn't find that either...what's your secret, what do you look under?.....the idea is adorable....great for Christmas with jam and a loaf of fresh baked bread....Your too talented!!

Helsie said...

How clever are you? What a fantastic idea. I've never heard of these stamps but will keep an eye out for them

Happy Nester said...

This is such a neat idea. I love it!

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

This is very sweet! Very cute idea!

Julie said...

That is so fun! If I tell hubby there is something at Harbor freight I need he will be so willing to go and get it!

Just a little something from Judy said...

You truly do have an eye for beauty. Always, I leave this blog inspired. Thank you! Your banner picture is gorgeous!!!

Carrie said...

Both the spreader and the wreath are lovely ideas!

glor said...

How sweet ... both the spreader and your wreath. Both are so homey and pretty. Wonderful touches not only for the holiday but everyday!

Sarah said...

I love the spreaders and the wreath! God's blessings on your crafting, Sarah :D

CC said...

I love the metal stamp idea..and on a butter spreader is just to cute. It's a wonderful idea...and the wreath is just gorgeous. I'm going to borrow your idea for one of the straw wreaths I have(for some forgotten reason, I have 20 medium size and 10 small ones)...it would be really cute. Thank you for the ideas...

KarenHarveyCox said...

Kathy,
thank you for posting another handmade holidays. I love the serving spread and your wreath is lovely. Your home must be so gorgeous decorated for the holidays.

Karen

Dawn said...

You are just full of great ideas girl! Please tell me you didn't already post it in your etsy shop and I missed out again! I don't see it there. I would love to get one to display with hubby's grandma's spreader that we have.
Hugs,
Dawn

Ashleigh said...

Oh my goodness.... your header made me hungry. I love the butter knife and I enjoyed browsing your blog!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Now I can do something else with my metal stampers! Great idea and so cute!

Manuela

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

LOVE both projects! I think we are on the same wave length here....I just did a similar post today. There is so much inspiration out there!!

love you,
becky

Inspired Tokens said...

Kathy, you truly are such an inspiration to me. You are always amazing me with your creative ideas.
I adore the yo-yo wreath and the little butter spread knife is such a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing ...now I need to go find those metal stamps!

GWENDOLYN said...

Love the spreader. so cute and charming, as is the wreath. Blessings!
Gwen

BellaBliss said...

SO perfect is that spreader....We don't have that Freight store...I must investigate...
as for the wreath! Festive is right! Very nice Kathy :)

{ L } said...

Oh wow!! You made that?? I just love that knife. :) It reminds me of tunkables! A top thing on my Christmas list this year. Yours is super cute...I think my Christmas list is growing, lol.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a clever girlie you are....I love both ideas....I already have Harbor Freight on my list. I'll be heading there tomorrow. I'm sure I have something to use that nifty little set of stamps for.

Hugs,
Spencer

sherry said...

I love the metal stamping on the butter knife. I am thinking you have to do it on silverplate... what kind of metal is the butterknife?
Also, is the rosette on the wreath that has pinking shear edges - how is that one made?

Randi said...

That spreader might be the cutest thing I've ever seen ... I have to make one! Thanks for sharing!