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You may remember when I posted about the upcycled gift bag that I made for a baby shower gift recently.  It was actually a design that could be used for most any gift and this one is much the same.

My friend, Sharon loves all things coastal, but isn’t really keen on the traditional blue and green color schemes, so for her birthday I decided to make a sailboat gift bag with some non-traditional colors.

Once again, I pulled out one of my large bags.  This time a traditional brown bag.  I dug through my scrapbook papers and found some lovely plaid, starburst and print papers.

Initially I did a Google search for images of a sailboat line drawing that I thought I could trace.  After looking them over, I couldn’t find what I had in mind so I just looked at a drawing for ideas and created the pieces from scratch.  They’re all pretty basic shapes, so it was easy.

Sailboat gift bag

Just for fun I printed the name of the ship on the orange plaid paper that would be used for the hull and the mast.Sailboat gift bag flag

I added cute brass star-shaped brads to the pennant shaped flags at the top of the mast.

And check out the words on this fun paper that I used for the waves.  Rusty orange print to coordinate with the other papers, and words like surf, wave, tide and cool!

And here’s the finished product – full view of the bag.  Added an orange plaid tag and bright yellow tissue paper to complete the look.

What do you think?  Can you give me ideas for other gift bag designs? I may just make your suggested creation.

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Are you like me and hate to throw away all those beautifully designed Christmas cards?  I always hold on to them thinking that there must be some way that I can re-purpose or recycle them.  Well here’s a fun and easy idea that can be used each year and is easy enough for youngsters to do it as well.

And the instructions are so easy!

Select a palette of coordinating hues to create a whimsical wreath. Cut greeting cards into different-size circles (or other fun shapes). Arrange the circles into a wreath shape, overlapping as desired. Secure with crafts glue. Machine-stitch over the top using coordinating or contrasting thread. Attach a ribbon to the wreath with a colored paper clip and hang.

In looking at this project, it might make it easier to cut out a donut shape as a base out of cardboard.  And if you don’t have enough coordinating colors in your greeting cards this year you can always keep the circles from one year to the next until you have what you need to make your wreath.

You could also cut up your Christmas or other card fronts to use as embellishments on your scrapbooking or other craft projects as well.

I found the idea along with many other great craft and organizing ideas at the Better Homes and Gardens website.  I love browsing through all their wonderful tips, and craft suggestions.  Sign up to get their emails and you won’t miss another helpful hint.

Or…here’s another idea!  How about using those greeting card circles to make a garland like Amy did here on Lemon and Raspberry?

 

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Today our family did some shopping at the Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles, California.  We drove through a slice of Chinatown on the way and I snapped this fun shot of the lanterns.

Chinatown Los Angeles

This is the group walking to the fair with the downtown L.A. skyline in the distance.  Isn’t it cute how the 3 of them were  holding hands?  Don’t worry.  It didn’t last long.

Walking to the craft sale with L.A. skyline in the background

There were some great handmade crafts there so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites and links to where you can find them.

Renegade Craft Sale - Felt Flower Pins

Sad to say that I don’t have time to track down the artist for these brightly colored felt pins, but love them anyway.  If you like them, take a look at the links to all the artists here and see if you can find it.

Look at these creative journals made from vintage hard cover books with blank pages added.  These were made by Ex Libris Anonymous at http://www.bookjournals.com/.  Just imagine how you could fill these pages!

Renegade Craft Sale Re-purposed Pillows

These pillows just gave me more inspiration for things I could make with my new sewing machine.

These wonderful vintage trailer prints were mounted on wooden blocks to be hung on the wall.   The artist, “Chantalde Felice” said that she visited The Shady Dell,  Bisbee, Arizona’s Vintage Airstream Hotel for her inspiration.  Aren’t they adorable?

Renegade Craft Sale - Cone Trees

I fell in love with the colors and patterns on these precious cone-shaped trees!  You’ll find them at Cathy’s of California.

Renegade Craft Sale King Tshirt

I tried to talk Terry into buying this Tshirt, but he wasn’t in a shopping mood.  Don’t you think it’s kind of fitting for him?  We can always order it or other cool ones later from DKNG Studios.

I thought this was such a wise statement…and excellent inspiration.

Terry also bought me a pair of vintage typewriter key earrings for my Christmas stocking from “The Weekend Store“.  They don’t look exactly like this, but they’re so cute nonetheless.   Be sure to take a look at this website.  There’s lots of interesting vintage inspired items.

Sad news is the sale ended Sunday.  But good news is that you should be able to find all of these artists online for your holiday shopping convenience.

Thanks for coming along on my little cyber shopping trip.  Don’t these handmade treasures inspire you to create something yourself?  Which are your favorites?

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