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More Handmade Holiday Gifts 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas for All 2012 by Charlotte's Fancy

1. In the clouds medium-sized pitcher (€35 or about $46 USD) by Ninainvorm
2. Children’s tote with red hen (£7 or about $11.50 USD) by Little Chook
3. Pippi Longstocking laser cut shadow puppet ($15.50) by Isabella’s Art
4. Ombre mittens ($45) by ReRae at Ship Shape
5. Glassy acorn necklace ($40) by Lazy Jane
6. Practice makes awesome pencils ($8.50, set of 6) by Earmark
7. Small baby name heart sampler ($44) by Miniature Rhino
8. Sugar and cream set ($84) by Pigeon Toe Ceramics
9. Wooden laser cut neon dipped locket ($50 AUD or about $53 USD) by So Little Time Co.
1o. Wooden beer carrier with built in bottle opener ($40) by Meriwether
11. Circus stamp set ($24.50) by Yellow Owl Workshop

A little something for everyone today!

Here’s a wrap up of the week:
Gifts for Her
Gifts for Him
Gifts for Girls
Gifts for Boys
and the complete archive of Holiday Gift Guides here.

If there’s one thing I’ve tried to do this week, it’s to show you the range of beautiful, unique items out there from small/independent/handmade businesses.

Skip the mall. Shop small.

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Favorites: Lille Huset

I’m not really thinking about holiday shopping yet, but when I see something that strikes me as a really sweet gift, I make a note. I saw these Lille Huset doll house kits on Bloesem Kids recently, and added them to my list of possible gifts:

Langley house by Lille Huset Logan house by Lille Huset

Lille shop by Lille Huset Chelsea house by Lille Huset

These doll houses are made mostly using recycled paper, but they have a baltic birch front. All of the paperboard pieces are sold as replacement packs so that the house can be passed down (or redecorated!) while saving the wood front.

They are flat packed, for easy storage, and are easy to assemble too:

Lille Huset pieces

Putting the Lille Huset house together

Langley house inside by Lille Huset

Each house kit comes with house components, DIY design ideas book, DIY trading card, and portfolio package that is also an activity sheet to complement your house. In addition, there are great downloadable paper dolls ($5), paper pets (free), and other decorations and ideas for your house on the Lille Huset website.

They also have a Lille City set, which includes four small houses:

Lille Huset City

There are 5 different doll house styles (Doro, Chelsea, Lille Shop, Langley and Logan); each are $60. The Lille City is $45.

For more, see the Lille Huset website and shop here.

All images: Lille Huset
via Bloesem Kids

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Pushing Papers Shop Sale

20% off in the Pushing Papers shop with PAPERLOVE coupon. An excellent holiday gift!

(The 10% discount for multiple purchases does not apply during this sale.)

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10 MoMA Store Favorites Under $50

Need a birthday gift idea for your design loving friends? Holiday gift ideas? Here are 10 of my favorites from the Museum of Modern Art‘s current catalog:

Fluorescent colored pencil set ($24)
Pop-up pencil cup ($30)

Fine bone china Miix spoon set ($24)
Half pint glass creamer ($14)

Robert Sabuda pop-up cupcake cards ($16.95, set of 6)
Espresso set ($48)

Tea mug ($20)
Starlite rechargeable LED light ($25)

Elephant bookend ($32)
Porcelain egg candles ($42)

(Prices listed are for non-members).

Are your kiddos starting school today like mine? I can’t believe I have a first grader and a fourth grader now. Gulp.

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[Handmade Wednesday] Christmas Ornaments

As usual, too many good things to choose from. Do you have a favorite?

Letterpress “Tis the Season” ornaments, set of 6 ($16) by Louella Press
Polar Bear ornament ($10) by My Perennial

Red and aqua argyle ornament ($14.50) by September House
Toadstool ornament ($16 each) by Little Seedlings

Magenta Arabesque Origami ornament ($25) by Paper Affection
Popsicle Tree ornaments, set of 2, ($8) by Muna Luna Textiles

Vintage Ice Skates, set of 6, ($48) by Recycled Parts
Whirl Ornament ($16) by Kim Westad

Blue Bird ornament ($15) by Empty Stitch
Christmas tree bird ornament ($14) by Sugar Elf

Set of four ornaments in a lovely bag ($18.50) by Dutch Sisters
Natural History ornaments, set of five, ($30) by Minouette

I had to resist all the beautiful vintage glass ornaments on Etsy for this handmade gallery, but oh, they are so pretty!

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[Crafty Monday] Personalized Wrapping Papper

Here’s a simple way to make a small gift special: personalize the wrapping paper.

It’s as easy as Microsoft Word + a color printer. Note: unless you have access to a printer that prints fairly large pieces of paper (which I do – these sheets are 11 x 17), this works best for small gifts. (You can also print a couple of sheets to help cover the gaps).

These are for my nieces, Ava and Audrey.

I used the Century Schoolbook font for their names. You can find the snowflake in the Wingdings font and the present in Webdings. Play around with the colors, fonts and dingbats – there are so many possibilities, and not just for the holidays. They would make great birthday presents too.

Special thanks to the Happy Home blog where I spotted this idea and decided to adapt it for Christmas.

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[Design Thursday] Lumadessa

I love the Flora Fauna print collections by Josh Brill of Lumadessa.

I come from a family of bird lovers, who were always spotting and naming birds in the yard, or outside my grandmother’s kitchen window when I was a kid, and we do the same with our girls. These prints really speak to me.

He included the bird sound at the bottom of each print. Sweet.

And these clever designs are from his Extinct collection:

(Woolly Mammoth)

(Saber-Tooth Tiger)

If you have an iPhone, Josh offers these designs as iPhone wallpaper.

Thanks to SeeSaw Designs for featuring Lumadessa (or I might never have seen these beautiful birds!)

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[Handmade Wednesday] Holiday Decorations

Handprinted tablecloth with snowflakes, 75 x 63″ ($115) by jodii
Festive Starry Night pillow ($65) by Three Red Apples

Twas the Night Before Christmas embroidery, unframed ($48) by The Wise Olde Owl
8 foot tall birch tree wall decals, set of 5 ($110) by Leen the Graphics Queen

Handmade Christmas stockings ($26 each) by Roddy & Ginger
Letterpress Mistletoe Ornament ($4) by Sarah Parrott/Parrott Design Studio

Block printed snowflake tea towel ($15) by artgoodies
Nutcracker, in six different gorgeous colors ($22) by KnockKnocking

Hand printed winter trees with birds duvet cover, queen size ($179) by Urban Accent Home
Christmas in the Pines tree skirt ($50) by Kathy G Designs

Tori gift wrap (sale: $3 for one 24″ x 36″ sheet) by Erin Ruth
Turquoise Temari ball ($50) by suzik

Snowflake winter holiday garland, 9ft ($46) by Kaati Rocketts
Succulent wreath ($69.90) by So Succulent

Ok, NOW I have the Christmas spirit!

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[Handmade Holidays] Buying Handmade

Gingerbread Hearts by MadeWithLovebyHannah

A few heartfelt words from little ol’ me:

As you’re thinking about what to get for the people on your holiday gift lists, please consider buying handmade as much as possible, either from the shops featured here on Charlotte’s Fancy, or other independent artists and their handmade gifts. They deserve our support for the hard work, care and warmth they put into their businesses and the pretty things they make for us.

I’ve never met so many nice people as all of the shop owners on Etsy – many of whom I follow on Twitter too. I’ve already bought a few things myself and have gotten so much joy from chatting with the owners* and telling them how much I like and appreciate their work and creativity. Invariably they wrap the packages beautifully, include extra goodies, and always a very kind handwritten note of thanks.

Each package is like receiving a gift, even if it’s not for yourself. What could be better than that?

*Jacqui of Mee a Bee, Jen of Sophie & Lili, Jessica of Miniature Rhino, Sol Linero, and Lindsey of b. children’s wear

♥ ♥ ♥

Oh—and if you have liked the gift guides and generally what you see here on Charlotte’s Fancy, I’d love it if you shared this blog with others and left me a comment every now and then. It always makes my day to hear from you. (Really.)

Photo: Gingerbread Hearts by Made With Love by Hannah

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[Handmade Holidays] Edible Gifts

What to do when you have people on your list who either have it all, mumble that they don’t want anything, or would prefer not to have more “things” to add to their homes? Give them some gourmet food, of course! Everyone has to eat, right?

I like the idea of giving gifts that someone can “use up” – and Etsy has a lot of edible gift choices:

Caramel and nougat pinwheels by VintageConfections Small Custom Spice Kit by Purpose Design

Caramel with Nougat Pinwheels, ½ lb. ($10) by Vintage Confections
Custom Spice Mix (Small) ($17) by Purpose Design

9 French Macarons by LemonadeStandNYC Blueberry Lime Jam by justBhandmade

9 French Macarons ($14) by Lemonade Stand
Blueberry Lime Jam ($6) by JustbHandmade

Homemade Teton Original Hot Chocolate by TetonCocoaCompany Pure Raw Honey by Green Leaf Apiary

Original Teton Hot Chocolate, ½ lb. ($14) by the Teton Cocoa Company
Pure Raw Honey ($6/ 12 oz.) by Green Leaf Apiary

3 Tea Tin Gift Pack by ruaTEA Hazelnut Chocolate Whisky cookies by WhimsyandSpice

3 Tea Tin Gift Set ($12) by ruaTEA
Hazelnut Chocolate Whisky Cookies ($9 per ½ dozen) by Whimsy and Spice

Apricot Ginger Scones by Kitchen Witch Organic Home Popcorn by The Organic Home

16 Apricot Ginger Scones ($22) by the Kitchen Witch
Organic Popcorn ($2.80 per 500 g.) by The Organic Home

Creamy Yogurt  Boursin  and Dip Spice Blend by epicerie Fair trade and organic Papua New Guinea coffee by The Roaster

Creamy Yogurt and Boursin Dip Spice Blend and Recipes ($4.50) by epicerie
Fair Trade and Organically Grown Papua New Guinea Coffee ($13 per lb.) by The Roaster

So there you have it! Two weeks of holiday gift and card ideas. Did you buy anything from our guides? Get inspiration? We hope so.

Monday, we’ll be back to our regular schedule, with a craft waiting for you. Have a good weekend!

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