Monday, 30 September 2013

Creating handmade gifts...... for men!

Hello all,

Welcome to the first DIY inspired gift guide....  This one is for those men folk in our lives!  I've scoured the web and pinterest for a variety of gift ideas and whilst I have not tried them and can't vouch for how easy the instructions are to follow, I know there are a  lot of crafty folk out there who can rise to the challenge and create fabulous handmade gifts. 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a selection of the many tutorials out there.  Happy crafting!

by Brett & Kate McKay of the Art of Manliness blog

 Chef's Apron

by Martha Stewart

Suede Ipod Case

by Martha Stewart

Leather Journal

by MUFN inc blog

BBQ Hanging Towels

by The Silly Pearl blog

Golf Club Head Covers
by Positively Splendid

Grill Rubs

by Kojo Designs

Hand Printed Mouse Mat

guest post on the Design Sponge by Man Made DIY

Monogram Mugs

by Design Mom

Handmade Tie

by the Purl Bee

Comic Book Coasters

by Mod Podge Rocks

Boy's Wallet

by Noodle Head

Bicycle Brake Clock

by the Instructables

Car Kit

by Holidash

by Sew4Home

Well I hope that has given you some inspiration, I would love to see any creations you make, link to them in the comments.  And if you have any suggestions for the next DIY gift guide then please shout! 

Until next time...

Amanda xx

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

It's begining to look a lot like C.........

Afternoon all,

I have to say, my body is getting very confused by this changing weather, last week I had to put the heating on and now this week it's sunny and really warm!!  The cold turn last week and the flurry of Christmas posts on my Facebook feed prompted me to start thinking about Christmas (look away now if the thought of Christmas planning in September turns you cold!!)

Picture courtesy of

It's my aim this year to either buy handmade gifts or make them myself so you can see why I wanted to start early!  Last year I created some handmade gift guides and this year I want to do the same but with more of an emphasis on actually making the gifts as I know there are a lot of DIY crafty people out there.

I asked on my Facebook page who you would like to see a gift guide for in order to get some inspiration and the first (and only!) response was gifts for men, so watch this space....  Our first handmade gift guide for the festive season will be for those difficult to buy men. 

Just as a caveat - the tutorials I link to are not necessarily ones that I have tried, but part of my online searching and pinterest stalking!

Picture courtesy of Pixels and Company

Good luck crafting and if there are any other gift types that you would like inspiration on please leave a comment.

Until next time...
Amanda xx