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TWO IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO TODAY-

1.  Eat a turkey/stuffing/cranberry sauce sandwich

2.  Start planning your handmade holiday gifts!

 

In the December issue of Living, the Crafts department has shared the handmade gifts we will be giving this year.

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Shane's gorgeous bracelets.

1 Shane's gorgeous bracelets.

Steph's sweet slippers.

2 Steph's sweet slippers.

Athena's chic tea towels.

3 Athena's chic tea towels.

My painted ornaments.

4 My painted ornaments.

I broke out the ornaments again for this cover-try shoot-

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All the ornaments, waiting to be put on the tree.

1 All the ornaments, waiting to be put on the tree.

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Fritz carefully places an ornament on his vintage plastic tree.  You can find the tree decorated differently somewhere else in the magazine- do you know where?

3 Fritz carefully places an ornament on his vintage plastic tree. You can find the tree decorated differently somewhere else in the magazine- do you know where?

Fritz and Liz consult on the final ornaments.

4 Fritz and Liz consult on the final ornaments.

We also used some silver stars- they can also be found elsewhere in the magazine- do you know where?

5 We also used some silver stars- they can also be found elsewhere in the magazine- do you know where?

It's fun to mix and match sets of ornaments.

6 It's fun to mix and match sets of ornaments.

We used that whole big bin of ornaments!  These are the only ones that remain.

7 We used that whole big bin of ornaments! These are the only ones that remain.

Liz and Fritz got lots of fun colored candy to prop the shot.

8 Liz and Fritz got lots of fun colored candy to prop the shot.

Hammond's makes the prettiest lollipops.

9 Hammond's makes the prettiest lollipops.

I have to admit, I may have sampled a few of these.

10 I have to admit, I may have sampled a few of these.

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Love this marbled paper- it really suits the patterns of the ornaments.

12 Love this marbled paper- it really suits the patterns of the ornaments.

Another cover try- we did a few different versions with different props on the mantle.  Do you recognize this giant glittered star from the December issue of Living?

13 Another cover try- we did a few different versions with different props on the mantle. Do you recognize this giant glittered star from the December issue of Living?

Fritz and Liz brought the most beautiful props.  Our art director, Eric, even brought some of his gorgeous vintage ornaments.

14 Fritz and Liz brought the most beautiful props. Our art director, Eric, even brought some of his gorgeous vintage ornaments.

I spy a little snowman- do you?

15 I spy a little snowman- do you?

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I'm usually afraid of mice, but that little pom-pom guy is adorable!

17 I'm usually afraid of mice, but that little pom-pom guy is adorable!

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Some great stamps- old and new.

19 Some great stamps- old and new.

Some very sweet Christmas cards.  I'm not sure who makes these- do you?

20 Some very sweet Christmas cards. I'm not sure who makes these- do you?

It didn't make the magazine cover, but you can find it as a second cover on the iPad issue-


Comments (7)

  • [...] Food. Handmade Gifts The Crafts Dept. at Martha Stewart Fri, November 25, 2011 12:00 PM UTC The Crafts Dept. at Martha Stewart Rate this story Share (function(){var [...]

  • We love homemade gifts. Our own we make to give, and those made by others we can purchase and give. We've been giving handmade gifts for years; so this year we shared the handmade giving joy by featuring other's handmade gifts. The submissions we got were so pretty and it feels so wonderful to be sharing this kind of gift giving joy: http://www.wordplayhouse.com/2011/11/handmade-gifts.html. You've shared lovely make-it-yourself ideas here too, Blake. Beautiful!

  • The cards on the left are from Hello!Lucky:

    http://www.hellolucky.com/holiday-cards.html

  • Crafter Comment:

    Oh yes, of course! Thanks Shauna!

  • Every time I see handmade gifts, I feel so happy and excited to create my own. I love hand craft items especially giving it as special gifts to my friends. These painted ornaments are perfect gifts for the holiday.

  • Where do you buy the tree to put painted ornaments on? Would love to buy one..

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Mike,

    That beautiful tree is actually a vintage plastic tree that our brilliant collecting editor found at an antique show. It was featured in the icy glass story in the December issue of Living Unfortunately I'm not sure where you could find another one like it- try ebay?

    Good luck!

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