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Jan 3, 2012

Handmade Holiday Gifts

I love everything about the word "handmade."  There's just something about the mix of creativity & working with my hands that just fills me with happiness.  In fact, that's one of the main reasons I chose the name of my blog.  So many times after I make something, I think... I wonder if this is a teensy taste of how God felt when He created us?  I'm just so glad that he made us to be creative people.  It's just so much fun.  :)

Anyway... I wanted to share some holiday gifts I made for one of our gift exchanges this year.  I made these for a creative God-loving girl who's also an amazing photographer.

I designed this cute camera and uploaded it on my Silhouette software.  (Did you know that the Silhouette cuts fabric too?) 

I hand-stitched the pieces together, using some retro fabrics and denim.

And... here is the same camera image, only smaller.  Can I just reiterate how much I LOVE my Silhouette?  I finally feel like I can get the designs in my mind out onto paper (or fabric, etc.)  ;)

I added a little button for the lens (loved that that little idea worked!) and a Studio Calico sticker as a monogram.  In lieu of string, I ripped a piece of left-over fabric to hang my tag.

Here is another creation I made thanks to my lovely Silhouette.  :)  I wanted to try my hand at creating my own stencils... so I created this design using the Fabric Ink Starter Kit.  The kit is marketed to add inks to t-shirts, etc. - but it works really well for all sorts of things.

I bought a package of Moleskine journals from Target & applied paint to my cut design.

I was just super excited about how it turned out.  I'm thinking about making some more items using my logo & possibly putting them in my Etsy shop???

Thanks for letting me share my handmade gifties with you!  Sometimes I get a little overly excited when things actually turn out the way I want them to... and I just have to share with someone who's been there too.  ;)

Supplies: (click pictures for links)


  1. Fab gift ideas Julie - I'm sure she will have loved the thought and effort that you put into it.
    And now I'm wanting me a Silhouette.... Rx

  2. WOW! THat camera image is AMAZING! I LOOOOOOOVE the fabrics you used!! And that journal cover has a FABULOUS scripture reference! LOOOOOVE!

  3. Love them! The tiny button is genius. I love the funky simplicity of the notebook. Very cool.


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