“My Peeps” Shirt with Free Printables

The herald of spring and Easter has arrived in stores, the marshmallow peep! Now that it’s arrived I thought I would make a shirt for my son featuring the peeps.…

Swap With Us! Low Volume Plus Blocks

I thought it was time to host another craft swap! This time, we will be swapping low volume plus blocks. These quilt blocks are easy and relaxing to sew, especially…

Reusable Sandwich Bags

Get ready for a delightful summer picnic in the park with these reusable sandwich bags! Made from oilcloth, these bags are easy and fun to whip up in a variety…

All-In-One Picnic Blanket Tote

With summer just around the corner I’m getting ready to enjoy to family picnics and being outside again (finally!). I wanted to make a picnic blanket that was waterproof on one side…

Lifestyle Crafts: Cyber Monday Sale and Giveaway!

Lifestyle Crafts, maker of the Epic Letterpress and Die Cutter is having a great sale and you have all of today to take advantage (sale ends tonight)! One of their best selling products, the nesting dies will be 50% off. The nesting dies include up to 16 dies for one price so no wonder they’re so popular! Here’s just a few of the many shapes you can choose from.






This garland is just one of the many project ideas you can find on their site using the nesting dies. If you decide to order from Lifestyle, don’t forget to use our code CRAFTBUDS for a 20% discount!



In addition to the great sales, Lifestyle has been doing some amazing giveaways these past few weeks. They’ve already given away a Canon 60D camera and Jo tote, an $800 Dream Craft Workspace, and an iPad 2. From now until December 5 you can enter to win the Adobe Creative Suite and a Bamboo Create Tablet! All you need to do is follow them on Pinterest and leave a comment letting them know. Make sure to mention that Craft Buds sent you!

Deck the Halls: Fresh Picks for 11.27.11 + Winner

Out of 67 comments, the winner of the handmade earrings giveaway, chosen by Random.org, is #6 Sally Ness: “I’m a big fan of all three pairs on the orange, yellow, green trio! Quite tasteful, Linds.”

I’m so excited for Sally to win these earrings, as she was the very first person to buy a pair from my new Esty storefront. Huge thanks to everyone who entered and gave feedback on your favorites! The 40% off code CRAFTBUDS is still good through the end of the day today.

Without further ado, here are some fresh picks for the week, to get you in the mood for holiday decorating! These cute Christmas crafts make great holiday decorations for the home.

Felt Hot Cocoa Ornament

Mug Shot: I bet you haven’t seen many Christmas ornament crafts cuter than this Cup o’ Cocoa with tiny felt marshmallows. Get the cute-torial for this Felt Hot Cocoa Ornament at Flamingo Toes.

Noel Letters Sign

Merry Mantle: Get the instructions on how to make this Pottery Barn knock-off Noel mantel sign at Sew Dang Cute Crafts.

Clay Stamped Ornaments

Stamp of Approval: They’re earthy and they’re easy. Loving the Stamped Clay Christmas Ornaments tutorial from Allison at Little Lovelies.

Milk Carton Sun Wreath Tutorial

Here Comes the Sun: Reuse a few empty milk cartons to make this unexpectedly stunning holiday wreath! This holiday DIY tutorial is courtesy of Michele, written as a guest post on WhipUp.net.

Echinops and Aster

Holiday How-To: Jenelle is whipping up some awesome holiday decorating tutorials, like a cutie-pie mushroom ornament and holiday snowflake table runner. The instructions are clear as day, and sewists will especially love the projects at Echinops & Aster.

101 Handmade Holiday Tutorials

101 Roundup: Don’t miss the round-up of holiday decor tutorials over at Everything Etsy, with everything from wreaths to garland and pillows to snow globes. Who doesn’t love free Christmas crafts?

Next week, we’ll take a look at some handmade gifts that you still have time to whip up. Yes, there is still time.

Thanks for checking out this week’s Fresh Picks!
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Giveaway! The Cutest Handmade Earrings

This giveaway is near and dear to my heart, because one Craft Buds reader is going to win some hand-picked goodies from my shop, Lindsay Sews!

Assorted Button Earrings

Enter to win:

A Pair of Hedgehog bobby pins

Hedgehog Bobby Pins

Handmade Owl Card – Blank

Handmade Owl Card

Assorted Fabric Button Earrings – You tell me what you like, and I’ll surprise you with three pairs!

That’s a $34 value, all handmade with love! Giveaway open worldwide through Nov. 27.

To enter: This giveaway is now closed.

  1. “Heart” your favorite item at Lindsay Sews on Etsy and leave a comment here letting me know you did. If you don’t have an Etsy account, just leave a comment here with your favorite item! (one entry)
  2. Share this giveaway with someone and leave a comment. Twitter, Facebook, blog, your friend, your mom, your pet. (one entry) Here’s a suggested tweet you can copy and paste:

I hope I win! Cute handmade #giveaway @CraftBuds and 40% off #etsy sale! http://tinyurl.com/clxlgk6


Also, I’ve decided to forgo Black Friday shopping this year, but I’m still offering you a great deal . . . Get 40% off everything in your cart with the coupon code CRAFTBUDS through November 27. Perfect for stocking stuffers or just to treat yourself. Look around the shop.

Thanksgiving Place Setting Printables

Is everyone getting ready for food and family? I know we are around here! To help dress up our Thanksgiving place settings I designed a few printables. There’s the menu:

Cards for labeling place settings or food items:

And napkin ring bands:


The food cards/place cards and napkin ring bands are PDFs and the menu is a word document with text boxes so you can type in your menu. The files can be downloaded through the links to Google Docs below:

Food/Place Cards —  Napkin Rings —  Menu

The menu will have to be downloaded to show correctly and depending on your setup, you may have to also download the Food/Place Cards and Napkin Rings. To do this, just go to File (in the upper left corner), then Download Original. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Last-Minute Thanksgiving: Fresh Picks for 11.20.11

It’s not too late to whip up these last-minute Thanksgiving crafts! Get some ideas for simple centerpieces, wall decor and little details to make your family dinner more special!

Turkey Cups

Gobble Gobble: Lisa shares lots of Thanksgiving table-setting ideas, include these adorable and quick-to-make turkey cups at her blog, Moore Minutes.

Easy Give Thanks Garland

Craft Leftovers: Crystal shares her simple “Give Thanks” banner made from coffee filters and doilies at her blog, A Pumpkin and a Princess.

Mayflower Centerpiece

Sail Away: Robyn takes cues from a Pottery Barn centerpiece and whips up a clever (and inexpensive) substitute from a shoe box, some placemats, dowel rods and fabric! Get the tutorial over at The Pink Peony of Le Jardin.

Paper Bag Turkey

The Fun Table: This Thanksgiving tutorial at Honest to Nod is adorable and brilliant. It’s a craft that the older kids could help make for the younger kids, for a memorable centerpiece. Maybe the paper bag turkey becomes an annual tradition.

Mayflower place cards

Set the Table: Danyelle shows off the cutest Mayflower place cards, with a free printable template, at her blog Dandee Designs. You could fill them with rocks or something edible like trail mix or a festive popcorn and candy corn mix. Adorable!

Thanks for checking out this week’s Fresh Picks!
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Winner + Charm Swap Update

The winner of the Modern Fabric Studio giveaway is:

#161 Rebecca who said, “I’d buy a bunch of FreeSpirit designer solids!  THANKS for the chance!”

Great choice Rebecca! I’m loving those colors, too! Maybe you’ll even make one of these:

Summer Sample Quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons

Summer Sampler Quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons


The Thanksgiving Sale is still going on over at Modern Fabric Studio through November 27th! I just picked up some of her awesome Sale Fabrics at an extra 10% off with free shipping. I got some Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Voile at $8/yard and Valori Wells Birds in Sage at $5/yard. So cute! Of course, I had to add a few other lovely things to take advantage of the free shipping for $35+ orders.

Little Folks Voile Coloring Garden Valori Wells Birds in Sage

Here are the details again:

The sale ends Sunday, November 27, so that’s one week from tomorrow. Happy shopping!


Modern Fabric Studio

Thanks to the awesome Amanda for hosting this giveaway and a big congrats to Rebecca!

Charm Swap

Also, here’s an update on the Aqua, Yellow and Gray charm swap hosted by Craft Buds and Crafty Girls Workshop. The charms are in the mail and some people have received! Aren’t they awesome? This is Melinda’s haul.

Aqua Yellow Gray charm swap

Anna certainly had her work cut out for her, as she cut more than 20 yards of fabric from her shop into charms for participants. Thank you Anna! You made it so easy for us to participate.

Sale Alert: I picked up some $5.99 fabric from Anna’s shop the other week, and there’s still loads of good stuff left!

We are voting on the theme for the next charm swap over at our Facebook page. So head on over and cast your vote for your favorite color combo or design. Polka dots, anyone? Have a great weekend!

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