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My Handmade Christmas

Hi everyone! I want to take a quick moment to say thank you to all the people who read my blog…especially the ones who have stuck with me for several years! I really love reading EVERY SINGLE comment and enjoy hearing from you. So, from the bottom of my big Evie heart, thank you.

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I hope you had a great Christmas. This year was especially fun for me, I wanted to create gifts for my loved ones instead of buying them for two reasons: 1. I love making things 2. Hauling two babies around all creation to find the perfect gift for all on my list did not seem like an option. So as soon as November hit, I started creating – and here is some of the bounty!

Fingerless Mittens // Scarflet with vintage buttons

I knit alot of the gifts this year, it just makes sense because I can do it anywhere, anytime. Ask my husband, I was knitting something almost every night!

This is a pretty knit I-cord piece that can be worn as a necklace or doubled up as a bracelet! Made out of baby alpaca from Peru. I just might have to make one of these for myself!

Cute bow hairclips for some sweet little girls. You know I gotta get the cute frilly stuff out of my system somehow…no girls to knit for in my house…yet.

This was one of my favorites to work on. Some coasters for my brother in law that had various photographs of London, a place he loves. I used this concept to make them.

Did you give/receive handmade this year? I’d love to hear!

Week of Paper: Gift Toppers

Day 3 of paper week! It’s been a fun challenge doing this every day. A lot of work though! Today we are making cute little gift toppers.

What you need: Paper of two different colors, scissors, glue

Step 1: Start by cutting a large circular shape out of paper. Gift it some wavy edges so it looks like a flower.

Step 2: Continue doing this, making each successive circle a little smaller than the last and using two different colors of paper.

Step 3 & 4: Using just a dab of glue in the center, start glueing the layers, largest to smallest. Continue until you’ve worked your smallest circle.

Step 5: Start cutting lines in towards the middle, leaving the center intact. I cut in a total of 8 lines.

Step 6: Start pulling, crinkling and bending the layers to give some depth and structure. Continue doing this until you achieve the desired effect.

Voila! A pretty easy way to liven up a gift for a loved one.

I’ve got a fun project for tomorrow. Until then!

Week of Paper: Flowers

Here is day two in our paper week! Today we are making beautiful paper flowers, like the ones I made for this baby shower. The difference with this project is I’m using vintage music sheets, which is a bit thinner paper and thus these have a little less structure to them. So, the thicker the paper, the more sculptural your flower will look.

You will need: paper, hot glue gun, cardboard, scissors

Step 1: Cut out a half moon shape out of cardboard (an old cereal box will do). This will be your template for the flower petal.

Step 2: Create a fold in your paper wide enough to fit your template on.

Step 4 & 5: Trace and cut out your petals. You will need 8-10 petals to make a full flower.

Step 5 & 6: Cut out a circular shape out of cardboard as your base. Begin hot glueing your petals one by one using a small dab of glue in the center only. Continue this with all your petals, staggering their placement evenly.

This should be what you end up with!

Again, use this idea as a jumping point for your own projects. These can be made in all different sizes, and petal shapes. You can also embellish the center of your flowers with large buttons.

Alrighty, let me know how you like paper week! I’ll be posting another great project tomorrow.

{Almost} Instant Gratification Creation

Do you ever have one of those days that you need to do something creative, and you need to do it NOW and FAST? I had one of those days yesterday, so I scoured my bookmarks for a quick DIY to inspire me and I came across this 20 minute tote tutorial.

This is absolutely one of my favorite vintage fabrics in my stash and I’m happy I finally used it for something I can enjoy regularly. I sometimes have this thing about using my most lovely fabric…I don’t want to cut it up. But that sure doesn’t make any sense. After all, I can’t enjoy it much when it’s folded on my shelf gathering dust!

My favorite thing was adding a few embellishments. A couple fabric flowers topped with vintage buttons, and a handmade bow made of velvet ribbon.

So, do you have any quick creative projects you love doing to get out the crafty itch? I’d love to hear!

A Few Projects

Here are a few projects I’ve been working on lately.


Making cute headbands for gifts.


Sewing ring pillows and getting ready for my first retail venture. Brides, if you live in Maryland, check out English Rose Floral Design in historic downtown Annapolis. Tell Joanne that Evie sent you!


Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe

I’ve also been thinking about and praying for the precious people involved in the recent devastation in Haiti, as I’m sure many of you are. If you are looking for ways to help, here are a few easy ones.

  1. Simply leave a comment on pioneer woman’s blog post and she will donate $0.10 for every entry.
  2. Artists and designers can donate an item to this auction and proceeds will go to charity. You can also participate in bidding on items.

In a few weeks I will also be introducing a way that artists, designers and etsy sellers can support this cause and others on an ongoing basis.

Love to you all,


Adventures with Felt

Happy 2010 everyone! I trust you had a nice break and are raring to go for another year, and…another decade!

I’ve been experimenting with some projects made of felt that I thought I’d quickly share. For some reason I’ve been on a kick of making things for myself which for some reason, I rarely do. Maybe it’s because I truly enjoy creating more when it’s for someone else. But, for now I’ve been enjoying the fruits of my own labor!

Part of my husband and I’s Christmas gifts to each other were brand new phones. Mine is so stinking new on the market, they don’t have many options in the way of cases or protection. So I made my own! I think it turned out very cute, and now my phone is nice and cozy.


I also experimented with a little felt brooch. It’s not marvelous, but it’s cute enough. Experimentation leads to innovation, right?


Tomorrow be on the lookout for my “Best Of” post where I highlight the best posts from last year. Stay tuned!

The Cutest Handmade Purse

I promised yesterday I would have something neat to show you! I finished up a handmade purse for my 7-year old niece (it’s her b-day next month) just last night. Oh, it is sooo cute! I’m really proud of it and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.


Basically I just knit a large rectangular shape using a stockinette stitch and then the moss stitch for the pattern on the front. I cut a piece of fabric 1/3 larger than my knit piece and machine sewed it on. Then I just hand sewed the sides up using a blanket stitch. I made a fabric flower and sewed some buttons on to embellish it and then just sewed two pieces of satin ribbon on the inside for the handle and tied the ends in a bow. I used Fray Check for the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying.

Please pardon the poor photos. It’s been dark and rainy here so I had to take pics in my bathroom.


I really can’t wait to give it to her! She’s sweet and girly, but has really been blossoming in her creativity, so I think she will like it.


It’s also reversible! It looks cute both ways.

Thanks for letting me share. I hope you are having a great Friday so far. Have a lovely weekend!

Cutest Handmade Birds

Anyone getting married soon? I found the cutest little handmade birdie cake toppers. They are PRECIOUS! Ashley Anna Brown is the creator of these little wonders, and each one is unique.


New Ring Pillows in the Store

I just added 3 new handmade wedding ring pillows to my etsy store. I guess I’m on a pink and green kick because all three are on that color way.

On a different note, my birthday was awesome yesterday and I’m having fun reading all your comments on the giveaway post!

Introducing evie s. Weddings + Events

I am super excited to reveal some new products I’ve been working on for weddings and events. This really has been my dream for 5 years to create products like this. Not sure why it’s taken me so long! I’ve opened a new etsy store for this line for two reasons: 1.) To make my products available to a wider audience. 2.) My contract with my shopping cart on evie-s.com expires in the fall so I will be shutting it down.

Right now the shop is stocked with five beautiful handmade ring pillows, glitter monogram cake toppers, and knit bunting. Take a look and let me know what you think!


Golden Brocade Ring Pillow // Lola Ring Pillow


Cross-Stitch Heart Ring Pillow // Silk Bloom Ring Pillow // Old-Fashioned Lace Ring Pillow


Glitter Monogram Cake Toppers // La Petit Knit Bunting