Homespooled

 
Sometimes I like to give tree ornaments as gifts during the holidays.  I like to wrap up a present, decorate the box with a ribbon, make curls with the tails, then tie them around the loop of a tree ornament.  This way, instead of a bow the recipient of this gift will eventually throw out (after they're done sticking it to their hair, sweater, other people's sweater, etc.) they get an ornament they can keep and use.   The downside to this is that a bag of 50 bows will run you about 2$, whereas a single ornament can cost up to 20$!  (That's Hallmark wallet raping you, in case you didn't know.)

The solution? Make your own ornaments.  This particular ornament is for that yarn lover (or even cat lover?) on your list.

 
 
You know those plastic tabs that seal under the cap of juice and milk cartons?  Next time you see one, don't throw it away!  Give it a quick wash make a ring with it!  Or stash it with your craft items until you have a few of them to work with.  These are super fun to work with and I'm actually surprised they're not being sold individually yet...like every other quirky item used for crafts seems to be!  

 
 
When your collection of buttons starts to get too big, it's time to find ways to use some of them up.  Especially the single ones, the tiny ones and the oddly shaped ones. 

You can make this project with a picture frame instead of a board or canvas, if that's what you have on hand.  For the background, either use a coloured page, or a page that you've painted.

 
 
Kids are often fighting over space on the fridge to post their artwork.  They fight even more when it comes to who gets to use which magnet.  The solution?  Have them make their own magnets and they'll definitely not fight over which one they get to use anymore.  Especially when it comes to Justin Bieber (don't judge me)and Spiderman...

 
 
I am swimming in thread. I tried organizing all of my spools by colour into zip lock bags, then in a box, but it was too hard to get to them all.   And I didn't want to spend the $$ on one of those special thread organizers.  Plus to find one big enough for my stash would have cost too much and would have taken up too much space.  I don't have an office or a place to display these types of things, so I needed to find something that could be a space saver as well.  Something I could just neatly store away when not in use.  Then on a shopping trip to Michaels, I noticed that all of the scrapbook organizers were on sale.   Plus I had one of those 40% off coupons they have every week.  I don't know which containers are made for what in the scrapbooking world, so I just looked for something to serve my purpose.  This is what I found:

 

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