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Handmade Holiday – Reflective Mug Cozy

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

Today, I created a gift for all of those moms (or fur mommas) that have to stand outside or go on walks outside in the early morning, (read before the sun is up) with the kids waiting for the bus (or walking the fur babies)

This reflective mug cozy keeps your morning beverage warm, gives your hands a nice soft cup to hug and is reflective to help you be noticed in the dark, in your still sleepy state. Ha, ha. 

But seriously the reflective property gives it just a little bit of shine that gets you noticed while taking Fido on that quick morning walk! 

I knit the cozy using the Reflective Yarn by Red Heart. Plus, I also used a rhinestone buckle from The Buckle Boutique for the button to give it that special bling that makes every girl smile. 

The knitting pattern is simple:

You need 1 ball of the Reflective Yarn

US 9 Knitting needles

a buckle

yarn needle to finish


Cast on 14 stitiches.

Row1, 3, 5: K3, P2, K4, P2, K3

Row2, 4, 6: K5, P4, K5

Row 7: K3, P2, Cable 4 front, P2, K3

Row8: K5, P4, K5

Repeat this pattern until the knitted piece measures 9inches. Bind off. Weave in ends. I chained a 4" piece to creat the button loop on one end, on the opposite I stitched the buckle on. 



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Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away! Clearsnap  Ellison Educational Equipment   Walnut Hollow  Graphic 45  Neat and Tangled  Therm O Web  Westcott  Elizabeth Craft Designs  Pink and Main  The Buckle Boutique  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  Rowland Technologies  ICE Resin  Hydrangea Hippo  Clearsnap – Suzanne Austin  Stencil1 – Ed Roth  Graphic 45 -Nadya Lifa  Cookies for Breakfast- Beth Pingry  Cupcakes and Crinoline - Mary Beth Sharkey  Elizabeth Craft Designs – Frances Byrne Lazy Mom’s – Joanna Grzeszczak    Homemade Ginger – Megan Kapple  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Asia King  Ellison Educational Equipment – Anna-Karin Evaldsson  One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta   Therm O Web – Alice G0lden  Lovely Etc – Carrie Spalding ICE Resin – Clare Horner  Pink and Main – Yolie Burke The Buckle Boutique – Stephanie Nericcio  Modern Surrealist – Marisa Pawelko  A Little Craft In Your Day – Tanner Bell  Artsy Findings – Cheryl Waters Stampin Mindy – Mindy Baxter a Rafflecopter giveaway

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A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop – please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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The Epic Fairy Garden

WE are in love with Fairies and our Fairy Garden. Each year is gets a little bigger and we make new items to please the fae.

You can follow the links below to different tutorials on how to create your own fairy garden as well as what plants to use and other fun stuff!

How to make your own Fairy Door

Fairy Knitting Basket

Mini Frames for Fairy Houses

Fairy Garden Plant Stand

Fairy Thimble Chair

Fairy House Bathroom Vanity


Twinkle Lights

Fairy Garden 2012

May Day Fairy Festival

Plants for the Fairy Garden

Very Own Fairy Dust

ModCloth’s ‘Spring-Time to Shine’ Contest

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Share your spring style with ModCloth’s ‘Spring-Time to Shine’ Contest, and you could win a $50 gift cerfiticate! Entering is simple — just snap a photo of yourself in your freshest spring ensemble and upload to the Style Gallery. Outfits do not need to feature ModCloth (although it is encouraged!), and users can submit as many entries as their hearts desire. Two winners will be chosen and featured by ModCloth. This contest is open to both domestic and international applications through 1 p.m. PT on 4/28. Please see our blog for more details. Good luck!

I'm kinda in love with this one! I think I needs to be part of my spring closet.  

Food on the Cheap – A Real Family, Saving Real Money


Part of my "A Real Family, Saving Real Money" series.

Food. It's expensive. It's a large part of a family budget – or since we don't have a budget – it's where a lot of our money goes.

For 2 years now we have purchased a large amount of beef at one time. We found a farm that pasture raises cows. They are not certified organic because that kind of certification requires a lot, but they are as close as you can get without the certification. The initial cost might give you a heart attack but the overall savings is amazing. Plus by purchasing a half of a cow, there are many roasts, ribs, steaks and ground beef always in the freezer. We cook more meals at home, because the food is there. It's a win, win.

I have found that discount grocery stores are nice. We have a discount grocery store in Central PA called BB's Grocery Outlet. They buy broken pallets, a pallet that gets broken or destroyed in shipping, the products are fine by since it can't be moved because of pallet damage it gets pushed to the side and this company comes in and cleans up. We buy our dog food there. They are a great source of brands like Call of the Wild, Blue Buffalo and Wellness. I find that this store is also a great place to pick up personal care items. Search for Grocery Outlets in your area, they seem to be all over if you know what to look for.

We shop at Wegmans and Target a lot. Wegmans' store brands are just as good as the name brands and are a great bargain.

Target is a fantastic store for discounts. Target has their own coupons that are available to print from their website. Target coupons can be combined with manufactures coupons, plus they have an app. (I know I said I don't clip coupons, but every once in a while it's totally worth it and Target let's you double up.)


The App is called Cartwheel. I downloaded it to my iPhone. When I'm in Target, with or without coupons I scan the barcode of the item I'm buying to see if there are any deals from Cartwheel. Last time I was running through and picked up a box of Market Pantry Granola Bars for the kid. I scanned the bar code with my phone in Cartwheel and it said I could get an addition 5% off the box. How cool is that?

The App is also avalible for Android as well!

FYI – Cartwheel has a 10% off all Toys this week and Monster High Dolls are on sale for $10 – that takes another $1 off. That's a pretty great deal. (I know that has nothing to do with food, but it's still a good deal.) Also M&Ms also have a 10% off cartwheel!


This week I'm going to share more of our money saving ideas, so check back all week and save:

4/7/14 Buying Glasses – Because I need to see, but don't want to spend $400.

4/8/14 Buying Art Supplies – Because I am a huge crafter / Artist and supplies are not cheap!

4/9/14 Buying Clothes – Just because I'm frugal doesn't mean I look it.

4/10/14 Buying Food – You gotta eat.

4/11/14 Saving on TV – Let's be real – The TV is on almost all day. I can't say I'm proud of it but I like white noise.  

4/12/14 Earning Free Stuff – It's nice to get a treat every once in a while.

Twirl, Post, Win.

Show off your twirling capabilities with the ModCloth ‘Twirl Around the World Contest’ and you could
win a $350 gift card! Snap a photo of yourself twirling in your favorite spring
ensemble and upload to the Style Gallery or post on your Instagram account with
the hashtag #modtwirl. Videos will also be considered on Instagram.
Contest ends 3/31 at 10am PT. One Instagram winner and one Style Gallery winner
will be chosen on 3/31 by EOD. Happy twirling!

American Girl Mini Art Studio Giveaway and Blog Hop


I am participating in a giveaway hop with 12 other bloggers. We are each giving away something for an American Girl Doll. After you enter mine below enter the next giveaway at Amy's SewsNBows Blog. Make sure you keep hopping and enter all the great giveaways.

I'm giving away a DIY Art Studio. It includes a mini easel, 2 canvases that can be painted or decorated in any way you like, 2 handmade paint brushes, a handmade sketchbook and a handmade paint pallet.


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Enter below for your chance to win this DIY Art Studio set. You must be at least 18 yrs and with an address in the USA to win. Giveaway is for the DIY Art Studio, which includes 2 canvases, mini easel, 2 handmade paint brushes, 1 handmade sketch book, and 1 hand made paint pallet. Doll & outfit not included.


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Add a Little Vintage to Your Day-to-Day Look

Thanks for this great guest post by Vision2You.

Vintage style is incredibly popular, and
it’s likely because it’s a classic sort of style that often involves highly
flattering cuts and shapes. You probably don’t want to dress from head to toe
in retro style and thrift shop finds, because your style can easily look
out-dated this way. It’s a much better idea to incorporate modern pieces that
are inspired by vintage design into your day-to-day look, and save any true
vintage finds as collectables.


The first place you might want to start
with a vintage inspired look is with your glasses or sunglasses. It’s a great
way of adding quirky-cute style without too much commitment (you can always
just take sunglasses or glasses off!). Look for cat-eye styles, as these
flatter most face shapes, and look classic in black, or sweet and girly in
pastels. You might also want to experiment with translucent frames in bright
colours for a very on-trend look! Here are some of our favourite finds:



Prada VPR 12N


Channel nerdy geek chic with the
peachy-pink wide frame glasses from Prada. Wear them with a pretty frilled
blouse, a sweet pair
of gold kitten-heel evening shoes,
and a long chiffon skirt. Complete the
look with a dab of hot pink lipstick, vintage eyeliner flicks, and a messy
up-do. Extra points if you’re brave enough to wear some sheer, floral ankle
socks with this outfit, but they are the perfect 40’s style geek fashion




No one does vintage style sunglasses quite
like Tom Ford. The
Tom Ford Bardot style of frame
is inspired by legendary 50s and 60s French
starlet Brigitte Bardot. She was the epitome of glamour, and you can steal her
style by finding yourself a pair of fitted Americana-style capri pants, a
polka-dot bralet, and some pretty ballet shoes. Finish the look by piling your
hair on top of your head and securing it in place with a vintage silk scarf,
before donning these sunglasses and walking around like you’re a movie star in


Wardrobe Essentials


There are many essential vintage style
pieces that you can keep in for versatility. We recommend that you keep a range
of vintage style pillbox hats and hair accessories, as if you hair is styled in
a retro style, you can instantly make any outfit hark back to a past era.


You can also enhance a vintage style
wardrobe with the right footwear – start with a good sturdy pair of brogues, as
these are versatile enough to go with dresses, trousers, shorts and more. Look
out at vintage fairs for heels from the 40s and 50s, these were always in
comfortable but decorative styles, and had a low heel with a pointed toe.
They’re very elegant and they can be worn formally or even casually.


Vintage is synonymous with English country
clothing, so the final piece of footwear we recommend is a good pair of riding
. These should be comfy and in a colour of leather that works with
most of your clothing. Wear them with thick, woolly long socks and girly
vintage dresses, or with a billowing blouse and skinny jeans. They’re great for
walking, and a good pair will last you forever, ready to be handed down to your
kids as a vintage heirloom!

I Love My Post – co hosting

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Steph from A Geek in Glasses
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