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Holiday Wishlist: Do-It-Yourself Fun (Under $50!)*

In Holidays, Objects of Desire, Of House and Home on December 15, 2010 by Naoko Takano

How goeth the holiday shopping?  I am terribly behind and having mini panic-attacks in-between braving the crowds at the mall and waiting in a line that stretches 3 times around the Post Office just to use the Automatic Mailing Machine.  Hopefully everyone else has it under control – but if not and you’d like some ideas for that person who prefers to do everything themselves – and who has more than just a little craftiness up their sleeves – look no further and check out these DIY-themed gifts, all available online: (all under $50* – except for one* very important gift!!)

1. The Big-Ass Book of Crafts, $19.95

2. Beginner Studding Kit, $23

3. Wood DIY Gnome, $4.99 (sale)

4. Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter, $10.19

5. Kenmore Drop-In Bobbin Sewing Machine, $141.99*
(This is, BTW, the exact same machine I use – Hub gave it to me for my birthday 3 years ago.  It is by far the best machine I have ever used – glides through EVERYTHING, even leather up to 3/4″ thick (six layers of sueded split top leather at 1/8″ thick a layer), and it’s never broken or given me any grief.  It has 90 stitches on it (not that  And I’ve never sent it in for maintenance, oiling, or anything.  It’s pretty fabulous and I can’t say enough good things about it!)

6. Gingerbread Train Kit, $19.95

7. Mayan Magic Chocolate-Making Kit, $24.99

8. Urawaza: Tips & Tricks from Japan, $15.95

9. Felt Whole Cakes Pattern Set, $5

10. Black & Decker 14V Drill with Stud Finder, $34.99 (sale)

If you know anyone who wants to get into studding their clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories, the studding kit will set them on their way to spiky fabulousness – or for the DIY gourmet, make-your-own-chocolate or a sweet gingerbread train that will have to be safeguarded against prying little fingers until after the holidays.;-)  And no serious DIY’er should ever be without a power drill – I use mine to drill holes in pendants, sand and buff metal jewelry, distress denim…and of course, make holes in walls! (and your drill doesn’t have to be pink for it to be perfect for you, despite what the hardware store guys may think:-)

xoxox
Carly

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5 Responses to “Holiday Wishlist: Do-It-Yourself Fun (Under $50!)*”

  1. Thank you so much for making the Harry Potter book known to me. I need to get it and make something quick!

  2. Umm, I want to learn to knit simply so I can buy that Harry Potter book! haha

  3. @Destined For NowNo problem! I wouldn't call myself an avid Harry Potter fan, but when I saw this book I was so impressed with its quirky-cool! Plus, I love to knit, so I'm hankering to try a couple of these projects…;-)
    xoxo
    Carly

  4. Thanks for your tips! I have to try #2 kit for beginners. And if i ever make myself take sewing lessons definitely listening to your advise on which machine to buy! thanks!
    xx
    maya

  5. lol!
    just ordered beginner studding kit. can't wait to get it!
    Thanks again for your tips!
    xx
    maya

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