Morning, festive types, and welcome to The Great Christmas Shopping Expedition For Anyone (Like Me) Who's Left Things To The Last Minute And Is Now Being Scuppered By The Snow And Crowds And Postal Chaos, otherwise known as buying presents without having to leave the house and/or worry about delivery options.
I've tried to include a mixture of ideas for a range of different recipients, but - assuming you have some basic skills and supplies in your creative arsenal - there will hopefully be at least something here that might solve a last-minute gift dilemma or two.
So, eyes down, elbows out, credit-card flexed, aaaand . . . shop!
I love MIBO's adorable downloads almost as much as their retro homewares. They now have a special studio site devoted entirely to print-at-home products, including a beautiful 2011 calendar and a whole range of cute paper animals including Forest Friends (above) and Christmas Creatures.
Blue Tricycle's nature design is especially lovely . . .
. . . as is this one from empapers.
I was really excited to spot these notecards from one of my favourite Etsy artists, ashleyg. Print out a little bundle and tie together with ribbon for a really sweet gift, or try printing a single one and slotting it into a simple frame.
. . . or for something a little bit different, I love the idea of turning a framed print into a dry-erase memo board. The Love Letter below is from Sim and Charlie Designs, who also offer a fun menu option - Cook, Eat, Repeat.
For boys (or grown-ups with a bare spot on their desk and a little dino love in their hearts), how about a cut-and-fold Kirigami T-rex?
Or for something similar - only a little more domestic and a little less prehistoric - this paper doll house is a sweet steal, at just $4 (£2.64).
It's well worth searching for downloadable embroidery patterns on Etsy, if you've never tried it before. There are all sorts to choose from, including plenty that are simple enough for beginners to tackle. I've just ordered this cute pair of thermos flasks from Campfire Chic, and am thinking I'll stitch it onto some vintage bedsheet fabric for a super-kitsch retro camper look.
Other stitchy options I love include this fabric storage bin pattern,
a pretty and oh-so useful book bag from Lilly Blossom,
these gorgeous fabric Mary-Janes (seriously - how amazing would it be to give someone a pair of handmade shoes for Christmas?)
and a pack of adorable Scottie dogs, which you can make from repurposed sweaters.
Felt sushi (from July Hobby) is ridiculously cute . . .
. . . and if you're a speedy hooker, there might just be time to make a crocheted baker-boy cap (complete with zipper flower), too.
If you are still looking for one or two last-minute gifts, I hope there might have been something here to inspire you, and if you're all finished, wrapped and calm (how?), then maybe you could start thinking about next year.
And yes. That was a joke.
PS. Once you're done downloading, printing and making, don't forget to help yourself to some of the free gift tags below.
Hola festive types, and welcome to the last pingpong post of 2010. In light of the occasion - and the time of year (I'm not going to mention the 'c' word) - I decided to push the boat out and make you something a little bit fun and hopefully quite a lot useful. If sales of the printable gift tags in my Etsy shop have been anything to go by over the last few days, it's pretty much a present-wrapping riot out there at the moment.
But first the colour palette.
Gabrielle's challenge this week was one of my favourites so far, not least because she picked a photo by an artist we both adore. You can find it over at her blog, the green gal, and this here is the faintly festive collection of shades it inspired:
I have to say, I'm pretty smitten with that smallish swatch, especially the orange. Who knew it could work so well as a Christmas colour? And there you go - I've gone and mentioned the word, so we may get on with the whole shebang now.
Here you go with a sheet of pretty gift tags, all ready to print out in the hope Grandma doesn't get your nephew's space hopper, and Dad doesn't end up opening the bunny slippers you bought for your sister.
You can download the full sheet here, and print onto medium-weight cardstock (recycled would be good) or, if you're not a fan of tie-on labels, try a sticker sheet so you can just peel off and press them into place as labels.
Want more? You can still find the printable baggage-style tags over here . . .
. . . and, just in case you've fallen for the little angel in amongst that free tag sheet, I've just added a few DIY kits to the shop so you can make a tiny host of your own.
So, things are a little on the frantic side here this week, and le blog is suffering, I know. The reason? It's Darling!
Yep, another selling event - my last of 2010 - and one that's taking me a good few hours away from home for the weekend. It should be pretty exciting, especially as we'll be surrounded by Bath's busy Christmas markets, which everyone assures me are quite something (and it seems like everyone except me already knew that). If you're in the area, or visiting to go to the markets, do sidle up to my little corner in the Guildhall on Sunday and say . . . well, you could say 'hello Clementine', but that would be both cheesy and kind of awkward, since I'm not actually called Clementine. But saying 'hello' would be greatly appreciated. If you're around on Saturday, rather than Sunday, you might want to do the same to Gabrielle, who's taking The Green Gables to Bath for the day, too.
And speaking of my uber-talented chum, today is Thursday, which means Palette Pingpong. You know you love it. This week, I was the evil challenger, and picked this decidedly non-evil image for Gabrielle.
It's from one of the loveliest Flickr streams I've stumbled on in quite a while, Trisha Brink Designs, and I honestly can't urge you strongly enough to go and take a browse. But not until after you've hopped over to The Green Gal to see what Gabs has conjured up by way of a palette and something pretty.
If, by any chance, you're still in a surfing mood once you get back here, you might also want to take a quick look at the interview I did for the It's Darling blog earlier this week. It includes revelations such as my favourite kind of cake and how I'd most like to spend Christmas, so if you've ever wondered . . .
How on earth did we get to sixteen of these colour-themed posts already? I don't know about you, but I'm really enjoying the fact that each one throws up a different project or end result - pretty surprising considering the basic format stays the same week after week. For No.16, I've gone with something which is brand new to me, and would love to know what you think. First things first, though. You can find the beautiful photo Gabrielle picked for me over at her blog, and the colour swatch it inspired right here:
My little bit of different is an Etsy treasury, based on the colours above. The chances are you've seen plenty of treasuries before, and you may well have made a few yourself, but it's a new-to-me experience, and one I know I'm going to be doing on a more regular basis now I've tried it out.
The original is here, and includes links to each and every handmade or vintage lovely included above.
And while we're on the subject of all things Etsy, Gabs and I are both running special discount offers in our respective shops this week. Over at The Green Gables, using the code GalXmas will bag you a whopping 20% off your order, while my little Clementine illustrations are available this week at the same discounted rate when you quote CABINFEVER (because I'm snowed in!).
PS. If you missed the gorgeous free download Gabrielle created for last week's round of pingpong, check it out here.