Gifts to Say Goodbye

Gifts to Say Goodbye by Hugs are Fun

Evie’s best friend Amelia is moving to Seattle today. They have been friends practically since birth and seeing them play together is the sweetest. Evie constantly asks me if we’ll be seeing Amelia when we go out. And while I’m really sad for Evie losing her friend, I’m sad for myself as well! Amelia’s mom has become a good friend of mine and it works out so well that our girls love each other so much!

Their friendship has been such a big part of Evie’s life and I really wanted to make some special gifts for Amelia to remember Evie by. I knew I wanted to make a photo album of pictures of the girls. Going through all the pictures was so bittersweet, they were so little!

Gifts to Say Goodbye by Hugs are Fun
I used my Silhouette to cut a US map out of vinyl for the cover of the album. I added a star to Washington where Amelia will be, and Illinois where we live.

Gifts to Say Goodbye by Hugs are Fun
I also cut the same US map out of fabric and appliquéd it onto a pillow. Green is Amelia’s favorite color so I used it as much as possible!

Gifts to Say Goodbye by Hugs are Fun
The other side of the pillow has an embroidery I did of Amelia’s drawing of her and Evie. This was my first time using Aurifloss thread and I really loved it. It’s a 6 stranded thread like DMC and can be also be split. It’s extremely strong and I didn’t have any issues with tangling, it was really great to work with.

Gifts to Say Goodbye by Hugs are Fun
The thing I was most excited about was this pendant cut by Jen from Isette and 52 Lasers. She did some laser cut kid’s drawings for a post a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be such a sweet take on the old best friend’s necklaces. The pendant is two sided, one side has Evie’s drawing of them, the other is Amelia’s drawing. I really, really love how this turned out!

Gifts to Say Goodbye by Hugs are Fun
She also made a version on black and silver acrylic which is also an awesome effect! She doesn’t currently sell them but I totally think she should, they would be amazing Christmas gifts! Send her an email if you want to talk her into making you one!

Starting Christmas Gifts

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I really love making Christmas gifts but I’m not great with time management. Last year I was finishing up a project on Christmas Eve and this year I am determined to avoid that. So in a completely uncharacteristic move, I’ve started Christmas gifts already.

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I haven’t sat down and made a complete list of what I want to make, but I have started a couple things and that’s a huge step for me.

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Have you started thinking about Christmas gifts? How early do you start planning?

A Floral Felt Scissor Holder

A Floral Felt Scissor Holder by Hugs are Fun
I got these absolutely ADORABLE bear scissors from the Missouri Quilt Co, I was placing an order and couldn’t resist getting a few pairs. The only problem was they didn’t have any sort of case.
A Floral Felt Scissor Holder by Hugs are Fun
So when I saw this tutorial from Feeling Stitchy on making a felt scissor case, I set to work.

A Floral Felt Scissor Holder by Hugs are Fun
I freehanded the embroidery, I didn’t draw anything onto the felt before I began. I worked on it during a car ride going to visit my parents and I was able to finish it on the hour and a half trip.

Now to make sleeves for the bunny scissors I got too!

Artsy Adopt Swap

Artsy Adopt Swap Package from Hugs are Fun

Instagram is a dangerous place for me, I just can’t help but sign up for these swaps I see there! I keep saying I’m done with them and then I see another that I just can’t resist!

This most recent one was organized by Paige from Artsy Anthropology as a fundraiser for three families who are adopting. One of the families was a woman I follow on Instagram, LeftyLex. She is selling embroidered necklaces and hoops to raise money for their adoption of an adorable little boy named Kai. There was a fee to participate which was split among the families.

Vintage Anchor Embroidery Hoop Necklace from Hugs are Fun

My partner mentioned liking vintage nautical stuff and embroidery, I thought this was the perfect chance to make a necklace with a Dandelyne hoop. I used a polka dot blue fabric and embroidered a red anchor onto it. It didn’t have as much contrast as I wanted, so I added a white border around it.
Artsy Adopt Swap Package Embroidery Thread from Hugs are Fun
I always love adding embroidery floss to packages. It’s so fun to pick out a rainbow of colors to include. I also sent along a pair of blue embroidery scissors, I love the color of these! I always love putting candy in swap packages, but I was worried about chocolate making it to California without melting so I sent along this pomegranate licorice.

I hope my partner liked her package!

CraftingCon – Princess Headbands and a Giveaway!

CraftingCon is the brainchild of Friends Stitched Together and Mae&K, it’s a monthly sewing competition. Each month has a different theme and there are competitors who are sewing projects based on the theme. This month is Disney Princesses. I absolutely love this idea but unfortunately my sewing skills are not strong enough to create something of the caliber that people have been making. Seriously, check out this adorable summer Snow White dress from That’s Sew Kari!
Pocahontas HeadbandThis is Emilee, the namesake of Bowtique Emilee, modeling the Pocahontas headband.

But I do have a friend that has a company that sells headband supplies and I had an idea to create headbands to coordinate with the Disney Princesses. I had hoped to have all of the princesses represented, but due to illnesses and general busyness all around, this is going to be a two part series.
Snow White HeadbandI love the simplicity of the Snow White bow.

Bowtique Emilee has a huge range of flowers and elastic for making high quality headbands. There are so many different options and I had a really fun time coming up with the color combinations for each princess.

30The Rapunzel headband is another simple, but super cute one!

Disney Princess Headbands - Rapunzel, Elsa, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Snow White, and Pocahontas from Hugs are Fun

Rapunzel has a lavender lace headband and a grape lace flower.
Elsa or Cinderella could wear the headband with the silver elastic band with an aqua shabby flower, turquoise satin rose, and a mini white satin rose.
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) has a printed pink princess elastic band and a hot pink shiny shabby flower and a light pink shabby flower.
Belle has a yellow and white chevron elastic band with a white shabby flower and a yellow shabby flower and a yellow butterfly sequin bow.
Snow White has a simple bow made of red elastic.
Pocahontas has a gold elastic band with a brown satin rose, a tan shabby flower, and turquoise satin rose.

Now here’s the most exciting part, three of you lucky readers will win the supplies to make your own princess headband, and it’s open to international readers! You get to choose whichever is your favorite!

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Twinery and Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop!

Twinery and Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop! by Hugs are Fun
Today is the last day of the Twinery and Ruby Rock-It blog hop! You should have gotten here from Denise Hahn
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Twinery and Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop! by Hugs are Fun
I was sent the Oriental Chic collection and my first idea to make origami paper cranes was a bust. The card stock was to thick to easily be able to use for origami. So I decided this was a good time to pull out my new Silhouette Cameo!

Twinery and Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop! by Hugs are Fun

I remembered a post from Jesse at Art School Dropout where she made a paper planter. I bought the same file she used and assembled it and used twine to hang it.

Twinery and Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop! by Hugs are Fun

I really love how the gorgeous patterned paper looks for this. I hung some of the cardboard stickers and the wooden embellishments that came with it. The twine is perfect for hanging it.

You can purchase the cutting file for the Silhouette here, or you can cut it out by hand using this file here.

Twinery and Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop! by Hugs are Fun
The Twinery will be giving away THREE FULL SPOOLS of twine (winner’s choice!) ($45 retail value).
Twinery and Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop! by Hugs are Fun
Ruby Rock-It will be giving away the Essence Empire Bebe collection (Album not included).
Visit the Twinery blog and the Ruby Rock-It blog to ​find out how to enter to win!

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is Andrew Roberts.

Here’s the full hop order for you to comment for your chance to win! And head to the Twinery for a list of the last two days’ posts!

Ruby Rock-It
The Twinery
Jenifer Cowles
Melyssa Connolly
Pattie Beltran
Katarina Damm-Blomberg
Jeanne Jachna
Monique Liedtke
Denise Hahn
Rebecca Greco
Andrew Roberts