gifts

  • make your own: travel watercolor set.

    For the last long lazy weeks of summer, here’s the gift of the world’s simplest travel water color set. It’s quick to make, easy to carry, and it offers a little something novel to…

    August 11, 2022 0 Comments
  • make your own: paper petal press.

    I regret to inform you that it’s still January. Happily, Rose Pearlman is back with a tutorial that might help us to pass the time or otherwise forget our woes. I have to be…

    January 26, 2022 9 Comments
  • paperwhite season.

    It’s paperwhite season, which means it’s time for setting bulbs in jam jars or bowls or any small vessel you happen to have, and sticking them on a windowsill so you have something to…

    December 8, 2021 19 Comments
  • make your own: origami folder.

    I’ve been encouraging folks to skip physical presents in favor of experiential ones for long enough to know that sometimes the barrier to folks following through with the idea lies in the presentation. It’s…

    December 1, 2021 3 Comments
  • make-believe: parties after dark.

    Someone saw a picture of me yesterday and said it reminded of them of their mom in the 70s, so I’m leaning into the vintage mom look with a make-believe holiday party get-up, complete…

    November 29, 2021 6 Comments
  • giving: a kumihimo cord.

    In today’s handmade gift guide, a few favorite ideas for making Japanese kumihimo cords from a variety of materials and offering them as a handmade gift during the holidays, or anytime… A little kit for making:…

    November 19, 2021 7 Comments
  • giving: a canvas wall caddy.

    In today’s handmade gift guide, a few favorite ideas for making canvas wall caddies and offering them as a handmade gift during the holidays, or anytime… A little kit for making: If you’re not up to the…

    November 18, 2021 5 Comments
  • giving: simple cloth coasters.

    In today’s handmade gift guide, a few favorite ideas for making simple cloth coasters and offering them as a handmade gift during the holidays, or anytime… A little kit for making: If you’re not…

    November 17, 2021 3 Comments
  • giving: a floral twine string dispenser.

    Rose conceived of this basket made from paper-wrapped wire for being the perfect spot to stash yarn and string and keep it tidy during projects, but its usefulness and loveliness doesn’t end there. In…

    November 16, 2021 2 Comments