Reminder: Today Is the Last Recommended Order Date for Christmas

Ahem Ahem!

Today is the last recommended order date for Christmas at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy!

2017 End of Year Collage

I deliberately set the date so early because USPS shipping speeds are beyond my control, and I’d rather not disappoint anyone with an unduely delayed package.

Also, now through December 10, 2019, save 15 % off orders of $29 value at minimum, excluding taxes and shipping. I also offer free U.S. shipping for purchases of $35 or more.

And, a final final reminder: I will close my shop for the season on Wednesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. EST.

Happy shopping! 🙂

Free Printable Heart Gift Tags

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, DIY

This year, I’m attempting to organize everything holiday-related well in advance. (The operative word being “attempting.” Eek – it’s six weeks to Christmas!)

I made these minimalist gift tags inspired by my Nordic roots. And I made them specifically to share with you – read on for the link to download yours!

Red Xstitch Heart Gift Tag on Box

Heart is a popular Christmastime ornament in the Nordic countries, and not reserved just for Valentine’s Day. I made the cross stitch heart and interlaced tag outline with a photo editor.

Red Xstitch Heart Gift Tags 2016

Then I trimmed them into rectangles, but you can either cut along the outline or create whichever shape you prefer.

Red Xstitch Heart Gift Tags2 2016

Download as .pdf (9 per letter-sized sheet; free for personal use only).



Favorite Handmade Xmas Presents from 2014

After Hours, Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials

Happy New Year to each and everyone! I had such a relaxing Christmas and a great break in general. I hope that was also the case for you. It’s good to be back to a fresh start, though, with some fresh snow outdoors. I just love how everything looks so clean and clear and soft after snowfall.

Speaking of soft: Every year, I try to include something handmade in my Christmas presents. Here are some soft projects from 2014 that I most enjoyed making:

2014 Handmade Xmas Presents

Clockwise from top right: three nesting bins in the recipient’s favorite colors; simple gift wrapping with a hunter green envelope, a bunny paper clip and a recycled Christmas card cut down to size; freeform hand-embroidered rosemary sachets, cotton on cotton muslin; two nesting bins out of blue Marimekko poppy print fabric; and eight fabric coasters with felt innards and fringed edges, complete with a small custom storage bin in coordinating colors.

In this case, part of the pleasure came from being able to use for personal gain a fabric bin construction technique I developed for my business.

Any handmade gifts you either made or received that you’d like to share? Please do!

Online Finds: Free Printable Gift Tags

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, DIY

I enjoy making my own gift tags, but we all have times when it’s just not possible because life. Fortunately, the Amazing Internets!! comes to the rescue. Here are a few cheerful, colorful holiday gift tags and other printables.

Free Printable Gift Tags

Clockwise from top right: rainbow party printables by Jaime at Everyday Art; Let It Snow gift boxes and tags by Emily Hingston; jumbo Christmas light garland by Bettijo at Paging Supermom; tags with a knit print by Amy Moss.

Thank you for your generosity, everyone!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Lucky Little Bin Seam

Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials

This week has dealt me several challenges, some of them not very pleasant. It was therefore a lovely surprise to see this result with a sewing project:

Thank You Present for Customer

I made this little fabric storage bin as a thank you gift to a customer. See how the pattern lines up almost perfectly at the seam? I did not painstakingly calculate the circumference of the bin or the repeats of the chevrons, and line up my starting point accordingly; it happened by chance.

In an interview in The New York Times, Peter Dinklage gives his thoughts on luck:

“I feel really lucky,” he said, then added, “although I hate that word — ‘lucky.’ ” When I asked him why, he mulled it over for a moment, looking away. Then he focused back on me. “It cheapens a lot of hard work,” he said. “Living in Brooklyn in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner at the bodega with dimes — I don’t think I felt myself lucky back then. Doing plays for 50 bucks and trying to be true to myself as an” — here he put on a faux snooty voice — “artist and turning down commercials where they wanted a leprechaun. Saying I was lucky negates the hard work I put in and spits on that guy who’s freezing his ass off back in Brooklyn. So I won’t say I’m lucky. I’m fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me.” (Reported by Dan Kois.)

I do see his point. I have been fortunate myself, but this was not one of those moments. It was pure luck. And, just this week, I’m going to take my free, undeserved luck and not feel at all bad. Next week I might consider adding a pinch of guilt. 😉

May your weekend be happy and relaxing!