Want to join us? We’ll continue to highlight our Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme responses all through the month (so if you already contributed and your blog and musings haven’t been featured yet, don’t worry!). Have a ball today, and don’t forget to comment anywhere on the blog for your chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew! each Friday!

By Sue, McArt

Sue added a jingle bell to each of these balls. With a little catnip they’d make great pet gifts, though these (sans catnip!) are for a lucky baby. Sue is Grandma to three grandchildren! These balls are constructed with a technique similar to a ball tutorial we published earlier this month. If the ball is big enough you can put anything “jingly” or “shaky” inside a film container, wrap with duct tape and add it before the stuffing. Sue creates a lot; she sells her hats in her McHats shop and other creations in her McArts shop.

Otedama Balls
By Hannah, Hannah Hoosier

Hannah used Melynda’s Otedama Ball Tutorial in our Soft Toys & Games compilation to make these fun balls. We love the brightly colored bag too! Make a set of your own with our Drawstring Bag tutorials.

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
There’s a great list of holiday recipes on Joyful Abode where she writes, “One favorite holiday tradition is making Zeppole, which are Italian fried doughnuts. Just about every year, we try a new recipe, because we haven’t found a favorite yet… but trying different recipes is almost as much of a tradition as making the zeppole!” This year’s version can be seen in these great recipe cards and she’ll be adding her Handcrafters’ Holidays “gifts section” soon.

Gena from Monkeyporkbun has a thoughtful discussion of her family’s holidays on her blog, including a holiday picture circa the late 1970’s (more on her Flickr site). She has her “Pecan Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce from Cafe For All Seasons” recipe and says, “Please make this – it is so easy and so incredibly yummy.” Gena remembers how her mother always worked so hard to make the world, and the holidays, special for Gena and her brother. Find lots more on Gena’s blog including an upcoming gifts section too. Stay tuned!

Our Gift to You
You can print our free gift tags for attaching to all of your lovely handcrafted gifts. They read “Handmade with Love” and “I made it for you.”

Want more handcraft inspiration? Visit the Handmade Holidays photo pool and don’t forget about our Handmade Holidays Tutorials.

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All links and photos from blogs on our Handcrafters’ Holidays posts are used with permission.