I stumbled across a slideshow of felt gadget covers on Yahoo, and I thought these two were especially fun. Have you made anything personalized for your device?
We were in the neighborhood of Trader Joe's the other day and stopped in for about five minutes. (Not long enough!) We got some of this lovely soap - they call it Trader Jacque's (ha, ha) French Liquid Soap. The scent is orange blossom honey, and it is so nice.
Now that we're well into the new year, are you thinking about saving? Last year as we prepared for our trip to England we wanted to save some food and/or souvenir money. I made this jar, and we saved $1 the first week and $2 the second week and $3 the third week... We kept it up for 25 weeks, and at the end we had $325! Some of the last few weeks I had to be kind of creative with the groceries (since that was where the money was coming from). If you save for 25 weeks, the most that you have to save in one week is $25 - so it's a great short-term plan. I may have to start it up again!
When we were in Utah we visited Smith and Edwards. If you've ever been there, you know that you never know what you'll find! It started as an Army-Navy surplus and always has interesting things. I found a bottle of Caldrea Aloe Water Apricot lotion for $5! It smells so good.
Did you have a good Christmas? We did. I never know what to give my neighbors, so I was excited when I saw an easy recipe for oatmeal mix in Sunset magazine. (I'll have to find it again and post all of the ingredients...) I mixed up some oats, brown sugar, cranberries, and dried apricots and put it into jars - and that was it! Easy. And one of my neighbors said that she likes it, so that's a good sign!
We recently had a Christmas party for Young Women's, and my secret Santa gave me the coolest gift. She made these fabulous candles by drawing on tissue paper with a Sharpie and then hair-drying the designs onto the candles (using wax paper as a buffer). The gold squirrel is perfect in my living room, and the London cityscape is amazing. You can see Big Ben and the Tower Bridge here - the other side shows the London Eye, the Gherkin, and the Shard. I love homemade gifts!
I've been looking for a good Copperplate calligraphy font but couldn't find a free one that I liked well enough. I came across Isabella Script on Creative Market and made my first font purchase. I have not been disappointed! There are even alternate letters that you can use if you have Illustrator. It is so lovely.
One of the things keeping me busy before my craft fair was a quilt that I was making for the 18th birthday of a YW in my ward. I pieced together strips of fabric in the various value colors for the top. The back and binding were light grey with flowers, and there was a white border around the back. The YW each signed their name along the bottom with fabric markers. It got so stressful that I forgot to take a picture of the finished product! But here's the top...