The 2009 Gift Making Guide

Everyone’s looking to save a little money throughout the holidays and time is so precious. So I’ve pulled some of the fun projects from my blog into one big post to make it easy to find just the right gifts to make. These are all fairly easy to craft and most have simple to follow directions. I know how much I would love to receive a handmade present this Christmas, and I’ll bet you would too. So consider making a little extra time to share in the form of a gift.

Click on text links below the photos.
Leather Card HolderPainted Vintage SignEmbossed Stationery
People StationeryName Kanzashi FlowerFramed Meat Cuts
Unique Pin Cushions Custom Ball CapArm Chair Organizer
Glass Window SignLuggage Tags Leather Photo Frame Wallet
Box of LoveRepurposed Cuff Link AccessoriesLeather Key Fob
Shrink Plastic Jewelry Clip-Art Candles Button Flower Bouquet
Mini Note CardsBoxed Note CardsNumbered Decor
Watch Case JewelryRice Heating PadButton Boxes & Jars
Custom Poker ChipsVintage Graphic PatchesNote Pad Holder
Market & Garden BagsGame of ConcentrationKid Checkbooks
Wire Nest Accessories Kid Self PortraitsKid Stationery
Leather Mounted PinsQuilted Card HolderDecal Penny Pendant
Embossed Velvet ItemsTop Ten NotebookCar Accessory HolderVintage Globe BowlCustom SketchbookQuilted Candles

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  1. #1 - sweetjeanette says:

    Im a (devoted) follower and all I can say is ~ I'm not worthy!!!!
    Thank you for sharing with us and that's fantastic!!! I keep hoping to see a crown in there somewhere… (I'm such a diva, ya know!)
    I'd love it if you visited me, maybe follow…or I'd just be thrilled if you said "hi" !

  2. #2 - Whitney @ Whisker Graphics says:


    That blank space is me being speechless. I mean. WOW! When you gather up so many of your projects in one place it truly shows what a crafty queen you are! Thanks for sharing and doing all the work making the guide (not to mention all the projects!).

  3. #3 - Kitty says:

    you are something else. i love how you roll!

  4. #4 - Piney Rose says:

    Wow – what great things to make. Thanks!

  5. #5 - Lori says:

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas.

  6. #6 - Wendy says:

    Wow! Thanks! Now if I only had the time to make some of these 😉

  7. #7 - Landfill Hill says:

    Cathe, you have had your own dedicated space on my homepage for quite some time now. You are one of my crafty heroes. If a publisher doesn't snatch you up quick to write a book, they are just plain crazy.

  8. #8 - vanessa says:

    This is great! Thank you so much!!

  9. #9 - CitricSugar says:

    Awesome list, Cathe! Solved a few of my problems for sure! Thanks.

  10. #10 - ArtSnark says:

    great ideas!

  11. #11 - Tasha says:

    This is awesome!! Thank you.

  12. #12 - Sophie says:

    This is a great short cut for us, but I have look through your stuff last week..^-^

  13. #13 - TheresainMS says:

    Thank you so much for compiling these in one space! I'm bookmarking this one and hope to get started on some 'happies' for my gift list. Great ideas; thanks again!

  14. #14 - marysworkshop says:

    If this isn't the best reminder of why I love your blog, I don't know what is!
    Wow- you are one busy, talented lady, Cathe, and it's nice to have your projects all in one place.
    I can't wait to see what you'll think of next!


  15. #15 - Hopemore Studio says:

    Wow, you are so incredibly kind to offer this all in one place. Let the gift-giving-crafting begin!


  16. #16 - Heather - - says:

    This is so much awesomeness it hurts. I love all your projects!!


  17. #17 - Country Dreaming says:

    Ummm-I'm speechless!


  18. #18 - xashee's corner says:

    you are AMAZING!! thank you so VERY MUCH for sharing such an AWESOME list of GREAT craft ideas! since my computer is down (til after the holidays) i have been using hubby's and don't get around as much as i like! sure GLAD i didn't miss this though! HUGS! Have a WONDERFUL evening! 😀

  19. #19 - Kimmay says:

    Holy Cow!! Great ideas and so organized!!!! Thanks so much.

  20. #20 - Rachel Ann says:

    Thank you! I love having all of those ideas in one place! You have inspired me to try some new techniques – thanks!

  21. #21 - Brasspaperclip says:

    Wonderful ideas and really great tutorials! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing! XOXO

  22. #22 - pk says:

    Wow! So many great ideas and so nice of you to share them! Thank you…

    pk @ Room Remix

  23. #23 - MMW says:

    THIS is fantastic. LOVE the idea to put your "greatest hits" up for us to re-create.

  24. #24 - Weef! says:

    This is so wonderful! Thank you for putting these all together in one place! What an amazing collection of fabulous crafts! How *did* you get to be so creative? 🙂

  25. #25 - Elise says:

    WHOAH, Nellie!

    Be still my crafty-loving heart ~ YOU'RE FUN! {hee hee}

    I'm twitching. Seriously. Wires have shorted and THERE IS SMOKE!

    Awesome share, m'love!

  26. #26 - Tea Potty says:

    Thanks a million! Can't wait to get started. Unfortunately, I think I may end up keeping some of these for myself.

  27. #27 - My name is PJ. says:

    WOOT! WOOT! You go, Rock Star! This is like your first encore! We are all on our feet swaying to the beat of your creativity!

    Gosh darn, if you aren't the be all and end all of creativity! (Take that, Martha!)

  28. #28 - Lululiz says:

    Thank you so much, such a fabulous collection of the prettiest projects.

  29. #29 - Magpie Magic says:

    Lovely ideas. 🙂

  30. #30 - wilwarin says:

    thank you. what a great collection!

  31. #31 - RedThreadDIY says:

    These are AMAZING! What a wonderful post!

    I featured your post on my blog here:

    I LOVE the globe bowl!

  32. #32 - Jill says:

    What a nice compilation of all your great projects~thanks again!

  33. #33 - gdyup says:

    You are simply the best! Your projects are the best, your generosity, your creativity!

    U R the BEST!!!


  34. #34 - myra says:

    your guide is awesome, been by your blog a few times before and I love your work. how sweet of you to post this guide.

  35. #35 - Devon of STELLAandHODGE says:

    wonderful list. I love the button bouquet!

  36. #36 - Miss B says:

    Fun!!! Thank you Cathe!

  37. #37 - Utah Grammie says:

    I cannot believe that you did this for us…but I am SOOOO happy you did! What a gift to us!

  38. #38 - Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    LOVE your logo!! So cute:-) I just put this link on my FB page.

  39. #39 - Christie says:

    Fabulous, amazing, wonderful ideas. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  40. #40 - drooz studio says:

    seriously – you need a book about a tv show? amazing. just amazing. i'm tempted to cancel my friday night plans and GET CRAFTING!

  41. #41 - Helen Cuthbert says:

    Wow so many things to inspire! Thanks such a great post!

  42. #42 - Mod Podge Amy says:

    Yay Cathe! I want to come to your studio so you can teach me your ways. 😀

  43. #43 - SK says:

    So generous of you—thanks!

  44. #44 - Michellem says:

    YOU ROCK!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration and ideas!

  45. #45 - troutdalites says:

    all i want for christmas is a day (week/month) to play and make these. what a wonderful gift for all of your fans : ) Thank you.

  46. #46 - Bird learning to fly... says:

    Thank you for all the freebies!

    I have been looking for cute stuff for ages, and this even comes with instructions. Too good 🙂

    I shall go and put them to good use…

    Thanks and congrats on a wonderful blog!

    If you want to pop by and say hi, I'll be v. v. v. chuffed…

  47. #47 - Penty de Val says:

    Merci beaucoup,pour toutes ces jolies créations…je passe souvent sans mot dire…mais je voulais vraiment vous remercier…Belle journée…A bientôt…Valérie.

  48. #48 - Nicolita Love says:

    What a fantastic post. I can't wait to read more of your blog. There's nothing better than telling someone you made it yourself.

  49. #49 - Serendipity Handmade says:

    Cathe, this is fabulous! Thank you for doing this!

  50. #50 - Patrizia says:

    Craft queen!! Amazing!

  51. #51 - melissa deakin says:

    i am seriously in awe of you.
    how do you do this?
    you are amazing…so incredibly creative!
    i have a question for you…may be strange because it is not related to the gifts, but to your design. how did you fill in the 'gift making guide' with the 'fabric' look? was this created in Illustrator? i do not have illustrator, only PS, but I would love to know how to do this.
    thanks so much for your continued help and inspiration!

  52. #52 - Cathe Holden says:

    Hi Melissa, thanks for your question. I did use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

    By cropping out little squares from my quilt scan in this post:
    I placed them in Illustrator and masked each individual fabric pattern image with the shape of the inside of each letters. I'm not sure if that helps, hopefully it's something you can also pull off in PS, but I'm not as fluent in that.

  53. #53 - Jan Ely says:

    Hi Cathe–
    Trying to view your "Watch Case Jewelry" tut., but the "Decorate By Numbers" comes up when I click on the link–help!

  54. #54 - Cathe Holden says:

    So Sorry Jan Ely- it's fixed now.

  55. #55 - Brett Engle says:

    This is a goldmine of great stuff, you are so kind (and clever) to share all of this with us!! A BIG THANK YOU!

    Take care!

  56. #56 - Linda says:

    What a wonderful gift…thank you so much!

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