Wednesday Nov 22 2017
The countdown to Christmas is on. At least if you’re thinking of making a present. Now’s the time to start planning and creating. Let the shops at Gardner Village lend a hand. Whether you fancy fabric, yearn for yarn, or are smart with painted art, they have ideas sure to put your creative wheels in motion.
Whether you go big with a quilt, or scale things down a bit with other fabric fancies, you'll find ways to shake up your gift giving at Pine Needles.
Let’s start with a couple of cute Quick Gift Kits. I like the sound of that!
This nativity is made from wood pegs. Aren’t they divine? They’d be a unique and thoughtful present for a Sunday School teacher, neighbor, or another someone special!
This Quick Gift Kit will put you on the fast track to awesome with young and old alike. Make some for the various service people in your life (mail carrier, bus driver, milk man, etc.).
Of course, I don’t know a kiddo out there who wouldn’t get a kick out of these. Have fun putting them together with your child(ren) and then let your kiddo(s) give them to their friends.
Pine Needles also offers various pillowcase kits, including this set that I picked up for my own mama. Ssshhh… Don’t tell. It’s a kit to make Anne of Green Gables holiday pillowcases. Isn’t that a sweet idea? We both love this story. I can’t wait to give her this hostess-with-the-mostess gift. I’m assured that even a novice at the sewing machine such as myself can master this easy project. Hooray!
Looking for a neighbor gift that stands out in a happy way? Why not make these sweet hot pads that double as dish towel holders? You’ll find everything you need to make these already kitted and ready to rock, making creation easy.
If baking is your thing, you could even toss in this sweetie. He would hold those fresh rolls or that loaf of bread in style!
On a larger scale, you’ll find the pattern and kit for this gorgeous tree skirt in the store. Whether you purchase just the pattern or get this exact design in the form of the kit, your tree will look divine draped in this handmade fashion.
And you can put the leftover scraps to work on matching handmade ornaments!
Here’s one for the youngest on your gift-giving list. It’s a one-yard panel of fabric that you can turn into a cute Christmas quiet book. So sweet!
Want to go big? This home decor kit is sure to please. If I'm lucky enough to be on your list, this will do just fine. ;)
Here's a fun little something extra! You can give necklaces to match your creations. These charms have been made from many of the fabrics in the store. They're magnetic, so you can pop different centers in and out. Isn't that cool? I think Santa will be all over these as stocking stuffers!
It’s easy to lay on the holiday charm using yarn! Check out these puffs of happiness! Willow Hill Yarn Company offers a make-and-take style drop-in class that teaches you how to create these yarn poms. You don’t need reservations and tuition is not required. Just come in when you’re able and enjoy this free lesson. All you have to do is pay for the materials needed to create your puffs.
My friend Michelle and I took this class a few weeks ago and LOVED it. It was a great way to get in some girlfriend time, and we now have an assortment of poms to use in our holiday decorating and gift giving.
Here are just a few lovely things you can do with these fluffy yarn balls:
Pom Use #1: Tree ornaments!
Pom Use #2: Darling gift wrap decor!
Pom Uses #s 3 and 4: A cute wreath upgrade and playful hat topper.
Pom Use #5: A textured garland.
Pom Use #6: Snowballs! SO cute!
Willow Hill also sells knitting and crochet patterns for so many different things, including clothing, stockings, even toys. If a one-of-a-kind gift is what you seek, this is a wise first step.
At this stop, you can take a painting class and learn to make your own masterpiece. Come with a special someone in mind and paint up a gift they’ll cherish.
You can even get your painting (or any artwork you bring in) framed. They offer an impressive assortment of mat and frame options to choose from!
Make it a day out with your babes and stop by to create this cool make-and-take. This is a handmade gift that is sure to melt the grandparents’ hearts!
If you love the idea of giving handmade but don’t have the time to do the making, you can pick up something made by The Art Cottage artists, like these sweet watercolor paintings, mounted on wood blocks.
From all of your friends at Gardner Village, we wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving. As we count our blessings, our amazing guests and customers always make the list. We love being a part of your lives during the holidays and all year through! Thank you for making that possible.