Friday Favorites–Gifts for Guys

I’ve been writing Friday Favorites for years now, and some of my most popular collections are the Gifts for Guys.  Take a spin in the Way Back machine to see the 2011, 2012 and 2013 versions.  See, guys aren’t that tough to make stuff for!

Gifts to Make for Guys - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Make a hanging rack from hammers for your guy, like this one from The Family Handyman.  Just make sure you don’t use the good tools – maybe old hammers with broken handles.

Hammer Hanger from Family Handyman

There are all kinds of fun games to be played with these Wood Dice from The 36th Avenue.

Wood Dice from The 36th Avenue

I can only imagine how fantastic this Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream from Food for my Family smells.

Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream from Food for my Family

Add to that these Burly Man Shaving Towels from Sew Mama Sew for a fun shaving set.

Burly Man Shaving Towels from Sew Mama Sew

My favorite thing about this Dad’s T-shirt from She Knows is that little established year.  It’s a cute touch.

Daddy T-Shirt from She Knows

It would be nice to have a couple of these Rough-Cut Lumber Beer Flight Sets from ManMade around for beer tasting with friends.

Custom Rough Cut Lumber Beer Flight Set from Man Made DIY

If you want to expand that beer theme, try this Beer Soap from Suzy Homefaker.

Beer Soap from Suzy Homefaker

No matter how hard we try, we always seem to have several remote controls around.  Keep yours confined to one place with this Remote Control Pillow from Make it Handmade.

Remote Control Pillow from Make It Handmade

Bags don’t get much more manly than this Canvas Bucket Tote from Sew 4 Home.  Unless you rub some dirt on it.

Canvas Bucket Tote from Sew 4 Home

Cashew are delicious, and bacon is bacon, so what guy wouldn’t love this Cashew Bacon Brittle from Taste and Tell?

Cashew Bacon Brittle from Taste and Tell

Friday Favorites–Easter

Since next Friday is Earth Day, I thought I’d finish up my Easter favorites this week.  Easter is another craft-friendly holiday, with more great ideas and projects available than I could even begin to tell you about.  These are just a few that caught my eye.

There are actually two cute ideas here on The Crafting Chicks, but I love the cone chick the most.


And, here’s the felt.  You knew it would turn up here somewhere.  Betz White explains how to make these Carrot Candy Pouches.

These Baby Chick Marshmallows from Living Locurto look pretty simple to make and would make a great kid-craft.


I’ve seen several different methods of egg dying recently, but this has got to be the most unique.  Knuckle Salad used neckties to create these interesting designs.


I’m not likely to make these myself, but I love the fact that the option is out there.  Thanks to scoochmaroo from Instructables for sharing her recipe for Cadbury Crème Eggs.


Who would have thought to make a lamb out of Q-tipsCrafts for All Seasons did!


The carrots on this Framed Carrot Easter Décor from Positively Splendid are made from fabric.  I also like that they stick out from the background.  The “Yum” in the corner is just icing on the cake.  Or carrot.

I’ve been wanting to try using natural dyes for eggs for years, but I’m not sure I could compete with these from Twig and Toadstool.  They’re so vibrant!


This Jelly Bean Bark from Scissors and Spatulas not only looks pretty, but I’ll bet it tastes good too.  How could you go wrong with jelly beans and white chocolate?


I think you could add coconut to just about anything and I’m in.  Chocolate Covered Coconut Easter Eggs.  That’s all I needed to know.  Except there’s also a link to Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Easter Eggs.  Now I have a decision to make.  Thanks to Simply Designing for the recipes.

Since I’ve got you in the Easter spirit now, please read my post yesterday about the family of a police officer with cancer and how you can help.  Thanks!

Friday Favorites–My Favorites

Last Friday I listed the top 10 most popular posts from this blog in the past year.   This week, as we’re nearing the end of my First Anniversary celebration, I wanted to share some of my personal favorites.  There would be some duplicates, like the whole list, so I won’t go over those again.  These are a few that didn’t make the last cut, but still hold a special place in my heart.


Pillowcases 101

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For some reason, I just really love making these pillowcases.  When you turn the whole thing out of the tube and you can see what the three fabrics are actually going to look like together...that’s my favorite moment in any project.


Lip-Shaped Bag

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I wish my photography had been better on these, because they are so much cuter in person than they came off here.  I need to make more of them soon.


Pineapple Purse

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I was happy this purse fulfilled my girl’s pineapple wishes for her birthday, but I also love it just because it turned out the way it looked in my head.  That doesn’t always happen. 


Bleach-Sprayed T-Shirts

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These were fun and a little dangerous, a thrill for my internal adrenaline junkie.


Crayon T-Shirts

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Any craft I can do with my kids, put Wonder Woman on, use crayons for and wear later is ok with me.


Microwave Homemade Caramels

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I just made these again for Valentine’s Day and they are still ridiculously delicious.  I mean they were.


When I look back at my projects from the past year, there isn’t one I wouldn’t do again.  I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve learned a lot.  That’s why we’re all here, right?

Don’t forget, you can enter my First Anniversary Giveaway until midnight tonight!  You could win your choice of any of my tutorials…made by me just for you!

Friday Favorites–Valentine’s Day, Part 2

I’m going to start this out by letting you know I’m typing with one hand.  No, I’m not trying out a new circus act, I’m nursing a shoulder issue.  My right arm is in a sling and I’m right-handed.  Any spelling errors from here out are staying, because if I have to hit that backspace button one more time, I might scream.  Ok, enough of my whining, on to the fun stuff! I’ve been saving this post from Rad Megan in Words and Pictures showing how to make Danish Heart Baskets since before Christmas.  I love the red and grey one.  Who am I kidding?  They’re felt – I love them all.


I’ve never tried making hammered wire jewelry, but StudioDax’s tutorial to make this Heart Necklace makes it sound easy enough I might give it a try.


This Romantic Heart Wool Valentine from Better Homes and Gardens reminds me a little of the ribbon embroidery pieces my mom and sister have done in the past.


We’ve never counted down to Valentine’s Day around here, but this Valentine Countdown from This Little Project makes me want to.  I’d put a Lindt truffle ball in every one of those boxes.  And hide the whole thing from my family.


These See-Through Valentines from Random Thoughts of a Supermom seem perfect for boys.  They like to break stuff and they get to tear these open to get to the candy.  Never mind, my girl likes to break stuff too.  Hearts for everyone!


If you’re easily offended, stop here.  Who are you kidding, you know you’re going to have to look now!  I think these Lingerie Sugar Cookies from How Does She are adorable.  Somebody looked at a heart and saw underwear – gotta love that.


Starting with next week’s Friday Favorites, I’ll be celebrating the one year anniversary of Crafty Staci with some fun stuff…stay tuned to find out what!

Friday Favorites–Valentine’s Day, Part 1

I doubt there is a more craft-friendly holiday than Valentine’s Day.  The projects tend to be a little on the simpler side and don’t involve a ton of supplies.  Kids can make many of them.  And they’re all about love, doesn’t that just make you feel all squishy inside?

Sometimes a craft using food is confusing.  It’s edible, but too pretty to actually eat.  I’m afraid these Sweet Gumdrop Roses from Craftberry Bush fall into that category.  But totally worth it.


My kids are past the school Valentines age.  These iPhone Valentine printables from Living Locurto make me wish that wasn’t so.  I might have to make these for them.


These Valentine Bookmarks from Holiday Crafts and Creations would be a perfect reusable Valentine to make with the kiddos.


If you can still find candy canes, these Valentine Candy Cane Lollipops from Pleasant Home would be the perfect way to use them up.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I still have some in a cup in my kitchen…


I’ve seen several of these embroidered love notes made to look like notebook paper, but this ps…I love you version from Flamingo Toes is one of my favorites.


We have a giant container of old crayons in our house.  I think Pretty Window Valentine Hearts from Quiltish are the perfect use for them.


I remember making these candy airplanes when I was a kid, but we never thought to take the wrapper off the Lifesaver roll.  It gives these Valentine Candy Airplanes from Shabby Chic Crafts a whole new look.


These BFF Puzzle Necklaces from Speckless are brilliant.  My daughter doesn’t usually have just one person she would call her best friend – there are several.  With this project, she can have a whole box full!  This could even be a fun classroom game if you made them for each kid and had them assemble the puzzle.


Join me again next Friday for Valentines Day Part 2!

Friday Favorites–Christmas Treats

Welcome to the Thursday edition of Friday Favorites and my last post before Christmas!

Holiday food is like none other.  Not only should it taste good, but it has to look festive.  Those two things aren’t always easy to achieve simultaneously.  Here’s a few things I’ve found that have the look down, and I’m betting the flavor is there too.  I know, I know, again with the sugar.  At least I have the holiday excuse this time.

Two of my favorite holiday treats are fudge and eggnog.  Thanks to RecipeGirl for sharing her Eggnog Fudge recipe and saving me a step.


My daughter and I recently discovered Red Velvet Cake.  We decided we don’t care it’s just chocolate cake and food coloring, it’s still pretty.  These Red Velvet Cake Balls from Polka Dots and Pizza make me swoon.


I’m kind of a sucker for reindeer.  And marshmallows.  And chocolate.  And cuteness.  Imagine me when I found these Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer from Betty Crocker Wannabe.


There tends to be extra kids around my house during the holidays and they like to eat.  A lot.  This Peanut Butter Popcorn from I Am Just Lu on Leafy Treetop Spot would be a good way to keep them out of the stuff I don’t want them to inhale before Christmas.


Most people I know seem to either love or hate coconut.  Our house is equally divided.  Personally, it’s one of my favorite flavors so I’d love to try this Almond Joy Cocoa from Delia Creates.  At least I only have to share it with one other person.


I don’t know how long this Snickers Christmas Tree from The Crafty Chica would survive intact, but I’d kinda like to find out.


What can you say about a gingerbread house that includes meat?  Seriously.  Go ask Almost Bourdain about the Chocolate Bacon “Not Gingerbread” Cake House.


Sometimes you need something you can make quickly that still looks impressive.  Candy Cane Mint Milanos from Hostess with the Mostess – done and done.


These Melted Snowman Cookies have been all over the place lately.  I’m not sure who gets credit for creating them originally, but the ones at Truly Custom Cakery are the cutest I’ve seen yet.


A tiny gingerbread house that sits on the edge of your mug.  What will they think of next?  Thanks to Not Martha for sharing these.  They’re so cute I can’t stop looking at them. 


Well, that’s it for my Christmas posts this year!  Happy Holidays from my crazy house to yours!