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holiday shopping issue Making your list and checking it twice



UPcycled Holiday ornaments

Finding the perfect handmade gifts for everyone

Healthy Living

INcorporate MaTcha tea into your holiday recipes

Eco crafts

Take the



Handmade holiday


C O N T E N T S ...

The Holiday Issue F E AT U R E . . . Finding the

perfect handmade gift can be easy, fun

and make those tough-to-buyfor friends,

family members and co-workers glow.

. . . PA G E 1 2 ECO-CRAFTS ... Make your own upcycled ornaments out of scrap pieces of fabric, sweaters and old books!


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Making quick, easy

and charming gifts

and wrapping them

to look like works of art.

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A Note From the Editor

Taking the Handmade Pledge

I decided to go handmade this year. {kinda like last year, right?} To my friends and family: I pledge that my holiday gifts are made for you with love by my two little hands or those of a super-talented artist/crafters. I am very conscious of where I spend my money. I like the idea of keeping it in

the hands of small businesses.

Especially those in my own community. I am very lucky to live in Metro Detroit, surrounded by amazingly creative folks. Never a shortage of cool stuff around here! These days there seems to be some kind of handmade holiday shopping event in every big city. I’ve compiled a list on my blog {} of some of the larger events in the U.S. If you can’t attend shows, online shopping is the next best thing. {You can wear jammies!} I have a bunch of links to cool Etsy shops on my blog too. It really is a great visual guide to discover new crafters. Check out my make a gift section as well, a resource for finding tutorials for some DIY-ing. I hope you enjoy our holiday special issue! The Handmade Companion will be a quarterly print magazine, with the first actual edition out in January 2012. We wanted to give everyone a taste of the vibe of the magazine, with the launch of the first annual holiday issue. In these pages, our firecracker team of DIY-ers shares seasonal recipes using fantastic natu-

ral ingredients {like tea!}, cool upcycled ornament projects and we share some super awesome handmade finds from our fave online shops in our gift guide that makes buying handmade for everyone on your list a breeze. The magazine will regularly feature handmade lifestyle articles such as: healthy cooking/baking; sewing Q&A and projects; crafty ideas, how to’s and patterns; a ton of upcycling ideas, tutorials and projects for your home and The Crafter’s Business Association will share tips for those of you that sell your crafts, and more! {Yes, more!} love,


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C O N TA C T U S . . . \ Editor In Chief ... Anne Hayman . . . anne@t hehandmade g if t . . . w w w. t hehandmade g if t gu i \ Photo Editor ... SARAH REED . . . s ar a h re e dphotog raphy@ya ho . . . w w w. s ara h re e dphotog

\ Lifestyles Editor ... Phuong Le ... w w w.kon ite a. com ... w w w.t hete achi ck . com \ Eco-Craft Editor ... Michelle Stolz ... aisle3@comc ast . net ... w w w.up c ycle you rl i fe. com \ Sewing Editor ... KAREN LEPAGE ... r ing master@oneg irlci rc us . com ... w w w.oneg irlci rc us . com

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C R A F T Y C A L E N D A R , We e k O f :

Dec. 17 to 23

Saturday:\ •* make ornaments for tree * shop on Etsy

Sunday: * make scarflette for mom * plan party menu

party menu stuff *


* grocery shop for

Thursday: * make gift tags *

Wednesday: ** Wrap gifts * *

Tuesday: * make gift wrap *

* put finishing

touches on gifts


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\ Marketing/PR/Advertising ... \ Style Editor ... Sophie Fenby .. . s oph i e @t hehandmade g if t Jennifer Scott ... info@t hehandma deg if t g u i de. com \ STITCH Kitsch ... Amy Cronkite . . . ac ron k ite @g mai \ COpy Editor/Design ... Jodie Fletcher ... j o del l af letch@ g mai l. com . . . t he sma l lc raf

\ \ Don’t miss our next issue of

The Handmade Companion, coming in January \ \ Holiday Shopping Issue \ The Handmade Companion \ 5

A Very

Handmade Holiday

Check out our Where

To Shop Guide on Page 18 to find the gifts from the party.

Photographs by

Sarah Reed

holiday shopping Mom


Southern wood

Red Leaf Bath and Body shop/Southernwood shop/RedLeafBathand-



Patsy Fine

KooKooCraft shop/PatsyFine

from cover: shop/KooKooCraft

Dad’s getting: Sweet Pine Soaps http://

holiday shopping



The Macaron Queen

Sovereign Sea shop/SovereignSea

http://www.etsy. com/shop/ themacaronqueen




Irene Suchocki shop/IreneSuchocki

from cover:

Creole Sha shop/CreoleSha

Sis is getting: Shirasela http://

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Knock Knocking


Nia Craft shop/NiaCraft shop/knockknocking



Urban Heirlooms Sugar Me Desserterie UrbanHeirlooms

from cover: SugarMeDesserterie

BOSS is getting: Urban Eye http://

holiday shopping other


Glitz Glitter

Little Sapling Toys shop/GlitzGlitter shop/Littlesaplingtoys


Eclu shop/Eclu

from cover:



Sea Pinks SeaPinks

Kitty is getting: Jenneration Fixx http://

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Here’s where you can find the gifts from our Handmade Holiday party! Clockwise, starting in the bottom left corner: \ \ \




shop/2beescreations \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \

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\ \ \ \ \ Also check out the fun things at Soft Shell Crafts: http://www.etsy. com/shop/softshellcrafts


Sarah Reed Photography portrait . commercial . web/print

hippie beautiful

colorful freespirited fresh modern ageless precious loved cherished for giving

It’s A Wrap!

The care and love that went into making the gift, reflected in ...

the final handmade touch

B y A N N E H AY M A N . . . T h e H a n d m a d e G i f t G u i d e


rapping gifts is the best way to use your DIYish-ness. I like to use old paper bags from the market, but you could recycle any paper that you have. I like paper bags because then I can stamp ’em up and create my own patterned one-of-a-kind wrap. Experiment with grouping together a few smaller stamps and using them together to make a neat repetitive pattern, paint the paper using stencils, use stickers, rub-on's, glitter and anything else you can think of to decorate an empty canvas. I also love using fabric scraps or upcycled fabric to wrap my gifts. I tend to use old curtains in natural fab-

rics like cotton or linen, but you could find some amazing shirt/skirt/sheets at the thrift store and cut them up to use. I wrap the gift just like I would if I was using paper, except I use a little drop of fabric adhesive to keep it together. {Be careful with this: a little dot really

will hold it together. You do want the recipient to be able to open it without a knife.} Then wrap your gift! Use fun sewing notions like ricrac, pom-pom trim, lace, ribbon, fabric strips to decorate the wrapped package. There is a link to tutorials on The Handmade Gift

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... Guide that will show you how to make fabric flowers to decorate your packages. {Make sure you check out for the most beautiful fabric flower patterns.} I also like to use natural elements like evergreen branches and pinecones {spraypainted silver or gold}.

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