12 Days of Handmade Christmas: DIY Emoji Onesies

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

Most people are into spring cleaning, but for some reason fall always puts me in the mood to attack my closets, cabinets, and pantry. Maybe it’s because I know we’ll be spending so much more time indoors, or maybe it’s because the thought of starting a new year makes me think of my grandma’s words: “The way you spend New Year’s Day is the way you’ll spend the rest of the year.” Yikes!

In cleaning out our closet, I found a bunch of things we had bought in Kona’s early days–well intentioned things that didn’t work out. Among them was a pile of onesies we had hoped would work in place of a cone following her spay. Since Lindsey’s youngest is six months old and the onesies are 6-9 months, I thought I’d send them her way–but plain white? Boring.

Although we live across the country from each other, Lindsey and I are constantly in contact. Ask either of our (poor, neglected) husbands and they’ll tell you that smoke practically comes out of our phones from all the furious texting we do. We can have long stretches of conversation just by emoji. So what could be more perfect than passing that pictoral dialogue on to the little ones? This is a great, inexpensive DIY gift for the littlest ones on the “nice” side of your list. Or the naughty side, depending on the emoji you use.

And you all know how I feel about iron on crafts. Oh. So. Easy.

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

Supplies:

Printer
Iron Transfer Paper
Onesies
Iron

Instructions:

1. Search for the emoji that you want to use on your onesies and place them in a printable document (Word, Photoshop, InDesign). Print them out according to the transfer paper instructions.

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

2. Cut out the emoji leaving just a hint of a white border around the edge.

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

3. Pre-heat your iron on high (no steam) for five minutes. Lay your onesie down and smooth out any wrinkles. Place the printed design face down onto the onesie. If necessary, place a pillowcase between the paper and the iron (the transfer paper instructions will let you know if this is necessary). Apply pressure as you move the iron slowly over the transfer sheet/pillow case. Use the instructions that came with the heat transfer paper for guidance on timing.

Emoji Onesies: A simple DIY gift using iron transfer paper

4. Allow everything to cool completely, about 10 minutes. Carefully peel the paper backing off to reveal your design.

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P.S. Love iron transfers like I do? Check out my DIY Typographic Mouse Pad and DIY Confetti Pillowcases.

 

Don’t miss the other 12 Days of Handmade Christmas!

December 1 – Rustic Wood Chalkboard with Living on Love
December 2 – Fabric Candy Cane Ornaments with Crafty Mally
December 3 – Cookie Jar Snow Globes with Tag & Tibby
December 4 – DIY Bath Caddy with Down Home Inspiration
December 5 – “You Are Home” US Ornament with Natalie Creates
December 6 – Fat Quarter Cloth Napkins with That Moxie Girl
December 7 – Painted Decor Blocks with Classic Play
December 8 – Footprint Reindeer Aprons with The Caterpillar Years
December 9 – DIY Hostess Gift with Buzzmills
December 10 – Emoji Onesies with Frock Files
December 11 – Dried Fruit Ornaments & Garland with Maker Mama
December 12 – Salt Dough Frame Ornaments with Small + Friendly

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Favorite Food Gifts (That Aren’t Cookies)

Easy food gifts that aren't cookies!

Don’t get me wrong–I love cookies as much as the next person. But maybe your office has been inundated with cookies, or maybe your neighbor has confessed that she just doesn’t get excited about them. For those of you stuck in an anti-cookie quandry, look no further! Here are five really easy edible gifts:

Edible Food Gifts for the Holidays (That Aren't Cookies!):

Ah yes, my absolute favorite holiday snack: Chex mix! This is my mom’s recipe, which gets rave reviews from everyone we know. My stomach actually just growled thinking about it. This recipe makes A LOT of Chex mix, so you’ll have plenty to pass around.

Edible Food Gifts for the Holidays (That Aren't Cookies!): Hot Chocolate

This decadent hot chocolate is so easy to make and share. Just combine the ingredients and put them in pretty jars! I’m sending mine with packets of gourmet marshmallows this year.

Edible Food Gifts for the Holidays (That Aren't Cookies!): Cranberry Bars

These cranberry bars are hearty enough for breakfast but so craveable that I like them as a mid-afternoon treat too. Plus that, they’re really simple to make!

Edible Food Gifts for the Holidays (That Aren't Cookies!): Apple Butter

Chunky apple butter in a glass jar with some biscuits from the bakery? That’s my kind of Christmas delivery.

Edible Food Gifts for the Holidays (That Aren't Cookies!): Butter Mochi

For gluten-free friends, butter mochi is a sweet treat that doesn’t allow for any flour-longings. Gluten-full friends won’t miss it either. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t enjoy this sticky butter “pound cake” of the islands.

There you have it. Now I’m really hungry, so I’m off to whip up an edible gift–for me!

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Getting a Jump on the Holidays with Target.com

It’s official: I’ve become one of those people who gets ready for the holidays before Halloween! My goal is to get as prepared as possible so that we can enjoy the festivities; relish those cozy afternoons of gift wrapping and hot chocolate. But the days seem to be zipping by so quickly that I hardly have a moment to breathe, much less drive to the store.

This year, I’m preparing for the season early by putting together a gift-wrap supply station. Since our days have been so full lately, I’m saving time (and gas money) by ordering everything from Target.com. That way, everything gets delivered to our door without a second thought! These are the items going in my kit:

Target.com: Getting Holiday Stress Out of the Way with Online Shopping!

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Aside from wrapping, I plan on doing quite a bit of Christmas shopping at Target.com this year. While I can’t tell you who’s getting what—my very supportive friends and family peek in here frequently—here’s what’s on my list:

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Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Right now, shipping is free on every order, so we’re saving time and money by shopping on Target.com. It’s just one more way that Target is making my to do list shorter so there’s more time for the things that we really want to do. And this year, in particular, these celebrations are especially important.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Target. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Ongoing Gifts

The Best Subscription Gifts for Mother's Day 2014 / Frock files

When I was a little girl, I always had a pen pal. (In fact, one of those pen pals is a real life best friend!) My mom, who understood and nurtured my love of mail, let me dip into her collection of thick cotton stationery from Crane to write notes to friends all over the world. To this day, I look forward to getting the mail in the afternoons on the off chance that a handwritten note is buried among the catalogs and bills. And I especially love getting care packages!

If you and your mom share the same love of great mail, here are a few ideas for gifts that will brighten her mailbox throughout the year.

Year-Long Mother’s Day Gifts:

(Vegan) Beauty in a Box. My mom and I love to exchange notes about the beauty products we’re using. She’s always one step ahead of me, especially with natural products. I love this cruelty-free gift box idea by VeganCuts. For $20/month, your mom can sample a range of vegan products ranging from makeup to mouth care.

Good Reads. There are two magazines that I absolutely love getting in the mail: Real Simple and The New Yorker. Maybe your mom loves to cook (Cooking Light or Bon Apetit), craft (Mollie Makes), or stay up-to-date with the literary community (The Paris Review). If she’s more of a bookworm, you might try the book subscription service Just the Right Book.

Bling! For the mom whose jewelry box is overflowing, RocksBox sends out a monthly box with three pieces of jewelry. She can buy the jewelry or wear it and exchange it down the road. ($19/month)

Small Batch Foodie Care Packages. For foodies, I really can’t think of anything better than the seasonal care packages from Eat Boutique. I’ve tried almost everything from Eat Boutique and I’ve enjoyed it all — and I’m totally obsessed with a bunch of the products. Can you say truffle mayo? Helloooo French hot chocolate! ($100/year)

Boutique Goods to Support Women. Umba Box always sends lovely, useful handmade products in their gift boxes, and I love their philosophy of helping women around the world to support themselves through their craft. It’s a beautiful way to bring together ethical giving and delightful things. ($30/month)

Which one would your mom like best?

How To Wrap Gifts With Fabric

Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping Technique - Easy!

The other day, I was walking Kona when I heard a voice from above saying, “Hi! Up here!” It wasn’t a divine presence, but it was a neighbor I’d bumped into several times in the hallway. We’d never officially met because I’m always ushering Kona quickly out onto the lawn while she’s herding her 2-year-old twins toward their condo, but now she was cleaning her windows and I was right outside of them. We had a delightful little chat and I left feeling glad to know her.

Fast forward to Sunday, when James discovered that he had lost his iPhone. We searched high and low but found nothing. Several hours later, we got a knock on the door and that same neighbor was standing outside. “Did you lose something?” she asked. She had picked up the phone from the parking lot earlier and when she saw my name come up as a text she knew it belonged to us. Well, it’s a good thing we met that day! Maybe it was divine intervention after all.

To thank her, I cooked up some sweet cornbread. Maybe it’s an indication that I’ve been doing too much blogging lately, but it looked so sad in the boring old tupperware. So I used a great graphic napkin from West Elm and wrapped it up Japanese-style. Since I’m guessing lots of us will be giving food gifts over the next few months, I put together a little tutorial. It’s really easy to execute, and lovely to look at.

Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping Technique - Easy!

1. Place your square tupperware (or box) in the middle of the napkin (or any other large square piece of fabric) at a diagonal.

Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping Technique - Easy!

2. Lift the top and bottom corners and knot them in the middle.

Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping Technique - Easy!

3. Then lift the left and right corners and knot them on top of the first knot. The four ends should point in different directions like petals on a flower.

The trick is to use a large enough piece of fabric so that you can easily make the knots. Easy, right? People love getting gifts wrapped in fabric — there’s something luxurious about it — but it’s also SO easy. Bonus: it’s environmentally friendly because fabric can be used over and over!

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