Out of the box holiday gift ideas

Hi Friends,

We are just a few short days away from Thanksgiving and then the mad rush of the Holiday season really starts with gift buying madness as I call it :).  With this in mind I thought that I would share some “out of the box” gift giving ideas and also some ideas of giving back.

When I was young one of my most favorite things to do at Holiday time with my mom was to select names off the “Giving Tree” either at our church or at the mall (the Salvation Army here puts names on trees in our mall of people and kids of all ages who are in need).  My mom would always let me select about 4, we would go shopping and by things like gloves, hats, scarves etc.  We would take them home, wrap them up and bring them back the next week.  I have continued that tradition and I still find so much joy in doing it, knowing I’m providing someone who otherwise might not have a gift.

But, What if you want to give back but don’t have extra money to spend?  Being a single mom for many years and working 3 jobs to stay afloat  – that was totally my situation most Christmases.  I did not always have extra money to purchase gifts.  So I had to find creative ways to give back.  For those of you who feel like they want to do something but don’t have the extra funds here are some of my….

“creative – out of the box” ideas I’ve come up with:

  1.  Volunteer some time at a soup kitchen – there are so many places that would love to have someone stop in and help cook a meal or bake some cookies – don’t just think of Rescue Missions or Salvation Army – There is the Ronald McDonald house, we have one of those that is for adults called the Sarah House, there are hospice homes, disabled veteran homes – elderly shut-ins – do a search you will be surprised at what you will find locally in your area
  2. Volunteer some time at an animal rescue or humane association
  3. Have old towels and washcloths?  Animal rescues are always looking for these things.
  4. Have used but still good coats – boots and outerwear? – Donate them to a church or school – there are so many out there that would love something that you or your kids don’t fit anymore 
  5. Volunteer some time at your church… if they have a day care during service or youth group or after school group that might need some extra help
  6. Love to bake cookies or breads ?  How about dropping some off at a Hospital or hospice home especially for the over night shifts – even nursing homes.
  7. Knit or crochet?  How about a blanket or 2 for a nursing home resident
  8. Have holiday music on a CD or MP3 player?  Copy some on to some CDs (they are so cheap now a days) and drop off at nursing homes – respite houses – disabled homes VA hospitals etc
  9. How about a box of instant hot cocoa and a bag of marshmallows to a low income after school program or day care

For out of the box – low cost ideas for loved ones and friends:

  1.  Offer a friend with kids a free night of kid sitting so they can have the night off
  2. Offer to walk or sit a friends pet – especially during holiday time it’s hard sometimes to get things done like shopping if you have to keep stopping home to let a pet out
  3. Help a loved one who doesn’t write well do the addresses on their holiday cards – I used to print up for my mom – mailing addresses of our family so that when she would send cards for any occasion she wouldn’t have to write these out as she has bad arthritis in her hands.
  4. Offer to help a friend or loved one wrap their holiday gifts
  5. If you can foods and have extra – put together a little “gift box” of some of your delicious canned goods – I know for myself I love things made by hand and with love!
  6. Again if you knit or crochet – think about scarves, coffee cozies, gloves, hats, socks or a lap blanket for a loved one or friend. 
  7. Have a friend or loved one who reads?  How about hitting a used book store or thrift store and picking up a few new reads – wrap them with a few new tea bags for a special night of reading and tea  
  8. Have a friend who loves coffee?  Look for a pretty mug (places like Marshalls or TJ Maxx, even the thrift store sell some beautiful inexpensive mugs) – grab a couple sample bags of some flavored coffees and wrap them all up with a couple candy canes for stir sticks. 
  9. How about a little handmade journal this could even be for a young girl.
  10. Put together a little art set – put together according to age but you can find fairly inexpensive mini paint sets or small watercolor paint sets at Michaels – even check out your local dollar store you’d be surprised what you can find in there.  Pick up a pretty journal – or make one add to it a couple pretty pens again you can find gel pens for fairly inexpensive – you don’t have to buy a huge set just a couple.  Wrap it up with a few pieces of pretty ribbon you have in your stash kids & adults love little kits of pretty creative things!

I hope that this helps some of you out there looking for some unique ideas for giving or giving back.  There are really so many creative ideas and you may have some of your own that would be unique to your loved one, these are more of a “General one size fits all ideas” just to help you get those creative juices flowing with ideas!!

I hope to have time to share a few gift giving ideas that are handmade with all of you in the next few weeks for those of you who would like to give something handmade.

If you missed my video posted on Saturday you can watch it by clicking here I show you how to create your own tag kit for holiday time – this could also be made and given to a friend or loved one or change the colors – paper etc to something neutral and not holiday and give as a gift to be used for any occasion throughout the year.

This year for the Holidays I am committing to not buying more crafty stuff but I am going to use what I have and make some pretty handmade gifts and kits (because lets face it most of us have a lot of “stuff” we can use).  It feels so good to use things I bought and loved but have been holding on to for the “right time to use it”. Well NOW is the right time.

Who else is in?  All you have to do is use something you already have in your stash instead of buying something new.  Share that you are using your holiday stash and tag me on social media – if you share on your blog please link back here so I can see what you are making and creating!  Get creative and use up some of the delicious holiday stash you have collected!

I will have a new Holiday tutorial on Friday, 11/24 on my Youtube channel.  Many times my tutorials get posted there before I can share them on my blog so be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any of my free tutorials.  You can do that here .

I leave you all with a little pug and frenchie love on this chilly day here 🙂

Have an amazing Monday my friends!!

xxoo – Sherry

Autumn Themed Art Journal Tutorial

Hi Friends,

I have an exciting tutorial to share with all of you today.  Many of you received my Autumn Themed printable sheet free in my newsletter.  I wanted to share with all of you and art journal page that I created using some elements from that sheet as well as one of my new Digital Stamps that is now available in my Etsy Shop.

For those of you who missed out on this months free collage sheet you can purchase it here 

I will have a new free printable each month with my newsletter so be sure to sign up for it under the tab that says Artsy News at the top.

Now lets to get on with the creating shall we?

I do hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial and I really appreciate you sharing your time with me on this fabulous day!

xoxo – Sherry

 

 

Artsy Gift Tags & Giveaway Update

Hi Friends,

First quickly about my giveaway for the free spot in the Gratitude Junk Journal Online Workshop – We have been asked to not reveal our winners until after the weekend – when the blog hop has finished for all instructors.  So Monday I will reveal the winner on my blog.

You can still take advantage of the early bird discount (Until October 22, 2017)  $10 off the original price – no discount code needed it’s already been discounted on the site – Click : GRATITUDE JUNK JOURNAL to sign up today.  I do hope that you will join me in this Epic Journey of Love and Gratitude, I know it is something I feed I need right now in my life even more than ever.

If you haven’t seen the video trailer for my class take a quick peek here.

 

I also wanted to share that today I have another team post for the RobenMarie Smith Design Team 

Here is a little sneak peek

Be Sure to stop over to RobenMarie’s Blog to see the video and all the details

And lastly I want to send out some positive vibes and thoughts to all those who have been dealing with flooding, hurricanes, wild fires and mass shootings.  My heart is heavy with all this grief in the world, I honestly can’t wrap my head around what is going on.  I turn on the news and it’s just pure heartache.  I have been dedicating my Yoga classes to all in the world who need strength and healing and praying that all of this suffering and sadness can come to an end soon.

Light, Love and Peace to all of you!

xoxo – Sherry

 

Team Tuesday Tutorial

Good Morning Friends,

Just a quick pop in before my big reveal tomorrow.

Today I have a fun team tutorial for StencilGirl Products (it includes a fun video) and would love for you all to take a minute to check it out and leave me some love over there!!❤️  Click here to check it out.

 a little sneak peek of the finished gift card holders.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.  I will be back tomorrow with all the details on my Epic Class in this amazing online collaborative workshop.  Be sure to sign up for my email list for exclusive giveaways as they will not be posted in my blog post.

Have an amazing day friends!!

xoxo – Sherry

 

Stencil Crush Tuesday using Jessica Sporn Designs

Hi Friends well its been awhile since I have actually done a blog post.  I didn’t realize how long actually.  Keeping up on so many social media sites along with difficult family things I’ve had to deal with has left me in a bit of a time crunch and something had to give I guess.

I’m sure there are many others out there that can relate to having so much to do yet so little time.  That being said I have a special Stencil Crush Tuesday Tutorial to share with you today using 2 beautiful stencils by Jessica Sporn Designs.

The first one is a brand new stencil that was just released and I just love it.  It speaks to my heart it’s called Love is for everyone script . The second stencil is from November’s Stencil Club and it’s called Nature and Nurture .

I hope you will grab your stencils and your paints and come along and create with me today.

Thanks so much friends for sharing your time with me today, I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial and if you did please leave me a comment either here or on my Youtube Channel I truly love to hear from all of you.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you can get a steady dose of inspiration.  If you missed my first tutorial for the Roben Marie Smith Design team you can check it out right here

Have a fabulous day friends !! xoxo

Stencil Crush Tuesday – Texture w/ gesso

Hi Friends,

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine we have had these past couple of days.  Sure does make you just feel better overall when the sun is out that’s for sure!!

Today’s tutorial is a short one but still lots of fun.  I am using a beautiful stencil today called Art Deco Wallpaper by Nathalie Kalbach.  I am in total love with this stencil !!

So grab those stencils and paints and lets get creating friends!!

With some personal things that have been going on in my life lately this art journal page came from an expression within.  And I absolutely love the quote that came with the stamp set that I used.  I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial.  I am always thankful that you share your precious time with me each week.  I do hope that everyone has an amazing week full of love and peace!!

xxoo – Sherry

Stencil Crush Tuesday & Giveaway

Hi Friends and thanks for joining me for another Stencil Crush Tuesday.  Hope that everyone had a beautiful holiday this past week or weekend if you celebrate.  I certainly enjoyed the lovely weather we had for the most part and YEAH my Autumn Cherry Trees and Weeping Cherry have started to blossom so excited.  Especially because the crazy weather we had last year where it warmed way up way too early and then we had several frosts and snow my trees last year didn’t get any blooms :(.  So I was thrilled to see the blossoming this weekend for sure!!

So to catch you all up on a few happenings in my life, March and the beginning of April have been very hard for me it is this time last year that my dad fell terminally ill (which we found out in March and lost him just 5 weeks later) that in turn spiraled things for me with my mom having dementia and having to find her a home.  So for the past few weeks I have honestly been in a funk.  I know….. you wouldn’t know it from my social media feeds as I don’t typically talk about things that are bothering me as I tend to really keep to myself and withdraw when times like this happen for me and I just need my quite space I guess with my family.  So if I have not been commenting or chatting etc lately as much on FB and IG well now you know where I’ve been.

So on with some happier news ….. well I have several creative things in the works that I have also have had my head buried in and will for a few more weeks that I am just bursting at the seams to share with you but can’t quite yet!  But soon I promise!!

So on to today’s video and giveaway ……what giveaway ???? yup you read that right all the details will be in the video details so be sure to check it out on my Youtube Channel and below is a photo of the prize!!

And of course without further ado today’s video 🙂

Stencil used in today’s video:  MB Makes Marks Pipette by MaryBeth Shaw

 

PRIZE GIVEAWAY :

 

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me today and for always showing so much love and support with all your amazing comments.  Be sure to enter the giveaway on my channel all the details are on my channel under this video’s details.  Have an amazing and peaceful week friends !!

xxoo Sherry

 

Painterly Blooms – Stencil Crush Tuesday

Hi friends and welcome to another week of Stencil Crush Tuesday.  I myself have been dreaming about spring (okay maybe more like summer ) but I do love the smell of warm spring air, buds on the trees and all the new flowers and trees coming to life after a long cold winter.  So my video today focuses around flowers – Painterly Blooms to be exact and how you can easily use your stencils to create these.  So grab your stencils and your paints and lets get creating.

Stencil used in todays video:

Doodle it Daisy by Maria McGuire 

Be sure to check out the other videos on my channel here as there are 3 months of Stencil Crush videos here free for all of you! 🙂

Thanks so very much for watching and sharing your time with me, I always enjoy reading all of your beautiful comments that you all leave me, they mean so very much thank you from the bottom of my heart!!  Hope everyone has an amazing day and I will see you all next week! 🙂

xoxo Sherry