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This book teaches basic embroidery stitches and how to choose materials. She includes patterns that are on perforated pages so you can easily transfer them for your own projects!
Gift this to someone who is looking for a simple and meditative craft while they watch TV!
Big Dreams, Daily Joys
Set goals. Get things done. Make time for what matters. Elise Cripe is someone I’ve been following for as long as I can remember and she is the best example of creative productivity and goal-setting. Loved this book, it is one I know I will come back to many times because there is so much goodness on every page.
Gift this to someone who needs motivating to make their goals!
The Montessori Toddler
Not only is this book beautifully designed, but it explains everything Montessori in simple ways so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. I haven’t finished it since the information isn’t applicable for me at the moment but I can’t wait to take these ideas and use them when Hazel gets older.
Amy Oxford Punch Needle
This is all you need to get started on needle punching (besides yarn obviously). Amy Oxford’s design makes it so easy to use, my 6-year-old niece was able to do it! #10 Regular is a great beginner one to start with/
Faces Photo Sticker Book
A cute gift that kids can use familiar faces and their imagination to draw all kinds of fun creations!
This is a really great quality pouf for such an amazing price. The shipping is just as much as the product but I have found much more expensive ones and looks and feels as authentic as a $300 one!
Welcome to Weaving
Lindsey is such an amazing weaver and she has taught so many classes on weaving so you know her book will be amazing.
Gift this to someone who wants to dip their feet into weaving and learn from a true professional!
Modern Rug Hooking
I have been following Rose Pearlman for years and I absolutely love her style of rug hooking. She has such an eye for abstract design, color, and composition.
This is a great gift for someone who loves a modern look and doesn’t have a lot of time to craft anything very intricate.
If you’re looking for a book about embroidery, Sarah K. Benning’s is the one to check out. Her bold colors and plant subjects are always a hit!
Gift this to someone who loves plants or who wants to challenge their hand skills, whether they’ve tried embroidery or not.
The Year of Knots
A beautiful book to learn all kinds of knots for creative projects! The techniques are simple and meditative, and the chunkiness of them is a beautiful bold statement.
Gift this to someone who likes working with their hands and who doesn’t want to spend hours working on tiny stitches.
Welcome to Weaving 2
This second book from Hello Hydrangea takes it up to the next level with more techniques for weaving! If you know someone who loves weaving, this is a great book to gift them to up the ante!
This book is a great gift for someone who has taken a class or two on weaving and wants to challenge themself a little more!
Learning how to make baskets would be so useful around the home. Tabara’s book has so many projects for you to explore basket making if you’re looking for a unique craft to learn!
Gift this to someone who doesn’t want to work with yarn and fiber or who loves organization!
Weaving within Reach
This book takes weaving to a whole new level. Anne teaches how to weave by hand or by loom and how to weave more than just a wall hanging, but earrings, clutches, pillows and more!
This is a great gift for someone who wants to make a variety of projects and loves the chunky look.
A book that shows how to hand dye fiber that every crafter should have. I love how simple hand-dying is and this book breaks it down and makes it easy for beginners! Spruce up a robe, duvet, old shirt, whatever you’d like.
Gift this to someone who loves all things natural or who does home school!
This book includes all kinds of stitches to use for mending and other projects that takes visible mending that are edgy and bold!
Gift this to someone who likes to sew or who enjoys thrift shopping!
This swan is absolutely stunning. From Numero 74 and made in Thailand. I’m dying to have it for our nursery!
I own this book and I love the simple one and two-color embroidery designs. The blend of Japanese and Scandinavian designs are so beautiful you really don’t need a bunch of color to show them off. This book is for more advanced embroiders but a beginner can do it if they’re up for the challenge!
Gift this to someone who loves the simple Scandinavian look or who is an embroidery intermediate level.
Arounna’s rug hooking style is seriously the best out there and so you know you’ll learn some great techniques that you will want to use from this book.
This is a great gift for someone who has shown interest in punch needling or working with yarn but don’t necessarily call themselves a creative person
This book has a lot of cute projects that bring punch needle to live and to 3-D!
Gift this to someone who has a kid that would enjoy crafting with them, since it’s such an easy craft!
Painting with Wool
Dani has the most amazing work when it comes to 2-D felting and her book explains all the techniques, tools required, and how to get started!
Gift this to someone who likes working with fibers or who loves animals since Dani does a lot of animal portraits!
This macramé book has dozens of projects and techniques to learn macramé. This is a great craft to learn to create that perfect custom design in a unique spot in your home that you can be proud of.
Gift this to someone who likes macramé or just bought a new home and are looking for decor ideas.
Macramé at Home
This book guides you step by step on some amazing boho projects for your home.
Gift this to someone who loves macramé or who owns a home and is looking to spruce things up!
This book is the ultimate guide to creating more modern macramé pieces for your home.
This is a great book for someone who has a modern taste but loves working with their hands.
This book is all about making plants out of paper! They are the perfect way to never kill a plant yet look as chic as a real one.
Gift this to someone who has a limited budget but loves plants. Or someone who cannot keep their plants alive!
The Fine Art of Paper Flowers
This book takes paper flowers to a whole new level. They are the most realistic flowers ever and she shows total step-by-step instructions on how to make over 30 of them!
Gift this to someone who is getting married soon or who wants to spruce up their home without having to kill expensive plants!
Craft the Rainbow
Who can’t resist a beautiful rainbow project? This book holds 40 paper projects from the popular The House That Lars Built blog – from party decorations, flowers, cards, garlands, you name it!
Gift this to someone who is bright and bubbly and loves rainbows!
Making a Life
Why do we make things by hand? And why do we make them beautiful? Led by the question of why working with our hands remains vital and valuable in the modern world, author and maker Melanie Falick went on a transformative, inspiring journey.
Cut Paper Pictures
I absolutely love Clover’s work and this book will show you how easy and fun it is to create collages.
Gift this to someone who loves to craft with kids and who likes to paint although they don’t necessarily feel like they are ‘crafty’.
I’ve been just waiting to get ahold of these in Hazel’s size. They are socks that are virtually impossible for baby’s to pull off! Seriously just take all my money!
This wrap was is fantastic to have for traveling. Hazel was safe and snuggled in it and slept like a champ every plane ride! I don’t have any bias towards other wraps, this is just the one I have. Any wrap I’m sure would do the job but it is nice that this one is super lightweight, doesn’t have all kinds of straps to worry about, and you can stuff it anywhere when you’re not using it.
My favorite thing in the house is my Family Travel Canvas Map. Modern and sleek and fits well in our home.
This bag is my absolute favorite to use for a quick weekend trip to visit family or go on vacation! It’s large enough to fit all that you need but you can fit it under your airplane seat!
Cyanotype Chemical A & B
One of my favorite activities to do with kids, cyanotype is so easy and a fun way to combine nature and science in the summer!
Modern Rocking Chair
I didn’t get this until Hazel was a few months old because we were in the middle of a move, but I wish I had one right from the beginning! It’s a comfortable spot to nurse and it also looks great in the nursery.
Alphabet Cookie Cutter Set
Small little one inch cookie cutters for cake toppings and fun baking. They also have numbers!
Dohm Noise Machine
This noise machine has been SO nice. I worried having it in our room with her crib would be difficult to fall asleep ourselves but I barely notice it and she loves it! Because it’s a real fan inside, it is supposed to be more soothing on the ears than an electronic white noise sound.
I bought this once Hazel transitioned out of swaddles and although it was massive on her at first, she grew into it and I think it helped her know when bedtime was. It kept her warm and also prevented her from just laying in the crib and playing with her toes all naptime. Also helped keep her feet from getting stuck in between the crib bars.
Car Seat Cover
If you live in a cold area, this car seat cover is a life saver! I planned on just using my nursing cover but with hose freezing the temperature was around her due date I knew I’d need something much warmer. This one has fleece and a little flap you can leave open when they want to look around or close to help them fall asleep.
Natural Soap Kit for Beginners
Ever been interested in learning how to make soap? This box has everything you need to begin! You can choose between Orange, Lavender, and Lemon Grass. Instructions are very thorough!
This has been a great item for me, Hazel has slept wonderfully in it and although I’ve used it since night one, I believe she’s such a good sleeper because of it. We traveled a few times during the first few months and it was so nice that Hazel’s sleeping arrangement was always consistent since I could bring it with me. It honestly wasn’t too bad to transition her out of it when she started rolling over either. I’m all about the simple white but it is fun there are lots of different patterns to choose from.
Medela Nursing Camisole
This is definitely my top recommendation for postpartum moms. I wore these every single day for the first few months. The first few days it was nice to be cool and if visitors were coming over, I could just throw on a cardigan to cover my shoulders. The fabric is soft and it feels great to have that extra support around the stomach. Buy three or four of these, you’ll find it totally worth it!
The Happiness Project
This book is definitely one of those ‘life-changing’ ones! The author takes a year to focus on becoming happier and I’ve already felt a difference in my own life by adding a few of her tips to my day.
One Thousand Gifts
This book is almost like poetry, it is written so beautifully. It was inspiring to catch the smallest things that bring you joy and live fully right where you are.
Hands Free Mama
This book is great for mothers and non-mothers, I enjoyed it and will probably read again in a few years.
Osprey Travel Backpack
I am now a traveling backpack girl! You can fit a lot in and it has great support.
Laundry Hamper Cart
I am never going back to the simple hamper, having three bags to organize our whites, colors, and darks is saving my laundry sanity!
We use this for cutting our bread dough when separating into loafs. It works great!
These are a life saver when packing in a backpack, or even just traveling at all.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Definitely a great read to help rethink what you own and how you can simplify it.
This is great for traveling! Make sure it’s dry before you close it but you’ll be sure any paint that dries and chips off won’t be lost! I always throw it in a gallon Ziploc bag with my brushes just in case.
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen – Soft & Hard Type Set
Both are great pens for calligraphy. So cheap too!
Canon EOS 70D
Love my 70D Canon. For those wanting to step up their photography game this is the body for you! Great for video as well.
Bumble and Bumble Powder Shampoo
I like this a lot more than the spray. It definitely lasts much longer too!
Tanwise Self-Tanning Face Gel
My face does not tan the same as my arms or legs do so this helps tremendously. Couldn’t recommend it more!
Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza
The best book for homemade bread. We love the pizza too!
Lodge Pro-Logic Cast Iron Dutch Oven
We love this Dutch Oven without legs so we can use it in the oven easily for homemade bread.
10 Inch Round Banneton Basket
We use these to proof our bread dough before putting it in the Dutch oven. It creates a very cool imprint.
Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens
The PERFECT lens for those beginning photographers. It has a very low F Stop which is perfect for getting the pretty blur. Good for close up portraits
Speedball Oblique Pen Set
This one is supposed to be the best for left-handers like me and it comes with a lot of nibs to try and find your favorite.
Speedball Ink, Super Black
No expiration date on this guy. I opened mine up 2 years later and it was still good to use! (There probably is…)
Tombow Dual Brush Pen, Black
Great pen for calligraphy, especially when doing extra large sizes.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Very bright and perfect for not only illustrations but also planners and to-do lists.