Weekend Project

by J.S. on December 10, 2010

in Handmade

from Cannelle et Vanille

Churros and Chocolate Bisque.

I think these will make good gifts for work people. What do you think? I think Aran at Cannelle et Vanille just might be a genius. Check out her recipe here.

I’ll post my attempt soon.


Hand Made Gift Idea: Cocktail Mixers

by J.S. on December 3, 2010

in Handmade


from Martha Stewart


I love this idea. I saw bottles really similar to these at The Container Store. Visit Martha to get the how-to.



My Homemade gifts: Clutches and Coin Purses

by J.S. on November 21, 2010

in Handmade

I finally did it! I made my own clutch purses. They take some practice but overall they’re pretty easy to make. For the two yellow ones I used a honeycomb smoking method featured here.  The smoking was time consuming and I lost some blood while do it. May I suggest a thimble or lots of band-aids on stand by. But the process was kind of therapeutic and can be done while watching Housewives of Atlanta, so all in all perfect. The heart purses was made using an old top! Hey, we waste nothing, right? Now that I have the hang of it I’ll be making more. I’ll be giving these as gifts this year and hopefully they’ll go over well. This is a craft you should definitely try!


Homemade for Him

by J.S. on November 21, 2010

in Handmade,Uncategorized

If you’re looking for homemade gifts for the man in your life, check out Martha Stewart for some great ideas. I went through all of them and she actually has things that a guy might love. If super crafty isn’t your cup of tea how about making (drum roll, please)…BEEF JERKY! Seriously, men love beef jerky. And making it doesn’t seem that difficult. In fact, there’s a great tutorial here.

from thefoodaddicts.com

After sharing these ideas with the husband he’s asked that beef jerky is made for him. So I guess I’ll be posting another tutorial here.

Martha Stewart ideas:

Peg board

Map Coasters

Popcorn Tin

Grilling Apron

Belt Rack

Car Wash


DIY Tutorial: Vanilla Extract

by J.S. on October 5, 2010

in Handmade

from Style Me Pretty

Kathleen over at Twig & Thistle posted this tutorial on Style Me Pretty for making your own vanilla extract as gifts. After being scared to death by the canning manuals I read, I think this may be more my speed. Check out the link, she posted where you can buy what she used. Her lovely instructions are below.

Materials Needed
Small Glass Jars
#4 Size Corks
Mini Gingham Ribbon
Sticker Paper
X-acto Knife
Homemade Vanilla

Step 1: Download the Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe here and follow the directions on how to make it.

Step 2: Download Vanilla Labels here and print onto white sticker paper. Trim out each label. To get nice circles, take your time and use an x-acto knife and self-healing cutting mat – your fingers and table with thank you!

Step 3: Cut ribbon to 8″ long and wrap around the neck of the bottle crossing in the center. Secure ribbon with a small piece of tape and then apply Vanilla label to the center of the bottle. Finish it off by snipping the ends of ribbon to a point.

Step 4: Once Vanilla is prepared and ready, fill the jars with vanilla using a funnel and cap with a cork. Vilolá! a delightful homemade favor for your guests!


Great Smocking Tutorial

by J.S. on September 29, 2010

in Handmade

I’ve been feeling extra crafty lately and after a few conversations with friends, some of you are too. So today I’ll be posting some projects that I want to try. My hope is that one of you will have more follow through then I do and actually make one of these. If you do, please share the creative love and send me some photos!

Honeycomb Smocking Tutorial by Tumbling Blocks

from tumbling blocks

I don’t know about you, but I for one am impressed. I’m thinking of using this idea on a few clutches I’m currently attempting (more on those another day). With the holiday’s coming I’m hoping you’re getting inspired to at least attempt making a gift. Cash is tight for everyone and time is always a valued commodity. Giving a handmade gift shows that you care enough to spend your time on that person. It doesn’t have to be perfect, mine certainly won’t be, but it really is the thought that counts.

Send me photos of your projects and I’ll post them here. thepoorgirlblog@gmail.com


Wanna make a skirt? Shirr!

by J.S. on September 29, 2010

in Handmade

from Flossie Teacakes

First things first, if you’ve never visited Flossie Teacakes and you want to learn to sew then you must make a point to stop by. She’s lovely and her instructions are fabulous. Now for the skirt above, I’ve always wanted to know how to make a dress by shirring. It looks impossibly hard but like most things, turns out it’s pretty simple. I’m so pleased with my sundress that I think I now have the guts to give this pretty a try. Florence goes into a lot of detail and she even drew some pics to explain. Gotta love that!

Let me know if you try this!


A New Dress

by J.S. on September 26, 2010

in Handmade

Hi lovelies, sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days. My day job has some nerve keeping me so busy. I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend and found your own ‘Friday Cocktails’ this week. I’ve been working on sundresses like the one above. It was my first attempt at pattern making. In typical Poor Girl style, I made the pattern on wrapping paper. But you know what, it totally works. I’m going to run some errands and then work on another dress and I’ll post some instructions in case any of you would like to give it a whirl.

Side note, yes, it’s a sundress, and yes it’s now fall but its going to be 106 here today so there you go. Fall sundresses.


Headboard meet Chalkboard

by J.S. on September 17, 2010

in Handmade

from tumblr.com

I’ve been dying to use chalkboard paint. Twin headboards are so easy to find. This would probably cost under $50.


Coin Purses!

by J.S. on September 9, 2010

in Handmade

from PurlBee.com

OK, I’m impressed. These actually look pretty easy to make. The good folks over at purlbee.com even seel kits with everything you need – even the fabric. That’s pretty exciting. Maybe for the next craft party…or holiday gifts.

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