Monday, December 06, 2010

-- Dare to... Give Homemade Gifts... to Your Reader(s) --

I can't believe that we are already on Week 4 of Kim's Dare to Do It Yourself Challenge!

I think the point of this week is to share the homemade items that we are giving to friends and family this year.  But, too many of my family members actually might read this post and because of that, I'm can't give away the surprise.  Instead, I'm sharing some of the gifts we gave last year... AND a special little item that I am hoping to giveaway to a lucky someone who reads this blog - stay tuned til the end of the post for that one :)

For my mom last year, we made a knife block.  Inspired by one we say at Lee Valley, Lucas made this out of left over pieces of walnut and bamboo skewers from the Dollar Store.  While he went a little wacky with the corner joints, I think it would look equally nice with a simple box construction.

Also, 1 000 000 points to the person who can guess how many bamboo skewers it took to fill this baby up :)

Last year we also gave a couple end-grain cutting boards.  These seem to be a favorite for family and friends. We also give them as wedding gifts a lot :)

We gave my grandparents a little tray last year.  It was super quick and easy to make and for the handles we picked up a couple simple cabinet door handles from Home Depot and attached them to each end.

We made the tray long and skinny - just the right size for 4 mugs and my grandmother says that she uses it almost every night.

Ok, now this gift from last year was NOT simple and featured no involvement from me.  But, I think its beautiful so I wanted to share.  This is a coffee table for Lucas' sister and is stained pine with a walnut accent band.

And for the grand finale - A gift for one of you lucky readers!

I've got a set of 4 Zebrawood coasters up for grabs (similar to the sets below, but the wood has a stripe-y pattern - like a zebra).
For a chance to win just leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite Christmas song (my playlist could use a refresh).  For a second chance to win, visit the Clark Wood Creations website, take a look through the portfolio and leave a second comment here telling me what item(s) you like best :)

I'll draw for the winner on Saturday morning and contact him/her by email to get the details on where I can send the package!!


Mrs. Adventure said...

Wow I LOVE those coasters, and really need a set (fingers crossed). My favorite christmas song would have to be "Have yourself a merry little christmas" when Vince Gill sings it my heart melts. #2 favorite would be Martina McBride singing O holy night :+)

Heather said...

Everything shown is adorable. I love those cutting boards.

To answer your question about the flash card book, you can probably get it done in 2-3 hours (maybe less). Probably an hour to print the numbers, colors, words and cut the shapes and circles and then cut the pages (could be shorter if you are fast). One book probably took me about 30-45 minutes (maybe an hour at tops).

I am a slow crafter, so you might be able to get it done in less time though.

Thanks for stopping by.


alissa said...

oh wow - everything you've made is just gorgeous! I especially love the cutting boards - who wouldn't want to receive one of those?! My favorite Christmas song is Kenny Loggins "Celebrate Me Home". It doesn't even sound like a Christmas song but they only play it during the holidays...I love it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Megan said...

Yay! :)

My fav Christmas song is "Silent Night" by Mercy Me.

Megan said...

Looking at the website I love the coffee cabinet. So cute! Such great work!

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alissa said...

Just visited Clark Wood Creations - My favorite item is the Walnut/Birch End Grain cutting board - it's stunning!

Chelsey Shaw said...

My favourite thing is my cutting board! But... It died! :( The other cutting boards are very nice too!

Shannon said...

Allll of this stuff is gorgeous! Ugghh my FIL thought he could woodwork last year and made us a pig shaped cutting board...complete with splinters. Awesome. But seriously, how do I get on your gift list ;)

Oh and my fave Christmas song is Barenaked Ladies version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman".

Shannon said...

Your husband is so talented! I chrcked out his portfolio and was super impressed by the bathroom vanity..want!

Ronnie said...

Well I am kinda partial to the shelf that Lucas made me last year. I am surprised that you did not show a picture of it, all the Nascar fans would see it and the phone would be ringing off the hook. My favorite Christmas song is "Mary did you know" preformed by Vicki Thompson especially on Christmas eve.

I will expect a phone call on Saturday.

Love you guys Dad

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Oh my gosh. This is all amazing! I'm truly speechless at the beauty. I'm especially obsessed with the knife block. I want one! And, I'm just loving the cutting boards. I can't believe you made those! Wow! Your gifts just blew us all out of the water. Everyone's going to be fighting to get on your gift list after this post.

My favorite Christmas song is Baby it's cold outside.

Thanks for linking up this week. You totally amazed me.

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