Christmas is just around the corner. Are you preparing? See our review of the new book, “I Modify IKEA” for some gift ideas or maybe as a gift itself.
We received a copy of “I Modify IKEA” in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.
If you are a crafter I am guessing that you have already begun creating your Christmas gifts and decorations. I used to be so confused by the craft stores getting Christmas things in as soon as September hit. It was like fall was the ugly red-headed step child. NOW I get it. There is no way to get ready with handcrafted items for gifts unless you are starting early, that means as soon as Fall hits you are a busy busy bee.
My family had a holiday tradition when I was little and even into adulthood, that we would get small gifts for each one of our siblings. For the most part I don’t remember a lot of those gifts. However, the ones that stand out and really hold strong are those homemade gifts that truly become important memories and cherished heirlooms.
One of my favorite memories was a gift my brother and I made for my Mom for her birthday. She loved Yankee candles when they first came out, she would go smell them at the craft store for what felt like hours to me as a kid. There were two favorites that she just loved, blueberry and rootbeer. Anywho, in ode to her love of these candles we decided that it would be the best idea in the world to make her melted balls of wax in her favorite scents so she could carry them around anywhere and smell them. We lit those candles and carefully poured wax and crafted several little balls of wax the size of walnuts. They were perfect little orbs of love that we fondly named “wax heads.” We carefully wrapped our creations in newspaper comics, if my memory serves me correctly. We were so proud of this gift. I remember my Mom opening them and her face when she saw them, she got this huge smile and we explained what they were and she just gushed, belly laughed, and loved them. We have all had a lot of laughs through the years about this gift. It wasn’t just a gift it became a family memory we love.
There are other gifts that were made that stand out to me as well. My sister designed and sewed perfectly adorable rag dolls and clothes that looked like myself, and each of my girls. These are cherished keepers that when I sold everything we had to go on a big adventure across the country they made the cut to keep. Then there was a felt quiet book my sister in law made that had the cutest details hand sewn and painted, every time I see that book I am in awe of her. My babes have loved on these toys through the years. There is also this huge hideous painting I did for my brother in high school that he insists on still hanging in his living room years later, to my chagrin.
I of course must admit that I have fallen behind on the creating of Christmas gifts and am playing catch up. Luckily for us there are a plethora of ideas that abound. My inspiration for this years’ gifts is coming from a great crafting book, “I Modify IKEA.” This is a great book that allows you to upgrade the low priced high style of IKEA to make it your own. Taking a basic store bought gift and making it look and feel high end and handcrafted.
There are projects that range from very simple (my style) and more difficult and time consuming that will definitely wow the lucky recipient. All of the projects are well described and give you plenty of tips along the way. Even bloggers need these craft inspirations and this book will definitely get your crafty juices flowing.
My girls will be getting the doll house from this book. I will leave it partially unfinished so we can design it to their tastes. This is also Mom’s sneaky way of doing less with limited time.
And my sisters will probably be getting some of the adorable kitchen towels, something simple that I can make with their styles and personality in mind. I have subtly dropped hints to my husband that I want him to make me the pantry cupboard, here’s to dreaming. I am dreaming of a handcrafted Christmas! IKEA-ing I will go!
You can check out, “I Modify IKEA” by Elyse Major & Charlotte Rivers HERE.