Alice and Lois https://www.aliceandlois.com/ Celebrating the good in life Tue, 06 Dec 2022 15:42:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 21 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas https://www.aliceandlois.com/21-handmade-holiday-gift-ideas/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/21-handmade-holiday-gift-ideas/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2022 15:42:05 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=16122 There is still time to make some handmade gifts this holiday season! We love to make things by hand for friends and family. But do not fret, all DIY gifts do not have to take a ton of time or money! We have gathered 21 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for you today that are simple...

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There is still time to make some handmade gifts this holiday season! We love to make things by hand for friends and family. But do not fret, all DIY gifts do not have to take a ton of time or money!

We have gathered 21 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas for you today that are simple to make and use rather easy materials to find. Some you might even have already in your home.

From ornaments to decorative wooden spoons – we have you covered!

wooden spoons wrapped in embroidery thread
blue marbled ornaments

Common Handmade Holiday gift supplies

We also have free printable Handmade Gift Tags you can use for all your handmade gifts that you make!

21 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

See our roundup of some of our very favorite handmade holiday gift ideas. From ornaments to kitchen accessories to bath salts and more!

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Free Printable Advent Calendar 2022 https://www.aliceandlois.com/free-printable-advent-calendar-2022/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/free-printable-advent-calendar-2022/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2022 21:43:46 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=16037 December first is only a few days away! Are you ready to start your advent calendar? Our girls love advent calendars. I don’t blame them, we did too as kids. Check out our brand new printable advent calendar today! Printable Advent Calendar It has become a family tradition to have little gifts, activities and treats...

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December first is only a few days away! Are you ready to start your advent calendar? Our girls love advent calendars. I don’t blame them, we did too as kids. Check out our brand new printable advent calendar today!

advent calendar

Printable Advent Calendar

It has become a family tradition to have little gifts, activities and treats each day from December 1-25. Melissa designed TWO different Christmas themed advent numbers probables to use on little gift bags or envelopes to celebrate the holiday.

What is an advent calendar?

An advent calendar is a way to countdown to Christmas! Traditional calendars can include the old school cardboard calendars that have little punch out boxes with chocolates inside! Who remembers those?! We do. Some calendars are religious based, while others are fun and festive.

advent calendar bags

A daily surprise for the kids during the holidays is nothing but exciting! We love to have candy, hand written coupons, little gifts (like hair ties, lip balms) and more for the girls. Our new advent calendar designs are fun, festive and bright and cheery!

advent calendar numbers

Free Printable Advent Calendar Supplies

advent calendar

How to make printable calendar

  1. Download and print the free printables (advent printable “peace” and advent printable “bright”)
  2. Cut out the numbers
  3. Adhere to gift bags or envelopes, etc
  4. Fill with goodies, gifts, coupons, treats and more!
advent calendar bags

advent calendar printable
Printable Advent Calendar “bright”
advent calendar printable

Printable Advent Calendar “peace”
advent calendar

More Advent Calendar Ideas

We have done a few different advent calendars on the blog over the years. A few favorites include:

Make this fun DIY Muslin Bag Advent Calendar!

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Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks https://www.aliceandlois.com/holiday-gift-guide-for-cooks/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/holiday-gift-guide-for-cooks/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2022 13:30:45 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=15976 We have another gift guide for you today. This time it is for all the cooks in your life! ‘Tis the season for gift giving! We love a good handmade gift, but we can’t do that for every gift. Today we are sharing some wonderful gift ideas for the cooks, bakers and kitchen lovers in...

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We have another gift guide for you today. This time it is for all the cooks in your life!

‘Tis the season for gift giving! We love a good handmade gift, but we can’t do that for every gift. Today we are sharing some wonderful gift ideas for the cooks, bakers and kitchen lovers in your life.

From baking essentials like a wooden rolling pin to a bread loaf baker, we have some great ideas.

If you are still organizing your gifting strategy this year, download and print our Free Printable Gift Giving List. This has made it so much easier to keep all the gifting in order! I feel like every year I forget something!

Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for Cooks 2022

Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer

Air Fryer – this white modern looking air fryer works wonderfully and looks great on the counter. We have lots of friends that have this air fryer and love it.

Nespresso Vertu Plus Coffee Machine – Hands down my favorite coffee machine. I look forward to a cup of coffee from my Nespresso each and every morning. It is honestly like having a built in coffee shop in my home.

butter keeper – We adore this little butter keeper. Raise your hand if you are someone who keeps butter on the kitchen counter! Who doesn’t love softened butter?!

Herb stripper tool – this is a favorite little kitchen tool for any chef! A little wooden tool to use when a recipe calls for fresh herbs.

wooden utensil set – Hand carved wooden spoons are a go-to gift for any cook.

rolling pin – Bakers will love this simple wood rolling pin. Looks so nice it can sit out on the counter or in a utensil holder.

wood serving board

wood serving board – A gorgeous wood serving board that looks beautiful displayed on a counter as well.

wood bowl serving set – Who doesn’t need more wooden bowls for serving? We love the look of these.

cook book – We adore Amanda Frederickson and we adore her cookbook.

Simple Beautiful Food by Amanda Frederickson cook book

dish towels – Hand dyed flour sack dish towels are a perfect gift for any cook. They are soft, large and the colors are beautiful.

dish towels from our shop

olive oil – I mean, who doesn’t love a fancy olive oil. The design of this metal olive oil bottle is perfection.

ceramic pitcher – This handmade ceramic creamer pitcher is darling. It is a creamy white color that goes with any kitchen.

pepper mill – loving this classic wood pepper mill. Love.

Loaf baker – for the bread bakers in your life, this is such a beautiful loaf baker. Love the linen color that wold go well in any kitchen.

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Holiday Gift Ideas 2022 https://www.aliceandlois.com/holiday-gift-ideas-2022/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/holiday-gift-ideas-2022/#respond Sat, 19 Nov 2022 20:48:53 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=15955 See some of our favorite holiday gift ideas from Madewell and also ways to earn money back on your online shopping! Ways to earn money from online shopping Have you heard of Rakuten? If you haven’t, sign up now! It is essentially an affiliate program for online shopping for everyone. All you do is sign...

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See some of our favorite holiday gift ideas from Madewell and also ways to earn money back on your online shopping!

Ways to earn money from online shopping

Have you heard of Rakuten? If you haven’t, sign up now! It is essentially an affiliate program for online shopping for everyone. All you do is sign up for an account and start saving!

The site is linked with tons and tons of retailers. For example, you can earn 5% cash back from Zappos.com. Download a website extension and you will get a pop up when you are shopping on a site that partners with Rakuten

Sign up for Rakuten today to start earning back on holiday shopping. This is not sponsored – I just had to share this awesome site.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

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Large gold hoops

Plaid Shacket

V-neck sweater

Chelsea Boots

Purse

Beanie

Boots

Leather tote bag

Gold trio necklace

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21 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments https://www.aliceandlois.com/21-easy-diy-christmas-ornaments/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/21-easy-diy-christmas-ornaments/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2022 12:51:23 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=15949 Why not get a little crafty this holiday season with some easy DIY Christmas ornaments! We love making Christmas ornaments. The love affair may have started in preschool. Believe it or not, our mom still has so many of our handmade ornaments from over the years. Maybe that is why we still love making them!...

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Why not get a little crafty this holiday season with some easy DIY Christmas ornaments!

wood bead snowflake ornament

We love making Christmas ornaments. The love affair may have started in preschool. Believe it or not, our mom still has so many of our handmade ornaments from over the years. Maybe that is why we still love making them!

Today we are sharing lots of ideas on handmade ornaments – from air dry clay ornaments, to embroidered ones. Painted baubles to Mod Podge and tissue paper. You will for sure find some that you will want to make.

rainbow ornaments

What you need to make DIY ornaments

Below are some of our favorite materials to use when making DIY ornaments:

Now making handmade ornaments also makes a fun craft night during the holiday season. You can get all the materials and set up in your dining room for a fun ornament making party!

See out favorite Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

21 Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments

Looking to get crafty this holiday? We have lots of handmade ornaments to share with you! They are all easy to make and make great gifts.

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DIY Checkerboard Jute Rug https://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-checkerboard-jute-rug/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-checkerboard-jute-rug/#respond Sat, 12 Nov 2022 16:09:44 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=15897 See how to make this basic Ikea rug into a beautiful on trend DIY Checkerboard Jute Rug. We love the look of checkerboard on floors. Either painted floors, rugs or tile. There is something about the primitive look that is so timeless. Often times you see a checkerboard pattern in homes with a black and...

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See how to make this basic Ikea rug into a beautiful on trend DIY Checkerboard Jute Rug.

checkerboard rug

We love the look of checkerboard on floors. Either painted floors, rugs or tile. There is something about the primitive look that is so timeless.

Often times you see a checkerboard pattern in homes with a black and white motif. But this year we are seeing more and more color as well. Black and white checkboard can be marble floors, or painted plank wood floors. And who doesn’t love the ol’ black and white kitchen floors from the past?!

We were inspired by so many checkerboard rugs. Check out some of our favorites:

Ikea Hack Jute Rug

We used a jute rug from Ikea for this project. It is a fabulous quality for the price. It comes in a few different sizes, we used the 4’4″ x 6’5″ size. Make sure and check out all of the Ikea Hacks we have done over the years.

What kind of paint to use on jute rug

You might wonder what kind of paint to use that will wear best on a jute rug. We used an interior latex paint by Valspar Signature eggshell paint. This paint has a built in primer. We used the color Spring Spirits. It is a beautiful earthy sage green color.

How to make a checkerboard stencil

There are a few different ways to make a stencil for a checkerboard pattern. I used blue painters tape for this project. I created 5×5 inch squares from tape. You could also cut a vinyl square using your cricut machine.

How to paint a checkerboard jute rug

We are monthly DIY contributor to hunker.com. It is a website filled with amazing content. You can find the full tutorial on how I made this rug over on hunker.com.

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup https://www.aliceandlois.com/homemade-pumpkin-spice-syrup/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/homemade-pumpkin-spice-syrup/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2022 21:15:28 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=15816 Learn how to make a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup to use in lattes, over ice cream and with oatmeal. The perfect Fall syrup. Pumpkin spice has become a mantra for many during the months of September and October every Fall season. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, PSL (pumpkin spice lattes), pumpkin granola, pumpkin yogurt – you...

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Learn how to make a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup to use in lattes, over ice cream and with oatmeal. The perfect Fall syrup.

Pumpkin spice has become a mantra for many during the months of September and October every Fall season. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, PSL (pumpkin spice lattes), pumpkin granola, pumpkin yogurt – you name it!

You will have to check out our very favorite pumpkin muffin recipe! Have you ever tried pumpkin butter? It is like apple butter but made from pumpkin. You can make it in the instant pot. Brilliant. You can find that recipe here.

This Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup is easier to make than you might think. Seriously! Grab the ingredients at the grocery store and you are ready to go.

What you need to make Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • cinnamon

How to make Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup

You need a saucepan and whisk for this recipe. We made this recipe for hunker.com. You can find the detailed recipe instructions here.

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Favorite Halloween Pumpkin Craft Projects https://www.aliceandlois.com/favorite-halloween-pumpkin-craft-projects/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/favorite-halloween-pumpkin-craft-projects/#respond Wed, 19 Oct 2022 14:41:05 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=15806 We love transforming pumpkins this time of year. See all of our favorite Halloween pumpkin crafts projects today! Whether you are using craft pumpkins or real pumpkins, the craft ideas are endless to totally transform them into art. You can use paint, Mod Podge, tissue paper, card stock paper and more. What you need for...

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We love transforming pumpkins this time of year. See all of our favorite Halloween pumpkin crafts projects today!

Whether you are using craft pumpkins or real pumpkins, the craft ideas are endless to totally transform them into art. You can use paint, Mod Podge, tissue paper, card stock paper and more.

What you need for crafting pumpkins:

Check out some of our favorites…

Favorite Halloween Pumpkin Craft Projects

We love crafting with pumpkins in October, whether they are real pumpkins or craft faux pumpkins! There are so many ways to turn pumpkins into craft projects. Take a look at some of our favorites over the years.

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DIY Painted Corn Husk Wreath https://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-painted-corn-husk-wreath/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-painted-corn-husk-wreath/#respond Thu, 06 Oct 2022 14:37:51 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=15634 We have got the perfect craft project for you to make this Fall season. Check out this DIY Painted Corn Husk Wreath. If you haven’t made a handmade wreath before, you are missing out! Just saying! We are in love with this DIY Painted Corn Husk Wreath for Fall. We are so into making things...

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We have got the perfect craft project for you to make this Fall season. Check out this DIY Painted Corn Husk Wreath.

corn husk wreath

If you haven’t made a handmade wreath before, you are missing out! Just saying! We are in love with this DIY Painted Corn Husk Wreath for Fall.

We are so into making things with corn husks, this is our second corn husk wreath this year! Make sure and check out the DIY Natural Corn Husk Wreath we made a few weeks ago. Now I keep switching out which corn husk wreath I have on my front door. Ha ha ha. 

What you need to make a Corn Husk Wreath

Corn Husks

Foam wreath form (12 inch)

Hot glue gun

Paint

Water

Sponge brush

corn husks

I went with natural, earthy tones of paint. I love the terra cotta color, mustard yellow and coral colors. I mixed the paint colors with browns and whites to get just the right colors. The terra cotta was an orange and brown mixture. Mustard yellow was yellow and a bit of brown. And the coral was an orange mixed with a little white and a dab of yellow. 

How to make a Corn Husk Wreath

This project is made possible by a wreath form, Hot glue gun (we love the low temp one) and Corn Husks! You can find the full step by step instructions at hunker.com. We are contributors over there and love making projects for their site. 

Now what I love about this project is that you can make this any color palette you want. This would be so pretty with shaded of green or even browns. Doing an ombre effect is so pretty, don’t you think? 

corn husk wreath

Fall is the perfect time to make simple decor for your home that you can use year after year. We adore this wreath we made a few years ago – and we still hang it up each Autumn season. 

corn husk wreath

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DIY Brass Rail Gallery Shelf https://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-brass-rail-gallery-shelf/ https://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-brass-rail-gallery-shelf/#respond Thu, 06 Oct 2022 03:03:54 +0000 https://www.aliceandlois.com/?p=15627 We are in completely love with this new project, the DIY Brass Rail Gallery Shelf.  Have you been seeing this look all over the place lately? Especially in kitchens – a new look for open shelving. The brass rail against the stained wood shelf is so beautiful.  What you need to make this brass rail gallery...

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We are in completely love with this new project, the DIY Brass Rail Gallery Shelf. 

brass rail shelf

Have you been seeing this look all over the place lately? Especially in kitchens – a new look for open shelving. The brass rail against the stained wood shelf is so beautiful. 

What you need to make this brass rail gallery shelf

We found a wonderful site that sells the vintage inspired brass hardware. You need a brass rod, center point and corner posts. You can also find this type of hardware on Etsy. 

You will also need a cordless drill and shelf brackets. We are smitten with the brass shelf brackets we found. They are absolutely gorgeous. 

brass hardware

This style of shelving is perfect for a spot in the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. A pair of these shelves would look terrific, don’t you think? We opted for a darker stain on the wood shelf to really make the brass pop. 

DIY Brass Rail Gallery Shelf

We definitely have a thing for making shelves. See below for more ideas!

DIY Shelf Ideas

We have a thing for making shelves. They are the perfect DIY project to add some charm and function to any home.

 

How to make a DIY Brass Rail Gallery Shelf

This shelf project can be found over on hunker.com where we contribute a few projects every month. 

shelf

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