Sunday, December 1, 2013

Day 1 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration

Welcome to Day 1 of the 12 Days of Holiday Inspiration Blog Event brought to you by "The Inspiration Crew".  We’re just a group of online crafty friends who love being creative. This time we're doing a 12-day event to provide you with tons of Holiday Inspiration.

We're making crafty projects using products we like and some of us are even offering prizes. Check each blog and the information there for what prizes are being offered and when the winners will be announced on that blog.

At the bottom of this post is a list of all the crafty ladies participating in this event. Be sure to visit all the blogs each day for loads of fun Holiday craft ideas. 

I'm offering prize!! My prize is a $20 gift card to Michaels. I will announce the winner on my blog on Friday, December 13. To be eligible just make sure you are a follower of my blog and leave a comment. The more days you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win. So that's it - easy peasy

This year I have a theme to my projects - it's called use what you have and keep it simple. For those of you who don't know me, I've been busy building a house this year. The process started last February and construction started in early June. I sold my old house and moved in with my parents last May. So, I have not been nearly as crafty as I like to be this year, I just haven't had the time or the space. 

I haven't purchased any new holiday stamps, just a couple of new 6x6 papers pads, Distress Glitters and some clearance embellishments when I was in London on vacation. So, if you are overloaded with supplies, I challenge you to start using up your stash instead of always buying the latest and greatest. I'm going to show you some quick and easy projects over the next 12 days that you can make using things you already own.

I'm starting off with some little pails that make perfect treat holders. These white pails come from Oriental Trading Company. I always have a stash of white or plain alterable items on hand. I realized I had a ton of stickers from a holiday collection by Echo Park that I have never used. So, to make these I just put some stickers on the pails. I used houses with the road signs on one and a grouping of presents with a sentiment on one and on another one I used one big sentiment sticker. They look so cute, just add some candy and put some coordinating tissue paper on top and you have a really fun gift that anyone would love to get. 

Rachel Izakowicz


  1. oh my these little tins are just too cute.. great idea..

  2. Congrats on building a new house; I'm sure it will be gorgeous! Your "use what you have' themed projects: excellent idea (I need to do that more!), and the decorated pails made with this goal in mind are ever so cute! Fabulous inspiration!

  3. What a fun idea!!! I love the little pails!

  4. Donna these are so cute! The stickers are great, I really love the north pole sign. Congrats on the house!!!!

  5. So cute! What a great way to use up stickers - they'll be great for collecting treats!

  6. Oh how fun and adorable! I've seen these tins everywhere lately, but none have been as nicely decorated.

  7. Hi ya!
    Just getting around to see everyone's projects! Been on the road from a visit with my mom. Love, love, love this!

    Really great and creative idea! I love that the d├ęcor is not permanent and the pail can be used again! Awesome!!


  8. I could just imagine these filled with all sorts of wonderful goodies, another great idea Donna!

  9. Wow what cute little pails..they look great all dressed up.

  10. I love simple and fun, and I LOVE using up stash so this is a must-do project! Those little pails are so cute and I can think of all kinds of goodies to fill them with!

  11. Super cute gift wrapping idea - such cute little pails.
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  12. Now these are waaaaay beyond cute! I see items like this and wonder why I can't come up with these clever ideas! And yes, the absolute perfect little 'something' to have on hand for last minute gift giving! You're a genius Donna!

  13. These are darling! I can just picture them loaded up with homemade cookies!
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  14. Very festive--I think I have some pails in my stash too!
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