Links you'll love: Dec. 5

It's been another crazy week. I finally started doing my Christmas shopping (about time, right?). At the beginning of this year, I thought I might make all my presents this year, but life got in the way this year. So I'm giving myself a break and will work through the supplies over this next year. And that's okay. Meanwhile, today I spent some time at home, cleaning up, reorganizing, all to make space for the Christmas tree. I don't know how many decorations I'll actually get out this year--I guess I'll figure that out tomorrow--but meanwhile, a tree will definitely be enough to set a holiday mood!

I've taken a little time out to cruise some of my friends sites. Here's what they've been up to lately.

Crafty Princess Diaries
A light tent can make all the difference when photographing your crafts.

About Family Crafts
Check out these creative gift wrapping ideas. You simply cannot give someone a fabulous homemade gift using ordinary, store-bought wrapping paper. You can easily and quickly personalize the wrap as well as the gift.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
The 19 Days of Holiday Goodness Giveaways is in full swing, leave your answer to the day's question and you are entered to win a free book and while you're there check out how to make a Christmas tree from a tomato cage, some cool Steampunk jewelry, a ribbon wreath, and a great beer and turkey leftover recipe.

The Artful Crafter
A bead spinner is not required, but certainly recommended, to make a beautiful seed bead Christmas tree like this one created by Sharon.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to make a Max from the Grinch antler headband from recycled sweaters

The Impatient Crafter
Madge is feeling Retrofabulous this holiday season! Check out this vintage inspired mixed media jewelry project idea!

Aileen's Musings
Looking for Christmas card ideas? Aileen shares her idea using a Starbucks coffee sleeve and challenges you...

Mixed Media Artist
One of Cyndi's readers shared a fabulous craft idea using her own custom-printed fabric...and you can do it too!

And if you missed my creative endeavor last week, check out my gingerbread house.


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