Creative Carousel-Handmade Gifts and Huge Giveaway!

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I’m so excited! This month it is my turn to host. . .
craft-project-gift-ideaIn case you don’t remember from last month, I’m working with a group of amazingly talented bloggers on a collaboration project. Every month we pick a theme, then all week long we each share a tutorial revolving around the them. And if that isn’t enough for ya, we also do a huge giveaway every month. Cool, right?

Let’s get this party started. This month our theme is “Handmade for the Holidays”. Everybody likes getting handmade gifts, and with Christmas right around the corner, we thought we’d give you an early start. For those of you who like to procrastinate, fill free to pin the tutorials and save them till the week of December 20th. 😉

Here’s a little preview of the projects we have lined up this week:
craft-project-handmade-giftSo if you’re looking for some great gift ideas (or some fun things to make for yourself), join us every day this week for a fun new gift idea. Here is the schedule for the week:

Tuesday– Monogram Necklaces from Tam at Sew Dang Cute Crafts
Wednesday– Gift Wrap Goodies from Kristyn at Lil’ Luna
Thursday– Custom Wooden Blocks from Amanda at Every Creative Endeavor
Friday– Etched Hot Cocoa Jar from Alison at Oopsey Daisy
Saturday– Milk Glass Candy Dish from Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous
Sunday– Kitchen Towel Clips from ME!

And now for the exciting part. The part where you can win FREE stuff! Woot Woot! Who’s excited? I had so many generous sponsors that I broke the freebies into 2 packages. So TWO of you are going to win some fabulous stuff!

Prize Package #1

$25 shop credit at Key Lime Digital Designs, perfect for you blogger that want to spruce up your blog. Kendra has mad design skills!
A wooden JOY decoration, and TWO reindeer blockheads from Well Good Crafts. Usually Wendy just sells the craft kits, but for this giveaway she is completing the projects for you. Score!
craft-project-handmade-giftcraft-project-handmade-giftFrom Fizzypops, a Bottle Cap Necklace Kit. You will receive supplies to make 10 bottle cap necklaces. All you have to add is photos or paper for the centers. How fun is that?! You get to craft, and you have 10 Christmas gifts that you can cross off your list. :)
And last but not least, a $50 gift certificate to The Vintage Pearl. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard of them. Beautiful hand-stamped jewelry! Here are a few of my favs:

Prize Package #2

A beautiful button necklace AND fabric flower brooch from Johnny in a Dress. You could give one away, and keep one for yourself. I won’t tell anyone. 😉

A beautiful set of wooden blocks from JN Designs. They read “Joy to the World.”  I love how the red block looks like a present. This would look fabulous on a shelf or mantle!
For all you sewers out there, you are gonna love this one! Whimsey Couture is giving away 3 pattern e-books of your choice. I seriously don’t know how you are going to choose, because every single pattern in their shop is stinkin’ adorable!
And last but not least, a $50 gift certificate to The Vintage Pearl. Yep, that’s right, both winners get to pick some amazing jewelry. I’ve got a VP necklace, and I just love it!

Here’s how you can enter to win 1 of the 2 amazing prize packages:

1-Leave a comment on this post. You could tell me which prize package is your favorite. You could tell me what handmade gifts you like to give. If you are really super awesome, you could visit a few of the sponsors and tell me your favorite items. But whatever. :)

2-For one extra entry, you can blog, tweet, or facebook about this giveaway. Please mention “Creative Carousel”.

If you like, you can copy and paste this tweet:
Have you checked out the awesome giveaway at @craftymomcooks? Come join the week long party! #creativecarousel

The giveaway will run through Saturday night. I will announce the winners on Sunday when I post my tutorial.

Good luck everyone!!

A BIG thank you to our awesome sponsors this month!!

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  1. Howdy are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get
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    own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

  2. I love to give handmade gifts I like prize #1

  3. Wow. Awesome prizes – both packages equally. If I had a blog I’d surely want the first but, sadly I do not have one yet. I really LOVE the 2nd package. I have some things I want to get very badly from Whimsey Couture. And the other things are just awesome as well.

  4. I love crafts that are fast and easy so I actually get them done :) Fun giveaway they are all cute.

  5. Tweeted the giveaway @Brightangel!

  6. I like them both but if had to pick I’d pick pack 2. I also love JN Designs
    Holiday wood blocks- Reversible Thanksgiving and Christmas stacker blocks

  7. I am a new follower. What wonderful recipes and crafts you have one your blog! I love prize package # 1. I would love to make some bottle cap necklaces to go in party favors for my sons b-day!

  8. What fabulous prize packages! I like prize pack 2 – the joy to the world is just so adorable! I am new to your blog and now following :)

  9. Kathy Davis says:

    The Vintage Pearl prize package is my pick. I make homemade gifts often. For Christmas last year I made my daughter and my son’s girlfriend, Amy Butler purses. They were a hit. I have also made quilts, cotton shopping bags and decorated sweat shirts. I love to sew.

  10. Emilee Reynolds says:

    I like the joy decoration. So cute!

  11. I am loving the homemade gift ideas. I also love the prize packages!!

  12. I would choose #1 with the joy and reindeer! They make me happy!

  13. I think I’d pick prize pack #2 as my fave, but they’re both great. Thanks!

  14. I think No. 2 is stunning – not that No. 1 isn’t.

  15. Patricia Pinkston says:

    Both packages are great, but since I’m not a blogger, I’d choose No. 2.

  16. Both prize packages sound awesome!!

  17. I like prize package #1

  18. I love handmade gifts! Awesome ideas! Thanks!

  19. I would choose Prize Package #1 but #2 would be great also. They are both very nice. I am signing up to follow your blog.

  20. I like prize #1. Adorable reindeer!

  21. Margie Hunter says:

    Wow! I guess I like package 1 because of the Joy and the Reindeer! So great! I’ll be sure to check out those kits soon! Package 2 is great, too! How generous!

  22. Celestial says:

    I like package number one the most but number 2 is cool too. I posted on FB. I am so excited to have found this, I absolutely LOVE handmade gifts. Especially crochet and cross-stitch.

  23. Elizabeth says:

    The Vintage Pearl is amazing. I don’t know that I could ever pick just one thing from her shop! Both prize packages are wonderful.

  24. Erica Clark says:

    I love the vintage pearl package…I’ve really been wanting to get something from them.

  25. Love #1, but really LOVE making & giving handmade gifts!

  26. Both prize packages are awesome and I love the Vintage Pearl!

  27. I can’t decide with one I like better – I think it’s #1. But I really like them both!

  28. Lisa Allen says:

    I posted about the giveaway on my facebook page.

  29. Lisa Allen says:

    I love package #2. I really like Johnny in a Dress’ prayer frame and her necklaces. And JN Delights signs are great! My favorite is the one you’re giving away. I have also wanted a Vintage Pearl necklace! I am also making bracelets for my nieces for Christmas and am very excited about it. What a great giveaway!

  30. Adrianne Miller says:

    I love Vintage Pearl!

  31. Prize package #2 is my favorite, but both are so awesome! The dresses at Whimsey Couture are so adorable!

  32. I’ve also just tweeted. =D

  33. I think I like package no. 1 the best. Please count me in =D

  34. I honestly LOVE both packages and the handmade gift I give is different every year. For close family and friends my mom and I paint a wood Christmas craft.

  35. I like package #2!! i am excited to pick out something from the vintage pearl. Luv!

  36. Tough choice, but I would like the second because I’m learning to sew and have two little girls. :)

  37. Both prize packages look amazing, but I would have to say that #2 is my first choice. I love the wooden blocks and am looking forward to getting to know more about “The Vintage Pearl.”

  38. I love both the JOY signs int eh each prize package and have been drooling over a mother’s necklace from the vintage pearl for months.

  39. Donna Bowes says:

    Love the vintage pearl and the botttle cap necklaces are too cute! Thanks for the giveaway and just because a follower of your blog!

  40. Love the tutorials coming. I think I like package #2 because of the sewing ebooks, you know, just in case I start doing that kind of stuff. :)

  41. Oh I can’t decide which package I like better! They are both great! I especially like the Vintage Pearl!!!

  42. I facebooked about this!

  43. Wow! I would love to win this! I want to get one of those bottle cap necklace kits for my nieces for Christmas! I think they would LOVE to make them!

  44. Jessica Jenkins says:

    I love the joy with the bell – adorable! Either prize is awesome!

  45. What a fun giveaway. I am loving the creative carousel.

  46. Such a great site and great prizes, too. I have started following your site and am looking forward to many new, exciting ideas.

  47. Love the Vintage Pearl stuff!

  48. They’re both awesome but I think I lean towards the second one. Those patterns would be so fun! And everything else is awesome too!

  49. Either is ok with me- I have been drooling over The Vintage Pearl forever!

  50. Amy Clayburn says:

    I really like both prize packages but I am leaning a little closer to liking #1 better. I think making the bottle cap necklaces would be fun!

  51. I’d love prize package number 1! I’m actually looking to start up a crafting blog, so that would really help me to get started!

  52. If I had to choose one, I would choose package 1, but both are great!

    I love making aprons for gifts, and give them with a fun cookbook or something. I also love to make wall decor, such as cute chalkboards, menu boards, calendars (dry erase on glass), etc. Photo books are also a favorite in our family!

  53. I would be delighted to win either package. They are both too good to choose from!

    2B Honey Bunch

  54. I love the Vintage Pearl…just so perfect!

  55. Michelle Paige says:

    What wonderful prizes! I love them all! Can’t wait to see all the handmade projects this week! Thanks!

  56. Nice give away…..I like # 1….Joy is so beautiful…will post on my blog = )

  57. I also tweeted about this post. (ps I haven’t tweeted in a long time….hope you get lots of responses!)

  58. So hard to choose but the bottlecap necklace kit pushed prize package #1 to the top! What wonderful prize packages you’re offering!

  59. Both packages sound great but package #1 is my favorite!!!

  60. I posted the giveaway on Facebook

  61. I really like prize package #2! I have always been a big fan of the Vintage Pearl and I love to sew so a few new patterns would be fun.

  62. I love both prize packages, but I would probably choose pack #2 as I don’t have a blog (yet), but I did just get a sewing machine. :)

  63. I shared on Twitter too!

  64. Loving package number 1 and *anything* from Vintage Pearl would be awesome!

  65. Rachel S. says:

    I would LOVE to win giveaway #1!

  66. I’m making backpacks for the toddlers in the family this year!
    I’d go with prize pack #2 since I adore Whimsey Couture!!

  67. Wow…both prizes are awesome. If I must choose, I’ll pick #1. I like to make “cookie mix in a jar” for gifts and I include a holiday cookie jar or holiday serving plate. Hope I win!!

  68. Package #2 is my favorite. The Vintage Pearl’s necklaces are gorgeous!

  69. That reindeer head is TOO cute!! But I love the idea of making my own necklaces too. :)

  70. Also, I posted on my Facebook :)

  71. I’d like prize 1!

  72. I tweeted.

  73. What great prizes…I’d pick #2 and of course I’m in love with the vintage pearl. My husband got me a necklace last year and I get compliments EVERY time I wear it, which is a lot.

  74. I love the handmade gifts theme…will be checking up for all the great ideas for sure! I think I like package number 2 best, but both are great…can’t wait to see more ideas!

  75. I love prize package number 1! Thanks for the chance to win! I’m stopping by from Oopsey Daisy. :)

  76. Allison Burton says:

    I love giving anything handmade as a gift! Usually is something I have sewn or crocheted.

  77. I would pick package #1! How exciting!!!!


  78. I think prize #1 looks fun!

  79. Either would be amazing but I love that Joy piece in the second package!

  80. I tweeted about the giveaway over at GoodiesBGreiner and I’m following you on twitter now too! Super fuN!

  81. Both prize packages look awesome but if I had to choose it would be Prize Package #1!!! Very cool giveaway and I love the vintage peral square necklaces…I could put both my little guys names on there!!!

  82. Ricki Duke says:

    Both prizes are wonderful to hard to choose, either one would be great to win. Love the bottle cap necklaces!

  83. Anne Marie says:

    Love both packages but #2 would be my first choice. Love the Vintage Pearl.

  84. Love the bottle cap necklace kit! They would make adorable gifts!

  85. I like #2 and I like to give home made photo presents. Frames, picture holders, scrapbooks etc.

  86. loving both prize packages! I shared your link on facebook!

  87. I love prize package #1. Especially the vintage pearl necklace.

  88. Debbie Painter says:

    I shared this on my FB page, under: debpaint16!!!

  89. Debbie Painter says:

    I Love Prize Pack # 1!!!! What amazing prizes!! Thank you so much for a chance to win!!!

  90. Casey Christensen says:

    I like prize package 2. The Joy the World blocks are very cute!

  91. Kelly Hickson says:

    I love the jingle bell in the word Joy. How clever.

  92. Just tweeted about it! @christinasadven

  93. sooo many awesome give-aways…really love the Vintage Pearl!!

  94. Sharee Roggen says:

    I lve the block reindeer heads. They are so cute. Thanks for the offer.

  95. Carol Meyer says:

    Love all of the different crafts!
    Both Prizes are wonderful, if I had to pick it would be #1.

  96. This was hard for me to decide, but the Joy to World blocks have tipped my vote to prize package #2.

  97. I love prize package 1! Thay bell for the O totally gets my vote!

  98. I love both of the prize packages–I can’t choose! This looks like such a fun little week, great idea! Can’t wait to see the tutorials.

  99. I love EVERYTHING from Vintage Pearl! And I’ve really excited to get ideas for handmade gifts!

  100. I love both prize packs! I’ve always wanted jewelry from Vintage Pearl! Hope I win!

  101. tweeted!/thecraftinfiend/status/120981726389477376
    oh and I would get the reversible jacket pattern forsure

  102. I LOVE giveaway #1 – but I’d probably pick #2 since I love sewing patterns!
    I love handmade gifts and want that to be our family’s christmas tradtition each year! Hopefully others appreciate the effort

  103. I’d love either prize, but #1 would be my favorite! I <3 handmade! I'll make many of my gifts this year and am always looking for new ideas. Crochet and decorative painting are my favorite crafts.

  104. both prize packs are awesome, but I would have to say I’d like to win #1 😀

  105. I FB’d about this giveaway, mentioning Creative Carousel!!

  106. I would choose Package #1!!! It has some awesome holiday idea presents and decorations! I can’t wait to try some of them myself.

  107. Ooh I like the first one best!

  108. I also tweeted.

  109. They are both awesome, but I’d choose #2

  110. I love package 1!

  111. What fun prize packages! I’d love to win either one.

  112. I love package #2… such cute stuff!!!

  113. How cute!! I really want to make at least ONE christmas gift this year. I think it’s always much more thoughtful. I love the first prize pack!!

  114. I’m hoping to make homemade Scrabble ornaments this year…an idea I found on Pinterest.

  115. Loving both packages, but my favorite has to be number 2! Vintage Pearl’s mens bracelet with Philippians 4:13 is so unique, along with JN Design’s whimsical lettering, so cute!

  116. Either! Iwould love to have some Vintage pearl stuff. Have always admired it from afar!! HA But, I guess I would chose pkg 2 if I had to.

    Great Giveaway!


  117. i love the ‘joy’ creations from each prize package!

  118. OMG Vintage Pearl is my favorite. I have had the Layered Circle of Love pendant on my wish list for over a year now. I am thinking about plastering my hubby’s desktop with images of it so he gets the hint for Christmas. Both prize packages are awesome, but I also love Whimsy Couture, so I guess I love #2 more. Thanks for the chance to win!

  119. I like prize package #1. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  120. I’m excited for this month’s theme; I love handmade gifts!

  121. I tweeted about the giveaway.

  122. I like prize Package #1!


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