Happy Holidays, Everyone! 2012 has been a GREAT year for Sourcebooks, and I just want to take a second and personally thank all of the Casablanca Authors—they are BIG reason why we had such an awesome year, and I know 2013 will be incredible. It is so much fun to work with a dynamic and diverse group of authors who all do an amazing job writing books that truly connect with readers. So, huzzah to all of them!
As you all might remember, earlier this year I wrote a blogall about crafting, which is a way that I relax. Well, from about October-December, crafting is something that I love to do for family and friends for the Christmas presents from me! I thought I’d share some of my most recent projects (and hope that my mom doesn’t remember to read my blog this month):
For my fellow Sourcebooks publicists, I found a really quick and adorable mason jar “snow globe”:
I found the tutorial at this great blog, Whipperberry: http://whipperberry.com/2011/12/anthro-inspired-snow-globes-tutorial.html.
I have found that guys are the HARDEST people to make homemade gifts for… last year, I decided to try to make homemade body scrub for the dudes in my life, and I’m pretty sure none of them used it (it smelled like mint, how could they not want to use it?). But this year, I decided to make cool prints on t-shirts using bleach and stencils… And remember—I’m from Chicago, so don’t mind my team spirit (the initials are for my dad)!
A tutorial can be found here: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/01/diy-bleach-t-shirt-tutorial-perfect.html#comment-form
Another easy craft, but rather time consuming and tedious was a mixture of decorative balls using flat thumbtacks and yarn. I put them in a cute bowl, and it will match the recipient’s holiday décor.
Tutorials for thumbtacks: http://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/2011/05/thumbtack-vase-fillers.html and for yarn: http://fabyoubliss.com/2012/02/02/easy-handmade-yarn-ball-home-accents/
This is possibly one of the easiest crafts I’ve ever done—coasters made out of bathroom/backsplash tiles, made seasonal with holiday scrapbooking paper. I bought 100 tiles for $11 last week—so I’ll be giving these out A LOT in 2013 :-)
Tile Coaster Tutorial: http://thecottagehome.blogspot.com/2011/01/tile-coaster-tutorial.html
I think what I love most about all of these crafts is that they are easily modifiable for anyone in your life, and don’t take too much effort… but look amazing!
What about all of you? Do any of you do some crafting during the holiday season for decorations or gifts? Just leave a comment about your favorite crafting activities and I’ll giveaway that very set of coasters you see above, along with a 2013 Jane Austen Companion to Life Calendar. US and Canada only, and please be sure to leave an address so I can reach you! Winner will be chosen TOMORROW morning, 12/21!
Happy Holidays to everyone, and a very prosperous New Year!
Danielle Jackson is a senior publicist at Sourcebooks, and the lead publicist for the Sourcebooks Casablanca romance fiction imprint. She graduated cum laude with and English degree from Bradley University, and has been with Sourcebooks for 5 years. Danielle loves everything about books, and continues to learn as much as she can about the publishing industry. Danielle has been invited to speak about book PR and Marketing at many local and national conferences, including the Romance Writers of America National Conference, the RT Booklovers Convention and the Evanston Writers Workshop among others. An eclectic reader, Danielle reads everything from historical romance to literary fiction to biographies. You can follow her on Twitter @SourcebooksCasa for updates on Sourcebooks’ romance novels.