handmade holidays {guest post} Hillary from Because my Life is Fascinating

Have you seen all of the awesome guest posts in the handmade holidays series??

Steph from Crafting in the Rain shared a heart felt snail mail gift!
Jodi from Oh.Scrap.That. shared her easy wooden block display!
Melissa from The Alchemist made edible gingerbread gift tags!

Today, my guest poster is Hillary from Because my Life is Fascinating!  Have you met Hillary?  She is seriously hilarious!  A great sense of humor, cute kids and just enough sarcasm and snark to keep me coming back for more!!  Here are three of my favorite posts …  okay four, because I forgot to add this post to the collage but you need to read it … awesome!

Woodland Themed Baby Shower - those moose cookies and mushroom cupcakes!  ::
Top 10 Christmas Photo Bucket List – these are soo funny! :: Top 10 Toys for Young Children

And here is Hillary’s super thoughtful handmade holiday idea … I really love this!!

The Gift That Gives All Year Long: 365 Days Of Inspiration

Hey there!

I’m Hillary from TheHillJean.com{Because My Life Is Fascinating}. I’m not much of a crafter or a cook, but I pretty much vicariously accomplish both skills by pinning on Pinterest. Can I get an “amen”?

I can say that I am a mighty fine gift giver. Planning, shopping, and then GIVING that special something to the people I love just blows my heart up. Unfortunately, my wallet gets caught in the blast, and the result is not quite as euphoric as the whole shopping and giving part. Whoopsiedaisy.

Thank heavens that DIY is in vogue these days. Is it too soon to give another “amen”?

While light on the wallet, handmade gifts are heavy on value. They mean so much more than the boxed lotion set with fuzzy socks or an iTunes gift card.  The reason they meanmore is because they take time, consideration, and planning. Way more planning than is needed to run into Kohls for some fuzzy socks. (To be clear, I really do love fuzzy socks).

Last year I wanted to get my dad something really special. Something he would benefit from using all year long. I have to say, my gift was a total success. He has faithfully used it and no joke brings it up every time I talk to him.

So. You wanna blow up hearts and single yourself out as THE ultimate gift giver? Mmm hmm. You know you do.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1.) A large jar.

I suppose if you’re really a cheapo you could use the giant (empty, please) pickle jar from Costco. OR you could spring about $12 and find a decent apothecary jar at a discount store like Ross, Marshalls, or T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods. Your choice.

2.) 365 quotes, sayings, verses, or such stuff that will inspire your loved one.

Guys, this is the hardest step in making the gift. I’m sure you could Google search “inspirational quotes” and just copy and paste the first 365 you come across. But how do you know they’re going to inspire and be relevant to the recipient?

You see, what I did was read through and selectquotes that would certainly mean something to my dad. Maybe they wouldn’t resonate with everyone out there, but they needed to strike a chord within my dad in order to be valuable. It was hard work. It was hours of pouring over various sites and anthologies.


But you know something? Each little slip my dad pulls out was chosen just for him. And he knows it.

Now, something to consider: you do not have to have 365 quotes to rock their world. In fact, my dad told me his jar probably will last him two years because he likes to take one out and reflect on it all week. Isn’t that cute? When I go up to visit, I always see my little slips sticking out of books or propped up against photos. Makes my heart go pitter-patter.

So, you could make this a whole lot easier on yourself and just do like 52 or 120(ish) or something. What ever you want!

3.) Nice paper, a printer, and scissors or better yet, a fancy cutting machine.

I printed my quotes on a pretty crème-colored cardstock. I wanted the slips to stand up and stay firm in the jar.

You could use whatever paper floats your boat, I just recommend getting something firmer than your regular, run-of-the-mill printer paper.

So…the process of cutting those slips is just so much easier if you have a fancy-shmancy paper cutter. I am the absolute WORST with scissors. Seriously, someone majorly dropped the ball with the “fine motor” component of my education.

It’s up to you. Maybe you should let your kid do it so that they’ll develop better coordination…?

Badabing badabang! That is all you need to do.

Throw that sucker in a nice bag, and sit back and watch as everyone oohs and ahhs over the wonder that is your DIY gift.
If you want my file of 365 quotes I am more than happy to share it with you. I am not too proud to ask that you at least become a Twitter and Facebook liker, or blog subscriber, or all those things and leave me a comment with your email.  I really did spend a LOT of time compiling those quotes and I would be thrilled to help make your life easier by sharing them with you.

I also take fuzzy socks.

Thank you, Keri for letting me come over and act like an expert! You are the type of person who I vicariously live through so I am just tickled to be gabbing over here today!

Hillary – you are awesome, girl!  I’ve made a similar gift for my mom, but I’m pretty sure she only got a month of quotes and funny memories … your 365 rock my fuzzy socks ;)  Thanks SO much for sharing this will us!

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  1. This the coolest, most beautiful idea for a gift that I’ve seen in a long time! It’s original, simple to create, personal, just ticks all the boxes!

    I love it and will be pulling one of these meaningful note jars together for sure! I might even make a little production line of two or three and kill several birds with one stone!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic idea!

  2. That quote jar is a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing and nice to meet you Hillary!

  3. That is lovely and SO thoughtful! Was this pre-parenthood? That’s a lot of time invested and my kids would run away (well, walk carefully) with the scissors…

  4. Oh, my gosh. This is perfect for a person on my list. Squeeeee! You have made my day! Yes, I would love your list, Hillary, thanks so much!

  5. inspirational!

  6. Hillary,
    What a truly wonderful idea!!! I know someone in my life who could really benefit from a gift like this. Please share the list with me! Have a wonderful day! Kim

  7. Here is my gmail address for the list!!! Thank you so much! Kim

  8. Oh I love to give handmade gifts and this is perfect for my daughter! can you email me the quotes i would forever be grateful! Julievannoy@rocktmail.com
    thanks so much and you have a very merry merry christmas!

  9. ohoh mistake in email its julievannoy@rocketmail.com sorry!

  10. Love this idea! I’ve been working on a file of quotes all year so I can do this for my kids. Maybe you have some good quotes that I don’t have yet. I’d love to get a copy of your list too. spmudduck1963@aol.com

  11. Thanks so much Hillary – printing off the quotes right now and whipping out my fancy schmancy cutting machine next! Mr. Impossible to Shop For is now receiving the perfect gift! So blessed to read both of you bloggers!

  12. Thank you, Hillary. What a thoughtful gift you made not only for your father, but also for so many others. I have a wonderful relative who could use some positive inspiration. Would you please e-mail your list to me? msaller118@frontier.com

  13. This is such a sweet and thoughtful gift! Would love to share with my family, could you please email to jwebbfour@aol.com.

  14. Thanks so much, Keri for having me. This was fun! I am so excited that people liked it and that I could help out a bit with some gifts this year. DIY is so much fun! I think I need to branch out a bit on my old blog ;)

  15. Love this! Can you send me your lovely list! Thank you:) my email is dc3stein@g m a I l.com.

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