Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

Need an idea for your secret pal's next gift? Here you go!

#GiftIdea: make a #Dutch windmill #pincushion for someone you #love!

This is a re-post of a neat craft gift idea from one of my other blogs…

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Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project. The image shows a pincushion that is shaped like a Dutch windmill from Holland (also known as the Netherlands). It is not only a pincushion, but it's also an embroidery sampler. This photo represents the final product created by Chelly Wood, a doll clothing designer who posted the free sewing pattern for her Dutch windmill pincushion on her website ChellyWood.com. This project uses felt, cotton, embroidery floss, silk roses, and a cloth-covered button. Anyone can download the free printable sewing pattern for making this windmill of Holland, as the pattern is absolutely free to the public, with a "creative commons attribution" mark on the paper pattern. In the Dutch language, one would call this a "Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project." In German, it's a  Dutch Windmühle Nadelkissen frei Nähmuster aus Holland. In Japanese, it's called a "オランダからのオランダの風車ピンクッションフリー縫製パターン" and in Chinese, you would call this a " 荷兰风车枕形免费缝纫模式从荷兰". The pattern comes with a free youtube tutorial video as well, and that can be found on Chelly Wood's channel: ChellyWood1. To print your free pin cushion pattern, just go to ChellyWood.com and click on her craft gallery page. Links from the image will lead you to all the patterns and tutorial videos you need for instructions to make a Dutch windmill pincushion (a great gift idea for someone who sews/seamstresses/sewists). Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project.

I’m best known for my free doll clothes patterns and tutorials, but this week on ChellyWood.com, I’m going to share my beloved Dutch windmill pincushion project. Tomorrow I’ll be posting the free pattern, and Wednesday I’ll post the free tutorial video showing you how to make this darling little gem.

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project. The image shows a pincushion that is shaped like a Dutch windmill from Holland (also known as the Netherlands). It is not only a pincushion, but it's also an embroidery sampler. This photo represents the final product created by Chelly Wood, a doll clothing designer who posted the free sewing pattern for her Dutch windmill pincushion on her website ChellyWood.com. This project uses felt, cotton, embroidery floss, silk roses, and a cloth-covered button. Anyone can download the free printable sewing pattern for making this windmill of Holland, as the pattern is absolutely free to the public, with a "creative commons attribution" mark on the paper pattern. In the Dutch language, one would call this a "Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project." In French, it's a   moulin à vent hollandais (moulin à vent) modèle de couture sans coussinet (coussin à épingles). In Korean, it's called a "네덜란드 풍차 (풍차) 핀쿠션 (핀 쿠션) 네덜란드에서 무료 바느질 패턴" and in Arabic, you would call this a " طاحونة هوائية (طاحونة هوائية) دعامات (سادة دبوس) نمط خياطة مجاني من هولنداا". The pattern comes with a free youtube tutorial video as well, and that can be found on Chelly Wood's channel: ChellyWood1. To print your free pin cushion pattern, just go to ChellyWood.com and click on her craft gallery page. Links from the image will lead you to all the patterns and tutorial videos you need for instructions to make a Dutch windmill pincushion (a great gift idea for someone who sews/seamstresses/sewists). Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and craft items like this free Dutch windmill pincushion project.

This windmill pincushion project makes a great gift for anyone who loves miniatures, dolls, sewing, embroidery, or needle crafts. It stands about 16 cm high (approx. 6 inches) when complete.

As you can see in the images, I used it as a sort of embroidery sampler, showcasing various embroidery stitches. If you’d like to practice your…

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#SecretSanta Sign-Up Sheet for #Teachers

I get lots and lots of visitors to this blog for my Secret Pal/Secret Santa sign-up sheet form.  So I didn’t think it would hurt to re-post it as we approach the holiday season:

Secret Pal Sign-up Sheet 2

I always appreciate when someone shows their appreciation for my creations by passing this on through social networking. 🙂 Please feel free to tweet it, pin it, re-blog it, or link to it in any way.

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#SecretPal #GiftIdeas: tea towels with FREE #sewing patterns!

Sew personalized tea towels for your secret pal / office buddy with these FREE sewing patterns! Just follow the tutorial video above and download the patterns shown on this web page.

If you’re worried I’m stealing these patterns from some other website, please don’t… ChellyWood.com is another one of my websites, but it’s dedicated to sewing rather than secret pals and secret Santas.

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#GiftIdeas: What to Give Your #AdministrativeAssistant for “#SecretaryDay”

As a matter of fact, I’ve been given the task of getting our school’s secretary a gift for Administrative Assistant Day this year. So like everyone else, I scoured the internet for ideas, and here’s what I’ve come up with:

Secretary Day Gift Ideas

Image: 52kitchenadventures.com

If you want to make this lovely bouquet, you’ll have to visit 52KitchenAdventures.com at this link for the instructions. But yum! Doesn’t that look lovely? What administrative assistant wouldn’t love to get a rose bouquet like that one?

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A little mouse told me what to give my #SecretPal or #Office Buddy (#Logitech)

Image shows a colorful mouse superimposed over a laptop graphic.

Image: iClipart

Searching for something fun to give your secret pal or office buddy? Have you noticed all the nifty styles that a bluetooth mouse comes in these days?

I’m not affiliated with the Logitech company, but I do own (and love) a Logitech mouse. Mine was relatively inexpensive (under $20) and it works great! I also get lots of compliments on it because it’s such a fun style.

Here are some of the different styles offered by Logitech:

And there are many more! Mine is a cute little owl, for example.

Please note that although my posts only happen once a month most of the year, these “gift idea” posts occur weekly during the holidays, when it’s “Secret Santa” season, so it’s a good idea to bookmark this website for later reference.

 

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Give a kite for your #August #SecretPal #GiftIdea!

Image shows a rainbow-striped triangular kite on a blue sky (with a few clouds) background.

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It’s pretty straightforward. A kite is a super-fun item to play around with on the beach, down at the lake, or even in your own backyard.

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy playing with a kite. Unwrapping one from its packaging brings out the inner child in all of us!

So consider giving your Secret Pal a kite for his/her July or August gift. They’re available at Walgreens, Walmart, and many toy stores.

 

Please note that although my posts only happen once a month most of the year, these posts occur weekly during the holidays, when it’s “Secret Santa” season, so it’s a good idea to bookmark this website for later reference.

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#4thOfJuly #GiftIdeas for your #SecretPal

Image shows a worn baseball glove holding a baseball next to two mason jars filled with home-made lemonade over ice.

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I realize it’s only June 4th, but we’ve got to plan ahead, right?

For my 4th of July Secret Pal gift idea, I’d like to suggest putting together all the fixin’s for your secret pal to make himself/herself some home-made lemonade. Search for a recipe online and print it out. Also place the following goodies in one of those summer jars you see on sale at every store in town:

  • A dozen fresh lemons
  • A bag of C&H pure cane sugar
  • A wooden spoon
  • A juice squeezer

Tie a big yellow ribbon around the jar, and you’ve got a 4th of July gift for your Secret Pal!

 

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#MothersDay or #FathersDay #GiftIdeas from SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Image shows a young woman putting together a scrapbook.

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Here’s an inexpensive gift you can make for your mom or dad that will really make them smile!

Step 1: Go through your old scrapbooks and find old photos of yourself and your siblings.

Step 2: Use a scanner to make digital copies of the photos or just take pictures of them with your cell phone.

Step 3: Edit the photos in a photo studio program, giving them sepia tones, silly mustaches, frames, captions, or another theme. (I recommend sticking to one theme throughout the production — like just silly mustaches on every page or just frames or just sepia.)

Step 4: Purchase an inexpensive photo booklet with sleeves that are easy to flip through.

Step 5: Put the photo booklet together with occasional famous quotes or written memories on every other page or so.

Step 6: Mail it to Mom or Dad using the postal service.

 

Please note that although my posts only happen once a month most of the year, these posts occur weekly during the holidays, when it’s “Secret Santa” season, so it’s a good idea to bookmark this website for later reference.

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#SecretPal #GiftIdeas for #MayDay

Even if you don’t know anything about embroidery, a daisy stitch is a simple and fun stitch that can be used to make a cute card for your Secret Pal or office friend. Just have a look at the tutorial above. How easy is that?

Now consider using yarn and a yarn needle to daisy-stitch a gift card. Inside, you may want to put a little poem for May Day, like this:

Monday, May first

Is the first day of May

As the flowers bloom

Children come out to play

Your Secret Pal

Wishes to say…

Happy May Day

 

And there you go! It’s as simple as that. Please note that although my posts only happen once a month most of the year, these posts occur weekly during the holidays, when it’s “Secret Santa” season, so it’s a good idea to bookmark this website for later reference.

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#SecretPal #Gift Ideas for a Man: home-made bread

Image shows five different kind of bread superimposed on one another.

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Home-made bread is the all-time best secret pal gift idea for a man. What man doesn’t love a loaf of home-baked bread?

Okay, granted some men may be diabetic and/or on a low-carb diet. Do a little homework to make sure that isn’t the case before you place that yummy-smelling home-made bread on his desk in his cubicle. If you find that’s the case, maybe go with a Hickory Farms cheese sampler or something like that.

However most men really love a loaf of home-made bread.

If you’re not a confident baker, just go to the frozen foods aisle at your grocery store and buy the frozen loaf of ready-to-rise bread. Allow it to thaw and rise before baking it, following all the directions on the package. Show up at work the next day with that yummy, fresh-smelling bread under one arm and a from-your-secret-pal gift card in your hand.

Please note that although my posts only happen once a month most of the year, these posts occur weekly during the holidays, when it’s “Secret Santa” season, so it’s a good idea to bookmark this website for later reference.

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