Joanna Anastasia


Last minute DIY gifts

 3 Last minute DIY gift ideas that take less than 5 minutes to to make each

If you feel like you don’t have time for DIY gifts, but you would love to make something hand-made for a family member that has everything, then I actually have an answer for you: these three super simple last-minute DIY gift ideas that each take less than 5 minutes to make!

Every year I try to make at least one simple DIY gift because we all like to receive mindful gifts right? But since I’m a busy working from home mom, well you won’t see me embedding anytime soon! Instead, I have made a simple coffee mug cozy, an all natural pink grapefruit sugar scrub, and a festive holiday chocolate bark!

First off, the coffee ( or tea) mug cozy: all you need is a pair of scissors, and an old sweater !

Simply cut out the sleeve, pull it on the mug, roll on top and wrap with a pretty festive string.

If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can cut out a ‘pocket” for a tea bag!

My second easy last-minute DIY gift idea is chocolate bark!

I’m, sure you have some leftover chocolate chips in your pantry – why won’t you put them in the good use? I do however suggest you using the best quality chocolate, since this is main ingredient. Melt it in batches, pour on the parchment paper, and top with whatever you have on hands!

  • Here’s what I’ve used:milk chocolate chips
  • dark chocolate chips
  • white chocolate chips
  • dulce de leche chips
  • popkorn
  • sprinkles
  • crushed candy cane

last minute DIY gifts

After pouring the chocolate on the parchment paper I’ve let my kids to take care of the rest – aka sprinkle half of toppings on the chocolate bark and eat half.

last minute DIY gifts

last minute DIY gifts

last minute DIY gifts

Once it’s all set and hardened simply pack it in festive christmas cookie cans and offer as a thoughtful gift!

And the last of my ultimate easy DIY gifts, is sugar scrub. I’ve been making them for year now, and they make for a great gift to any lady in your life!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • an essential oil ( I used grapefruit oil)
  • couple of drops of beet juice for the pink colour

last minute DIY gifts

Mix it all together, and pack up in a metal tin or a mason jar.

last minute DIY gifts

And that’s it, your last minte DIY gifts are al done! Now you can sit down with a mug of hot chocolate and rest !

Boho gift guide

What you might not know about me, is that I have a bohemian soul. Seriously, I love all off the ethnic inspiration, the vibrant colors and the rich textures, and so this Christmas season I decided to help you with your Christmas shopping by creating this little boho gift guide. Because,I believe that the perfect gift is hand-made and one of a kind!

Also, you can find all of these gifts on-line, so within a couple of clicks you can have your Christmas shopping finished! You’ll find direct links underneath the mood boards!

So first, let me share my boho gift guide for her: aka, best gifts for your sister, BFF, mother in law, sister-in-law and your own mom!

Boho gift guide for her, great gift ideas for ladies on your list!

1. Ceramic ring dish 2. Colorful graphic pouch 3. Argan oil 4. Tasel necklace. 5. Ceramic ring holder 6. Wall hanging

I think all of these would make for sweet and thoughtful gifts, because I don’t know a lady who doesn’t like a pretty necklace, or a ring holder, or a pretty wall hanging! I know I’d like to get all of these!

And since I discovered Argan oil a month ago, I think it should be on every gift list to be honest! It’s an all natural, hypoallergenic moisturizing oil, that leaves skin hydrated like nothing else (I use it instead of my night cream and body lotion now, and I even use it on my kids sensitive skin after bath time!)

Now, let me share my boho gift guide for kids, aka best-gifts-for-kids-of-difficult-to-shop-for-parents!

I know, there’s a lot of pompoms here, but that’s because I love them for their playful and natural vibe, and I think they can add the whimsy charm to any kids space!

boho gift guide for kids, great finds for original gifts

1.Whimsy clips 2. Animal print 3. Pompom slingshot 4. Pompom garland 5. Pompom basket 6. Wooden balancing game

A pretty pompom basket for toy storage, a sweet print (there is many more to choose from on the site) wooden toys and a cute hand made garland, are just some of the gift ideas that’ll stand the test of time while making everyone happy!

And lastly, let me inspire you with some boho gifts for the home, aka, for all the homebodies in your life!

boho gift guide  for the home

1. Black cat ceramic planter 2. Kilim pillow 3. Stripped pillow with pompoms 4. Handmade pendant lamp 5. Gold pouf 6. Pink pompom throw

Because in my opinion, everyone needs new pillows and throws! And a pretty cat planter or a hand made lamp makes for great conversation starters!

So grab yourself a mug of hot cocoa and go get these boho gifts for someone special on your list! I’m sure they’ll love how cheerful and unique they are!

Shop small gift guide

I’ve searched for weeks to bring to you this ultimate, shop small gift guide. I love getting gifts for my family, and usually by the first of December I’m ready to wrap them all up. Sometimes though it’s thought to find just the right gift, and the big shops look-alike objects just don’t cut it.

That’s why I suggest you to make it easy this year. Put your kids to sleep. Get yourself a nice cup of tea, or an even nicer glass of vine. Get on the couch, and open your laptop, tablet, iPod, whichever you like. Shop small, online, and get everything shipped at your front door. Sometimes even you can get your gifts already wrapped up! You’re saving yourself time, stress, and you’re getting original, made with love gifts, while supporting and encouraging local business! So let’s get started!

Let’s start with babies. If it’s your first baby ( or your friends, or sisters or sisters in law) then it’s kind of obvious, you need everything. But what if it’s the second, third or fourth? Don’t the baby and the mama deserve something lovely too? These beautiful and hand made gifts will be perfect, even if you don’t know the baby’s sex just yet!

Unisex baby gifts

1. Organic cotton lion print baby leggings
2. Wooden toys set
3. Baby quilt
4. Children’s art print
5. Personalized bookplates
6. Organic baby romper

Bigger kids usually get plenty of toys, but instead of getting the plastic, china made toy, why won’t you get them something that will stand the test of time, educate them and inspire? Here is a collection of great educative and creative toys:

Educative gift guide

1. Camping DIY craft kit
2. Felt doorway puppet theatre
3. Travel kit
4. Space rubber stamps set
5. Felt campfire set
6. Kindergarten toolkit

If like me, you’re a girl mom, or you have a niece that you’d like to spoil with something more girly, here are some lovely ideas that girls will love, both cute and practical:

Gifts for girls

1. Merino wool hoodie
2. Hand knit dolly
3. Dress
4. Clara, the fairy doll
5. Fairytale blocks
6. Fox socks
7. Tiger cape
8. Doll house
9. Black and white softie doll

Are you’re scared that your hubby won’t know what to get you? You can just show him this list, or get yourself inspired while looking for a gift for all the ladies in your life:

Gifts for her

1. Spa kit in a box
2. Chunky headband
3. Ceramic candle holder
4. Colourful earrings
5. Rose gold personalized necklace
6. Coffee mug
7. Leather bag

And if you’re stuck looking for a perfect gift for him, just have a look here :

Gifts for him

1. Logs original print
2. BBQ rub set
3. T-shirt
4. MacBook felt bag
5. iPhone stand
6. Apron

I hope this gift guide have inspired you to shop small, and that you’ll have a stress-free-online-gift-shopping-this year!

Free eBook “Cook Bake & Be happy!”

cook bake and be happy

Soon it will be two years that I blog, and what a better way to celebrate than to offer a free eBook, right? I’ve put together my most popular and widely repined recipes and kid activities, for you to enjoy in one pretty, downloadable and free eBook!

This slightly kitschy title “Cook, Bake an Be Happy” is a quintessence of my homemaking approach: preparing uncomplicated, healthy and yummy food, baking fresh an delicious treats, and playing with kids!

I’m really happy to share with you my best recipes and crafts, and I hope that you’ll find some new inspiration in it.

To open it, just click here!

So if you like what you see , what won’t you let your friends know?

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And it would be great if we could stay in touch! You can subscribe to my blog, or stalk me on my social media ! I can’t promise you a new, free ebook each week, but I do promise to keep up with parenting tips, recipes and crafts!

Hand Made Holidays Blog Hop: Lemon & poppyseed soap

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I’m so happy to be a part of this years 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! This amazing idea was brought to life a couple of years ago while looking for hand made gift ideas. So here it is, a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. With over 100 amazing, creative bloggers in the craft industry, as well as some cool product manufacturers, this Handmade Holidays Blog Hop is a plethora of inspiring gift ideas! And all of them you can actually make to give to your friends, family, and colleagues.

I invite you to Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

So now, let’s start with my handmade gift idea:

lemon & poppyseed goat milk soap !
This all natural, exfoliating, lemon & poppyseed soap bars are so easy to make, and make for a perfect little handmade gift.

Lemon poppyseed soap

All you need are these three ingredients :

Goat milk soap base
Lemon zest

Lemon poppyseed soap

Start by cutting the soap base in to cubes. I used one third of the packaged ( 3 cups of soap base) for the first poppyseed layer, and then I used another one third for the lemon layer.

Lemon poppyseed soap

Melt your soap base in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir it, melt again for 30 seconds and stir again. Repeat until liquid.

Lemon poppyseed soap

Add lemon zest and poppy seeds, stir, and pour in your mould. I used a simple baking dish.

Lemon poppyseed soap

For a second layer repeat all of the above, just forget the poppy seeds, and double the lemon zest. I sprinkled some more poppy seeds on top, just because it’s more pretty like that :).

Lemon poppyseed soap

Give it around an hour to set, and then simply cut the pieces out, like you would a cake !

Lemon poppyseed soap

I think that these rustic, lemon & poppyseed soap bars are so pretty that they don’t need much gift wrap. Just a simple string and a piece of fresh spruce.

Lemon poppyseed soap

So my handmade gift is done, simply wrapped and handed with a hand made Christmas card . And I’m pretty sure that my friends and your friends will love these little lemon & poppyseed soaps, that feel and smell like they came from a very fancy spa!

Lemon soap

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??
Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!
Ellison Educational Equipment
Walnut Hollow 
Neat and TangledTherm O Web
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Pink and Main
The Buckle Boutique
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Rowland Technologies
ICE Resin
Hydrangea Hippo
Clearsnap – Suzanne Austin
Stencil1 – Ed Roth 
Graphic 45 -Nadya Lifa
Cupcakes and Crinoline – Mary Beth Sharkey 
Lazy Mom’s – Joanna Grzeszczak
Homemade Ginger – Megan Kapple
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Asia King
Ellison Educational Equipment – Anna-Karin Evaldsson
One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta
Lovely Etc – Carrie Spalding
ICE Resin – Clare Horner
The Buckle Boutique – Stephanie Nericcio
Modern Surrealist – Marisa Pawelko
A Little Craft In Your Day – Tanner Bell 
Artsy Findings – Cheryl Waters
Stampin Mindy – Mindy Baxter
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