Father’s Day Gift Ideas

What do you get the man who has EVERYTHING? Father’s Day is just around the corner, and I bet you are asking this same question. For the past 22 years we have struggled with this dilemma.

Occasionally there have been times when my husband has really needed an old beat up item replaced, one that makes his life easier. Other times, we were at a loss on what to get so we made something instead.

Now that my children are teens and adults, we are past the point of sweet artwork displaying their cute hand prints. I still encourage my children to gift unique gifts with a personal touch and to even do something special for their dad.

We’ve spent a good deal of time compiling a nice gift list for y’all for this Father’s Day. We hope you are able to find something for your dad or that special father figure in your life.

Gift cards may not seem personal, but there are some dad’s who like to shop:

Dad’s LOVE a comfy t-shirt, and who wouldn’t want one that is encouraging and personalized?

Always active, dad’s thrive on ways to bring their activities up to date with technology.

Tumblers are a good way to celebrate dad’s hobbies and talents.

 

Dads need encouraging, faith building gifts.

 

Here are some unique gifts that show how much dad is loved and appreciated!

    

 

And sometimes a good old fashioned hand print is just what Dad always wanted.

Praying the “dad” in your life feels special, appreciated, and is reminded of how much he is loved by God and by you!

Appreciation is a Gift that Keeps on Giving

Appreciation is a Gift that Keeps on Giving

No matter who you are, no matter what you do, everyone longs to be appreciated. Servant hearts want to know they are making a difference. There are servants all around us: the military, community service and emergency workers, homeschool parents, public school teachers, Sunday school teachers, fine arts teachers, coaches, babysitters, ministers, helpful neighbors, volunteers, the list goes on and on.

To read more, stop by Raising Homemakers.

 

One Essential Craft Tool – Endless Possibilities

 

Crafting reaps so very many benefits; it’s fun and therapeutic. The most important reason I craft is because I’m frugral (cheap!). You’d be surprised just how much money I can save by making things myself instead of purchasing them.

Even though God created all of us with imagination and abilities, I have to admit I’m no Martha Stewart. There is a limit to my creativity; sometimes I run out of ideas.  Pinterest is a wonderful resource for gaining inspiration. As of this moment, I have thousands and thousands of pins for craft ideas.

My abilities are also limited. No matter what I do, sometimes my craft projects are crooked, off center, and downright sloppy. I can’t cut straight. I have broken more than one sewing machine. I just don’t have an abundance of artistic ability.

My heart is in it–I ADORE making things. I just feel inadequate with limited ability, resources, storage space, money for supplies.

This Christmas, my precious son and my sweet husband surprised me with a Silhouette CAMEO. In my spare time, which is also limited, I’ve been learning how to use it. There are multitudes of tutorials online which has been very helpful. I’ve made some great projects so far; it’s been one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

There are endless possibilities with the Silhouette Cameo:

  • Words mean so much to me; I cherish lyrics to songs, Bible verses, inspirational quotes. No longer do I have to try to paint or write words free-handed. The Silhouette takes care of all of that for me:

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  • Instead of going out and purchasing holiday decorations, you can always make your own with the Silhouette. It cuts vinyl as well as paper and fabric so you can make just about any decoration your heart desires. Silhouette America has tons of inexpensive graphics. When you purchase a Silhouette Cameo it comes with free downloads, and if you get a bundle you usually get downloads with multiple items in the bundle. The graphic used in the plate below is from the Silhouette Store:

Valentine Plate

  • Not only can you make vinyl letters to go on anything imaginable, you can also use your Silhouette to make diecut pieces for scrapbooking, greeting cards, tags, and more:

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  • You can also use your Silhouette to draw pictures simply by replacing the cutting blade in the machine with Silhouette Sketch Pen Starter Kit.
  • Monogramming is a Southern Belle thing, and something I have always loved. You can monogram walls, mailboxes, notebooks, stemware, mugs, anything your little heart desires:

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  • My family loves graphic t-shirts. With Heat Transfer Vinyl you can design and make your own t-shirts like these:

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  • Since the Silhouette is multifunctional, I don’t have to have near the storage space for a ton of different craft tools. I am just getting started so I will need more vinyl storage eventually. For right now, this is my silhouette crafting space:

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I hate to point out my mistakes, but the inspiration box holding my vinyl was one of my first projects. The crooked lettering was completely my fault and part of my learning curve. I’ve gotten much better at it!

If you are thinking of purchasing a Silhouette Cameo, I would go with a bundle option. They are much more economical and you get all of the supplies you need to get started. This is one similar to the one I was gifted and I think my son and husband made an excellent choice, but this particular one comes with more than mine like glitter pens and two blades: Silhouette CAMEO Starter Bundle with Vinyl Kit.

I am enjoying the ability to personalize gifts for friends and family and decorating my home. It’s inspired me to pray about opening my own Etsy craft shop too! This is one amazing craft tool that delivers endless possibilities!