It's the holidays, and chances are you'll go visiting.
Maybe for a week, maybe for just one evening, but it's a good bet you'll be in someone else's cozy slice of home in the next few weeks.
When you go visiting, it's always nice to bring something, whether that be freshly baked cookies, a scented candle, or something to make your host or hostess's home more cozy, hospitable, and welcoming.
Miss Manners Tip: Never bring flowers to a party unless you bring something to put them in -- racing around looking for the right vase takes the hostess away from her hostessing duties. Muy mal!
Above is a folksy Red Poppy Vase you could bring if you fancied flowers as a hostess gift. It's a large vase, about 13" high x 6" wide, and will hold a whole bouquet of flowers. It's handmade by Station1528 who's selling it for $84. It's one-of-a-kind.
Anther vase -- this one for someone with more modern taste. It's made of metal with cutouts on the side.
They're made from scraps of metal from tractor seats. A guy (or girl!) could find scraps of metal, take a welding class, and have a home accessories business.
Flowers can be arranged to appear out of the tops or through the holes
in the sides of this vase. Round plastic inserts inside the vases hold water.
They come in a number of sizes. This Sandstone Patina Flower Vase is 8 inches tall, but the color and size are all customizable by MichaelDanielMetal, the creator.
Many houses are seriously in need of clocks. If you know of one, this cool 1961/68 International Truck Hubcap Clock could really rock your host's world.
The clock is a 10" round International truck hubcap, with all the interesting dings and nicks that come with an original vintage piece. Talk about recycling!
The clock is made by 8milecreeekdesigns, is only $37, and runs on one AA battery.
Coasters are boring ... but necessary. Who wants moisture rings on their beloved coffee table?
If you have to use coasters, they might as well double as art.
These Record Letterpress Coasters are hand-made on a letter-press machine, and they'll last through several events, according to SarahParrott825, who makes them herself.
And no two are exactly, exactly alike!
She's selling 8 handmade coasters for $12, and they come packaged in a brown craft box & tied with green grosgrain ribbon. What a festive hostess gift!
We've all seen photo coasters, but these Custom Photo Coasters are strictly gourmet.
They're customized with YOUR photos that you send to theperfectgiftshop, a girl who attaches them to travertine, a stone material.
Here is how she describes her coasters:
"Pictures can be
in black/white, sepia, or in color.
I will crop your e-mailed pictures
to 4 x4.
Since travertine is a natural material, there will be small
holes and crevices on the surface that add charm to the coasters.
surface is sealed with three coats of sealer.
Each coaster is backed with four thick felt circles to protect your furniture."
They're pricey, at $18, but a lot of work goes into making them.
Any host or hostess would be blown away by a coaster featuring a pic of her pet, her house, or her favorite performer!
They aren't just for grandchildren anymore!
If you're interested in home accessories, and making a home cozy and warm, or wild and wacky, you might be a great candidate to become an Interior Designer.
Check FIDM's program to see if Interior Design is where you belong!
Well, this wraps up Etsy Thursday on Fashion Club Daily.
I hope I've inspired you to take your own creativity in hand and either make your own host/hostess gifts this holiday season or buy them from the indie vendors of Etsy.com.--Belissa