{ Make some Magic this year }

When I was little my family would pick Pollyannas on Thanksgiving night. I was the youngest in the family and absolutely LOVED it. I loved it because there was a twist. The twist was that the gift had to be MADE, not bought. And I was a maker!
My brothers didn't love it as much. They were teenagers and not interested in "crafts". But they played along. Although, some years you might receive a beautiful pair of leather boots that they would try to pull off as "home-made". But some years they would play along and bake a cake or something. Everyone always hope my sister's husband, Bob, would draw their name. Bob was a carpenter and always made fabulous gifts.
Now that my kids are getting older, I think we may start this tradition in our home.

Throughout the month of December I'd like to help you MAKE something. There's nothing like a home-made gift. Even if you think you can't do it, or it wouldn't be up to the receivers standards, you need to try.
I guarantee  if the receiver will love it. They'll love the fact that you took time to create something. Even if it turns out as a total flop, you'll get a huge laugh over it and you'll create more memories then you would have with store bought gifts.

So, here's a little snippet of what you can look forward to here on The Painted Home this month.
I've been crafting and hot glue these little tidbits since July.
Each item will be show with simple instructions, so even those of you that are all thumbs will be able to follow along and make at least ONE gift this year.

Don't forget to check pinterest. I get so much inspiration there.
Check out my Christmas Board here.


  1. Loved the post about home made gifts. I love them too!!

    1. Haha! Now you get Bob's handywork all year long! Honestly, so glad he found you. He's the only man I ever considered a brother in law, and glad that his life turned out happy for him, he deserves it!
      Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you guys!

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Meet Denise

Denise Sabia, designer, DIYer and owner of The Painted Home, takes everyday items found in flea markets, thrift shops or simply along the roadside and turns them into unique pieces that freshen and warm your home … without breaking your budget. Denise began dabbling in design over 20 years ago and studied at Philadelphia University. Her client base continued to grow as did her portfolio of work, branching out to decorating entire homes. Denise lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. with her 3 kids, a dog, rabbit, 3 chickens, a gecko, and the oldest living hermit crab known to man.


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