“101 Gifts You Can Make at Home” and The Name Pennant

Yesterday, thanks to Craigslist, I scored a wooden porch swing from a lovely woman moving to Colorado. It will be fabulous in my new barn studio, inspired by the studio home of Shauna and Stephen of There’s Something Hiding in Here. As I was driving back from town, I stopped by the recycle are of the dump landfill and rummaged through a few boxes of junk. Here is my 25-cent purchase of the day:How cute are those Mini Merchant cards by Current?! I lived in Colorado Springs as a kid and remember fondly touring the Current Greeting Card Factory with my elementary school.

I snagged a cool yellow school tag and some transparent nylon thread. But the big find was that dandy little 101 Gifts You Can Make at Home by Phyllis & Noel Ficarotta from 1968. I think it was one of those little grocery store check-out stand books. I LOVE the groovy felt family name banner design on the front cover. I couldn’t resist scanning and Photoshopping it out from behind the beach hat sun bonnet.The instructions for the Family Name Banner are followed by instructions for Name Pennants. This reminded me of one I’d made ten or so years ago for the a Family Tent Flag Challenge with friends we camped with annually. I made this pennant pretty much like the book describes machine-sewing rather than gluing, and I stitched a triangle of chipboard between two layers of backing felt to keep the pennant rigid for hanging on a pole.

The pinecone was likely inspired from something I’d seen somewhere, I really don’t remember coming up with that on my own. (Could have, who knows?!)This pennant hangs in my son’s lodge-themed bedroom. I think a family or kid’s name pennant would be a really fun gift if you’re looking for something unique. I just might have to reproduce that SMITH banner into something fun to go with my green studio sofa!

For well over 101 gifts you can make at home, visit MY DIY page!

I’ll leave you today with an exerpt from 101 Gifts You Can Make at Home:

The gift created by the hand is a gift from the heart. In these days of mass-production, the hand-crafted item becomes more precious than ever before. Even if it is less than perfect, it has a quality you cannot buy in any store. It is made with love. It is made for one particular person. It is very special – there is none like it anywhere. And it gave you pleasure in the making, as well as in the giving.

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18 Responses to “101 Gifts You Can Make at Home” and The Name Pennant

  1. #1 - Nancy Wyatt says:

    Love this and Love your photoshopping skills too! That pennant is awesome and love that it hangs in your home! Thanks for sharing sweet lady! Hugs from Conroe, TX

  2. #2 - berta says:

    Cool score at the “dump”. Love the banner and pine cones.

  3. #3 - Nana Diana says:

    Really, really cute! I’d say you were about 10 years ahead of the game! xo Diana

  4. #4 - Molly D says:

    Dang I would love to make the banner you photoshopped out of the background! Sadly eBay does not have this gem of a book :/

  5. #5 - martina says:

    Wow, you found some pretty neat things at the “reuse” center. It was a very Cathe Holden afternoon here. The wire photo holders made per your instructions, were put in a flower frog and hold the Christmas cards received thus far. Canister labels that were downloaded and printed from your site, were put on the appropriate containers. The stamp graphic was printed and used to ornament tins of homemade lip gloss (Christmas presents for friends). Thanks Cathe!

  6. #7 - Bellen says:

    the Ficarottas authored several books of crafts/things to do with/for kids in the late 60s early 70s – you really scored with that find. Thinking the name banner would be good for my grandson’s 3rd birthday.

  7. #8 - SewLindaAnn says:

    That is such a neat haul! I ordered my very first 2 cookbooks from Current a very long time ago. I loved their products.

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  9. #9 - Julie says:

    Love the name banner!

    The link to the DIY page isn’t working–has a very pleasant apology 🙂

  10. #11 - Claire says:

    Very cool find! And I love the pennant. Did I miss the big sway giveaway results? Whoever won – congrats to you!

  11. #12 - Claire says:

    I meant “swag” giveaway – duh!

  12. #13 - KathyMac says:

    Your pennant is all very fine, but the SMITH banner probably glows in the dark – ha ha! The ball fringe is totally groovy. I love rediscovering stuff from that era. Good find!

  13. #14 - Pamela says:

    I’m reading through ALL of your older blog posts.

    I just found your “Flat Tidymom” project (http://justsomethingimade.com/2010/01/bring-a-friend-to-blissdom10/) and thought, WHAT A FUN gift this would be for my grandsons, if ONLY there were “boy” clothing .pdf files (would paper “dolls” for a boy upset his parents?)!!!

    Any thoughts on how I might find (or whether you might possibly make) Flat Stanleys for little boys (and girls)? Yes, I appear to be as addicted to parentheses as I am to containers . . .

    Love your work! Blessings from CA more Northern than you!

  14. #15 - Bonnie says:

    The mini merchant cards are so fun and sweet…I remember waiting and devouring the Current catalog as a kid…

  15. #16 - Emmy's Human says:

    Emmy Dickins wanted me to let you know that she has used one of your buttons and expressed her appreciation in her blog at http://emmydickinspurrposes.blogspot.com/2011/12/emmys-human-speaks.html.

    She also expressed this sentiment: “Emmy appreciates Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made for sharing this purrfectly delightful button with her readers. Emmy knows with great certainty that because she is an artist, Cathe Holden is a svelte Abyssinian,
    the noble cats depicted in ancient Egyptian statues.”

    Emmy’s blog will soon be found under emmydickinspurrposes.com.

    Best to you Cathe, and Merry Christmas.
    Emmy’s Human

  16. #17 - Riti says:

    Wow ! The pennant looks great 🙂