We all know what this weekend is, right? That one day a year when we're supposed to be all mushy and express our love/devotion/desire to someone special? Well, I say BAH to that day and instead choose to focus on the other special day coming up — one that most of us appreciate even more — because it usually means a three-day weekend for us hardworking folks. Presidents' Day!
Instead of buying candy filled hearts for those special to us,let's celebrate by exploring some good old fashioned handmade gifts that celebrate our Presidents!
I'm going to start with President Richard Nixon. Not because I am a fan or anything, but because my real last name is Nixon. You see, I go by Kari Chapin, but I married a man named Eric Nixon and he works for the federal government. Not a single work day goes by when someone doesn't ask him if he is related to one Mr. Richard Nixon. (He isn't, just for the record.)
Check out this incredible embroidery:
Next up, George Washington. This would be a great addition to any history buff's collection.
But if you'd like a less literal take on our first President, how about saying you care about the three-day weekend with some cherry-themed note cards? You could write, "I cannot tell a lie. I love you and long weekends" on the inside. Two holiday birds with one (cherry) stone. Get it?
Look at this! A guitar pick made from a Kennedy half-dollar! People are so darn creative. I love it.
While you're brushing up on your presidential history, check out this craft book. I ordered this one from Powell's myself this week: A Rainbow of Stitches: Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas.
I love to embroider. While I don't have any plans to make my very own Richard Nixon wall hanging, I do have lots of other good plans for my needs and collection of floss.
I can't think of anything better to do on a long weekend than curl up with some crafty goodness. What about you? Do you have any craft projects planned for this weekend?
Happy Presidents' Day!
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Kari Chapin has spent the past 15 years in the professional world incorporating marketing, publicity, buyer, freelance writer, community relations and stylist as various job titles. As someone who spends a great deal of time with artisans and craftspeople, it wasn't surprising that one day, a compact fluorescent light bulb went off above her head, and she sat down and wrote The Handmade Marketplace.
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Kari Chapin is the author of The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online