Make This Year's Gifts: Handmade Holiday Day

Is this the year you finally create a one-of-a-kind treasure for your loved ones?

Martha Stewart is, well, Martha Stewart, but the domestic doyenne's name means much in our modern era. Proclaim "I'm no Martha Stewart" and people immediately understand that your skills in the kitchen or linen-keeping or yard-decorating departments may come up rather wanting.

But no one has to be Martha Stewart, of course (except for Martha Stewart). You can be a person who creates interesting, crafty, natural-fiber and/or woodsy gift items for people you love, and you can be you while doing so.

The Crafting Community believes in small steps, mindfully done, and the little lessons that help us achieve that homespun beauty in what we make. The you-do-it duo Karen Kimmel & Stacy Bernstein and their talented fans are throwing the Community's first-ever holiday-themed Los Angeles day-of-making, at Lombardi House in Hollywood, on Saturday, Dec. 13.

The long and the short of Handmade Holiday? You'll make the gifts you give this season. No tags, no codes, no coupons: Just you and some paint or glitter or paper or you name it.

The $125 ticket includes "5 gorgeous, gift-able crafts including custom leather accessories, hanging planters, and a Martha Stewart ornament bar."

Well, maybe we can and do have a touch of Martha to us.

The day is also all about customized tees, cookie decorating, a photo booth, a holiday market, games, edibles, and a gift-wrapping station. Want your kid to join in and discover crafting thrillz? Young makers ages 3 to 14 get in for a hundred bucks.

Regardless of whom you wrap up those gifts for, perhaps this can be the year where your long-standing vow of "making memorable presents by hand" finally clicks into place. It can be an overwhelming prospect, but, nope, none of us need to be churning out cute things worthy of Pinterest from the get-go.

A day spent learning among crafters, in a convivial setting, is a doable first step to a handmade, homespun gift exchange.

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