To commemorate my first day off in 10 days and the last night of Houstons hipster landmark, The Proletariat, here’s a post to celebrate the spirit of doing shit ya’self.

6-in-1 bag pattern

Making stuff for yourself is rewarding. You know you’ve been dying to try a little “diying,” so here’s your chance.

Winter wardrobe wishlist

November 28, 2007

We’ve gotten the gifts for other people out of the way. Now, it’s time to go back to our cozy little self-centered corner by reflecting upon ourselves… our wardrobes! Winter, she’s a-coming. Last week and this, even Houston get a nice little chill in the air and I got to bundle up for Thanksgiving. Now, it’s time to start thinking about what I wish to wear on those oh-so-cold-I-need-a-peppermint-hot-chocolate days.

peplum
Peplum tops are like whoa. Link.

white leather
White leather accessories never go out of style for me. Link.

purple and gray
Purple and gray are colors I need on all of my winter wardrobe items.

knitted beret
Knitted berets are just the right mix of practicality, hippie chic and femininity.

These Polyvore sets make me wish I had a mysteriously, yet highly, funded account dedicated just to clothes, accessories and shopping in general.

Probably not that watch, though.

Probably not those earrings, though.

In general, but especially this winter, I’m trying to take my wardrobe from “granny hobo chic” to “polished hobo chic”. Ok, you got me. I’m trying tone down the hobo (read: mismatched, but coordinating layers) and turn up the polished once and for all.

Thursday

This is the last part of a four part gift guide for the holidays. This guide is for people like me: you don’t have the largest budget and some times you’re stumped as to what gifts you can get for some people on your list.

For the forth and final round, I’m giving you gift ideas for the moms, dads and co-workers with no sense of humor on your holiday gift list.

Gifts for your MOM

Color on
Color on eye shadow stickers $30


Towering espresso set $32

Garden
Garden in a glass $39.95

Gifts for your DAD

Denny Schmickle
Denny Schmickle prints $12

Radio kit
Radio receiver kit $40

Whittling kit
Whittling kit $10

Gifts for your CO-WORKERS with no sense of humor

Always…
John W. Golden prints $20

Decals
Farm animal decals $6

Ice
Ice Jewels $6

Happy shopping!

Wednesday

This is part three of a four part gift guide for the holidays. This guide is for people like me: you don’t have the largest budget and some times you’re stumped as to what gifts you can get for some people on your list.

For round three, I’m giving you gift ideas for the kids, vegans and best friends on your holiday gift list.

Gifts for the KIDS on your list

Mahar
Mahar Drygoods Tooth Fairy and Monster shadow puppets $12

Kukunest
Kukunest Little Friends pillow sham $35

42nd and Orange
42nd and Orange Pennet banner $36

Gifts for the VEGANS on your list

Retread sketchbook
Retread Sketchbook $75

Threadless
Threadless tee One handprint of nature $10

Herbivore
Herbivore Magazine Subscription $15 for online only, $25 for print and online

Gifts for the BEST FRIENDS on your list

Decoylab
DECOYLAB 10″ Melamine Plate $10 for one, $35 for set of 4

The Sampler
The Sampler around $10 depending on which sampler you choose

Betsy Walton
Betsy Walton Prints range from $25-40

Black Friday is fast approaching. Shop responsibly.

Tuesday

This is part two of a four part gift guide for the holidays. This guide is for people like me: you don’t have the largest budget and some times you’re stumped as to what gifts you can get for some people on your list.

This round I’m giving you gift ideas for the boyfriends, brothers and sisters on your holiday gift list.

Gifts for the BOYFRIENDS on your list

prints

20×200 prints $20, $200, $2000

Insound

Insound.com Indie Rock In-A-Box Pick 10 of the top 100 CDs get 25% off + FREE ground shipping + neat gift wrapped box

Social Studies

Social Studies tees and tops Prices are not listed on the site, but I heard they are reasonable at around $15. Contact Social Studies for details.

Gifts for the BROTHERS on your list

Continuous inking

Continuous inking system (relieves constantly having to run to the store for expensive ink cartridges for your printer)

MAKE magazine

Subscription to MAKE $34.95

Threadless

Halt Who Goes There tee $10

Gifts for the SISTERS on your list

Elsita

Elsita’s Etsy shop Prints start at $10

Retread tote

Retread tote $198 <-Yipes! But it’s your sister. She deserves cool and a tiny bit pricey!

Klean

Pink Grapefruit-Vanilla Body Polish $11.50

Tomorrow, gift ideas part three of four: Vegans, bff’s and kids.

The Gap

Funny (not so much in a ha-ha way) how the Gap has been doing this huge (RED) campaign to promote healing in Africa. It’s almost like they knew it’d only be a matter of time before their credibility would be compromised… again. Dammit, The Gap!

NPR is reporting that

Apparel retailer Gap is canceling half of its orders with a vendor in India and promises to donate $200,000 to improve working conditions there. The move comes after revelations that some of its clothes were made by children as young as 10. Gap says it didn’t know that children were hired.

Um, it’s kind of your job to know where and how your clothes are being manufactured… you know, as a company that makes and sells clothes.

Please do not shop the Gap this Christmas. I am well aware that boycotting almost does no good in today’s economy (the big companies are just too big to feel the sting most of the time), but I’d be unethical if I didn’t say that something consequential should happen to a company that thinks its consumers are idiots and won’t care enough about the child labor thing to challenge it.

Monday

This is part one of a four part gift guide for the holidays. This guide is for people like me: you don’t have the largest budget and some times you’re stumped as to what gifts you can get for some people on your list. Personally, this year I’m not buying much of anything because I’m going to be making a huge move and need every penny I have (or will have). So, that’s my disclaimer.

So, for round one I’m giving you gift ideas for the crafters and planners on your holiday gift list. Plus, I’m giving out some ideas for you folks with the smallest budget of all time.

Gifts for the CRAFTERS on your list

Kirin and Co.

Kirin & Co. Crafty Bits – A3 Print $45.00

Elista

Elsita Maria Rosa $32.00

Textile arts

Textile Arts Mokki fabric print $38.00

Gifts for the PLANNERS on your list
For people who like to plan and be organized

Kate Spade

Kate Spade Pocket Spiral Desk Calendar $16

Moo

Moo prints on graphic mini cards $19.99, greeting cards $19.99, note cards $24.99 and more

Paul Arden

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be: The World’s Best Selling Book $7.95

Gift guide for people who are buying on a budget
Here are some ideas for those on a shoestring budget. If you can’t buy it, DIY it!

DIY Cross stitch Nintendo patterns

Free open source Nintendo cross stitch patterns FREE!

DIY Place mats

DIY Place mat tutorial FREE!

DIY Pot holders

DIY dishtowel potholders FREE!

As Timm Gunn would say, “Make it work.”

Tomorrow, gift ideas part two of four: Boyfriends, brothers and sisters.