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Monday, October 11, 2010

Gift Ideas from IHAN

Believe it or not, I've already been thinking about gifts for the holidays.  I thought I would point out a few things here at IHAN that I think are particularly great gifts to give during the holidays....and anytime really.

I'm a huge fan of handwritten notes.  So, no surprises when the top two things on the list are note cards....but not just any note cards....these are excellent in my humble opinion (and need I say not one has paid me to say a

The first is this The Art of Quilts Postcard Collection - Animals by C &T Publications.  The minute I saw it I had to have it.  There are 30 beautiful Art Quilts featured.  I just took a few pix just to show you a sample but the list of folks featured are: Susan Carlson, Joan Colvin, Dale Fleming, Katie Pasquini Masopust, Ruth B. McDowell, Velda Newman, David Taylor and Ricky Tims.

Cover art- "Sir Francis" by David Taylor
This is the photo the inside cover, "Looks Like It's Going to Be Cold Again Today" by David Taylor.
Old Man Turtle by Katie Pasquini Maspoust
"Madame Blu's Chickens" by Ruth B. McDowell

"Tickled Pink" by Susan Carlson

"SUNblooms" Correspondence Cards by Amy Butler Design is another of my favorites.  I use these all the time and people always comment on how beautiful the cards are.
These are the 4 designs.  Both the card and the envelope are wonderful to the touch.  Very nice quality and a note card I've enjoyed sending.  Great for any occasion too because they are blank.
Who would not enjoy some Best Press?  I wish I could claim the credit for the perfect name for this product....I know I thought it was me....but no....not this time!!!
Yes, I realize now that I only took a picture of 5 of the you'll just have to imagine the sixth bottle :)  These are nice to be given as a set or one to each stitching friend as a little sampler. 
I love fun tote bags and the next two are made from 100% recycled materials!!  The bottoms open up nice and wide so if you want to use them to take shopping you will be able to carry quite a bit in them.  The one above is the Kaleidoscope Tote

This one is the Rhapsody Tote Bag.  Both bags are by C & T Publishing and the measure 15-1/2in x 15in x 8in.  Talk about making a statement while out and about....I think these totes are beautiful and fun.

If you have friends or family members who like great notions these are some of my favorite to give as gifts.  The Sewline Fabric Pencil is nice for marking on fabric.  It has an eraser (yes it works:) and the bottom has a nice gripper. 

Alex Anderson's 4 in 1 Tool is another gift idea( Usually 19.99 IHAN price 13.95 while supplies last).  It has a Bernina Seam Ripper, an Awl, a pointed wood endcap for turning bias tubes, stuffing small items (dolls/pincushions etc), and Flat End Presser for finger pressing and folding.  It is great for applique and for paper crafts too.
I know the next item is an expensive gift...BUT....if you don't want the person to ever forget you....or you could just go right ahead and ask for a pair yourself....Dovo Solingen 3 1/2 inch Applique/Embroidery Scissors.  I have yet to show mine to a person that did not want a pair and I'm not kidding.  Look how fine and sharp the tips are.  I was able to cut out the antenna on the dragonflies on my Challenge Quilt.  Teeny tiny little wings and those tiny checks in gingham can actually cut a tiny square without cutting in from the edge.  These are a slice of heaven!  I own 4 pair of Dovo and Brint the Scissorman says he won't stop liking me....he is a modern new age guy I guess!!  LOL 

There is always the GO! Baby Fabric Cutter and Tote that IHAN has on Pre-Order Special.  You get the Tote and Fabric Cutter for 149.00 (a 184.00 value-saving you 35.00)

Those are just a few of the ideas....of course a new sewing room with custom furniture wouldn't be bad either!!! 



  1. I can't wait until our cash flow gets back to last year's amount. My notions list is getting longer...

  2. You do have some amazing things in that store of yours!!

  3. Those are nice ideas. I have the AA 4-in1 tool, however. I can't recommend it as the wood has not been properly treated. Mine has changed over time so that the cap for the awl no longer stays on.

  4. I have one of those Kaleidoscope Totes. I use it a lot for carrying sewing stuff in.

  5. I'm making out my Christmas list - I'll give it to my family, lol, let's see how much they love me!

  6. Not sure if I like the baby go or rather have the regular one. Will you get one to try? I would use it more for smaller pieces, so that is not a problem, but if it isn't as sturdy as the larger one, rather go big.


  7. I've already been compiling my Christmas Wish list and shopping list at IHAN. Perfect timing with your post. I hadn't spotted The Art of Quilts Postcard Collection - Animals by C &T Publications. Delightful collection and I know I could have fun with this collection, and I also think it would make a great gift. But I have oodles more ideas of great gift ideas from the IHAN store. ....and high on the list is Patsy Thompson's DVDs. But I'm also hopeful that Santa will bring me a new Reliable iron


  8. I love these, they are beautiful. I'll keep these in mind for sure. My friend just got me a fabulous $100 gift card from so one of these would be the perfect thank you gift back! How long did they take to make?

  9. It's never too early to start thinking of Christmas gifts. Thanks for some great ideas.

  10. Okay those AB note cards are the best for sure!!! Love them..hugs Khris

  11. You know, I love the idea of giving Best Press as a gift. I need to blog about mine. I am CRAZY about it. I just used it again tonight to set pleats on a bishop dress that I will start smocking tomorrow. It is PERFECT for smocking!


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