This is all excellent in theory... but it means I've lost close to 3 weeks in my "making-a-list-and-checking-it-twice-all-while-staying-on-a-budget" window of opportunity. Don't get me wrong - I'm organized on paper but my ideas aren't really gelling this year. I
Every year I try to, not necessarily simplify, but do less commercial gift-giving. Yes, I still stuff the stockings and pick out those perfect gifts, but I'm trying for heartfelt or homemade, without being chintzy, cheesy or cheap. I'm a crafter at heart, even if those ideas don't necessarily translate into physical realities as nice or often as I would like. I'm all set on crafts to do with the kids - the idea folder (in my head!) is chock-full of goodness. It's the nice-to-give, lovely-to-receive things that I have a harder time with.
I need ideas so I've been scrounging the internet, magazines, catalogues and even browsed one of the local craft shows (ok, who am I kidding - I went to shop!) for some easy-to-implement homemade holiday ideas. This has led me to a number of blogs and Facebook groups I'll be following (I'd share the links but I have them saved on my laptop and I'm logged into the home pc.) I stumbled upon Martha Stewart, Stampin' Up and Close To My Heart - and I think I'm suffering from inspiration overload but still haven't found those perfect somethings that I'd like to create.
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Here's my next question (or two or three) of the day: What homemade holiday decor, gifts, packaging, etc. ideas do you use or share? What traditions or do-it-yourself projects do you incorporate to keep things more heartfelt and less commercial?
Less than 2 months to go - I'm sure my posts will be very holiday-themed and I'll try to keep you up to date on the Advent garland project. Share your ideas, comments, etc. - you know I welcome your feedback. Enjoy all the preparations as you get into the holiday spirit and remember that neverending, unconditional love is the reason we celebrate the season and should be the basis for all we do to make it special.