In this time when we are being bombarded with commercials, slogans, and ads in every direction I am making a promise to have a Careful Christmas as much as I can. Careful Christmas you ask? what is that? It's being careful not to shop to much and make things home made. Then I hear you... I hear you say, but I'm not crafty! I can't make gifts! well, you can buy handmade :) you can visit Etsy and shop for just about anything your little heart desires and have a happy soul knowing someones loving hands made the gift that is to be given.
I had already been knee deep in my Careful Christmas for a month or so, when I was drawn to a lovely blog called "The Owl Club". Low and behold there it was, written out as it was staged in my own head... and it had a name! Careful Christmas! I now have been conversing through lovely emails with the creator of this blog. A new friendship grows this Christmas season a whole continent away! I am delighted.
" The aim of the project is to make this a non-corporate Christmas as much as I possibly can. I am inspired by all the creativity circulating on the internet and I want to avoid the guilty surge of corporate consumerism that usually engulfs me. Instead I want to find creative solutions to gift-giving, cards, wrapping and decorating." ~ The Owl Club
- homemade gifts, e.g. scarves, hand-sewn things, preserves, food
- handmade gifts, e.g. bought on Etsy, craft fair or similar
- vintage/second-hand gifts
- gifts that recycle or upcycle things you already own
- re-use saved wrapping & ribbons
- or use up new wrapping bought in previous years
- Cards bought in the sale last year, any extras must be handmade
- decorations: same principles as for gifts
The creator of this beautiful blog and I have chatted about the Careful Christmas and hope to really get it going next year and even perhaps host a big swap of handmade gifties!
It makes creating a little easier and even more fun :)
I have been very busy creating gifts for my friends and family, and bought as little from the stores as possible... unless it was something I did not already have in my studio and needed supplies to make these mentioned gifts. Alot of the stuff I already had, just didnt know what it would turned into yet! I can't wait to share my creations with you after Christmas. I can't share them now though! you who are reading this, might be a person recieving one of my hand made lovelies! <3
Now, don't frown and grunt and think I am a bit nuts... this is'nt as hard as it sounds.
Turn that frown upside down, hop over to Etsy and start searching the 100's of thousands of wonderful shops by intensely talented people.
Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel ;)