Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.
~ Dale Evans
I know, I know, Christmas in July can seem a bit hokey. It’s tough for me to think about Christmas this far out, when we’re focused on bbq’s and going to the lake and entertaining kidlets now that they’ve been out of school for so many weeks…
I do start thinking about little gifts and treasures for the holidays, I start stashing goodies that I find on clearance racks and on ebay and craigslist and at the many yard sales during the summer. When you have four kids, you have to plan ahead and watch great deals.
And every year I promise myself that I’ll start my Christmas projects earlier, so that during the actual holiday times I’m not absorbed with the projects so I can enjoy the festivities more fully.
In honor of that whole idea, I’ll be sharing several fun holiday-inspired projects with you, including a couple of my most-favorite recipes for the holidays. If you, too, think of getting a few projects out of the way before the holidays are upon us, then hopefully these will help you get inspired.
I’ll be including the How-to Instructions on the projects I’m posting, along with pictures and thoughts on how to adapt the projects for other uses. As we truck along, I’d love for you to share any thoughts or ideas you have on preparing early, and on what kinds of projects you make for the holidays.
One year, I made everyone on my list custom dream catchers. Another year it was all jewelry, followed the next year by birth chart necklaces. And still another year everyone got multi-media canvases. I’ve made hand-made journals, rag rugs, beautiful photo albums, music compilation CD’s, and Christmas scrapbooks.
I hope you’ll join me this week for a couple of jump-start projects!
Prompt: Do you make gifts for Christmas? Do you like to make decorations and holiday foods and treats? Do you make your own gift wrap? What kinds of artsy-craftsy projects do you like to make for the holidays?