Thanksgiving: check. Black Friday: avoided it. Cyber Monday: scoped out some deals but did not pull the trigger. Well actually, a lot of online stores made it Cyber Monday all week so I am still kind of doing that. But with Thanksgiving out of the way, my thoughts are on to the next holiday, my most favorite one of the year, Christmas!
This weekend I plan on putting up my Christmas decorations and getting a tree (There is a Christmas tree seller on almost every block near my apartment now to remind me). I’m very excited about this because I really love coming home to the pine smell and I also adore our tree ornaments. Here’s some of them:
So, I’ve been a busy bee clearing out shelves and throwing out or donating anything in my apartment that I no longer use or need. Hopefully, I’ll get some painting done somewhere in there too. I am ambitious, I know, but I am working hard on getting a headstart for the New Year with all the cleaning and getting rid of anything that might hold me back.
Here are some favorite Christmas stuff I’ve come across that might inspire you to get into the holiday season too:
HOLIDAY WREATH: I’ve seen these inexpensive yet fabulous DIY’s that might inspire you to create them:
- Pinecone wreath: For those who luckily have pine trees and big backyards that usually yield pinecones, this will be almost free for you. I’ll have to find some friends who can give me pinecones for free!
- Peppermint Monogram Wreath: I’m seriously thinking about making these for each friend that bought a house this year. I have at least 3 friends that I’m thinking about already! I will have to figure out a way to seal these so my friends won’t get attacked by bees, ants and sweets-loving creatures. I wonder if any of them can give me free pinecones?
PARTY IN A BOX: If you’re thinking of hosting a Christmas party, this may be a time saver for you. West Elm has some elegant ones that I’m liking. They have also collaborated with 4 designers to style 4 New Year’s Eve parties inspired by their party-in-a-box offerings. They will be featuring details of each event leading to the New Year with recipes and other DIY tips that can be used for your own holiday events. Here’s a sneak peek from Style Me Pretty Living.
EDIBLE DECOR: HonestlyYum featured these Gingerbread garlands that I think are so adorable!
HOLIDAY CARDS: If you would like to make your own holiday cards without featuring a picture postcard, or even holiday invitations, maybe you can make your own version of Omar Sosa’s Drinking Glasses project. They are so colorful and festive, and the images remind me of star lanterns in the Philippines.
FAMILY ACTIVITY: Elf on a Shelf! I have only heard about this because of my experience in children’s products and it sounds like a fun way of building up to the big holiday with the kids. Ali Edwards is doing a December Daily photo journal documenting their everyday fun with their Elf on a Shelf and invites others doing the same to post a link on her blog each day.
It’s definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! On another note, I would like to thank everyone who voted for my mittens giftwrap design that I entered on Spoonflower. I did not win, but at least my average number of votes have increased! It definitely inspires me to keep going and doing what I love. They are also doing 12 days of giveaways where they have some great prizes for the DIYers out there. Click here to enter. Today’s prize is a year’s worth of unique giftwrap!