I'm going to try really hard not to sound too preachy here, especially in light of the fact that I'm preaching to myself. But I need to confess that I'm overwhelming myself ever so slightly with the insatiable need to diy an unreasonable amount of Christmas gifts and decorations. While yes, it would be great to have a houseful of decorations I'd made myself and give all my friends and family meaningful gifts I've stitched with luv, I do want to spend some time outside the sewing room enjoying the season and eating cookies. Just as a reminder to myself more than anything, here are a few tips and reminders on having a happy handmade holiday, where hopefully, your gifts don't end up on regretsy.
- Have a PLAN.
- Have a plan in PLACE by 1 December at the absolute latest.
- Have all needed supplies by 5 December.
- Will any of these gifts need to be shipped? They need to be completed and in the mail by 15 December. Adjust your plan accordingly.
- Set realistic limits. Don't go whole-hog handmade Christmas if this is your first year making your own handmade gifts. Ease into it. Start out by making gifts for just a few people on your list. Alternately, if the gift is handmade, don't feel like the wrapping job and gift tag need to be a work of art.
- Accept the fact that making these gifts is going to cut into your normal crafty time. Adjust other crafty goals and commitments accordingly.
- Have FUN. This is your hobby.
Anyone else have any sage advice or words of encouragement about holiday crafting to pass along?
If anyone is here for the food, here's what we're eating this week...
- Sloppy Joes, Roasted Cauliflower with Sage Brown Butter
- Falafel Pitas
- Three-Cheese Spinach Orzo Bake, Salad, Bread
- Broccoli Cheese Soup, Baked Potato
- Pizza, Salad
- Tortilla Black Bean Casserole, Spanish Rice
- Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas, Avocado Slices
And I would be remiss if I failed to share with you the excellent recipe I used to knock out the bag of shredded turkey leftovers I scored from the in-laws - Old-Fashioned Turkey Noodle Soup from The Foster's Market Cookbook - Labor-intensive? Um, definitely. But well worth it.
For other menu plans, be sure to check out this week's Menu Plan Monday post on OrgJunkie.com!