This year, like years past, we're striving for a simpler Christmas in our household. For a few years now we've held to giving just four gifts to each member of our family.
The gift-giving "rules" we follow are,
Something we want
Something we need
Something to wear
Something to read
We also fill stockings on the evening before St. Nicholas Day and small gifts are inside the stockings.
As much as possible I do try to purchase our gifts from small businesses, etsy artisans, and make some gifts myself. I'd love to be able to make all of our gifts, but I'm realistic enough to know that I never seem to accomplish that.
For those of you who also enjoy crafting your own gifts and buying handmade gifts you might be interested in taking a look at some of my Pinterest boards.
I pin tutorials, free patterns, free printables, and examples of handcrafted goods I'd like to purchase for my own family.
Ideas for sewists
sewing tutorials and patterns for kids clothing
sewing patterns and tutorials for home decor
sewing patterns and tutorials for sewing tools and aids
sewing patterns and tutorials for bags and purses
sewing patterns and tutorials for womens clothing and accessories
sewing patterns and tutorials for kids toys
sewing patterns and tutorials for baby items
play food patterns and tutorials
Ideas for fiber artists
needle and wet felting
Waldorf inspired gifts
Waldorf toy ideas
winter Waldorf nature table ideas
General crafts items
hair accessory tutorials and ideas
Gifts of food
food gifts in a jar
My personal Christmas favorites
Christmas decoration ideas
Christmas handmade gift ideas
Christmas stocking stuffer ideas
- A 40 something mama meandering through life with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy), an 8 year old girl (big girl) who is a ball of lightening, and a 4 year old girl (baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
I love hearing from readers, so please share your thoughts and leave comments, too!