The holidays are almost here – school is out soon – and we go camping for a few days on our way to spend Christmas with my brother and his family.
We got into the Christmas spirit early this year because we were having so much fun putting together the Celebration issue of Action PackÂ - we created a silvery christmas tree and decorated it with handmade baubles. We also made a nature wreath, did some pavlova taste testing and have been baking ginger snaps as gifts (the recipes and tutorials for these projects appear in the Action Pack along with 20 other projects – it’s a whopper! find out more here).
Getting into all of these projects really kick started our summer of fun (yes it’s summer here) and my son is obsessed with making wire ornaments, while my daughter is hell bent on using up all my embroidery floss to make friendship bands for everyone.
- This past weekend as well as baking up a storm by making more ginger snaps, I also made PfeffernÃ¼sse for the first time – and they were delicious – I used Martha’s recipeÂ (pictured above).
- I moved around some furniture and did a bit of spring clean in the mud room and the children’s reading space – I have a big box of things to donate to charity – and I will be adding more coming up to Christmas – its a great time for a clean out – getting ready to start the next year fresh and organised.
- I read slow love* (a book about finding yourself – I liked it – thoughtful and meditative – this memoir is about a woman who finds solace in her creativity – gardening and cooking and writing after a busy career ends).
- I made a few lists – we did a flow chart – so we feel more organised and less chaotic – and can plan and prepare towards our goals.
- I researched more bauble and decoration tutorials – because the kids are so into it that we need to make something new next weekend.
- We harvested half of the garlic.
- I spent some time on etsy.
- Enjoying How to dress for success** – some of the fashion advice from when this book was first published in the 60s is surprisingly still valid today (other advice is so out of date that it provides a really good chuckle)
- We went to a party - drank a bit of jungle punch and danced to some golden oldies.
- The boy kicked it at futsal.
- I refashioned some clothing for the kiddos, bought some new duds at the op-shop (thrift store) and cleared out my closet of the dust gathering garments.
- Thats about it really – what did you get up to?
- Ornaments: Make some happy hangers ::: Make a golden snitch ornament - for Harry Potter fans ::: Make a stylish paper star ::: I like this folded and glued paper ornament ::: Starburst ornament ::: Wrapped twine baubleÂ (pictured centre bottom)::: Paper ornamentsÂ (pictured top right) ::: Cross-stitch ornaments ::: Hourglass ornaments (pictured bottom right)
- Wreaths: A paper leaf wreathÂ (pictured top centre) ::: book page wreath
- For the kids to make:Â Magazine wreath ::: Jingle hoop ornament ::: Salt dough ornaments ::: Tin punch ornaments ::: Paper bag wreathÂ (pictured top left)
- Gift tagsÂ - huge array of cards, gift tags, wrapping paper etc… : some of my favourites from this long list include: typography tagsÂ ::: These sewable mitten tags ::: Polymer clay gift tags ::: Mail stripes cards (pictured bottom left)Â ::: chalkboard gift tags
- Advent calendars – lots of lovelies here – its not too late (well it sort of is – but thats ok!) ::: more advent calendars here too (now there really is no excuse!)
- More ornaments here and here
- Christmas trees - some unusual and unconventional ideas
*slow loveÂ by Dominique Browning (published by Plume 2011) was sent to me by the publisher – the link to Amazon is an affiliate link.