christmas

Tootgarook front door tinsel and coathanger ornament 2014 ed

It’s Christmas Eve.

We’re down at the beach visiting my Mum who lives at Tootgarook. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive south of where we live in Melbourne. The quirky tree ornament greeting us at her front door is made from coat hangers covered in tinsel. Yes, she’s my mum and all that crazy packaging-repurposing and scrap-hoarding crafty goodness has come down to me through her genes.

Just as well she keeps all that stuff – we haven’t wrapped the presents yet so Mum’s stash will have a good going over before the end of the day. I feel quite odd if I buy new wrapping paper. Like I’ve suddenly changed bodies with someone else. It doesn’t feel right somehow. I blame Mum for this. And I thank her. Thanks Mum – love you, love ya work.

I thought I’d spend a little time linking to other lovely crafty mums and not-mums who are great with the re-craft.

Decorations…

Top of the tops for me is my gorgeous friend Julianne who is a mum who crafts and blogs and loves both types of music, country and western. Check out her re-purposed, upcycled craftiness and her glorious re-styled pre-loved vintage glamourousness at Sister Outlaws. In particular I’ve been loving her Coffee Sack Stars ornaments and her shiny shiny Glamtastic Disco Wreath. I should have linked to these earlier – but they’re worth checking out for a little late eco Christmas gawking!

Wrapping…

The Crafty Crow is a fabulous hunter gatherer of the kid-crafty kind. I’ve followed the linky links to Buggy and Buddy’s tutorial on printing your own furoshiki – Japanese wrapping cloth – and a feast of re-crafted wrapping from the Rockin’ Art Moms. I really like Pink Stripey Socks’s interactive poppable wrapping paper made from bubble wrap. That’s my kind of wrap! Follow the Rockin’ Holiday Pinterest board for more.

Presents…

In my Christmas Letter to Santa I directed him to Betty Jo Designs and suggested he make special note of Petal Seasons necklace and the ‘I still call Australia Home’ wall plaque. These glorious creations are made from pre-loved Linoleum off-cuts. I totally adore them, they make me smile. I hope Santa gets my letter on time. I really have been a very good girl. Truly. Betty Jo blogs at the Lino Forest, but sadly her Gleaners Inc shop has closed it’s doors so browsing is online only.

I love finding new uses for the discarded, post-consumed and pre-loved. Wrapping presents, that crazy festive exercise in crafting the most ephemeral of artworks (one excited exclamation, one look, one touch and it’s gone) seems a very appropriate place to use (and reuse) those bits and pieces otherwise overlooked or thrown away.

So today, as we hide in the spare bedroom sorting through the collected papers and bits of ribbon and string and wrapping the odd-shaped presents oddly, we – Mum and I – salute all the parents and not-parents out there who’ve passed on their out-of-the-box craftiness to us all.

Happy Holidays everyone!

 

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In this crazy time of year it’s pretty easy to get carried away with over doing everything – trying to get everything just right – trying to make sure to finish everything on your to-do list – trying to make everyone happy – trying to be the perfect mother / wife / sister / friend… and in all this trying it is really easy to forget what is actually important about this time of year  — this time of year is about family, being together, celebrating your beliefs and your traditions in a loving and nurturing way. It’s about happiness and thankfulness — a time to put aside grudges and ‘issues’ and to just spend time with those you love the best.

So my tips for surviving and enjoying the next couple of weeks of frivolity, celebrations and traditions are to take a step back from your plans and assess what is really important to you — your sanity and time with family might be at the top of that list — so you might have to ditch those plans for perfectly wrapped homemade presents and just realise that you are human and can only do so much.

This year we have actually decided as a family that we are not going to be doing the whole present thing (much) and instead have opted for a whole family experience instead (a weekend in the big city with the Harry Potter exhibition and a hotel) to enjoy a little later in the year when the craziness dies down. The kids will have a little something under the tree each — just one or two things (a book, a board game, a special teacup) and Rob and I have opted to go shopping together after the holidays to buy each other a much needed new wallet. We will also all be making each other something — but again something that is not going to take a lot of time — just love — a little something to not get stressed about … my it is so easy to get caught up in what must be done rather than what you all really actually want to do – isn’t it?

So what will you be crossing off your list?

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Repurpose produce bags for gift wrap [image above]

Print your own wrapping paper

Print your own fabric gift wrap

Tissue paper and doilies to dress up your gift wrap

Dress up a plain white gift wrap with string and a cute toy

Make gift bags from newspaper

Recycled printed pages for pretty wrapping

Textured gift wrapping ideas

make recycled bows from newspaper to dress up your gift wrap

lots more gift wrapping and other holiday ideas in Sweet Paul magazine

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diy gingerbread house

by kath_red on 16/12/2010

in Food

ooh I love this one – not into all that candy myself – and it looks so pretty – includes a recipe and instructions to put it together – diy gingerbread house.

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10 garlands to make

by kath_red on 16/12/2010

in Holidays

Make a crochet jingle bell garland [image above]

make a twisted felt garland

Make a needle-felt ball garland

Make a pinecone garland

Make a felt ball garland

Make a snowflake garland

Make a doily garland

Make a crochet triangle garland

Make this pompom straw garland

Make a folded felt garland

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