Monday, October 11, 2010

Handmade Holiday Decorations

Are you all going to kill me if I start talking about getting ready for Christmas? (I mean, I'm kind of annoying myself!). I swear I used to be one of those people who rolled my eyes if I heard Christmas carols before December 1. And it's not even Halloween.

But this year is different. Last year, I pretty much let Christmas slip by with very little handmade goodness, and I made a pact with myself to not let it happen again. Now that I'm pregnant and really trying to reduce stress in my life, I have to work ahead.

So, Christmas talk it is.

Here's my plan:
  1. Make bunting (yes, more bunting!) that says "CHERISH." I think I'm going to mimic this bunting (different fabrics, same color for every letter).
  2. I'm going to quilt a table runner (yes, more quilts!). We're going to keep the centerpiece simple by filling a glass vase with cheap, colored Christmas ornaments.
  3. I'm going to wrap red ribbon around the columns outside our house.
  4. I'm going to make a holiday countdown calendar like this one.
  5. We're going to a tree farm to cut down our own Christmas tree. I have no idea what we're going to decorate it with. Maybe origami cranes?
  6. As for the tree skirt, I am not going to make it. I had ambitious plans last year, but I am not a big fan of sewing in circles. I found a cute oilcloth one on Etsy and thought about buying it or cutting out my own (no hem required!), but I need to conserve money and energy. So we'll just put down a blanket or something. My plan is to buy all my presents in November, so hopefully I can wrap them and have them under the tree by the time we get the tree up!

I'm excited!

Care to share your holiday decorating plans for this year?

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Lexie said...

I actually thought about listening to Christmas music yesterday. I am never this excited for the holidays, but with my baby due mid-December, I can't help but feel like if there is snow on the ground and a tree in our home, our baby will be here soon.

amber said...

actually, as soon as the leaves start changing,i cant stop my brain from thinking of the holidays! and last year, we did a complete handmade holiday, starting with winter solstice. this year, i hope to document a little more of my holiday goodness....

cecile said...

Have you considered using a "living christmas tree" ? I mean, in my house, we use the same tree every year. It stays one month in a big pot inside the house (don't forget to water it !). Then, it goes back in the garden.

It's a little hard work, but I do think it's worth it !

It always make me sad to see dead christmas tree on the street in january...

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ cecile: We are thinking about using a living one! We're talking about buying a new one every year and then sneaking into the woods to plant it.

cecile said...

@ Sara : It sounds nice :)

jes [a mountain bride] said...

omg i love this. i, too, have begun the christmas planning. i swear my christmas list looks a hellovalot like yours!!!

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