Ba hum bug. It was August 30 when I saw the first Christmas decorations being stocked in the stores! Labor day bar-b-ques had not even been lit, let alone their labors been digested. The consumerism in the winter holiday season has just become ridiculous and unfortunately taking the magic out of the season. I LOVE fall. I LOVE harvest, pumpkins, apple cider, chilly evenings, the passing of mosquitoes, frost, costumes, CANDY, and enjoying family. This is all being drowned out by that which is around us.
I understand there are a couple things that need to be done really early for the winter holiday season. I mean you can’t take pictures for holiday cards on December 5th and have them sent out in time… hello! I am not crazy. Also unless you are INSANE you probably can’t quilt an entire blanket in a couple days either. There are things that take time… but buying ornaments, trees, or tinsel in August? Really?
Okay, so now off my soap box. I know there are many of you out there who are in agreement. But as I was walking through a local big-box store today, I was inspired: my goal for this upcoming holiday season; is Once a week (atleast) I will share an awesome Homemade project that would help make some wonderful and thoughtful gifts.
The economy is slowly starting to turn around (it is really!!! look at the non-syndicated numbers!), ever so slowly, AND you have a choice where your hard earned money goes! All I ask is that you be conscious of where your money is truly going ~ whether you buy local, support small business, or standard industry. Just be informed.
The first homemade project that I am passing on, this is truly a fun one and you have plenty of time to make different versions. How many of you have a loved one with an American Girl Doll? Here is a FREE tutorial on how to make her some clothes!!! http://www.libertyjanepatterns.com/2011/04/free-american-girl-doll-dress-pattern.html
Happy projects, and even merrier gifting!