Just Preparing for the Holidays!

I’m not sure I even have the evidence of last year’s holiday season properly stored away and here it is time to drag all that stuff out again! Well, the spiral notebook is coming out and my holiday lists begin. Over the last few months, my tidy table in the workplace has been piliing up with completed gift projects, books for avid reader friends, Post-It notes to remind me where the Post-It notes are stored, ingredients for holiday menus, piles of ‘gotta try this’ on Thanksgiving/Christmas, and a bouquet of artificial flowers. I do not care for artificial flowers but my cats are afraid of them so that is my cat repellant of of choice.

I do have most of my shopping done as I started the week after Christmas last year. I never see something and think, “Remember to get one of those for whoever,” but always purchase it at time of sighting because I will either forget to put in on the list . . . or lose the list!

My freezer is ready for holiday baking . . . mostly. Butter is expensive so I’ve been stockpiling it in the freezer since June along with chocolate chips and baking chocolate. I have way too much Christmas wrap so don’t NEED to buy any but probably will if it is a.) unique and different, b.) on sale or c.)both.

I just finished packing my Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoeboxes and ended up packing two more than planned . . .overpurchased as I can’t resist buying for little children since mine are all grown up.

Hopefully and happily looking forward to Thanksgiving, my favorite meal to prepare of the year. I’ve been doing it since I was twelve years old and look foreward to it every year especially if I have a crowd around the table. And, that gives me the opportunity to start another list. My Thanksgiving list turns into the plural as I need the shopping list, the prep list for timing the food preparation, and the timing list for the actual day as my husband and I have some differences of opinion on who gets the oven first.

Times do be a changing, however, when it comes to holiday meals as one of our guests is a vegetarian, one is a total vegan, and my husband doesn’t eat sugar or gluten. My family and guests, however, are not overall picky eaters and you will find the carnivores enjoying some of the vegan/vegetarian options, too.

Christmas Projects Start Early . . .

I didn’t realize how fast time was going by until the organizer of the craft fair at our parish called to remind me that December was around the corner and was I going to have a table to sell my crafts and kitchen treats. That got me making lists and sewing. Tote bags usually sell well so I designed and sewed some new styles with pockets and one-of-a-kind appliques on them. Fortunately, the embroidery aspect of my sewing machine is in good working order so I could add some uniqueness to each tote bag.

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Annual Craft Fair – Where Did the Year Go?

It seemed like I had all the time in the world until December and the church’s annual craft fair. Wasn’t it just yesterday when I packed up from the fair? Sunday, the fair is happening, again. I mostly have things prepared but still too many loose ends to be totally comfortable with the looming Sunday date in front of me. Thanks to my daughter, however, she gave me several of her hand-thrown pottery vases to incorporate into a Christmas item. The rustic look of the vases shows up the Christmas glitz and foliage. Artificial by necessity but, in my humble opinion, it still looks marketable! Need to add the final touches ¬†as in Christmas bows.

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Christmas Crafting . . . Getting an Early Start!

Took a day off from the regular ‘fun’ work of laundry and cleaning to get a head start on painting tree decorations for the December Christmas Fair. Since no one is really looking for Christmas items now, I’ve been finding some good bargains on stock sell outs. My problem project was getting my tiny house decorations to look like what my mind was imagining they would look. Often the hand controlling the paintbrush isn’t always in line with what my mind proposes. Today, I finished them down to finding a birdie resident for each. After searching high and low for an inexpensive bird to finish the effect, I went in desperation to The Dollar Tree . . . and found the exact size, color, and shape I wanted and for a lot less expensive than the craft stores. It doesn’t make sense to put more than a dollar into a decoration you can’t sell for more then $5 come the day of the sale. These were two for a dollar!

Christmas Bird House decoration - initial effort!
Christmas Bird House decoration – initial effort!
Further enhancements . . . better.
Further enhancements . . . better.
Finished project and the new inhabitants looked pleased with their new abode!
Finished project and the new inhabitants looked pleased with their new abode!