I can share with you some of my Christmas projects...
Now, I'm no Mary, but I love two of the sentiments she expressed all through the Christmas season - #1 recycle and #2 use your talents to make meaningful and wonderful gifts within your budget for everyone on your list....so...
I was inspired by her LAST year and set about trying to find ways I could use my talents this year to make some (or all???) of my gifts. To be honest, I was really NO where close to all the way home-made. But I got about 40% done with my resourcefulness, imagination and talent this year. ABD I had so much fun!
First of all, I found the greatest etsy shop called little brown pen. They create printable card and calendar sets among other things.
I purchased these two calendars:
Add a large circle of cool paper and some ribbon ties and I ended up with these:
I also purchased several card sets...these two are some examples:
And couple of these card sets (and one that was given by little brown pen as a gift to its customers) produced these handy little sets of 8:
Add some pretty ribbon, maybe a small gift card and a punched tag and this was my pretty little gift packet:
I had a great time packaging and making pretty some paper piecings I began last year. They became some fabulous ornaments:
I also tried Mary's recycled container concept...I've been saving jars over the year and was able to do some really neat "layered trail mix" jars. Add a bit of festive ribbon and a downloaded tag image from the internet and I had gifts for all my co-workers:
I'm ready to embark on the journey to the new year. Working on a couple of new things and processing some fun challenges.
Have a happy day!