Tonight, I was most impressed by this book, "Merry & Bright".
I know, I know. Christmas is two months away. BUT, in preparation of the merry holiday, I have decided to gather ideas about decorating, gift making/giving and celebrating this blessed day in general EARLY this year.
We say every year that we desire to "keep it simple" in terms of gift giving and the hustle and bustle of the season in general. And typically, we do well. But this year I really want to focus in on the spirit of the season and the "Reason for the season" and push to the wayside all of the commercialism, debt-digging and hair-pulling stress-fullness of the season that many find their way into at this time of year.
Some of the highlights? I would have to say that simple decorating in general was what really stuck with me. Really working with what you have and using items from nature, handmade ornaments and lots of good old-fashioned pieces. Lots of using natural decorations like herbs and sapling trees potted in milk glass. But also very "crafty" ideas for creating wreaths made of comic strips and other fun ideas.
Me? I have been inspired to
add a mirror to my mantle so that I can trim it with garland and, perhaps, beads of some sort,
to (hopefully begin, if not finish) handmade stocking for ALL FIVE OF US,
and to make these amazing handmade ornaments made from strips of fabric, bits of felt and ribbons (some of these just might be given as gifts for friends).
It is always good to be inspired. And that I am after getting excited for Christmas (a bit early) tonight!