Some of these treasures are from my bloggy friends. Do you see something that you made for me. I am only beginning to start decorating. But this year I am taking it slow and keeping it on the simple side. This little shelf I refinished last summer. It will change over and over again before I get it right.
I remember one of my pre-school students telling me that they put up their stockings and a Santa on the mantle. They decorated a real tree as well. And that was it for decorating. The parents actually went to Target the three hours he was with me and did ALL of their shopping. I will always remember how unstressful that must have been. Good for them.
I remember one year having some sort of injury and not being able to shop early. I went to Kohl's and bought almost everything on my list. I had Doodle with me. She wasn't very old but I was still able to do all that shopping. It was probably 8 years ago. I remember spending over $300. (Only one grand at that time) It was a good feeling to do so much at one stop. I'm sure there was more spent on Christmas that year but not alot more.
One year our kids and I decided we would do a $25 gift for each other. It could be made or we could buy it but we had to stay to that amount. The grands weren't included. I loved that. It was fun coming up with ideas. For instance. for my son I got a shadow box frame at 50% off and filled it full of his Army mementos. For some reason we only did this one year. I wish my kids were more into handmade gifts but they are so busy with life, work and kids that it is hard for them. They aren't too crazy about getting homemade gifts......not like I am.
Lots of years I have done themes. Like jammies and books. That simplifies the shopping as well.
There have been years when I got discounts and everyone got their gifts from that vendor. For instance, I worked part time over the holidays at a print shop for a friend. Everyone got personalized paper gifts. Another year I sold 31. I used my starter kit items and discounts for gifts. It was fun as I could put their gifts in those items. I didn't plan on selling 31 for very long, so this saved me lots.
Most of my shopping is done for this year. That is because of the money I found. I ordered gifts online. So that made it simple as well.
When I was setting up the Cup of Kindness Cup Swap (Swappers please follow to the bottom to read some information about the swap) When I made up an example in the blue mason jar, I had an idea. Wouldn't it be fun to do every one's gift in a mason jar. It wouldn't have to be the blue ones, hah. You could put gift cards and small gifts. I may even do that with the big kids this year, but they won't get my blue jars, hah.
Simple is fun and not as stressful.
The little shelf I refinished this summer. Another Putz house that I bought years ago. Little Eve as a baby.
This cute putz house was made by the other Elizabeth from Tennessee in a house swap last year hosted by Cindy from Ric Rack and Gingham. She hasn't been posting lately and I sure miss her. We have talked on the phone and she is well.
Swappers........if you haven't heard from me please contact me. Just leave a comment on here. I sent out all the information on your swap partners 10 days ago.
I have a new person that would love to swap with someone.....anyone interested. I would but I am doing 2 now and also another secret gift exchange.
Also please keep my friends in your prayers......Sharon, Summer, and Gene. They are all facing battles right now with their health. Also remember Ceejay. She is another blogger struggling.
Thanks my friends.