This probably won’t surprise you, but like last year, I am going to try very hard to make this Christmas a hond- made one. (See last years Christmas crafting projects here here here and here) This is for numerous reasons, including not having very much money. But also because I happen to think that Christmas does not have to be expensive. I am planning on buying very few gifts, and I mostly (but not always) prefer experiences to things. We are also preparing for a thrifty, low spend Christmas. This is why you will not find a Christmas gift guide or wish list on my blog. I like to read them, I do. I like to see the very cute finds and learn a little about the authors of the wish lists. And its nice to dream, right? But, sometimes, these lists make me feel very focussed on spending money. And I don't have any to spend. Or, as Pip so aptly puts it (she reads my mind, I swear) 'it is easy to get overwhelmed with the BUY'.
Illustration by Ellie Sutton, commissioned by me to go with my article at Amelia's magazine.
I have been busy crafting away for a few articles for Amelia’s magazine in which I am encouraging everyone to make something this Christmas. Even if they dont think they are very crafty. I have chosen easy ideas that anyone could do, using stuff that is either going to be thrown away or is at least easily accessible in most homes. My tutorial with 5 ideas to make your own Christmas cards is here.
Anyway. That was a really long introduction to the second of three Christmas articles. Which is published now over at Amelia's. Its a rant. About the perils of posh Christmas sellotape induced madness, amongst other things.
P.S I have been listening too and loving Andrew Bird recently. There is something christmassy and beautiful and joyous about it.