Vintage Christmas Outdoor Decorating Ideas
Making Time for the Things You Enjoy
My daughter Robby is easing into making holiday gifts. She’s created a work space in her basement and has the sewing machine set up. Every time she does a load of laundry, she uses that exact time for crafting. By the time the wash is done her allocated crafting time is up. At this rate she figures she can avoid that overwhelming feeling of too little time as the holidays get closer. Whatever the craft, she has a basket for leftover scraps. She gives these to her two little boys to make their own projects while she’s working on hers. You might do the same, filling a basket with glue, paper, pieces of wood, stickers, fabric scraps, stars, buttons, and sequins. Organize your crafting material in easy-to-take-out-and-put-away containers like baskets or plastic storage boxes.
Keeping Things in Good Order
If you enjoy setting a pretty table for the holidays, start early and take stock of napkins, tablecloth, silver and brass items. Wash and iron, remove spots, and polish whatever needs attention. Not waiting until the last minute will make you feel terrific. It’s also a good time to put away knickknacks you’ve grown tired of looking at, or those “extra” items that seem to creep into our spaces. It’s also a good time to cozy up your rooms with things you may have put away like quilts or a mohair throw.