Holidays at Home

on December 8 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 15 Comments

Share your memories with us. What does your home look like as you prepare for the holidays? Have your thoughts about the holidays changed over the years? Do you have new family traditions in the works? We’d love to hear from you!

Saidos da Concha

Constança made her own Christmas ornaments and shared the process on her blog. She writes, “I decided to whip up these instructions because I thought ‘Why buy Christmas ornaments that look handmade when you can actually make them so easily?'”

Blessed Roots

With Kim’s Notebook Slipcover Tutorial you could… “Make a personalized gratitude journal, diary, pregnancy journal, prayer journal, or whatever you come up with. It’s fun, simple, and they make great Christmas gifts for your friends, sisters, kids’ teachers, neighbors…”

Two Hippos

Ronit has a Coaster Tutorial for you, which she uses to make great holiday presents. She writes, “I’ve enjoyed figuring out how to make fun coasters over the past few months and… I offer this tutorial as one possible way of making them. I am sure there are other (possibly better) ways out there, so take what you can from this and go forth, be creative, and have fun.”

Just Because I am Me

Shaina shares lots of ideas for holiday fun including these bird nest ornaments, family frames and these bags for holiday wrapping (pictured). She writes, “Our Christmas wrapping is made up from Christmas material that has been sewed into different size bags, tied close with a ribbon, with a cute card attached to it to let us know who it’s to. We have different sizes, ranging from the size of my hand to big enough to hold a computer monitor. The best part, is that we re-use these bags every year. They look adorable nestled together under the Christmas tree. Also, I made quite a few bags of varying sizes and gave them out as a gift to friends so they can start their own ‘cloth bag’ tradition.”

Making This Home

Katie wanted to share her thought-provoking post about holiday cards. She writes, “If every family in American sent just one Christmas card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of waste every year. In case you’re curious, that’s enough paper to fill my house… 325 times.” Click over for Katie’s ideas about how to share more “green” holiday greetings.

inspired mama musings

Katie and her husband make several batches of homemade Irish cream each season as a gift for their friends and family, along with a bag of coffee and biscotti. She shares the recipe with you, so you can do it too!

Blossom

Amy has a wonderful list of creative gifts for children on her blog. She writes, “While strolling through the toy aisles of a local department store, I was dumbfounded by the abundance of junky toys for sale. More depressing still was the fact that people actually buy them. I’m not claiming to be the perfect parent – we’ve had our share of gifts that turned out to be not-so-great. But, our family does try to avoid the duds. We generally aim for quality over quantity, with plenty of room for imagination. Here are some ideas for creative and inexpensive gifts that my own children have enjoyed…”

E Made This

Elizabeth writes, “Today is the annual Christmas cookie party that I host. This is the 6th time that I’ve done it in my adult life, but its origins are much older. When I was a wee one (4 or 5?– who really knows), all the women of my Mom’s family–my Mom, my Aunt, and my Grandma plus me would make 12 different kinds of cookies in one day in my Grandma’s tiny awkward orange formica countertopped kitchen… In that spirit, for the next 12 days, I will post and write about a different cookie in the dozen.”

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15 Responses to Holidays at Home

  1. biebs says:

    I also have a tutorial, but it is in dutch. I think there is no problem with the googletranslator ;)

    http://biebs.web-log.nl/biebs/2007/07/workshop_etui.html

    Best regards

  2. ellen says:

    Wow. the irish cream recipe looks great!

  3. everything is wonderful! how cute is the blossom handmade idea?!!

    thank you for including my irish cream recipe! :)

    happy handmade holidays,
    erika

  4. Christine Bolin says:

    Those cookies look wonderful. Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

  5. Michele says:

    I love the gifts for children post! Thanks!

  6. Kari says:

    I love those ornaments! & homemade irish cream? yum yum!

  7. Karen says:

    Love the Irish Cream recipe! I am going to make that tomorrow. Great idea!

  8. Jacqui says:

    I’m so going to make that home made Irish cream. What a lovely gift idea!!!

  9. Lalli says:

    Lovely tutorials. thanks a lot for posting them. :)

  10. Amy says:

    Wow, that was fast. Thanks so much for including my post!

  11. Dawn says:

    What a festive post! I am enjoying all the pretty colors as I read through everything today!

  12. Rachael says:

    My in-laws have some great family traditions that I am now lucky enough to be part of.

    One of them is writing out our christmas cards together! We just had card writing night last friday complete with christmas music, hot chocolate (or wine if you would like) and snacks!

  13. Katy says:

    This is wonderful! I can’t wait to go check them all out! :)

  14. Josiane says:

    I was wondering a few days ago what was Irish cream made of… and here you are, pointing me to a recipe! I couldn’t try it that day in order to try and guess what were the ingredients, as I can’t have dairy products, but now I can make a vegan version of it! Thanks!

  15. Concha says:

    Thanks so much for including my ornaments tutorial! :)

    Have a great week!

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