Friday, December 16, 2011

No Malls For Me!

I love Christmas. I love almost everything about it. I love the music and the lights and the cheesy movies*. I love dedicating (at least!) a few days to doing nothing with my family.

One of the things that I don't love however is the commercialism. The idea that you HAVE to get this toy or that game. The commercials, the malls, the shopping, the rush, the stress. I could do without all that.

So this year, I decided I would.

Sort of.

While I hate shopping, I do love giving gifts. Especially gifts that I've put some thought and time into; so I decided to (try to**) make all my gifts this year. Which, I suppose, is a different kind of stress, but I get to feel a warm, satisfied glow as I look at the little pile of gifts under my tree.

It's actually going pretty well, but it does present a problem. I'm spending a lot of time making things. I want to post pictures. I want to post tutorials. I think that a couple of people I know might actually read my blog though.

I can post this picture of our lovely Gingerbread tent.

For now, I'll leave you with a few links to some good tutorials in case you're in need of ideas for those last few people on your list.

Here ya go:

Great for sticking in a stocking, some quick and easy hand warmers.

50 homemade gift ideas from Mr. and Mrs. Not Made of Money.

Some last minute ideas from Homemade Gifts Made Easy.

A tutorial (that made me laugh out loud) for a re-usable coffee cosy.
A couple more in-depth tutorials if you'd like a more polished looking coffee cup sleeve, one from Fiskars, and one from House on Hill Road.

*There are a few notable exceptions: The Jim Carrey Grinch, and Four Christmases, and The Christmas Shoes, to name a few. I can't help it if I prefer my Christmas movies to be heartwarming.
**No matter how hard I try, I still haven't been able to make an Xbox game.


  1. A gingerbread tent. GENIUS. Well done.

  2. The walls were mysteriously missing. My mum got this gingerbread "house" kit for us at a church bazaar... I can only imagine that there's a little old lady giggling her head off somewhere.

  3. very well said, even in a place like India this is going crazy I must not visit any mall :) truly agreed!

  4. Skwishee - I couldn't find your email on your site, so I'm posting here. THANK YOU for the awesome awesome Star Wars ornaments! The boys are THRILLED. They could not be any cuter. Of course, they're going to have to make the blog. Stay tuned. I LOVE presents (in case you missed that). Happy day! xoxo Walshie

  5. You're very welcome. :) I'm glad they got there before Christmas!