Actually today starts week 3 of House & Holiday. I have been so busy (I seem to say that a lot - lol) that I have not had time to post about last weeks tasks. So here it goes.
Week 2 focused on Calendar & Creativity. The goal was to create/declutter a space in your home where you will plan for the holidays, work on crafts or use as a wrapping station for gifts. My designated space is my home office which was decluttered and cleaned in week 1.
On the holiday prep side, we created a seasonal calendar, set up travel plans (if you will be traveling during the holiday season), browse for decorating ideas and recipes, plan homemade gifts and get started on your shopping list. I set up my calendar back in July. That's how anxious I was about the upcoming holidays. From September through December I have noted birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, wrapping parties, holiday events, countdowns, and anything else that needs to be noted. I have a printed copy that I keep in my holiday notebook and a copy on my portable hard drive.
The only time I will be traveling this year is in October. A group of friends and I are spending the weekend in Norfolk, Virginia for NSU's Homecoming. I can't wait! I had so much fun last year.
As for homemade gifts, I have a few in mind. For my mom and a few close friends I am making photo calendars. Those are always well received. Confetti Bean Soup for my neighbor. She loves homemade soups. Kissmas Whisks for a few co-workers. And for my best friend, this ombre glitter vase.
I found this idea on Better Homes &Garden's website. Her favorite color is purple so I think the purple with lavendar will be really pretty. She's going to love this! I can't wait to show you all the end result! Finally there's my homemade cookies for a few folks. Maybe next year I will try to do more homemade crafts. I enjoy them so but will need to make more time to complete them. Perhaps next year I will join the crafter's challenge over at Magical Holiday Home.
Speaking of gifts, I wanted to do some shopping this weekend but it didn't happened. Had to get some work done on my truck so it will be ready for emmissions. Bummer!!! Except for the young kids in my family, I pretty much have gift ideas for everyone on my list.
I had a crying moment when I came across my nephew Eric's name and had to cross him off the list. I didn't want to do it last year. I miss my guy so much. I can't believe it's been nearly two years since he passed. I find myself shaking my head about it daily.
Okay, I'm not going to get all mushy. Better stop here. More holiday fun to come.