I've been waiting for Halloween to get over so I can begin readying the house for Christmas. A few of the crafty bloggers I read are already getting prepared for Christmas crafting. So I am shamelessly starting my preparations as well! The first thing to do is:
Take Inventory. I'm looking at my boxes (oh, so many of them!) of Christmas decor, craft supplies, fabric, etc, to remind myself why I need to get rid of a few things...to make room for new things. Isn't it fun to find those things you bought at those post Christmas sales...then forgot about?
I love to start the season by going to thrift stores and antique malls to look for vintage christmas items before the vendors do their displays and raise their prices. I found the four Santa mugs the other day for 99 cents each at Savers. I have a large collection of them, but they are fun to put on wreaths and around my doors on garlands. I've made neighbor gifts with them. I'll be doing a whole post on them later on.
Getting an early start on Christmas crafting gives me the luxury to make things for fun. I've already started on my neighbor and friend gifts...and I'm one of those annoying people who starts Christmas shopping in July. But the closer one gets to the holiday, the less time you get to craft for fun. Yesterday I made the funky little placecard holders to the left. They'll be used in a future post. I used vintage wooden spools and buttons. I inherited a huge box of wooden spools from Grandma Patta. They used them to make Barbie furniture.
Since I'm not one of those classy people who believes "less is more," I also decorated the back!
I'm going to be re-thinking my kitchen decor a bit this year. It has been a gingerbread theme. But this year I'm thinking about "Peppermints and Polka Dots!" to show off more of my vintage Christmas collection.