I’m delighted to welcome to the blog today author Christina Freeburn. She shares how she crafts for the holidays, and she’s brought a giveaway: a set of gift tags she crafted and a copy of her just-released scrapbooking mystery, “Cropped To Death”, which I reviewed earlier.
What holiday craft do you enjoy doing? What gifts are you making (if you can tell it here without spoiling a surprise)? Leave your answer in the comments to enter to win. We’re accepting entries until 6 p.m. EST Friday. The winner will be notified over the weekend.
Holiday Crafting – Keeping it Simple and Fun by Christina Freeburn
Holiday crafting is one of the joys, and can be a stress, of the holiday season. There are always so many different types of crafts…for decorating and gifting purposes…that I want to make. My list grows and grows and before I know it, the only way I could accomplish all of it would’ve been to start in January.
I’ve learned to scale back and pick a few projects that will bring home the holiday spirit to me and also not leave me feeling upset. I used to spend weeks making handmade Christmas cards, but went back to store bought when the task turned into more of a chore and was a stress rather than the relaxing time it had first been.
Part of the issue was I told myself the cards had to look ‘exactly’ like the ones in the magazine. They needed to be elaborate and personalized for each recipient. It might have been doable except I had sixty people on my card list and what had been fun turned into a ‘job’. I found I didn’t have time to work on other craft projects, baking, and decorating with some a time consuming task I turned card making into. It was also hard to accept the help of my children as the designs were so elaborate it was hard for my elementary school age children to participate.
Part of the fun of holiday crafting was spending the time with my children, something I landed up doing away with in my quest to have the ‘perfect’ cards. Nowadays, I keep in mind that the best part of the creating for the holidays is making it a family activity. My daughters and I pick cookies recipes that we will all enjoy making and allows us to make more than one type.
For holiday gifts, I also plan on keeping it simple and elegant. The Disney cruise scrapbook my mother-in-law is hoping for Christmas will be focused more on the photographs and I’ll use a simple design, which I’ll probably ‘copy’ for the album my daughter as she’d like an album also. One of the gifts I’m looking forward to most is the ‘jar’ (rather a large plastic container) of quilt strips for a special little girl who I love and adore. She loves to make designs on the floor with my fabric scraps so I’m going to make her a kit. I can’t wait to start cutting the strips from the fabric I’ve collected.
This year, I’m also going to do what I’ve always wanted–give a handmade touch to all my gifts–by using my Cricut to cut out tags then decorate them with stamps and stickers. I’ll also leave some blank for my husband and children to use in case they’d like to personalize some for gifts they are giving.
To enter to win a set of Christina’s gift tags, answer these questions in the comments: What holiday craft do you enjoy doing? What gifts are you making (if you can tell it here without spoiling a surprise)? Contest ends 6 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 30.