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Homemade for the Holidays!

December 29, 2010

Happy Holidays everyone! It’s been way too long since I posted to the blog. Busy as usual, of course. I hope your holidays were merry and bright. We spent our break up north (Los Gatos, Ca) with my husbands family. They have such fun Christmas traditions. On Christmas Eve we have a fabulous dinner and play “crazy auction”. If you aren’t familiar, you basically pile a ton of small wrapped gifts in the center of the table and the youngest person starts by choosing one gift and unwrapping it. The next person in line gets to either steal the first gift or choose a new one and this goes on until all the gifts have been opened. It’s really fun and you end up with a ton of little goodies that you probably would have never thought of buying but may actually use one day like this boob loob or this really cute terra cotta worm water sensor.

Back at home, we opted for a found object and mostly homemade Christmas this year. What sparked our minimalist holiday aesthetic was that fact that we couldn’t make up our minds between chopping down a tree from a farm, buying one from a lot or buying a fake one so we did none of those things and made our tree out of wine boxes that we’ve collected over the years and placed battery operated candles throughout to light it up. I used twine and fabric scraps from our wedding to create garlands over our mantle and windows. I also felted (for the first time) our first Christmas stockings.

My friends get together for a gift exchange each year and this year we named it “Homemade for the Holidays”. Everyone made or mostly made their gift which was a nice change of pace from our usual over-consumed gift exchange. We were able to keep things simple and give each other gifts that were way more meaningful. Here’s what my giftee received:

We’re preparing for our huge NYE bash. Off to shop for something sparkly to wear!


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