On the day after Thanksgiving I plan to eat leftovers and get crafting on Christmas gifts and décor. I am calling it Craftsgiving. In a sense I have been preparing for the day all year, thanks to the existence of Pinterest and my personal craft room. Now that I’m just a few days out, though, I am sitting down to actually select projects, based on my available time, budget constraints, Christmas list and current crafting passions. That should narrow it down for me, but not enough.
Here’s how it’s likely to shake out.
Budget: Very low, partly due to reduced cash flow, and partly because I’ve become fascinated with Upcycling in the past few years. I feel as though crafting should reduce waste in the world, not increase it.
Available time: Right now I don’t have a job outside the home, but volunteer and family responsibilities can eat up a goodly amount of time. I think most people nowadays are interested in relatively simple projects that go quickly, and also portable projects, such as knitting.
Crafting passions: As I get older, I spend more of my time thinking about the good people and times of my younger days. I retrieved a large box of family photos and some vintage jewelry on my last trip to my father’s home, and I’m expecting that nostalgia is going to inform my holiday crafting. My mom’s grandfather founded a floral greenhouse, but our family left that business in the 70s. My mom, her sister and her sister’s husband were all self-taught painters. Of these three, only my mom’s sister is still living, so I have been trying to incorporate more folk art painting into my crafting in the past year. My mom and my husband’s grandmother were great at sewing, so I want to do some of that, and my mom’s aunt was a great knitter and general needle-crafter. At the end of her life, my grandmother devoted most of her time to making jewelry. And, of course, everybody loved to bake. So I have some ideas of what I want to do.
I'll be posting my projects as I make progress, as well as the how tos.