Hey There Beautiful!
I hope you have had a wonderful week.
I spent last weekend at The North Coast National Show in Lismore.
I gave a talk each day at The Festival of Forgotten Skills about the art of debt free living and also gave a cultured vegetable demonstration. I made new friends and met wonderful speakers and presenters sharing their knowledge and skills.
I love the fact that so many lost arts are making a comeback! There was handmade shoes, mosaics, natural garland making, permaculture, learning to live without plastic, women’s health and wellbeing and more…Not only do many of these skills save us money but they are heart warming expressions of our innate life force and creativity. They improve our lives in ways that cannot be measured in dollars.
By using our hands and hearts we connect to the Earth and to each other in a way that buying mass produced stuff from a shop can never do. Home made and hand made items ooze love, charm and creativity.
Perhaps it is time to start thinking of some hand made items you could make as Christmas gifts? (Keep breathing…it’s still a couple of months away….and they don’t need to be complicated. Simple is best.)
Here are some ideas:
- Fancified sunglasses (OMG. I want these!)
- Little votive candle holders (These look pretty easy)
- Paper Maché bowls (not like you made in school!)
- Home made cake mix in a jar with a hand written label and baking instructions.
- Decorate a plain white mug with waterproof sharpie pens. Include a tea bag and cookies.
- Embroider a set of napkins with a family’s individual names on the corner.
- Home made cushion covers, tablecloth or other home decor using recycled fabrics from an op shop.
- Bake a luscious chocolate or fruit cake.
- Make a video talking about what you love about the person.
- Write a song, poem or short story about your loved one.
- A potted herb or flower garden.
- A big jar of homemade sauerkraut! Recipe below.
I hope this gets your creative juices flowing a little…You’ve still got plenty of time so don’t stress….