Tuesday, November 01, 2011

And Then It Was November!

Pumpkin Boots for my new niece or nephew!
Howdy Do Bloglandeers,

Today I found myself doing some holiday craft supply and birthday gift shopping, and just ACCOSTED by carols in every shop. Certainly, as I buy the bottle brush mini trees and the tag paper  cones, I am thinking "Holiday", but the music just about freaked me out.
Really? Already? Not even a mix? 
And playing in every store.
So now, I guess it's just all Holiday from now... until January. No wonder people get so stressed out this time of year. I love carols, but I need moderation.

To be fair it, wasn't just the ever so slightly premature jing- jing- jingling that un-nerved me. It also may had something to do with the fact that normally, by now, I am well on my way with my Handmade Holidays: projects picked, lists made, and even a portion of the sewing/creating completed. This November 1st, I don't think I have done item one. I don't even have a plan. I have an inspiration board on Pintrest, but it's whimsical, not practical (which made it much more fun to make... by the way).

I expect lots of blogs are probably all geared up with a full schedule of tutorial goody goodness, adorable pdf printable checklists, and all manner of comfort and joy, but I think I'll just be documenting my strategies and plans as I fully punt my way through the next two months. I need to find awesome fast, fun gifts to make, I need to find time for me and my family to celebrate and socialize and I want to leave stress at the doorstep.

My other goals are that I want to do is get back on the blogwagon AND focus on the holiday at hand...
So, I plan to blog every day in November about something I am grateful for...
(as well as the progress and process of the Handmade Holidaze Unprepared.)

A Full Month of Thanksgiving.

November 1st: 
I am grateful (and excited) that my sister invited me to be there when she has her baby.

I think this is going to be fun.
Anyone want to join me?
It's easy.
We all have so much to be thankful for.

Thankfully yours,


Linda K. said...

Sounds good to me. I'm having some surgery on Nov. 17 and have decided not to "do" Thanksgiving" and maybe not even Christmas. That doesn't mean I don't have gifts to give, etc. Just that this year won't be one where I'm super creative and stuff. Oh yeah, and I'm thankful today that I found the right crate for Bella at the right price, and that she already understands "kennel up" and even went in for awhile on her own tonight."

polkadotpeticoat said...

It use to be that the stores would be ready the day after Thanksgiving and now the stuff is out before Halloween....its gotten crazy!

Sidereal Day said...

Christmas seems to start earlier in the shops every year. It reminds me of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, next thing you know it will be Christmas year round.
Do people really have blog schedules? I kind of just throw stuff up when I have something interesting(or not) to say and have the time to post it.
I do like the idea of posting about things we are thankful for this month, there is a lot to be thankful for.

Anonymous said...

I'm right there with you - it's Nov. 3rd and I have only vague ideas of what I should make and/or buy for Christmas gifts. But I'm determined not to make the process stressful! Holidays should equal fun. = )

Jenifir said...

While I would like to make hand made gifts for everyone I am pretty sure that it will not happen. But, I will enjoy making the ones that I do make and put as much thought into the ones that I buy. I am really trying to work on 'the process' and not always racing to get something or somewhere.

Mary@BarnBugStudio said...

So glad you're back Betty.Been hanging in there hoping you'd return. Congratulations on the new little niece. She's adorable!

Dorian Fletcher said...

Glad to see you "back in the saddle" so to speak. As for the too soon Christmas season...our local mall had "Let It Snow" playing at full tilt and it was at least 75 degrees out! I've enjoyed your creations at Iron Dog in Niles and also at the Mountain Bookshop in Sonora. Craft on!

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