Merry Christmas :)

Merry Christmas :)

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Handmade Ornaments

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My idea of a simple craft and fun last minute Holiday gift or activity for adults or kids are painted ornaments.  You can use a salt dough recipe or a cornstarch recipe (as featured in the first picture), or you can use wooden shapes, or even polymer clay.  I love the salt dough or cornstarch based ornaments because I always have those ingredients around my house.

Whichever recipe you choose, have fun painting it with simple geometric shapes and patterns to create a folk style ornament (my personal favorite!) that is simple and easy for just about anyone.  Add a fun ribbon to finish your piece, and voila!  You have the perfect last minute holiday gift or craft!  Enjoy! :)

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

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With the holiday season in full bloom, I thought I’d share some of my favorite eco-friendly gift wrap finds :)  I love the idea of reusing something for something else that is just going to be thrown away anyway… why waste so much when you can create something even more beautiful and help the planet! If you are on a tight budget, I love the Trader Joe’s bag wrapping idea and you could even use some old handkerchiefs or old tee-shirts cut up to make the fabric wrap.  You could also forgo wrapping all together and use a basket like the special gift in the second picture.  You can find used fabric, baskets and so much more at your local thrift store and Goodwill.  Happy wrapping!! :)