Archives for December 2010

Let’s Talk: Homemade Holiday Progress

The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

About a month ago, I shared with you guys some of my plans for homemade holidays gifts and what I hoped to get accomplished this year.  I said I would check in with all of you and we could compare notes on our progress.

So, how are things going?

I didn’t finish everything on my list before my self-imposed deadline of the first week of December.  But, that is okay, I knew that I wouldn’t.   Anything that isn’t finished, I have set aside for now (perhaps to pick up again for Valentines day or the Easter baskets?)

Over the years, I have learned that is it better for me and my temperament to set things aside if they aren’t finished by the first week or two of December.  This allows me to focus on the joy of the holiday season and not end up stressing out over projects and to-do lists.

While I didn’t get everything finished on my gift list, I did get quite a few things finished, in part because I shared the responsibility.  My family helped me to create and make gifts and it is true what they say about many hands making light work.

Under our tree this year are handknit sweaters and hats, dolls, peg people, playsilks, wooden blocks, magic wands, felt covered barrettes, bean bags, and some story stones.  And Jillian has been hard at work behind closed doors on a super-secret project yet to be revealed.

What fun!

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Weekend Links

And don’t forget that you  can still enter to win Rae Grant’s books until midnight EST tonight!

    Cristina Ashley Designs Gift Certificate Giveaway

    Welcome to a Simple Kids weekend giveaway!  This weekend, our giveaway comes from Cristina Ashley Designs.

    This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

    Cristina’s shop offers personalized necklaces, designer necklaces, bracelets, and more. My favorite are the charm bracelets and the small word leather cuffs.  The “Joys of My Heart” necklaces that you can customize with your kids’ initials are pretty sweet, too.

    Cristina is offering Simple Kids readers a discount code to use when shopping that is good for 10% off.  The discount code is simple10.

    One lucky Simple Kids reader is going to win a $100 gift certificate to her shop.

    To Enter

    To enter, simply leave a comment on today’s post.

    This giveaway will end Saturday, December 11th, 2010 at midnight EST.  Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!