A Handmade Christmas

Hi lovelies! Happy Boxing Day - I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas!

We had a lot of celebrations with friends and family - including Christmas Eve with my husband Ash's family and Christmas day with my Mum in the country.

Check us out with our Christmas hats on! We had so much fun and had a chance to really reflect on the year and the true meaning of the holiday season - love and gratitude. 

We were well and truly spoilt with delicious food and thoughtful gifts.

2014 for us though has certainly been a challenging year. I stopped working and Ash has stepped up at work. This year has really caused us to reflect on what is important - it isn't about money or lots of gifts, but rather it is about love and kindness. That is why this year we decided on a handmade Christmas. All we purchased were three books (and art supplies) - everything else I made or traded my goods and services. It was great. 

 

Ash and I are so fortunate to have so many amazing children in our lives, who we dearly love to spoil. This year I made them all a 'Christmas Eve Pack' - it was our way of spreading Christmas magic to all of the children we love so much. 

In each of the packs was a cookie plate for Santa with their names on it, a bottle of milk for Santa, some reindeer food and a copy of the 'Night Before Christmas' poem (plus a little chocolate Santa). I made all of this on my Silhouette Cameo and each pack, while didn't cost much, was made and received with lots of love.

I also have so many incredible friends who have been such a support to me this year. For some of my girls I made them clay necklaces - in bright or christmas colours. 

To make these necklaces your just roll oven bake clay into beads and baked in a low oven. They are super easy and fun to make. It was fun to pick out the colours and designs for the individuals. Every necklace was made with lots of love. 

As you know I was selling Christmas Cards this year, adorned with my hand-carved lino and stamp designs. I ended up selling 230 cards - which completely blew me away! 

However, when it came to making our Christmas cards I couldn't face another Christmas design! 

Plus many of our friends are from different faiths so I decided to make a new year card using this great stamp set from the latest Studio Calico kit. Plus a little neon! 

I love this stamp and the anticipation it creates. This year has had a few ups but more than enough downs so I really wanted to put positive energy out there for 2015!

So there you have it my friends, our handmade Christmas! I'll be back soon with some more of my December album, along with my Project Life album (Christmas crafts have caused me to fall behind - I'm still up to November!). Enjoy the rest of the festive season. Love and light, Lauren xx