Archives for October 2011

Inspired Holidays {Day 7}:: Creative Memorable Holidays

Inspired Holidays {Day 7}:: Creative Memorable Holidays

Creative Christmas Memories & Decorating Idea

One of my readers, Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D (who is doing a 31 Day series on 31 Minutes to a More Organized Life!) left me this sweet comment:

I’m really enjoying this series.  it goes to show that it doesn’t take a large effort – just a little effort and a little thought – to make something special.

Yes. Thank you. True words. That is my goal.

So, in thinking about the topic of being inspired for the season ahead, I stumbled across a delightful idea over at Canadian House & Home.

Simple cloth bags with numbers of them, a use-what-you-already-have ornament tucked inside. Each day of December, children get to open a bag and another ornament goes on the tree.

Amen.

Simple creativity and meaningful holiday decor. It just takes a little thought, a little effort.

Sometimes we get overwhelmed, thinking holidays have to be complicated ordeals. Or that having a beautiful holiday home requires amazing design sense, money, lots of time, or showcasing all the latest trendy stuff. And we miss the whole point.

We can start now with a goal to choose a few simple ideas for creative yet memorable decor, a few easy fun treats to enjoy and share, a few simple-to-make comforting holiday meals. Then decide which meaningful traditions we want to keep this year.

And then we can let go of the excessive expectations that will stress us out, zero in on a few special ideas we really want to do, and we’ll actually have time and energy to make them happen and ENJOY them.

We don’t have to jump ahead to Christmas yet, we can and should still savor Autumn. Just start your list of simple holiday ideas and traditions so you can start gathering what you need and begin weeding out the rest.

Inspired Holidays {Day 7}:: Creative Memorable Holidays

 

Want to catch up on the first six days?

Day 2: Plush Pumpkin Fall Giveaway!

Day 3: Why I Love this Season

Day 4: Ideas for Decorating Naturally

Day 5: Simple Fall Decorating Around The House

Day 6: Your Style: Get in the Holiday Groove

And here is where to find the list of other creative and inspiring bloggers involved in this 31 Day series!

Inspired Holidays {Day 6}:: Your Holiday Decorating Style! In the groove? Or in a rut?

Inspired Holidays {Day 6}:: Your Holiday Decorating Style! In the groove? Or in a rut?

I found both of these pumpkin decorating inspiration photos at Martha Stewart and I loved them both. But oh how different they are from each other, and from the normal carved jack-o-lanterns.  And that is why I was drawn to them. They are fresh and unique. They have personality.

Uniqueness is what makes us who we are and sets our style apart.

What sets you apart in your holiday style?

I think it is fun to find a unique look or style or way of entertaining that is almost like a signature look. I think once you find that groove, decorating starts to feel more fun and less stressful. Less forced, more creative and natural.

I have a few things I do that I know are my own little quirky ways of decorating or entertaining.  They are just ME. I keep evolving with the times and with what I like,  but there are certainly some things I do that just seem to work for me and I don’t feel a need to reinvent the wheel!

Once I feel comfortable with my style or way of doing things, I feel like I can focus on other things that are important to me. But it is fun now and then to reinvent what you do and try something new.

How about you?

Are you happy with your holiday (fall holidays or Christmas!) decorating groove?

Or do you feel like you are in a holiday decorating rut and you are ready to break out of it?

 

Inspired Holidays {Day 6}:: Your Holiday Decorating Style! In the groove? Or in a rut?

Inspired Holidays {Day 6}:: Your Holiday Decorating Style! In the groove? Or in a rut?

Did you miss the past few days of this series?

Day 2: Plush Pumpkin Fall Giveaway!

Day 3: Why I Love this Season

Day 4: Ideas for Decorating Naturally

Day 5: Simple Fall Decorating Around The House

And here is where to find the list of other creative and inspiring bloggers involved in this 31 Day series!

 

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