I had so many great ideas for hand-made gifts this year. And then reality struck as far as the actual available time I have had. Last week I had to wrap up my graduate class at PSU. This week we grocery shopped, cleaned the house, hosted a dinner party for friends, made Christmas gifts for my assistants and teacher friends at school, and celebrated our twelveth (yes, 12!) wedding anniversary. That didn't leave a lot of time for craftiness.
Each day, I mentally subtracted one or two planned projects off my list as Not-Gonna-Happen-in-Time-for-Christmas. I keep telling myself that it's ok. I want my creative projects to be relaxing and fun, not an added stressor. So today we bought a few gifts instead and tonight and tomorrow I'm going to play around at the sewing machine and see if I can whip anything else up. We have a little something for everyone and we were able to contribute to the Advent Conspiracy offering so I feel like I have met my goal to "Spend Less, Give More" and I did it without going to the mall or a big-box store. Overall, I am happy with what we've done for Christmas this year and I'm really excited to see our family in the heartland. The mega-cute little girl outfits that I imagined in my head will just have to stay there (in my head) but the real-life time playing with the little girls will be gift enough for me.