I know I haven’t shared a lot in the past week, to be honest I have been buried in projects that I can’t share at the moment, I’ve just been working away like a busy bee trying to get a jump on things before the holiday season is in full swing.
I really enjoy the holiday season but that was not always the case. I grew up in a house with a lot of turmoil around the holidays so to be honest the holidays used to be my least favorite time of year. As a matter of fact I used to tell my husband that I hated Christmas -yeah I know there are many who are saying … WHAT??? How could you hate Christmas. Then there are those of you who – get it.
Either way that has all changed for me now and I fully embrace the holiday season, and I’d like to share a little bit with all of you how I was able to “flip this Sh*t around” so to speak.
I actually started to look at why I hated the Holidays so much, what was causing me to wish they would just not come this year. So if you are feeling the same way, I would recommend you make a list and do it now. The sooner you do then the sooner you can change your feelings about the holidays – below is my list and after each one in pink is what I did to change my situation / feeling.
- I disliked having to go to my extended family on the holidays just to be critiqued or have my little family critiqued – Quite frankly Just stopped going, I didn’t want to hurt peoples feelings so I would make up little white lies but once I didn’t have to go anymore my anxiety level went way down. Because lets face it you have a whole year to do what everyone else wants you to do if that’s what you choose, it doesn’t have to be around the holidays.
- I disliked that at the last minute I was the one wrapping all the gifts and my husband always wanted to shop at the last minute for more things that I ended up wrapping (sorry but he’s so slow at this task lol) – I set him a deadline and when we start to go out shopping – he will always say oh we don’t need to get that now and now I say yes we are getting the shopping done and out of the way if you want to get it for (fill in the name) then let’s get it now. At first he bucked at this a bit but I’m a tough lady (sometimes you just have to be lol) and I pushed and you know what? he’s pretty much used to it now.
- I hated that my husband would always shop for me the day before Christmas which meant that instead of spending time together he was out shopping – again another deadline for him lol, but you know what we talk about it way in advance so that this doesn’t happen and for the most part it has worked out. He knows that it’s more important to me that he and I to spend time together than it is for me to have a bunch of gifts.
- I disliked feeling like there was so much to do and to get ready but I was the only one that was doing – leaving me no time to actually enjoy the holiday season – we talk about things ahead of time and see who is going to do what task, and what we plan to do together ( and both my husband and son help out a lot!). Then we MAKE time to do fun holiday things. Every year our local park has a 3 mile lights on the lake that you can go to and before it officially opens they have a night where you can walk through them in the evening. It’s a tradition now that we go. We head to Starbucks early grab a peppermint mocha and then head out for the 3 mile walk. We have a lot of other things that we do as well, such as a near by Village has what they call a Dickens Christmas. We spend a day there walking through the village shops, sipping hot coffee or cocoa and then having a late afternoon lunch as this beautiful restaurant on the lake.
So the moral of my story (and yeah it was a long one lol) is that the Holidays are Beautiful and Magical and wonderful to me now because I choose to let them be. I let go of all the other “stuff” that was not important and made the holidays about spending time with those I love. And I hope that my sharing all of this helps at least one person out there that might be feeling the same way. That maybe this can help you start to enjoy the holiday season!❤️
Okay moving on to some art!
I have been unable to get my hands on the new Jane Davenport collection and finally yesterday I was able to get the aquapastels and a package of the confetissue pieces. So here I share a little info- video of my take on them. Someone asked if they were like gelatos and I would have to say no. Once they are dry they are pretty set – they don’t continue to move but if you added more water they might- they seem more like a watercolor to me but definitely not as creamy as a watercolor crayon.
A little peek at things I have been working on
I wanted to let you in on a little secret – Saturday the Stencilgirl team is having a magnificent Holiday hop so be sure to stop back in for some amazing inspiration and start your holiday crafty season on the right foot!
Now I can’t spoil what’s in store but I can share a little sneak peek with you – below and let you know that my project has a bit of Old World Holiday – Vintage Flair to it.
November here in the States
is known as the month of giving thanks. Many of you have already begun the Gratitude Junk Journal online workshop with us. For those who want to still want to sign up you can click here to join we are only on day 2 so not much to catch up on. Also for those who might not know this is a “go at your own pace class” which makes it all that more amazing and you don’t have to worry about finishing each part right away or even in sequence.
Now a little something for all of you
to show my thanks for all your continued support! I will probably be saying it over an over especially this month but I want you to all know that you are truly appreciated. Throughout the year you share my posts, you leave me love and comments on all of the different socials media sites and here, You have bought my products, you have joined my workshops and you have shown me love and kindness that just cannot be thanked enough.
So throughout the month I will be giving back to all of you. Today I have a beautiful free collage sheet for you to download, just signup below and your collage sheet will be immediately emailed to you.
Thank you my friends for all you do throughout the year!
Upcoming things to look for:
11/4 – Holiday Blog hop with StencilGirl Creative Team
11/6 – Monday will be the first post of a new blog series and you won’t want to miss this!
11/6 -November’s Newsletter will be going out 11/6 with the free monthly download -Be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter here – this month’s download is all about tags so don’t miss out!