24 Merry Days 2013

24 Merry Days 2013

A fabulous ton of seriously incredible DIY’ers, artists, designers, and serious inspirational bloggers, have joined together for their presentation of “24 Merry Days 2013

Contests, links, projects, design, from fabric, candy canes, recipes, to wall art and DIY; please go share in their spread of holiday cheer & while you’re there:

!!!ENTER A FAB CONTEST OR TWO!!!

This has been the first in a while “Link Day Friday

Consider this your CHRISTMAS WARNING:

“I’ll be Back” … Just in case you thought you were rid of me ;)

Yours Truly,

JayNine xo


*reminder, most of these contests are only open to U.S Residents only. I will share the links to the Canadian ones, as I find them. For now, this posts for you my U.S friends ;)

Our GREEN CHRISTmas!

Forget BUYING TONS N TONS N TONS OF GARBAGE for holiday gift wrap folks, especially those with children!
Buy a $5-$10 roll (or 2 or 3 like in our home LOL) of easel refill paper n start decorating your own personalized gift wrap, specifically designed for each gift, for each person individually! Snowflakes for Grandma, Penguins (to the best of the art ability u have LOL), trains, planes n automobiles for the little tykes you’ve bought gifts for this year!

This has become, as of recent years, a FAMILY TRADITION of sorts! CHRISTmas Music playing in the background, hot cocoa, near the Christmas tree!
Now, lay out ur roll of easel paper, ALLL the way across ur living room/dining room as far as u can unravel it! Pull out every stamp, glitter glue, glitter, glue, lol, stickers, pipe cleaners (great for tying odd shaped gifts up at top), paint, crayons, markers; and my favorite:
LAST YEARS CHRISTmas cards (NO ones EVER told u WHAT on Earth to do with all the endless CARDS of Christmas’ past–THIS IS IT!) pretty pictures, ALL craft or scrapbooking stuff you’ve somehow accumulated over the years; n watch the REASON FOR THE SEASON COME ALIVE IN UR OWN LIVING-ROOM! Decorate the entire roll or small pieces at a time but, ULL find use for it all!
The leftover pieces, post on the fridge or art wall in your home, for display! OR, use it as a backdrop for a PICTURE of the kids, that you’ve taken of them while creating this craft, n FRAME it, display for memories!

THIS is where the Holiday Spirit is folks! In ur children’s faces n hands, when they’re creating their very own special gift wrap for the gifts of others. It’s a wonderful way to have talk time with the kids that don’t talk n for parents to really get to their children’s levels n “craft out” with ur kids! N the end product when gifts r wrapped is more beautiful n appreciated than just a wrapping paper roll from the stores, thrown into trash! There’s just not enough to b said about this GREAT GREEN GIFT WRAP IDEA! The possibilities r endless! Use ur imagination n ENJOY the Season n the precious moments with ur loved ones!

P.S.
we do this at birthdays thru out the year as well…it’s a great, creative, connection time!
REMEMBER, Allow the kids to b kids get dirty messy n HAVE FUN!
(TIP: we always lay an old sheet down or 2, under our paper for mess)!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS,
Jeanine H