The holidays are coming. We are aware of that mostly when the craft stores start to put out their supplies for the holidays. Granted there are Christmas items in craft stores for most of the year, August seems to be the time when the major push starts. I know what some of you are thinking. "We just got the kids out of school and we're going on vacation. I don't want to be thinking about getting ready for Christmas already!"
But for some of us this is the perfect time to get started on your holiday crafts. The days are longer and you seem to get more done because of it. Also, on days that are rainy, what could be better than staying inside, putting on some holiday music and working on your crafts? Whether it be cross stitch, quilting, beadwork, scrapbooking, or whatever, take some time to get caught up on those crafts that just didn't get finished in time last year.
This is also the perfect time to organize your craft area. Throw out old dated ribbon or fabric. Or re-organise your craft work area to make room for this year's ideas. You don't have to get all high tech on your organising either. Use simple clear boxes to see what's inside, or just label some shoeboxes. I have a five drawer rolling organiser that holds all of my gift bags, tape, scissors, and smaller items. Whatever you choose, make it easy for you to find things and make it your own.
*Photo courtesy of Rubbermaid
As for the craft ideas, the web is full of sites that can help you make the holidays more colourful and festive. The are sites such as Michaels which have a vast array of choices for any crafting enthusiast. For Canadians, there is Mary Maxim. This company has been around for years and offers a great selection of quilting, stitching, beadwork, and other ideas for the holidays. Whatever you choose let's start a little early this year and make your holidays merry and bright.