Every year, I vow that I'm going to get my Christmas shopping done with plenty of time to spare.
But in true procrastinator fashion, there's naturally no urgency when there is plenty of time to spare. Which is why, in the past several weekends, I have set out with the mission of purchasing all of my gifts, only to return with a handful of things I bought for myself. For instance, Black Friday? Bought a Christmas tree and decor for our little abode. Last weekend? Got a dress for my company's holiday party. A super cute one from TJ Maxx.
So before I know it, it's the week before Christmas, and on Saturday I ventured out along with all of the other last-minute shoppers to scramble for some gifts to join Ian's under the Christmas tree. Did you know that the weekend before Christmas is actually the busiest shopping day of the year, not Black Friday? I'm not making that up. And shopping on that day in Northern Virginia was enough to make me never want to go shopping again. The crowds, the lines, the parking lots...call me a scrooge, but after standing in a forty five minute line that wrapped the entire way around World Market, I was not a happy camper. And I still don't have all my gifts!
But on Sunday, I went all Pintrest on the ones I had, being crafty and wrapping them with handmade goodies.
Like fabric flowers (tutorial here!)...
...and paper pinwheels...
Is there really better way than to unwind from your retail therapy than sewing fabric scraps and folding paper while catching up on Glee?
I think not.