Waldorf Inspired Wall Calendar

Oh, look, a naked tree that tells the date!

I saw a lovely Waldorf calendar, and decided to go ahead and replicate it as well as I could.

The calendar itself is plastic canvas covered in grey/brown wool yarn, with parallel cuts in the trunk to provide “windows” for the day, date, and month. And write all the numbers, days, and months, on their sticks. To change the date, simply slide from one day  to another.

“Spring” pocket shown here.

I also sewed a “pocket” which is green on one side and red on the other, with flowers stitched on the inside of the green side.

Flowers for spring, green for summer, red for fall. And bare branches for winter.

Very simple, and useable from year to year.

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Zero Waste Gift Wrap or The Art of Furoshiki

…Whichever way you want to call it.

My family is giving gifts wrapped in fabric this year!

I never liked the mess, the noise, the waste of ripping wrapping paper. With my kiddos still being pretty little, even when everything is “perfect”, all that noise and mess can be overwhelming for them.

So, last year, after the craziness of all that destruction, I decided we wanted to do cloth wrap this year.

See? Being eco-friendly can be cute, too.

There’s several tutorials for cloth gift-wrapping. I like the idea of using pretty pillowcases or scarves from thrift shops. This gift is wrapped in one of a set of flats that we attempted to dye red. (That’s right, I have failed projects, too.) Nice pink, i guess. For this “bow” effect, I used this method.  That link has several other ideas for some lovely furoshiki-style wrapping methods.

I think the real trick to furoshiki wrapping gifts is to use a pretty fabric. The rest is aesthetic choices.

The thing I’m most excited about these wraps is that we can use them year after year! frugal and eco-friendly, which is also a bit quieter (I hope) for a more peaceful Christmas morning.

 

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No- Spend Christmas Challenge

Yeah, I know, old meme. We’re over it. I don’t even watch that show.

Why am I so excited for Christmas this year? Because I have a plan.

I’m planning on spending zero money on gifts this year. (Not counting the money I had previously spent on craft supplies.

I know, I know, I can practically hear your responses.

“WHAT? Your POOR children will be SO DEPRIVED!” etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

Nope. Because I am going to make all their presents. I’m planning on having my husband help out a little, but… yeah.

Why, you ask? Because I think I can. I’m reasonably crafty. I only have 2 kids. And goodness knows that Christmas could be horrifically expensive. Or, practically free. We already have all the decorations from last year, but I’ll be making a bunch of amazing Christmas crafts pretty much weekly counting down to Christmas, and hopefully I’ll be able to bring some holiday magic this year.

This picture of Robbie and our pet bunny from last Christmas seemed to fit.

A no-spend Christmas?!?!
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