Not just any printing. Potato printing.
We did stars, christmas tree and holly leaves/berries. Oh, and some free painting sort of magic by the small printer was in the mix too. Those were my favourites. These are our gift tags and some to make cards with.
I didn't want to the shop bought ones. I figured we didn't need chocolate everyday. My mind went to elaborate heirloom handmade type of advent calendars. But, problem. Every time i thought of making one...well, it just made me feel tired. THAT, is a sure sign NOT to begin that particular project.
Then i stumbled across THIS idea in Amy Karol's Angry Chicken blog. Genius. And, whats more...simple genius. I simplified her idea even more. I cut down a bunch of standard size envelopes i already had, dug out a bunch of little craft pegs, golden string and a few gold bells i had leftover from last years yuletide crafting. Each year i pack away any Christmas cards into the decorations box. Then we get to chop them up and use the images the following year...so i cut out images that would fit on the envelopes and glued them on. I mixed it up by adding a few with vintage red and green buttons (couldnt resist throwing buttons in there!), some with gorgeous christmas stickers we'd been given and filled in the remaining gaps with some christmas themed collage with green and red fabric. Inside each advent envelope went little things: stickers, a handmade wee book, craft pens, a tiny padlock and key, candle, tiny test jars of bath soap, balloons, all sorts of little bits of joy, vouchers for days out to favourite places. Even a few chocolate lady bugs. And a special gift for Solstice. The whole thing was done and dusted in an hour and a half.
So there you have it, two easy peasy fast and furious fun Christmas ideas. Bring on the rain!