HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

I love looking around the web for handmade Christmas decorations.

Handmade decorations always make a house truly feel like a home and they add so much character to any space, plus the satisfaction of knowing that you have made something yourself.

As you know, I love creating messes and making things. I like getting the kids involved. They get so excited! Chaotic Monkey starts with loads of energy and gets distracted about 5 minutes into it and runs off covered in material and glue. Big Monkey usually lasts 10 more minutes before he has the urge to draw something, so I tend to finish it on my own. I don’t mind. I find it therapeutic, except the cleaning. I don’t like the cleaning part…

MollyMooCrafts has an abundance of amazing craft projects to make with the kids but I find this tree garland particularly adorable, don’t you think?

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - MollyMoo Crafts

I find the colors in these decorations by Picklebums very uplifting and they would bring an extra personal touch to any tree.

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Picklebums

The amazing Martha Steward has the most beautiful place setting ever, but we wouldn’t expect anything else from her now, would we?

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - MARTHA STEWART

Pompoms. Who doesn’t love pompoms? They are so whimsical! And Northstory has a such fun way to make them look delightful for Christmas.HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Northstory

This wreath by That is My Letter would not only make you stand out from your neighbors but it would help you clear out all those fabric bits and pieces that you have in that basket somewhere in your house and you will then be able to buy more!!! or not… 😉

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - That's my letter

These beautiful trees by Beautiful Matters, are easy to make, beautiful and so versatile… a little forest in your house!

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Beautiful matters

I love, love, love this simple and yet stunning center piece by InspireMeHeather. Did I mention that I love it?

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Heathers candles

If you are lucky enough to have pine cones in your area, you can make the cutest tree out of them. Yes, you heard me right. Just ask Tapelu2. So cute!!!

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Adorable-DIY-Christmas-Decorations

So, between all these amazing examples of beautiful and yet easy hand-made Christmas decorations, plus last year’s ones, plus the ones I’ve made on the blog(here, here, here), you have no excuse not to personalize your home-decor during this festive season with your very own hand-made Christmas decorations

Share your projects on #ChaoticChristmas so we can all see them and appreciate them.

Have fun!
Chaotic Itzi

TAKING 15 MINUTES FOR MYSELF

Yesterday I had to take my little monkey to get vaccinated. He went to school for some of the morning but I decided to keep him after the vaccinations and have a lunch date with him. It is so nice to have on-to-one time with my children but I don’t always get the chance. I love the chats, the stories they tell, and it always surprises me how much they love it too, having your undivided attention, making jokes and taking photos – it really is the little things. Having more one-to-one quality time with my boys (all 3 of them) was one of my 2015 goals and I am constantly trying to make time for it. It is so much fun and it is strengthening the bonds between all of us.
Taking 15 minutes for myself - OrganisingChaosBlog
We all lead such busy lives and between school runs, work, extra curriculum activities and social events (my kids have a better social life than me!), sometimes we forget to just sit down, put your feet up and take a breath or two.

Another one of my goals was to take 15 minutes a day for myself. I have to admit that I have been neglecting this one for a while. When I am on my own, I try to get as much done (cleaning, washing, clothes, shopping, cooking…) in order to have more free time when the boys and Mr B are home so we all get to relax. Although that is a noble idea (even if I say so myself  ;-)) it usually leaves very little time for me – for me to have some time to do my meditation, to take a breath or two, to just read an article… to be me, to do nothing being me, not mum, not a wife, not a stay a working at home woman, but just me.

For some reason I always find it hard to justify having time to myself. I tend to feel guilty and I always think that there is something else I could be doing rather than having a cup of coffee, but I have learning to accept that drinking a cup of coffee with 2 hands, makes me better, helps me slow down and start my day with a good attitude and great energy that carries me to the end of the day being more patient, more relaxed and less frazzled.
Taking 15 minutes for myself - OrganisingChaosBlog
So for the last week, after the morning rush of getting breakfast ready, dishwashers emptied, beds made, uniforms organised, lunches packed, hairs brushed (only sometimes…) and faces cleaned, after all that, when the boys go, I get a fresh cup of coffee, grab a recipe book, a magazine or my kindle and I sit down at my kitchen table for 15 minutes enjoying my read, enjoying my hot cup of coffee and drinking it to the end. It is amazing how much good those 15 minutes do for me, in helping me face the day with positive energy.

I would imagine that everyone would enjoy having 15 minutes to oneself but it looks impossible. 15 minutes is just 1/96 of a day, it is a tiny amount of time. So whether you are at work or at home, take 15 minutes to go for a walk, or 15 minutes to have a nice chat with your favorite colleague or friend, or 15 minutes to get a cup of coffee and catch up on the sports reviews, whatever you are into, whatever takes your fancy.

Take some time for yourself, it can only do you some good (caffeine is optional).

Have a great day,
Chaotic Itzi