Thursday, November 27, 2014

Get Messy // November Prompt

This month prompt was to pick a word that describes you right now. When I heard the that only one word entered my head: FIRE. I don't know how to put into words all the reasons I choose word. I think the second page I did best describes how I used to feel and why I choose my word. 

The poem reads 
Requiescat by Oscar Wilde
"Read lightly, she is near
Under the snow,
Speak gently, she can hear
The daisies grow.

All her bright golden hair
Tarnished with rust,
She that was young and fair
Fallen to dust.

Lily-like, white as snow,
She hardly knew
She was a woman, so
Sweetly she grew.

Coffin-board, heavy stone,
Lie on her breast,
I vex my heart alone,
She is at rest.

Peace, peace, she cannot hear
Lyre or sonnet,
All my life's buried here,
Heap earth upon it."

PS This is the last time you will see a Get Messy post. The group will be taking Demember off for the holidays. BUT don't worry I will still be sharing something extra special during those Thursdays in Dec AND the group will be announcing something special.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Minimalist Christmas // Presents

Some of you know that I have been on a journey to have a minimalistic Christmas. I have already figured out the most important thing to me during any holiday is making memories. With Christmas, I want to also celebrate and remember Jesus. I did a lot of thinking about what Christmas more memorable, more stressed, or more centered around Christ. I feel presents and decorations make the biggest difference in a stress free or memorable Christmas. I have already written about what I plan for decorating. Today I am going to write about the restricted topic, presents.

As I was researching on other peoples take on Christmas presents, I could see some clear lines being drawn on ways you could approach presents. Each one was different and unique. I took my time figuring out which was best for me and my little family.

1. Present Please

This is most widely used approach presents, to just buy. With finical security, it can be great fun to go out and shop. Shopping can be a great time when scheduled a few weeks before chaos. I also think it’s neat to be able to buy gifts for everyone.

The biggest reason James and I have decided not to approach presents this way is hiding them once purchased. Because what’s the point in opening presents if you already know what it is? We are very clean people and we also do everything together. Hiding something would be difficult and draining. Oh and both James and I suck at surprising each other.

Another big factor we will not be taking this approach is because as a future minimalist, is that we don’t need to add to the stuff we already collect. James and I have many things we don’t use. We are slowly working through all of it. Buy more just because it’s Christmas is not an excuse.

2. Want Need Wear Read

I heard about this approach to Christmas (and Birthdays) from other minimalists blogs. I really like the idea of limiting your presents down to fit into each of the categorizes. That can save a lot of money, especially with children.

However, I still had some issues with this. Where was the limit? Let’s say I buy one gift for each category, that’s four presents each costing a bit of money. With James, Soren and I, the money for 12 gifts could run pretty high. Especially since James and I won’t be wanting toys for Christmas, haha.

Another big issue here is that neither James nor Soren read. Soren likes pictures books and he wants to read, you can tell but I am not sure if he will ever be able to. Plus, Soren doesn’t do well with keeping things neat. James likes to read occausally but I don’t want to buy him a book he may or may not read. I figured if James wants to really read, we can get a book from the library.

3. No Presents, Period.

This is another popular option for Christmas. Receiving and giving no presents for Christmas. The idea of Christmas is to spend time together, to collect memories. Not to collect items or add to the stress.
I think this is a great thing to work to, if you do not have a special needs brother. Let me tell ya, Soren would not ever understand why Christmas morning there was nothing. He enjoys unwrapping. He has so so so much joy out it. I could not take that away from him. Also, James and I love to treat each other. We like to give to Soren and Us. It’s part of love to give, as Jesus did. I won’t take it away.

4. Handmade Gifts

The idea of making something handmade to give is that you are putting your heart into the work. Or if you buy handmade that you have supported the small business owner. Gifting and getting handmade can also be cheaper on the pockets. The best thing of all, you can shop from supplies in your home or make a quick trip out way before the Holiday crowds appear.

James and I both love the idea of giving and getting homemade gifts. Making these gifts would be a great way to make memories together and not have to added stress of hiding the gift from each other. Yet, the down side of this idea is that Soren will mostly like not take part. He is about five years old on good days, but not in crafts. He does not sit for long with anything. Crafting with him will not be an opinion.

5. Combo

I haven’t seen the approach online to much but it’s really just taking bits and pieces of each appoarch mentioned above and combining them together.

I have decided to go with this option. As you can tell, each area had a problem for me. The biggest thing to me about presents was “How does that present count as Christmas?” Gift wrapping doesn't suddenly make a present, Christmas. Here is what I have decided to do.

  • For friends and families will give stockings full of goodies. The stockings and goodies can be homemade or store bought. The point is not the present but the thought. That way if we have a lot of events, we can shop or if plan ahead we can handmade. Also since my brother loves going out shopping for Christmas, this would be way of going out and shopping for small, affordable goodies/craft items (most likely found at Dollar Tree-his favorite store).
  • James and I will give handmade items to each other. The idea is that will work on them together so that we are creating wonderful Christmas memories and still have something to present to each together Christmas morning. 
  • Soren will still receive store bought presents that we know he will use and love. As I said above, I won’t take the joy of unwrapping from him. Also, since James and I are still giving to each together, Soren will be able to take joy in seeing our faces light up too. Isn’t fanstating how he notices and gets excited about that too? 
  • Since James and I are a “new” family, we do have some house items that will come up as an item we want but wouldn’t buy automatically (like a bread maker or better pillows). During Christmas, we would gift ourselves one item from that list, if we can afford it. That way we can celebrate Christmas as a family with a  more family item and slowly work off that list of want-needs (cause you don’t really need a new coffee maker but it sure would speeds up mornings). 
  • I am sorry this post is so long but I think it was so worth it. It was the area of Christmas that was the hardest to figure out. I love the ideas 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Get Messy // Fun Day

 Each of these pages backgrounds were created by watching a YouTube video. I really liked how they turned out and I can't wait to try the technique again. I don't have much to say this week since the cold bug and cold weather hit my house. Therefore, lack of sleep and coughing has been happening. Luckily, the pages are colorful enough to speak for me. Hope you staying warm!

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