Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 16 – December 8, 2013

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 16 – December 8, 2013

Oh my, oh my, where has the time gone!  My last post commented on the autumn-like weather turning brisk.  This newsletter is brought to you with a blast of sub zero temps and I am left wondering how one can preserve up a jar of July sunshine! All kidding aside, it IS that time of year – holiday bliss and potential blizzard season in my region!  I trust that this newsletter finds each of you with lovely Thanksgiving memories and looking forward to the excitement that December and the New year provides.

I don’t know about you, but the holidays have really snuck up on me this year.  I managed to get my tree up and decorated (as well as taking down and storing the Thanksgiving decorations in the same day), but I am afraid the box of other holiday decorations are not going to have a chance to make their appearance this year. Unless you count the previous week that the Rubbermaid tub has been the centerpiece of my living room! I may just need to put that tub back in the closet and be incredibly thankful for the evening that the three of us spent decorating the tree.  It was a fantastic time with lots of laughs and a fond look down memory lane.

I have a list of some great DIY recipes that might be either fun to try for yourself, or give away as gifts! I know that seasoned salts have become the rage recently, so why not treat yourself, or a loved one with a homemade batch? One can easily whip up a batch, or two, or three for just pennies in comparison to what the stores are selling them for! Need a little inspiration?  Try out this web site:

http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http://steamykitchen.com/blog/2007/06/24/making-your-own-flavored-salts/

Do you have a soft spot for Mulling Spices?  I do!  No more buying them pre-made – let Martha help you create your own:

http://www.marthastewart.com/266822/mulling-sachets?czone=holiday/workshop-christmas/workshop-christmas-gifts

What about that special pooch in your life?  I bet Fido would love these treats:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/peanut-butter-and-pumpkin-dog-treats/

Kitchen experiments not up your alley?  Check out this grand technique to reuse a neck tie for the shutter bugs in your life:

http://www.ecouterre.com/recycle-a-necktie-into-a-camera-strap-diy-tutorial/

This might be a super fun project to do with your kids, or package up a “pre-pack” as stocking stuffers for those emerging engineers in your life:

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Better-Altoids-Smalls-LED-Flashlight/

Do you still need a few more ornaments on your tree? Are you looking for that perfect project that will create future opportunities to walk down memory lane?  Try this web site!  This site not only boasts HOW to make them, but suggestions on WHERE you can buy handmade ornaments – and support local artisans! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-diy-christmas-ornaments.html?page=1

The possibilities are endless when one sits down to think about enjoyable gift giving and home creations. I hope that this small list has enticed you to think about some DIY projects and ideas that can spice up your lists, kitchen and home decor.

Of course, in the hectic schedules that we create for ourselves, take time to remember the important things in life at this special time of year.  Once again, allow me to share this reminder from Ecomom, dated Nov 20, 2009, “The holiday season is supposed to be all about joy, and gratitude, and family and friends coming together in celebration. Right? For most of us, this time of year has also come to mean more work, less sleep, family ugh, shall we call it fireworks, and increased waste (and waists). Why not create real holidays instead of a holidaze. Remember the spirit of the times and keep these helpful tips in mind if you feel your self getting sucked in: Nothing has to be perfect. Focus on what is right and good. Ask for help and accept that your way isn’t the only way. The simplest choice is the best choice. Find joy in whatever you do and wherever you are.”

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you continue to have a wonderful Christmas Season, with all of your sanity in place, and love and kindness to spread throughout your day.

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