Christmas is my favourite 'celebration time' of the year. I love the build up, the excitement, the decorations, the music and all the fuss. BUT what I don't like is the sky-rocketing cost of Christmas both financially, to buy so many gifts , send cards, decorations, clothes etc, but also the environmental cost of the throw away plastic stocking filler toys, the endless packaging , the throw away gift wrapping and overall excess and resulting wastage.
Yes you can now buy cheap Christmas goodies - ornaments, stockings, decorations etc - but images and stories (like this one from last year's Huffington Post) about where these cheap Christmas things are made provide even more of a reason to make things yourself! Do you want a plastic, artificial Christmas mass produced in China, or a more personal handmade - eco-friendly Christmas just the way you want?
Christmas shouldn't cost the Earth
I believe you can celebrate Christmas in a big way and in style without it costing the Earth.
You can 'use what you've got' to make and create decorations, gifts, foods etc and do it all in an eco-friendly and sustainable way by using what you've got and being smart.
Click on the pictures and links below to see more.
There is also a group Pinterest board where I invite anyone to add inspiration they find for an Eco and Budget Friendly Christmas. There are already heaps of ideas there - come and take a look!
And here are some of my new tutorials this year for things to sew for Christmas, at little or no cost -
Use What You've Got!