Twelve Days of Christmas on a Budget

12 Days of Christmas

I really love holidays, and Christmas is my favorite. The best part is making presents for my friends and family and watching their joy in receiving them.

The first Christmas I was dating my hubby I went all out and did 12 days of Christmas presents. I started on December 13th so the last would fall on Christmas Eve. I found the idea on Pinterest, as a few people have done versions of this. My problem was that most of their suggestions didn’t really fit us, and I wanted something more special. Also, I was on a tight budget and had to get really creative.

I took the traditional 12 days and tweaked them just a bit. It was a lot of fun and he really looked forward to what the next day would bring. I got suggestions from family, friends, and co-workers, which got them involved. He even posted each one on Facebook and several of his friends really got into it too.

I highly suggest trying this for your loved ones. It is great for your significant other and it can easily be re-worded for friends, children, co-workers, etc. I found the printable tags here, but you could use any little card. I hope you can use these ideas and make yours even better. Really, the hardest part of this is trying to get the song out of your head. The current version I have is Bob Rivers’ The Twelve Pains Of Christmas–such a classic. Read more

Quick and Easy Jewelry Hanger

Quick and easy jewelry hanger

I was at an expo Friday with a good friend when I saw an interesting jewelry hanger. I had been looking for a good way to store necklaces and earrings, and this is the first idea that looked useful. However, the ones at the expo started at $20 and didn’t look that interesting. That is when it occurred to me that it wouldn’t be that hard to make something similar. In fact, with my dad’s help this took about half an hour to make and we already had all the materials on hand. It even matches my rustic décor! Read more

E-Reader Cover Tutorial

E-Reader Cover Tutorial

My birthday was this week, and my awesome parents went overboard and got me a Kindle Fire. This led me on a search for the perfect cover to protect it since I’m now paranoid about its safety. Everything I found either cost too much, took too long to ship, or just wasn’t interesting enough. Thanks to ideas I found on Pinterest, I decided it would be quicker and cheaper just to make one. These directions can easily be adapted to hold any e-reader or tablet. Read more