Nature Inspired Gifts and Decorating (For the Creativity Impaired)


CindyMurphyBlog.jpgI am not a creative person; I’m don’t sew, quilt, bake, knit, do wood-working, or anything else that requires patience, practice, and time to produce beautiful handmade gifts or delicious culinary treats to give at Christmas and ornaments to decorate my home during the holidays.

I love homemade gifts and decorations; when I receive something that someone took the effort to make, it warms my heart ... oooo, especially those delectable goodies that make me imagine the good smells coming out of the kitchens of those who made them. So what’s a person with practically no creative talent, but with a desire to share that warmth, do?

I garden; I like plants. I always think I’d like to make heavenly scented botanical soaps to give as gifts, but when December approaches, I realize I’ve forgotten to gather the desired plants before they turned brown and crispy, or are buried beneath snow.

While a snow covered landscape is not the time to clip fresh flowers and herbs, it does present seasonal inspiration. All it takes is a walk through the snow, some garden pruners and loppers, and a few other basic supplies to get my house looking festive, and me in the Christmas gift-making spirit. Here are a few holiday decorating ideas and gifts that don’t require much creativity, foresight, time, and ever-so-importantly these days – money.

Evergreens have been traditionally used as symbols of Solstice and Christmas for centuries. Following this tradition, I cut Douglas fir, juniper, and holly boughs. Yews, Christmas fern fronds, boxwood, euonymus varieties, arborvitae, and false cypress can also be used for decorating, and give a different texture to the traditional Christmas boughs of pine, spruce, fir, and holly.

Cut boughs

S.M.R. Saia
12/29/2010 10:45:26 AM

Wow, I have to take issue with your self-assessment of not being creative. Your gifts are lovely. I hope you and your family enjoyed a very merry Christmas!

Michelle House
12/21/2010 11:56:24 PM

You are one busy lady, so I can understand the delay. <3 lol, I have alot to say about nothing as well.:) Merry Christmas to you, Keith and the girls. :)

Cindy Murphy
12/20/2010 8:06:13 AM

Thanks, Stepper. Funny thing about that Heartwood - it was just a little thing and I had no idea how well it'd be received. Not only did the people I gave it to like them, but I've had a couple of calls from other people who saw them wanted to BUY one to give as a gift themselves. I made them with specific people in mind though, and only had the four. The log had a big knot in it, and the portion after the knot wasn't shaped like a heart. I have one more similar thing to make for a friend: Heartstone, I think I'll call it...cuz it's a stone. (eye-roll) A friend and I were walking on the beach, collecting stones for my garden. She found one in the perfect shape of a heart. It's nice and flat, and about the size of my palm - I think it'll make a perfect paperweight with a little note attached in similar fashion to the wood. You have a great Christmas too...and that's from the heart, of course.

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