Friday 9 November 2012

45 Days till Christmas!

Custom Christmas Card from Michelle Morelan Design, 2012

45 days till Christmas! This year I said I would be more organized for the holidays, and I feel like I am. I have spent the last few days in the studio doing custom Christmas cards, and it's been fun. I can turn up the music, work in more comfortable clothes (aka pj's) and keep up to date in the social networking world.

Two more sets of cards to go, and some invoicing, then onto organizing my own house for a photo shoot early in the holiday season; which is so much work! My list is two pages long...and growing.

Now that the boys are working, its getting more difficult to have more than a couple of days together at Christmas, so I plan on doing all I can ahead of time, and being able to sit down with everyone instead of wrapping in the garage at the last minute. Also, I am sticking to the one gift each rule this year, and filling stockings (my favourite part!) I want to really give thought to something special for each person this year, and frankly, I'm just sick of wrapping.

This year the goal is to be minimal and avoid anything made of plastic (fake garland) and decorate the home with fruit, food and real greenery. I am not buying a thing! I love salal, and we are lucky to have a great selection of evergreens on the west coast of the island to use in the planters outside the front door. Even know I have an electric fireplace, I am stacking wood at the front door...I love the feel of it. 

Have you seen the Holiday Book from Restoration Hardware? The mini lights in the warm clear bulb version is rocking my world...may have to make those my only purchase this year (see...already breaking the rules!)

So, my mind is already on yours? What do you plan on doing differently this year?


Cindy Sue said...

I started thinking about Christmas in October! but... unfortunately the only thing I've done about it is only LOOK at what I have planned to do, haha... with two new Labrador puppies, I'm wondering just how much to do, because I can already see that Christmas tree tumbling to the ground! What fun this will be, but you know, I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Nicole Scott said...

Rules are meant to be broken:) Sounds like a beautiful holiday is shaping up at your place!! Can't wait to see.

CREED said...

Michelle you are soo organized!! Your holiday decor will be's the only way I like to deck the halls - au naturel. Evergreen, flowers, branches, nuts and fruit. Add your own silverware and crystal and candles....and of course music,, and its magical. ~ C

Thoughts on Design said...

You are so far ahead of me. I don't envy you with photo shoot in the midst of getting ready for the Holidays! SO much work!!! On the other hand, the house will be clean and decorated!!!

Love the idea of all natural greenery - especially evergreens. The house always smells so good!


Sheryl Spencer said...

Your Christmas plan sounds perfect. We live in 'horse country' in Vancouver so I share your desire to have natural decor.

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

I feel good about Christmas this year too. Not quite as organized as you are but once I get some inspiration for my cards .... the Christmas music will start blaring and the pen will be flying!!

Celina Dalrymple said...

Oh my goodness you are stressing me out!! 45 days eek!

Karena said...

Now that I have been out a bit I am getting in the mood. I like to take the holidays one at a time; however I have some decor that is transitional....wreaths, berry garland, candles etc.

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CarolAnne - camdesign said...

just checked out Restoration Hardwares holiday book on line, loving the thin stick trees with lights... then I spoted the faux fur bean bag chairs, call we weird but that would be amazing to hang out on...
your card is amazing, your so talented! x