Make 2014 an Organised Christmas (free printables)

Christmas might seem like it’s still ages away, but with the pace that this year seems to be moving, I fear that it will be here before we know it. Once again I’m going to jump in quite early and try to get everything sorted before the end of September – if not everything purchased, at least have gift ideas that I can implement as the weeks roll on. That’s just 5 weeks from today! Yikes!

Make 2014 an Organised Christmas (free printables) on Style for a Happy Home

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how frustrating it was for me the year that I left my online ordering until the last week of November and some of the Christmas gifts didn’t arrive until mid January and I had to rush out during the week before Christmas to find something to replace them. I think I may have even got creative and made some gifts from things I found at the supermarket. That was 2009, and since then I’ve tried my best to not let it get away from me. Leaving it to the last minute is so stressful.

These days when I buy a new diary for the start of the year I like to put a note on September 1st to start my Christmas shopping. I don’t always jump straight on it, but it is so much easier when you have time to think up some wonderful gifts and actually have time to buy them or make them. This year all my nieces and nephews will be 10+ so I really need that extra time to think of something for the tweens and the teen (who is really an adult at 19, but shh!).

I was thinking that some of you might like to get ready early this year (if you haven’t already started), so that Christmas doesn’t feel like a super mad rush and you can feel thankful that you don’t have to battle the crowds so close to the day. To help both you and I out, I have updated last year’s Christmas Printables and this year I’ve even made them a free download! Yay!

An Organised Christmas Printable 2014 from Style for a Happy Home Free Printable!

There are 6 printables in this set along with the instructions on how to use them. I’ve put them in the order I would use them, but you can print whichever ones are best for you.

An Organised Christmas 2014:

  1. Christmas Presents List
  2. Christmas Online Shopping List
  3. Gift Wrapping Shopping List
  4. Christmas Present Making List
  5. Advent Calendar Planner
  6. Christmas Menu Shopping List

We all celebrate the silly season differently, but these should help you to get a head start on what needs to be done so that it may be as stress free as possible. I can’t promise that families will behave the way that could, but this at least takes care of the gift giving and menu part. haha

Get the An Organised Christmas 2014 download here.

Happy early Christmas planning! Will you come back in 5 weeks and let me know how you’re going with it? I’d love to hear!

Note: Please don’t pass this printable on as your own or sell it on. Feel free to send people here to download their own copies. Thanks so much. Also, the information is as accurate as possible. This may assist some people more than others. :) D x

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Fun for Everyone Gift Ideas

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Hello! Happy Saturday!! This month of Fun for Everyone is quickly drawing to a close, with only one week left, so this week I thought I’d share a great round up of fun gift ideas for different members of your family. It’s always hard with these round ups to cover all bases, so I went with some fun gifts that you might otherwise not think of. The gift giving season is coming closer and these might help you to start thinking about what you might like to gift this season. Here are my favourite finds for the week.

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Fun for Everyone Gift Ideas on Style for a Happy Home

 

  1. Puffin Classics These are beautiful cloth bound Children’s Classics that would be perfect for both kids and kids at heart (this collection is from Anthropologie, but you can get the books individually from most good bookstores) Buy Them HerePin It Here
  2. Triwizard Training Top This is great for your Harry Potter loving fitness fan! Lots of fun sayings and colours to choose from Buy It HerePin It Here
  3. Tardis Teapot For your Dr Who fan! This is not only super cute but also very practical! (*ModCloth Affiliate Link) Buy It HerePin It Here
  4. Personalised Mug This is great for anyone who has a specific drink order. Also great for those who have to take a mug to the office! Buy It HerePin It Here
  5. Pineapple Baby Moccs These are just too cute and such a lovely gift for a wee one who is learning to walk. Buy Them HerePin It Here
  6. Embroidery Initial Necklace These make a really thoughtful gift and are made to order so you can get the initial you want. Buy Them HerePin It Here

What are your favourite gifts to give? Would you like any of these for you?

You can follow my Gift Ideas Pinterest Board for more inspiration! And you can also follow me here, if you’d like!

Disclaimer: I am a member of the ModCloth Affiliate Program. If you choose to click through the link of the Teapot in this post and buy I would make a small commission. As always, I am only an affiliate with companies that I think have great products. Having affiliate links in some posts helps towards keeping this blog going. (If you click through the pin, you will bypass the affiliate link). Dx

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Chalkboard Savings Jar

Loose change becomes a bit of an issue around here, as the silver coins just seem to pile up in little stacks on the bench tops and tables and it never really has a place to go. If this is the case for you too, this chalkboard savings jar is a fun way to save it up for something fun for a special occasion (or when the jar gets full).  It could be a fun way for your family to work towards a particular treat or just a good way to keep all that change in one place! You could even have one for each family member and race each other to the top!

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Chalkboard Savings Jar (before) on Style for a Happy Home

What you’ll need:

  •  A Mason Jar (this is Quart Size) or jar of your choice
  • Chalkboard Spray Paint I used a spray can but brush painting would also work
  • Frogtape for a show line
  • Drop sheet for any overspray or paint drips
  • Optional: Masking Tape if you don’t want to use Frogtape around the top (as it’s more expensive)
  • Optional: Newspaper for stuffing the jar

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Chalkboard Savings Jar (step by step) on Style for a Happy Home

How to:

  1. Take the lid off your Mason Jar and leave it to the side and take the Frogtape and cut a piece that will cover from the base of where the lid sits to the bottom of the jar. Stick it firmly to the jar. If you have a marked jar you could stick the tape over the measurement markings for fun, as I have done using the mL side. Also: Take some more Frogtape, or masking tape and stick it over the screw top where the lid sits. This will stop your lid from sticking later.
    Optional Step: stuff the inside of the jar with newspaper so no excess spray paint gets in by accident. More important if you are spray painting than brush painting
  2. If you’re using spray paint, shake the can according to the instructions on the side of the can. If you’re brush painting, prepare your paint and skip to brush painting instructions
    For Spray paint: Go into an open space that is safe to spray (whilst wearing clothes and gloves that it doesn’t matter if they get spray on), put down a drop sheet and then the jar upside down (on the lid end – the lid should still be off) and begin spraying. Spray slowly and a little further out than you think you need to at first and slowly move in with even spray. Continue spraying until the jar is covered. It may need two coats.
    Leave to dry for the amount of time suggested on the can. Mine was touch dry in 15 minutes.
    Once dry, pick up the jar and check that all of it is covered. If there are gaps near the lid area, put the jar down with the base on the ground and re-spray the gaps at the top
    Leave to dry for the full amount of time suggested on the can, not just the touch dry time if possible.

    For Brush Painting:
    Lay out your drop sheet, take your brush and paint all of the jar including the base until it’s completely covered.
    Leave to dry completely.
  3. Once completely dry, remove the newspaper and then carefully peel off the Frogtape and masking tape
  4. Now you can start adding your coins and put the lid back on
  5. Optional: If you like you could use chalk or a chalk pen to write your jar with what your goal will be (or who’s jar it is). This would be a great way to remind everyone why you’re filling the jar!

Mini Makeover: Make Your Own Chalkboard Savings Jar (after) on Style for a Happy Home

Thoughts on the project:

This is a fun way to get everyone involved in saving their spare change and can help keep your benches and tables a little bit neater. This is a pretty easy DIY to try as there aren’t too many steps and most of the time is in waiting for it to dry. If you happen to get some good sunshine it can dry quite quickly. I do recommend always spraying outdoors as this paint can get quite stinky, especially to sensitive noses.

This could be used to help keep everyone on track for a family holiday or a special purchase and is a great way to put that spare change to good use. If they start to get a bit heavy, most banks will give their customers those bags for banking change and you can take it in and bank it or exchange it for notes. Place any receipts or notes back in the jar though, so you know what’s already been saved! It’s amazing how quickly all that change that weighs down your wallet can turn into a substantial purchase!

Do you have savings jars in your home? Would you like to try this?

If you do try this, I’d love to see a photo or hear about how it went! Tweet me your pics at: @danniellecresp or instagram me at: @dannielle with the hashtag: #styleforahappyhome