Tuesday, October 25, 2011

announcing a handmade holiday: an eCourse for beating the holiday rat race

every year, i declare that this will be the year when i don't succumb to last-minute gift buying panic and angst and the whole holiday rat race. this year we mean it and so, sabin and i are very excited to offer our very first eCourse, to share some ideas and a sense of community in our quest for a handmade holiday.

for $30, you'll get access to an exclusive blog, where ten step-by-step projects will be posted. projects you can make with things you already have around the house, your existing stash, those boxes of old baby clothes, ordinary craft supplies or things you find in second-hand stores. some of them are holiday decor, some are gift ideas and some are treats for yourself, so you don't lose yourself in the holiday rush.

at least three projects will be specifically aimed at kids and sabin will lead the way on those.

we'll also have weekly exercises in noticing our immediate surroundings, so we can all keep this whole holiday thing in perspective.

ten creative projects for you and your kids (tho' you don't need kids to do this) - all of the patterns and lots of photo how-tos (and maybe even a video or two), so you can have a handmade holiday this year.

that's only $3 per project - a great investment in making this holiday a mindful one.

when you place your order, you'll get an access code to the closed blog. the first project will be posted november 1, with the others and some other fun little extras to follow throughout november. you do the projects as they inspire, no deadlines (except the approach of the holidays!). we'll have a flickr group to share your creations with the other course participants and there will be at least one opportunity for some "live" chat via the comments on the blog.

we're going to have a limited number of participants, to keep it manageable and hyggeligt (as the danes say) this first time around. we hope you'll join us. please go to MPC: the shop on big cartel to secure your spot. sabin and i are really excited to get creating for the holidays with you!  the access code will be sent out on friday to all who sign up, tho' you can join in anytime and after friday, the code will be sent upon receipt of your order.


Spilling Ink said...

En behagelig idé!

Elizabeth said...

Christmas, oh my that sounds like a million years away to me at the moment.

Anonymous said...

You're a bit late starting your projects only now - other bloggers are already up and running.And they don't want money for it.

julochka said...

ink spiller - tak!

E -it'll be here before you know it!

anon - no one is twisting your arm. but I do wonder if you'd leave such an unkind, snarky comment if you had to stand behind it with a name (and not just an IP address).

Michelle said...

congrats! great idea - although I'm not that crafty I'll share this with a couple of folks...


Lost Star said...

A wonderful plan! And I love that little mushroom in the photo! :)

Veronica Roth said...

Exiting! Hope you get the best response and meet some great people.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely idea. I started doing this a few years ago, to de-commercialize the Holidays. Handmade translates as love to me. Best of luck with this project.

Corrine said...

As you know, I am not the anonymous type, just rather sleep deprived at the moment, the above comment was mine!

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Julie

You know me~~I am going to sign up for the class Friday(hope it will not be to late!).

I know I will learn a lot form you and Sabin.

Take Care.

Tracy :)

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Sorry~~that's from.


Anonymous said...

oh this sounds very tempting. i will have a think about it and get back to you. the children get 9 weeks off for school holidays from early november, and this sounds like something i could involve them in too. time... where are you when i need you???