It’s beginning to look a lot like…Christmas?

I know, it’s only October. We aren’t even through Thanksgiving yet (for us Canadians) and I’m already talking Christmas. Sorry if that’s hard for you. Normally I’m pretty much done my Christmas shopping by now, and I have barely started, and I really don’t want to think about that because it will send me into a panic. And don’t even get me started on this fourth pregnancy of mine either. I’m 7 months! How did that happen? This baby is due in early January, so once Christmas is here, this baby could arrive any day! Ah! But none of that is the point of this post. This post is about the handmade world.

In the handmade world, you have to plan way ahead for the Christmas season. Not just if you make Christmas themed items, but for people who buy your items for gifts. My shop falls into both of those categories, my earrings and hair clips make great stocking stuffers, and I’m going to be selling Christmas tree ornaments too. So that means planning way ahead of the season, so that items can get made and in the shop before people start looking for them. And that is pretty much now. Hopefully I’m not already behind!

I’ve picked a few patterns already, so I have an idea of what ornaments I want to make, but I was stuck on colours. I want some classic red/green/white obviously, but I feel like people like other colour combinations on their trees too. So I have been searching for inspiration all over the internet. And than Christina over at Handmaid Embroidery shared this post on her 31 day Etsy adventure to starting her own shop. A palette builder that you can upload any picture in to. AMAZING!

So as you can imagine, I have been making palettes all day now. And I thought I would share some with you in case you needed a little inspiration for Christmas decor, crafting, or anything really. Enjoy :)

shiny brite ornaments-palette

Vintage-Christmas-Wrap-Bells-palette

retro-christmas-tree-decorating-ideas-palette

Can you tell I’m loving vintage things? Those classic vintage Shiny Brite ornaments are so fantastic, I just love how bright and yet muted almost pastel some of the colours are. Perhaps they go more pastel as they age, either way, the colours are from my childhood and I love them! And that retro wrapping paper? I love the bright red and taupe with the more green being a little more teal than classic bright green, just a little different from the traditional Christmas colours.

I can’t wait to get to work on these new projects, and get them up in the shop, and eventually hung on our family tree too!

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