Creative Response

December 10, 2010

in the generous life

Times are tough economically for a lot of folks, but instead of complaining about it (which tends to discourage our sweet husbands), why not get creative about it.  Pray and look for opportunities to get things done in an inexpensive, creative way.  Here’s a great idea from Crochet Me.

Link Up With New Holiday Traditions
When I started shaping my own holiday traditions as a young adult, we had a big fat Scotch pine with empty boughs. So, at our first holiday party I began a new tradition. I took a Polaroid shot of each guest and hung it on the tree. By the end of the evening, our tree was bursting with friendly faces, a true gift of friendship. We continued this tradition for a few years, adding a few photos from previous parties, but mostly filling the tree anew.  for more

It’s an incredible relief to a guy when his wife is creative, happy and understanding when it comes to the finances.

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? [Christmas] came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?  Dr. Suess

Be generous!  Lori <><

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Kristen@TheFrugalGirl December 10, 2010 at 4:36 am

Amen! Lots of Christmas fun can be had for not very much money (we’ve done it for years), and a cheerful attitude is the key.
.-= Kristen@TheFrugalGirl´s last blog ..Food Waste Friday Plus 2 other things =-.


Victoria Anderson December 10, 2010 at 5:05 am

Hi there! I have been reading your blog for quite a while now. My husband reads YOUR husband’s blog!! We were recently married in September and the couple who was doing our premarital counseling told us to subscribe to your blog. They just love you two. I could not help but respond to this post though…I am big into handmade, meaningful gifts. I have become a thrift store junkie – well not the type that collects random things. I buy things for gifts and to decorate our home. :) My husband has been so excited about my love for finding great deals that he actually goes thrift store shopping with me and encourages it alot. Such a fun past time for us! I started a blog ( about a month ago that goes along with this same concept, as well as different people and things in my life that leave me awestruck. I would love it if you would give it a look! Keep doing what you are doing. I love waking up in the morning to a new post by you, Lori. Love, Victoria Anderson
.-= Victoria Anderson´s last blog ..Laundry long overdue =-.


Bob December 11, 2010 at 6:11 am

Bob Dylan sang, “I got a God fearing woman, one I can easily afford.” He obviously found that comforting.


Patti Bodenhamer December 11, 2010 at 7:12 am

I really enjoy your e-mails. I am a crafter and get the crochet me emails. This is a fun idea. Would also be great for a school project. when my children were in kindergarten their teacher made ornaments with their pictures to decorate the tree and then they got to bring them home. even though they are adults we still put them on the tree.


Chrissi December 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

I have found SO MANY great ideas on Pinterest. The 52 Reasons I Love You on a deck of cards for the hubs was a HUGE HIT. I took a pic of my 18-year-old daughter’s name in the sand last time we were at the beach. I used (with my own style) directions I found for transferring photo’s to canvas, added a paint frame and made it look a little vintage. When I presented it to her for her new apartment, she wanted to know where I bought it. :) She and her friends are most impressed and appreciative of the fact that I made it.


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