November 2019 Recap

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First, here’s the obligatory seasonal self-promo tidbit:

This year I tried a different approach to the holidays sales: the earlier you shop, the bigger your discount. Shoppers have just today and tomorrow left to save 25% on orders of $29 value!

Starting the day after tomorrow, December 01, shoppers can receive 15 % off their orders (same $29 minimum).

Click here to shop: Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy!

2019 Nov Dec Green Blue Collage

Remember, the December sale runs only through December 10, and I’ll close the shop for the season at 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

That’s so soon, yikes!

In my personal life, too, things are a bit busy, so the Thanksgiving break was very welcome. Each year, never mind how early I try to start my Christmas prep, December always sneaks up on me. πŸ™‚

Xmas Cards

Although perhaps I shouldn’t say β€œalways”, for I do have a rather respectable start already. It’s just that the staff at the Finnish post office threw everyone a curveball this November and went on strike. Even having my cards and packages wrapped and ready doesn’t guarantee that they’ll make it there this year; they might arrive as late as early January 2020.

Simple Gift Wrapping

Fortunately almost everyone is now online or has a phone with texting, so I can at least send holiday wishes electronically, although the packages cannot be helped.

For Thanksgiving – which for us this year was a delightful friendsgiving – I refreshed my rose hip bouquet and added red apples into the bowl as well. Husband made spiced, mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potato this year, and it was good. We might adopt it as a staple.

Thx Rose Hip Bouquet

And even if there’s less light, November definitely has its share of natural beauty, especially around sunset.

Red November Sunset

Blue November Evening

I just love the moment when everything looks blue (sininen hetki in Finnish, literally ‘blue moment’).

How was your November?

Shop Holiday Schedule & Sale 2019

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It’s time for a sale! But before that, some important scheduling information for Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy.

The last recommended order dates are:

  • Hanukkah: Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Christmas: Monday, December 02, 2019

I set these dates because USPS shipping speeds are beyond my control, and I’d rather not disappoint anyone with an unduely delayed package.

2019 Nov PGH Collage

Now the sale details! This year I’m trying something different: the earlier you shop, the bigger your discount:

Now through November 30, 2019, save 25% and after that, from December 01 through December 10, 2019, save 15 %.

Don’t forget the fine print: Orders must be of $29 value at minimum, excluding taxes and shipping. I also offer free U.S. shipping for purchases of $35 or more.

I will close my shop for the season on Wednesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. EST, and the last shipments of the year will leave on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Ribbon Ornaments from Leftover Crafts Supplies

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I have a problem: as long as they are in good shape, I’m unable to throw away pieces of ribbon, however short. As long as there aren’t that many, though, they’re easy to store. But when you’ve been sitting on a stash for a while, suddenly (err– nope, not so suddenly, he hee) they’re EVERYWHERE.

This year has become the latter. So, I did some crafts! Ribbon ends that are too short for anything else, combined with other bits and bobs, make wonderful small ornaments. Since I had a variety ribbons etc. in various lenghts and amounts, I tried a few different types.

First, I adapted the ribbon hair bow tutorial by Camille Gabel at Growing up Gabel into bow decorations. For a test piece, I combined fuchsia, burgundy red, pale pink and white, plus a random peach-colored remnant.

Ribbon Ornament Test Piece Finished

That worked really nicely! I didn’t have enough of ribbons in more colors, though, so I cheated and added a few short pieces of fabric.

Ribbon Ornament Project More Colors Cut

Ribbon Ornaments Finished

The fabric edges do ravel, which might be a problem when hanging the ornaments on the tree or taking them off. I tried snipping the ravelled threads off as well as I could. We’ll just have to see how they fare long term.

I also tried making a tree-shaped ornament out of short green bits of ribbon and a stick (like this one made by Melissa Lennig). When I started, though, it was raining buckets and I didn’t at all feel like popping into the woods to pick up a stick and wait for it to dry. Instead, I decided to try a q-tip with one end snipped off. How bad can it be, I thought.

Mini Tree Ornament Collage

For the record, a q-tip is way too small for this project. It was too short and slippery and difficult to handle or try to tie the ribbons on. Phew! I only had the patience for one. The basic idea is neat, though, and works just fine, so I might make more with actual sticks at some point.

Mini Tree Ornament Finished

While rooting around in my cabinet for supplies, I came across a pile of ornaments I started some years ago but never finished. I filled clean silvery candy wrappers with rolled-up paper, glued them shut and added a hanging loop out of cotton yarn. Here they are almost finished:

Candy Wrapper Ornaments Assembled

Finally, I made a minimalist, tiny white-on-white wreath with a gold-embellished bow.

White Mini Wreath on Mirror

You’ll never guess what it’s made out of – used plastic packaging strapping! I glued two lengths into a circle, then glued the circles together and added a bow. The bow came pre-tied; I saved it from a store-bought gift packaging and merely added a gold-colored twist tie at the back.

White Mini Wreath Collage

White Mini Wreath Finished

It was really satisfying to take a bunch of waste material or remnants and turn them into something useful. In fact, we used them all in our Christmas decor this year: the mini wreath hangs on the front hall mirror and all of the ornaments in our little tree.

2018 Rainbow Tree Collage

With the rainbow-colored paper chains I made years ago, our tree is very colorful indeed!

What are your favorite Christmas projects that involve recycling or upcycling?

November 2018 Recap

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Both the latter half of October and the first half of November were rainy and felt very dark. I had to wait for good photography weather for a while, but finally I was able to list the three pieces of rainbow-striped wall art I made earlier this fall.

Rainbow Stripe Wall Art 3x
Rainbow Stripe Wall Art 3x on White

There were quite a few brilliantly bright days there, too. Funny how they seemed to get lost among all grey, though.

What a Murder

We got first snow on November 15th this year. What a surprising treat!

Snowy Nov Backyard 2018

I noticed myself yearning for candles, Christmas lights and bright colors very early.

Colorful Inspirational Books

I even accidentally wore red and green at the beginning of the month! πŸ˜€

Red Socks Green Pants

I also did some crafts, using up some ribbon ends that are too short for anything else plus other bits and bobs to make tree ornaments. Here’s a test piece I adapted from a hair bow project:

Ribbon Ornament Test Piece Finished

Having made sure I can do it, of course I wanted more colors! I didn’t have enough of colorful ribbons, though, so I cheated and added a few short pieces of fabric. They look quite good, though:

Ribbon Ornaments Finished

Normally we don’t start decorating for Christmas this early, but this year, for many reasons, we wanted to. Especially since the Thanksgiving weekend was the last gloriously sunny stretch in a bit.

Xmas Decor2 2018

How are you getting on with the rest of the year?

End of the Year Promotion 2018: Free US Shipping on Qualifying Orders

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For a limited time, get free shipping on qualifying orders at Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy! This sale is a part of Etsy’s end of the year holiday sale drive.

PGH Etsy Screencap Oct 2018

The fine print: Get free shipping on orders of $25 or more simply by being your fantastic self – no codes or coupons. Sorry, U.S. addresses only.

This offer applies now through Monday December 10th, ending at 9 p.m. EST (when I close the shop for the season).

Visit Etsy for more fantastic deals from other Etsy sellers!

Shop Holiday Schedule for 2018

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Here’s the 2018 holiday schedule for Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy.

Last recommended orders for Hanukkah should be placed by Monday November 5th, but no later than Monday 19th as I cannot guarantee USPS shipping speeds.

The very last orders of the year should preferably be placed by Monday December 3rd, but no later than Monday the 10th.

2018 Jan PGH Collage

I will close my shop for the season on Monday December 10th at 9 p.m. EST, and the last shipments will leave on Tuesday December 11th. That should leave enough time for the post office to deliver packages, even accounting for delays due to seasonal volume.

Last Chance for 20% off: Sale Ends Tomorrow

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Reminder: the Playfully Grownup Home end of year 2017 sale ends tomorrow, December 01, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

2017 End of Year Basket

There is still time to get 20% off everything. No minimum orders, limits, codes or coupons to qualify.

Dragon Personal Safety Reflector RF008d

This sale is a part of Etsy‘s end of the year holiday sale drive. Visit Etsy for more fantastic deals from other Etsy sellers!

Hanger Cover HC008a

In addition to the general sale, I’m offering a bonus discount to my social media followers: get an extra 10% off from my shop with the code SOCIALMEDIABONUS2017.

This coupon code is valid longer than the sale – until Monday December 11th, 2017, 9 p.m. EST. No minimum orders or limits to qualify, either.

End of the Year Holiday Sale 2017!

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Starting today, for a limited time, get 20% off at the Playfully Grownup Home shop! This sale is a part of Etsy‘s end of the year holiday sale drive.

2017 End of Year Candle

Grab a few keychains for stuffing your stockings. Get a jump on organizing for the new year with mini storage cubes, hanger covers or book bags. Stay fresh by stashing a lavender sachet in your sock drawer. Or just endulge yourself with a small piece of handmade wall art or a yoga mat bag.

2017 End of Year Collage

The Playfully Grownup Home end of the year 2017 sale runs from Monday November 20th to Friday December 1st. Get 20% off simply by being your fantastic self – no minimum orders, limits, codes or coupons.

In addition to the general sale, I’m offering a bonus discount to my social media followers: get an extra 10% off from my shop with the code SOCIALMEDIABONUS2017. This coupon code is valid longer than the sale – until Monday December 11th, 2017, 9 p.m. EST. (No minimum orders or limits to qualify, either.)

Mini Storage Cube RC001d

Visit Etsy for more fantastic deals from other Etsy sellers, and remember to get your PGH orders in before 9 p.m. EST on Monday December 11th at the very latest!

Shop Holiday Schedule for 2017

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It may be hard to believe, but we’ve crossed into November already! Here’s the 2017 holiday schedule for Playfully Grownup Home on Etsy.

Last orders of the year should preferably be placed by Monday December 4th, but no later than Monday the 11th.

PGH Etsy Screencap Oct 2017

I will close my shop for the season on Monday December 11th at 9 p.m. EST, and the last shipments will leave on Tuesday December 12th. That should leave enough time for the post office to deliver packages, even accounting for delays due to seasonal volume.