xmas non-shopping

It's been a little quiet over here on No Trash and has been awhile since I stopped back in to say "hi". I'm sure December would be a hard time for anyone to do the no trash challenge, with all of the holiday hoopla that goes on ... so I just wanted to remind everyone to buy handmade!!

While yes, you can try to validate your spending at Macy's or Old Navy by saying "I'm stimulating the economy" ... it's the little people who need you more right now!!

Etsy.com is one of my favorite sites where you can find gorgeous, beautifully crafted items while having the luxury of knowing where they came from. And some of the artists really do a lovely job of packaging things. It can take awhile to find that perfect item, but is the mall really any better? Who wouldn't prefer a gorgeous hand made scarf to the same one everyone else has from the Gap? A good place to start is by looking at the "Featured Sellers". The Etsy editors also put together some great themed articles that feature pieces from various sellers, so that can be helpful too. And if all else fails, there are some fool proof gift guides.

And as for cards, why not consider a simple video this year? Save on paper, mailing, transportation costs and impress your friends at the same time. For instance, check out this video I did for my company this year.