It is ok... I got lots of letters and photos anyway and thank you to everyone who remembered! And I need to do it over two weeks as there are always a lot of photos so please, if you have been making gifts, send the photos in for next week via the Facebook page or to me firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! You all helped me stay on track!
We are really getting into the year now! And we are starting to see the results of keeping at it month by month. As we give gifts during the year only some presents actually end up being kept all the way until Christmas. But still they soon add up and it is so exciting to have a range of lovely things put away and most Christmas gifts taken care of.
Keeping busy all year on making what we can is lovely. It adds to life. It uses things up. But not having to shop and spend so much at Christmas is the biggest thing of all. It makes the whole month of December so much better for many reasons. The budget one of them! Working on gifts all year round makes it realistic. The best intentions of making Christmas gifts in December when it is already a really busy time just makes it really hard to achieve. Starting in January it is really truly achievable!
Also we are making things for our homes! Lots of things I wish for I find a way to make or am just recycling somehow and I love to see those photos too!
In April Mary made over some jars. These just made my heart happy!
This is the kind of thing I adore as something simple and useful like a jar can be so gorgeous!
She also picked up a towel holder for a couple of dollars and made that over for her kitchen...
Mary these are just beautiful!
Jane has been sewing ...
What gorgeous gifts! Jane has a Grandchild on the way who is going to be the most well dressed and loved baby ever!
Kelsey had a wedding to go to. She made up a cleaning, caring for your house gift...
I love this. She made cleaning cloths and cleaning products.
I also love the bridal wrapping!
I have to show you Kelsey has ducklings. Her husband made this gorgeous duck pond! Notice the little ramp!
Leigh made gift boxes from craft paper she had. This is really good especially if you have lots of papers on hand. I love something else to make with scrapbooking paper etc. A supply of these would be very handy.
Leigh made a tutorial on how to make these. She also has a whole post on cards, gift bags etc full of ideas here.
Jen in NC has been knitting gorgeous socks plus making a range of gifts and cards.... all beautiful.
Jen your gift cupboard must really be growing. Everything is lovely.
Vicky had a roll of wallpaper. She used it to cover boxes and then package up cleaning themed gifts. She also covered storage containers with it. I love this as she used what she had and was inventive with it! And Emma was her assistant!
This is part one! We will be back with part two next Wednesday.
Thank you so much to everyone. The variety is amazing and the ideas are never ending!
I hope you are having a good week. We have had rain which is really good as it was needed so much.
During the evenings I am working on two baby blankets, one is crochet and one is knitting.
Hopefully I will have lots to report on Friday so I had better get cracking!
How is your gift making coming along? I hope you found some inspiration from the ladies who shared here today. xxx