I got a little bit done during the last week. I embroidered two more little tops and I am working on a navy, grey and cream blanket. That is a bigger project but the evenings are cold and once a blanket is a reasonable size it becomes a project and knee rug at the same time!
I am also posting some more pictures of Mum's recent rugs and hats.
It is three years since I started making Christmas gifts in January and worked at it all year. The first year I learned some big lessons! That year my cupboard filled up and up and in November I was feeling quite smug when I decided to get everything out to have a look at what I had. As I spread things all over the floor I was amazed at what I had. And how much! I even took photos! There was only one problem. I had enough pink, rose and pretty things for every woman on earth and virtually nothing for men!
The next year I did better. I had a mid year review. Armed with a list of everyone I need a gift for I got everything out and grouped things into gifts. I used large snap lock bags with peoples names on them and made up gifts from what I had. Then I wrote a list of who I had a partial present for and who I still needed to make something for. That gave me direction for the next months.
So that is where I am up to now. It is almost mid year (already) and time to assess what I have and what I need to do.
It is amazing to do as already I have forgotten things and it starts to come back to me that I have a lot of soap gifts and I know for sure more presents for women than for men.
I know I am not the only one on this, several of you have said how men's gifts are harder.
So next week we are going to have a post just on ideas for gifts for men!
If you have ideas and have had success stories with mens gift then please add them into the comments next week and hopefully between us all we will end up with a massive number of ideas! That will be so helpful.
If you have photos of gifts you have made for a man (we will include teenagers) then please send them in and I will include them in the post.
You can do this via the Facebook page or email me at email@example.com
So my suggestion is to have a review of what you have so far, sometime in the next month. This gives you the rest of the year to fill in the gaps.
And we will try to come up with lots of ideas for men that are achievable and suit different interests. I look forward to seeing some of your ideas and hearing your success stories. I just gravitate to making pretty things and if I don't stop and realise it I end up with nothing for the boys.
I hope you are having a great week! Can you believe we are almost half way through the year?
Today I am grocery shopping. I don't need much as I am using things up from the freezer. We have had some creative meals from bits and pieces so that's progress!
See you on Friday! xxx
The little birds...
If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.
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