I have been working away on finishing edging a pile of towels and mats that I had ready to do and have found that all the soaps I made earlier in the year are going to go nicely with these! They make sense together which is more good luck than good management!
When putting things away themes do help. That is something worth thinking about. Even colour themes are lovely as then things look good together.
I am going to show you Kelsey's gift that was mentioned in her Feather your Nest Friday post as there were a few requests to see and she has sent me a photo!
Her friend was getting married so she made an apron for her, recipe cards and a rolling pin. The recipe cards are gorgeous ones you can print for free from Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth. This is the perfect example of a theme working so well. (A set of those recipe cards is a lovely gift for mailing someone!)
I remember Marion did this to great effect with a cookbook and an apron as well. These just seem so complete and lovely.
My gift cupboard has two main themes going. One is clean/cleaning as in soaps, power, powder puffs, towels etc. The other is Pantry... which is labels, jam tops, recipe books, Bay Leaves etc. This is good as any of these will go nicely with the cooking gifts I will be making soon and could go into hampers.
I have also saved small baskets towards making up hampers in December. These complete the gift. I have several little wooden crates for the same purpose. I do not want to be hunting for these things in December.
There is nothing wrong with mixing hand made with purchased. I have some heart shaped cake tins that were a huge bargain after Valentines Day. I have crochet edged kitchen towels. I am thinking to add some pretty cake sprinkles or make up some of Mimi's edible glitter. Then I have a theme and a complete gift!
If you have friends who bake then this Edible Glitter is so so pretty. Start saving lovely little jars to put it in and do a few colours. This is so cheap to make and yet tiny amounts of this are really expensive in the shops. It is a gorgeous gift! If you were feeling particularly generous you could write out the recipe on one of Jes' recipe cards and include it!
If you know what you already have in your gift cupboard then you can watch out for little additions that make you feel will finish the gift off. It doesn't take much. I always think good packaging is a big thing too.
This all makes a gift seem thoughtful and lovely! Working away all year really sets you ahead. This is really going to be paying off soon! And it is not too late to get a huge head start on Christmas!
The ultimate is having enough gifts for everyone and finding you have more than you need! I have been able to give something to a few extra people that I thought could really use some kindness and as well have had gifts for some Birthdays and other occasions well ahead of time. This is like your pantry. It's as good as or better than money in the bank!
I hope your week is going well! It is so cold and like winter again here. I am watching for specials on Christmas cooking ingredients. In October I make the Christmas cakes. So I know I need dried fruit, tinned pineapple and baking basics. Putting away the specials towards your Christmas cooking really helps. They are never on special at Christmas! All these little things save a lot and make December much easier. We want Christmas to be wonderful. Not a financial strain or stress, just beautiful! 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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