Saying that there is still time to make a lot of things!
Once it is the first of November I give myself permission to get everything out of the gift cupboard. That is a really fun day! It is like a trip down memory lane back to January as I almost always have forgotten some of the things I have stashed in there!
I know I have made a lot. Plus it includes little bargains I have picked up that I hope will go in with various gifts.
Lastly I have added cellophane bags, cellophane rolls, sticky tape etc.
I have a lot of wrapping paper and ribbons already.
In Australia we do not have Thanksgiving. I think it sounds beautiful and a good idea but it is not our tradition. That must impact the timing and getting ready for Christmas in America. I assume you would celebrate that and recover before starting on Christmas?
Here for me I consider November a time to get my gifts sorted out and I want to be posting the international things around December first so they are all wrapped in November.
By doing this I have no nasty surprises or panic in December. Once it is December we put up the Christmas tree and I get into cooking the shortbread and coconut ice etc. I go over to the nursing home and decorate Kath's bedroom too.
Last week I made progress getting all the Christmas cakes made. I am so glad and this gives me a lot of gifts. Some will end up part of a hamper gift. I will add shortbread etc later.
Half the fun of Christmas is making extra and having things to give when you get an opportunity. This is one of the reasons it is wonderful to make things. You can give more!
The next thing I did was decorate envelopes. I have a challenge to post gifts that will fit into A4 and A5 envelopes. Last year Vicky sent me a gift in a box. When it arrived it had Christmas pictures on top and looked gorgeous! It was so nice! So I decided I will decorate my envelopes so when they arrive it will be a bit exciting and Christmassy!
So my little parcels will go into these!
This week I am finishing off a lot of gifts. Each night I am trying to do some sewing. Last night I added Grub Roses to the corners of a stack of wash cloths.
I can't wait to get all the gifts out! Doing that is really the culmination of almost a year of work and the rewards of starting in January become apparent! From the last two years I know it is another example of how amazing things add up over time, it is a shock!
Next week will we have October Show and Tell. I love to see what you have been making (as does everyone else!) Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who already has! From photos so far it looks like October has been a very productive month!
I hope your week is going well! I was painting with Allie most of yesterday. Today we have new doors being installed then I will get to painting them.
When do you start sorting and wrapping gifts, Christmas cooking and decorating? I hope everything you have done so far this year towards Christmas is really going to pay off. It was not until December the first year I did this that I noticed I did not have to buy hardly anything! Oh my goodness my usual Christmas expenses were reduced so much! It was wonderful. I hope you find the same thing plus find you are able to give more to others and someone in need. That really makes Christmas so much fun. I can't wait now! xxx