This post will be boring to some (sorry) but from comments and letters I realise that I need to highlight some of my tutorials and my ebook as I think it is a case of I talk so much that they get lost!
So here goes...
I think the biggest help with keeping costs down and filling your gift cupboard is my ebook which you can find here.
Part 2 is here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.
This was written a little while ago, and I would write it differently now, but the message would be the same. Use your skills and your resources. This will help you realise you probably have skills you don't consider! And you probably have resources you haven't realised ARE resources! It also covers finding time, presentation and all sorts of things! There are some creative ways to get things done! I really hope it helps you identify ideas you didn't think of before!
I wrote a tutorial on crochet edgings. These are so useful as they transform ordinary and useful things into lovely gifts.
This post should get you going! They are really very easy and fun to do.
As far as crochet goes I notice how far crochet cotton goes and how inexpensive it is as a little bit goes such a long way. The towels and hand towels I did for the bathroom... well everyone comments on them!
Then I wrote up how to do Grub Roses (Bullion stitch)
Here are some ideas for using Grub Roses.
And here is the tutorial... Grub Roses 1
and here is part two... Grub Roses 2.
These are another example of something that costs hardly anything to do yet transforms things!
I have also known ladies who earn money doing these i.e. charge per grub roses and people line up to have them added to things!
I think paper crafts are one of the loveliest since they mostly cost very little but can produce amazing results!
This was my tutorial on how to make Crepe Paper Roses.
And Part 2.
I have made hundreds of these. They are a lovely gift or parcel decoration.
Card making is really fun and a huge saver when you consider how many we can buy in a year. It is nothing to pay $8 plus for cards here. $10 for fancy ones. But they make lovely gifts! Package up a few in cellophane or a pretty box, add a pen... a lot of gift potential! There are some more ideas here.
Like anything else you need to find your own style and images your family and friends will love.
Making gift tags is so easy too and even these given in a little box are nice gifts as they are so useful.
Soap making was covered here. I tried and shared several methods until I found my favourite. Soap is a good gift and is also really expensive in the shops. I greatly under valued this until I checked out homemade soaps in a few places. $8 to $10 a bar seems to be the going rate.
This is Soap Making Part 2.
I enjoy this as it is a way of mass producing gifts and adding quite a bit at one time to the gift cupboard.
And everyone uses soap. Hopefully! haha!
These are some of my tutorials!
In theory being mid year (almost) I should be half way to having my Christmas presents sorted and I'm not! I have done ok with Birthday presents but that is about all! Renovations, sickness, life in general has slowed me down! So now I am making lists to get myself caught up!
How is your Christmas Challenge going? Remind yourself of what it will feel like to get to December with most gifts taken care of, without spending a lot of money. Getting ahead in one area helps every other area!
It is so sunny and lovely today. I am heading to Aldi and hanging sheets on the line!
I hope your week is going well! xxx