Then I look back and think we had Lucy having Scarlett, Mum in hospital and I was sick and visiting the hospital myself. It was a bit of a crazy start to the year! So considering all that we have actually done quite well!
But now something has clicked and my gifts, crafts and present cupboard are all doing better.
I have a lot to report this week and next week!
Mainly I am trying to use up supplies I have as much as I can. First I got out all my card making things and magazines etc. I also had some images printed on card that I had planned to make into gift tags. These had been in a folder for quite some time! They were fiddly to cut out but I got quite a few...
I kept some to use myself as gift cards and made the rest up into packs (in cellophane bags) to give as little gifts. We all need cards so I think they are a handy gift.
While watching football I cut out magazine images. I had some fantastic magazines from an op shop trip. I was also just using up blank cards I already had. I even used ribbons I already had!
I ended up with a couple dozen cards. This is good as I had run out altogether.
They don't really come anymore simple than these. I need a session to make some for men. I have the supplies so that will be next!
Being cold weather I have been crocheting. With this also I am using up supplies. Both of these are for a charity. They are a knee rug or cot size.
Also I am thrilled to have made a bulk purchase that takes care of seven men in the family at Christmas. Yes, seven gifts are completed! Except I can't show you as too many are reading! I will say this... other times the idea has come up to watch for bargains in the year and put them away when you can. And also that sometimes you can bulk buy something, split things up and re package. All these are involved here! The repackaging took me ages but now they are done and I have put these into the present cupboard ready to go!
I cannot tell you how happy I am about this! I have saved a fortune and because I find gifts for men overall harder I feel so relieved to have come up with something really really good! 😊
My present cupboard is now looking really great!
Since then I have been working on lots of gifts for women. I have really made progress there too! But I need to take some photos and these will be next week!
One thing I think that has helped me lots is doing multiple batches of things. I rarely make one of anything. A few spares come in handy. We have birthdays to manage as well. There are always unexpected gifts to give. Production lines really mean you produce a lot more. This doesn't apply to everything but gift wrapped soaps, packaging up cards to give a gifts, cooking gifts and many things work out really well as a way to get a lot of gifts at one time.
Another thing I find is around mid year are some of the best sales and markdowns. This is the time to stash things that will complement hand made gifts. Keep your eyes open as these little bargains can really help the gift cupboard grow!
What have you been working on?
I hope your week is going well! Although it is cold we have perfect sunshine and it is just lovely!