Yesterday I called into an op shop (thrift store) and came out with another very good basket for making up a hamper gift. I get these when I see them and this was a big one for three dollars. It would hold a big cake, jars of jam, or one of my cleaning gifts with wool wash, miracle spray, cleaning cloths and so on.
These last few weeks I finally made some cards for men. I watch out for images all the time and I really liked these ones from an English magazine...
Since my family are farmers these are great. I got twelve cards all up.
I finished crocheting wash cloths (or cleaning cloths) to pair with all the soaps I made earlier in the year...
I add these to the cleaning themed baskets as well (along with the soaps) and so these are a handy addition to have a heap of! And all my crochet cotton is now used up.
As well as the beautiful vintage magazines from Deb I had a parcel from Mimi! She sent me lovely fine angora wool with a sparkle. You know I love sparkle!
I have plans for this. It is going to go into a blanket!
With my bulk herbs and spices buy up I have made up jars of herbs and also ready made mixes and some of these are going into kitchen themed gifts...
The other day I saw bargain big wooden spoons. I love wooden spoons! I got some of these as something else to add to kitchen gifts along with my bunches of herbs etc.
I love to be able to give away herbs and this week I gave away parsley and lemons. Anyone who cooks loves stuff like this as it is so useful.
Something that is helping is my further afield shopping. I feel if I have travelled further for good deals that I should make the most of the trip and go into the good op shops while I'm there. This is really working! I have put away some amazing gifts for 50c to $3 price range. Oh and also lovely containers and baskets to make up hampers. These are so handy to have ready to go. I have to note... a nice basket makes a whole bunch of odds and ends suddenly look abundant and lovely. So it might be something I baked, jars of jam, bunches of herbs, some Bay Leaves packaged up etc but all in a basket it looks so nice. If you want confidence to do this look online at hamper gifts and notice the prices!
How is your gift cupboard going? I am at the point now where I am feeling ahead with gifts and in a pinch I could go to my cupboards and find a suitable gift, card and wrap for most people and most occasions. This is a good feeling! It is also another thing that is like money in the bank. I do not have to budget for those gifts.
This afternoon I am going to Aldi and there is a big op shop right around the corner from there as well so I am trying to pair up these shops as a regular trip.
I hope your week is going well! We have had heaps of rain but just now the sun is shining and it's lovely.
Next week we will be heading towards the end of the month again so if you would like to be in Show and Tell send me your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org I LOVE seeing what you have been making, your ideas and even your thrift store finds and baking! Love it all! Thank you! xxx