Today I am heading off to see my friend Hilde for Christmas. If it is too hot we might have to modify our plans but the idea is to hit the discount grocery and fruit and veg stores and op shops!
Yesterday I was out and about looking for a couple of things. I noticed there are a lot of Christmas things already marked down a lot. This has me thinking I might do some checking next week in those same stores to see if they are marked down more. Maybe pre Christmas will be just as worth while checking out as post Christmas. I will give it a go!
I can't share yet my own Christmas crafts as I will ruin my own surprises so I am sharing some of the photos I have had this week for inspiration and ideas!
Tanya made heaps of things. She showed me this diary...
I LOVE it. I told her this would be $35 in a store here. She thought I was exaggerating until she went to a fair and looked around at prices and now she realises this is true!
Last year Bridge made me a fabric covered book with a brooch stuck on it for bling. It is beautiful and I have used it all year for my Vicky Challenge records.
Soon I will be adding up my whole years Vicky Challenge. Writing the savings down every week is very motivating. I am not sure if I will beat last year but I hope so! This has shown me without a doubt that our savings at home are so significant they equal a wage and there is no tax! Thinking this.... I hope my efforts today produce some savings!
Tanya also made beeswax wraps. These are so useful but also lovely gifts. (These too are pretty expensive to buy!)
She used fabric paint and stencils to decorate t shirts...
And made patchwork shopping bags...
Beautiful work Tanya! Thank you so much for the photos!
Maria made Brownies and by cutting them into triangles they made little Christmas trees.
I thought this idea is lovely and could be used with any slice or even shortbread etc.
She made these for her Grandchildren. Imagine them with big eyes seeing this! So good!
You really can give a beautiful gift by cooking. Right away I can think of several people who would love it if I made them a tray of brownies or fudge. Going by store prices this would easily be a $100 gift. I think I am going to be giving away a lot more home baked gifts in the future.
I have found so many lovely ideas on Shabby Art Boutique. She has free printables that are Christmas themed labels to put on your home cooking. Some cellophane and these labels would look amazing. These are available here. Many of her recent posts are full of gorgeous Christmas ideas. She also has a little calendar to print out. It is tiny and a gift small enough to post. I would think card makers would find this really useful too.
I had better get my skates on and head off. I hope this day gives me lots of good things to report on Friday!
I hope your week is going well!
How are your Christmas gifts going? Are there any last minute good suggestions... these would be helpful as many of us will still need last minute inexpensive ideas! Something unexpected basically always happens! xxx