I look in my planner and see the birthdays and special occasions coming up so hopefully none sneak up on me! In our family there are a lot of Birthdays in January and I am happy to say I have got them all. I have two to wrap yet!
After Christmas the present cupboard is very depleted and it is time to start again! Post Christmas and January sales help a lot. I am re stocked in Christmas wrap and tape all at 70% off normal prices. I notice after Christmas all this is about half price. I wait. Once we are at 70% then I'm interested! And it worked this year so I am stocked back up.
A supply of ready to go gifts is like the pantry, it is like money in the bank. Come Christmas we really only have to think about the food side of expenses. But even those I watch during the year for specials and stash things away.
If I hear of someone having a baby or some kind of need I usually can go to the present cupboard and gather together baby supplies and a baby blanket.
So there are many advantages!
All year I watch for perfect presents, great deals and I work on making things. Right now it is hot here and there are indoor days. It is lovely having things to work on happily when it is too hot outside. The tennis is on in the evenings so I am using my crochet cotton to make some baby rugs. During the day I usually get to my sewing challenge and do my fifteen minutes of sewing. I haven't done very much but I got the ball rolling!
The first thing I made was Harpers first pillowcase. She loves anything to do with ballet so I made her a ballerina pillowcase.
She loves it! It looks very pretty in her room as well.
I have a lot of very soft pre used flannelette that I have saved and I have cut this into large sized handkerchiefs for sick times. I used to make them as disposables as they are so much softer than tissues but no one will throw them out. So now I hem them. They are just so much softer than tissues (Kleenex) or regular cotton. They are a life saver when sick! I have a stack for the Harper and Scarlett so far. These go into my medical cupboard.
Also I had thick velour and I have this cut to make heat packs for winter. A couple of these will be gifts. I have enough for six packs and I now have the wheat!
Then I went on to another pillowcase so they can be rotated and washed.
This one has two different sides and a trim of white daisy braid from my box of bits and pieces.
When cutting them out I ended up with a few ballerinas that I can appliqué somewhere in the future.
Smaller bits of fabric could make little pillowcases or cushions, book bags or a little skirt I am thinking...
I am counting some of my jam making as gifts too! I have a few little baskets so I can make mini hampers with three types of jam. Plus I already gave some away as gifts of help.
I have some baby items to embroider. So by the end of the month I will have an ok start on re filing my cupboard. This doesn't sound like much but as the year goes on it is amazing how this all adds up!
Next week we will start Show and Tell. Already I have some beautiful photos of some of your creations! If you would like to join in please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post photos to the Bluebirds Facebook page. We have all shared so many ideas and this is such a help to find things to make especially from supplies we might already have on hand. I am very much on a "use it up" challenge. This turns all kinds of things you have stashed away into beautiful gifts plus also maybe useful and lovely things for the home.
For lots of you this is indoor weather due to the cold not the heat! Either way it is so nice to be perfectly content and have projects to work on. As our school holidays usually had some really hot days when the girls were little we would all craft and make things during the day then in the evening we used to go to the beach for a swim. There is no boredom when you have things to make! It is so much fun! These times can be great for learning a new skill or improving one.
I hope your week is going well! What are you working on? If we get started now we will have so much by December and have lots to give during the year as well. Busy hands really do make happy hearts! xxx