Otherwise I have been card making and using up some of the bargain books I got from the op shops. In the evenings I am crocheting.
Card making is a big saver. Throughout the year we need cards and it is nice to have plenty on hand. As well as for greetings, notes and best wishes cards can make an actual gift i.e. a pack of five or six in a pretty box or in cellophane with a ribbon around them. I have sometimes added a pen, stamps or address book.
I love having a good supply on hand and if I go away on holidays I love to take writing paper and cards and write actual hand written letters. I keep a box for this and a card making session stocks it up again.
This month I got busy and cut up my rose books and made myself a fresh supply...
I had three good books so I ended up with main themes of colourful photos, beautiful gardens and rose paintings. All worked well.
All the little bits left over go towards making gift tags.
In earlier posts I have shown lots of cards I make and how they are useful.
Here is a link to a post about cards as gifts and some presentation ideas... Cards as Gifts.
For some really easy instructions have a look at my tutorial Card Making Part 1 and Part 2 These are super simple! If you are not confident with crafts this is a good way to get started.
When we are trying to save and get ahead there is nothing that gives you a boost more than being productive. Saving is one thing... producing things is another. Believe me... together they are a powerful force!
I tend to go through stages with my card making from fancy to simple. It also will depend on the supplies I have. For ages I loved to do ruffles and appliqués...
I like flowers and birds as my themes best but I have made a lot of childrens cards and I will choose books i.e. Beatrix Potter, Winnie the Pooh, woodland creatures and so on.
For men I will get wildlife books and do deer, eagles, fishing type themes. It is good to just follow someones interests and go with that. In my family wildlife works but you could do trains, motorbikes or pretty much any theme.
Every time I am in an op shop I look for books with great images. Old calendars can be good too. Sheets of music, wrapping paper, magazines with good quality paper.... then think of bits of lace, appliqués, broken jewellery, ribbon, glitter, stickers, wall paper samples.... so many possibilities!
Today I am off to Aldi and the same supermarket that had the big special on roasts today has a big special on coffee. Really big! They just be trying hard to get people in the door! Also it is sunny so the washing is going out!
I hope you are having a good week!
What are you working on now?
How is your present cupboard going?
See you on Friday! xxx