I had a beautiful email that made my day. I will share some of it with you as this post has so many lovely ideas and is very motivating! It has me planning for January in the new year!
So over to Alison and Rebecca from New Zealand...
We are two mums who have followed your blog for years and have been so inspired by the idea of making presents through the year to have a stash ready to give away by Christmas. So for the last couple of years we have got together every second week for a “crafty Tuesday” to research, make and create gifts to give. This year we have really been motivated to put extra effort into the presentation of the finished products and especially the wrapping, aiming for a look worthy of a high-priced product from a fancy boutique.
First is some of the cards we made that we made into packs to give away (inspired by you!)
Second is some of the soy candles we made and various presentation ideas we have (all made from card that was rescued from being dumped).
Third is muslin infinity scarf (on the left) and a merino scarf on the right that is so wonderfully warm.
Fourth is a selection of hand made lip balm – we found sparkly buckles and made the boxes ourselves!
Fifth is some of the creamy soaps we made which smell just beautiful.
Sixth are handmade lotion bars – just gorgeous on dry or cracked skin.
And lastly is a selection of reusable food containers – the spotty one is a sandwich wrap which works brilliantly and the little bags are little snack bags – brilliant for taking something little to school. Both are made of washable food-safe PUL and will be filled with hand made treats like spicy almonds for teacher’s presents.
These are all wonderful gifts and beautifully presented!
Alison and Rebecca you should be proud! Thank you so much for saying hello, telling me you are reading and sharing all of this. Some days I wonder if I should put so much time into the blog. When I hear from people with emails like this I am so glad I do and it makes my day!
There are so many ideas here. Many of us work best with a buddy. Getting together with a friend or a group is a great way to get more done. I know Cath and Wendy go to card making days together. You get to chat, craft, exchange materials... sometimes we have too much of one thing and do a trade! Also you are sharing ideas and skills.
Also... what a contrast to expensive lunch dates or shopping dates. Rather than spending money you are saving it. It is just as much fun if not more!
I used to go to an embroidery class that was a lot of ladies who would come together around a big kitchen table to embroider. It was wonderful.
Later on when the girls were bigger we would have other girls over for craft days and they would all sit and work on a craft. Our place became a bit of a hit amongst friends. Once I had about eight other kids over and taught them all chocolate making and they all took home a bag of chocolates they had made. They loved it.
Once a year my friend would come and stay for a few days. The girls, Margarete and I would sit and craft a series of things we could use as gifts. We would cook , make cards, create. Margarete would go home with a whole car load of gifts, packing, cards, baking... she would be set for Christmas. We had so much fun doing this! The girls loved it too. They were always so proud to give things they had made.
If you don't have a friend who would craft with you maybe you could find a group to join or find an online friend who will join you in your challenge... once a week share with each other what you have been making. Or join in here! In January I will start The Christmas Challenge again and we can all check in with our progress and creations. Encouragement does make a difference. Deadlines made a difference to me... if I know I need a photo by Friday I will get on with what I am making!
There is still time to do a lot of creating before Christmas. Then in January we will hit the ground running again! xxx