Yep, you heard me right. Two months have already gone by since Christmas and although there is still plenty of time to get things done I know how quickly that time will pass. For me, it is important to work on Christmas all year because I like to make the majority of my gifts. This year is no exception.
So what have I been doing since the last time I checked in? Not a lot, or so I thought until I started writing this post. Turns out I actually have accomplished quite a bit. Yaaaay! ☺
In January my focus was to restock the gift wrap supplies as economically as possible and I think I pulled that off nicely. I added four new rolls of gift wrap, a large package of tissue wrap and a new roll of tape. I also made some self stick gift tags using a sheet of address labels and my computer. We are all set in the gift wrapping department!
|Three new skeins of yarn for $3.97|
Since then I have been focusing on collecting supplies and taking inventory of what I already have. At a couple of thrift stores I purchased three pajama patterns and a robe pattern. At another thrift store I bought three nice new skeins of yarn all in complimentary colors and one matches another skein I already had in my yarn bag. I'm pretty sure I have enough yarn for a gift I have in mind. 👍
I took a quick inventory of what I already had in my stash of fabric and notions and then made a list of what I would need. Using a coupon paired with a sale I was able to get flannel fabric for pajama pants. A week later I returned to pick up a half dozen 100% cotton knit T-shirts ($2.50 each) all in extra large sizes for another gift project I have planned. Needless to say my project pile in my sewing area has grown.
|He is so cute!|
I've managed to complete two gifts, one for a friend and one for a co-worker by buying a couple things on clearance and one item at a thrift store. Total spent on those two gifts was just over $5 but neither one seems cheap. In fact, quite the contrary. And that is important to me.
|These were 12¢ each! And two are new and uncut!|
At JC Penney I used a coupon and picked up several pair of socks that were on sale. The coupon gave me an extra $10 OFF so the socks ended up costing half the sales price. That made me super happy. Thirteen pair of good quality socks for $9.99! I also picked up my first stocking stuffer for FREE using a coupon at Bath & Body Works for a free small bottle of hand lotion.
|Brand new and uncut|
I went through my gift shelf in my bedroom closet and organized everything into a bankers box for now. I have a few nice things left to use, but not a lot so I'll be restocking and stashing things in there throughout the year.
Next up is to get busy and get started on a couple of those gift projects I have in mind and hopefully get them completed in the next month. I'll let you know how that works out.
Anybody else working on Christmas gifts right now?