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Gift Challenge

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* Do you leave birthdays and gifts for the last minute?

* Is money tight so the thought of trying to squeeze a gift out of your minimal budget makes the whole experience horrible?

* Do you like making things? Well even if you don’t there are things you can do?

Well then this challenge is for you, join me in a gift giving year with a difference.

I have challenged myself to a year of not buying gifts. I want to make, upcycle, regift or give my time as a service for a year. I am not sure if will be possible with every time I need to give a gift but I sure am going to try. It will involve forward planning, as making gifts invoves time and thought, not just running to the shop at the last minute. I am getting lots of great ideas on Pinterest.

The making is self explanatory

Upcycling is using something to create something new and cool, join Pinterest for some great ideas ( getting the idea that I love that place?) I am all green and eco at heart so the idea of saving money and saving the planet is a double bonus to me. And like the picture I posted for this blog I am even looking at green eco ways of wrapping up my gifts

I need to explain the re-gifting. I know a lot of people feel bad about regifting or if they give me something will now be worried that I will regift it. The way I see it, if it is something that I might not use as much as someone else, I would love them to get the full benefit from the gift, and it is never wasted becasue it would have saved me going to buy or make something. I am not the best for matching presents to people and so I would hope that if I gave or made something for someone and it was not 100% their thing that they would regift it. If I made you a hat and you might wear it once or twice but you know your friend/mother/aunty etc would wear it all the time then share the love.

If you are worried that you can’t make stuff or have not found your thing yet, (again get yourself over to Pinterest to be inspired by load of easy crafts with tutorials) then what about a gift of time, offer to baby sit, do gardening, bake a cake etc. Use your skills to gift others with your time.

All of these take a lot more time and effort but they are gifts from the heart, they say I cared enough to give you my time and effort. I think that means a lot in the busy world. And before you say you don’t have time, neither do I ( I have 3 kids, one just a 4month old baby, I home school, run a business and do free lance writing) But I will make the small bits I have count.

This is going to need planning as I can’t leave them all for the last minute, which is good for me as I tend to be disorganized and I leave things to the last minute and then get panicked, stressed and rushed. I am starting with a project board on which I can see which projects I have started and who’s birthday is coming up so I can plan what I want to make for them. Ahh I can see a list which will need laminating. ( I bought a laminator and everything is getting laminated it is such fun)

I also like the idea of making the wrapping from interesting and recycled stuff I saw the idea in the picture above on Pinterest from this Etsy shop

So are you going to join me for a year of interesting presents?

My list so far ( will add to this as the year goes by – I will make a post about each one and then link them here but this is just the list until I do so I don’t forget)
– Caleb’s dinosaur track suit top which I am so chuffed with I am going to do a separate post about it
– Caleb’s rocket hat
– Aedhyn’s Benjamin Rabbit which I don’t have a picture of – Ghilly can you maybe send me one?
– A tiny pumpkin for Carle’s boys doll Pumpkin who was having a birthday party the one day when we visited
– Worm scarf for Annatjie
– Meelah’s and Indhya’s are in progress so will show those later.
– A hat for Catherine’s Paul

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Titus 4 months

Feeling better

I really am feeling a lot better than when I wrote that last blog post. I did a few things to make things easier and have been more organised. I also have great friends who have made all the difference, especially Catherine who knows how it feels and we have a good moan. I have been examining the things that made me feel less in control and have been working on each one at a time. The school room is being organised within an inch of its life. I have made a whole bunch of stuff and have been getting great ideas from Pinterest for things to do. I will blog about it on the kids blog soon. I even got a laminator and a glue gun which made me very happy.

Even though I often felt like staying at home getting out and seeing people helps too. I met up with Shelly and Suzanne and that is always lovely. I also take the kids to pottery on a farm in Philadelphia and have made good friends with Carle of Nurturing Fibres we knit and chat and it is lovely. The kids get on so well and ask all week when it is time to go to pottery.

I have also been busy organising hats for the cancer kids hat challenge it is good to focus on others and doing things to help, makes me feel a lot less sorry for myself.

If you want to see pictures of Little Man Titus and how he has grown and is in fact not such a little man at all then pop over to Catherine’s Flickr and see his 4 months pictures. We are doing photos every month for a year so we can do a picture a month project. One sneak peak to show how cute he is

Titus 4 months

And then I have finally put up the pictures of Caleb’s lego party on the kids blog here

(something gives me the idea I have too many blogs, but they seem to serve a purpose having stuff in different place or do you think I should just have the kids and the knitting and all on here?)

I have also been reading an interesting book on Money and how much of it is linked to how we think and feel about ourselves and what we attract into our lives. I was sharing a bit about it with Shelly and Suzanne but it has challenged me to change some of my more negative thoughts and think about what I really want to attract into my life.

Well it is bedtime. Thanks for all the support as always. I need to blog more. I got out of the habit with all the new baby stuff but I need this so hope I can get into the swig of it again.