Yes, I know it's still August and Christmas is far away, but I always put off my Christmas list until the last minute and then I never have any time to make people things like I want to. I am not wishing away summer, but I know how time flies and I know that I need to start planning so that a) I know what I want to make people, b) I can afford it, and c) I have the time to complete all I want to make!
When I started this blog, I had a goal of not going to big department stores, but shopping at smaller local stores and trying to make my own things, from food, to clothing, to gifts, etc. I haven't really been able to really follow through with that goal, but it still remains a goal. One thing I really would like to do, which would essentially be a huge help to meeting the goal of making my own things, is to have a work station where I could leave things set up, like my sewing machine or a jewelry project, or anything else that I was working on. Once my brother in law leaves, which will hopefully be soon (we can all hope), I hope to move some things in the basement and get a work station set up so that I can leave my sewing machine set up, have an area to work on jewelry projects, maybe even scrapbooking/paper crafts, or even my aromatherapy stuff. I have most of my supplies organized, just no place to actually work!
Once I finish this post, I am going to start my Christmas list so that I can hopefully plan out what I want to make people and have goals set to finish projects. My first priority is my husband and my kids. I have been wanting to make a picture quilt for my husband for a long time now. I have bought some material and even the special material to put through a printer to print the pictures on. I think I have even printed some old pictures from before we were married ( I had printed them before we were married, that's how long I have wanted to do this). I also want to make all 3 kids something special from me that I have made. I would like to make this an annual tradition. My absolute favorite gifts/cards are things that my husband has made me and I want my kids to treasure things that are handmade and mean something not just some thing that was bought at a store and made in China. I also want to make special things for special people in my life.
I am really hoping that I can plan things out so that I can get projects completed in time for Christmas. It will really feel good to give handmade special gifts that will hopefully mean more than jsut something I picked out from the store, especially since I really enjoy making things. Hopefully I can also get a spot to work out of so that I can be a little more productive!