Days are passing quicker than I'd like as we countdown to Christmas!
I haven't really done very much towards gifts or decorating yet, so I guess my hands will be very busy next week catching up.
I intend making some of these gorgeous little dolls by Rosalie Quinlan...
...although perhaps not as many as Rosalie made!
(the pattern card can be purchased for around $4.50 from the shops listed in the sidebar of Rosalie's blog HERE)
Last weekend Mr E took me to the Cotters Market in the city mall and I came home with 10 homemade soaps - they are in my sewing room and smell divine! These will be used in a few gift ideas Blossom and I have been planning.
As much as possible I want this Christmas to be home-made. What about you? Apart from the purchase of these soaps it's my hope to use only what I have on hand for further gifts. Going into debt to give gifts has become all too common in our society and it is re-reading the delight of the young Ingalls girls (in the Little House on the Prairie books) receiving a pair of knitted mittens and a candy cane for Christmas that has helped me keep my head clear about my 'present-giving' plans.
The soaps are huge and cost me $3.50 each because I bought so many. In reflection, that's not much to pay for a beautiful gift, especially when wrapped in vintage music sheets, old book pages and covers, or a hand crocheted face washer.
This is the sort of gift I'd personally love.
If you have simple, inexpensive gift ideas would you leave them in a comment on this blog post, please?
I'm still stitching the small stitchery version of Shabby Roses.
The pattern will be available in the near future.
The kitchen is also taking some of my time. Lots of yumminess!!
Only 12 hours until the final issue of Elefantz HOME magazine is emailed to subscribers.
A door closing ~ another opening. More about that soon.