So, has anyone started making lists and started in on their first handmade gift for 2018?
I dedicated one of the three moleskin notebooks our oldest daughter, Abby, gave me for Christmas to make lists and keep track.
I am going to be honest, here. January, February, and March are very hard months for our family financially. These are our businesses slow times. I have been very negligent about saving money for the slow times. This year I am committing myself to not spending anything for just this year unless absolutely necessary. And, when business gets busy, to save money for these down times.
So philosophically, of course, I believe wholeheartedly in handmade gifts. I avoid big box as much as possible. We enjoyed shopping in nearby downtown Belfast this past Christmas season and supporting local merchants. But, ultimately as much handmade that can be made would be best as long as the recipient is going to appreciate it. So back to being honest. This past December, as our business was busy, I bought several gifts at Amazon - uggghhh! Amazon is something I am committed to not using at all this year and instead, to plan ahead and support local small businesses or simply go without.
I also love making - that is another reason for a handmade Christmas.
Finally, I am challenging myself to use the materials and supplies I have on hand for making. If I really dig and am creative, there should be few items I will need to buy.
And, I am going to share one of my harder goals for this coming year - to not buy any of the beautiful magazines - just for one year. (I actually do like supporting those small businesses and the inspiration is wonderful. This is going to be a very hard one for me!) We need to get our finances in order and I know that I have a stack of back issues that have plenty of use still left in them. Many projects and ideas I have yet to use. I also have plenty of crafty books that I can find more than enough ideas. Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the overwhelming amount of ideas on Instagram or Pinterest.
I look forward to your sharing. Let's use #handmadeholiday2018 if you like to share that way.