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Crafty! For the Holidays!

Updated 6/8/21

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Almost six months to Christmas. That sounds so bad, but time is just flying by. It is not on cruise control.

Get crafty even if it is not something you do on a daily basis. Look in children’s magazines, craft books and books that read easy to do!! Why! Why would you want to do that? Because you want to save money on Holiday spending this year! So becoming more creative, crafy, and inspired with ideas may help you.

Your gifts don’t have to be huge just something done by family, or by the children or by you for someone special in your life. If you are a crafty person, use up some of the craft supplies you have left in your special room. You know the one where all your art and sewing, or crafty supplies are hiding.

Some thoughts to get you thinking :

If you are a knitter, what about mittens and scarves.

How about making a lid gripper. Get some shelf liner. Cut approxiately the size of a hot pad 6″ by 6″. Single crochet or double crochet around the edges and you have a lid gripper. They usually last 1-2 years and then the grip may not be quite as good. People love them and you can get as fancy as you want with them. Use multi-colored yarn to make the gripper prettier if you want.

Sewing, just a beginner no problem. Purchase some fabric with a holiday theme. A nice cotton fabric and plan on making a holiday tablecloth. Be sure you get enough fabric to cover your table and hem it. Do a double turn, (each turn about a 1/2inch, so the hem looks nice, and professional. Make a tablecloth for someone in your family who is always generous to you.

Use scraps of colored paper from your children’s craft projects. Make a kaleidoscope picture, add pictures of your children, and put into a unique frame. Such a wonderful gift. Keep your kaleidoscope picture, light and airy, not filled with dark ,dark colors.

Design an angel tree of some kind and let your children pick one of the names off of it and make some small gift for a sick friend, someone who lives alone or someone who has been very nice to your family.

Be crafty and be frugal this year. Next year you will want to have a budget in place to help you plan ahead. For now go to Selection’s from Barb’s Resource Library and enter HELEN. The library is found on the upper right side my website Selections from Barb. There is a budget there you may want to start practicing with.

Good luck and have lots of fun. Get those creative juices flying.

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Celebrate ! Father’s day, my day or everyday.

Right now let’s celebrate Memorial Day and then of course Father’s Day.

Happy Father’s Day

Go to my resource library on the main page of my selectionsfrombarb.com, on the top left hand side. Enter the password HELEN. Purchase this verse and have your children make up a special Father’s Day card with art paper, a picture of each child in a big heart, smile, or sleeping. Let them use their imagination. What a treasure for Dad.

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Holiday crafts to think about!

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The above affiliate statement applies to any affiliate.

Almost five months to Christmas. That sounds so bad, but time is just flying by. It is not on cruise.

Get crafty even if it is not something you do on a daily basis. Look in children’s magazines, craft books and books that read easy to do!! Why! Why would you want to do that? Because you want to save money on Holiday spending this year, so becoming more #talented#creative and #crafty may be the answer for you .

Your gifts don’t have to be huge just something done by the family, or by the children or by you for someone special in your life. If you are a crafty person, use up some of the craft supplies you have left in your special room. You know the one where all your art and sewing, or crafty supplies are hiding.

Some thoughts to get you thinking :

If you are a knitter, what about mittens and scarves.

How about making a lid gripper. Get some shelf liner. Cut in approx. the size of a hot pad 6″ by 6″. Single crochet or double crochet around the edges and you have a lid gripper. They usually last 1-2 years and then the grip may not be quite as good.

Sewing, just a beginner no problem, just purchase some fabric with a holiday theme. Be sure you get enough fabric to cover your table and hem it. Do double turn so the hem looks nice, and professional.

Use scraps of colored paper from your children’s craft projects, make a kaleidoscope picture, add pictures of your children, put into a frame. Such a wonderful gift.

What about a small scrap book? Don’t buy new, use up what you have.

Be crafty and be frugal this year. Next year you will want to have a budget in place to help you pan ahead.

DISCLOSURE
This blog is a personal informational blog. It contains my opinions, does not reflect the opinion of any organization I am affiliated with. This blog does not contain professional advice, only suggestions, informational ideas and tips. If a readers relies on anything in this blog it is at their own risk. This blog may contain mistakes and errors. I reserve the right to change this blog and change my focus or content at any time.

Information found on this site related to Young Living Essential Oils , is meant for educational and informational purposes only. Not meant to cure, prevent or treat any disease.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

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Sewing machine! New, actually 6 months old now.

My last sewing machine was an Ulna and it was an extraordinary machine. I loved it and it was so good to me. It was almost 40 years old when it just gave up. I was hoping it would last longer. It journeyed with me through making many many things including jackets make from sweatshirts, and 19 quilts for grandchildren. Now please contain yourself, these quilts were near the size of a twin bed, not a full sized quilt. If you are interested in learning more about these quilts, under comments enter your email, asking for more informaiion. They are not normal quilts.

The new sewing machine! I have to admit it has been a bit of a learning curve for me. Mainly because I am left handed, very left handed and I had to learn to use my right hand a bit more than I anticipated. I am slowly adjusting. It is very light weight and so easy to carry in it’s case. So important as we age, because the lighter the better. Especially if you belong to a sewing group and want to bring your machine.

The machine has 60 built in stitches and came with a very detailed instruction booklet with lots of pictures explaining more of the detail needed. Since I am not a sophisticated sewer I did not want a machine that did everything, but cough, and cost so much I would feel guilty if I did not learn to use it properly. However I did want to learn more about sewing with knits and other types of fabric. Only time will tell how durable the machine will be.

I have so far made 20 decorative hang over the oven handle towels. I do mean decorative. They are just for show and the themes so far have been Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Still learning the proper finished up techniques. Also made a table runner out of scraps and a couple of table clothes.

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DISCLOSURE
This blog is a personal informational blog. It contains my opinions, does not reflect the opinion of any organization I am affiliated with. This blog does not contain professional advice, only suggestions, informational ideas and tips. If a readers relies on anything in this blog it is at their own risk. This blog may contain mistakes and errors. I reserve the right to change this blog and change my focus or content at any time.

Information found on this site related to Young Living Essential Oils , is meant for educational and informational purposes only. Not meant to cure, prevent or treat any disease.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

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Looking for Young Living products for you and your home? Shop here!