I did it! I left the house this afternoon :) hihi, not so weird you may think... BUT! I have spent the last several days inside, eating and watching tv and just enjoying the fact that I dont HAVE to do anything (well, the usual laundry and cooking but on the whole that is really minimal). I really wanted to sew or bake or something but I really didnt know which project to sew first and I figured my waistline is not going to be happy if I bake much more, especially that cinnamon bread. That was just to die for!
So today I dropped some stuff off at the charity shop (really, I cant recycle/re-use everything!) and I just happened to catch the tube in time for the hobby shop. Oops... *angelic smile while polishing halo*. Strangely enough I hardly found anything for myself. Really, the items on sale just didnt appeal to me at all. But then I literally bumped into a shelf full of discounted Warhammer paints! And a ton of the colours the bf needs to his Warhammer projects. And all at 55% off! SCORE! Yes, I pretty much cleared the shelf of all the good stuff, all the reds, and one of each of the remaining ones as I had no idea which other ones he needed. I went for the dramatic effect by giving him one jar at a time, hihi, that was so funny! But I think he liked it and now he doesnt have to buy paint for a while :)
It seems I have been bitten by the December-Shopping-Bug but I didnt buy everything. I also made something. Sadly enough not nearly as much as would have liked, but worked has been crazy this past month. So crazy, in fact, that I even forgot to pay my credit card bill on time! There goes £12 I could have used for something better... But this time it really wasmy own stupid fault so I have now added a calendar entry to never forget again.
You wondering what I made as a Christmas present then? The ONLY Christmas present I actually made? Well, I made the cookie-in-a-jar gifts as well of course, but I mean an actually SEWN present. Long ago, after seeing my sister's Blackberry pouch that I made, my niece asked me for a phone pouch also. I am indeed very guilty in making this at the last minute but in the end she got it on time, and she loves it :) Below is the result:
This one doesnt really have a front and a back. I used the colours that she asked for, something burgundy with silver in it. The B&W fabric has silver stitching in it, it's hard to see in the photo. Plus she loves mandalas so this is right up her alley. I am so glad she liked it!
Hopefully next year will be a better year than this one. We didnt think it could be worse than 2010 but it turned out to be anyway. Well, it wasnt awful but I do hope that 2012 will bring some progress anyway! Next year I am going to back to frugality. I have bought some nice containers and will start making bento lunches for the bf and myself from Jan onwards. I just have to find a way to make this the night before so I dont have to get up at 5am... Any tips are welcome! :) I will also try to buy most of the crafty items I need now before the year changes and the prices and VAT go up again so that will hopefully also save me some money. What are your plans for 2012?
Anyway, I'm sure I will blog some more before the year is out, but just in case something prevents me to do so, I want to thank you all for following my blog and for staying with me even through tough times when my 'busy craft life' turns out to be my 'busy work life' for a few weeks. So thank you all and see you soon!