Going for a no Spend Christmas

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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204938 Green Aura
Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:51 pm

They're absolutely beautiful - you're family will love them and pass them down. You're creating heirlooms not Christmas presents. :cheers:
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #204952 Keaniebean
Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:53 pm

Thanks Green Aura, does that mean I will be getting the Galaxy of Stars one back as it's for my mum :lol: :scratch:

I've added my photos to the flickr group as I gave up trying to resize on photobucket :angryfire:

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I'm giving up on photobucket it's a right old pain in the butt cheeks.
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #205013 Shirleymouse
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:21 am

Love the quilts! Wish I could do something like that!
I've started making people cakes for birthday presents, they always go down well. My aunt who is very artistic buys cheap, plain crockery and paints it to give personalised mugs etc. My fruit bowl is a stunning one she painted, I love it and it's different from anything in the shops! Unfortunately, I have no artistic ability whatsoever so I think I'll stick to giving food-based items!

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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207119 hmk
Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:48 am

I've had a few ideas for Christmas.
Little girls are getting bunting and/or picture frame hanger things- paint the empty frames, staple wire or string across the back, add mini clothes pegs, hang notes or photos on it.
Granny usually gets a hamper, and as I've been reading about the benefits of rosehips on arthritis, she'll get rosehip syrup and possibly jelly too in there!
I'm making my mum a (very) simple chicken doorstop, and MIL an owl one. I like the chicken one in Slice of Organic Life, but I think something like this http://www.domesticsluttery.com/2009/06 ... rstop.html is more realistic with my sewing skills!
The 2 dads may get a breakfast box- homemade bacon, sausages, marmalade etc. My dad is especially keen on the Pear and Lemon jam from the Cottage Smallholder blog, so I'll make him some of that.

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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207122 Keaniebean
Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:56 am

I made one each of those chicken doorstops for my mum and mother in law for last christmas. They both really loved them and still have them in their houses. The only problem I had was I felt like I was wasting the beans that I filled them with, :scratch: .
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207131 Susie
Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:00 am

I tie-dyed my brother some tshirts last Christmas. He has quite a specific style and he isn't a hippie like me but I thought perhaps he'd wear them under jumpers or something. Well bless him, every time I see him he has his tie-dyed tshirt on, so I'm counting that a success. He says the only problem he has is that sometimes people come up to him in pubs and want to talk about the Grateful Dead.

I love the chicken doorstops. I want to have a go at one of those really old-fashioned draught excluders shaped like a sausage dog.
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207223 hmk
Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:31 am

Keaniebean wrote: The only problem I had was I felt like I was wasting the beans that I filled them with, :scratch: .


I know what you mean. I found some ancient soy beans at the back of the cupboard which will be a start :oops:

I don't think I'm going to be up to quilt sewing by next Christmas like you. They're amazing and I'm sure they'll be well loved. :icon_smile:

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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207302 Masco&Bongo
Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:58 pm

Those quilts are beautiful!! I'd be thrilled to get something like that!

Gift wise, I've already got 6 litres of elderflower cordial in the freezer, 2 litres of rhubarb vodka and limoncello-ish on the go; I've only (!) got 20 jars of jam left from July's batch, but have got a freezer full of fruit ready to make some more when I've collected enough jars.

Now it's September (eek!) I'll start doing soaps, salves and bath bombs/cookies to stockpile for gifts as well.
I might even stretch to biscuits and biscotti in December if I've enough time.
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207365 Keaniebean
Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:21 am

I don't think I'm going to be up to quilt sewing by next Christmas like you. They're amazing and I'm sure they'll be well loved.

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Don't be too put off HMK, I have never even attempted a quilt before these ones. If you can cut a square and sew in a straight line then you are pretty much there. I just found a book in a charity shop and followed the instructions so you should have a go. If you are unsure start off with a cushion cover or something small like that, even a pot holder, that way if it's not great you haven't wasted much material and could probably still use it anyway.

I warn you though it is VERY addictive. It's great watching the picture come together and knowing you made it. I love it.
We have a saying in our house to hide the mistakes and shoddy work all around us. If it's not perfect or broken we call it 'Rustic'. I might live in London, but i have a very 'rustic' house :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207385 prison break fan
Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:46 am

Sarah, everything about my life is rustic!! pbf.

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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207459 thesunflowergal
Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:55 pm

Sarah- ha ha ha thats what we call everything here too.

I started making finger puppets for my girls I was hoping to make more as presents, but I am not sure that they are good enough to be honest. I don't have a sewing machine so I am a bit limited in what I can make, plus I have only be sewing for about a month now. If I add a photo to my blog of some of the finger puppets would someone please give me a honest answer? I normally make hampers up of jams, chutney, truffles etc.
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207502 Susie
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:05 am

I'll give you an honest answer! Put them on your blog :icon_smile:
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207503 missy
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:15 am

nice one.. i'm also trying to minimise the ammount of money i spend this christmas, hence the home made jam & chutneys that i'm gonna make with my son.. the only problem i'm having at the moment is getting enough jars! lol
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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207507 pelmetman
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:40 am

As a serial skinflint :lol: I have been making Christmas presents for friends and family for the past few years :cooldude:

I have made bird tables, bird box's, folding screens and footstools. It's a good way to use up some of the left over materials I get :thumbright:

This year I am making some notice boards for the family, and another stool for our friends :cooldude:

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Re: Going for a no Spend Christmas

Post: #207521 Keaniebean
Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:51 pm

Oooh I like the idea of noticeboards. I had never even given that any consideration. but I must get these quilts finished first. I'm just 18 stars away from having all the material cut up. then it will be a case of sewing like a crazy woman to piece it all together.

It's looking good so far and I think I can actually get it finished by the end of next week, fingers and everything else crossed mind you. I'm just praying I don't muff up the actual quilting part. I haven't done it before :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

I have trouble with the men folk, I can never think of what to make them other than something involving their stomachs :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Any ideas for pressies for men welcome :dontknow:
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