I'm thankful for the opportunity to vote today.
What are you thankful for today?
I saved seeds from an Armenian cucumber to plant next year. I also saved seeds from zinnia flowers, before tearing out the spent zinnias.
I picked Armenian cucumbers from the garden. I cut thyme and Swiss chard from the garden.
I planted seeds for spinach and lettuce.
Using fabric and ribbons I had on hand, I sewed gifts for the children for Christmas.
I downloaded a free dress pattern that I found online via Pinterest.
I downloaded a free embroidery pattern for a Christmas present from one of the vintage embroidery patterns I had pinned on my Embroidery board. I'll use it to embroider a present I am planning to make.
I canned 8 half-pints of sweet pickle relish using a large cucumber from the garden.
After some major mistakes with our order, the wholesale company we were ordering some chests from admitted they did not have our merchandise and that the items were discontinued, except for one, which they had--and then didn't ship. After many phone calls from my mom (who is ordering them through her business for us), the company offered us a similar chest at half the wholesale cost! We were able to purchase 2 chests for the price of 1 (wholesale!) that are just as beautiful as the ones we wanted.
We went to a service auction that was a fundraiser for our oldest three for next summer's camp. For $25, I won 3 beginning guitar lessons, which one of our children will enjoy (and we have a garage sale guitar for him to use). For $10 we won a lawyer's help to get a driving ticket written down, which we can reserve for some time in the future when needed. Plus, the money goes towards our children's camp! Over half the money all of the youth will need for next summer was raised in this fundraiser, so our children will not need to earn as much next year for their camp.
One of the two dresses Winter made for herself last month from some inherited fabric in my stash. She made the pinafores from an old sheet and she made a crinoline for herself and for Ivory for their costumes (I made Ivory's dress several years ago). The black ribbon comes from the wrapping on a bridal shower gift I received.
I'll have a post up with her dresses sometime soon.
What did you do to save money last week?
I'm sure you're wondering what happened to yesterday's gift.
I thought it was 2-3 hour project. I even got a head start by laying out and taping together the 28-page printable downloadable pattern the night before (a 40-minute task).
I started the project and it didn't take long to remember how frustrating it is to sew on sheer fabric and how a simple project can take 3 times as long, due to the slipperiness of the fabric.
The project is now sitting in a heap on my sewing room table, waiting for me to get back to it--with the seam ripper.
That left me just a little time to work on some small projects today (as I was still working on yesterday's gift this afternoon).
Many of you expressed an interest in seeing my big gifts. As I look over my lists, they are almost all big gifts, and will be a real challenge to complete in a day (or even two!)
With the time I had left today, I went through my ribbon stash and used some to make hairbows and to cover some headbands.
I had this pretty pink idea in my head, but as it turned out, I need to replenish my ribbon box with pink, black, and a few other colors, so I'll be looking for sales on ribbon by the spool so that I can make these in those colors as well before Christmas.
I started with these inexpensive headbands. I've bought these before at the Dollar Tree in a pack of 4, but I haven't seen them there for a while. I bought a bunch with a $10 off $10 coupon to Kohl's before, and I have several more that I bought at a garage sale to use for this purpose.
I cut off the fabric that was on them.
Then I cut two pieces of ribbon (the length of the headband with about an ince/2 centimeters extra left to hang off each end) to cover them. I pinned the ribbon together and sewed along the length, right along the edge of the ribbon. I then put it over the edge of the headbands, pulled it over, folded the edges down on each end, and hand sewed the edges closed to the inside edge of the headband. I hand sewed the bows from more ribbon and sewed them to the top of each ribbon covered headband.
For the barrettes, I hand sewed bows, and then ran the top of the barrette through the back center loop of the bows.
An hour and a half for the three headbands and three bows.
$0.55 for the red and cream-striped headband, $0.04 each for the other two headbands, and $0.40 each for the barrettes.
I purchased the red and cream striped ribbon, the headbands, and the barrette blanks. I bought the white ribbon about 25 years ago. The other ribbons were given to me. The gold ones came on packages that I had received; I always keep pretty ribbons on gifts to use for wrapping gifts or for hair ribbons.
I'll be back to sewing gifts on Monday.
Did you make any gifts today? What did you make?