I thought I’d share with you the gifts that I made Liberty for her birthday.
I made her this necklace and this bracelet.
I bought the pink beads many months ago at Michael’s when they had a 40% off bead sale. This was one of the least expensive stings of beads.
The chain and 2 jump rings were purchased on Etsy last year when I was buying supplies for Christmas gifts. I bought several chains at once from this seller.
The silver beads (both sizes) were part of a lot of beads that I bought last October at a garage sale.
The wire between the beads on the necklace was from a little kit that I purchased at Walmart for $2 last year for Christmas gifts; each piece was .04 and after I cut it I saved the other half and used it to make another necklace for Winter in green, making each piece .02. It would have been even less if I had used wire and just bent it. (My needle-nosed pliers and wire cutter are ones I picked up at a garage sale last year for $1 each).
I’ve had the elastic that I used for the bracelet for many years.
The change purse was made from an old pillowcase that belonged to my grandmother for the outside. The lining is from the back side of a pillow sham that I bought at a garage sale last October (I used it again in another gift further down; it is another rose print, with smaller roses. I just wanted the quilt but it came with shams so I cut up the back side of one. The zipper is one that my grandmother had in her stash; I sewed it shorter and cut off the excess to make it the right length.
This bobby pin rose was a quick project. The bobby pin was purchased on Etsy last year for Christmas from the same seller. I attached it to the bobby pin with E-6000 glue (I bought a tube of E-6000 glue on Amazon last year). The embroidery thread was some that I purchased on sale last year. The fabric came from the daughter of a friend of my mom’s. She gave me a lot of it, as you’ll see further down.
The dress was made with the pink and white gingham that I mentioned earlier. It’s polyester and is very thin, so I lined the dress with poly/cotton broadcloth from my grandmother’s stash. The buttons were ones from my button jar. The collar was made with fabric that a reader’s daughter sent to me (it was leftover scraps from a dress shirt factory; I sewed a purse and some wedding dress hangers for the daughter’s wedding, made from the reader’s [her mother’s] wedding dress; you can see a picture of those on my facebook page). I made a flower to put on a ribbon belt; the ribbon was purchased by the spool on sale several years ago; I sewed loops on each side of the dress with pearl cotton to help keep the ribbon on while she is wearing it (I’ll take the belt off for washing).
The total cost for these gifts was $15 (the scissors were $8.95), and none of it was spent this year, which was also a blessing to me at this time.
I made her a cake from scratch and we used things we already had to decorate for her birthday, including the fabric banner that I made several years ago.
I took her on a bicycle ride first thing in the morning on her birthday. She loved it.