I'm not sure who thought that everyone could manage crafts. They were severely mistaken. I have been trying my hands at making gifts, only to continually be disappointed.
For Mother's Day, I tried to make
decorated glass in frames. They made it seem so simple. Instead, I had
blurry words and pictures drawn by my kids and a huge mess in my dining
Then came the wonderful search on Pinterest. You see, I have
lots of mason jar lids and baby food jars. So I thought I'd look for
something else that I could try that would incorporate them. I found this cute video on there to
make candle holders with the mason jar lids. It looked so easy. I went
looking for alum powder. They sell it with the spices. Except I could
only find the little jars of it. And it takes 4 of them to make a cup,
which was called for in the recipe. Also, when I tried hot gluing the 2
pieces of the lid together, it didn't stay together. So my husband tried
using Super Glue. He got it all over his hands. For the next day or
two, every time I looked over at him, he was picking at his fingertips.
When I went to move the lid, I also got it on my fingers. Want to be
annoyed for a while? Get that stuff on your hands.
Finally came time
to soak the lid. I was so excited when I saw that crystals were
It was actually working! Can it be, I am actually going to have
a decent gift that I made someone for Christmas?! My joy was short
I've considered myself lucky that I have potatoes growing and a couple flowers finally bloomed. Oh yeah, and green onions. But anyone can, or should be able to, grow those. They are like weeds.
We just aren't meant to be
artistic in such ways. So what should I do? I don't have much money
to spend. As a matter of fact, my husband and I have created a
list that includes the people we want to give gifts to, as well as how
much we want to spend on each person. Plus what type of gifts we want to
get them. In this way, I can start saving and looking for the gifts we
had in mind for them. It was a tip we got from our counselor who was a
fan of Dave Ramsey.
This is actually a great help to us. Most people
wait until November to start buying gifts. That is when prices are
higher than normal, despite all the "sales" and "deals". Now is the time
to really get things cheap. In addition, why wait until the last minute to start buying? We all know we have our normal bills to take care of every month. For most people, that leaves very little extra cash on hand. So they turn to credit cards. Christmas shouldn't strap you down and wring out your pockets. You want to give, start saving early! This is what we are trying to do. Now to figure out how to give and what to give in such a way that I'm not left with pennies every week... I did buy my brother a used Lego set. He wanted a retired set from 2001. My Mom found it for $10 on eBay.
Its nothing fancy, but it is what he wanted. So one gift down, and only 28 left to go!
Where are you with your Christmas list? What ideas do you have? I'd love to hear about them below!