Friday, January 7, 2011

Make. Bake. Craft. Create.

Make. Bake. Craft. Create. That's my gift giving theme for 2011. With the new year upon us, I decided to review our bank statements and add up how much annually we spend to help us provision for 2011. Once I got past $3000 on gift giving, I stopped. I have to say I was also shocked at the amount we spend on groceries! So now I know where I can refine my shopping habits :) Especially since we have two pretty big goals this year - 1) buy our first home and 2) go on our honeymoon.

So... this weekend you will find me making raspberry cordial, preserving lemons and making lemon curd. I am also planning to bottle tomato pasta sauce, tomato soup and tomato sauce over the coming month too. I am in the process of hunting down some second hand preserving jars.

I've also been through my fabric stash and planned some things to make. More on that later. Without my machine there is very little sewing to be had. It meant I have managed to mend some items though, and last night I spent the night sewing 22 buttons onto a variety of newly knitted garments.

I hope you are all enjoying the start of the new year. If you have any plans or themes for this year, please share! Happy sewing everyone.


  1. That's a great resolution for the year and especially when you have great targets - home and honeymoon. When we were saving for our first trip to NZ the children got used to converting every potential spend into NZ airmiles. "That shirt is 1/20th of the fare to NZ do you want it that much?" Worked every time!

  2. i love your resolution and this weekend sounds delicious! Here's to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011 :)

  3. $3000 - yikes! Handmade presents are much more special anyway! :-) (and I should really do the same...)


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