I know, I know I have been a very bad blogger recently so I do apologise sincerely! My husband and I have had many visitors to come see us so I haven't had the time.
I decided to do a post today as we went to a fabulous garden centre and they had some gorgeous Christmas stock in and tonight I have bought many items from Hobby craft to get our Christmas started. This year, we have decided to make most of our decorations and presents and at Hobby craft you can get the most amazing crafty stuff for next to nothing so we've bought quite a few bits and bobs. If you live in England then it is most likely that there is a Hobby craft somewhere near you but unfortunately we don't have one in the Isle of Man so I have had to order online.
Making your Christmas decorations is a fantastic idea for a few reasons: a) Its cheaper b) It's more personal and c) you can add your own feel to everything therefore having some self satisfaction.
Again, this applies to making your own gifts because of all the reasons I just gave plus the person receiving a gift will know that you put a lot of effort into making something so it is more special to both of you.
There are many things you can make as gifts including jams and preserves, pickles, biscuits and cakes, sweets, jewellery, books, photo frames, ceramics, etc etc and you don't have to make things from scratch you could get items and then customize to make it more personal to the person you are giving the gift to.
There are a few items that will not need anything changing but they still mean alot anyways.
I must admit, I absolutely adore Christmas and this year is the first one that we are completely independent and doing everything ourselves including cooking, decorating and gift giving so we want to make it a special one, I will be attending as many Christmas fairs I can and getting involved in all things Christmas so over the next month there will be a few Christmas themed posts.
Why not comment on my posts and let me know any ideas you have for decorations, crafts and gifts that you are doing or want to share? I would love to know what everyone thinks.