Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Today, I planned on showing you my first finish of the season. Gift #1 of 10. One of the 10 gifts I plan to make for the holidays. I was going to tell you that my math doesn't seem to be working. I need three days to make a gift - one to make the mistake, one day to cry about it, and one day to fix it. 3 days x 10 gifts = missed deadline. I was thinking that I needed to cry faster, and hopefully try to avoid a mistake or two. Sigh. I forgot about my special talent to make mistakes while I am fixing, so maybe I need five days. Five days x 10 gifts = lots of missing gifts. No worries, whatever I don't finish, I can just go out and buy. I am only going to work on one gift at a time, so there won't be half finished products.
On Sunday I remembered that besides the holiday, there are four birthdays this month. One of the birthday people likes to collect antiques, and thrift store stuff. Last year, I went to several thrift stores, and was unable to find anything. It has to either be antique, and what do I know about antiques, or it has to be something fun that she would want. I didn't find anything. But I decided to stop at the thrift store since I was driving by it. I found these great containers. They are probably not antique, but they are useful, and if she doesn't like them, she can give them back to me. The first time I saw these at a doctor's office, I wanted them. The plaque looks old, and has a nice cheery saying. The bowl I might keep for me.
I'd been feeling for a week or two that I should go. I thought it might be the blogs I read, but it might have been intuition, because there were several quilty and crafty things there. All of this stuff - in both pictures - for less than the price of a retail store bought gift.
I used the single fold bias binding I got at the thrift store to speed things along on Gift #1, but even with glue and pins, it is a messy job, and I am going to have to unsew and redo the binding. Hopefully I can do that and start on Gift #2 today.