I am doing my best to make, buy handmade, or thrift Christmas presents this year. I really do think there is something quite special about the handmade thing, even a little handmade card given, touches me.
Although I adore shopping, proper, new shop shopping gets me in a tizz, especially at Christmas. I get hot, hungry and a little moody so much prefer browsing junk shops and CSs to see if there is anything my family or friends would like. I shall probably offend, but in my olde age I am learning sometimes you have to stop worrying about what other people shall think so much, like I do, and do what you feel is right in your heart.
What was certainly right in my heart was purchasing Fleur's delightfully handpainted wooden personalised pencil cases, with a set of sweet wooden coloured pencils. I HAD to buy them for my children, though of course it is Santa who delivers them ;)
How could I not resist.
Fleur also puts the sweetest original vintage images on them. One for Master Poppins.
One for Miss. Poppins.
They really are the cutest things, and so lovely to have their names exquisitely handpainted at the top. Thank you Fleur for hand painting them so beautifully, a couple of very special gifts.
I also HAD to have one of these delightful handmade crocheted necklets made by The Scrappy Parrot although I did play the one for you, one for me game, I love so much. I bought one for my lovely Sister, who lives in Cyprus, and I bought one for me. The money I paid for the one for my Sister went to a worthy charity so even more special I thought. My Sister's has been sent, so here is a little photograph of mine.
Isn't The Scrappy Parrot clever, it really is the sweetest thing, and commissioned especially for me, extra special :) Look at the cute crocheted flower.
Thank you The Scrappy Parrot, I adore it and know my Sister shall adore hers too.
Well I have also found some thrifted presents.
Lovely books for the children.
I especially love this 1970s one, a little present from my children to me.
Look at the back cover.
Would you like to know why this book has a special place in my heart, well about two years ago I thrifted this 1970s book.
I love the fact that now I have my special Mum book too :)
I also found a gorgeous book for a £1.00 that looks perfectly brand new, and would make a lovely gift.
I know exactly who is getting these thrifted, yet brand new rubber gloves for Christmas, and is going to go down a treat I know it. It is Mr. Father-In-Law, he always wears black rubber gloves to wash up, anyone that knows me, would know that I couldn't think of anything worse. When I am at the in laws' lovely home, and he is wearing his favourite gloves, he always come up to me with his scary black gloves on and makes me scream.
Well I thought he could do with a new pair.
Far prettier don't you think.
For a little child I saw a beautiful Rexinter Toy elephant with its original £9.99 price on, being sold for £1.00. Yes a couple of his little stitches had come undone, but I thought he was lovely, so took him home with me.
Well, I stitched him up, gave him a little ribbon and think he is now as good as new.
I also found some 5p Christmas decorations.
And some wonderful 30p each handmade Christmas cards, they are so wonderfully handmade, felt a little guilty buying them at the cheap price.
Mmmmm now who could I give this cute £1.50 brooch to.
Of course, I do see things in the new shops I like for presents too.
I couldn't resist these Christmas toys, Master P shall love his new pals. TK Maxx, so quite reasonable.
Pretty twine from M&S.
Pretty fabric, present for me, Mmmmm maybe.
Well I do so enjoy buying thrifted and handmade presents. I only hope at the Christmas fair I am doing, the lovely ladies and maybe some gents like to buy handmade as presents too. Tis not about the money for me this handmade malarkey, it is the pleasure, hopefully, someone gets by receiving something handmade with love by me.
Right I should really unwrap my anniversary present.
Didn't even manage to pull the CK Christmas crackers last year, they were for decoration purposes only, well you can be guaranteed that they are going be pulled this year.
So pleased your giveaway treats got to you alright Ticking Stripes it was a pure pleasure sending your pretties and glad you and your DD like them :)
Happy Christmas shopping if you are doing any.