Gifting exception

Clump of bean bags

As I suspect, another exception had reared its ugly head. Gifts! We went to a birthday party over the weekend and I realized I wasn’t clear about gifts in my guidelines. Since I am a passionate gift maker, rather than buyer, I feel like I probably don’t have to declare this exception. 

One gift I love to make when we attend birthday parties for classmates of my 4-year-old son is pine needle sachets (I use needles I save from our Christmas trees). Another are little bean bags made with scraps of fabric leftover from pants and shorts I’ve sewn for my kids. The checks above are from a skirt I made and the red stripes are shorts from Ollie.

So the exception will be: gifts must be hand-made, not bought, but supplies can be purchased if all other supplies are used up. Gah. This project is getting complicated!

  1. makeitdo posted this


In 2012, I'm not going to buy anything except what I've used up or worn out. For all else, I'll make do with what I already own or I'll do without. I've come up with some guidelines. Update: for 2013 I'm going to continue along, but not as strictly.


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