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!