Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Set myself a challenge

OK, not a really a hard one, but more of a common sense one really...

This year I am going to make all my Christmas cards using stash that I already have and not buy anything...

I've got off to a flying start, as so far have managed to make 50 out of an Dawn Bibby Christmas kit I found in the wardrobe, while tidying the Christmas stash up last year, (not bad seeing as it's still only August, lol)...



I've also managed to use up card blanks that I already had, so quite chuffed with myself...

OK I didn't quite keep to the challenge, as needed a corner punch for the corners of my inserts and I had nothing Christmassy, so ended up buying a Martha Stewart 'snowflake furry' punch, as I hold my head down in shame.

But on the upside I also managed to make some curtains for my 'Arty Attic' from a couple of tablecloths...



Why you ask?


Well I bought the tablecloths for our dinning room table, (very cheap from asda) to find that when I washed them, they were very creased and there is nothing more having to iron, let alone iron a very creased tablecloth... yikes, makes me shiver just the thought of it, lol...

OH... and they also shrank, so was a little too small for the table when extended... but the colour and size was just right for some curtains, so at least they weren't wasted and were a lot cheaper than buying some curtains as were only a couple of pounds...

8 comments:

craftattack said...

Great idea with the curtains, the look lovely. Well done on all those Xmas cards, too! I suppose I will be starting end of November as usual! Hugs, Valerie

Carole said...

Oh wow. Christmas. Now you know how much I LOVE Christmas, but even I haven't done anything about it yet, but you may have inspired me! 50 - good grief, that is a lot considering it's still only August!!!

Hugs, Carole xxx

Susan said...

Can't believe you have made so many Christmas cards already!!
And well done on not really buying any extra stash. Every year my mum moans at me if I buy anything Christmas related because I have tons of Christmas craft stash as it is, but then I see the new stuff and I find it so hard to resist...

Hi I'm Maria... said...

thanks ladies...xx

lol val I usually leave it till December...xx

come carole, you are slacking, lol...xx

susan the key is NOT to look, as I would be buying if I did, lol...xx

and I actually enjoyed making them...xx

SusieJ said...

OMG Maria...50 cards already!! I don't know what you're on but could I have some of it please!!lol
Well done on using existing stash - the punch doesn't count as buying new as it'll last for years. :)
Great curtains too.
Hugs xx

Hi I'm Maria... said...

thanks sue...xx

tea_bag said...

Well done on almost making your from existing stock shows what can be done As you know I love your curtains from tablecloths I bet if you have purchased them as curtains they would have cost more

Hi I'm Maria... said...

thanks alma, and agree... don't think you will be able to buy curtains for 2 pounds, lol...xx