Saturday, 29 December 2012

Birthday-Love Stash 2013

It's nearly the new year, and it got me thinking about New Year's resolutions and STUFF!!!!!!

I have the same problem every year........ someone’s birthday rocks around and I am TOTALLY unprepared for it and end up making something and sending it weeks (and sometimes months!!!) later.....or offering some feeble excuse and feeling exceptionally bad!!!!! I am known as the ultimate procrastinator...... So for 2013, I thought I’d try something a little bit different and thought, if you're like me, you might just want to join me!

Each month I will round up a number of different free patterns off the web, just simple but very lovely things, to make for birthday gifts....and each month I WILL COMMIT to making something (because I’ll be prepared!), and stashing them away for when the time is right to parcel them up and send them off so they arrive ON TIME for some lucky birthday gal or guy!

So, are you in the same boat as me???   Are you itching to join me in creating your own Birthday Love Stash???

Then here we go.....

1. grab a small calendar diary from the ‘cheap’ shop where you can list all the birthdays of the people you want to make gifts for in 2013 and do just that....add their birthdays in so you can see at a glance who you need to make for in the following month (an probably even the first week of the next month!) ...or add dates to your Outlook or other platform diary if that's easier

2. Grab my button and put it up on your sidebar, linking back to me, and on the last weekend of the month, I’ll post some birthday links.

3. Make a post on your blog - letting all your readers know about your birthday love stash plans....you know it’s a commitment we all need, and the encouragement doesn’t go astray either!!!!!

4. sign up using with Mr Linky (just use your blog name and don't forget to add where you live) so that we know who to come and visit to see the cool gifts you’ve made (remember, you don’t have to tell who they’re for, so even if they’re for another blogger, it will still be a surprise and you don’t HAVE to use the ideas I suggest, they’re pure motivators......we’d love to visit you to get more inspiration!!!)

5. Create, create, create, over the weekend and the following week MONTH (what WAS I thinking???!!!)....and don’t forget to post about what you’ve been making either so we can all come and visit, give encouragement and get inspiration from you too!

6. Then, on the first THIRD weekend  LAST DAY of the month, ( see???  I'm modifying as we go along!!!!...a work in progress!!! ) there just might be a little giveaway for some hardworking birthday stashers!!!!! So......are you beginning to get a little bit interested???

Here are my first few ideas for gorgeous birthday gifts for January....

.........a lovely, simple table runner designed by Dawn Hay that can be made from and fabric to suit your ‘giftee’ despite it saying it’s a Christmas runner can be downloaded from HERE.

And this cute little purse that I found HERE.... (thanks Khris!!! ) and you can find the English tutorial if you click on the picture...


  A needlecase for a stitching friend.....you know you can never have too many needlecases...and with Fiona’s great tutorial HERE, you’ll have lots made in a flash!



 ... An oldie, but a goodie.......
photo courtesy of Designs by Fee

Fee has a tutorial on her blog to make some gorgeous shabby gloves.....and if you’re like me and HATE housework, these just might make it seem a bit more bearable!!!!

....and a gorgeous tea towel design from my lovely friend Jen... ...
photo courtesy of Jenny of Elefantz


you can find it HERE

Now there’s a few to start you off! Don’t forget to go and visit each of the designers and thank them for their generosity......they make our life so much easier....and they always love to hear it when their ideas spring to life in someone else’s hands !

AND.....

don’t forget to link up and join in on the Birthday Love Stash 2013 for January!

Sugary Hugs xox :O)

22 comments:

Dawn said...

Fabulous idea Wendy, joining you for sure, I'm one of this kind with less time each year somehow..maybe age restricted...lol..thanks for the great idea x x x

shez said...

what a great idea Wendy.xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Sounds like a fantastic idea...thanks Wendy...xxx

Fiona said...

great idea.. I always manage to save up some things for christmas but forget birthdays ....
thanks..
Hguz

Jeanette said...

Wonderful idea Wendy. But my thoughts would be more towards swaps & Christmas as well as birthdays. Hugs,xx.

barb's creations said...

Fantastic idea Wendy,will have to grab a cheapie calender and start adding birthdays to it.Thanks for the ideas as well :) Barb.

Quilt Kitty said...

Great idea Wendy, now I'm committed! Tracee xx

Larissa said...

You must've been reading my mind Wendy!! I was thinking, just the other day, that I need some kind of system, encouragement or accountability to keep me on-task to make a one or two gifts - big or small ... probably small, lol! - each month, so that I have something to give to all those wonderful people in my life who I have been constantly wishing I'd planned ahead to make something for! Fabulous job!!! ... Now, just to try to track down all of those dates and jot them down in my you-beaut-should-keep-me-organised-if-I-use-it diary!! :) Hugs! xx

Heather said...

Great idea, it will give me encouragement and keep me on track.

Narelle said...

Wendy what a wonderful idea. This is going to be my only resulution for this year i have idea's already going around in my head. Once the washing in on the line may even start getting things out today.
Hugs
Narelle

Simone Harding said...

A fabulous idea to get some gifts happening.

De said...

Fantastic idea! Im planning on being heaps more organised this year! Thanks for the encouragement!

Anthea said...

Wendy it sounds like a great idea, however I'm a little confused about steps 4, 5 & 6. Sorry! I will just keep an eye on your blog and follow your lead at the time...
x

katherine said...

I have jumped on board too. Such a fantastic idea. I'm going to start planning today what my January item/s will be. Mmmmm maybe using some leftover hexies and turning them into a book cover will be first!

Contented Caroline said...

Hey, good idea I definitely need to get crafting more to build up gifts for b.day presents. I'm jumping on board x

Susan In Texas said...

I'm in, sounds like an excellent way to think ahead for making presents.

Marilyn said...

I agree, it a good idea - well better than good, it is a fantastic idea. I am always behind in birthday gifts, so maybe this year I will be able to be on top and ahead.

Monika said...

I need all the encouragement I can get - I am almost ALWAYS late with getting prezzies organised! xo

Karen said...

Thank you for this wonderful idea and hosting this party! I have decided that I need to schedule more FUN for me in 2013. (Sewing is FUN...if it is something I like sewing.) Getting ahead on the gift making would be such a blessing. I'll write a post about the party on my blog next week. (I have two other blogs I must complete first.) Thank you again!

Liz said...

Thank you for this wonderful idea. Off to make preparations.

Joy McD said...

Ok,... signed up! xxx

Maddy said...

Fantastic idea.....l should be able to keep up with all those b'days this year.