I have a problem with shopping though. For instance, I went to a craft fair with some ladies from my church last Saturday. I saw lots of nice things, but what I tend to do is, I'll see something and think, "Can I make that?" I usually only buy things that I can't make. I bought bars of handmade soap. I love handmade soap. I'd love to learn how to make it, but until then, I will patronize those shops. (Which is good to do anyways- I always try to shop local and handmade whenever possible.) This particular vendor gave out samples of his almond oatmeal soap. My purse smelled like almond extract; it was wonderful. I just wanted to eat it, it smelled so good.
Mainly this year our nieces and nephews will get clothes. My mother-in-law has many a children's pattern and so I am borrowing some. The girls will get dresses the boys will get pajamas. Of course as with all my project ideas my husband said, "You better get going if you want to get all that done." I need him to keep me on track. (This morning as usual, I was running late, so he got my breakfast, warmed up the car and put my bags in the car for me; he is wonderful. Sunday mornings he always tells me what time it is, so I don't fritter my time looking at the comics or picking out what to wear for church.)
It will probably happen that I will post pictures of the finished Christmas presents before Christmas. My sisters will see what their kids will get from us, so it will ruin the surprise, but I want you all to see how they turn out. I think that will be OK. I have one dress finished, but you'll just have to wait and see when all the presents are done.
Going back to me not buying things because I think I can make them... well, I usually can make presents, but they tend to take a bit of time.
I have been invited to a baby shower at the end of the month and the baby's nursery is a Noah's Ark theme from Babies 'R Us. Since I like to crochet stuffed animals, I decided to make an animal that matched the theme. I went on the baby registry and looked at the animals. The girl monkey was cute and since the baby is a girl, I decided on the monkey. (Especially since the girl monkey has a bow on her head making her extra cute.) I sketched the monkey from the website and decided what color yarn I needed. (I did have a darker tan yarn for the mouth as it is in the picture, but it didn't look good, so I decided to keep it the same color as the face.)
I think the girl monkey turned out really well! She's cute and I hope that she gets a lot of love. <3