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(Note: I can’t bring myself to blog about the election just now.  Maybe later today.  Maybe tomorrow.)

Recent events have forced us to eliminate most of our holiday budget…but I’m actually kind of excited about it.  I had been planning to make a lot of gifts this year, and now I get the added challenge of making them using only the materials I already have.  Wow, talk about a stash-busting opportunity.

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I have one of my mother’s gifts made already.  My MIL’s birthday (tomorrow) gift is almost finished.  I have already purchased Dh’s birthday gift.  As for the holidays…I have many out-grown and otherwise unwearable garments in my “fabric” stash.  I have yarn reclaimed from five sweaters, and two more sweaters to frog for yarn, along with access to hundreds of free patterns on Ravelry and several pattern books already in my stash.  I have a sewing machine and a hell of a lot of imagination, and a teensy bit of talent to back it up.

The one hiccup in this is going to be my Secret Sister.  If I start giving her handmade gifts, I will out myself immediately.  (I’m the only consistently crafty person in the group.)  I mulled it over today, however, and given the choices – non-secret gifting, or full-secret non-gifting – I decided to let myself be outed.  It’s ever so much more fun to make things you know the receiver will love than to buy trinkets and doo-dads, anyway.

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