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24 September 2010 @ 01:52 pm
$50 Christmas: Crafty, Cheap and Cheery  
I have a habit (you may have noticed) of making bold and daring plans with a questionable track record of completion (driving across-country to Oregon spur of the moment: Success! "Second Chances"... uhhhnnng). I should probably make a livejournal tag for these, actually. So here's my LATEST!

This year, I'm going to have a $50 Christmas!

I love Christmas. Love love love. When my sister G lived with me, it was like the north pole threw up on our apartment. This year, like last year, we live in different cities (and are both attached to boys who do not like Christmas), and that makes it a little harder to rock the Christmas cheer. Last year, I made and bought everything last-minute, decorated alone, didn't send out cards or gifts to long-distance people, and didn't enjoy myself as much as I wanted to. So this year, I need a challenge to keep me on task!

$50, my completely arbitrary budget, will go for supplies for making gifts, store-made gifts, cards, and decorations (including self-decorations - if I want a new xmas outfit, it will have to be thrifty!). I will try to scavenge and recycle whatever I can! I will allow myself to go over, if necessary, for non-gift food items (i.e. my contributions to holiday dinners), and postage. (EVERYONE in my office is doing P90X, I swear, so we're gonna call this C50X. LOLZ.)

If you want to do with (doooo eeeeet!), you'll want to set your own budget! I own a crap ton of craft supplies already, and everyone in my family, aside from Das Boy's niece and nephews, is grown up, so homemade gifts are more readily accepted (if they NEED the latest xbox game, they are capable of buying it themselves). I also can reuse a lot of holiday decorations from prior North-Pole-Explosion years.

I really want to blog it with links, pictures, how-tos, and status updates, so I can con some of you to join in with me (with your own budget & challenge rules!) so we can encourage each other for crafty cheapness. But... I might spoil surprises! >_< You might get an xmas card from me you've already seen! What to do?

Poll #1623325 The Poll That Spoils The Surprise!

What's a pre-Christmas craft-exhibitionist to do?

Post it anyway! I want to see it, and handmade crafts are still special if they're not a surprise.
Don't post any actual crafts now, just reveal it all after Christmas.
Create elaborate friends-filters. The posts will all be locked, so lurkers can't see, but you can prevent the gift-recipient from seeing their specific post.
Post the crafts with no names attached - we'll all see the gifts, but won't know who gets what!
Use LJ-cuts! "Spoiler warning: Mom Don't Click This!"


omg!!111! a poll!
I love xmas!!!! :-D
I demand you use generic holiday terminology instead of xmas!
Screw this! Finish "Second Chances" and declare it EVERYBODY'S Christmas present. Great-Aunt Alfrieda will understand!
You're a bit on the manic side lately, y/y?
feel: cheerfulcheerful
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Little Red: sg - dan/jan lifeboat otp - anrmylittleredgirl on September 24th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
*HUGS*!!! :) I thought for sure you'd beat me up tell me sternly to GO TO YOUR ROOM AND WRITE SECOND CHANCES, YOUNG LADY.
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Little Red: peanuts - dark and stormy nightmylittleredgirl on September 24th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm pretty sure Ishmael survives to torture 10th graders everywhere until the end of time tell the tale...

I kinda think it won't get written until someone, like, moves to Portland and puts me under house arrest.
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Little Red: trek - crusher riker laugh - yappichickmylittleredgirl on September 24th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)

Where will you beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee???
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Little Red: oregon trailmylittleredgirl on September 24th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)


Maybe I will come visit YOU! I have never been to Edmonton! I will come IN THE SUMMER. Or if you have a car we could meet in, idk, Calgary? Whatever boring town happens to be on the border? Kelowna for the lolz?
Havoc: janet is goofyhavocthecat on September 25th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
Jainabrightcupenny on September 24th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
I love Christmas crafts and I would be delighted to see pictures, how-tos, etc! :D
Little Red: peanuts - xmasmylittleredgirl on September 24th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
It may not even be all that revealing!! I may just yoink other projects from the intarwebs in which case I can use their details and be all "BUT MINE MIGHT HAVE FEATHERS!" or whatever, to keep the mystery alive.

Yay!!! You are so wunnerfully crafty too! You should do C50X tooooo :-D
peanutbutterer: Abedpeanutbutterer on September 24th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
In my next life I plan to be crafty. I need you to teach meeee!
Little Red: oregon trailmylittleredgirl on September 24th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
OMGZ, I will have to road trip with supplies (or you road-trip again, whichevs!) and we will watch lantis and make scifi prezzies for all our Sparky frenz. HEE. That way we also make hihoplastic jealous for GOING TO BELGIUM and not making Sparkycrack gifts with Team Oregon. <3
peanutbutterer: Fist Bumppeanutbutterer on September 25th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)

I have, um... paper? And pens (that do not work 'cause they're like 15 years old and some weird liquid gel stuff). And... a paper cutter!
Icepixie: [NX] Chris on Christmas Eveicepixie on September 24th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
I keep wanting to be crafty, but wind up getting bored halfway through a project and never finishing it. I want to see your crafts!
Little Red: sga - arts & crafts - qwirkymylittleredgirl on September 24th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Short, fast crafts are the key! I never finish knitting projects anymore. People are supposed to get more patient as they get older, but I'm definitely the opposite!!!
Lanna: teehee!lanna_kitty on September 24th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
I <3 crafty things!!!! and as someone who has a bunch of extended family she is expected to get gifts for because she is (supposedly) A Responsible Adult (tm)* I not only totally do this stuff I like seeing what everyone else does as well. last year I was too busy to get really creative but the year previous (when things were super tight) I busted out the highly-toxic Liquid Gold/Silver Leaf and hand painted ornaments for everyone! went over well :D

ankareeda: xmas09-jtankareeda on September 24th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Christmas is epic, so is Sparky! ♥ Heee! :P
stexgirl2000stexgirl2000 on September 25th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
I am so not a crafty person, so I am in awe of anyone who is crafty and can actually make things. All I do is cook and bake (somewhat haphazardly) and have dreams of canning one day.
Havochavocthecat on September 25th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Canning is surprisingly easy! I made apple butter for the first time last year, which, conveniently, was everyone's holiday presents.