I've rediscovered one of the great ways to save money: be too busy at home to go out. This isn't any great revelation, but it's one I have to be reminded of every so often.
What's keeping me busy? Crafty stuff. Last week it was sewing burp cloths for a baby gift. This week it's these:
I'm finally getting around to making lavender sachets. I bought the lavender several months ago when I visted Lavender Ridge Farms in Gainesville, TX, and it's been sitting in my craft room ever since. My goal all along was to make these sachets, but sewing still intimidates me, and I only pull out the sewing machine when I really have to. Now that it's out, I plan to make many of these little sachets, especially as they're extremely easy. (Tutorial is coming.) Several will be for use in our own home to protect our woolens (well, what few woolens we Texans actually own), but I'm thinking these will make for nice Christmas gifts, as well.
My whole craft room is perfumed with the scent of lavender right now. It's nice. Staying busy with creative pursuits is nice, too. Sometimes I forget just how much I like making things.