Sunday, November 29, 2009

MAKING THE HOLIDAYS HAPPEN




I posted a while back about selling some gold jewelry. I was happy with the amount I was paid. And put the money aside.
There was a pendant that had a couple of small stones, a ruby and a diamond, but it was only worth about $11.00 to the jeweler. I kept it and put it up on eBay and got $25.00 for it. So I popped a few more things up and have made a little over $100.00. All of that money and a bit more I saved has gone into my account for holiday shopping.


And that shopping? Almost done. I have a few things I am watching on eBay. Most of the shopping has been online so things are en route. I have been more careful than usual about watching the budget I set. I really don't want to put a penny on my credit cards. I am even planning to return a few things I bought early on before I got really organized.




So now I am focused on the things I am making. A few mosaic items I hope turn out well. Then I will make some biscotti and maybe some spiced nuts to send off to Idaho and Palm Desert and share with friends here.

I know a lot of people start decorating as soon as the turkey is put away, but I usually wait until a week or so into December.
How are you doing on your holiday preparations?

4 comments:

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

I'm with you -- set a budget and stick to it. My Christmas gifts are bought and paid for, so no scary credit card bills in January.

I would prefer not to decorate until at least December 1, but I have two daughters who believe that the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving. We won't get our tree until next weekend, but our other decorations are out and our exterior lights are up.

jenn said...

I'd love to hear more about how you make your mosaics. That's an art form that's always fascinated me.

:)

smalltownmom said...

I've done some internet shopping so gifts for husband and sons are more or less taken care of.

I'll probably decorate in a week or so.

Nan said...

It's now December 1, so I'm guessing I'll start panicking in about a week. That's when it'll truly sink in that none of the handmade gifts I had planned to make actually got made and I'll attempt to master speed knitting.