Several years ago, we didn’t have a lot of money to spend on Christmas presents and decorations. Andy was a uni student, studying for his Masters of Teaching. We were living off his small student’s allowance which didn’t cover the normal outgoings of our largish family, let alone anything extra. There certainly wasn’t any money for expensive gifts.
Despite our tight budget, that Christmas turned out to be one of the best Christmases we have ever had. We made practically all our gifts, and everyone was very pleased with what they received. I really enjoyed seeing the looks on my children’s faces when they unwrapped the presents I’d made for them.
This year I am hoping to make at least some of my family's Christmas presents. I've been thinking about this for a while, but this morning it suddenly occurred to me that Advent is almost upon us. If I want to make presents, I'd better get started. I've got a few ideas... Maybe I can share them with you? Actually, I am hoping you will also stop and share your ideas with me.
Now I am not one of those really crafty hands-on type people. I really have to force myself to get out my fabrics and other materials and start creating. I have decided I am more of an ‘in my head’ type of person. I think I got that phrase from Suzie Andres! I’d much rather sit at my computer and create using words, than sit at my sewing machine and create with my hands. So I know anything I start making for Christmas has to be fairly straightforward.
So here’s my first idea…
I found a website called From Old Books. On this site there are over 3200 high resolution images that have been scanned from old rare antique books. The images can be used freely for any purpose.
I remembered some images from the book, Alice in Wonderland that I’d seen on this site. I actually used some of these pictures in my blog post Learning Punctuation the Lewis Carroll Way.
- I downloaded some of the images I particularly liked.
- I printed them on A4 photographic paper.
- Now I plan to frame them in simple black frames.
I think the framed pictures will look something like this:
I think a set of Alice in Wonderland pictures will look good on someone’s bedroom wall.
And for a really special gift, I could add a paperback copy of Alice in Wonderland. I saw some inexpensive copies yesterday when I was browsing the bookshop.
So that’s my first idea. It took about half an hour to download and print the pictures. It will take me a little less time to frame them when I find the appropriate frames. I already know where I’m going for frames. There’s one of those discount bargain stores in town. I'll head there this week.
So what do you think? Of course, you could use any images. A set of related pictures always looks great. I've done a set of fairy pictures before.
Did you notice I labelled this post Part One? That's me being optimistic. That will push me on to produce Parts Two and Three... Soon I'll have my home-made Christmas all worked out...
Of course, the printed images look much better in real life than in the photos. It would be really lovely to receive a new camera for Christmas... that would be an expensive gift though... and no one can hand make a camera!