Hello all from the team muscle–also known as Team Lorie. Yes, we’re fighting all those girlie men and those manly women and we’re going to triumph to the sound of Queen-“Ve ah da champ yons!”
But really, we’re having a wonderfully creative and choked up time over at Team Lorie on the Thrifty Under $50 challenge forums. We have lots of wonderful ideas, many focusing on what we already have. When you go to make holiday gifts, it would be so easy to just go to a store and buy new items–whether by manufacturer, or supplies to make the items. I’m really proud that my team is going above and beyond to find those items around their houses that can be put to good use to make gifts. Many of us have those UFO’s-unfinished objects–that aren’t costing us anything now because they’ve been gathering dust. Well, Team Lorie is finding those and getting them finished – this year!
One of the most wonderful gift sets we’ve seen on the forum is the handing down of the sewing tradition, with gift baskets made up from our own stashes. Here are two lovely sewing baskets made for new sewers by Teresa and Mickey:
We have a few UFO’s posted–including a fabric book made from a panel from Carey (OK–who doesn’t have one of those? I do!), and a beautiful cowboy flannel quilt by Mickey:
Here’s a really fun idea–put together favorite cookie or quick bread mixes from your own ingredients, put them into mason jars, and add some fun cooking items from the dollar store – these are by Teresa:
Pookie is our resident paper craft expert and she’s made an “Explosion Box”….cewl!:
Here’s a great idea–Carey’s kiddos get toy horses every year, so she and her hubby made these corrals for them:
I can see making all sorts of doll house items for my kids with my stash–YOU CAN TOO!
And, of course, my all time favorite Kimberbell Kids pattern (though starting to run second to the new dollies!) had to come out and get used again this year–this one has paid for itself with its versatility:
And, you oughtta hear all the other ideas floating around–dress up boxes, movie night blankets, decoupage, slumber-party-in-a-bag….we are rockin’ it over at Team Lorie.
Before I go, I also have to say that we have just an amazing group of ladies and gentlemen in the Thrifty Under $50 challenge and we choke each other up daily with the sense of sharing and community we’ve established in these short weeks. For me, the most cathartic thing that’s happening is the knowledge that I don’t have to run out and buy stuff-what I make will be treasured, and I’m handing down that thought to my girls. This chalenge is all about being thrifty, but it’s also about being GREEN and sharing of ourselves. I’m proud to be in the group.
Ok, all you girly men–get out there and lift those fabrics, stretch those dollars, run those sewing machines, and work out all those ideas you’ve had–PUMP!
Loranz (aka Lorie)