Whew! It's kinda steamy out there. Okay, well, actually it isn't. Right now in Tallulah Falls, we're seeing highs in the mid-sixties. But I'm guessing it might be sweltering where you're located. For instance, Redmond in Central Oregon saw 96 degrees today. Boise, ID and Salt Lake City, UT topped a hundred degrees.
But I'm not here to give you a weather report. I'm here to make you think about December with a little less dread.
If you're a stitcher, then you already know that you need to get your patterns and materials months in advance to get started on handmade items you're making as gifts for family and friends. Here at the Seven-Year Stitch, we have a Christmas in July celebration on the third Saturday of the month. It's a good way to remind stitchers that December will be here before they know it.
It's also a good way to remind non-stitchers that it's never too late to get some shopping out of the way. When I find something I think someone on my list will love, I go ahead and get it and put it in my hall closet. That way, I'm not tapped out financially when the holidays roll around, and I don't feel that last-minute pressure to dive into the shopping madness. Although I'll admit, sometimes I do dive into the shopping madness taking advantage of deals and bargains. But I don't have to.
What about you? Do you shop months in advance? Or do you get swept up in shopping at the last possible minute?
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