Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beat the Heat with Christmas in July!

by Marcy Singer of Better Off Thread  - Amanda Lee

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?

*Giveaway* - From the comments listed below, I'll use the random number generator to draw one winner to receive a Kindle or Nook copy of BETTER OFF THREAD. This contest will end on Friday, July 14, at midnight. If you'd like another chance to win, please visit my Christmas in July Fresh Fiction contest at http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=9118. [In the Fresh Fiction contest, you may enter to win a paperback copy of BETTER OFF THREAD and a $10 Amazon gift card. That contest goes through July 26.]

25 comments:

  1. I do both. I start out shopping ahead and then rush to finish.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. The cover alone makes this upcoming hot and humid day seem better! I kind of shop as I go along, sometimes I find a 'perfect' thing early on!

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  3. I shop throughout the year, it's easier on the purse strings that way. When I'm out and about and find a good deal I think is there anybody in my life who would like this? 95% of the things I buy I find on sale. I only buy something if I know the person that I am picking it out for will like it. I try not to purchase things if I'm not sure how the person receiving it will feel about it. I pick out birthday gifts the same way. I have several gift drawers that I put the items in and keep a tab of who gets what so that I don't over buy on gifts for them and under buy on someone else. I'm a bargain hunter but only for items that I know will be cherished or enjoyed.

    yellowwyytch@yahoo.com

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  4. Like you, if I see something I know someone in my family or one of my friends would love, I go ahead and get it and hopefully remember where I've stored it before Christmas! But on the whole, I'm more of a last minute shopper. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Better Off Thread -- I love Christmas in July!

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  5. I don't actively shop for Christmas. It's not a holiday that I celebrate, and neither does my husband. We do, however, like to buy each other presents, and will do so throughout the year - as we find things we like. ��

    I'd love to tell you I'm the type that would have a closet full of presents by October, if I were a shopper, but that just isn't true. I'm totally a last minute shopper!

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  6. This I'd great series if you haven't read it really must start it .

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  7. The bulk of my shopping is completed prior to Thanksgiving.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  8. The cover is so cooling to look at.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  9. I love that you mentioned Central Oregon here. Hehehe...I'm a native Oregon girl. :) I do a little of both when it comes to Christmas shopping. I'll do some now but I can usually get at least half of my list on black Friday. It's a tradition to go shopping with my mom at the crack of dawn. Thanks for the chance to win too.
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  10. Oh yes, I would love a little Christmas in July. I enjoy stitching. New author!

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  11. I love shopping in Dec. but to be cost effective I shop all year long. If I see something I think that person on my list would love I get it. Also there are great sales...I love the sound of your book and thank you. I would love a kindle...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  12. Thanks, everybody, for your comments! <3

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  13. I enjoy shopping year-round looking for bargains everywhere. Stephanielee.2010@yahoo.com

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  14. I like to do it in advance. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. When it comes to crafts, I'm always shopping for items to use. My interest in crafts range from making wreaths to making jewelry to painting rocks. As my husband says, I am an equal opportunity crafter. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. I shop all year, when I see something I know someone will like I pick it up. Thanks as always for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  17. It all depends on what kinds of sales there are throughout the year. If I see something in the summer that I know someone will love, I'll get it. With my side, we draw names around Thanksgiving so that really cut down who I buy for but also took away some of my shopping early lol. barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I shop throughout the year. With Chanukah, Christmas and all 3 children's birthdays at the same time of year, it saves a lot of stress. cheers at marjimmanor dot com

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  19. Most of my shopping is done the month before Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing about this book.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I am a fan of Amanda Lee's work...and a Christmas story to make me forget the summer heat would be well received...I usually buy online all my Christmas gifts a few weeks before and have hem wrapped and sent, so right now, I can't even think about Christmas. Except reading about it...
    kat8762@aol.com

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  21. I do a little of both. It does help having some things ahead of time, I'm not as fast as I used to be and with grandchildren to buy for too, it helps. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  22. I buy when I see something that I think is perfect no matter what time of the year it is. Thanks for the chance. abermanwells.eileen@gmail.com

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  23. I try to get the majority of my shopping done early. I started in January this year. There are always a couple of last minute little items that I purchase in December (like stocking stuffers). It helps to spread out the spending over the year. Thank you for the opportunity to win! Doodlesink(at)hotmail.com

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  24. Congratulations to Tari Hann, winner of this giveaway! :D

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