For our first week of March we had really mild and beautiful weather. It has been lovely!
I already reported some of the things I did to build up our home on Wednesday's pantry blog. But my pantry efforts are building up our home! They are making it more secure, making life easier if anyone is unwell or we are just really busy, as there are ready to go meals. Also I added to my first aid kits which I'm really pleased with too. Building up our pantires and preparedenss is really valueable.
Otherwsie I built up our home by organising and cleaning out my freezer. I am trying to get as many meals made and put away for when Lucy has the baby. For them and us! Now I have room and shelves ready for extra cooking. I am planning lasagnes, spaghetti bolegnase and soups to begin with.
I saved money by finishing my card making that I had started. I made two sizes. Some larger which I love to make but heaps of standard size cards so I can post them with a standard stamp. I have a whole boxful of cards now ready for most occassions and letter writing. This will keep me going for a while! I have packed them into my card making box and it is so nice to have them.
Also I made spare "stickers". After sticking the pretend sticker on each envelope I had heaps left and have made a little tin of them. They can decorate parcels! It was the stickers I so much wanted as I loved the effect and really this was so simple. The only difference is the involvement of a glue stick! But I just love them! This saved me a whole order from Etsy and I am just as happy.
I patched some old jeans. I got paint on them and tried and tried to get it out. They are old by my favourite comfy jeans. So now they will be around home jeans. To do it I dyed a butterfly motif blue and sewed it on. So it is kind of subtle and better than a stain. They live again!
We have cracks in the bedroom walls. This happens over summer. I filled them in and it is actually an easy job and since our walls are white you cannot see it at all. No tradesman necessary.
I did a swap with Mum. I traded crochet flowers for knitting. We do these deals sometimes and it helps me with gifts and her with flowers! You can really increase the presents you make and all kinds of things around the home if you team up and share skills. I wrote about this in my ebook. Do swaps, it can be wonderful! Next week I hopefully can post some pictures of Mum's and my collaborations too where she has knitted and I have added crochet. It is really fun too. Here are a sea of flowers I am taking to her later today...
I wanted to share that my aunt, who's garden I often feature, has a new book out. I have had several emails and letters about her last book A Fig at the Gate so she has won a few new fans here! This is her latest book that is just released. My aunt is such a reminder of my Nan who inspired me so much with her flowers, collecting, creating, sewing and beautifying!
How was your week and how did you save money and build up your home? I hope we are all coming into improving weather together!
The rest of today is going to be spent tidying up and cleaning as somehow I have too many projects out and things going on! There is a cool breeze blowing through the house and I have dinner planned. It is so good to look over the week and realise what we have done instead of only looking at all we have left to do! And to count all the blessings of the week and "see" the bigger picture.
Have a lovely weekend. xxx
The little birds...
If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.
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