Time for a review of the week! I have a lot to be thankful for and had a good week. It is really good to see progress and have happy things to report.
Some of the ways I saved money this week:
At the supermarket I found packets of pizza bases and also wraps for 60c. They all had been almost $6 a packet and I would never usually buy any of them. I got 8 packs and they are all in the freezer. The wraps had 6 per pack, the pizza was two large per pack. This is the base for some fast meals in a pinch.
I also got pumpkin for 69c a kilo and tomatoes for $1.90 a kilo and got heaps of both.
On Wednesday I visited my Aunt. She had flowers and pretty china all ready and waiting which was lovely.
Her garden was full of produce including orange trees heavy with fruit...
We picked oranges and I came home with both oranges and limes. At the moment citrus is in season and Adelaide is wonderful for citrus trees. In winter all this brightness is really lovely.
I was also given flowers! My Aunt has a way of having flowers in bowls and on plates like floral carpets. She had them on an outdoor table, the kitchen bench and scattered around. They look heavenly. When I got home I made my own on a platter...
Also she had saved up jars for me. It was five bags of jars, almost 50 in all shapes and sizes. This is wonderful and my supplies for summer are looking good!
I was reminded of a handy craft. Years ago I made my Aunt an album for photos or recipes. I had purchased a plain album and covered it in lovely images I thought she would like. As she loves chooks and produce I went with that theme. She had it out and I was reminded of it. It was well used and full of recipes.
For the card making girls or anyone wanting a simple craft for gifts this is so easy. If you go with images you know a person will love you can make diaries, journals, cook books, photo albums etc. You could do a pantry book! It is personal, useful and lovely. The album I had used here was only a few dollars and I did a series of these with different themes for different people. It was really fun and gave me many gifts. Really, it is like card making on a bigger scale. I think I will do some as cook books for my pantry themed gifts. For plain books, journals etc look in cheap shops. Cardboard covers are good, plastic covers are not so good. If you make a journal a matching strip of velvet ribbon makes a lovely bookmark. Beautiful journals are expensive to buy but really cheap to make and personalize. And now is the time to get started on Christmas presents!
Some of the ways I built up our home:
I added quite a bit to my pantry and cellar and I learned things!
We added to our emergency fund.
Easy meals were added to the freezer.
I also realize I am much more watchful and that is good for the home and family.
I hope you also had a good week! It flew by so fast. Thankfully I still have the day to do things. I am soaking labels off some of the jars and washing others. Some were already clean and ready for me as my Aunt put them through her dishwasher. Then I will get them stacked in my jar cupboard ready and waiting for summer. I have soup to put on and cleaning up to do!
How did you build up your nest this week? There are so many things we do everyday that keep things going, add to our comfort and security.
Have a wonderful 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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