Welcome to October! This is my month to make Christmas cakes. Already! It is a great month to start doing something every week towards Christmas. I've been getting some dried fruit, coconut. almonds etc as they are on special over the past weeks. It spreads it out and beats paying full price for any of them.
The week has been beautiful. True spring weather. Over the weekend and today it is warming up and that will be a bit of a shock.
The flowers I am noticing everywhere this week are Hollyhocks. This is an area that seems most people have them and many are five or six feet tall so they are so visible..
This week I saved money by:
I completed a Christmas present. Even down to the wrapping! Next week I am having a post about pantry related gifts...
I made over a gift bag. You know the ones from stores that are in a carry bag? I just cover the logo and re make it to use as a gift carry bag. You can make them for any occasion. It is like card making on a bigger scale! Ask everyone to save these bags for you! Here are some from last time...
Next week I am posting about inexpensive Christmas presents and wrapping. There was a discussion on A Working Pantry face book page that got onto inexpensive gifts to make. I love that page! So I thought I would post some ideas that look great but cost very little. Anyway making over shopping carry bags like these is another thing that is a big saver and looks good.
I have recycled water onto the garden, line dried, made all dinners and lunches etc.
Planted more basil seedlings. Also other herbs are big enough to pick now. I am using fresh oregano, thyme, parsley and chives.
I made a left overs meal and used things up.
I have been adding glitter to cards that I want to use at Christmas...
I feathered the nest by:
Washing the pillow protectors. Some of them are fluffy wool covers. They all washed up so well and dried on the line in the sun. You could feel and smell the freshness afterwards. Lovely!
Added an LED lantern, hand warmers, water and tinned food to the pantry.
Added a hanging storage pockets to the cellar thanks to Vicky's idea.
Also built up the emergency fund a little bit.
How was your week? How did you build up your nest and save money?
This week went a bit too fast for me. But I have today! And tomorrow is Grand Final Day here which is a big sporting day. I am making snacks for the afternoon to make it a bit special and fun. Neither of our teams are in it so the bright side of this is we can watch it stress free!
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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