Also it is the smallest room and can't afford to be cluttered! I will have the whole house tidy and nice EXCEPT for this room and I shut the door.
I want a room where Harper can come to stay over and not have her packed in there like a sardine.
So this was the week.
I started with emptying the craft cupboard out completely. Boy did I find some relics in there!
I am not finished the room. I think I am about three quarters the way there.
Today I will keep going and hopefully over the weekend it will be finished!
There are a lot of up sides to all of this. I know what crafts I can do next. There are a lot of baby things put away and I gave Lucy little dresses that might be the right size for this summer that she and Chloe wore! Little smocked dresses etc.
I have lots of ribbons, wraps, gift bags, tags...
Endless supplies of glue, string, glitter and so on.
I have donated a car load of things I know I will never use. Either they were colours I don't like or not suitable in some way but I kept them because they were "good". I hope they go to someone like the quilt squares Rachel found... someone who will love them and use these supplies and make the most of them.
Also it is a relief. When there are things to use I feel they are on my "to do" list. Now my "to do" list is shorter! It's a weight off my shoulders.
So most of my week was the usual stuff and this never ending room!
I will call it building my nest as having a lovely little room set up that is useful and not a mess is much nicer.
Otherwise I feathered my nest in a few ways:
Mum gave me over ripe Bananas. I made them up into banana muffins. I got two dozen.
I made three meatloaves for dinner and lunches. Plus some went into the freezer.
Mum gave me a leg of lamb to roast.
Andy came home with a big TV from the side of the road. He used the screen as a giant Computer screen for when he does design drawings. It looks amazing and he loves it. For detailed designs he can see it all much better. Cost nothing.
I made "use it up" toasted sandwiches one night for dinner.
I filled up the car for 94c a litre.
Also I pruned potted fruit trees. They needed a good trim.
Chloe and I went past a beautiful florist I had not been in before. Florist shops are one of my best places for ideas! So in we went. This was a good idea! We came away with projects and inspiration.
First of all macrame is in. In a big way. Chloe loved this:
This was sold as one... the plant, container and hanger for almost $300. I said "are you kidding me?" and told her how we used to do macrame when it was the in thing years ago! We noted it was made of thick rope that you would get at the hardware store. So now she is following macrame tutorials to her hearts content!
They had bowls of handmade soaps. As I made soap earlier this year, have heaps for gifts and I know many of you have too I am showing you the prices....
They had some with labels, some tied with string, some with wrap around labels... all $8 each.
That is more than I valued mine at. Ok, that is double what I valued mine at! So your homemade soap is worth more than you think!
I love to see this. It builds up confidence about giving home made gifts. This is just home made soap!
Good information for the Vicky Challenge also!
And next... in the flowers for sale they had heaps of foliage, gum nuts and wattle. These are all things I can pick for free at the farm and road side in mass quantities. It is so common we tend to over look these things.
They had various gum nuts for $15 to $25 a bunch.
Bunches of gum leaves for $15.
So this little visit was very inspiring! They also had bunches of wattle, banksias, proteas etc.
I am always picking flowers from the farm but seeing this inspired me to pick more!
I love making the most of our free resources!
How was your week? How did you build up your home or get ahead this week?
I hope you have a lovely weekend. xxx