This week there was a lot of catching up to do of ordinary things since last week I was painting mostly. Other things got left behind as they do.
Some of the ways I saved money and feathered my nest were:
I did a shop at Aldi. Mainly of basics such as flour, Olive Oil etc.
I made another big batch of the fruit and nut balls. I gave some away as well.
The finishing touch on the front of the house was the front door! Finally! I finished that yesterday! I still have the veranda to tidy up, get rid of all the painting equipment and make it all look nice!
After the last coat of paint I sat on the bed to have a cup of tea and check my emails. And then I realised how nice the door looks as this is my view from the bedroom...
(If the weather is ok the door is always open during the day. We have a screen door for security.)
The door is very pale Hydrangea Blue. A couple of you guessed! And everyone who guessed pink was pretty much right too as if I lived alone I would totally have a pale pink. Think Strawberry Milkshake/Pink Marshmallows. But I think with the garden and all the blue and white this works. And I love it. If you are going to paint your front door have a colour you love!
Before it was a dark greyish colour and a yellowy cream. I didn't like it at all. Also this is the only thing I have painted in a gloss.
I can't wait for the Hydrangeas to flower now!
Now to get the front area all tidied up and pretty. I have a little table I am sitting outside with flowers on top.
And the roses out the front are all about to come out!
When I have everything cleaned up next week I think the roses will be out properly and I can take a photo of the whole front area! I have about one rose on each bush now but I think there will be thousands of roses when they open judging by all the buds. All this in spite of the storms!
I had to go into the city this week. I need to revise what I count as savings on clothes etc when I op shop! And op shop more. The quality of things in the stores I found to be pretty bad. Everything seemed to be made of rayon and creased before you even bought it. And very expensive. No thanks!
Our local Chemist had a gift bag with purchases. I had several things to buy and got all this for free!
There were several things I use, things the girls use and a couple of things went into the gift cupboard!
I had an orchid flower. I am not very successful with orchids so this is a thrilling event!
I spotted an idea in a store. This is a garland made of tiny pinecones and string. It is gorgeous! I can think of it wrapped around a brown paper parcel or many other uses! So if you have pine cones, gum nuts etc this could be made pretty much for free! I will be trying to collect something suitable!
I think you could do something similar with shells.
If you wanted to go glittery that would be an option too!
My 100 Day Challenge: I had better pick up where I left off!
Day 47. Friday. Day of painting out the front. Spring cleaning was washing some lounge covers.
Day 48. Saturday. Painted door screen with undercoat. Spring cleaning... more lounge covers through the wash.
Day 49. Sunday. Painting... went to hardware store and got door colour mixed up. Spring cleaning...putting clean lounge covers back on.
Day 50! Monday. Half way point! Painting ... touching up out the front.
Day 51. Tuesday. Finished lounge window which needed touching up.First coat on front door.
Day 52. Wednesday. Went into city...
Day 53. Thursday. Finished front door! Started cleaning up the painting mess!
I have to say I can really see the results of this challenge! It has pushed me to get a lot more done each day!
And yesterday I got a message from Allie. She is wondering if I would like her to come back and help next week as her work place has closed. Are you kidding me!? Yes! Next week I start painting the whole back area... garage, back fence, side fence and around all the windows... it is a lot. To have a helper for a few days would be incredible!
I better have a restful weekend. I still have aching legs from last week as I keep going up ladders!
A surge of things done as the year gets closer to the end is really helping me achieve all the goals I set out. This is the thing... there is still time to have a major impact on finishing things off, getting presents made or whatever it is that needs doing.
I hope you had a good week! How did you build up your home? If you are doing an extra things challenge how did you go?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx
All the regulars here would know Cookie. Her husband is facing a really serious medical issue and surgery. Cookie could really use some prayers right now! They are in a difficult waiting time for this surgery too. Waiting is always awful! So all prayers would be very much appreciated.
Bluey and Rachel are both going well which is wonderful! Thank you so much!