Some of the ways I feathered the nest this week included:
I have a lot of roses dried now.
There are still lots hanging up but I packaged up as many as I could. Jane told me that the soap supply shops sell rosebuds for about $8 a packet. So I looked around online, on ETSY etc and found this is about the going rate. I saw some packets of 6 buds for $4. I always check out prices as mostly this is surprising and I then count my efforts in my Vicky Challenge. But it is good to know! I notice a lot of natural things are selling for high prices. Pinecones sell around 50c each (or more) Gum nuts are sound $8 for a bag of 30... You may have a gold mine and not know it!
I have 22 packets made up so far...
I grouped them into colour and sizes....
This was really fun to do as I could play with flowers all day. I am going to add a pretty ribbon around each packet. Some of the tiny pink buds I will save to go on my Coconut Ice. Some will be gifts for my soap making friends, some will be saved for our next swap party.
It was my week of flowers as I was given a huge bunch, these were actually saved from a bin!
They are just coming out and are palest pink! They are HUGE!
And in the garden I have hydrangeas just starting to flower and a little white rose that is flourishing...
I went through the present cupboard. As usual I found things I had forgotten about. I have stuff everywhere! As usual it proved that doing a bit all year really adds up. I am in a mess right now because I have little heaps as I work out all my parcels. The best solution is to start wrapping I think. Laine told me she has all her presents wrapped and that when we have time and feel up to it to just do it! Many times December is overloaded and it is hard and we are exhausted. I am agreeing and so as of today I am wrapping.
I gave the dishwasher a good clean.
I found another huge Agave plant on the side of the road, this will be for Chloe's garden.
Finally I caught up with the eggs!
Beautiful mail from Kelsey made my day. She sent me one of her handmade cards and beautiful floral papers which were from the swap party...
When I start card making I have the loveliest things to work with!
The tomatoes I planted earlier have taken off and have started to produce tiny green tomatoes...
These are about six feet high now. It seems not long ago when I planted them!
Our apple and quince trees also are covered in small fruit.
So that was my week so far. Each night I have either been walking or swimming. This is a spin off from changing my diet, I am not achy so I feel like doing something in the evenings. This is all really adding up!
I hope you had a good week. How did you build up your home, save, get ahead?
Have a wonderful weekend! xxx