Some of the ways I got ahead, saved and built up my pantry included:
Each day I did some sewing, even if only for fifteen minutes. I am still amazed how this adds up!
I made some pretty cottons into pillowcases...
I have another one on the sewing table now.
And I got to the end of my Lavender and Rose supplies with more sachets. I have lots now in my gift cupboard and they were so much fun to make. I used up lots of pretty fabrics and laces in my stash.
My first of the season tomato plants have come to an end. I spent a couple of days picking the last tomatoes and pulling them up. This filled my wheelbarrow and I took it all to the chickens who had a marvellous time with it. I have bowls of tomatoes to use up in the next few days.
I harvested Hollyhock seeds. Some I planted straight away and some I saved.
The area is ready now for re planting. Today I am going into town and will see what seedlings to get to fill it back up. I usually mix herbs and veggies with a few flowers thrown in.
I harvested the last of the Parsley seed as well. I planted some more and packaged some up. The rest went to the chickens. All the garden scraps, food scraps, weeds, anything I can find goes to the chooks. This saves so much on chook feed and they love it. The eggs are so bright yellow. Happy chickens are so lovely. They make you happy in turn. Happy ducks are just funny! If you have room and can have chickens I think they are a huge addition to your household economy.
Each day, along with gardening and some sewing. I worked a bit in my pantry. It was such a mess that I could only cope with the bit at a time method. But as always this worked.... or is working I should say as I am not finished yet. Like if you repack your suitcase very carefully and skilfully you can get much more in it, I am trying to do this with my pantry! For one thing I put all my cake tins in the cupboard and got them out of the way I am trying to have only food in there. Having other stuff can make you feel like you have a well stocked pantry because it looks full. This has happened to me before only to realise not that much was actually food! Kind of a false sense of security.
Anyhow I am chipping away at it and now have already found much more room. One thing I need to store more of is long life milk. I plan on getting at least ten cartons today when I go to the shops.
I removed all empty jars to other locations. I have jars stashed in all kinds of places including a big tray of jars that slide under the spare bed.
Also I added shelves to the kitchen. They are not very organised yet but they just give me some more space and I had a spot next to the fridge with plenty of room. So I will work on being this all stocked up now...
I used a book to make chicken gift tags. I thought they would be good on a carton of eggs when I am giving them to someone or on a baked gift...
My lambs and calves have all grown. This is Laffie my oldest calf. Not really a calf at all anymore! She is so loving. She is pretty heavy now but still runs and leaps with excitement especially when she sees I have biscuits! She loves to be patted and scratched. She is just beautiful.
I can go to the fence and even if not one animal is around if I call they all come galloping. It is a sight! And a sound like a stampede coming toward you! This could scare someone half to death if they didn't know they were pets!
Today I am heading in to town to stock up. I want to look in the op shops for some fabrics. I am more than happy to cut things up for the material. Then I can get some more sewing done over the weekend.
Tomorrow we will have our Vicky Challenge. The subject tomorrow is saving in the area of gift giving. You can still give absolutely beautiful and generous gifts but this is an area many of us can save a huge amount.
I hope you had a good week. How did you get ahead, build up your pantry and home?
Have a lovely weekend! xxx