Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Did You Have A Merry One?

Did you have a Merry Christmas? We had a lovely day - It is always lovely when you are surrounded by excited children and the people that you love. I have lots of photo's of gifts sent and received which I will show you in another post, but for now, here is a little quilt that I made for Maddie. I have called it " Chasing Butterflies". She loves it - I have made it in soft colours from the Aviary Range. I am yet to write the pattern - One day..........

I always seem to find motivation after Christmas - I am not sure if it is because of the weather, the fact that I am on leave or because the new year is looming. This year will be a "frugal" year for our household. It will be about saving $$, debt reduction and the sharing of hints and tips with you my blogging friends. To start it all off I have decided to give each room a make-over, a clean and what hubby calls a "de-clutter". Well just a little de-clutter because I actually like it. I forgot to take before photo's but do have these from grand final day so you will have to imagine it without the streamers.

The whole room has never really worked since we moved here 4 years ago and I have never been happy with it's layout - So a little bit of de-cluttering has occured, a big clean and a change around.

And this is how it looks now. It is so much nicer this way. There is no dust and even the windows sparkle.

My quilt stand holds some of my favourite quilts. The quilt folded on the bottom is the first quilt I ever made.

Some of my favourite things still clutter the place - LOL

My sewing spot in the room works well - I tested it out last night.

Toby the dog and Billy the cat have given it their seal of approval.

The best part about changing a room around or cleaning it out is that you find things that you had forgotten you owned. I have found lots of books that I now have on my MUST read list. Over the next year I will be sharing lots of frugal tips, gardening tips, recipes and lots lots more. If you want to save $$ join me in my 2010 challenge. It is going to be fun.

Now what am I going to do today? I am going to tackle our entrance foyer which has become a junk magnet.
Until next time,


Joy said...

Fiona it all looks fabulous, so cozy and inviting!! Looking forward to the next transformation .... maybe I'll start my own one here too ;o).
Joy :o)
PS ... how appropriate, the word verification is "blesses" :o)!!!

Shari said...

The view out that window is amazing! Your room looks great! Hope you get many lovely hours of sewing in there!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Wow - it looks brilliant!!! I am so going to find a way to come visit. :-)

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

roll on frugal tips n stuff, this is my year for saving too Fiona, so I will be checking in regularly then.
Maddie's quilt looks delicious, a wonderful Grandma gift... and good on you for the clean out - I am sure I could with some of them lessons too!

Narelle said...

This is a wonderful idea and I'll be following you closely for 'saving' tips!

Your sewing corner looks sew inviting :o)

Anonymous said...

Must be the year for it - we have decided to have a 'de-clutter' as well :).

Wendyb said...

You've put a seal on it, Fiona....I'm joining you on your New Year's Resolution/Journey of decluttering and appreciating what we already frugal!!! (not buying more 'stuff')!!! You've motivated me....i'll be following you to keep up!!! hehehe (it'll keep us all on our toes!)
sugary hugs and sweet wishes for the new year :O)

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Gloria J W said...

Great stuff girl!! What a start to the New Year.. I too am going to have a BIG clean up and clean out [not too much as I love my bits]. And I have started with my pantry. No before photos, or I would never be able to be seen out!! Will post on my blog soon..
Rainbow smiles.. Gloria

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Chasing Butterflies is very beautiful!

Unknown said...

Your house looks great! I wish you were here to help me with mine! Tell us more about the $$ 2010 challenge.

Melinda said...

I agree with the other commenters. Your huse looks very inviting. I'm looking forward to the frugal tips, and thanks for sharing.

Jo in TAS said...

I see it now, fits perfectly!

prashant said...

The view out that window is amazing! Your room looks great! Hope you get many lovely hours of sewing in there!

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