Most of us kindred spirits love similar things so I know that you will understand my love of pot plants. I like to decorate my pots with little critters and play Espy with Tommy when he comes to visit - He has a real fascination for frogs so this is one of his favourites.
Most of my pot ornaments have been picked up at garage sales and markets really cheaply (usually around 50c) - They often have a small chip which makes no difference to me as they are just an ornament. I think they look lovely in my pots. Garden decoration can be done so cheaply - Keep your eye out next time you are browsing through a Trash & Treasure market you never know what you might find. If you are looking for local markets in your area check out the Markets & Fairs Web Site for upcoming events.
I try not to waste anything and cut most of my scraps up - Those that are an odd shape get put into an extra large tub to be used for applique. I also put some of my long term projects into it's own tub so that everything is kept together and also so that the fabric doesn't get accidentally used for something else.
Talking about projects I have started making my Yo Yo's for my Yoyoville Quilt. All of my Beach House has arrived from the Fat Quarter Shop and after gushing over it for a few days I finally took to it with the rotary cutter and made a start. Yo Yo's are great to make whilst watching telly - No thought needs to go into them and they are just so cute !!
Even "Eva" got in on the act - This will be the next pattern release from Mothers Cupboard - I wonder what it could be?
I am making progress with my "Birds of Happiness" quilt. Just a few more flowers to stitch now and then I can piece the border. I am using another Robyn Pandolph range for this "Somerset Cottage" I am making it to hang on the wall above our bed.
I have really enjoyed stitching this.
Look what arrived in the mail today! A gorgeous Christmas Stitchery expertly stitched by the lovely Peg. It was a thank you gift for co-hosting the 2009 Advent Swap. It is just so lovely and a beautiful gesture. Thanks so much Peg.
Blog land is such a fantatsic place and I have been lucky enough to meet some wonderful people. Jo who co-hosted the swap with me has become a wonderful friend, stitching and coffee buddy.
I have also made some lovely friendships via e-mail and the telephone. All of my Gum Nut sisters are just like "real" sisters. It is very hard to explain the bond we have all formed in such a short period of time but we are all very much "kindred spirits" and get along famously. We hope to meet up in person in 2010 - That will be so much fun.
One of my fellow sisters, Jenny, and I have so much in common. We have the same philosophies about life, love, family and stitching. We like the same things - shabbiness, fabrics, books.... the list goes on. Jenny sent me this book a few days ago "The Gentle Art of Domesticity". I have started to read it and it is just fantastic. It is about making a house a home, the difference between domestic chores and the domestic acts of cooking, home decorating and all of the simple things we love. I will cherish it forever as it is very much "me" and reflects how I feel about my home and family.
Before I sign off I wanted to start to address some of the requests that I have had about ways to save money. One of my followers asked about ways to save money looking after our pets. I have cats and dogs and I don't like to feed them commercial "canned" food. I developed my own "meat loaf" style diet for them quiet some time ago and all of them just love it. It is full of goodness and does not upset their tummies like the canned versions. I also feed a good quality biscuit to ensure that they are getting a healthy balanced diet and have something crunchy.
I place the following into a pot :-
Put all into a boiler and mix together to make a raw broth. Cook on a low setting for around 3/4 of an hour (or until cooked). Allow to cool and then place into containers to refrigerate or freeze (I use recycled ice cream containers). The liquid will solidify making a nice firm mix once it is cooled.
My animals adore this mix. It is very economical to make. Most butchers sell a "Pet Quality" Mince mix very cheaply - Ask about it next time you are there.