Sunday, November 29, 2015

The end of the week

Following on from a few of the frugal living blogs I have been reading I have been writing down what I achieve each week.  

Sometimes we think that we haven't achieved very much and especially seeing that I am a bit limited as to what I can do these days I always feel that I have been slack  - Our aim is to live as cheaply as possible whilst having a full life and every little bit I can do helps us to achieve our goals.    

Not having a lot of money doesn't mean that you have to have a miserable unfulfilled life.  Life is what you make it and only you are in control of that. 

This is a Candle Mat that I made from some Free Stitcheries over on Jenny's Blog.  I have added a scented candle for a Christmas gift.  There are many FREE craft projects on the net which can be made with materials that you already have on hand.  They can easily be turned into something special to give to someone with just a little time and effort which of course are FREE.

So this week I finished off this gift and it is wrapped up and ready to be sent to it's recipient.

Do you remember the little 75c frame I purchased earlier in the week ?  Well here it is now all shabbied up.

Taking something old and making it useful and pretty again is one of my most favourite things to do.

I especially love this duck egg blue colour chalk paint from Annie Sloan.  The frame has been waxed to protect the paint too. I cut up an old stained vintage doily and fussy cut it to fit the frame so for very little cost and effort I now have a beautiful little framed embroidery.

Another achievement this week was that I managed to clean out the bake ware cupboard and I culled an entire large box worth of stuff that I no longer use.  

I also redeemed a $100 voucher from my Fly Buys points to spend on items for Christmas.  I always take advantage of the triple points and bonus buys when they come up so that my points increase throughout the year and then I redeem them at Christmas when I need the extra dollars the most.  $100 will cover all of the extra goodies I will need for Christmas Lunch.

I popped by the local thrift shop on Thursday and spent just $5 on 17 balls of feather wool which I will use throughout the winter months.  I think they would be best used to make a scrappy patchwork blanket.  Any ideas ?

When I went thrift shopping with my girls earlier in the week I spent just $20 on some much needed items including these bath mats and pillow cases.  Next week I am going to use the bath mats in another upcycling project.  

I saved the blackberry crop by having them netted.  I also undercoated the little lamp table and wall unit ready for a final coat and waxing next week.  And I tidied up my little studio.  I have to admit to not culling very much but it is certainly a lot tidier.

And I cooked and baked.  I added to the stock of meals in the freezer with my large batch of Butter Chicken and Pies and the biscuit tin is full.  I also added to the fridge with my batch of Tomato Ketchup and I was able to gift some vanilla squares to my sister and brother in law when they visited.

I also had a week of not buying any groceries except for milk.  We have eaten well from our pantry, fridge and freezer stocks.  Next week I will shop the specials and buy from the small list of items I have run out of in the pantry.  I won't have a BIG shop until the week before Christmas but instead try to use what we have.

Finally on Saturday night we were invited to my cousin's 40th Birthday Party.  I decided to make her a gift from a hessian bag, jar, bling and doily - All from stash

And with the assistance from my garden she had a lovely re-usable vase full of pink tiny roses

I finished it off with a sweet little gift tag and some organza ribbon

A simple but reusable gift that she loved.

I have enjoyed being frugal this week and especially have enjoyed being accountable.  

The weather has been better this weekend so hopefully I can spend some time tidying my side of the storage shed later today and build a climbing trellis for my tomatoes.

Enjoy your Sunday.


Fee xx


Christine M said...

You've been very busy this week, Fee. The candle mat looks lovely, as does the hessian bag filled with flowers. Have a lovely day. Hugs, Christine xx

Melody said...

Enough did so well Fee. I adore the birthday gift and your version of Jenny's beautiful free project is really lovely.

Anita : Shabby Quilt said...

You have been busy. Love the hessian bag with flowers.

Julie said...

Everything is beautiful in this post Fee ... I love Jennys stitchery all finished. That frame Oh MY !!! Think I might need to purchase some Annie Sloan Duck Egg blue paint somehow. Its funny how it can feel like we havent achieved much over a week but when its all documented, it can actually add up to quite a substantial amount. You have done heaps - all of it beautifully :-)

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Honey, you are such an inspiration! Love that gift...exquisite. xx

By Hoki Quilts said...

Receiving gifts made with so much love and thought is worth so very much that they are priceless - what a lucky lady to get such a fabulous gift. Good on you for being so successfully frugal.
hugs xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

I so enjoyed your post Fee. Love what you have been up to...adored your upcycling and beautiful handmade gifts xxx


Unos trabajos preciosos!! las fotos muy bonitas, besos