Can you believe it's the 1st December ? Gee's that snuck up ! 1st December in our home means Tree Day. We only have a very small tree (a $5 K-Mart tree in fact) in our home these days. Our children have all grown and it's really for the grandchildren when they come to visit. They like to see that Nanna and Pa are in the Christmas spirit and of course to take a little peek at the gift wrapped up with their name on it.
December always makes me think about the coming year and what changes I would like to try and make to further enrich our lives. Since having to stop working a few years ago our income is now 1/6th of what it used to be BUT we are richer ......... We value different things and just "make do" but there is so much more we can do to save even more money and better enrich our lives.
My darling friend Jenny and I have a telephone catch up every few weeks and part of yesterday's conversation was on this very subject. We have both pledged to just "make do" in 2018 whenever we can and to grow our gentle domestic hearts.
Even though we live on less I do still buy craft supplies when I can afford to but one of the changes I would really like to make is to try and make do with what I have or to only buy craft supplies if I have been able to sell some of what I already have so that I can fund my addiction from my addiction. The truth of the matter is that I have enough craft supplies to last many life times and the hoarder in me thinks I still require more !! I've had an idea to share on this subject and will share more really soon.
Both Jenny and I are very much home makers - we speak from the same heart.
Our homes are already centered around baking from scratch, growing our own food, making gifts from scratch etc so in 2018 I will be sharing much of what we do in our home to live on a very small income and share some easy "craft" tutorials on making gifts, home making ideas and the like.
Jenny will be running another year of Gentle Domesticity - Read her blog post HERE to learn more.
She will also be offering a FREE Block of the Month in 2018 "A Year in the Garden". They are a beautiful set of stitcheries and we will both show you many ways to use them within your home or for gift giving.
So during December have a think about how your own household can benefit from reducing consumption of consumer goods and just maybe take a deep breath and slow down a little. Enjoy the every day pleasures of life and really live each day. I promise it's worth the effort.
I am pleased to report that all of my Christmas goodies that I posted off earlier in the week have arrived with the recipients in one piece. I was on tender hooks as I sent each of my closest friends some Tomato Chutney and Raspberry Jam as part of their gift and I used almost all of my recycled bubble wrap stash to ensure that they were cushioned well for their long journeys. They now all have just a little bit of my home made goodness in their pantry.
Next week I will show you all of the gifts that I handmade for them. I really enjoyed making every gift with much care and love.
That's one of the bonuses of living this frugal life - Satisfaction ........
And of course the recipients ALWAYS appreciate the effort and thought put into each and every gift.
All the money in the world can't buy that feeling !!
Until next time.
Love and Hugs,