This is me squishing the pretty sock yarn that I bought in New Zealand. It's funny because I go through stages with craft supplies and crush on all sorts of different things in a short period. At the moment it is sock yarn, in December it was stationery supplies and the month before that it was highlighter pens. Yep.
Hello everyone, today I have another guest post for you all. The super lovely Ali Moloney from Moloney Mayhem is joining us to share how she gets back to basics with her kids, feeding their imagination and encouraging good old fashioned play at home. This is such a fabulous post that I know you'll enjoy, so I'll hand you straight over to Ali.
We're home and settling back in to a some what chilly environment here, warming ourselves with jumpers, socks and dare I say that we had to turn the heater on as we walked through the door. We've spent the afternoon hanging out and talking about the best parts of our holiday and wondering how quickly we can save for our next trip.
Following on from my 'love for bloggers' post the other day, here are some nice things from a few of my lovely readers. There are lots of crafty goodness posts, plus some awesome non-crafty things to read about, so go and have a 'clickety click' and visit some new blogs today. Fingers crossed that you might find a new favourite to read.
I bought some new things! Nothing super fancy, but I thought you might like to see. Firstly I stocked up on a bit of festive coloured felt, a few new embroidery cottons and some calico. I've been using some of these supplies to work on a series of Christmas tutorials to share - six of them in fact. They're fun, colourful and not too complicated, so I think (hope!) you'll enjoy them. The first one will be going up bright and early this Saturday morning and then one a week from there.
For the last couple of years my nose has been continually blocked, which isn't really that fun. I've had to clear my nose several times a day and in the morning when I wake up, there's even more nose clearing action going on. Sorry, I know that's a bit gross! A few people suggested that I should give up dairy to see if it helps my sinus congestion, but seriously this idea freaked me out, a lot.
A diary? What? You don't use your phone? What? <-----most common replies when I mention the word 'diary' to anybody.
It occurred to me the other day that hand recording dates and snippets of information is fast becoming a dying art. I don't think I've told you my Filofax story before, but I've been wanting one for years - like 20+ years. They've always been so far out of my price range and also the thought of handing over $200+ for a diary has made me cringe, a lot. But, it hasn't stopped me looking and wishing I had one in my hot little hands. Quite a few months ago they were having a crazy Filofax sale at a local shop near me and well, I snaffled one quick smart. When I asked the lady if this was a once off sale, she told me that they the Filofax range would be discontinued in the shop because everybody uses their phone, or some other digital device to record dates and diary information. I couldn't help but feel a little bit sad.
I did it.
I made it to the end of my 'no spend September' with no real spending slip ups. There was $75 spent on accommodation and my small muslin bag order, but other than that I realised that if I set my mind to it, I can pretty easily not spend any money. It was really nice to see funds just staying in the bank too, waiting there for bigger and greater things.
Remember my snail mail in a box swaps? Well, Kellie from Give a Girl a Blog organised one with some crafty friends and I've had so much fun seeing their swap packages to each other over on instagram. The photo above is from THIS post that Kellie did about the swap and I also found a post by Bec, sharing her lovely goodies - I adore the sweet coloured coasters.
Oh my goodness, this no spend September mission of mine has actually been trickier than I thought it would be and we've only come to the end of week one. What I've realised is that I've been buying things out of habit and on 'auto pilot', without really standing back too much and thinking whether I really 'need' the item. I naively thought it would be a piece of cake to cut my spending habits back, so the results so far have been a bit surprising.
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.