I may have totally ignored the stack of fabric ready to be cut for my next quilt.
I may have spend time pulling a wonderful piece of lightweight home dec fabric that I think would be perfect for the skirt and blouse.
I bought this 100% cotton print in Dunelm ages ago, I just knew that the perfect use would come along.
I also have some bright red polka dot that would be ideal for a lighter version, I will line it though as I can not be doing with petticoats. I have also added pockets to the side seams, on the polka dot skirt I may add patch pockets.
Dinner tonight was Spicy sausages and oven cooked chips, I used some red unnamed potatoes and was not impressed. They came from a bag that was a gift and I will try as many ways of cooking them as I have to until I find a way that they like. If all else fails they will become game chips and Bubble and Squeak.
I was talking to a friend earlier about our shopping habits, she was shocked at the fact that I actively hunt out bargains and stock pile on items when they are on promotion. I am certain that she thought that I was on my beam end.
Now I do not feel the need to justify my actions but I took the time to explain.
It is not a case of what I CAN afford but what I WILL afford. When I find things, that I usually buy, at a reduced to clear price or on a very good special offer, I snap them up in as large a quantity that I can store. I am a winner in the game. If I have to pay full price I have lost. To me it is a game, it is also a safety net for the future. I am healthy and hope to have many more years of good health. If this does not happen I will have substantial savings to enable me to remain independent with support. Plus I enjoy it, I went to the Co op in Sutton this morning and large chickens were RTC to £3.50 from £5.00, all the same price but with a weight variation of 200g, that is over 6oz. I took the time to sift through and pick out 4 of the heaviest. To me that was a win win double. I could easily pay the full price, they are very good quality and a fair price but I like to play the game.
There have been times when shopping this way was the only option for me, certainly it was how I was raised. Now it is second nature to me.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. Today I made a convert to careful shopping.
2. Today I stocked up on lean protein at a bargain price.
3. Today I walked in sunshine, three times.
4. Today I had exciting post.
5. Today I started making a skirt, for the spring that is on it's way.
I have had a good day today, I hope that you all have also had good days.
Do I feel guilty for not sewing quilt blocks? Not in the slightest, it will happen and once completed I will be having a layer and baste day or so, followed closely by a quilting fest. I have not made clothes for a while and it felt good to do some "for me" sewing today.
I am going to look around for a dress form, I had one years ago and goodness knows what happened to it, lost in a house move probably.
That is it for today, oh oh, I nearly forgot, I told you about the bread tins that I found in London for £ too much. Well I had a ride out with Nev this morning to a large rambling sell anything kind of place, he wanted photo paper for his printer and I found sturdy bread tins for £3.99 and snapped up 2. When I use them I will show and tell.