Then I looked at the clever cards, well I would have done if I had found any. In the end I chose a card with no writing at all as every other one that I picked up had sloppy, slushy overly sentimental drivel inside. Most of them were totally nauseating and I can not think of anybody that I would want to send one to.
I know that there are loads of clever card makers out there and I could do it myself. Well I am certain that I have said in the past that the only times that I have tried I ended up with more glue on me than I had to start with. BUT this has encouraged me to think again and I will be looking for a card making workshop to try.
As to the other nonsense, words almost fail me, just have a look at this lot.
Most of these have had a spray or two from them, then have been packed into a cupboard.
Most of these toiletries have no been opened.
Just a few more.
Some of these have had perhaps a third used, BTW the Ralph Lauren in the middle retails at over £100.
Clothes waiting to be sorted into bags for the CS.
Clothes, bed linen sets, books, china,bags.... you think of it and it is in here, sorted and ready to go.
There is more in my car and a mountain of vinyl albums on the stairs and a massive bag of shoes to be paired up.
Luckily there are 2 charity collections for clothes, shoes and bags in the village this week. The rest will go to the CS in Neath next Tuesday.
Much of this is as good as new, some of it has tags on and some is in the original packaging.
It was "comfort shopping" gone doolally. There is as much to come again, at least, and I have a full day tomorrow and possibly Thursday packing into my car to deal with at home in peace and quiet.
I have to find homes for the toiletries and perfumes, I asked in 3 CS,s today and they do not take them unless they are in sealed packages.
I though about a Woman's Refuge but have no idea how to go about it, I will have to google it.
I shudder to think of the amount of money that is piled up in my house, there are 70 bottles of perfume alone.
This has been a wake up call to me and I am more determined than ever to not buy any sewing materials until I absolutely have to.
It is so easy to let it get out of control, I did find some Christmas fabric the other week that I forgotten, only about 12 metres!!
After watching Hugh last night it has made this seem obscene, but I will make sure that as much as possible is used.
Now I am off to rustle through plastic bags.