This is the Yarn Department, as you can see although Ben gets snippy if I sit on his cushion, he is not adverse to taking as many cushions as he likes.
The right hand side, the large pack at the back will become a blanket.
The other end, the blue at the front will be my Aran cardie, once I manage to make a start on it.
This is the Fabric department, the basket contains my current crochet project.
Lots of WIPs in here, they will come out in the new year. My clean cushion covers and throws also reside here.
There is space under to hold my largest cutting board, with the smaller ones on top, nice and flat.
I have made Mr and Mrs Owl, the eyes have Black Agate stones in them. The beads that I planned on using have gone into hiding.
These are the Owlets, waiting to have their eyes finished, the Agates are too big and I have no tiny black buttons. I feel a quick trip to the craft shop coming on, it is only in the next village and will be a stop on Ben's afternoon walk.
I had a little play with the pompom makers, I still have to use the largest one, they are so simple to use and very quick. I need about 20 to finish my garland and then around 40 flowers. It sounds a lot but each one takes a few minutes. It is the fixing them in place that is time consuming.
I have made a start in the dining room mantle but that can wait for another day.
I read Mean Queen's post, an answer to a comment on her frugal lifestyle. Obviously the commenter had not really taken in the writings. Like many of us Ilona lives her life to suit herself, with me it is not what I CAN afford, it is what I WILL afford. I refuse to pay over the odds for anything, no matter how desirable. I will nearly always buy second hand if possible, and will happily wait for a specific item.
I always look for RTC bargains when I am shopping, I found some Welsh farm butter a few days ago, 75p a pack rather than £2.30, I had the 6 that were there and they are now in the freezer.
All these savings add up and it means that I can have a stash of yarn and fabric to delve into, it means that I can have an "all singing all dancing" sewing machine, it means that next year I will have a quilting frame.
Somebody asked me about my holiday plans for next year, was I going abroad. I almost choked. I have moved into a "holiday destination" area and that is where I will be holidaying. I will have an odd night away, I want to go to Anglesey next summer. That is a 4 - 5 hour drive, so I will be looking to spend at least 3 nights in a pet friendly place.
I have Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion on my doorstep, and for when it is really toasty the Brecon Beacons are just around the corner. What more could I want? A bit of night life and glitzy shopping? No thank you very much. The liveliest thing that I do at night is give my hot chocolate a good whisk. If I really want to see glitzy shops I can hop on a train to Cardiff or even go and see Fran for a weekends window shopping in the West End.
Must go now, the 'puter needs a charge.
I love the liveliest thing you do each night. Sounds good to me!ReplyDelete
Believe me, it is very good. It is a 40 calorie a cup drink though, so not as naughty as it sounds.Delete
Our "holidays abroad" are out of necessity, since we live in the US and have grandchildren (and their parents!) living in the UK....even doing it as cheaply as possible, paying for farm care here, airfares, dog boarding, etc., adds up quickly, and has to be budgeted for carefully every year! The area you have moved to is ideal...I am envious,ReplyDelete
You really have no other option, I go to WA to visit my brother and it means a 3 week stay to get the most value from the visit. He came here last year so I will go in 2016 unless my nephew decides to get married before then. I do have an account that I drip feed for this as it is a costly air fare and the cost of living is higher there. I love living here, for the last 5 years or so all my holidays have been here.Delete
I think your holiday plans sound perfect, I think my plans will be very similar , love your owls and I am looking forward to seeing your garland :-)ReplyDelete
I am having fun playing with pompoms at the moment, still have the flowers to make.Delete
Yes indeedy .. Wales is a lovely place .. we are fortunate to be live here. I to choose to 'March to my own drum' .. some people think it odd .. but I am so happy bimbling about in my own way.ReplyDelete
Love the little owls ..
Ben and I are part of the scenery now, people have stopped commenting on the fact that we go out in the rain. There is not much choice at the moment, it has hardly stopped for days.Delete
Oh Pam, I love reading your blog. You are so real! Thank you for the lovely Christmas card. It arrived yesterday. I had wanted to send you a card but couldn't make out your address on the parcel you sent. Can you send me your address to my email. email@example.comReplyDelete
I am certainly real, it hurts if I pinch myself. I can not put a face on for anybody, I am happy being me.Delete
Wow what a great stash and love the owl family. We also live in a holiday destination but not nearly as nice as where you are.ReplyDelete
The owls are finished now, they are so cute that I may make some more. It is very lovely here, even up on the mountain in the wind and rain, it is so dramatic that it takes my breath away.Delete
There's so much to comment on in this post. I thought I loved the owls, but when you said you were making a garland my spirit soared. I can do that!!! Thanks for the encouraging post.Delete
I get the impression that Ilona can also do things, but is making some tough choices to be able to do all she wants. A simple and frugal lifestyle is so rewarding. Merry Christmas to all. Stay safe, Angie