Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I received from Sherry. Sherry made me this lovely tapestry bag - It is a lovely design and I think I will use it to carry around my knitting in the winter. Thanks so much Sherry.
The advent swap was a success other than a few hiccups I think that most swappers have enjoyed the swap and have made some lovely new friends. My partner was Lizzie. Lizzie made me this lovely bag which I think is made from an April Cornell range? And there is a flower stitched on made from some of those hand dyed woollens that Lizzie dyed a few months back. Thanks so much for being my partner Lizzie.
The front porch is finished. What do you think?
2010 will be the year of "frugal living" here at Mothers Cupboard. It will also be the start of a healthy eating regime in our household. Both Rod and I have put on weight in the past 12 months and instead of using the "D" word we are just saying that we are going to make healthier choices and cut down on our intake.
I have been to the supermarket and purchased the basics for cooking from my "Symply Too Good To Be True" Recipe Books.
Have you seen these before? They are written by Annette Sym who herself has had a massive weight transformation over the years simply by making healthier choices and cooking from her own developed recipes. The books are recommended for Weight Loss, Diabetes, Heart, Cholesterol and Good Health. Each recipe has a full nutritional value breakdown per serve and include lots of favourite dishes which are just cooked using healthier choices like Flora Light Margarine instead of Butter or Fatty margarines , Olive Oil Spray instead of cooking in oil, Splenda instead of sugar, Skim Milk instead of Full Cream and the list goes on.
My frugal living tips will start on Friday. I have lots and lots to share with you over the coming weeks. One of the best things about frugal living is the sense of satisfaction when you either recycle, repurpose or grow something for your home. It felt so good this morning to go to the garden and collect today's fruit and vegetables and the cost was just some TLC and forward thinking.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The whole room has never really worked since we moved here 4 years ago and I have never been happy with it's layout - So a little bit of de-cluttering has occured, a big clean and a change around.
And this is how it looks now. It is so much nicer this way. There is no dust and even the windows sparkle.
My quilt stand holds some of my favourite quilts. The quilt folded on the bottom is the first quilt I ever made.
My sewing spot in the room works well - I tested it out last night.
Toby the dog and Billy the cat have given it their seal of approval.
The best part about changing a room around or cleaning it out is that you find things that you had forgotten you owned. I have found lots of books that I now have on my MUST read list. Over the next year I will be sharing lots of frugal tips, gardening tips, recipes and lots lots more. If you want to save $$ join me in my 2010 challenge. It is going to be fun.
Now what am I going to do today? I am going to tackle our entrance foyer which has become a junk magnet.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
And this vase will have to be relocated for the day. I use all of my good china on Christmas Day. Do you have any little family traditions for Chrismtas lunch? Hubby's mum always makes our brandy sauce for our Christmas Pudding . How do you serve your pudding?
The little peoplemake Chrismtas so special. Yesterday afternoon Tom had a plate of fresh raspberries from the garden and decided to host a tea party for some of his festive friends. Poor Santie was forced to eat his raspberry - I could hear his screams of protest but in the end he succumbed.
Just a few little morsels left. They are so much fun aren't they? So many lovely memories and of course Grandma was there with camera in hand as usual - I just can't help myself.
I hope that you are trying to relax and are not too rushed. I am off to do battle at the supermarket this morning - Wish me luck !! Luckily I have ordered my Turkey & Ham so they won't be a problem.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I still have quiet a bit of sewing to be done in the last few days and a few small items to purchase. How are you going with it all? I thought that over the next few days that I would show you a few corners of our decorated home - I love Chrismtas decorating and each year try to add a few items to my collection. Do you decorate your whole house too?
Until next time,
Thursday, December 17, 2009
This year I wanted to give them each a set of rosaries. I
- Blood Red Jade with Rose Quartz Paters
- Pink Rhodonite with Night Stars Blue Sand Sun Sitara Paters
and each rosary has a floral bead for the main Pater which is shouldered each side with Swarovzki crystals. Now for the big decision which daughter gets which set? I think the Blood Red Jade one is an easy guess as Sam's middle name is Jade - LOL
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thanks so much for all of the lovely e-mails regarding the loss of little Buddy - I appreciate each and every one of them so much - Thanks.......
It was TJ's birthday this week which of course meant a party and a cake. Here he is with his mum - Sam.
He had lots of fun opening gifts.
And lots of little people to help celebrate - Maddie is sitting up properly now that is her with the head band on. She had so much fun playing with her friends.
There have been some fabric purchases happening including the French Hatbox range ready to make the "new" BOM to be started in the January edition of Homespin magazine. It is such a lovely range.
Here are the items that I sent my partner in the Angel Swap. I hope that she liked them. The saying on the bag is one of my favourites. "A family stitched together with Love seldom unravels"
An Australian tradition at Christmas is the lovely Pavlova - This is how I will be serving ours on Christmas Day.
Are you enjoying the advent swap? Are you also checking out the daily advent posts on the Among The Gum Trees Blog for lot's of festive ideas? It is so much fun. Here is a little collage of some of the gifts that Lizzie has sent me.
|Make a Smilebox collage|
Today I have to Clean - Boring !! And then hopefully I can spend an hour or two at the machine ......... Until Next Time
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Burp cloths for a brand new baby boy and an expectant baby girl.
Guess who I baby sat today? Yes sweet little Maddie. Now I am pretty sure that she doesn't get her love of chocolate from me - LOL....... I had to bathe her after this episode and soak her clothes. But we had lots of fun as she is crawling now and finds the christmas tree very interesting......
I received my SSCS swap parcel from the lovely Sherry. This is the sweet little christmas stocking she made for me to hang on my tree.