Our Frugal Lifestyle

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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

De-cluttering the Crafting Area.

Dolly and I have a low makeshift table for drawing, cutting, pasting and creating together. In the past couple of months our special area became a disorganised chaos that was an eyesore and un-useable.
Chaos - where is the glue??
It needed a good sorting and purging so when everyone was fast asleep I re-organised the area and now it's workable again. It feels fantastic to clear up. The process of looking at all the useful stuff has given me the motivation to work on one of our pending projects.
Dolly and I are making a couple of winter scarves for her Grandpere (Grandad) and Parrain (God father) in France. We are using old and damaged wool jumpers and cardigans I have picked up in op-shops in the past 6 months for 1 dollar each. We live in the tropics so these have not been easy to find. We now have 6 in total so we can get on with our repurposing project. Yeah!

Being inspired by the book "Felt It, Stitch It, Fabulous" we are felting (shrinking) jumpers by washing them in hot water. We are then cutting rectangles of various colours (postcard template) which we will sew together to make a couple of warm handmade scarves. The pink is a very light baby pink in reality but may still be excluded from the man scarves. We have cream, grey, black and dark green jumpers still to felt. Combined together they should look great.

Our project allows us quality time together at the end of the day. I also teach Dolly the value of being eco through recycling/repurposing of damaged items. And frugality by crafting our gifts.

Have you been making anything? Please tell  :-)

1 comment:

  1. Chaos girl takes control -yay! I love to see people's crafty spaces. Sadly mine is all packed away for the move. Shame 'cos convalescence is a good time for some sneaky stitchery!
    pamela xxx


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