You may have noticed I have been a bit quiet lately and there is definitely a paucity of posts and comments on your blogs too. I have been very busy planning and scheming. All sorts of projects on the go as I plan for Christmas.
You can all collectively groan
when you are frugal and simple you have to be practical.
Christmas must be planned and hand made equals time.
I am currently working on a recipe book that I hope the family will like but I'll not lie to you, it has been VERY time consuming. You could make one too.
Have a look at Blurb, it is one of the photo book sites that allows you to create and publish your own book. There are many templates, sizes and styles and you can design it to your own budget too.
Soap is the other item that has to be made a couple of months out from Christmas as it takes time to cure. I am hoping to be snowed under next month making soaps and bath bombs.
Knitted and crocheted items also take time and slippers and dishcloths need to be stockpiled now.
Plan seedlings and cuttings too so that they have established roots and growth.
Perhaps you dried herbs and jars of those would be appreciated I'm sure.
And then there is the baking and preserving. With lemons so plentiful soon, this is the time of year that I make preserved peel (and I know a boy who would love a large bag full for Christmas).
I am working on next years' calendar and also my new Christmas range.
So that is what we'll be talking about when we meet for our
Better Living Group
Thursday 30th August
Cock and Bull Pub
Here is some more ideas from
and they even have a printable to help you with your planning.