Poppy Patchwork

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Friday, 30 December 2022

December round up


Another low spend month, just some cotton thread, I never spend much in December, by now I have everything I need, my big cross stitch project is keeping my fingers busy and there is nothing doing in the garden. I did get a plant for my inside display, my sister paid for the second plant, next year they will go into the garden. I also spent a bit on Christmas decorations,  I always say I have enough and then see something else.

It's been a super year for lower spending, I was hoping to stay under the thousand pounds and I did with style. I am using my stash for loads of project's, I still have loads left, I was unable to do much machine sewing in the last few months. I love this chart, is breaks down my spending to each craft, showing how I am changing crafts over the last 8 years, I have nothing left for glass making, I am keeping my card making items, they will come in handy as the three youngest grand children grow up, I don't expect to make many more cards. 

I spent more on clothes  but still a little total spend, I also got 2 pairs of Asda 'jeans', not expensive, but very comfortable. I don't need anything more, I won't be looking at anything in the sales. My total is under £35 a month this year, so I'm pleased. The flowers were silk to add to my seasonal displays. 

As always no waste food, we did not get too much for Christmas period, my brother was here for 8 days, and we shopped for just what we needed. Lots of wrapping paper thrown away, I now use pretty tissue paper, it recycles better and never with glitter on. Presents were put into paper carrier bags, which I took back home to reuse. We did not receive so many cards this year, I think lots of people did not send them, with so many postal strikes, no one could be sure they would arrive. We had a few arrive on Wednesday, after Christmas, so they are out for just a few days.

My weigh is lower than last year, losing weight before Christmas helped, I am still way off my preferred weight, maybe this year I will get close to it. My steps in December averaged around 6,000 each day, next year I need to work hard on making more steps each day. 


  1. Congratulations on meeting your spending targets. I have yet to run my spending reports (I have the old Microsoft Money program installed on my computer which is similar to your excel) it is always quite a shock to find how much I have spent in any category - I do know that my clothing total will be low as I didn't really need very much this year and I have been trying to' wear off' my existing wardrobe. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2023.

  2. Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. x

  3. Interesting to see how your craft activities are changing over the years. I believe it is a natural process as our interests change over time, but it is still intriguing to be able to look back and see definite changes. I hope your 2023 will be filled with many more happy craft projects :) xx

  4. Well done on your spending ...

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2023.

    All the best Jan



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