I’ve been de-cluttering over recent weeks.
An empowering exercise that allows one to see the beauty of less is more…
Despite the trend of pretending to have little, distressing perfectly good furniture to add a vintage look and working hard to create a ‘country, frugal feel,’ to one’s home, the reality of actually living this way is liberating!
At Bealtaine Cottage, money is not an option…living a frugal life is the only way to go and the rewards are immense.
The little stool above has been carefully re-painted each year to protect it from the elements.
The plastic slippers are several years old, comfortable and practical, despite costing only a couple of euros.
Bird boxes all made from bits of used wood and metal, a gift from a friend in a fair exchange.
These will be put up around the gardens for yet more birds to make their homes in…a pleasure to watch that money cannot buy!
A permaculture gravel garden, fashioned from the leftovers and recycled bits of everyday life.
Logs, stones, tyres and stones, merge together informally to lend an “always been here,” feel to the courtyard of the cottage.
A garden path made from spare gravel and plant cuttings, together with scattered seed and wild flowers, cost: zero.
Simplify your life.
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Frugality, simplicity and thrift…cutting down old curtains bought at a Boot Fair, to make new curtains for this window.
Hung on curtain wire…the cheapest and most effective way to hang light curtains.
And cafe curtains on the kitchen windows… These curtains are easy and fast to make, sewing in straight lines and no need for accessories of any kind!
Think twice before you throw away tins…they make wonderful pots for plants!
Floral displays are easy to create from all kinds of cuttings.
Twisted willow wreathes require little or no skill to make and the materials are free and readily collected from the hedgerows.
A string of hearts made from scrap materials…one of those curtain pattern sample books that shops find difficult to dispose of!
Home made biscuits to give as gifts, always treasured as they are unique and and can be wrapped in such beautiful ways!
Tiny pots of home made jam…
Wrapped with home made scones, these make wonderful gifts!
Or home made jellies with herbs added!
Be really adventurous and make fruit wine…
Once in the demijohn, they make themselves!
The kindest and cheapest way to bleach your tea cloths…leave them out in the sun!
Make a big pot of soup, fill some Kilner jars with it and store in the fridge…it will keep for several days and is better than buying factory made stuff in plastic pots!
Happy making and baking…!
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