The current weather here in the south of England is dreadful. It's cold, wet and windy, and just utterly miserable. There are only a few hours of proper daylight, then it's back to drawing the curtains and turning up the heating!
As job hunting is something I can mainly do from indoors (searching online for vacancies, sending off application forms, I know my CV off by heart) I've been spending a lot of time in my flat. I love this little flat, and really enjoy living here, but spending so much time here has shown how much stuff I use, and how many things I own that I rarely use, if at all. Which brings me to question why I have all this stuff in the first place. Obviously, some things like Christmas decorations are seasonal (although there's a gingerbread man garland I love so much it hasn't yet been put away, and there's a sock snowman I made at a Girlguiding district meeting which I'm so proud of it's been on the mantlepiece since 2012) but there is a lot of stuff which is just there. So I'm trying hard to use the things I have, if I don't have a use for them then I plan on selling them/donating to charity. I like having space in the flat, I don't want it to be taken over by stuff. My boyfriend's also (finally) getting into the idea of using or losing things, he's downloaded lots of audio/kindle books, mainly classics so he can donate the paperbacks he owns, thus creating space. He's also working his way through his collection of computer games. Space is being reclaimed!
In keeping with using things, I want to be more efficient in terms of sewing badges on to my camp blanket. I love badges and these photos are of my second blanket. One side is entirely full, and the back is probably almost half full. I'm keeping badges associated with the Big Brownie Birthday to one side for the time being, as I don't yet know what I want to do with them. But before I went to Butlins, I made the effort to sew on some badges from my seemingly ever-growing pile. The more I sew, the more I seem to have remaining! I saw on Facebook a fellow Brownie leader was making and selling camp blanket straps, a simple yet ingenious strap with buckles which keeps your blanket neat and tidy. For £10 I got to choose my fabric choice (owls, obviously) and the colour of its backing. It was then posted to me just in time for going to Butlins. Bargain! I think I know a few people who would appreciate one of these as a birthday present...
Right, time for another cup of tea, and to curl up with a book. Making more room on my shelves, oh yes!