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A spendy week

Well saving has gone completely out of the window this month, after I spent £36.94 on a new dress and a whopping £299.98 on two dutch style bikes, for my mother and myself. I've also spent £9.95 on cat food. So, as I have less than £20 in my account and I still have to post the prizes to the winners of my giveaway there will be no saving this month. As such I have rearranged things (again) so that I still hit my minimum savings target by the end of the year. With regards to my other task (book plans) there has finally been some progress! I have finished one book plan entirely, so now just have one to work on.

Craft wise it's been quiet, in fact I've just been working on the sewing room stitch. Here is the progress

 
As you can see the cross stitch part of it is now complete, and I have started work on the backstitch, which is in three colours.






 
I reckon it'll take at least another week to finish the back stitch and add the charms, and then I will be working on two wedding samplers.
 
 
Off topic, I got my first review on Amazon! Five stars too :) Gives me hope that I can continue writing. You will know that having faith in your own work (writing and crafting) is one thing, but it is always nice to hear it from someone else

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