Insourcing will look a little different in 2022.
Now that it is just Hubster and I at home, our priorities have shifted somewhat. I guess that happens to us all. No longer is it bulk cooking and make-from-scratch, although those things do have their place from time to time.
Really, now, it's about labour saving, and quality of life. Hubster has had health issues over the last twelve months, and I have so many itis-es, that it's hard to keep up sometimes. Nothing life-threatening thank goodness, but certainly enough to see us re-evaluate and reassess.
This year, my goals are:
1. As I do each year, learn a new crafting skill with a view to both selling and gifting. This year, I am concentrating on Resin crafts. Look at these pretty bangles I made, pictured above. Resin and cake sprinkles. That's it. And very well received I might add. Coasters, trinket trays, pendants and earrings will be added to the repertoire as I go along. I think these will be HUGE fun.
2. I'm going to focus on expanding my wardrobe choices (note I said 'choices', NOT the items in the wardrobe), by utilising my extensive collection of accessories. I tend to gravitate to the colourful and quirky these days. Life can't be so serious that we wear our pearls EVERY day, right?
A wardrobe cull has already occurred, turning this....
...into this fab hanging section made by Hubster, for my necklaces...
...and this minimalist hanging space, having kept only the pieces that I genuinely love. It's difficult to photograph, but I have culled my wardrobe by two thirds, and reallocated the remaining space to scarves, bags, and costume jewellery...I really am becoming my Mother, whose costume jewellery and accessories collection filled a tea chest, and was distributed amongst her 3 daughters, and five granddaughters, upon her passing...
I'm quite proud of myself. The wonderful result being, that I can actually SEE what I have, and I'm wearing pieces that haven't seen the light of day in years.
3. I'd like to add some new favourites to my baking lineup. We don't consume a lot of baking, but when the occasion calls for it, I enjoy having a few tried and true selections up my sleeve. Above are Cumquat Syrup Cakes, below is French Almond Cake, Gold Dusted Meringues, and Banana Bread Pillows made in the sandwich maker.
4. I've engineered myself a little niche in upcycling statement necklaces from a well known maker here where I live. Their feature pieces are joyful and fun, but are often let down by their Plain Jane chain. I'm adding colourful beads to their connector chains and making some pocket money on the side.
5. I'm finding that Arthritis and other Itis-es are messing with my embroidery skills, so I'll be dragging out that embroidery sewing machine I purchased several years ago, and acquainting self with it's delights. I think there could be some pocket money in embellishments on hand towels and such, that are also modern and quirky.
6. Hubster and I are mid Retirement Renovation. You know....that one that takes you through to when they carry you off the the Aged Care place? Hopefully thats some decades away, but meanwhile, we don't want to be patching and painting in our 70s and beyond.
This means rearranging and repurposing some pieces that we already have. I've been looking to have a corner like this for years. A re-imagining of the dining room, saw this antique chest of drawers that I restored about thirty years ago, relocated to our entry room. The Ginger jar was a Christmas gift, the bowl, thrifted and already in our collection, the tiny teapot was my Mums, and the print, although not my favourite, reminds Hubster of his water skiing days. Everyones happy.
What has changed for you?
How will you save money and attack insourcing in 2022?