Over the years I have read hundreds of Blogs and some just keep you going back over and over, they're totally addictive. We don't necessarily all do the same things or even agree with everything other Bloggers say and do, but we form a little band of folk that dip into each others life and wonder at the brilliant ideas and achievements we all make in our lives. One of my favourite reads is Ilona's Blog 'Life After Money', in her own words -
Hi there, my name is Ilona,I am 64, and I'm having a wonderfull retirement I live a simple life, I downshifted and went onto part time working ten years ago. I was sick of slaving away and wanted a better quality of life, I was also concerned about what consumerism was doing to the planet. I reduced my income and reduced my spending. By cutting back I have managed to pay an extra £10,000 off my mortgage capital. This blog is a record of how I spend my time. I walk a lot, I grow vegetables, I do crafts making things out of rubbish, I have three cats, I walk dogs, and I keep my village tidy by picking litter. I am an expert on managing on very little money, proof that you can have a good life on a pension.
So I was thrilled last week when I found out I had won one of Ilona's lovely handmade bags in her Blogging giveaway and after reading her post about making her own packaging (see HERE) I immediately recognised the parcel left at the end of our drive.
And yes the packaging works really well, although the rain was pouring and the postman had only just tucked it into the box next to our wheelie bin, the contents were as dry as anything and all the stickers and labels were fully intact. Her other parcel from that days giveaway will be winging it's way over to Canada, I think with packaging this sturdy it will arrive in perfect condition, although the sniffer dogs at the airport might be slightly interested in it (although there was no scent of Bakers for me).
I'm absolutely thrilled with my bag, many many thanks Ilona, I love it. :-)