A little while ago, here, I blogged about some pretty envelopes I was making. I made a few more this evening.
Then I remembered that I hadn't told you what I use them for. Want a clue?
Yep, they are pocket money pouches. For me. I am 35 years old and weekly pocket money has revolutionised my life. No kidding.
I was chatting to the husband a little while ago about how great it was to be paid a weekly wage, back in the day. Monthly pay days really don't work for me. I can't make money last; it burns a hole in my pocket and I spend the last half of every month bumming cash off him indoors. Understandably, he finds this frustrating. It isn't great for me either because I have to justify why I need £20 for a face wash. ('What's wrong with soap?' says he. Meh.)
So now Andrew has full control of my money. (I asked him to; he isn't a control freak.) Each payday, all of my money is transferred to him. Then, every Friday, I have a set amount of money transferred to one of those pre-paid Mastercards and £30 of cash. I love it! I made the pretty envelopes just to be silly (it makes me feel young having pocket money!) but now I keep the actual envelope of cash tucked into my purse and the very sight of it reminds me that I've got to make my money last. And I do! Last week, I had £280 in my pocket money account. That might not sound very much at all, but I was so chuffed with myself. The fact that it has dwindled significantly now is irrelevant but I have two very nice Chanel nail polishes, a neon pink top and some Mac goodies to show for that little splurge!
The envelopes are really easy to make. I bought these two templates on eBay - you just draw round them, snip, fold and stick.
They are wooden and have a lovely vintage utilitarian feel to them. The smaller one makes my pocket money pouches. I don't know if there are any more left on eBay but there are definitely some available on Etsy if you fancy one. There are lots of occasions when I need decorative little envelopes. I quite often give cash or gift cards to family for birthdays and Christmas and the little ones are the perfect size. You can use any kind of paper; my stepson loves Manga artwork and Marvel magazines which I think would make pretty cool cash envelopes for boys.
When I bought the envelope templates, a few packets of stickers and rolls of washi tape seemed to slip into the basket. I used some of the washi tape recently to make cupcake flags.
I was just messing around really, as you do, but I think these will be lovely for our Jubilee celebration tea in June. (The cocktail sticks were from the local deli - they are called Posh Pricks. Ha!)
So it's pocket money day tomorrow and I'm planning a trip to Birmingham on Saturday for some light exercise... I'd like to stock up on Muji make-up bags and I've sold a few things on eBay so I'm going to buy myself a pair of Raybans. I am even going to treat the husband to lunch at Wagamama (he usually pays). I am seriously craving Edamame and Chicken Kare Lomen.
Thanks for continuing to visit me here where the chat has become a little random :-) I've found loads of new lovely blogs recently (hello Claire!) and I thought I'd post the links next time so that I can share some of my new reading material.
Have a great weekend, lovelies.
Kisses and stuff.