Thursday, 5 March 2015

An English paper piecing giveaway


I have a giveaway in the form of some English paper piecing paraphernalia from my lovely sponsor, Backstitch, for you today, which includes my most favourite EPP accessory ever: the Sewline Glue Pen, which dispenses with the need for hand basting. I have three of these glue pens myself and normally like to keep around 20 glue refills in my desk drawer so that a lack of glue or a lost glue pen can never be the cause of a project grinding to a halt (many things can halt a project for me - usually indecision over fabric choices - but to be stopped purely on practical grounds would feel disastrous. Like the time when I was 38 weeks pregnant with our first child, aged 23, and I rang my mother in tears because I was so desperate to bake cakes, but didn't own any of my own baking trays. I still have many of the mixing bowls and trays that she sweetly dug out from her own kitchen cupboards and gave to me from that time, but I think it may test her powers of ingenuity to find an EPP glue pen at the back of her drawers now when she doesn't sew, so I find it's best to stay well-prepared on this front). 

There is also some silver-coloured thread (unless I'm piecing white fabrics, I usually pick silver for EPP because it blends well with most colours); 50 precut 1.5" hexagon paper pieces, an acrylic hexagon template for rotary cutting fabrics; some lovely fabrics and, possibly most lovely of all (I don't know why this part of the whole package delighted me so much when it arrived, but it did as I hadn't noticed that they were selling them) a Backstitch drawstring bag to stow it all away in! It's a fantastic starter kit if you're new to EPP and has some lovely stock items if you're already absorbed by it.


To be in with the chance to win, I was going to throw it open and say that you should pick one question of your choice from the Proust questionnaire and answer it, but, perhaps you might not have time for going off and surveying all the questions and then trying to decide which to answer, so for those on what a friend's husband calls 'a tight schedule!', I thought I'd pick one question from it myself and ask: what is your greatest extravagance? 

I think extravagance is such a subjective thing and what one person sees as a waste of money, another may feel is an almost priceless luxury - I'd love to know what this means to you. I've been discussing this with my husband over lunch and we found it quite difficult to pin down our own extravagances, because often that thing will feel essential to you and your only context for it being extravagant is an awareness that others may view it as such. It's almost easier to see what others' extravagances might be than your own. 

Then there is also the issue of whether extravagance is being viewed in terms of time, money, environmental resources, convenience or the many other ways in which it can manifest itself, so instead of picking just one thing I'm going to put forward a whole list of my own extravagances (omitting the 20 glue stick refills, which if you don't do EPP may appear extravagant, but if you do, you'll very likely understand it's a moderate amount): 
  • Having the heating on whenever I'm cold, irrespective of the time of year. 
  • Going on weekday dog walks out in the countryside, even though it would be quicker to walk close to home. 
  • Having my eyebrows threaded each month by someone lovely, just because it makes me feel nice to have them neat and tidy (rather than any practical reason, such as that my brows are actually draping into my eyes and causing a hazard while driving! To me, getting a haircut feels like far more of an inessential, but I can see that it may appear the other way around to most, which is why eyebrow maintenance is appearing here on my extravagance list). 
  • Buying fresh flowers always feels incredibly extravagant, but when I weigh up the amount of pleasure that £2 worth of daffodils can offer, they feel far better value than many other things. 
  • Collecting pizza every Friday night - an extravagance of both money and, for me, gluten intake, but it's something that the whole family looks forward to, so I'd rather forgo many other things before sacrificing this. 
Over to you! I'm so looking forward to reading what your own greatest extravagances are. 

Florence x

243 comments:

  1. I would have to say haircuts. I've been going to the same stylist regardless of distance (no longer work in a city only 20 minutes away from the salon) and expense (no longer have that salary either!) because the stylist is lovely and the cut is always successful. But it would be far more sensible (and economical) to go to a place closer to home and save both the travel expense and the salon price. So...yes, an extravagance for sure.

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  2. Having bedding that exactly matches my preferences! To me, there's nothing more luxurious than big, heavy, fluffy blankets, smooth percale sheets, and the perfect pillow. Perfect for deep sleeping, for lingering in on Sundays, and reading in next to the window on nice days.

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  3. Wild bird food, I love seeing the feathered visitors. I live in a house that bears a striking resemblance to the money pit at the moment., but I need to feed the birds.

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  4. My 3 spinning wheels. I'm sure one would do, but each one holds a special place in my heart and serves a specific purpose (for me). Never mind the full cabinet of commercial yarn I have...

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  5. Full freezers (all 3 of them!) and food cupboards - I remember much leaner times when I couldn't afford to keep a full cupboard so it's nice to know that my cupboards are full. Apart from that - Cath Kidston matching handbags and purses......I won't say no more! Xxx

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  6. I'd have to say our small pop-up camper. After a lifetime of tent camping it sure feels extravagant but it's made getting ready to go camping and actually camping with 2 small kids so much more wonderful!

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  7. This is a loaded question only because I think that I resist any extravagant spending... my clothes closet needs a desperate update... but I'm still trying lose those 10 lbs... grrrrr. So I will instead focus on a different extravagance, like taking a trip to the city for enjoying the sites and meals at a new restaurants, and having someone else make the bed and clean up! The other extravagance I enjoy occasionally, is a bubble bath in candlelight.... ahhhhh, luxurious!!

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  8. Probably my collection of vintage sewing machines. I try to use them all but often just clean and admire them!

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  9. I think my spouse regards my fabric purchases as extravagant since I already have a large stash. I think of it as an investment......

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  10. Sewing and quilting magazines and books. I know I could get them out of the library, but I like the feel of a new book and having them to go back and look at - even if I don't make anything from them!

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  11. without a shadow of doubt books and magazines. More so the magazines as to some they are frivolous to me they are moments of indulgence

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  12. My large, sunlight-filled sewing room, and all the sewing and quilting supplies it contains. It was originally supposed to be a guest room/sewing room, but the sewing stuff took over. :-)

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  13. I'm also really quite reserved when it comes to extravagant spending, so aside from my mammoth stash (which I don't think should count) I guess 'd say my sweet tooth. A whole (large) bar of galaxy chocolate doesn't even touch the sides! :) ...and I've been dying to give those little glue pens a try, as I'm a hand baster!

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  14. I have two - the first is extravagant in terms of time, and it's exercising. I wake up early every weekday morning and get in between 30 - 60 minutes. Having that time all to myself, no friends, no husband, no work, feels brilliantly extravagant. Add to that that I run around the nature reserve and get to see the ducks and wildlife, and it is heaven.

    My other extravagance is more traditional - craft supplies, especially wool! I have loads, but frequently buy "special" skeins to remind me of a particular place or occasion.

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  15. Feeding the birds - we spend quite a lot in the winter on bird seed but I do enjoy seeing them in the garden. I also like indulging in lattes.

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  16. For me, it's a monthly massage and the occasional handbag.

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  17. I have a strong tendency for picking up things I like from the door (not at home, but outdoor) hoping to give them a new life... butterfly wings, beads someone has lost, little flowers, stones, beautiful paper scraps...

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  18. Eating (and drinking!) out all the time during a couple of days visiting our daughter in Edinburgh. After years of home cooking and taking picnics on every trip to save money, it seemed like a real extravagance to us.

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  19. I think the first mail order block of the month that I enrolled in is my greatest extravagance. It has cost between $500 and $1,000 due to the materials needed - lots of felt for applique. However, it has kept me out of mischief for many months and it will be finished in 2015. I've greatly enjoyed making it.

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  20. I'm with you on the heating thing - but now I feel vindicated and I will allocate it to necessary extravagance. My haircuts - as much as the weekly shop but less frequent of course! Local meat and veg - expensive but something i really value and love supporting small local businesses. Great question!

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  21. Kirsty : Being 36 weeks pregnant my greatest extravagance is having an afternoon nap when my 2year old has his sleep. Also buying a bag of chocolate to power me up the hill on my walk back from town.

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  22. Sleep! Ohh, sleep. There are dozens of other things I should be doing in a day, but sometimes if there's still an hour before school pickup, I set my phone alarm, lie down under a few quilts and pouf! I'm gone. I rarely manage fewer than 9 hours a night, too.

    Relatedly, the most expensive thing in our house is the bed: Super King sized, with a fancy mattress, organic sheets, duvet and pillows, and of course a handmade quilt on top. Given that about half of my wardrobe comes from charity shops or TK Maxx, that really was quite an extravagance but I think of it more as an investment, given the amount of time I spend there.

    As it happens I've had several doctors send me for blood tests and all sorts, but with no apparent reason for my love of sleep other than the fact that I am presumably extraordinarily lazy...

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  23. Definitely my nespresso coffee machine... Although ironically it must save me money, as I rarely buy coffee out now, knowing I can make a good one at home!

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  24. Feather duvet and pillows, brushed cotton sheets,

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  25. I too am with the fresh flowers in the house, on the kitchen table! Although I do try to get the ones on special such as two bunches of Tulips for £5! They bring me endless happiness, and the house is just not the same without them.

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  26. My monthly back massage, not always the most relaxing at the time but my do I always feel like the weight of the world has been lifted... Complete indulgence but bliss!

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  27. I believe I have two. The first is fabric. I love to treat myself to a fat quarter stack of the lines I love the most. The second is a nice purse once a year. A well-made one lasts forever and the design is most often classic.

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  28. Oh my. I have indulgences, but my real extravagance is a beautiful pair of well-made, Italian shoes. I don't buy them often, but when I do, they make me feel wonderful.

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  29. I took over the living room as my sewing, knitting, art studio! There is a couch in there, and a small television/computer for viewing shows, but it's not really a room for entertaining. When people come over, we end up around the kitchen table. It might seem extravagant to others who live in a small house, but it is essential to me!

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  30. One of my most important extravagances is my hot-water bottle (with a self-sewn surrounding), because most of the time I have cold feet and so I need my extravagance very often.
    Best wishes,
    Sara

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  31. Hmm...I would say buying monthly magazines for no other reason than I love them. Not a necessity and I could go without them but I really go out of my way to buy them. And yes, I agree with @QuiltCandy has to be fresh flowers too, something about a daffodils on a dreary day to brighten up a room.

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  32. I think it would be buying things for various hobbies. I have a bad habit of buying everything I could possibly need, and then getting tired of the hobby and dropping it.

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  33. No doubt it is fabric. I have a very large stash but there is always the odd fat quarter to buy.

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  34. my biggest would probably be fabric, my little dogs being groomed is probably a close second. I do love haing my hair done, a wash and blowdry always managed to cheer me up!

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  35. I would say buying my self a starbuck's coffee every work day. When I think of the monthly total, it adds up so I don't think of it that way. Just my reward for going to work everyday when I don't always want to. Thanks for a great giveaway. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks again. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  36. I would say buying my self a starbuck's coffee every work day. When I think of the monthly total, it adds up so I don't think of it that way. Just my reward for going to work everyday when I don't always want to. Thanks for a great giveaway. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks again. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  37. Time to myself! It doesn't happen often but on those rare occasions it's lovely to just sit and do nothing if that's what I feel like. Time wasting is a thrilling and satisfying luxury for me :)

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  38. I love buying fabric. That is my extravagance.

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  39. My greatest extravagance was buying an American Girl doll for my granddaughter, Nellie.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  40. Eating out. I don't often get to splurge on food so when I do it is always a special treat!

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  41. Coffee from a coffee shop is my big treat! It's one of the few things I get that is truly just for me! Thanks for the chance to win- I've been wanting to try my hand at paper piecing! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  42. I go out to eat way more than my budget allows, and like to use expensive conditioner on my hair. It's the little things in life!

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  43. So easy: I have cleaners come to reset my house every two weeks. I should do it -- I haven't worked since my first son was born -- but it is both essential and extravagant. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  44. I splurge and buy really expensive Chantecaille make up. I really like it and it is an extravagance - I can buy other make up but I like Chantecaille so much better.

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  45. For me, extravagance is buying something I want, but don't need at all, but feeling no guilt and only joy. This includes a new beauty product, a handcrafted latte and a pastry, or some gorgeous fabric.

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  46. i suppose my two extravagances are my perfume and my special protein bars that must be ordered online. I never run out of either. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. When I started staying home with my two girls several months ago, we really had to make some budget cuts. The first thing to go was eating out...and a much smaller grocery budget. Because of that, steak and bacon feel like such a luxury!

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  48. I am a fairly frugal person, so I don't spend extra money on most things. But, I do like to indulge in afternoon naps! I know that there are a dozen other things I should be doing, but that hour nap makes me a much happier person!

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  49. I am pretty frugal...seldom buy anything without a coupon and seldom pay full price (always on sale!) but I have to say.. my weakness is buying fabric that is over $8 a yard! BUT.. I still have to have a 50% coupon to make that $12 a yard fabric only cost me $6 for one yard!

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  50. What an intriguing question! Well right now I'm on a fabric buying spree so it'd have to be fabric. I tried thinking of others but alas, all I can think of is fabric always and forever :) your extravagances sound lovely, by the way.

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  51. I think coffee for me. I love it and probably buy about 3 a week when out and about doing errands. We have a nespresso machine so I really have no excuse but I can't help it. Sometimes I think of all those weeks of spending $12 on coffee and what I could have saved by now, but then I think of the fact that I could be hit by a bus tomorrow so why not enjoy today. It's also a lot cheaper than a heroin addiction so I think as far as extravagances go, I'm not doing too badly.

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  52. What a thought-provoking question! My greatest extravagance is living in the country, 30 miles from where I work. I spend a lot on gas, but I love coming home to my shabby farmhouse and open fields.

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  53. I grew up poor, starving poor, so I'm really careful with money but I do allow myself 2 yearly quilting magazines. You know I will never make all the quilts in those magazines but I love looking at them.

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  54. Sewing items for myself. Investing time and money on quilts just for me when I could be sewing for others and when I'm juggling work and family. It is the ultimate extravagance, such a treat and doesn't happen very often.

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  55. My biggest indulgence is fabric. I guess I do dream alot about all the quilts that are possible to make, making a few of them. Another is eating lunch out, but I think I tend to eat more veggies due to that..

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  56. My greatest extravagance is buying fabric just in case and just because I love it with no project in mind.

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  57. Probably my Horn sewing cabinet. I managed fine with an oak desk and an ironing board set up beside to hold quilts but it was a 70th birthday splurge and I don't regret it.

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  58. I am going to an expensive hairdresser this afternoon for the first time to try it out, finding it hard to justify spending the money though!!

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  59. It has to be books. Craft books, cookery books, novels, biographies, even books about things I didn't know I was interested in till I bought it. I just love owning them.

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  60. For me it's definitely books. I buy them even when I know I might not have time to read them. I feel comforted having them around me, having them on the coffee table to pick up at odd moments and to be able to share them with family and friends.

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  61. For me it's going for a meal out. I could cook the food for less but its not just about the food; it's about looking forward to going out, getting dressed up, and the special evening that you have.

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  62. Sewing would be my extravagance. I know my husband thinks I spend too much time and money on it but I view it as essential for my sanity!

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  63. I guess having a personal trainer would definitely count as an extravagance! It gets me to gym at least twice a week and when I'm with her I know I am getting a good workout with no slacking off!

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  64. I'm not sure if it qualifies as extravagant as it's not expensive but my guiltiest treat is Butter Tablet from Thorntons. It's so sweet, it makes my fillings ache but I love the stuff! I like to have it with a cup of coffee :)

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  65. My 1963 Massey Ferguson 35X Tractor.. She doesn't do farming, just putt-putting around the lanes in summer, whilst cosy in a barn in the winter, in no way necessary but I love her very much!

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  66. my greatest extravagance is my dog . When the kids went to uni we thought we would be saving more money but then we rescued (were rescued by ) a lovely chug (pug / chihuahua) who sleeps on my best cushions , eats raw food (costing more than the tinned) and is attended by all of us. But he is a blessing and we're never lonely so does he count?

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  67. My extravagance has to be my coffee shop coffee. We have a good coffee machine at home, but it's not just about the drink itself. It's about having someone else make it, wash up the cup afterwards, the atmosphere of the coffee shop and the sense of indulgence that comes with it, definitely :)

    (also, I absolutely would have been most excited by the Backstitch bag as well!)

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  68. Really good fragrance feels like an extravagance as washing makes you smell nice but wearing fragrances lifts my mood and makes me feel special. Jo Loves samples were a totally extravagant recent gift!

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  69. My extravagance would be my sewing room and all of my supplies. All that money could have been used on something else, but the peace it creates is priceless! I'm with you...so many things that are extravagant -- it is truly a blessing.

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  70. Sewing machines are my extravagance. I can only use one at a time, but somehow I have eight of them (I think), not including the overlocker and the coverstitcher.

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  71. My greatest extravagance is going on currently. We are having a conservatory put onto the house for the sole reason that our house doesn't have any room for a proper table that I can sew at. Yes we will be poor for a while but the joy of not having to cart my sewing stuff around the house is going to bring me so much pleasure I feel its worth it!

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  72. Sewing supplies and materials. It's the one thing I spend money on

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  73. This question made me think a lot about indulgences, preferences, necessities! So, here's one of the possible answers:
    -Chocolate: I love dark chocolate and will eat at least one or two pieces ever day.
    -Books: I try to maintain the habit under control, for both reasons of money and space, but somehow they keep coming in!
    -crafting: usually I buy specifically for a project. But once I indulged in a Anna MariaHorner's full line stack. I still feel a little guilty when I admire the fabric in my shelf.

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  74. Hmm this is hard because I'm not very good at spending money just because. I felt it was extravagant when I updated my sewing machine to one worth about £800 but strangely enough my other half felt it worth every penny for the amount of enjoyment and use I'd get from it. Last year I also booked us in for a night at a very special hotel I'd heard about that gave us a room in our own private lodge complete with sauna and hot tub. The doing was extravagant but the money worth every penny. So maybe for me it's about spending money on something that I don't need but would really enjoy/like. I want to bring myself to buy an Orla bag but even in the sale the one's I really like feel too expensive. I can never win!

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  75. My greatest extravagance is our trips to the North Norfolk coast especially in the winter. A small cottage, all the family and the dogs, to see the sea, feel the wind blowing and being able to recharge everyone's batteries. It has some great inspirational quiet coastline away from the hurley burley of life.

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  76. For me it would have to be time to myself, with my books and sewing and drawing (and totally ignoring things that I "should" be doing. I view time alone as stepping stones in my life, and if I can't see one coming up in the next few days I start to panic. I really struggle with the noise and lack of headspace of staying at home with my children. Where the extravagance comes in, is on a Tuesday, when my youngest daughter goes to nursery after preschool, and I have until 3pm all by myself. I can't justify it, because I am not in paid work, but I really appreciate it.

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  77. my biggest extravagance would have to be staying out of the hospital more then a month at a time
    Nancy Hilderbrand
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  78. Time alone to craft with no other responsibilities fur the whole day. With dessert!

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  79. When we were first married, I insisted on using a 'windfall' to buy a piano...we had very little furniture and neither of us play music -so this was, really, the first sign (of many) to my husband that he had married a mad-woman. God bless him, he located and purchased our prized disklavier yamaha baby-grand (I wanted a play-roll piano- obviously?! and this was a modern version)...
    Fast forward twenty-four year's of family life...both children having learnt to play that piano and my opera-singing daughter is halfway through her Bachelor of Music Degree. That piano is played constantly and I would have to say there is absolutely nothing better than listening to our daughter sing and play that extravagent purchase every night-I say to my lovely other-half that it, like his wife, were inspired choices!

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  80. What a lovely giveaway :-) Fabric would be my obvious extravagance as it mainly gives only me enjoyment but I do enjoy an unexpected meal out - as I don't have to cook/wash up!

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  81. Wine. Without doubt. Wine, and library fines, when I've just HAD to hold onto that book a day or two longer.

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  82. Other than the whole Quilting extravagance ;) coloring out the grey in my hair is my other extragance!
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  83. I definitely agree with the heat/ac being on when I need them. I know some refuse to turn the heat on until it's a certain time of year, but no way am I going to suffer! lol! Is it possible for you to say what color that silver thread is?? I'd love to know! Thanks for the giveway!

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  84. Jewelry. I'd rather buy jewelry than food. I can go long periods without buying it if I have to, but I'm always looking for a good deal. I love the expensive jewelry, not the cheap kind. So purchasing a piece of jewelry is an expense for me.

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  85. So many things feel extravaggent to me. Fabric, getting the house painted, going to the doctor! I have a hard time spending money when it isn't needed.

    I think for myself my biggest (and best) extravagance was when I bought my sewing machine. It was agonizing! First what brand, but it was hard to come to terms with spending that kind of money so early in my quilting journey! It was money well spent and my favorite extravagance!

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  86. I feel like there are so many! Sewing wise I love to take classes at studios in my city... I could probably learn those things on my own using tutorials online but I enjoy them so much!! Environment wise I'd say daily contacts. Makes a lot of garbage but it's so much nicer on the eyes. And one more maybe? I buy most of my books instead of going to the library! Extravagant but I love it and try to buy used books when possible. Also love the look of bookcases full of wonderful novels!

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  87. Mine is a monthly massage!!

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  88. Tassimo Costa Americano capsules, love coffee! And a brand new bed, we live quite frugally but these things are our greatest extravagances.

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  89. I have so many...but one of my most fav is ART. I love beautiful things of all kinds!

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  90. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway, I will certainly try silver thread next time I do EPP. I love to cross stitch as well as sew and my extravagance has to be still buying charts to stitch even thug I could nor possible live long enough to get them all done. x

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  91. I would have to say, (because I've just returned), a trip to Disneyland with my family!

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  92. I'd have to say its my craft supplies. I'm interested in so many crafts and art so I have supplies for all sorts of things.

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  93. Buying beautiful fabric without even knowing what I am going to make. Something about the pattern or feel of it just makes me happy and I have to take it home.

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  94. My hair and facials are a bit extravagant, but big splurge is a little mud bath spa in Calistoga California. I have been known to sit by the pool with my hand sewing. Heaven.

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  95. Dog walking when everyone else is at school and work always feels like an extravagance, but my real extravagance recently was an overlocker .... And niw I have to keep buying fabric to use with it!!

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  96. Bubble baths before bed are my extravagance. I keep a nicely scented supply of bath products and it's so relaxing to have a hot, scented bath before going to bed at night!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  97. Getting my nails done.
    merryorganic at gmail dot com

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  98. Buying that special Pyrex bowl that is way over priced just because it will look so great with my collection. It's getting sort of out of hand.

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  99. Hot showers. After a fortnight in a slum in Brazil where cold running water was hit and miss, I know I'm blessed to even have the option. Also, taking my time over them every day does add to the bill is maybe not the best use of the planet's resources. But, it's like waking up to a big warm hug for me, makes me feel safe enough to want to explore the world instead of hide in bed. Out of all the nice to haves and complete luxuries in my life, I think this is the one I'd be least willing to part with.

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  100. Fabric...i order it even after i say, "that's it!"

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  101. Chai tea. I can (and do everywhere else) drink builder's tea but there is something so peaceful and restful and warming about making a cup of chai tea that means this year especially I have turned to a chai as my drink of choice everytime I have a cup of tea. Nigella calls it
    Christmas in a Cup, but I call it comfortable extravagance!

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  102. pedicures & massages, sleeping in on the weekends kyliemj at icloud dot com

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  103. I would have to say that my greatest extravagance is probably going on quilt retreats! I love to travel and I love to quilt so I combine them both!

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  104. I don't know why, but clothes really mean nothing to me. My 7 year old grandson and I were looking at pictures last month of when he was a baby and he said, "Grandma, you have the same shirt on now as you had in this picture!" Sure enough, I did! I don't know if it is an extravagance, but I love fresh fruit. The perfectly ripe fresh pineapple sprinkled with a little salt or sweet red and cold watermelon make my mouth water. I love to make mango smoothies, too.

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  105. I love fabrics - so I guess that is my number one weakness followed by chocolate......

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  106. My biggest extravagance is easily my stash yarn - I just can't pass up a good deal on yarn that I know I could use eventually :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  107. IF YOU WERE TO DIE AND COME BACK AS A PERSON OR AN ANIMAL, WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE? I would come back as a cat but it would have to be my cat. The biggest decision she has to make is which of her nine best sleeping places should she frequent next! Her choice is usually governed by where the sun is coming through the window most - I want to be a cat!!!!

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  109. Taking part in a Tudor re-enactment for a whole week. I left my children for the first time in 6 years and did something that I have always wanted to do. The unexpected joy of it? Sewing my entire Tudor costume by hand with no pattern and no sewing experience. I am now a sewing convert and as such regularly visit your blog. Many thanks.

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  110. For me it is an expensive face oil where a cheaper moisturiser would suffice - but so worth it and I love the way it makes my skin feel.

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  111. Besides fabric??? I have my hairdresser dye my hair instead of doing it at home for a fraction of the cost:)

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  112. Dresses - I literally have hundreds but it doesn't seem to stop me buying or making new ones!

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  113. My extravagances are easily: nail polishes (I don't just have a lot, I also have colour-changing ones I order from the US and tiny bottles of specific decorative things…) and handknitted socks - although the socks also make me happy while I am knitting I'm not sure anyone really *needs* thirty pairs of fancy lace patterned socks!

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  114. Expensive chocolates - a slightly guilty pleasure at times if I consider what else (such as healthier, more useful tings) could have been bought instead. Especially since I discovered that it has meanwhile almost spoiled my taste for ordinary chocolate. Or maybe that will turn out to be a good thing after all, who knows...

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  115. My one extravagance is getting my hair colored. I wish the gray would come in pretty instead of so drab.

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  116. I'm right there with you on the pizza. Pizza is a staple in my house but occasionally we go all out for the expensive, organic, gourmet pizza. It is seriously good. Anyway, this is a great giveaway for EPP. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  117. Hmmm...I don't think of myself generally as very extravagant. I did, however, just place an order for $100 worth of fabric which feels hugely extravagant even if a good portion of it will find its way into a wedding quilt for my brother. Thanks for the chance to win! Oh, and we say 'tight schedule' here too!

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  118. I would say probably my collection of sewing machines is a bit extravagant. I have a Singer Travel Mate, a serger, a Kenmore and a Singer circa 1950. Right now I only use the Travel Mate and am trying to find space to set up the others.

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  119. My spinning wheel and drum carder! To spin yarn and things for me and others.

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  120. Mmm, I view all of these as almost necessities but....
    - chocolate covered dates which are extravagant in their richness and calories
    - new books and the inability to walk past an interesting book despite having a very large quantity of interesting unread books at home
    - good coffee. I am a horrible coffee snob and will walk an extra five minutes every day to get a good coffee rather than the stuff closer to my office
    I am sure there are more, but I don't want you to think I roll around in dollar bills shouting "let them eat cake!" 😉

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  121. My greatest extravagance is without a doubt my sweet horse!

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  122. Getting take out once a week so I don't have to cook.

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  123. My sewing room and stash. I try to make up for it by making quilts for the people I love that are useful.

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  124. My "extravagance" would be ordering room service while on a trip. Love the little bottles of condiments, too! akronne17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  125. Потрясающе! Очень красивые ткани! Самое большое, но нужное расточительство это книги! Красивые нитки ручного окраса и ткани!

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  126. I love the quiet times during school holidays...as a teacher it gives me time to both recharge my batteries and have quality time with the kids too. The other extravagance is buying fabric to add to the stash...but shhhh...no one knows about that one!
    Wendy
    WBooth-Boyd@hotmail.com

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  127. For me it's quilting and sewing magazines. Although I do sometimes make an item from them I just love looking at the pictures. Ruthsews@hotmail.com

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  128. Probably the amount of time I spend reading. However, given that I'm almost completely house bound and am far too ill to work, there is very little else I can do, so it doesn't seem extravagant to me.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  129. Like a lot of others here my greatest extravagance of is fabric - i didn't realise quite how out of hand this had become until we cleared out the spare room for decorating and carried out 5 huge storage boxes full of stash!

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  130. Fabric for me too! That and spending lots of time browsing online fabric shops, and sewing blogs!

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  131. We recently started having someone come to our house to clean every other week. It is absolutely fantastic that the amount of cleaning required to keep our home tidy has been reduced massively. It's also really good for my mood since I absolutely detest cleaning...

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  132. Oh yes! My extravagance is would be the 12 macarons I have purchased from an on-line macaron shop - they work out to be £2 each and I don't share them!! They are pure decadence and I justify the £23.95 as my 'reward' for me being me!!!!

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  133. I'm not one who spends a lot on myself, but one thing I do like to buy is really good cheese. The pleasure it gives is worth the extra money! I love EPP, so thank you for the chance to win. --Joy

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  134. I'm not one who spends a lot on myself, but one thing I do like to buy is really good cheese. The pleasure it gives is worth the extra money! I love EPP, so thank you for the chance to win. --Joy

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  135. Sorry for my comment being published twice. I wasn't trying to get two chances to win! I'm afraid that was user error! --Joy

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  136. I think my extravegances are taking a nap most days over my lunch hour, and my quilting hobby; not so much for the money I spend on it (I use scraps), but for the time I spend making something purely for my own pleasure, and for no practical purpose. Also, buying used books at the library for my kids -- even when the bookshelves are already full. sarah@forrussia.org

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  137. I would have to say my craft. Buying fabric, taking classes, traveling to quilt shows andconferences, and spending time with quikting friends.but it keeps me sane and happy.

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  138. I am frugal in almost every area of my life except quilting. I buy more than I need but it brings me joy. And I make and give a lot of quilts, which brings me more joy.

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  139. Having pretty fabrics shipped from the state's, when I couldn't find them here. Even with a hefty customs and royal mail charge, it was worth it!

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  140. Fabric! I buy it when I definitely don't need it, but like flowers, just a few dollars worth makes me happy. I've also recently splurged on fancy Japanese embroidery needles. Again, they didn't cost a fortune, but for needles...um...yeah.

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  141. My extravagance is quilt and craft magazines, though I have to admit that tonight after a week of careful eating (i refuse to call it dieting) a small bowl of Haagen Daz Strawberry cheescake ice cream feels very extravagant.

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  142. I have two, the first is having my nails painted professionally for any special occasion. The second is a daytime bath. Candles, a book and a sewing blog usuaslly with ironing to be done and a dinner to cook

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  143. Mine is wine on a Friday as I don't drink any other night and it tastes great then. What a great giveaway. Jo x

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  144. Beautiful fabric... I refuse to spend lots of money on clothes but I never begrudge myself spending money on beautiful fabric....

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  145. Staying at the nicest hotel in Disney World!

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  146. Spending an entire day sewing! My life is pretty busy and On rare occasion I sneak in 8 hrs. If sewing. It renews my soul and heals my heart!

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  147. My fabric collection feels like quite the extravagance. I love being able to instantly start a new project without going to the fabric store because I can just choose from my stash!

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  148. I have a few but one is getting my hair cut and coloured every month - it's very thick and greying and a visit to the hairdressers is wonderful. last year we were struggling for money and I went back to home die jobs for a while (not good). Thankfully things have improved and I can even buy fabric and aurifil thread now.

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  149. Extravagant is spending my last dime on fabric, books, fabric paint, really anything to enjoy my quilting experience. The real extravagant item is a long arm machine. If I would leave the other extravagant purchases alone, I could look at prowled from machine shops or Quilting shops. I may just real food at FMQ and just get a midarm sit down machine. Whoop Hoooo. An awesome give away thank you very much

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  150. I haven't been sewing for very long and I do see fabric purchases as a lovely extravagance just for me, but my biggest extravagance and one I would never give up is giving up my full time job so I can spend two days a week at home with my children, it has been a struggle at times but I feel so luckly to be able to do it. Lovely blog by the way just found you via IG

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  151. Books, fabric and roses...not necessarily in that order, but all three are what makes me the happiest and since I retired and have less income they have all become more precious. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a nice giveaway.

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  152. The Beach! I'm from San Diego, CA and currently live in NYC. The beaches are definitely not what I'm used to, but once it warms up even a little, I drive to the Jersey Shore. It costs me a bridge toll, road toll, gas, beach access (it kills me that they charge to get on the beach out here), parking, and lunch. But, I can't live without the beach. It just feels like home to me.

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  153. My extravagance would be chocolate. My husband and I like to treat ourselves to sea salt caramel chocolates when we do our weekly shopping. They are kind of pricey so we only buy two each.

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  154. My extravagance isn't as exotic or exciting as most I've read but for me it's definitely worthwhile. Every fortnight I pay someone to do my family's ironing. I don't especially hate doing it but, running a shop full time leaves me little enough leisure. Spending it doing housework is not my idea of fun. My £20 every two weeks means I can spend my 'down time' much more productively - stitching! My iron and ironing board only see patchwork blocks these days. 😊

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  155. My most common extravagance is take away coffee, often accompanied by a slice of cake that has to be sneakily eaten while the kids are busy at the playground!

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  156. Every 6 weeks I go to an expensive hairdresser and have a session of pampering. My hair is cut and foiled, then blow dried while I drink the coffee they make for me. Two sweet little heart chocolates next to the cup. Heaven!

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  158. My extravagance is to enjoy a name brand hot skim chai tea latte every single morning. It starts my day off with a smile.

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  159. My extravagance is the time i spend sewing. It ought to probably be less. And for the Proust questions, my greatest fear is gum surgery. Like major fear.

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  160. My biggest extravagance is certainly fabric, purchased purely because I love it, with no actual plan for it's immediate use. It will eventually be sewn into something though!

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  161. Mine definitely HAS to be fabrics...have nice Stash! lol & do love sharing it with my two Daughters tho too..(they call it shopping at MomMart! giggle)... I just don't spend on myself very often, but like surprising my Kiddo's with things :)

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  162. Sending my husband's shirts to the cleaner! I HATE ironing (well except for pressing my quilt pieces, lol) and being able to hang clean, pressed shirts in his closet is my guilty pleasure!

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  163. A sit down with a coffee and cake when I go shopping. It used to be a regular occurance but with three kids it's getting rarer and rarer.

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  164. Mine is definitely buying Illy coffee. They don't sell it in my town- the closest store that sells it is 2.5 hrs away, so when I get there I stock up. Each cannister is almost $20 but my morning coffee is worth it :)

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  165. My greatest extravagance is my Liberty Fabric collection - I just love the detail in these fabrics but mostly I love them because of the stories behind the names and why or when they were created. I love the range by Jaimie Oliver with the Apples, Rainbow Salad and Sweet Cherries. I love how each fabric tells a story and so I collect these just like books.

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  166. With three small children, my greatest extravagance is uninterrupted time to sew or knit.

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  167. lazy Saturday mornings in bed, with a pot of tea and a plate of toast. no one is allowed to eat in bed except me........

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  168. What a great question.
    My extravagance is to have my toenails gel polished every six weeks even during the winter when my feet rarely see the light of day. Their flash of colour and perfect finish gives me such pleasure when they get their weekly airing at yoga class & just knowing they are there under my socks!

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  169. My extravagance is buying good coffee's once or twice a week. It is definitely something I don't need, but something that I enjoy so much!

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  170. I'm with you on the daffodils! Having cut flowers in the house always feels like a luxury to me and daffodils are just my absolute favourite. It always feels like Spring must really be on its way when they start to appear. A bunch of daffs in an old glass milk bottle - my bliss!

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  171. Like you I too like to have the heating on whenever I am cold whatever time of year it is. I also love to have fresh flowers in the house all the time. And naturally I also like good quality fabric but that is a necessity! I make lots of felt toys etc. and I think using wool felt is an extravagance - although if I was making a wall hanging or table topper I definitely would use wool felt.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  172. Time to sew! With a full time job and family to look after I'm grateful for my precious sewing days with the two guilds I go to. I don't make it every month with family commitments but I love it when I do get there!

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  173. My greatest extravagance would be taking the time I feel I need to be creative. I actually consider creativity for me to be a necessity, but the amount of time and devotion I allow for it would be considered extravagant by some.

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  174. A couple of birthdays ago my Mum bought me a pillow spray (!) from l'Occitaine and I loved it so much that I've carried on buying one when I run out. It feels completely extravagant as it's pretty expensive and there is no way I need it, but the pleasure I get from gorgeous smelling bed linen outweighs all those nagging thoughts!

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  175. A couple of birthdays ago my Mum bought me a pillow spray (!) from l'Occitaine and I loved it so much that I've carried on buying one when I run out. It feels completely extravagant as it's pretty expensive and there is no way I need it, but the pleasure I get from gorgeous smelling bed linen outweighs all those nagging thoughts!

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  177. Certainly the gardening magazine subscription...I could easily lie without, but it is so lovely! Also fabrics, enough sewing machine needles to stock a shop and very good coffee beans to be ground for my two cups a week habit.

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  178. I have to say since I live on a tight budget that when I have extra I buy something little in the sewing supplies. I always feel like I have a treat then.

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  179. Keeping chickens! I love to see them pecking around in the back garden, and running over to get their favourite treat (sweetcorn). The eggs are wonderful, but if we factored in the price of the runs, food, feeders etc, they would be rather expensive ones!

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  180. Sleeping in, definitely. For so many years, I worked and arose very early. Now I am retired, and sleeping in ( and staying up quite late) is just lovely!

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  181. My biggest extravagance is that I stay at home with my daughter even after my husband and I split up. I live very frugally to make sure I can stay home another year at least. It means I can only buy fabric for projects not for my stash. I don't buy many clothes and only go to the hairdresser's when my hair hangs in my eyes. Having said that I'm happy and so is my daughter.

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  182. Keeping my son in daycare while I stay home with our daughter. I love having the one-on-one time with her like I did with him, even though she is the second child. Plus he loves it & learns so much, so it's good for both of us.

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  183. I'd say fabric is the biggest extravagance for me. Especially when it's things that I just really love but have no plans for. The second would be trips or traveling. It takes so much of my budget when I do it, but the mental, social, educational, artistic and soul filling benefits are well worth it to me.

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  184. Although it hasn't happened yet, my biggest extravagance would be to go to the SimplySolids Sew'in retreat, or any retreat for that matter. My husband has said that it can be my birthday present from him and the kids... and yet, just the idea of spending all that money to have a fabulous time away with a bunch of amazing people I've never met, without my husband and kids, just thinking about it is much too extravagant. So I still haven't plucked up the courage to register for it. I'm going to love following the fun on Imstagram :-)

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  185. My biggest extravagance is to buy stash, whether it be fabric or wool, embroidery floss or paints. Oh, and books. Must have books! :o)

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  186. My greatest extravagance has to be my fabric stash, very small at the moment but it has potential!

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  187. Hmm, great question! My greatest extravagance? Possibly buying lovely copies of second-hand books when I may already happen to *have* copies of said books perfectly well in my bookshelf. A nicer, more sturdy copy is usually too much to resist, especially if cloth or leather bound. Also, a constant supply of Bournville chocolate in my desk drawer at work is not exactly a necessity (though I could argue that point!).

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  188. Having my hair cut every four weeks. When your hair is short it takes a lot of maintenance. When my husband makes reference to the frequency of my visits I remind him that "I wear my hair every day"...!!

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  189. My two biggest extravagances are my fabric and knitting/crocheting. As a string player I need to save my hands and wrists from repetitive motion but as a person who loves working with textiles and likes to keep her hands busy I do tend to allow myself to knit and crochet.

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  190. My weekly yoga class. There are perfectly good classes for free online but I look forward to my one hour class that makes both my mind and body feel much better afterwards.
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway, Florence! x

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  191. Scissors, I love scissors...........Valerie Singleton and Blue Peter are to blame. Just the sound of sharp scissors cutting through paper and cloth give me goose pimples!
    I have at least 35 pairs - yes, an extravagance. Possibly an addiction.

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  192. I have many, but these are the biggest
    - going on holidays with my family! I love travelling, going to places I have never been, eating and walking around, experience new things. It cost a lot of money, but I treasure those moments.
    - and second knowing that I have all those time, freedom and money to do the things I love, like sewing, gardening, drinking a decent glass of wine, eating organic and watching a movie with my husband, while in other parts of the world people are battling hard to stay alive, feed their children and having a save place to sleep. Knowing this, makes me feel quilty and doing these things are an extravagance

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  193. For me it would have to be when my 4 kids are at school and nursery, if the sun is out I put a chair out by the back door and flick through a craft magazine , ignoring all the jobs that need doing in the house ! A great way to recharge my batteries if if its just for 20 minutes. Looking forward to spring ! Xx

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  194. For me it would have to be when my 4 kids are at school and nursery, if the sun is out I put a chair out by the back door and flick through a craft magazine , ignoring all the jobs that need doing in the house ! A great way to recharge my batteries if if its just for 20 minutes. Looking forward to spring ! Xx

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  195. For me, it's taking a day off from work "just because!"

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  196. Now we live in Rutland, returning to our wonderful dentist in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, twice a year!
    Pauline

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