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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Its almost there , just s a couple of things left to do

Well , There are only two things left to do and due to health issues they wont be tackled for a while I wanted to create a cosy cottage style, being a small room , It lent it self to that look , Using mainly what we have but with a new sofa, Floor and fire , All bought frugally with lots of research ( thanks to a ppi refund ).

This what it was like when we moved in.

This is what it looks like now, all dressed up for christmas

The fire surround we bought with us from our old house ,Dave made it years ago for our kitchen in our old house , its a big chunky distressed shelf under the garland .  

All ornaments , Apart from the books we already had , the books were 20p each from a jumble and the decorative box cost 50p from another jumble , to be replaced bit by bit with Antique books when we find them for pennies. 

The leather sofa we purchased for less than £200 , from Argos clearance , I like it more now its started to look used. 

The footstool still needs recovering , this was my first ever jumble sale find in the late eighties for £1.00, It gets a makeover once evey few years , I love it and this little cupboard will be given a paint treatment , It cost us £5.00 from a charity shop , its ideal to drop my lap top on and keep all my bits and bobs in. 

Silk flowers in a milk jug, simple decoration.

Candle sticks £1.00 from a jumble sale.

The mirror was £3.00 from a table top sale.

This BHS clock was grey so we gave it a makeover , it cost us £15.00 bought on black friday , it was reduced by £5.00 and we sold our old clock on ebay for £15.00 so it paid for it our old clock was very small and looked lost on the new fireplace.  

The sconces were bought of Ebay , all the way from America , even with the postage they cost just over £24.00

Using old decorations to make it more festive.

And a few hand made cushions and lamp shade to soften the look.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Just a quickie , What do you think , I am not sure & My claim to fame

I am not sure about this lamp shade , I wanted something cottagey as when you see the complete room it will all become clear , I want a new lamp shade and cant afford one , I couldn't find anything that would fit in well with the look i have tried to achieve , so here it was before. 

Here it is after.

I would like your honest opinion please.


Just a random thought , I have just heard  Slade  , merry Christmas Ever one, on the radio and my claim to fame is , In Our old house , Slade before they became Slade, practised there ,The old woman who owned our old house , Her son was a member of Slade before they became famous , He decided to pull out , he became a greengrocer in Wednsebury , but noddy holder was in my old house , how about that. 


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

There are still some great bargains to be had

This is just a bargain update as apart from that with health issues being not very good at the moment , bargain hunting just once or twice a week is all that i have been able to do , that and sit in for unreliable interparcle or parcel2go couriers to not turn up to collect my ebay delivery s , Its so frustrating , Anyway here we go.

Regent st of London vintage mirror £3.00

A huge Downton Abbey standard lamp shade £15.00.

2 pair of regency style vintage curtains £10.00 per pair.

This was an absolute bargain A royal Albert part tea coffee set £3.00 

This is one of my favourite buys , its so pretty this Art Deco pink sandwich set. I want to keep this one but i have no where to put it. 

And these roses plates for £1.00 are absolutely gorgeous.

I will be back soon with an update of the completion of the living room.


Friday, 21 November 2014

what happened last Weekend And a bargain update.

 Last Saturday was our daughters 30th birthday so she decided to look in to some where to visit that we have never been before.
As we don't go out much and don't spend much time with our daughter as she is very busy with a heavy work load. we were really looking forward to it.
We cant handle the walking   with pains in our hips knees etc (I could go on but i dont want to bore you with our health issues ).
 So we looked for somewhere that had seating dotted around and researched Bath we found it had lots of benches around the City that enabled us to walk a bit , sit a bit etc, 
That's how we did it and when she and hubby visited the baths ( £13.50 per person) , we declined and sat about, People watching , There were some interesting characters , Some good buskers amongst them.  Then we had lunch,  we hardly ever eat out , The last time was on on holiday in September , Then i cant remember the time before that as We find it all over priced and to be honest most of the time not as good as home cooking, But We treated our daughter or her birthday , we chose a place called, The slug and lettuce ( I know dont say it ) Me and Dave had cottage pie , our daughter and hubby  had  some home made burger thing served on a chopping board , what's the matter with plates lol.
My pet hate is when they serve the shepherds pie or lasagne  in one of those  shallow ceramic dishes that the food never cools down and guess what , Yes it was served in one of those dishes ,Burnt my tongue.
  As it was a treat we bought her a cocktail, They were buy one get one free, I had the other one  , So,  No Tramadol and wow did i regret  drinking it.
 I was in so much pain at the end of our visit,
 Anyway,the bill was £50.75 , Was it value for money , No in my frugal mind , we have better meals at home, But to have a happy day with our daughter  , its been worth it .
 On  the other hand Bath , or Barrth ,  The way they say it there ,( in the black country we say it the way its spelt) is very expensive , I would not enter any normal retail shops  .the prices on the windows put me off.
 And the charity shops OMG, £20 fo a pair of normal shoes,
 not for me thank you , I did find an embroidered bird wall hanging for £10.00 and i can see a profit in that (hopefully ). Was it worth it , Well me and Dave were flagged out on the sofa all evening , feeling Humble in our home ,  warm and sort of comfortable ,( If you Ignore the pain)
The question is , Do i want a life like those people in Bath shopping to the extreme, Not on your Nellie.  I have missed two great jumble sales today ,  I asked myself would i like to be so materialistic as a lot of people are shopping and doing lunch all the time and the answer is a definite NO.
As for bath it is very pretty Architecturally but i wish they would clean that lovely cream coloured stone that the buildings are made of , Everything looked scruffy , maybe they do it at the beginning of  the tourist season, but you would think that all the money they generate from tourists they would do it more often.

I have has some great bargains this month.

A fabulous original painting.

This is the embroidery i bought from bath.

An xxxl ladies cardigan for 50p.

Another 50p bargin , this sandwich set.

A vintage max factor set.

All the broaches below were £5.00 for the lot.

The best bargain we have had ever must be our new sofa , we needed a three seater instead of a two and one off  our old sofas , the springs had gone, I  wanted something that would wipe clean as i am very clumsy and spill things on a regular basis , We saw this sofa in our local Argos clearance, the original catalogue price was £599.00, they had it on for £219.00 , then i saw on that particular day there was a further 20% off , Even the staff didnt know , So of course i had to tell them , we now have a great sofa for less than £200 , this is just the start of  the living room.

The cabinet that mel gave us now has a new home on the landing as a linen cupboard , just starting to fill it up , in the bottom will be tins of beans bags of flour etc bought when cheap.

I have also had some more free stuff of mel , to sell , lol , that Rhymes.

This is huge , its murano glass , not my style but its a nice piece


Then these fantastic retro earnings from one of her daughters , they are massive.

Some more free stuff , I found my old boots card , I rarely use boots now but i had enough points to have these free.

The shampoo is lovely.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

goodbye to the inherited fire place

Over the last couple of years we have been slowly building a home with character out of a box of a house doing it on a penny pinching budget , using what we have , using car boot /jumble sale finds , people would say its not frugal to get rid of a functioning fireplace , better than some people have (thank you buttercup) but the fireplace is not us so we sold it on ebay and got a good price for it , this together with a minuscule budget will enable us to transform the living room with help, to feel comfortable and cosy with a little more style , so bye bye, to the fireplace and look forward to the living room transformation.

Some of my latest bargains.

All these vintage Christmas decorations for £10.00 

Two marks and Spencer cardigans for £1.00.


Monday, 27 October 2014

Frugal hall makeover

This is the only picture i took of the hall when we moved in , A really bland and characterless space, this is the under stairs area and window by the front door , We use the space now for the freezer to free up the space in the kitchen but as the freezer stuck out a little bit we could not have a door fitted and would not have paid the price either so I made some curtains .

The fabric , curtain header, and dye for the linings which i made out of old white sheets bought from jumble sales for 50p a time , Total cost was less than £25.00  I made two full door length curtains and a medium curtain for the landing window and a small one at the bottom of the stairs.

I just need some rope tie backs now , i am waiting to see them at a jumble sale for pennies.

Two cans of deep red paint and changing the door handles made a big difference , Boot sale purchases of course , the handles cost us no more than £2.00 a pair.

Then a bit of decorating with what we already had ,picked up from charity shops and boot sales over the years.

I love jug and bowls this one was only £5.00 from a boot sale, only this year. Dave made me this Cupboard 10 years ago.

This collection of  pictures all from  boot sales cost £5.00 in total.

The mirrors were no more than £5.00 each , I just need some better hooks , Any ideas where to get some from.

And i knew this mirror i  upcycled would look great on the red 

All that needs to be done now is the tidying up of the edges of the painted walls and skirting boards , we are just waiting until our daughter has time to do it for us . 
The only trouble with taking photos in a dark hall with a flash makes the red pinky but its a true pillar box red.

You see you dont need new every time just a change of paint and repositioning items can create a whole new look without spending a fortune , this cost us less than £100, We do need a new carpet but are on the look out for a bargain .