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Monday, 14 July 2014

Difficult times , leads to cake

money is coming harder to come buy at the moment Ebay is really quiet , I feel a bit frustrated and i am sure ebay make up some of the sold prices of things , And come to think of it the amount of watchers too, as surely all the people who do watch are not doing it for research , I will look up a sold price  of a buy it now , list an item for cheaper than it sold for and only about 20% of my buy it now sell , so then i think its an amazing thing , previous items of lesser quality and style have sold for large amounts so if I list it for a 99p start, it will fly up in price, there are  loads of watchers , oh no it goes for a pittance , I am thinking of using Etsy  for the better quality stuff in the future to see how that goes , Does anybody use it for vintage sales , Is it better than Ebay.

So today with my new mixer , I made cake, topped it with the few strawberry's that the birds Haven't  eaten, from my garden.

Just for pam , those muffins were not 
 very nice  you could not taste the coconut and the texture was chewy when i find an alternative one i will let you know.

Today i had to see the consultant about my apnoea
as its still not completely under control felling constantly tired and only having a few hours sleep is taking its toll , new plan is sleeping tablets  to help me with the first stages of sleep because I stop breathing so many times , I have a re visit to him in 6 weeks , I really hope it works ,zzzz.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Frugal birthday, or not.

Hello , I've been spoiled today by my daughter and my friend mel , As today i am 54 , cough, cough, there i said it , lol , Birthdays, me and Dave dont bother any more , if we need anything throughout the year , Notice i said need , not want , we buy it , but after years of buying cards and presents just because its a birthday we decided between us that this was what we would do,  not buy cards that eventually go in the bin and presents that we take back and exchange for what we really need, but as for family and friends you cant say the same without upsetting them as they want , especially my daughter and my freind, to spoil me, But i must admit I've always wanted one of these.

cottage garden flowers , from my daughter too, just beautiful.

Cath kidston and plants from my garden from Mel

A frugal note, Iceland has this butter on offer for 89p , Its a bargain.  And as for having a good time on my birthday , Two jumble sales , a bottle of wine  and a visit to our daughters for lunch in the garden have made my day a day that that i have loved without spending a fortune. 

Dave gives me presents all the time , this box was in a right state when I found it for a fiver ( I forgot to take a photograph) it had no handles and was painted in white gloss , with time and patience this is what i have now 

I am going to use it for my jewellery , this means more to me than any present money can buy.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

When you have to buy new

The ongoing bedroom project has now been finished but the finishing off it meant we had to buy new , Frugal but new , I have been after a pair of lights for some time now and loved this pair of lights from VERY , They are the fern cotton range ,when I saw them on the sale and with the timing of my birthday money from family and friends , I said what the heck and bought them and, I LOVE them.

We have wanted some wood flooring since we moved in but something that looked like wood rather than laminate so as everything else was finished we set about finding the best deal that we could find , Homebase had some flooring half price it was originally £50.00 per pack , it was discontinued so it was reduced to £25.00 , then there was a 15% of weekend so with the underlay all together it only cost us £125.00 to do the whole room with  family fitting it for us , It will last a lot longer than carpet and I think its cleaner too.

And you know those jobs you keep putting off , its amazing when something comes together how it inspires you to get on with it.

My dressing table draws , I lined them with the liners i got yesterday for £1.00.

They were really pretty when opened , I used two designs , the other one will come in to wrap a present.

I wanted to organise my make-up draw and had a collection of boxes that my friend had given me to use for my business for packaging and the draw liner box.

Well organised wouldn't you say.

And I had enough time left to use up some bananas and made some Banana and coconut muffins.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Can you still get a bargain for £1.00

Today we went out charity shopping having given up going to them lately opting for jumble sales and car boots , I choose towns that have seating so we can have regular stops especially for Dave , And i must say today i am really happy with my finds all for £1.00 or less. 

I love this , I cant crochet so its even more of a find.

I know there was a margarine that was called Blue Band , my nan used to save for gifts off the packaging, but i am not sure if there was one called Blue Riband , I will have to do some research.

I've been after some draw liners for ages to line my dressing table draws.

A 1950s table cloth for 50P. 

Then  I knew that poundland has some bargains but did not realize how much of a bargain my eye shadows were , Today I saw two of them that are in the current range in savers for £6.99 , All three of these were from poundland.

So if  I had bought all three from savers they would have cost £20.97 instead of £3.00.

And there nail polish is OK too , there are lots of shades.

So , yes you can still get a bargain for £1.00.


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Not cut out for vegetable gardening

First of all I will show you the pretty things  have grown from seed that have flowered.

The  white flowers ( forgot what they are called , something beginning with A ), you can tell that I'm new to gardening , together in a strawberry pot I have had for years with the strawberry's  bought reduced from home bargains. 

The same plant potted up for a pretty display on the table , very good value for a reduced out of date packet of seeds that cost me £1.00 for lots of assorted flower seeds, The Iron vegetable rack I have had for years,   I haven't got  the space in my new  kitchen now  for it  but i love it planted up.

The yellow daisy plants were grown from reduced seeds too. its working out at about 5p per plant , maybe less if  the seeds i have left germinate next yaer. 

I bought  this plant with me from our old house it loves it here as it has thrived a lot more than in its old location , I think its a type of clematis , just waiting to see if it flowers some time in the near future.

Now for the bad gardening.
The dove pigeons have eat all my cabbages. 

I guess all the gardeners are now saying she should have fed the soil,  Although the onions and potatoes dont seem to be doing to bad.

The tomatoes look OK too.

So I've decided next year I am going to turn the garden in to a cottage type garden with lots of evergreens too , Things that come back every year and cover the garden with flowers to suppress the weeds as  weeding   hurts and takes me days to get over it, I  still need the garden flattening so i have a blank canvas so will be seeking the help of Craig again, I am disappointed as i would like to have been as frugal as possible but cannot handle the amount of work it physically takes or would take to maintain  vegetable plot. 


Friday, 4 July 2014

Wow . I love my bargains over the last few weeks

Well its been a good time for bargains over the last month fuelling my stock for my business, I don't know if i have ever told you Its called," shabby chic vintage " I have been going since last September now . I earn enough to pay  the bills and i have lots of ideas to branch out in the future at the moment its only ebay but i am defiantly going to try Esty as my stock is building up nicely.

Gorgeous vintage fabrics from Wales.

1970S Sanderson curtains.

Ingle nook  designer curtains 


Fabulous vintage crimpeline fabric , its on eBay's at the moment if it doesn't sell i will make me a blouse out of it but its big enough for a small dress


A tin of buttons £3.00 from a car boot.

Gorgeous tiny rosebud curtains sold £2.00, Jumble sale.

1970S Bread bin 50p

I am not sure what this is , it looks like a tie pin but its a bit elaborate for a man , its a shame there is a stone missing , car boot £3.50.

I love boxes because and love wood , I cant decide to keep this one or sell it, but what would i use it for, £5.00 from  a boot sale.

And there is always roses somewhere £2.00 each from a boot sale. 

I have grouped up all the vintage china in a collection and am selling it for weddings or a tea shop.

1960s /70s camping table 50p and tea set , £1.00

Now this wasn't a bargain but its so authentic , true shabby chic , original time worn detail , somebody must have had this in there kitchen or pantry over the years i have dated it to around the 1940/50s  , I am adding it to my Etsy stock , it cost me £25.00 i am hoping to double my money , that's if i can bring myself to sell it but its a little to shabby for my taste.