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Sunday, 19 November 2017

I love buying Jewellery

Jewellery does not take up much space and i get to own it for a few weeks , I love silver more than gold , I sold all my own gold over the last few years and it funded a couple of caravan holidays so i was happy with my return here are my latest finds  

Then this beauty , The chain is gold but i am researching the mark on the pendent at the moment as i do not recognise it.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Well i didnt like that

When i arrived at my appointment yesterday i was told the MRI would take 20 mins the first half then 10 mins the second half, 

I think the staff told me this because i was dreading the scan , I dont like the enclosed space and then they told me the first part i would have to wear a what they called a helmet , I would describe it as more like a cage that fits over your head with a bar across your face , This was supposed to take 20 mins it took 35 ,
 They then fetched me out so i could have the cage took off and i went back in for a further 25 mins , 
It was called a wide bed scanner that is supposed to be easier for people with problems with the normal scanner but it still is about 6 inches from your face and wraps all around you 
The problem is  i need some answers and had to talk myself out of continuously pressing the panic button , I did feel a bit proud of myself when i came out and they said well done you have done really well but i was uptight for the whole hour ,
 Mind you it didnt help that they had the download charts on and my god the current music is so rubbish a bit of supertramp or clannad would have been lovely, Anyway its over now i just have to wait for the results.


Does anybody sell on Ebay , Are you having problems selling things at the moment , I have put some of my things on Ebay and usually when november lands it gets really busy, people buying gifts but hardly anything is selling i really think people are struggling and this is a sign of the times , 
What do you think,

Just some of the Items i have on with a starting price of 99p

Job lot of vintage jewellery. 


The thing is Ebay is not very good at selling things in December either or will people be waiting until the last minute this year, Mind 


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Feeling a bit nervous

I  have my MRI  tomorrow ,SUNDAY ,Yes I  know ,It's Weird but  apparently that's the way they get the waiting lists down  ,This will be the bee all and end all of results , I have numerous health issues but choose to get on with them  and prefer to share with you the pretty things in my life rather than the negatives and occasionally share with you some of the health issues.
  But this one is a worry  as it will be to diagnose if i have MS once and for all.
 I am having a complete brain and spine scan ,
 I have had a lovely day with our daughter spending it at merry hill helping her to spend money ,
Me  as frugal as ever spent £18.00 on some M &S  knickers , The last lot lasted me for 8 years so hopefully this lot will too ,
On a positive note we have our bed being delivered thursday from Ikea a white metal bed ,we have the mattress so we will be able to finish the bedroom , Then i will do a post about it , This will help take my mind of waiting for the results apparently i will know one way or another by the end of the month.  


Tuesday, 7 November 2017


I have just been to Ikea and was intrigued to see a Christmas  room set  that draws you in through a mock bay window and it was really festive then i realised that without the tree and the decorations It was almost Identical  to our living room 
 The wall colour was the same , The mirror over the fireplace and the fireplace  was very similar and i wondered if somebody from Ikeas Decor team has been reading my blog , 

I worked for Ikea for 5 years and always wanted to get on to the elite deco team but you have to have the right qualifications and i hadn't, but its strange that somebody like me can create just as good a room without the qualifications or loads of money for that matter ,
 My mirror came from either a boot sale or a jumble for £3.00 even before Ikea started to sell them our furniture was sourced to be the cheapest  best value for money we could find or bought from jumble sales , The only thing the room did for me was to reinforce my desire to get a rug to make our room warmer , When i put the christmas decorations up the room will look almost identical , Weird isnt it , 
But if somebody came here who loves ikea and didnt know our room has been completed for months  they would have thought i had got the idea from there.
The sofa was from Ikea though.

We will be getting a bed from Ikea though as it's the best value for money with the style that we want and i will update the blog soon with the bedroom makeover. 


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Todays jumble sale buys

I Dont normally have time to visit the book section of the jumble sales but as there was some time to kill and not enough time to go home in between  two jumbles  so i took a look and i was really pleased that i did ,

  Just lately  i read my books then pass them onto my neighbour but these are in such good condition especially the hard back ones i will read them then sell them on my stall , They all cost 10p each , Even the cookery book , 

The paperback is in not so good a condition but i really fancy reading a christmas book so i am going to start that one today as doing two jumbles in one day has tired me out.

This boys hoodie was 20p and the original label is still intact and it was nearly thirty pound.

These shoes were £2.00 and they are brand new.


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Disgusted at last nights eat well for less

The women on last nights eat well for less was spending more in a week on food that some people have in a month to spend , 
Alright she could probably afford it having her own dance school but it was disgusting she said she had a phobia of big supermarkets and shopped at the local garage shops or one stop small tescos

I think the producers of programs like this should come into the real world , Yes people need educating about food and swapping brands etc but surely there is a better way to do it , people need to go back to basics with ordinary cheap ingredients ,
 Even when i was working full time i spent sunday mornings batch baking and filling the freezer with meals for the week like spag bowl spaghetti bolognese, chilli , pizza , quick meals were simple egg and chips with beans or stir frys ,
 There are lots of frugal food bloggers out there who would really contribute to this type of program , simple frugal meals and cakes and puddings like these. 


Sunday, 29 October 2017

I will have to stop watching the bake off

Every time i watch the bake off it reminds me that i have not baked a certain thing for some time in the past few weeks i have baked sponge puddings and a bakewell tart as you know,
 so this week i have a made a lemon meringue , I tend to be a frugal baker choosing ingredients that we already have or buying the cheapest ingredients to make something,
 so i wondered how much i would have to  buy that's not in my store cupboard and it turned out to be just the lemons at £1.31.
 I thought it would be an expensive make  as where i live now it's almost impossible to get yellow sticker lemmons like i used to be able to buy them, Drastically reduced ,
 The recipe called for two large lemons and i had 5 medium sized ones , so i grated all the peel and pressed the juice out of all of them and froze half for another pie so its not as expensive as i initially thought ,
Mind you i was so gutted when i found out i didn't have enough  white plain flour for the pastry so i had to use a third wholemeal , Not so nice but saved a trip to the shops , I really dont know what happened as i dont run out of flour usually



Tuesday, 24 October 2017

How i start preparing for christmas

 I love Christmas more the build up and preparing than the actual days themselves and i always love the challenge of trying to get a fabulous christmas on the tightest of budgets , 

We dont buy many presents now but i like to sell items i don't use anymore to raise the money for the ones we do buy so we dont feel the pinch.
So this week i found that my large sweet jars i keep my flour in are fetching around £25/30 each on ebay they are original ones from the 1960s,

So when i  found the two in the front of the picture at a jumble this week for 50p each i have decided to sell my others towards the christmas pot , They are not on show anymore because of lack of space so it does not matter what they look like.

In the sales in january last year as well as birthday presents i bought some gifts sets which i cannot show as  recipients could be reading this post.  

Then in July i bought six jars of mincemeat and three jars of cranberry sauce.

I have some old curtains that will be going on Ebay next from our old house which will hopefully give me the rest of the present money.   

This week being inspired by the bake off again i made a bakewell tart but opted for an icing top instead of Almonds , No soggy bottom here.

Then there is the on going hunt for stock.

Silver sweetheart brooch.

 Chinese Carved bone necklace.

I picked this box  up from a Jumble sale for 
£2.50 , Needs some tlc though.

1950s designer brooch.

I had my hair colored and re styled today a much more flattering colour for my skin tone my old blonde looked great when i had makeup on but i looked like a witch without makeup ,
 Like everything else it was well budgeted for.

I would have loved to have shown you a photo but i am useless with taking my own photo and this is what you get lol. Excuse the housework clothes i am just cleaning  under the bed and it hasn't been done for a while as i do it when i can and it's really dusty

On the health front i am having a full brain and spine Mri on sunday the 13th  of november.