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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas is coming

Inspired by other bloggers this week about what they do or not do for christmas i thought i would share my thoughts and plans for christmas this year , Like every other year it will be done on a budget with home bakes , Makes and using things we already have. 

Christmas presents , The only people i buy for now are my parents , Our daughter and son in law and my best friend.

With my parents and friend , Its usually home made christmas cakes and sometimes a hamper of home made bakes including mince pies and shortbread.

I am not a great cake decorator , It has to be a simple design , at the moment i am  trying to find an Idea that's not been used before
 These are some of the past years.

This years food will be purchased from Tesco with some vouchers we have obtained from taking out some  Insurance  , we have £80 , This will stock up our cupboards and it will last us weeks.

We already have the Turkey wich was bought for half price yellow stickered last month.

Decorations will be all from our stash we have used year after year If i ever buy any new to me decorations they come from Jumble sales or car boots.

As usual Jumble sales are replaced but Christmas fares this year so i always look forward to the New Year that's  when i find me best bargains , I need to buy more stuff now at the Beginning  of the year as i have had to rely heavily on Auctions running out of stock since october.

These are some of my latest vintage finds.

This set is in mint condition.

Sweet little sets. 

This is silver.

This brooch reminds me of flying ducks.

Well worn but really pretty.

And of course there has to be some linen. 

A Georgian silk work Embroidery. 

A religious Embroidery.

Italian mosaic brooches.


Thursday, 17 November 2016

It been a while

Its been a while since my last blog but i am so busy mainly buying and  preparing the stock for my business but its been worth it,  I have picked up some great finds,But i am still being as frugal as ever ,yesterday i made these boxes for trinkets to sell on my stall,

 Most of the  boxes were given to me by my friend Mel and  a few were included in job lots i have purchased from auction   , They were from gifts they had received as a family but all of them had the names of the maker of the gift embossed on the front of the box. , so i was thinking how i could get rid of the names.

Earlier this year on the market i saw some transfer sheets , Very big in the eighties but not many people want them now , Included in the 15 sheets i bought for £5.00 were the robin ones ( i have plans for the birds one i picked up too ) , So this is what i did with them 

I am chuffed with the result .

I also made my first mince pies of the year yesterday.

My Beautiful vintage finds.

Stunning Marcella bedspread .

Pretty portrait brooch.

Crinoline lady is always popular.

 Irish Linen sheets and pillowcases , Never used.

Double Damask Irish Linen table cloth with orignal labels 

A sweet little Antique Purse. 

Vintage  glass and enamel necklace.

A beaded roses vintage handbag. 

On the health front i have had the test , It wasn't very nice but you just have to get on with it if you want to be diagnosed , I have polyps they say they look fine but have done a biopsy to be on the safe side as the pattern was unusual , But i need to say our local hospital has had so much bad press lately but the staff were fantastic and the procedure was made much easier by there care and professionalism,


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Catching up with bargains and vintage finds

I have been absent from blogging g for a while as I have been busy with my business , Brexit has been good for me with lots of overseas sales , The problem is i am running out of stock quicker so i am having to spend more on it but it will pay back in the end ,

This week i have been lucky enough to drop on some yellow sticker meat in Morrison it was midday and it was all half price so out of this lot is our  christmas turkey , Its all breast meat and there is only the two of us so it will do us fine ,
I have fell out with Tesco as they have started to creep the prices up again and i wont be conned so its back to buying from Aldi and lidl and Morrison for any yellow sticker stuff.

With what we have in the freezer and this lot of meat we should not have to but much food up until Christmas then we have £80 worth of vouchers to come from Tesco as we have bought some life  Insurance something we have been putting off  for a while due to affordability, So this will pay for the rest of our christmas Food & Drink 

The market where i run my stall on a friday morning sometimes has one off sellers and this week there was a stall selling kitchen ware.

 I have been wanting to buy  some new baking tins for some time  as mine are loosing the coating and everything sticks to them but the better quality ones are  expensive So i was thrilled when i found these , 
They are very good quality and very heavy so initially they must have cost a lot of money but they were £1.00 each
 He had lots of good stuff ,
 Just hope he comes again next week as i only found out he was there when a friend told me and that was later in the day when he had sold most of his stock

It all looked like it was from a quality store , I might make some mince pies the weekend. 

Update , They are really good they slip out of the tins and distribute heat very well so i am wondering if they are ex lakeland .

I  found this  out when i  used what i had instead of buying some mincemeat and made some jam tarts.


And there is always some vintage finds.

Health wise this week is the camera procedure but i am also having a severe flare up at the moment pain and stiffness in both arms and hips and chronic muscle spasms that make me stick in one position and it was embarrassing the other day when i was in the post office lol ,
 But i am still trying to carry on.
 Now i am going to get the ingredients for my Christmas cakes  after googling the cheapest prices  , 
Sadly this year i have one less to make as my Aunt Freda passed away just after Christmas last year.