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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Just for Tracey and anyone else who hasn't seen my kitchen

All done for around £200.

I might change the colour next year as its been three years since it was painted and its starting to wear in places 

Sorry if i bore you if You've  seen it before.

The before pictures when we moved in.

Its only a small kitchen so i had to make it work as an office for my business too. 

We have a new white cooker now though.
We revamped the old cupboards.

These chairs were £10 the pair 

I recovered them with Ikea fabric wich only cost me £5.00  to  recover  of the chairs and the cafe curtain in the kitchen.

I have just dressed it up for christmas.


Thursday, 17 December 2015

OMG , £,1400 on Christmas food

Eat well for less , £1,400 on a christmas shop , Overtime to pay for it Ridiculous.

 If i spend £100 for a Christmas shop i have overspent , You just dont need to do it , Some of today's Christmas buys.

4 Cadbury's chocolate bars from home bargains £1.00

This roll on Icing is on offer at Morrison's for £2.00 for 1KG.

Some cutters and colouring and you have a present for your best friend.


Sunday, 13 December 2015

Where do you get your inspiration from

This is not a Christmassy post (dont know if that's how its spelt lol) just one for the new year as although i love christmas i always have a plan for the new year

 Firstly i am going to try and deal in Jewellery if its possible i dont know yet if it will be but first experiments have worked out well .

It wasn't near christmas when i sold it so at least i know its not seasonal  , Just costume and low value jewellery.

 The reason being its smaller to handle and my stockroom is constantly  getting messy.

 The stock i have been selling has taken up so much space but gradually i have sold stock and not replaced it so now we have a room that will be a spare bedroom.

My  my built in cupboards will house the smaller selection of stock i will turn over before i buy more.

So this is the before picture 

 Some things that i will be using 

The mannequin bought from a car boot for £5.00

Vintage suitcases £18.00 for the two at an auction.

And a pretty basket on legs came with a job lot of linen i bought.

And there are lots of decorative items in this cupboard. 

The aim is to complete the room with as little money as possible and as i want to include a day bed this is going to be a difficult challenge.

Back to the question, Do you create your own style like me or what do you use for inspiration.

I have been trying to explain to my hubby  the look i am trying to achieve and had to buy a book to explain it as i want a cottagey look but made with things we already have so it doesn't cost a lot .

 Did you see the Tv Series Money for nothing , presented by Sarah More well i wasn't a fan of all the modern metal stuff , Its just not my style but the patchwork fabric sofa and some of the more cottagey pieces were amazing,  I am planning to revamp my two seater sofa in a patchwork style when i have collected enough fabric.
 Mind you she sold the unusual pieces for good money.

She is working on a new series at the moment , She sources free items from council tips to revamp.

So i bought her book of Amazon.

Now he understands.

Today has been dark and dismal so comfort food has been on the menu for tea, Sponge puddings, Baked in the oven not steamed.
This was all made out of my store cupboard ingredients , Very frugal and filling , The spare will be frozen for next time we want a pudding and i dont want to cook.


Friday, 11 December 2015


This is how i feel at the moment and i love the song HAPPY pharrell williams , I cant stop my foot head and anything that moves without pain moving to this tune.

For the last few weeks i have been under a cloud
Going to the doctors and the Gyni at the hospital  within a week to check out things that should not be happening to a 55 year old 

But everything is fine and like the song says i feel HAPPY.
But its amazing how health issues affect your mood , There are still health issues that are being investigated like the problems with Angina type pain and severe palpitations but both these can be treated with medication so i am not worried about  them so much  and my mood has lifted  so much  that i am now in the mood for my frugal Christmas and will share as much as i can with you  

Firstly we put up the Christmas tree we have had for years bough from a charity shop for  £5.00 , The decorations were also bought from a charity shop for £5.00 the lot  , The Mantle decoration was bought in a sale 10 years ago and the candle sticks were picked up at car boots over the years for 50p or £1.00 The fir cones picked up in a local park years ago too. The Christmas teddy bear was  a present from our daughter and comes out every christmas , The lanterns Ikea.   

So Christmas Decorations This year were  Zero. 


Monday, 30 November 2015

I LOVE LOVE LOVE These paintings

Just a quick update as appointments pending and trying to make enough money for  the after christmas Lul , But i just had to share the first two beauties at least. 

They were not my usual bargains but i am hoping to make a good return , signed Oil paintings.

The next lot were bargains all less than £5.00

I love this Christmas scene. 

Laura Ashley Wallpaper.

I had a lovley surprise in the post this week Flowers an Early Christmas present from our  Daughter , I cant believe they are designed  to fit through the letter box if you are not at home they are beautiful.


Monday, 23 November 2015

Its finally done

Well i finally finished it , The linen is washed dried and Ironed , Its took a long time because of being under the weather and underlying heath problems in the back of my mind but its done.


Amongst it were 150 napkins some sets.

Antique Lace.

Place mats.

8 pair of bloomers

Lace trims.

More place mats.

All these white work tablecloths , Embroidered tray cloths etc.  

21 monogrammed towels.

You saw the nighties  

Linen sideboard runner. 

Crinoline lady table cloth.

Lots of trims. 

Etc , Etc , Etc.

Then in the last two weeks i have had some great vintage finds.

I wish i had a table big enough for this one , It would be an ideal Christmas Tablecloth. Napkins too.

This huge tasselled trim.

A knitting machine and patterns.

A sweet French style clock.

Some reproduction framed prints.

Two beautiful old clocks. 

This is one lot of the patchwork samples i am selling , I have split it into three lots.

6 sampler books of beautiful christmas cards from 1967. 

I will be trying to get back into the blogging habit  soon , Heath matters are an issue again at the moment so it takes a back seat.