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Monday, 17 April 2017

Its getting there

Easter is quiet for us we just buy two Easter eggs for our daughter and son in law wich were of course a bargain ( I forgot to photograph them ) 
They were Thornton's Large eggs retailing at  £25.00 each , But we got them for  £4.99 in a local warehouse that usually sells near or out of date stock but the eggs were neither.  

As i mentioned in my last post The living room is having a makeover , Since buying the chairs it just didnt look right with the sage green colour so we had the walls painted and this weekend i made some cushions.

The red velvet was new and unused for 30p from a  jumble sale, The striped fabric was in the clearance at Dunelm and just cost £3.00 , I also have enough to make some tie backs for the curtains, I will reveal the whole room soon 

The cotton i used came from a sewing box i bought from a jumble sale for £4.00 , The box itself i am rubbing down to re stain at the moment but just look at the contents , It was a bargain.

Of course Easter Sunday Dinner just had to be a bargain , This rack of lamb was from Iceland it was Beautiful , This is a type of cut that i usually avoid as its expensive and dosent go far but at this price , It was perfect.
If you can't see the label it was £3.00, Instead of £15.99.


Then i made an old Old fashioned fruit cake from My Homepride  cookery book.

The book is rather stained but that's how i found it , Its been well used.

Hope you all have had a productive Easter. 


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Back to Basics

Lots of things have changed since the last time i blogged , 
The biggest one is giving up my market stall ,  It Didn't last that long really, I gave it a good  try though,
 I  am ok just sitting selling on the stall but its got too  much the lifting up and down the stairs of the stock , Getting it ready , sourcing it etc , Even today i have got so tired and worn out just going  to two shops in town.

 The market where i stand is not very busy either , you get the same people week in week out and other locations are not an option for various reasons ,

 I will miss the banter of the other stall holders but wont miss the cold weather, I get severe muscle cramps in various parts of my body that have got much worse his last two months , They immobilise me for a few minuets and i am frightened that i will have one when i am there and get completely stuck as i am on my own.
The next neurologist appointment has been bought forward because of the cramps and falling over , Its may the 5th so not to long to wait. 
  Anyway i wont bore you any more with health issues just tell you if i have any definite news.

Instead of showing  stock i have bought  to sell i will be going back to basics  shearing  my personnel jumble sale finds and my frugal tips as i will have more time to blog .

I also  now need to be as frugal as i possibly can be after my income drop and spending some money on the house  

Even when i spend money on new items i source the best possible value for money , The patchwork sofa i covered started to sag as it was secondhand fabric wich wasn't upholstery fabric.
So i bought this pair of wing chairs of Ebay.  

They were made to measure and cost just £199 each. 

But the room now needs a lick of paint and a few new touches , I will post about it when its completed.

 These are two of my very favourite finds this week the vintage curtain was 30p and the Normill  framed print £1.50.

Apparently my blog disappeared for about five days according to my friend Mel , Has anybody had any similar problems.  

Monday, 20 March 2017

Good News

I had my appointment today , In the phone call from Dr Peppers secretary a fortnight ago she said he thinks i have polyps , 
So today they were happy to confirm that with the camera so there and then he lazered them and he said  they were not cancerous , 
Phew Relief,
I was feeling sorry for myself as i fell over and sprained my ankle  on Saturday wich was swollen like a big balloon , I was loading the car at the auction i could not stand on it immediately   and was in pain for two days plus my knees and thigh 
This  morning when i got  up my foot still hurts but nothing like it was ,so after today's news i am on the up , 
Just need to go and see the consultant about the polyps in my stomach Wednesday. Now.

After resting all day Saturday and most of Sunday i did manage to get around to photographing some of my vintage finds from the auction.

I have closed my shop down on Ebay as its really slow at the moment and you have to pay shop fees even if you dont sell  anything  , I am still selling on there but no shop.

 I think this bedspread is Berlin Work. 

Unused Antique Linen pillowcases.

This Crinoline lady is  is actually a bag. 

Loving the frames not the men lol.  

This is the most gorgeous Lemon colour , But its hard to capture. 

And stunning yellow stain 


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Feeecycle Freebie

Have any of you had experience with the free sites , Over the years i have been lucky enough to have some great things , Velvet curtains,  Dressing table, plants for the garden and today we went to fetch some more Herbs, Oregano and chives , For some reason i didn't  bring herbs from our old home and have struggled to grow them from seed  so when somebody offered some on Sunday i was so pleased when she accepted me to be the lucky recipient , i have now planted them in an old suitcase hoping they will flourish to make a small herb garden. 

The garden is much  like how we moved in , A Few attempts at levelling Telitubieland by myself and others have just grown over with sod again as i can only do it in sections so i am going to have to pay somebody to do the lot in one go as i physically cannot do it and am wasting so much  growing time.

I have been extra frugal through the winter to be able to do this at the moment i am waiting for somebody to get back to me with a quote and i am getting impatient. I will post photos of before and after soon.

I have been busy , This week i emptied a collection of frames so i can sell them on ebay.

Having health issues that make it difficult to chop small things i bought this for quite a while from homebargains its price was well under a pound but we have had to stop buying it as the lid is impossible to get off for us.

I started to buy this (sorry i mistakenly took the photograph of the ginger instead of the two garlic) But this is the difference in size from Morrison's to Sainsbury's  , Morrisons being the largest but i really needed some for the evening meal so i had to buy it but never again.


Next Monday i have to go and have the procedure for the polyps then on the Wednesday i have to go to the consultant about the polyps in  my stomach so i might have some answers.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Frugal weekend

Saturday bought two jumble sales , One in the morning and one in the afternoon but not much time in between so we took  sandwich of leftover chicken and stuffing 

The jumbles were really good for clothes for my stall and we had a good drying day yesterday so it was all washed and pegged outside to dry .

I picked up this shampoo and conditioner for 50p , Its huge ,twice or maybe three times what i usually buy from poundland but then again  in poundland's things are shrinking all the time.

 All i needed shopping wise was fresh veg and found these two in morrisons for much less than the usual prices.  The cauliflower was 54p , The cabbage was even less.

Then i did some frugal baking.

I have  favorite recipe that i use over and over again  its a one stage sponge mix this is what i made with it this weekend   

I use the same mix for anything that requires a sponge base , Last week i made madeleines ( I forgot to photograph them )
The week before chocolate chip muffins.  

I have  used it for christmas fancises 

Then of course the classic sandwich cakes. 

You just adjust the milk to compensate for dry ingredients like coco or coconut.

8 oz SR Flour.
6oz butter ( soften on defrost in the microwave until it resembles soft margarine).
6 oz of sugar.
3 eggs.
1 &1/2 teaspoons of baking powder 
vanilla essence.  
3 tablespoons of milk unless adding more dry ingredients for variation.
Place everything in a mixer and mix until light and fluffy , Taking care  not to overbeat , You can do it by hand too but its easier for me doing it this way
I like this better than a classic victoria mix , Its lighter and more versatile 
 Bake on gas no 4 until golden brown , Sorry i dont time my cakes i have an ability to smell a cooked bake.

I also picked up some beautiful embroidery  at the jumble sale.