Thursday, 31 January 2013

Bargains!

Good Evening Reader.

Had to go shopping tonight and look what I found. Mostly the things were a quarter of original price.

Vet Bill Ripoff

Evening all.

Above is a photo of my Golden Retriever, Polly.  She is coming up to 15 next month.Thankfully she is still with us even though we didn't think she would make Christmas! She seems better with the addition of another medicine. It was getting so expensive though so I decided to look on the internet where I get the frontline and I couldn't believe the difference in price. It is 75 percent less than I have been paying with the vet!!!!!!!! I am quite disgusted that they have been charging me so much. It's taking the P**S to be honest. The vet knows you are desperate to keep your pet healthy and comfortable and charge what they like it seems to me. Mind you, I still had to pay the vets to write me out a prescription so that I could get it online!!!

She is on Trimadol and Rimadyl, and I have ordered it from Petmeds if anyone is interested.

I have finished making a fleece Wrap/Poncho and will post a photo of it next post. Bye for now.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Frugal Quilted Door Curtain.

As promised, a photo of the living room door quilted curtain that I made last week using a sheet and value towels sandwiched inside. It keeps the heat in very well. I hope to make more for the front and back doors and if I do I will try to post a tutorial.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Frugal Homemade Veg Soup and Croutons.

Good evening dear readers.

I love soup and made some the other evening with croutons.

I just use whatever veg we have in.   This time I had carrots and parsnips which were 20 pence yellow sticker bags. 2 cloves of garlic,  3 value veg stock cubes
in just over a litre of water. 2 onions.  3 potatoes, 1 carton of aldi passata, all cut up small and salt n pepper added and cooked on the hob for about half an hour. For the croutons I just toasted some bread and cut into small squares.

Hopefully there should be a photo here somewhere as I have blogged from my phone.
Bye for now.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013

My Latest Makes To Keep Us Warm, (with help from Asda).

Good Evening Readers.

Lately I have been busy making a Quilted Door Curtain for the living room.

 I bought a pack of 2 economy white towels from Asda, a tension curtain rod from The Range , and a flat sheet, (also from Asda)..  I measured the door and joined the 2 towels lengthwise. Then I cut the sheet to fit the doorway double the length, and sewed a half inch seam  round 3 sides.  turning it inside out, I sandwiched the towel inside the sheet, sewed up the remaining edge then attatched 5 tabs to the top and threaded the rod through and hung it. The room keeps a lot warmer now.

I've also made some Tied Fleece Throws.

In Asda they have really cheap fleece throws for £2 and £3 at the moment  which is cheaper than buying fleece from the local fabric shop, so I thought I would make some tied fleece throws.  So far I have made 1 for my daughter as it was her birthday last week so she has it on her bed now. It's red both sides and really warm and cosy. I also made a large green and burgundy throw for the largest settee. This cost a little more as I bought the fleeces from The Range. They were £3.99 each which is still cheaper than buying the fabric by the metre.  All I had to do was trim the hem from all round the edge of the fleece and I had over a metre of fabric to use.  I already have a use for the trimmings to make a rug and am plaiting them up and will sew them together when I have time.

Off to see if I can work out how to add photos on here again. Bye for now.



Sunday, 13 January 2013

Fish Pie For Dinner Tonight- Yum.

Hello readers, please note this post was written 2 days ago when I was trying to upload the photos to go with it but it wouldn't let me upload so I'm blogging anyway.

I thought I would share what we had for dinner tonight. There were 4 eating dinner tonight so I made Fish Pie and had enough left over for a bowl for lunch tomorrow. It has my name on it :)

For some reason, blogger isn't letting me post photos on here, don't know why, I've tried for a few days now but nothing's happening.  Anyway, what I did was poach  the contents of a bag of value  white fish from the supermarket in some milk and butter with a little water so it wouldn't burn. Meanwhile I boiled some eggs and shelled them, cut them in half and placed them in an oven dish along with the fish ( I saved the milk from the fish to make some cheese sauce with some sachets from £sda.)  I also had boiling half a packet of mixed veg and when this was cooked I added them to the dish and poured over the cheese sauce. It was topped with some homemade mashed potato (which also had some of the fish milk mixed into it.  I popped it in the small oven for about 45 minutes and it was very warming and tasty.

If I manage to overcome the problem with uploading the photos you will see.

I have been doing a lot of crafting lately and will be back to explain soon.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Readers!

Here's hoping it will be a prosperous one for us all.

A quick catch up, I've been lucky enough to fill a small freezer with yellow stickered food over the last couple of months which I am very pleased about.  I sometimes come out with savings of £40 and more which is brilliant as that's almost the price of a weekly shop for me!  Yesterday I popped into $esco for a few bits and came out with 6 bags for the freezer. Almost all of it was yellow stickered. Happy days.

I have several crafting projects on the go at the moment of which I hope to show you soon.  One completed project was a kit I got to make a seagrass and wood stool.  It is now in my window with my Christmas Tree on it. (photo tomorro when I get some batteries).    

I have many aims this year, but won't make any promises as I find it feels like too much pressure and then dissappointment if I fail.

My main aims are:

1.   Cut down more on spending.

2.   Seek out more bargains.

3.   Grow more variety and volume of fruit and veg in
the  garden.

4.   Look for better deals on tv, broadband, phone, gas and electric, and car insurance.

5.   Make at least 5 quilts.

6.   Try and make money from my crafting skills.

7.   Declutter more.

8.   Rearrange garden.

9.   Get all wood in the garden painted with preserver (sheds, fence etc.)

10. Finish decorating the house.

11. Try to blog more often.

12. Make the most of any opportunity that comes my way.

13. Try to make this the year we move house to The West Country.

14.  Go through all my craft materials and make some order of it  so that I can hopefully find what I want straightaway.

There will be other things I want to get done this year but I think that's enough to be going on with.

I will try my best to make all these things happen and share on this blog my efforts so wish me luck and what are your aims, ambitions or resolutions have you decided on?  Feel free to share with us.