Living the simple life

I am Goth by nature, a carer by choice and a crafter by habit. living the Old Style way, spending less and making what I can myself. I follow Money Saving Expert and NYK forum avidly and am working to be debt free.

I shop wisely as every penny counts, my stock cupboard is my solution to any problem.

My home is full of craft stuff and I love making things for my grandson Michael and grand- daughter Bethany who are the reason I get up everyday. My kids are the best in the world and I thank them for being there for me and John

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Marys Blanket and amazing the electric man

Just finished sewing in the ends of this big boy! I wasnt sure about my friends choice of colours but think they work well now its done.

Have been pinching the pennies in earnest this last few weeks though Hubby has little appetite so mainly buying him granola. Supermarkets are a minefield nowadays and you have to be very canny to get best value. I collected lots of Tesco till spits 'you have saved x this time' and saved £3 on a top up shop. I find its the little bits and bobs you save that are most satisfying.

I found a recipe for kebab meat online somewhere the other day so am going to try that out. I have been buying Tesco lamb/mutton mince lately as it has more taste than beef so that will be perfect for it - will let you know how it goes.

Also I am waiting for a £100 voucher for tesco to arrive after recommending Sky to my son. I would have preferred Sainsburies but hey free is free. I will be filling the freezer with meat and stocking up on tinned goods therefore freeing up £100 of my housekeeping which will help with my debt busting attempt. In almost 3 months I have scrimped £86 out of the £500 I need by the end of the year. I am hoping that my veg growing will help me add to this as I have almost everything I need.

Had a visit from a chap sent by the housing association regarding cutting our electric use and checking if we need to change supplier. He left after an hours chat and may well have been in shock, he couldnt help me as I seem to know as much if not more than him about the subject. We filled in a survey so I could action his ideas but took it with him to show everyone how it should be done - every box was ticked !

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Naomis's blanket and homemade kebabs

Have been busy finishing this for a lovely friend of mine who adores hand made throws. She sent me the yarn and I just made it up as I went along.
I have been using up all the freezer  and cupboard contents quite successfully. My son is getting Sky tv and I referred him so I get £100 tesco voucher which I am going to use to fill the big freezer with meat.A couple of weeks ago we were going through the famous 'Curry Mile' when I craved a kebab.So in the spirit of frugality I nipped in the Co-op and bought a lovely chicken for £5 and made my own wraps full of salald with a little hot chicken and mayo. Ok we had to wait till I cooked the chicken, but it made 2 other meals too and probably cost less than 2 kebabs. It was a Sunday evening so was limited to where I could get the chicken but it really was beautiful and very tasty.

My next challenge on the crafty front is to make 2 patchwork throws, one for my Grandson when he stays here and the other for a new prospective grandchild ready for my son and his wife to make the leap of faith. I have been buying the patchwork magazine thats out at present but am going to do my own design as I dont like the one in the booklet. I think I may well end up making 3 so I have one pink and one blue just in case the eventual pregnancy produces twins - a very real possibility!