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

Friday, 25 July 2014

Pretty and useful in July

Its nearing the end of my favourite month when the garden looks its best. I love nasturtiums and a little pot I got for 75p was well worth the outlay.    
These have self seeded in some random places, isnt nature amazing? They even landed in a crack in my big bean tub and have been flowering for months -cannot for the life of me remember the name - antirhinums possibly.
I have purple pea's! inside they are green but I love the pods - so pretty, am wondering if I made wine it would be red. Maybe next year I will try it.


Of course I had to pop my boy on here, took this today when he was winding down for a nap. So much love in that smile. 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Everythings coming up courgettes!

And succulents! All my little ones are having babies

Here is one of my succulent hedgehogs, still under construction but getting there.

And we have blue pea's growing well in a tub.

Patio clearance in early stages but now we have had a huge thunderstorm I will have to wait for everything to dry out.

Quite a successful year in the garden to date apart from itit either being to hot or too wet...grrr...






Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Summer time is crafty time

Had a busy June and am happy with all my progress to date. I was part of the 'Just do it in June' challenge on the NYK forum - ban procrastination and finish tasks and projects because life is too short.
I made a good start on my patchwork quilt and its looking very pretty.

Vertical gardening is wonderful, very productive and frugal way of growing. The tumbler tomato in the middle had growed like topsy and I think its because the roots are warmed in the sunshine.
I am giving peas a go because a. I have loads of peas and b. its worth a try!

Here are my 48 lavender plants for which I only paid £5 postage. My keys are there to show the scale. I re-potted them immeadiately in good compost and they have doubled size in a week.
This seems to be a courgette plant but has grown up very different to the others, a more upright and prolific plant than the other 3. It flowered yesterday and looks beautiful. So good to have something pretty and productive.

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