Wednesday, 13 January 2010

A Treat To Read And A Little Thrrifty Snippet!

Just really a little quick post, just to show you I have Not Just Sat And 'Played Around' Reading Blogs All Day' - as was inferred by nameless persons - shall we say' of this family!
Although this cold weather - with a nice roaring fire - its very tempting!
No indeed-y I have been very industrious today - thinking in a Thrifty manner - of keeping warm.
But before all that - just look what Hubby P brought home for me today! A real delight - one more reason to keep the post short - then I can get stuck into Country Living
and the wonderful fantasy world they try to sell - can anyone ever afford to buy the stuff they write about?
Still we can dream!
I bet people with Country Living lives wont be messing about with old blankets and hotwater bottles!
Anyway - here's todays Thrifty Snippet!
During one foray to the carboot sale I managed to get a (new) hotwater bottle £1, and a childs fleece blanket 20p.
We do use a lot of hotwater bottles in this house - I am almost always to be found sat with a nice warm bottle at my dodgy back. So the more the merrier!
So I cut a rough pattern around the bottle (actually it was a pattern I cut a while ago) and cut the pieces out of the blanket - I've done it double thickness because the fleece is quite thin.

I had to sew the two edges of the 'opening' edges together because I using the fabric doubled up - otherwise - if single I would just hem them.
I always use my trusty 'treadle' sewing machine - no electriciyt used - Thrifty or what!
Mind you lots used in much making of cups of 'inspirational' tea!

Next pin the pieces together - remember you are going to turn the whole thing through, so get the opening bits in the right order.

Sew around the outside of the whole thing, and trim the edges.

Turn through and pop your bottle in!

One snug little hot water bottle.

The blue lent itself to our household quite nicely, there being a few - well all men apart from me, and you know what they are like - I think 'pink and frilly' can work in a lot of ways! - but they have a bit of a problem with it!

Here's a nice pink one I made earlier from an old bedspread, I mostly use this one - well its pink isn't it!

Not to be too hard on Hubby P - he does seek out nice things for me in his lunch hour. So I thought I would treat him to one of there for his tea.

I have just descovered where to buy them here on Anglesey, we hadn't had a pudding for years. These little puddings were a staple in the Fish and Chip shops of Lancashire when I was a girl. We even lived near the factory that made them, and I grew up with the smell of the cooking pies and puddings emenating from a big chimney with 'Hollands' written all the was up/or down it!
I believe a German company owns it now - as with so many places it has had to go abroad for he funding to continue, and yet it seemed to be doing so well, everyone ate Hollands pies, it employed a lot of the town, even had special 'Traditional' type vans sign painted with their well known name and logo - its a strange old world!
Still - we enjoyed the puddings for tea!
xx That's all for now - Country Living awaits! xx


  1. I've been using blankets to make hottie covers as well :-)

  2. Oh my goodness, that singer is to die for. My grandad hails from Lancashire too, ut has lived on Anglesey for many a year.

  3. I've cut one out of an old jumper, just need to sew it together later.
    I read on another blog that it's best to fill a thermos flask with hot water and use that to make your cuppas during the day to save keep boiling the kettle.

  4. I love your hottie covers - I take two to bed every night (excluding July and August)! My CL sub ran out so I will have to look away from yours in case I get tempted!

    Pomona x

  5. I love your little tutorial - I'm moving from Lancashire to a draughty old house in France in 8 weeks so I will need to get making lots of them!

    x x x

  6. I am going to make a cover for my hottie now I have seen your photos, thanks for the help.

  7. ... Years ago when my Mother was living, we would buy steak and kidney pies (do not remember where !). They were completly sealed in a tin pie plate shape. You had to use the little attached key to peel off the lid. Then you would bake it in its tin. Ohhh, they were tasty.

  8. That is so not fair - showing me piccys of steak and kidney pudds.
    Good job I have a very vivid imagination - I can just about taste them, yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, can I have mushy peas with them as well.
    Do they still do the little tins of S & K puddings. Now I've gone all nostalgic. Love the hotty botty covers.



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