Thursday, 20 February 2014

Thrifty Doings ... and Pretty lace...

Hello there ...
well .. a few pretty flowers blooming here..

Maybe we have turned the corner ... and Spring is on the way ...
I do hope so!

This is a rather strange sort of 'arrangement' .. but the colours work and it has a rather interesting look...
The large corms on top are some Turks Cap Lilly's I dug up ... with an idea of planting them back behind this log .. once we had finished this garden bed ..
well ..  guess what .. we haven't finished the garden bed ... and the corms are still sitting there. Mind you we haven't had any frost .. and they still look fine .. I should just pop them in somewhere for now.

We've just been a bit busy ... or its been too cold and wet ... and windy ..
just a tad windy here.
Yesterday and today we have managed to get a couple of hours outside to catch up on jobs.
Hubby P spent some time sawing up old.. broken .. past its best... furniture ... it makes excellent firewood.  

Thrifty as always here..

He trudged in earlier today and plonked this down on the counter .... a nice tidy/new washing up bowl full of cleaning stuff.
And posh stuff too ... posher/more expensive than I would ever buy ... I'm afraid its supermarkets basics all the way here.

Anyway earlier in the week Hubby P had a small clearance ... nothing grand ... 'bread and butter' stuff ... all work is good work ... it all adds pennies to the coffers.
He had to clear the cupboards and of course 'under the sink' always holds a stash of cleaning stuff ... so every now and again I get box full of very useful cleaning materials.
They are mostly ...of course....half used but that's hardly a problem .. the stuff isn't going to go off. 
It saves me a pretty penny ... and as I said .. its often posher stuff than I would buy ... this week I will have some nicely scented bathroom mousse to use rather than the 'basics' cream cleanser.

Its a bit worrying ...
 getting excited about a box of cleaning stuff!
Note to self ... must get out more ....

The day gets more exciting :-(  .... sorting wool.

Whenever we get in bags of oddments of wool I bag them up into cheapie 50p bags ... ideal for bits and bats of crafting and whatnot .... so it had to be done.

I had brought my tins of vintage buttons home ....
to have a sort out ... 

And a basket of vintage lace ... the basket had got in a right old pickle with people rummaging through it .. it all needed sorting out.
Whilst I was at it I realised that I have got rather a lot of lace ... I just keep throwing it in the basket as I come across it ..
so I put some nice bundles together and popped them on ebay ...
give it a go .. cheap and cheerful .. free postage an all that.

Its so pretty .. the old lace.

Again with the vintage buttons .. I thought I would try a few on ebay ... I think lots of people love a button!

I suppose I should have some sort of card with my ebay site on .. so I can give it to people when we are trading .. lots of folk ask if we have an ebay site. They are usually on holiday and would like to be able to 'shop' with us all year round ... especially the sewing and crafting ladies ... they love the buttons and lace and whatnot.
Its a thought next time we have some printing done ... I'm just afraid of the ebay becoming a bit of a bind .. a bit of a 'must do' .. as it is I do a bit when I have a mind to ..

Its something to 'think on'!

Leave you with another pic of the daffs .. and their cheery sunshiny colour .. how lovely.....!

Take care .... bye for now... x


  1. I noticed that I've got a bunch of about five daffs put in the front garden, so Spring must nearly be here surely? Love the lace. I have a big empty plastic quality street container full of buttons. I cut them off clothes whenever I can. They are so expensive nowadays!

  2. Daffs look gorgeous in that wicker basket, still no sign of any here, I think the pesky rabbits have munched them all again!! Pretty lace and buttons, I like to use both on my girly cards but I dont think I would be able to chop up vintage stuff its much too pretty. I have oodles of buttons too, Years ago I bought some from Harrods it was the only thing I could afford, they were for some tops that only required one button at the neck and I could never bring myself to use them, they are still in my button box! Must dig them out. Xx

  3. lovely post, it always brings a smile!

  4. I think spring has its foot in the door - I have dozens of frogs in both ponds and it's X-rated action! Bulbs coming into flower all around now, and the birds are singing, so all very positive. Good luck with your eBay things. I am trying to keep my rolling list topped up, as it all helps the exchequer. I've listed a few books I thought of sending to the charity shop, and the least likely one sold this morning! So that's £5.50 in pocket. Wish my other narrow loom Welsh blanket would sell too : )

    That basket of daffs looks so pretty @ )

  5. Love all the lace and buttons I inherited a box ful when my mother in law went into residential care ...........along with a carrier bag full of elastic???

    You could try vistapr1nt for cards i think they do so many free and just pay for postage

  6. I`m sure the previous owner of your "under the sink" things would have been glad to know they would be used. People throw so much useful stuff away.....

    Button tins hold a fascination. Full of family history and memories. Lovely if you can package up the buttons and pass them on to be appreciated by another generation.

    A few daffs and crocuses are out in our garden today. Such a welcome sight!

  7. Love the daffs in the basket - so pretty!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  8. I love your posts, they always cheer me. I check everyday and you bring a smile to my face when I see a new post.
    No daffs here in Dallas TX, although there are not many at the best of times.
    Our temps swing between freezing and 70f. Today is one of those warm days so I am getting outside to walk and do some tidy up.
    Pam in TX.

  9. You've brightened up my day today.
    Love from Mum


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