Why Recycled Paper? – Guest Post

Why I chose to use recycled paper? – C&E Designs – Emma Cottam  At C&E Designs we create bespoke paper craft items, ranging from flowers to buttonholes to framed gifts to cards and tags. As a staple we use recycled paper – that is paper that we collect second hand. We hunt through second hand stores, we receive lovely donations … Read More

T-shirt Re-shirt

Another great recycling project, this time with old but loved t-shirts. Sometimes you just can’t throw them away, and here are some fun ideas of how to give them a second life. This is particularly nice with kids clothes that they have grown out of, or loved items that have been worn until holes appeared… https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMetDaanMagazine%2Fvideos%2F1966702713567443%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>T-shirt Re-shirt Show me your … Read More

Quick Tip #10

Green Monster SnackGreat fun idea for semi healthy snacks, and all things we had at home (cups left over from parties are hoarded here) – quite seasonal too if you do the Halloween thing…

Thursday Thought 34

Today can do one! Just when you think one more thing might tip you over the edge… And then one more thing happens and you have to decide whether to laugh or cry. Being frugal for a comfort eater and shopper isn’t easy – especially when stressed. However, I’m developing a list of free ‘feel good’ activities for moments like … Read More

Thursday Thought 33

Here’s a project for all you recyclers out there – thanks to Nifty… Bathroom Mat made of old towels (some sewing required…)  

Make it!

I’m aware that the exhaustion of parenting has somewhat changed my creative habits, I rarely do creative works for myself nowadays, although I’m often up to my neck in PVA and tissue paper for the kids. I miss the part of me that used to upcycle and recycle more, so I was particularly inspired by this… This is a brilliant … Read More

Thursday Thought 23

The school holidays are upon us, and we now have four kids eating us out of house and home… quick fixes are lots of home baking (double whammy of cheap AND entertainment) and Approved Foods, who sell off near to and out of date foods. We have just ordered enough food for snacks etc to last the whole of the … Read More

Quick Tip #3

Halve your meal! If you usually make enough for two adults then split it into four instead. Put two in the freezer for another time, and fill the rest of you plate with salad or veggies. The benefits of this are not just financial – but great for your health too. Buy whichever veg are on sale to broaden your … Read More

Thursday Thought 10

I have the flu, it’s not pretty. However, it hasn’t prevented a bit of frugal thinking… When looking at the ingredients in the very expensive For Your Flu potions, I realised that I’m just as well to get the 32p paracetamol and have honey and lemon with hot water. Here goes – wish me luck!  

So, sewing…

Quick update on the frugal fun of sewing… I’ve found this great website that sells patterns and have ordered a couple to start making kids clothes, as well as some clothes for our toy babies it appears… I love what Stripey Squirrel is doing with recycling, but thought this would add another string to my bow too. There are too … Read More