Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Studio time

Not long ago I was very fortunate to be offered a lovely corner desk totally FREE OF CHARGE! Who was I to say no when my studio was looking like this and contained two 1970's melamine tables with some rather wobbly bookcases

On a positive note the once junk ridden studio needed to be totally cleared out, packed up and moved out of in order to get the new desk in, which was then assembled and slowly but surely everything could come back in.

it now looks like this:

Now that I have a lovely little haven to work from I decided it was time to set too and sort out what remained inside, starting with my button collection. I was fed up of sorting through a big box of buttons of which 50% I would never use so I had a ruthless clear out. I am selling those that I dont want, you can view the album on facebook HERE

Next came the fabric box. What was a huge messy bundle of nothing ness is now neat and tidy in my drawers (this is just a tiny amount of what I have).

I will be listing my old fabric that I no longer want on Folksy in May once Mother in Law Mack has come and taken what she will use for her patchworking obesession.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

More fabric scrap clearing

Back in January I signed up for a challenge that was set on the Loft Creations blog to make something using string blocks. These are basically patchwork blocks made using strips of scrap fabrics. I thought it looked fairly easy and as the deadline for completion wasn't until July I had plenty of time.

Well now that the Mothers Day orders are all done, I finally have a bit of time to myself so lastnight I tucked myself away in the studio and made this lovely cushion cover. It is 100% scraps and some of the pieces are even from curtains and cushions that my Nan had in her house many years ago.

I am really rather pleased with it and cant wait to make some more!

Friday, 5 March 2010

So sorry

I have totally neglected this blog and at the same time really annoyed myself.

I have been de-cluttering away and getting so heavily involved that I have forgotten to take any photos! Only Tuesday Mum and I cleared out my back shed, the bootsale storage shed and my understair cupboard. I am so cross.

On a positive note I have managed to de-clutter my huge collection of fabric and got the sewing machine out to make some rather delicious fabric bunting.

I've listed it for sale in my Folksy shop. Do pop along and see.

I promise I will do better from now on.

Thursday, 14 January 2010


One of the ways I intend to De-Clutter my finances is by reducing my monthly spend on food. I will openly admit that I don't actually know how much I spend every month on groceries, but I feel pretty sure that it is too much. The main reason for this is that we are too prone to buying quick fix processed foods. Although my lovely husband will cook for us, his concoctions often contain tinned vegetables and we are big fans of frozen mash!

I've made it my mission this month to attempt to cook more from scratch, which is easier said than done seeing as I have never been a particularly good cook and I don't really enjoy it. However something seems to have changed there, perhaps it's reaching the old age of 31? I've been getting out the cook books which were getting dusty on the shelf, finding recipes, buying the fresh food and so far so good. I've made a few lovely stews in my slow cooker and even cooked for two of my girlfriends on Saturday night totally from scratch dessert and all!

My search for recipes led me to a blog that I have been following for a couple of years Country Heart & Home written by the very talented Debbie. She has decided to launch a 52 week cooking challenge and is posting a recipe a week to try. You are under no obligation to make any of the recipes but last weeks carrot cake took my fancy. Having always made solid, burnt offerings, or cakes that didn't rise, this one actually looked easy and low and behold, last night out of my oven popped a perfect cake! I urge you to try this recipe it is delicious and could not be easier. It doesn't do a lot for De-Cluttering the extra inches I've acquired round my waist this Christmas but who cares? It's cold out and I need something to go with my cuppa!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010


During operation de-clutter I will doubtless be mentioning Freecycle on a regular basis. A great resource for those things you clear out that are unsuitable to sell but you dont want to throw away.

Of course you could always take them to the charity shop, but this option means people will collect your unwanted items and save you the journey. You'd be amazed at what you can give away on freecycle, even things you might class as rubbish such as old cardboard boxes and broken plant pots!

You can also get things from freecycle. In the time I've been a member I have received a steraliser, baby bottles, toys and lots of other useful items.

I was going to write a guide as to how freecycle works, but those lovely people at Money Saving Expert have done one for me! You can read it HERE

Saturday, 9 January 2010

De-Cluttering can be fun

Dont think that De-Cluttering your life has to be dull or even mean hard work. Take last nights challenge for example. Empty the fridge, loose some Christmas food and clear off some of the saved programmes on our sky box. We had 16% of space left and are about to start recording 3 new series so it was about time I made some headway through the 12 episodes of Ugly Betty I had saved.

So I finished off a bottle of the 3 bottles of wine in my fridge, cooked some garlic bread from the freezer, finished a box of chocolates and ploughed my way through 4 hours worth of Ugly Betty. We now have 26% of space and room in the fridge/freezer/pantry for my weekly shop.

Friday, 8 January 2010

A thinner me

Back in the spring I was working hard to loose a few pounds as I was a bridesmaid at my best friends wedding. I dont know about you but unless I have a reason to diet and excersise I find it really hard. Sure enough as soon as the wedding was over I was back on the cheese and wine and the pounds have slowly been creeping back on. I still have all sorts of bad for me goodies in the house following Christmas so there is no chance of dieting till after they have gone, but to get me started on the right track I popped down to my old gym and signed back up for another year.

I know it's pricey, but Clearview is lovely and has the most amazing swimming pool and spa area. Tom (my little boy) loves going swimming there and seeing his little face in the pool every week is incentive enough to keep me going. Mum and Hubby have signed up too, so watch this space to see how we get on with our weekly weigh ins!