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    • misstara
    • By misstara 31st Dec 16, 10:07 PM
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    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2017
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    • 31st Dec 16, 10:07 PM
    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2017 31st Dec 16 at 10:07 PM
    Time for a new thread for 2017

    I loved reading about what everyone was getting up on the 2016 thread and hope that you will join me again in 2017.

    With everything else that was going on in the later half of 2016, MMMing went a bit by the wayside but now that me and OH are settled into the new flat, I plan to get properly back into it. So here's to another year of making do, mending and minimising

    The 2016 thread can be found here
    And Cheerfulness' original 2015 thread is here

    Recipes
    Mincemeat flapjack
    Last edited by misstara; 19-01-2017 at 11:48 AM.
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £1349.50 (41.4% paid)
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    Exercise target - Run 3/8, Gym 0/4. Groceries target £106.86/£150. NSD target 11/18.
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    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 1st Jan 17, 6:35 AM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 6:35 AM
    Happy new year!
    I tend to lurk here a lot but I'll try and post more this year. I am in the middle of making an art journal from recycled materials rather than buying one (make do).

    Well and truly fell off wagon!...2017 Womble #9 Gave up counting :-( Saving for Christmas 2017 #46 £250/ £520. 365 Day Penny Challenge in 2017 gave up! VSP 2017 # Gave up SPC 10. Stashbusting projects lost track! Crazy clothes challenge 2017 #12 £350/200.....oops!
    • Aril
    • By Aril 1st Jan 17, 9:01 AM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 9:01 AM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 9:01 AM
    I too am very much a lurker. I have started to make a wallhanging from bits of fabric and lace I've either taken from other garments or bought very cheaply from jumble sales or the charity shop.
    Happy New Year.
    Arilx
    Aiming for a life of elegant frugality wearing a new-to-me silk shirt rather than one of hair!

    Not Buying It 2016
    • dND
    • By dND 1st Jan 17, 9:20 AM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 9:20 AM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 9:20 AM
    Happy New Year Everyone.

    Well, I'm still stuck in France and still have loads of de-cluttering to do but I have decided that 2017 will be the year .

    MMM-ing is fun as well and stretches the imagination too! I was trying to use up a small piece of pork that I couldn't re-freeze and spotted a can of Heineken lurking at the bottom of the fridge. A pulled pork type of dish sprung to mind so I slow cooked the pork in it.
    NEVER use Heineken to cook pork
    So how to rescue the pork? A rummage in the freezer turned up 3 bags (???) of spinach so a pork saag idea came to mind. Pork shredded and a lot of spinach added there was still the problem of covering the beer taste. Another rummage in the cupboard produced a pack of guacamole spices (that also needed using up). The result was a super meal that I will be repeating but without the Heineken.

    So onwards and upwards and may we all have a very happy and healthy MMM-ing year.
    Deborah xxx

    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 1st Jan 17, 10:10 AM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 10:10 AM
    dND now that's what I call never giving up on a disaster well done on your perseverance
    MMM is definitely the way to go in this New Year.I will finally be back at my own home tomorrow and have listed all the fruit and veg I want /need then I will be only using what I already have in store this coming month if I can My freezer and cupboards are well stocked and I shall be doing my best to use evrything up that I can before buying anything else.Food shopping bills will hopefully be low and by the end of January I am hoping my cupboards will be emptier and my purse fuller Seems a good way to go for me
    Happy New Year everyone May all your wishes come true in 2017

    Cheers chums
    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • hollysnan
    • By hollysnan 1st Jan 17, 12:56 PM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 12:56 PM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 12:56 PM
    Happy New Year everyone,
    I started to post here in Aug then got very sick.
    I am now on the mend so would like to join you again.
    I have been reading off and on.
    The sun is out here at the moment but its still very cold.
    Nothing planned for today, just a day of rest.

    I have a few things planned to make and mend.
    • Teejay
    • By Teejay 1st Jan 17, 7:00 PM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 7:00 PM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 7:00 PM
    Stalked this board last year. So going to put my head above the parapit this year......So I can get some timely prods, when I get stuck. So many peeps on here that think outside of the box. Just wht I need.
    2017- No Clutter to be Seen Total 59/2017
    • nannygladys
    • By nannygladys 1st Jan 17, 7:45 PM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 7:45 PM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 7:45 PM
    Hi everyone

    I will make do with the food I have in
    I will mend some trousers and a jumper
    I will minimise the amount of time spent thinking of what I've got to do!!!
    Nannyg
    Mortgage free and debt free at last, but still frugal as retired. Time to enjoy life on a state pension!!!
    • osbornbiscuit
    • By osbornbiscuit 1st Jan 17, 9:12 PM
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    • 1st Jan 17, 9:12 PM
    Time to act !!!
    • #9
    • 1st Jan 17, 9:12 PM
    Ok, this is the new me sticking my head above the parapet and joining a forum instead of just lurking. I need to get my act in gear and stop relying on overdrafts and credit cards. Please bear with me if I make mistakes as this is all new to me. I have only just joined facebook and still not sure what I am doing there. By the way the pineapple cake recipe was gorgeous. My mum used to make it when she was alive and never passed the recipe on. I have a lot to minimise, a freezer to make do and a son who has just decided to be a vegetarian when I have a freezer full of meat. Roll on 2017
    • misstara
    • By misstara 1st Jan 17, 9:47 PM
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    Happy new year everyone!

    Lovely to see some new faces and familiar ones

    Good on you dND for saving the pork, glad it was an edible meal in the end

    Last night I did roast gammon for tea so sliced the leftovers up today. Took gammon and tomato sandwiches to work for lunch and have put some aside to go into a pie for tea tomorrow.

    Walked to and from work today so hopefully that will be the start of minimising me! I've put on a bit of weight in the last 4 months so plan to get rid of it over the next wee while. I'm going to take my running gear with me to work tomorrow and then run home after work. I hope to do this 2-3 times a week.

    There's nowhere close to the new flat (that I've found so far anyway) to recycle paper, glass, etc so took a bag with me when I was walking to work and went in past one of the supermarket to put in the facilities there.

    We need to do a proper sort out of all our kitchen stuff, don't quite know why we've got so much but the kitchen here is far smaller than the previous one so we will be putting quite a bit to the CS.
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £1349.50 (41.4% paid)
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    Exercise target - Run 3/8, Gym 0/4. Groceries target £106.86/£150. NSD target 11/18.
    • amber03
    • By amber03 1st Jan 17, 10:03 PM
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    Love this thread, will be popping in and getting tips. So far I will make do with the food I have in freezer, fridge and cupboards. Sometimes cringe when I see how much I have hoarded. Mend anything that is broken, this is how my parents were and now I can see why. Minimise my spending especially on rubbish.x
    Debtfree and and staying that way.
    £1000 Emergency fund No.112 £106.25


    WOMBLER 2017 NO. 5 £7.20
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 2nd Jan 17, 7:44 AM
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    Good Morning everyone ,nice to see some new folk joining in.

    At DDs until after breakfast then will finally be at home in my own house after the Christmas/New Year break.(mind I only live 1o minutes from my house )
    This morning I shall stock up on fruit and veg as thats all thats needed indoors(I have stacks of left over bits and pieces to get through)

    Yesterday I mended DDs sleeve of her jumper that needed sewing and then DGS Mikey 'remembered' that his winter jacket needed a 'small repair' !!! Small was not the word, God knows how he did it, but the sleeve and pocket needed stitching, and of course Granny works miracles

    Well I managed to sew it up and told him its a good job he only has to wear it through Jan /Feb as by the spring he will have outgrown it.

    Its a jacket he wears on top of his school blazer when its really cold, and was a hand-me-down from his next one up brother, so its at least done two of the boys a winter.

    But golly it was a heck of a seam to hand stitch, and of course DD doesn't own a thimble ,or for that matter a sewing kit as she hates sewing.(I had to nip home and get mine ) But the job's done and Mikey can go back to school on Wednesday with a jacket that doesn't have the down filling falling out of the sleeve

    I was hoping to do some minimising of my study today but have woken with a very sore back,must have slept wrong I think so apart from the fruit and veg shopping any bending is on hold today

    Looking forward to lots of MMMing this month, great to 'see' some new faces on here

    Cheers chums
    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 2nd Jan 17, 8:12 AM
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    Happy New Year!

    Count me in, planning to have a big Minimise when I get back home, and the other two Ms ongoing. Will start on 6th January.
    Finally I'm an OAP and can travel free (in London at least!).
    • Athome1
    • By Athome1 2nd Jan 17, 8:36 AM
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    Morning all and a belated Happy New Year! I like some of the other posters am a serial lurker .. I have posted in the past but feel like the stranger butting in on peoples conversations but have decided if I post more often I won't be a stranger ��
    So .. have had a rough couple of years (lost my husband very unexpectedly that was the worst thing) but am getting better and stronger. I have a lovely family and much to be grateful for. I have picked up tips in the past from you lovely people and I hope to learn even more and benefit from this upbeat thread. So here's to us and 2017 ��
    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 2nd Jan 17, 9:01 AM
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    Making do for me will often be me argueing with myself about buying new things. Today I am struggling with an urge to get a basic fitness tracker to work out miles walked this year. I have health and mobility issues and ideally need to stay as active as possible. However, I am going to make do and find my old pedometer and get it a new battery. I will just have to live with approximating distance from steps.

    Well and truly fell off wagon!...2017 Womble #9 Gave up counting :-( Saving for Christmas 2017 #46 £250/ £520. 365 Day Penny Challenge in 2017 gave up! VSP 2017 # Gave up SPC 10. Stashbusting projects lost track! Crazy clothes challenge 2017 #12 £350/200.....oops!
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 2nd Jan 17, 9:03 AM
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    Athome 1 don't be a stranger pull up a chair and join in we are all in the same boat here and no one is a stranger for long
    I too am widowed but 13 years ago, and it takes you a long while to get used to a different way of living.Like you I have a lovely family whom I adore and would walk through fire for. Best legacy my late OH left me was my two Dds and their collective seven children, three of whom I look after wjn school is finished and during the holidays They keep me on my toes
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 2nd Jan 17, 9:09 AM
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    ..and for a little thought on repairing....

    Early versions of the Readers Digest Repairs Manual.

    I've got the 1972 one - and it's astonishing to me just what things people expected to be able to repair, eg straightening cutlery and repairing rotary clothesline and umbrellas anyone.

    Though hopefully I'll never have to chuck out an umbrella again anyway - just spent around £15 for a "wind proof" umbrella through from Amazon. Undone it for the first time and thought "That looks well worth spending twice as much as normal on - as it should last way longer than twice as long as normal". I haven't even tried to use an umbrella since moving here (courtesy of the winds here) - so fingers crossed it will cope with them. It will certainly "laugh" at the breezes/winds in most parts of the country.
    #MeToo

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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 2nd Jan 17, 9:13 AM
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    Good morning! May I join in, please? New Year, new start... I am very much a MMM'er, but have been stopped in my tracks for the last couple of years by a severe lack of space, when one of our offspring moved back home for "a couple of months" complete with fiancee and furniture... needless to say, it was actually 2½ years of having to locate my sewing machine and move half a ton of fabric etc. before I could so much as mend a seam! But luckily he gained a promotion at work, so they could afford a little place of their own; they moved out (mostly!) at the start of last month and I'm able to swing back into action again.

    So my first task has been to make cushions for the day-bed that's in the room they've vacated. This room doubles up as an alternative living room (the original is just 12' x 12', not very big for 7/8 people!) and guest bedroom, and in spring & summer I host young German students in there, which pays for the basis of a family holiday. So the day-bed, which can turn into a double or two singles, is a necessity, but needs lots of cushions to make it comfortable as a sofa. And part of my half-ton of fabric etc. was umpteen cushion pads and lots of fabric leftover from making the blind & curtain in there...

    The quilted blind was made from a long, thin off-cut of Colefax & Fowler fabric that originally cost £62 per metre. I got the off-cut for £10, and as it's a striped fabric, it was very easy to join "invisibly" to make something workable, with a fair bit left over. The curtain was cut down from a huge rescued curtain; our neighbour is a decorator & spotted it about to go onto the bonfire when he was redecorating a big country house after a fire. He asked nicely & was given it to hand to me to "do something with"... Its twin had been badly burnt, but this one only had a little light scorching down one side, which I was able to cut off. It's also a Colefax & Fowler print and contained the same blue as the blind fabric. The offcuts from both, and a (rescued) Clark & Clark fabric that goes quite well have made loads of cushions so far, and I have just two pads left to use up!

    Other projects in hand: a "fuzzy" cot quilt from leftovers, which will probably go for sale on my market stall when finished, and a big "strippy" quilt from a jelly-roll of fabric that TDiL (trainee-daughter-in-law) had been given but has no time to do anything with. I won't need to buy anything to finish these with... There's plenty of mending too, and a certain amount of culinary experimentation, to use up packets of dried peas & beans in the back of the kitchen cupboards. I'm also planning to replace all of our worn-out net curtains in the next few weeks, to smarten our well-worn home up a bit, provided !KEA have some of their pretty £1 net left when I take DS3 back to uni at the end of this week.

    So that should keep me busy for most of this month...!
    Angie

    GC Oct17 £448.79/£430 - oh bother!

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • Athome1
    • By Athome1 2nd Jan 17, 9:33 AM
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    Got to ask Angie .. what's a Fuzzy cot quilt? My sewing is simple stuff and my knowledge of terms is very basic .. I usually have to google them!
    Thanks you JackieO for the welcome .. much appreciated.
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 2nd Jan 17, 10:34 AM
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    "Fuzzy" quilting - it's probably known by many other names; I picked this up in the States - is where you make the seams on the outside, i.e. with the seam allowance sticking UP. Then you "chenille" or snip right round the seams at .5cm intervals, down to (but NOT including) the stitching, with very small sharp scissors. I usually make the quilt sandwich & stitch-in-the-ditch along the seam allowances to quilt it at this point, but that's up to you. When you wash it, the sticky-up seams will fray and curl (especially if you tumble-dry, but it'll happen eventually anyway) creating a fuzzy effect all along the seams. Great for small fingers to play with & explore! Usually done with big "pieces" - squares or strips - and a seam allowance a bit over the usual quarter-inch.

    ETA: found some pics! One in the making...



    And the finished article...

    Last edited by thriftwizard; 02-01-2017 at 10:59 AM.
    Angie

    GC Oct17 £448.79/£430 - oh bother!

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
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