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    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 28th Dec 15, 7:51 PM
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    Mooloo's little tapestry of life, 2016
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    • 28th Dec 15, 7:51 PM
    Mooloo's little tapestry of life, 2016 28th Dec 15 at 7:51 PM
    So as yet another year comes to an end and a new one begins its time to start a new page in the chapter of life with Mooloo and my world.
    This is about year 8 since I joined MSE and about the 8th year of my own thread.
    Why is it in Relationships and not diaries? Because basically it started with my relationship with my challenging off Spring who came home when pregnant, and what has happened since.
    Now of course life is very different as I bring up my eldest grandchild, and my lot have left home.
    I now have a business in its infancy, and a different future awaits.
    Financially it's still tough, and I rely on Tax Credits etc to survive.
    I hope 2016 will be a better year, and a more stable one for DGD.

    So here I am, planning to rejoin several frugal threads, and clear my debts that have sneaked up on me, making better store cupboard use and crafting my way through the fabrics I already have.
    Building the business at the same time.

    So here is to the future, every one.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
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    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 2nd Oct 16, 6:55 PM
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    I see where your coming from. But not sure that my hording tendencies could cope. I see value, money tied up in everything, and hate throwing things out. I do need to get stronger at decluttering though.
    I like to work in the shop, upstairs, as it helps me be more professional in my business, but I would like to have a little more energy so that I could turn my hordes into funds.
    Having cleared a lot my black bin is full, and two sacks are beside it!
    The blue bin fir recycling glass and plastic, paper etc are nearly full too.
    I need to get help to get the mountain of junk I cleared out of the shed, an old tv, and part of a wardrobe to the tip. Only problem is that the nearest one doesn't accept all of it, and the one at the next town isn't open on my day off. Also the sports car is not exactly the car for taking wardrobes to the tip.
    Joining the decluttering challenges may be one way to go.
    I shall focus on making my space more comfortable, and remove what doesn't work as I go along.
    There is a huge amount of work to do, but if I just concerntrate on one area at a time I will get there.
    If I can repurpose, upcycle, and sell things perhaps giving myself a financial target it might help me. I'm usually ok at financial goals, even if I don't keep it long!
    Taking time for myself is difficult, and strange, but these last few days have shown me that I can't sit still even when I'm feeling rough, as the things around me are beginning to bug me, to tell me that I need to make changes.
    The kitchen is nearly finished. Just need to empty the food cupboards, get rid off the things I never used from Approved Foods over the years. Make room to put my gadgets that I want to use to hand, rather then on top of high cupboards!
    The next few days are going to be full on, with birthdays and trips all going on. So I'm planning the next blitz next week on Wednesday. ( so a week Wednesday). If I get energy back it may be earlier. But after the trip out today I realise I'm still not 100%

    Tonight it's going to be an early night. DGD is now in the bath, and when she's done and ready for bed I will be going up.
    I did the work for the shop yesterday, so I can take them back tomorrow and then bring more back if necessary.
    If there is not much work then I will restart my makes.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Brighton belle
    • By Brighton belle 2nd Oct 16, 7:10 PM
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    Your reasoning does make good sense mooloo: though for general advice to any other readers, I would add that de-clutters can be about the gentle approach, but of course, the slower the pace the client needs, the more time it can take to achieve clear space.
    Often the belief that 'I could sell that' totally stagnates the de-cluttering progress to the point of paralysis. It can come under 'magical thinking' and be totally unrealistic - the same pile of stuff is still there unsold 2 years later (and the rest).
    Sometimes the freedom of the stress of having a home that is overwhelming can be worth the £200 you might make selling stuff.
    But it sounds like you know yourself well mooloo and do gradually sell and clear things and a declutterer would not suit you at present.
    One secret is of course to de-cluttering, most especially if you find it difficult to get stuff out of the house again, is be very very careful what you bring into the house in the first place.
    I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 2nd Oct 16, 7:35 PM
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    As a child we moved all the time, and were only allowed to keep a few things. Then when I married I think I started keeping things. Although I always had to have a clear out every time I moved.
    Baring in mind this is my 40th home. The problem is that I have not moved in nearly 6 years and therefore not had that three week blitz before the move!
    Brighton Belle, your probably right that stuff will still be waiting to be sold two years later!
    But I know my limits at the moment, and I'm just really beginning to realise that I'm not going to be moving any time soon, and that I now need to make this place my home, rather than just a house we have to live in.
    I haven't ever liked this house, so it's never really had any love put into it.
    Now I'm trying to find that love, and make it better as I'm not going to be leaving here in a long time.
    Unless my dream builds enough funds to buy that home by the sea somewhere, which probably won't be until at least retirement, some 12 years down the road.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 2nd Oct 16, 7:35 PM
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    Mooloo - for any clutter that is saleable, could you advertise it in the shop? If you have a 'for sale' notice board that other people can also use it would encourage footfall, and fits with the upcycling ethos of the work you do.

    It's also worth offering stuff on freegle, even if it is something dead for 'spares or repair' before you take it to the tip - it's amazing what people will take, and upcycling is very popular now. You never know - someone might want to make your TV into an artwork
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 2nd Oct 16, 7:56 PM
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    Mooloo - for any clutter that is saleable, could you advertise it in the shop? If you have a 'for sale' notice board that other people can also use it would encourage footfall, and fits with the upcycling ethos of the work you do.

    It's also worth offering stuff on freegle, even if it is something dead for 'spares or repair' before you take it to the tip - it's amazing what people will take, and upcycling is very popular now. You never know - someone might want to make your TV into an artwork
    Originally posted by greenbee
    That may work. I'll have to have a think where I can put one.
    The tv has now been out in the rain, so it's carcus might work as its Spider-Man tv.
    I'll find the freebie sight of nothing else. Giving it away would be easier then throwing things. I do like to give.

    I'm in bed now, electric blanket is on, not because it's cold but because my skin is crawling, and my back aches X
    Night people x
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 3rd Oct 16, 7:12 AM
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    I'm awake, got my cup of tea, and the second alarm has just gone.
    I've checked my very depleted bank accounts, and now I must concentrate on spending less and earning more to rebuild them. My Mum has been sewing her little heart out, and has created some great little bags, pouches, and aprons etc to sell in aid of the Maculor Society. I'm just waiting for the paperwork to arrive before we can put them in the shop.
    I think I will provide her with some of my fabric hordes so she doesn't keep buying more. Sewing has certainly got her busy and motivated.

    I'm still not right. So I may come home early after all. But I'm aware that staff has done 11 hours of overtime this week, and I have practically emptied the business current account after paying the rent etc. We have had so little work in this last fortnight since the curtains (£1,000), cancelled.
    I must not worry. The thoughts I'm trying to keep are the positive ones, that this lull has allowed me to take care of DGD, and now to look after myself, at home. Ready to feel better, and tackle the increased load of work that will be coming in as the weather starts to change. This is the time where the coats usually get brought in for new zips, and the winter weight things are dug out only to find they need some TLC.
    Meanwhile, I'm going to give myself some TLC and take it as easy as I can with a full on week ahead.
    Time to wake DGD for school.
    She has a busy day.
    Swimming first thing, then after school a birthday tea, and Brownies.
    Tomorrow she is 9 and her Mummy is coming up for the day. We're all having a birthday tea at the local pub.
    Last edited by Mooloo; 03-10-2016 at 10:14 PM. Reason: Seeing/sewing!!!!
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 3rd Oct 16, 10:29 PM
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    I tried to slow myself down but it didn't really work.
    I drove to school then to work. Meant to arrive early but ended up chatting to someone in the street and it was 9.25 when I finally went into the shop!
    I had a look around at what was in, and started on the things that had been there the longest. Interrupted a few times, one lady has ordered a sewing machine, they are out of stock but delivery is expected soon.
    Sold £1 of ribbon and had a £10 collection. Not much. Staff came in later, at 11.30 so I could leave earlier, but it was about 3.15 when I went up to our mini pound shop, for candles, birthday hats, paper, cards etc
    When I got back to the shop it was 3.50 and so I left to get DGD from afterschool club. Home, changed, and she was off to a birthday party. I had a reheated dinner as I realised I'd missed lunch.
    Did a little housework and collected DGD again. Back home, changed for Brownies, and back out again. Home, collected the car and over to my Mum, said hello to my brother as he was chatting to Mum on Skype, collected a few more things Mum had sewn, and over to Biggest of Mooloo's with some dishes and bits and pieces for her, and back in time just, to leave the car and go and get DGD as she'd gone to Brownies on her bike.
    Home, snack, cuppa, and then when DGD went to bed, present wrapping time and then I came to bed.
    Did an Approved Food order, to help us all stretch our budget, and now I can relax and get some sleep.
    Twin 2 rang today, concerned about DGD. Twin 1 has told her that it was her BFs sister that called Social Services in August, so I was right, retaliation for my refusing Christmas!
    Twin1 is coming up tomorrow for DGDs birthday, but not stopping. Apparently the BFs Dad is driving them up as their car is off the road.
    So all that moving beds and furniture etc etc was all for nothing!
    Oh well
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 4th Oct 16, 9:47 AM
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    Morning from a bleary eyed Moo!
    I didn't sleep very well and when I did I woke early. DGD went off to school on her new stunt scooter, so I had an energetic walk to school trying to keep up.
    Biggest and her kids Face Timed DGD and sang to her. The tradition is to take sweets into school so I took a tin sweet shop sweets and hope there is enough for the class. Told the teacher DGDs Mum is collecting her today rather than the after school club, and he told me he was really pleased with her English work she did yesterday, and that she wrote a page and a half, with all the right paragraphs and punctuation! Yeah. She loths writing.
    I'm at work now waiting for the first of three people booked in for fittings, they are now 20 minutes late and the 2nd one is due in in 10 minutes.
    I hope it's not going to be a chase my tail day!!
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 5th Oct 16, 9:06 AM
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    Yesterday evening my friends dog decided to take a dislike to me and bit me on the thumb. So I am now sitting in the health centre waiting to see someone to see if I need a tetnus or antibiotics!
    The second problem is that I am struggling to do much with my thumb as it is. Going to be awkward trying to sew the way it is. Good job I have until tomorrow as the shop is shut today.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 5th Oct 16, 10:43 AM
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    I've had a Tetnus and I'm back home now.
    I am finding it difficult to do things so I'm hoping I can just relax at home today. Spoken to Mum on Skype and she's ok, doesn't need anything.
    DS hasn't replied to my message so have no idea if he needs shopping or not. I shall not go over unless he does. I only need bread so I could actually just make a loaf here at home as I have enough ingredients.
    So I think a relaxing day until the Circus tonight.
    Last edited by Mooloo; 05-10-2016 at 10:44 AM. Reason: Spelling
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 6th Oct 16, 6:53 AM
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    For once I did just relax at home, in fact I had a couple of hours sleep before lunch. Then I watched some DIY programme before walking to school to collect the girls. At 5.30 we went back to watch the Circus. It was quite good, but I was so cold. It also went on for two hours. So by the time we got home it was 8.30. My neighbour had bought Pizza for tea, so gave DGD and myself some for our supper. Zapped in the microwave. Having seen the various habits etc of her and her kids, I can safely say I now know why she's broke at the end of the month. 3 large pizzas delivered from a certain pizza place, costs would probably feed them for 4/5 days!
    So when we do her budget soon, I think meal planning will need to be high on the agenda!
    The only time I have ever bought pizza for delivery was during a house move when we did all the moving and it was too late to plumb in a cooker.
    I'd rather buy three in the supermarket and do them myself.

    Today is back to work, sore thumb or not! I have fittings booked in at 10.30 and a sewing lesson at 10.45 ( had to cancel last week when we were ill).
    This evening is my class at 7.30 too.
    Long day then.
    Must get something out of the freezer this morning. Probably chicken based as I still have loads from Muscle Foods.
    I have a lot of seeing that needs doing as it came in on Tuesday afternoon.
    Here's to a nice steady day, and no complications.
    DS did finally message me, they were OK for shopping. So the stuff I bought the previous two weeks is still doing them. Which is good.
    He said the sitting room and kitchen were all done now, and they were tackling the upstairs.
    My things are still to be tackled, but the majority of the recycle able stuff went to the tip yesterday. My staff and her husband took it for me.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 7th Oct 16, 7:24 AM
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    I'm trying hard to find my mojo, and it is taking me longer to do things for some reason. Partly it's because of the bite on my hand, but secondly I just think it's my whole self going slower due to the change in the weather. I'm trying to keep my self "up", positive and facing the bright lights and the Sun when I can.
    I'm trying to be positive about the flow of work, but the drop in cashflow has me slightly worried, and I'm trying to change my mind set. The delay in the curtain and blind order put a huge dent in the months workload, etc
    On the plus side there is no pressure at the moment. Maybe that's what's wrong! No pressure probably why I'm slower.
    On the home front nothing's happened as I worked late yesterday not getting home until 10.20pm
    Tonight I will have to potter about to make sure the basics are done and the washing etc is started as were out for the day on Sunday.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 8th Oct 16, 8:46 AM
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    Up early to take DS to work. Pottered and now it's time to go to work myself. DGD slept over at the neighbour's again. So I won't see her now until after work. Strange feeling.
    I've loads to do today, which is good.
    Hopefully the work is going to come in more regularily now, what I need is for the people to come and collect, and pay.
    Staff has a day off so it's my little Saturday Girl today.
    Biggest of Mooloo's has resigned in here on MSE, so she may pop up on some forums. It's time for them to unite their finances, face up to what ever the past has left them with, and make sure they set a new budget etc so I suggested the forums here to start with. Along side my mini debt dealing/saving crib sheets!
    After all the experience I've had since joining here, I could practically write an e-book!!
    Have a good day everyone.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 8th Oct 16, 5:47 PM
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    Another day that didn't go to plan.
    The first lesson was cancelled, so I did alterations all day. Gave some wicker baskets to the baguette shop that I had kicking around, so had a free lunch. Just as well as last lesson didn't turn up either, so takings £50 down on what I expected.
    Went to see my Mum this afternoon, and a trip to Aldi for food shopping.
    Now it's time to put my feet up and have a cup of tea before I start again.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 9th Oct 16, 6:20 PM
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    So today we spent at Warwick Castle. Friend and Biggest drove, so no petrol costs. Tickets for 7 of us bought using Kids Pass £101.70 paid last month. We took packed lunches so no spends on that. But we did have a go at Archery! That was £10 for 4 of us as we were able to share out our Arrows rather than pay £3 each. The Princess photographs cost £12.00
    The only other spends were DGDs birthday money, she bought a feather pen, and a bow and arrow. For £12.50
    So not a cheap event, but it was a birthday treat, it got me time with three other grandchildren too!
    Tonight I am cooking chicken Kievs bought at Aldi yesterday and on offer for 99p for two, with a handful of peas each and some frozen chips.
    I expect an early night and will catch up on my programmes in the week.
    I will also have to do my accounts this week, I have been a bit negligent lately.

    I'm going to write my diary and give myself some goals for the rest of the month.
    I also forgot to challenge the council on the tax bill so I better do that ASAP or it will be too late.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 11th Oct 16, 9:53 AM
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    I am not exactly on a low, but I am finding it harder to stop the worrying.
    I do have work, but it is a lot less then needed to keep up the bills etc. Luckily I do have savings in the business account, put by when the summer was good, but even yesterday Staff was worried that work had reduced.
    She was also worried that now I'm upstairs working, and the downstairs is laid out to retail, and despite the sign outside people don't realise we do alterations anymore!
    I need to work on my media stuff, and advertising etc, but with nothing left in the budget, and my media skills being limited, I am worried and don't really know where to divide my time best.
    There are only 9 jobs in for me to tackle today and Thursday.
    Before our August break it was rare for their to be less than about 40 jobs on the go.
    I know it will come in again, but for obvious cashflow reasons, I would be less worried if it was coming in st a steady pace each day.
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 11th Oct 16, 10:10 AM
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    Mooloo - can you have a workstation set up downstairs with something half-done on it so it looks like you have just nipped upstairs? It could also double as a demo-station for the machines you sell. And somewhere for you to do small alterations/makes when you need to man the shop (staff breaks/sickness etc)
    • whiteguineapig
    • By whiteguineapig 11th Oct 16, 10:34 AM
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    would it also be good to have what green bee said positioned near the window so that people can see when they walk past that the sewing machine is being used to alter
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 11th Oct 16, 6:05 PM
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    I used to sew downstairs, but got interrupted so much it was necessary for me to move upstairs.
    Possibly setting up something with one of the machines as a staged prop may be possible. I'll have a good think.
    On the plus side the lady who had cancelled her big order has now reactivated three blinds. So that will give me £250 approx ( less the kits).
    Making thermal cooking bags, too help others save fuel costs, and produce fabulous meals for pennies! I love my sewing, and it has helped me to make new friends and feel useful!
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    • By pollyanna 26 11th Oct 16, 8:44 PM
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    Hi Mooloo I think the idea of a staged display may help . I'm also wondering if there is a reasonable profit in making the thermal cooking bags . If so have you ever showcased them in the window . In my small local town which is a fairly wealthy area I have noticed the few local repair and redesign shops are introducing more old style merchandise and focusing on repurposing . I think in the uncertain economic climate people are considering their spends much more and going for maybe alterations and pretty gift type goods . I know a local seamstress is making a lot of christmas gifts from her stash and they are selling like hot cakes .
    I think if the cooking bags are financially worth the effort it could be worth putting one in the window and maybe printing off a few leaflets to explain the use and moneysaving aspect of them .
    Apologies if you've already tried this . Glad to see you at least got part of the blind order .
    Take care polly
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