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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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    • Bextow
    • By Bextow 12th Oct 16, 8:06 AM
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    Bextow
    While you are not so busy you could make a batch or two of those Christmas hats that sold so well last year x
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    • elona
    • By elona 12th Oct 16, 9:52 AM
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    How about sewing hand made Christmas stockings and offering to sew a name on them to make it individual, maybe have one with a name on it in the shop window.
    "This site is addictive!"
    Wooligan 2 squares for smoky - 3 squares for HTA
    Preemie hats - 2.
    • Almost-free
    • By Almost-free 12th Oct 16, 5:21 PM
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    Something that sells well for about £30-40 is felt bag liners/organisers like the samorga ones . I am on a mulberry Facebook group and the two ladies making them can't keep up with demand . I have few mulberry bags I could supply the dimensions for if you wanted to give it a go and I can send you photos Mooloo if you want more details . Just a thought .

    Samorga have a Facebook page showing all their liners for Louis Vuitton mulberry etc photos and dimensions .
    Last edited by Almost-free; 12-10-2016 at 5:25 PM.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 12th Oct 16, 8:17 PM
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    I do have a bag in the shop window, along with small makes, but the makes don't sell much. I think those coming into the shop are makers themselves, rather then people looking for gifts.
    I need to earn £20 an hour to keep the shop ticking over, so the time to make items for selling prices me too high when you add the cost of fabrics.
    I haven't actually run out of work, but know I am working slower, when the pressure is off.
    Almost Free, I did take a look at those bags, but don't know how they do them for the price. If I run out of work then I certainly will make things, but I think that I'd need to sell them online rather than in the shop!
    Staff analysed the figures for October 1st-10th for last year compared to this years and we were about the same at only £370 for alterations, so it's just that I was so very busy in the summer that it seems low. That would not be sustainable though, as rent and wages etc are double that for the time.
    I will stay positive, and try and get my online presence sorted out!
    At least I have work for the rest of the week. 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!
    • dktreesea
    • By dktreesea 13th Oct 16, 12:49 PM
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    Maybe it would be an idea, in spite of the interruptions, to work downstairs rather than take the energy from the shop upstairs with you. I know it's less efficient sewing wise but it would make the shop look active and entice people in. Especially when makes for other people (e.g. blinds/curtains/prom dresses) and alterations and sewing lessons are the main part of your business, rather than haberdashery.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 13th Oct 16, 3:53 PM
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    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1154293597994862&id=69586 1623838064
    If I can put this up, I'd like people to take a look at the post here, about my Mum and her work.


    I'm trying to post a virtual tour of the shop so people can see what I'm working with, but currently it's too big a video for the Facebook upload. So I will need to work on it first.
    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!
    • geminilady
    • By geminilady 13th Oct 16, 4:02 PM
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    It says page not found
    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 13th Oct 16, 4:03 PM
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    Says Page Not Found for me Mooloo.

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1154293597994862&id=69586 1623838064
    If I can put this up, I'd like people to take a look at the post here, about my Mum and her work.


    I'm trying to post a virtual tour of the shop so people can see what I'm working with, but currently it's too big a video for the Facebook upload. So I will need to work on it first.
    Originally posted by Mooloo


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    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 13th Oct 16, 4:24 PM
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    Oh! It comes up when I click on it!
    Well it's Mooloo's of Brackley Facebook Page.
    For Macular Degeneration.
    I'll try again later.
    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 13th Oct 16, 5:00 PM
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    must be the privacy settings
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 14th Oct 16, 7:21 AM
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    So excited. The video I thought FB had been unable to upload is now live on the Mooloo's of Brackley, FB page.
    Unfortunately I can't seem to upload a working link. But if you can spare 5 minutes to find my page you can see how my little shop is currently set out!

    Last night was my ladies lesson week 4! These ones are a lot slower and more serious than some previous ones, I'm not sure they will be finished in two more weeks!

    Did I tell you I had looked at and analysed my budget for September and that I'd blown it out of the water spending £677 more than allocated?
    Not counting the £1800 on the credit card for DS's debt debacle!
    I knew I'd spent a lot but that's a huge over spend.
    Looks like it's going to be a no spend November, except I will be practising for the rest of October by the looks of things.
    I was too late to cancel today's Abel & Cole delivery, and I have a muscle food delivery booked for next Wednesday. But it is going to be only real necessities like loo rolls, milk, eggs and yoghurt from now on!
    I don't want to end up blowing the budget again just before Christmas.
    Back to some weird meals using my extensive dry goods stores. Menu planning so I remember to soak pulses etc.
    It's all about planning and energy levels!
    This weekend, tomorrow is Biggests birthday, luckily she had her sitting room make over for that already.
    In a month it is my friend's wedding, I think I will make her a thermal cooking bag.
    I have the twins birthdays coming up, they will be 28 in November.
    Not sure what I will get them?
    Is it cheating to get something out of October if I have a no spend November?
    Time to get up properly, wake DGD and launch ourselves into the day.
    Yesterday she tried to wriggle out of school, I wonder if we get a repeat 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!
    • I Love comps
    • By I Love comps 14th Oct 16, 7:46 AM
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    I Love comps
    I have been following your posts , but have never commented before. I have found your FB page and liked it.The video is wonderful.
    Also browsed at your website too.
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 14th Oct 16, 7:57 AM
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    I have been following your posts , but have never commented before. I have found your FB page and liked it.The video is wonderful.
    Also browsed at your website too.
    Originally posted by I Love comps
    Thankyou ever so much!
    It's not actually edited, and I stutter a bit, but I didn't have a script and never videoed before. I thought it might help people to see what Mooloo is all about.
    I've a lot to learn to improve the website!
    I'll get there one of these days!
    Trying to do it myself can be quite daunting.
    But if I can move forward it would be good to have demonstrations and tips etc on the website.
    But the sewing work must come first!
    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!
    • plumduff55
    • By plumduff55 14th Oct 16, 8:33 AM
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    Hi Mooloo, I always read your posts and love catching up on your life but have never commented before. I have just watched your video and your shop is like an Aladdin's cave - I love it . I turned my small bedroom into a sewing room and no matter how much I tidy it's always a mess. I think it's because I get so engrossed when I'm sewing and things just get chucked everywhere.

    Your video is brilliant and your shop is like the Tardis xx
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    • charlie3090
    • By charlie3090 14th Oct 16, 8:41 AM
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    I too follow your posts with great interest,
    de- lurking to tell you I went on facebook and watched your video,
    it is great,
    the shop looks really welcoming and I wish I lived nearer.
    Charlie.
    • grandma247
    • By grandma247 14th Oct 16, 9:49 AM
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    I saw the video in my feed this morning. It was nice to see it all since I live a very long way from you. Well done
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 14th Oct 16, 10:01 AM
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    Thankyou people!
    I thought it would help show you where I work, and what I have achieved.
    Really appreciate the delurking to let me know.
    I love coming to work each day and I always feel so proud of my little shop. Some people say it's like stepping back in time as you can buy one button if you want, or have a whole house soft furnishings made!
    Adaptable I am. (Well mostly!)
    Right socialising over, I've work to do.
    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 14th Oct 16, 10:58 PM
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    I an probably 20minutes from finishing the blind. It took a long time to do for the shop was fairly busy. The first two hours I hardly managed to sew much at all. Today people finally came to collect things and pay, and several new jobs also came in.
    The bank balance will be relieved!
    We have the little girl from a few doors down here for a sleep over.
    They are fast asleep in the spare room.
    I wasted my evening doing a collage of pictures of my eldest daughter for her birthday tomorrow.
    And watched tv!
    I was supposed to be doing the shop accounts!
    Oh well!
    Sunday night instead then.
    I am getting up early tomorrow as I have a skirt I have to redo as I wasn't happy with the zip I put in, and so recklessly I had staff unpick it just before we came home and I ran out of time to go and get DGD, so it still needs finishing but the lady is coming to Collect it at 9.30 when I open.
    So I need to get it done before then.
    Eeeeek
    I have had 90 people view the video of my little shop. Amazing!
    I definitely do need to learn how to use social media properly!
    All I need to do is to be able to sell things on line, to boost the shops funds!
    Sounds simple ......
    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 15th Oct 16, 7:28 AM
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    Everyone is awake. I can hear the girls chattering etc.
    I'm having my first cup of tea in bed before I make a move. Bank balances checked, email read, Facebook notifications done, so I'm just about ready for the day.
    It's the skirt to do, the blind to finish, an urgent jacket repair, two zips to replace in jeans and a jacket sleeves to shorten. The rest will probably have to wait until Monday.
    I also need to order roller blind kits.
    After work it's a dash to Towcester to drop off the collage at the venue for DD and back home to try and achieve something on the domestic front before we collect DS and his partner at 6.30
    Going to be a busy 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 15th Oct 16, 8:38 AM
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    Erm! Should have been up when I heard the girls. Just spent my last hour reclaiming my kitchen from flour and blue food colouring!
    The girls are now round the Mum's both blue from elbow to thumb!
    When the bath bomb kit ran out they decided experiments were fun and started on the kitchen contents.
    I've done what I can, and just managed my shower etc. So I will not be at work any earlier then normal after all.
    I hope my lady due at 9.30 is running 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!
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