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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

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    Mincemeat flapjack
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 5th Jun 17, 6:47 PM
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    JackieO
    Yay I have finished the poppies and sewn all the buttons in place 100 in total and I am now having a bit of a rest tonight I will take a photo and probably put it on F/b as I know how to do that,not sure how to move it on to here thought made do with a pile of salad bits and bobs for dinner tonight and finished the peach yogurt in the fridge

    I still have a pot of natural yogurt to get through.DD gave me a pot of rhubarb and ginger preserve so a dollop of that will get mixed with some natural yogurt. Enough ham left for tomorrows lunch with salad, tomorrow night I am at the pub quiz so no need to cook at all trying to minimise lots of paper work I have an Ipad, a MacAir laptop and a desktop computer and I think its time a lot of paper work was shredded as it really isn't needed anymore I swear it multiplys in my study during the night
    Have a good evening all


    JackieO xxx
    Quot Libra,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 5th Jun 17, 7:10 PM
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    Lyn - can't believe how quickly the time has gone! You sound so happy in your home. Jackie - well done with all those poppies - a mammoth task for such a worthwhile cause.
    We have visitors coming on Friday and have been too busy last week to do anything indoors so today have managed to clean all the upstairs windows, strip and remake two beds, two loads of washing, hoovered and dusted upstairs and cleaned both bathrooms - phew! I'm out tomorrow with two girlfriends to the blue Swedish emporium ( just for a look, honest!) so the downstairs will be done on Wednesday. Ive a couple of sewing jobs to do but TBH they will only take about an hour tops. (The jeans look fab MrsM). Been doing loads of work in the garden while the weather has been good and it's looking good rather swish if I do say so
    Have a good evening all
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 5th Jun 17, 11:14 PM
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    Wow, Mrs MP the jeans are fantastic, love the visible mended look and they are so colourful and look very sturdy too. Very impressed!

    LynP i can't believe it's been a year already! Well done to you for following your dreams and making them a reality, you're an inspiration
    JackieO well done with the poppies, i bet there's a mountain of them!!

    I've not posted for ages due to things being super busy at work and doing lots of extra hours, but have been reading along when i can. The busyness shows no sign of abating, but i feel i've recently been doing more productive things in my 'down time' rather than just wasting time reading rubbish online (present company excepted of course!) because my brain's too knackered to do anything else!

    I have done a bit of MMM over the last few weeks - inspired by all of you on here i raided the shed for my ancient veg seeds and have been pleasantly surprised by how well they're doing - we now have carrots, courgettes, tomatoes, sprouts, and loads of salad leaves planted into pots (our garden still needs too much doing to be worth planting directly into the ground this year as we'd only end up moving them) plus strawberries and some herbs still going well from last year. Silva - how satisfying it must be to survey your garden kingdom and be proud of what your hard work has accomplished! I bet your garden is lovely For me i think that state is a long way off but it is progressing (very slowly) and i live in hope i'll get there one day!

    Got a big bag of stuff to go to the CS which i'll drop off on Wednesday along with some other errands. Also slowly working my way through sorting out various bags of random crafting stuff in the odd 10 mins here and there between work, and have sorted my sewing and crochet patterns into folders which was very satisfying and i have been meaning to do for years (folders and file dividers donated by my dad when he retired earlier this year and cleared out his home office). Sorted a pile of OH's old clothes i had been planning to upcycle, but many are in good enough condition to go on fleabay. I've discovered men's clothes seem to do very well and almost always sell first time, and it's unlikely i'd have time to sew anything with then anytime soon. Have kept the things i have plans/patterns in mind for including some new summery tops for myself from old shirts of his, and a couple of gifts, plus damaged/stained things i can't really sell but can be made into shopping bags/cut up for patchwork.

    I've had a lovely trip to Bath and Bristol this weekend just gone, for a friend's party and to catch up with lots of other old friends in the area, all in as OS a way as possible. I went both ways by coach (less than half the price of a train journey and barely longer) and spent the journey crocheting gifts - on the way there finishing a huge blanket as a housewarming gift for my recently-moved Bristol friends, and way back starting another blanket as a christmas gift. I could probably drive in less time and for roughly the same cost, but i just love traveling by public transport - being able to enjoy the scenery, relax and of course crochet! My other friend loved his birthday gift - a home made brightly-coloured bow tie. He and his wife go to a lot of festivals and love dressing up so i know it will be well used! I stayed with some other lovely friends who i rarely see and they kindly drove me back to the bus station on my last day. Other than that i did a lot of walking to and from places so was very grateful for the nice weather.

    Hope you all have a lovely week, i'll probably disappear again for a while but will enjoy reading along and keeping up with all your MMM adventures xx
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    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 9th Jun 17, 3:38 PM
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    Making do with good from fridge, freezer and garden A friend came for lunch and I cooked a quiche and had it with salad, leaves from the garden and potatoes from the garden.

    Cleared out a couple of drawers and realize I don't need to buy envelopes for a while but did shred some that looked tatty. I use shredded paper for the chickens bedding. Old CD "s were thrown away which were for computers that we no longer have.
    • crazytree
    • By crazytree 10th Jun 17, 8:39 AM
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    Hi, I'm Tree
    I'm hoping that joining this thread will help me clear out the clutter in my house. My other half hoards loads of stuff although he is making more of an effort to keep it contained. But since my two kids moved out three years ago their rooms have become storage for vast amounts of junk.

    I'm trying to get rid of some of it on "a well known auction site" but a lot of it hasn't sold! So when the auctions are finished I need to take it to the chazzer rather than leaving it to gather more dust!!

    I've a week off work and I'm not going away so I plan to list some more stuff for sale and get Himself to make some decisions about his stuff!

    I've been following this thread for a while and have been inspired by how well you all seem to be doing I'm hoping this will help to focus my mind on decluttering.

    T
    • misstara
    • By misstara 10th Jun 17, 11:28 AM
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    Welcome to the thread Tree - good luck with all your decluttering

    Had some milk to use up so made cauliflower cheese last night for tea and also some scones. Slight fail on both accounts - the cheese sauce went a bit odd in the oven, tasted fine but didn't look particularly appetising. Leftovers with YS sausages tonight. Scone mix must have been too wet so they are flat and shapeless rather than looking like scones but again they taste fine. Not my finest culinary hour

    It's my weekend off and I don't have much planned. I'm off to meet my gran for lunch today but other than that just catching up on chores and getting a shop in. We were originally planning to go away camping this weekend but the weather has scuppered that.

    Hope you all have a good weekend and have better weather than here
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 10th Jun 17, 11:55 AM
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    I am trying to minimise both DH & I, and also the freezer, so had 2 ys M&S curries with naans last night, Peking duck wraps for lunch and king prawn stir fry for tea, all mainly from the freezer. I also want to make some caramelised onions to use some of the frozen stash, and something with filo pastry - any ideas?

    I am currently patching my allotment jeans as the inner thighs are held together by Lycra ...soon they will have a patch on each leg (from a pair of CS toddler jeans, 49p) sewn on and then blanket stitched around in bright yellow embroidery silk

    Not done much other mending, but when I've finished my needlework I will be cleaning out the fridge& clearing the bunged drain - does that count?
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    • osbornbiscuit
    • By osbornbiscuit 10th Jun 17, 8:59 PM
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    Still trying
    Hi Everyone.
    Sorry for not posting for a while. I would like to say I have been so busy with minimising etc but I would only be kidding myself. The brain is willing but the body says otherwise.
    I have got rid of another two bags of stuff to the charity shop. I just have to learn to leave my purse at home, that way I can come out of the shop without another 4 books that were on my list. Does anyone else go around charity shops with a shopping list just on the off chance that they will find those elusive finds?
    The garden needs blitzing as the torrential rain has flattened a lot and the gale force winds have blown pots over and stuff now needs repotting. Shame it has been raining again today, maybe tomorrow?
    I have been swimming so does that count as minimising????
    Unfortunately I am due to have my garage roof replaced along with the guttering etc so my savings account will be minimised. The plus side (if it could be counted as such) is that the builders will have a skip which means I can clear out the garage and part of the loft.
    I find that if they don't sell on ebay try again a couple of weeks later or try gumtree.
    I have managed to clear the ironing (2 weeks worth) so I must be doing something right although if I had done it when I took it off the line I wouldn't have stood for nearly an hour
    Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow or in the famous words of 'Annie' The sun will come out tomorrow......
    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 10th Jun 17, 10:42 PM
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    Extravegance and welcome folks
    Hiya all

    Welcome tree! Its a very friendly and supportive community!
    villagelife - wow you have had a turn out! I too got rid of old CDs a while ago. The trouble is i keep on seeing albums in charity shops which I remember from years ago and end up buying them in a fit of nostalgia.

    My other expenditure was at the Royal Cornwall Show. (Boasting mode engaged) My friend's partner (a farmer) got us free tickets and because his daughter was working there she kindly drove us there in return for staying at my friend's house. She parks nearby because she is working with the sheep so we didnt get too wet . then we got free coffee and biscuits and a free lunch (wonderful buffet). As John says - its not free it comes out of the profits they make from him and other farmers. but it feels it at the time! I stayed within budget with 50p left over!! Wow! But I bought some lovely cordials for DS1 and DIL as they are not drinking alcohol anymore; some clog type things to pop out into the garden with and some unusual spices (Ras el Hanut is one which I have always wanted to try!). Also found the Association of Cornish brewers/CAMRA beer tent - I only had two pints which was very restrained of me!!!

    However, back to frugalling now - no adventures anticipated until October so it is time to GET RID OF STUFF. Started today and took a steering wheel and foot pedals for an X box 360 to a chap in Redruth. Although his shop was open he was away and we had paid 4.70 to park (yes it does cost that much!) still went to the Nationwide (its one of the nearest!) and Wilco (they sell cheap versions of Bonios for the dogs that have very similar nutrition on them). Hopefully the chap will get back to me and offer a reasonable price for it/them! (Checked em out on e of bay first!)

    So I begin the minimise but make monies from it!! campaign!

    Wish me luck!

    Make do - slept on my friend's floor as she has given away her single bed and her partner's daughter had the other one - friend most worried but I sleep like a log on floors - must be the 40+ years of yoga Also v late home today so had frozen pizza from Lidil's rather than a take away - which saved a lot of money!!

    Mend - my car got scrapped (not due to me!) so I have managed, between rainshowers to rub down the scrape and will paint it if the weather is better tomorrow!
    Frugal onward folk!
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 10th Jun 17, 11:17 PM
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    I went to my DDs school fete and spent a whopping 80p on a bottomless cup of coffee (helps that DD is the business manager there) and the ladies said 'Oh hello, Shelley's Mum', and got me a chair and a coffee and a smashing large slice of HM sponge.Lemon with a blackcurrent filing and delicious frosting.I counted the lemon and blackcurrant as part of my five a day but I did spend some of my Happy Cash Stash on some plants and a couple of HM eccles cakes, all the cash went to the schools fund which struggles at times as the local LEA don't provide many treats for the special needs children there.Lovely happy school and the children are so pleased when they see a new face turn up. Very pleasant couple of hours, and I won a jar of pickles in the raffle

    managed to get the washing dried and ironed and put away this afternoon as well Although I have done my promised 100 poppies because I have a good bit of left over wool I am carrying on making some more I think I shall be ables with the wool I have in stock to make at least another 40+ with luck.I enjoy doing them even though it can be a bit fiddley.

    DGD Holly went to Wembley today with her B/F to the Capitol Summer Ball and she texted me to say she was having a great time ,even though the security was quite tight, her Mum was a bit worried, but I said you can't alter your life for a few idiots and she will be fine

    Minimised a bit of paperwork as well today which is good and a few books to the CS I too leave my purse at home when I go in there or I will buy more to bring home

    Made do with food from the freezer tonight with some salad.So far I haven't been to the shops at all this month
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    • rosie51
    • By rosie51 11th Jun 17, 3:35 PM
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    Yay I have finished the poppies and sewn all the buttons in place 100 i

    JackieO xxx
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Where did you get the pattern please?

    May i join this thread please as i am a great fan. Today i covered my larder selves with the old kitchen table oil cloth, as bought a new one. Looks smart if i say so myself, still plenty left to make a cushion to knee on in the garden. The new oil cloth table cover i cut in half as a spare, so 2 table clothes for the price of 1. Getting a real penny saver in my retirement.
    No money, no worry. I am alive and that is all that matters

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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 12th Jun 17, 8:06 AM
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    Morning all
    I finished reading philomema last night so that's going in the CS bag for next week
    Took 14 black bags of clothes to the CS and two to the clothes bank that dd3 had left here but finally sorted through. There are two bags of shoes to go next week she left for her sister to try but they didn't fit, so they are going as well.

    Made more fabric hearts for various good causes so that's cleared some from the stash cupboard, latest lot need posting this afternoon

    Hope everyone is well, my hours at work have been slightly minimised so I'll be able to pop in a bit more after than I have been recently
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 12th Jun 17, 8:52 AM
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    Where did you get the pattern please?

    May i join this thread please as i am a great fan. Today i covered my larder selves with the old kitchen table oil cloth, as bought a new one. Looks smart if i say so myself, still plenty left to make a cushion to knee on in the garden. The new oil cloth table cover i cut in half as a spare, so 2 table clothes for the price of 1. Getting a real penny saver in my retirement.
    Originally posted by rosie51
    Hi rosie 51 I live in the Medway area of Kent and our local arts centre is asking for 5000 for an exhibition. They are very easy to make .Ask at your local library they may have a similar thing running.The poppy making started I believe in Australia for their Anzac day and has spread across the globe to the UK.If you have no luck let me know and I will pm you the pattern Its very easy to do.

    Sounds like you have definitely got the make do and mend bug I love oil cloth its so much more hard wearing isn't it I have an old one I keep in the boot of my car which is so useful for so many things

    When I am carrying bags to the tip saves having to hoover out the boot as I can just get it out and give it a good shake Especially when my DDs two hairy dogs have been in there (I have a seven seater with an open boot ) or just as a cloth when we are on the beach with a picnic .Best oil cloth I buy is from JL as it seems to last for years (just as well as its not cheap)

    JackieO xx
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    • rosie51
    • By rosie51 12th Jun 17, 2:01 PM
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    JackieO
    Thanks for your reply about the poppies, will look in to that. I'm in East Yorks area. What a great tip for the car, we have two dogs who like water and mud and car boot always filthy.
    Rosiexx
    No money, no worry. I am alive and that is all that matters

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    • Athome1
    • By Athome1 12th Jun 17, 8:05 PM
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    Hi Rosie 51 .. welcome! I tend to lurk on this thread and really enjoy reading everyones posts though I rarely post myself.
    I love oilcloth too, tough as old boots and so useful .. you certainly stretched the pennies with your clever usage.
    I live in the Midlands and have just come back from a short break in East Yorkshire .. we stayed in some converted train wagons near Market Weighton .. fabulous part of the world .. I envy you 😉
    I look forward to more of your posts.
    • rosie51
    • By rosie51 13th Jun 17, 7:36 PM
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    I am about 7 miles from there and it's beautiful, DH thinks its gods country, then hes from Bridlington. I have been in this area for 30 odd years, from Warwickshire myself.
    No money, no worry. I am alive and that is all that matters

    2017 Makes from stash
    7/100
    • Athome1
    • By Athome1 13th Jun 17, 10:36 PM
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    I agree with your OH .. whats's not to love?? �� We even had hot, sunny weather for our day at Bridlington and Scarborough ��
    I'm a Warwickshire girl myself although I'm a West Midland girl now since they moved the boundaries. X
    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 14th Jun 17, 8:48 AM
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    Minimising I'm currently minimising the whole of our home with a view to a change of location nearer the family. It's amazing what I've squirreled away in lots of places in the 24 years we've lived here and kept 'just in case'. My way of de cluttering is to find 'treasures' in odd places and pull them out into the light on a shelf for a few days I'm finding it much easier to decide what to keep and what to let go by living with them in full view for a while.

    Mending not sure if this counts but I'm currently washing the sheepskins we have by our chairs as they've been down a year and have got slightly flattened where our feet rest.

    Making do purely food related and finishing off odds and ends in the fridge for my lunch today, it's too warm to cook.
    Go forward with the vision even if no one else can see it!

    No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future!
    • crazytree
    • By crazytree 14th Jun 17, 10:19 AM
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    Bit of a mixture of good and bad. Making do with homemade food instead of going shopping. Made ice cream for puddings. It's tasty but not exactly soft scoop!
    Mended a bra where the underwire came out to stab me. But had to throw another away as I wasn't at home when it attacked me, took the wire out completely and couldn't get it back in.
    Why do bras keep doing this to me?
    Listed a couple of things on eB*y hopefully a little and often approach will work. Coz I keep looking at the heap of stuff I still have to get rid of and feeling pretty overwhelmed!

    Bits and pieces from the fridge sounds like a good plan for dinner. I had planned sausage and mash, but right now can't think of anything worse than a gravy dinner. Here in Kent its really hot and sunny.
    • rosie51
    • By rosie51 14th Jun 17, 3:36 PM
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    Going to alter a pair of curtains that were passed on to me, not a mark on them. Need a lot taking off them as to long, may do it from the top and resew unpicked curtain tape back on rather then buy new.
    No money, no worry. I am alive and that is all that matters

    2017 Makes from stash
    7/100
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