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    memorygirl
    Memorygirls Make Do and Mend for 2008 Thread
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 11:45 AM
    Memorygirls Make Do and Mend for 2008 Thread 3rd Jan 08 at 11:45 AM
    Inserted Intro From Martin....

    This is MemoryGirls 'make do and mend' diary. You'll see the first post immediately below, then can scroll down for updates (with others comments in between).

    It's a fascinating, fun and inspiring insight into how to go thrifty and Old Style and well worth a read through... thanks for posting it Memory Girl...

    PS for people new to forums, a quick abbreviation glossary.

    DS - Darling Son
    OD - overdraft
    CC - Credit Card
    LOL - laughs out loud
    OS - MoneySaving Old Style which is all about thrift - see the Old Style Board and Thrifty Ways charity book

    Now onto the info..

    __________________________________________

    Hi

    Single Mum (38) of a fabulous DS (7) and expecting another DS anytime from the end of February - mid April. (First was waaaay early so Midwifes bit cautious about "due dates")

    No partner - hit the road when the line went blue But 2008 is my year to stop settling for what everyone expects me to do (sign on and claim benefits) and start designing the life I want for my wee family - setting myself some scary goals in the process no doubt

    I am mostly debt free - I have an expected debt of 6k to appear this year from a business that is being wound up. BUt I now have no OD, CC or consumer debt at all.

    I am buying a house on the 31st of Jan - and Gulp!!! - it is in a real state. Now don't panic because what I have done for the last 10 years is develop property for our family business, so I'm not afraid of the work. Of course having the bump in the middle of a refurb will be quite a challenge - and this one has to be funded entirely from my own pocket.

    There is about 50K profit in this development (no- really ). Gain mostly due to installing the basics - central heating, fixing roof, new kitchen and bathrooms and complete redecoration ( place looks like been decorated by colour blind toddler - LOL). I aim to sell this place in 2008 in order to carry forward a chunk of equity into a "forever house" for my family with a much reduced mortgage.

    This year will be waaaaaaaaaaayyyy tight cashflow wise. So my decision is to set myself a " make do and mend" challenge. To save money by being as OS as possible as I make the move from a few years living with my parents to being back out my own.

    Heres where I am so far:

    1 Jan Started a "control journal" - a la Flylady Target date to complete 19 Jan
    2 Jan Raked through attic to find old wool of mums for making Baby clothes DONE
    3 Jan Downloaded pattern for baby blanket to crochet. 25 patches Target date to complete 28th Jan

    I figure that if I can keep skipping forward for 365 days of mini- goals by the end of the year I will have changed our lives beyond recognition.

    Any tips and advice gratefully appreciated - I'm going to be on my own here cos my folks are not OS in the least. They love eating my OS food but as soon as I go it will be back to the packets they uesed to live on I'm sure.

    PLEASE - come with me on this journey as my cheerleaders / b****m kickers and treasured advisors.

    Baby steps for 2008

    Memolrygir

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    Last edited by Former MSE Wendy; 24-06-2008 at 6:10 PM.
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    • elona
    • By elona 3rd Jan 08, 11:56 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 11:56 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 11:56 AM
    Have you signed up to freecycle as you could get baby stuff wool, paint etc free if you ask people if they have stuff they do not use.

    You might have to offer something before you can post "wanted" but it can be something small.

    Have you had a look at the Pigsback thread you get points for clicking once a day.

    It works out at about 35pence a week but could be about 25 in a year - more if you order stuff to get points.
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    • Uniscots97
    • By Uniscots97 3rd Jan 08, 11:56 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 11:56 AM
    Good luck. I'm not that far away from you (Scots girl too).
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  • memorygirl
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 12:04 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 12:04 PM
    Hi Guys

    Just popped off to put WM on and there you all appeared - LOL

    I'm already registered on Freecycle - isn't it fabulous. Going out tomorrow (snow willing) to pick up a pine table and chairs for our new house. With a lick of eggshell from my dads stock in the garage I aim to produce a "designer shabby chic look" for no pennies. If I figure out how to post photos I could post my projects as I go along

    Off to do my target 1 patch for the bumps pram blanket - and to give my room a quick tidy up so I have somewhere to store my projects.

    See you all soon
    • Mappygirl
    • By Mappygirl 3rd Jan 08, 12:04 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 12:04 PM
    Good luck!!!

    It sounds like a wonderful journey! Apart from a few set backs already this year i'm definatley making 2008 my year too! Keep us posted, it'll keep us all motivated!
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    • Aril
    • By Aril 3rd Jan 08, 12:35 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 12:35 PM
    Good luck. Please keep us posted and this type of thing keeps me very motivated too.
    Re baby's blanket. When my son was born he went straight into a cot bed after the borrowed Moses basket. I made all my own bed linen for it and made baby blankets by cutting down a yellow aerated blanket [you know the ones with the big holes in...sorry I'm a simple pimple] and then edging all the pieces with wide yellow satin ribbon.
    Later on [when he hit 1] I bought 2 large pieces of fleece and wadding and backed with an old cotton sheet. I secured the layers by safety pinning the layers in place first [about a hand;s width apart] and then there looping through different primary coloured embroidery threads I had been given and knotting them securely. I again edged with appropriate coloured wide satin ribbon. My son is 9 now and still uses them on top of his duvet when it gets really cold so have really had more than our money's worth out of them.
    Aril
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  • rosieben
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 11:53 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 08, 11:53 PM
    Memorygirl, this sounds like a scary but very satisfying journey you are undertaking. I shall be checking in regularly and cheering you on! Love to see photos too.

    I want shabby chic for my next place (small rented); always used to love carpentry and remaking stuff but not had the opportunity for a long while

    goes off to check tool boxes for supplies

    ps dont forget to check charity shops for curtains, blankets etc, can be remodelled if necessary? I made great cushions covers from a pair of pretty curtains, cost me £4 for a huge amount of fabric and still have enough left for a smaller pair of curtains
    Last edited by rosieben; 04-01-2008 at 12:46 PM.
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    • By beemuzed 4th Jan 08, 6:06 AM
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    Good Luck Memorygirl - this is going to be an exciting year for you. Look forward to seeing all your targets met - and hoping for inspiration to actually get something done myself - too many years of sitting back and watching time go by here! Remember making crotched blankets for my little ones (30 plus years ago!) They were much loved for years!
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    • kippers
    • By kippers 4th Jan 08, 6:29 AM
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    • 4th Jan 08, 6:29 AM
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    I just wanted to say i think you are wonderful having a life plan and goal...go for it girl...loads of OS info and help on this site
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 4th Jan 08, 7:53 AM
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    Best of luck my dear it's nice to see that there are folks willing to sort their life out without resorting to anyone else .Aim to do at least one crochet square a day, and it will soon build up. I will watch with interest to see how you are progressing .New year, a new start, what a great time to do it .
    P,S. See if you can get hold of a slow cooker ,they are a god-send as you can make really cheap cuts of meat taste great.Plus it makes some great soups by the gallon if the SC is big enough. I love mine and save a fortune with it
    Last edited by JackieO; 04-01-2008 at 7:57 AM.
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    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 4th Jan 08, 8:00 AM
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    culpepper
    great idea to do it all in steps and log it.
    I think it is more motivating to see it wtitten down .
    Best of luck
  • Olliebeak
    Well done Memorygirl - what a great plan for motivation.

    Have you thought about doing an on-line 'blog' where people could follow your progress?

    So good to see somebody prepared to 'make things happen' instead of sitting back and waiting for whatever life throws at them.

    Just be careful as your pregnancy progresses and don't put yourself and 'wee one' at risk by trying to do too much.
  • mary43
    What a super thread...............I've always been one of the 'make do and mend'...............part of upbringing after the war I suppose.
    Once upon a time jumble sales were the highlight of my week and what a lovely feeling to come home with arms full of stuff for next to nothing. Now its charity shops..............all my clothes, ornaments, most of my birthday and christmas presents come from them. Second shops are good for picking up bits of furniture..........amazing what a coat of paint can do and the odd stencil and its a wonderful feeling to stand back,have a good look and pat yourself on the back, especially if folk visit and admire your handiwork.
    Freecycle is a brilliant site for picking up all sorts as well as getting rid.
    I shall watch this thread with interest............always up for new ideas about getting something for nothing................or next to nothing.
  • memorygirl
    DAY 4

    Wow guys - I couldn't find the thread just now (started looking on page 6:rolleyes: - finally found it on page one) Wowee - didn't think anyone would be interested in following this - but you guys constantly suprise me with your support.

    Been out this morning in my Dads car to collect a circular pedestal pine table and chairs that I was kindly offered on Freecycle. No mean feat dismantling the table and filling every inch of my Dads car when I can hardly get my hands around my bump (having a very pregnant looking day ) The kind couple who gifted me the dining set also threw in the chair pads and a fabulous white ceramic chicken - you know the Ma Boswell one from Bread??. The chair pads I will be recoverring in some patchwork pieces and the chicken - well a perfect place to store all my receipts to help me keep an eye on what I am spending.

    Feel a wee bit pooped now - longish drive. So think I will set myself a lying on the bed with the laptop kind of challenge for the afternoon. GOT IT......

    GOAL - MEAL PLANNING. Well you are always going on about this being the best way to stretch your pennies.

    4th Jan Create a OS / SW meal plan using seasonal (cheap) ingredients for 2008 - maybe changing every month. That way I will know exactly what I need to buy / use and can take advantage of buying BOGOF store cupboard items as they come up. Will be breastfeeding the bump so need to make sure that there is plenty of good food to hand - otherwise I will just hoover up what is around and end up bigger after the birth than before. I am the same weight now as I was when I conceived (about 3st over target)so want to keep up the good work whilst I can.

    After that - well I'm gong to find the cream eggshell for the dining table set and pop it into the shed where I can find it when it's a wee bit warmer and can paint the set up.

    Then - back to the craft basket to do my daily target square for the baby blanket.

    SC is on with veggie soup for dinnner - BM to follow for some "dippy bread".

    Fingers crossed I have the energy to make it to teatime - LOL

    Memorygirl
  • Tashja
    Ohhh I am looking forward to following your thread.

    SOunds like you really have things planned out and it also sounds like you have a wonderful family.

    Congratulations on bump too !!!

    T xx
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  • FrenchMaid
    like the idea about one crochet square per day! I will do that - starting today!

    Good luck with your bump! I so would love another one - maybe next year!
    • lilmisskitkat
    • By lilmisskitkat 4th Jan 08, 2:10 PM
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    I'm loving this thread! You sound so positive Memorygirl, well done you.

    Am looking forward to following your progress. Wishing you all the luck in the world

    Take care

    Kate xxx
  • Peem
    Good luck

    I'm the same age as you and used to live on a hill near Cupar.

    you can do it.
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  • sarahsarah
    Can anyone point me in the direction of a website that tells you how to crochet? I feel the need to do a square a day too now!!

    PS This thread is great, keep it up! Remember to get plenty of rest though to look after yourself and your bump!
  • Mice_Elf
    Hi Sarahsarah - not sure if this is what you are looking for, but found it after a quick search on Google.

    http://www.learn2knit.co.uk/crochet.php
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