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    • Savvy sewing
    • By Savvy sewing 1st Jan 19, 3:36 PM
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    Savvy sewing
    I will cut my coat according to my cloth. {Edited by Forum team} 2019
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    • 1st Jan 19, 3:36 PM
    I will cut my coat according to my cloth. {Edited by Forum team} 2019 1st Jan 19 at 3:36 PM
    As I am a Seamstress, and this year is about my sorting out my life and changing my direction, finally loosing the family debts etc perhaps the title is the most apt I can come up with this year.
    Here is to 2019 and a frugal year to change my direction so that I can rebuild my dreams in the next year.
    Last edited by Savvy sewing; 28-08-2019 at 2:38 PM.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
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    • Savvy sewing
    • By Savvy sewing 5th Jan 19, 7:23 PM
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    I will have to make a new one as I don't have a spare one and mine is definitely too old to display.
    I might be able to make one at the beginning of the week as I expect work will be slow.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 5th Jan 19, 7:39 PM
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    I think it would be worth a try . If you get some interest it would be a use for some of the fabric and money in the pot .


    It's a long time ago now so I can't remember if I suggested this when you first started making them but maybe if you or biggest could make a few leaflets explaining their purpose and the time and money saving aspect with maybe a recipe or two it may attract some orders



    polly x.
    • Savvy sewing
    • By Savvy sewing 6th Jan 19, 10:45 AM
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    I think it would be worth a try . If you get some interest it would be a use for some of the fabric and money in the pot .


    It's a long time ago now so I can't remember if I suggested this when you first started making them but maybe if you or biggest could make a few leaflets explaining their purpose and the time and money saving aspect with maybe a recipe or two it may attract some orders



    polly x.
    Originally posted by pollyanna 26
    It is certainly worth having a go.
    As soon as I can get more ink for my printer I will be on to it.
    I have several pictures and recipes that I can gather together.
    So I will put it as a first priority task.
    Thanks for the push Polly x
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Savvy sewing
    • By Savvy sewing 6th Jan 19, 5:18 PM
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    Went for a walk at lunchtime and was feeling fine. Somehow as I got back in I seem to have pulled a muscle in my upper back, about bra strap height. It's really hurting me, and any slight twist of my back and it's complaining. I hope that it is only going to be a brief episode as I just have to go back to work tomorrow. The business needs serious attention after being closed for the whole of the Christmas season.
    I don't expect masses of people queuing up with jobs, but I am definitely going to have to work. I need to make the rent at the end of the month. I also need to get the business out of the overdraft.
    So concentrating on making money starts in the morning!
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Savvy sewing
    • By Savvy sewing 7th Jan 19, 8:22 AM
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    So the working year begins today.
    Unfortunately I have terrible tummy pains, and a pulled muscle in my back. Not the leaping vitality start I was hoping for.
    The builders next door are drilling and hammering away already. The downside to being a semi detached house I suppose.
    Luckily I will be going out (hopefully) in about 40 minutes.
    Dgd's school has a teacher training day, so I will have to leave her home. She no longer wants to come with me to work. Her friends and the Xbox do the babysitting! So to speak.
    I will be home by 4.30 at the latest.
    If my tummy allows me to go to work!
    Once I get the window cleared of Christmas if I really don't feel good I will see if staff doesn't mind staying on her own and I will come back earlier.
    It's time for me to deep dive into the business accounts, file my tax return.
    Set sail for the next chapter of the business and start to make the changes needed to wind down the shop and build up the business at home.
    It will start slowly with reorganisation of the things that I will sell off, and not restock like the fabrics. I am going to try to turn my reclaimed fabrics in to some Thermal Bags to sell. I am hoping that I will start to make time for making things not just mending them.
    I have to decide how to revitalise the teaching side of things as that's where I want to be later on. So I will have a lot of planning etc and strategy stuff on my plate for a while yet.
    Time is of the essence as I only have until August to get it done.

    Time for work. Tummy pains or not!
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • hb2
    • By hb2 7th Jan 19, 10:54 AM
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    Hi, I hope you don't mind me joining you? Your thread caught my eye while I was browsing the forum.

    I'm sorry your body is rebelling this morning, not the way you wanted to start the working year

    Please may I show my ignorance and ask what the 'thermal bags' are?
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 7th Jan 19, 1:46 PM
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    I hope the stomach has settled down now Mooloo it's the last thing you need at the moment . There are all sorts of viruses and bugs around at the moment but as you had a similar bout in Portugal I'm wondering if it could be stress related .


    You've got a lot of sorting and planning to do and I notice you're still struggling with poor sleep and the dreams . After the stress of last year you need to set aside some time in the evenings to wind down and try to relax before bed .


    Muscle and joint problems are an occupational hazard for seamstresses . Handling heavy fabrics , lifting machines and bending over the work don't do us any favours . I've no idea how long it is since you last saw your Dr re the shoulder problems but might be worth making an appt and discussing that and the muscle problems . Make sure you at least have a pain relieving gel or cream at hand . A hot soak in the bath helps but something to numb the pain afterwards can make all the difference .
    pollyx
    Last edited by pollyanna 26; 07-01-2019 at 1:48 PM.
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 7th Jan 19, 3:28 PM
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    hb2 Both Mooloo and I used to follow a blog by someone who used to post on the forums . She was very money saving and her blog was full of recipes , make do and mend and all sorts of ways to live the OS way .


    In the last few years her life got busier and she hasn't posted for a while . The Thermal Bag was one of the things she made and while testing devised recipes for it . Basically it resembles an upturned shower cap made of fabric with a drawstring top and a separate lid .


    The lid and base are reinforced . Both Mooloo and I made a few . The idea is you start a stew, soup or similar on the hob as normal - the person who tested it out cooked joints of meat in it but I never tried that .


    Bring the stew or whatever to full heat , let it get thoroughly heated and then place the food in a casserole or suitable dish (metal is best for retaining the heat ) . Put the pot in the bag , pop the lid on and tighten the drawstrings . You're then free to get on with the day while it carries on cooking . The only energy used is for the initial stage so it carries on cooking free of charge .


    I've never mastered the art of posting links or images but if you Google mooloos brackley and follow the pictures at the bottom of the page you will come across a circular object in patterned yellow fabric . That's a thermal bag . I know mooloo had other images but that's the first I found today .


    The heat is retained due to the fact there are polystyrene beads between the inner and outer fabric layers . It is washable and my own has been a godsend when you need to go out but don't want to leave the cooker on .


    Hope this will save you explaining Mooloo while aren't feeling too good .


    pollyx.
    • vandanfc
    • By vandanfc 7th Jan 19, 4:06 PM
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    hb2 Both Mooloo and I used to follow a blog by someone who used to post on the forums . She was very money saving and her blog was full of recipes , make do and mend and all sorts of ways to live the OS way .


    In the last few years her life got busier and she hasn't posted for a while .

    pollyx.
    Originally posted by pollyanna 26
    You know she is back blogging don't you ??
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 7th Jan 19, 4:20 PM
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    I didn't so thanks for the heads up vandanfc. I changed my email address a year ago and that's obviously one of the sites I forgot to update at the time .


    polly
    • Savvy sewing
    • By Savvy sewing 7th Jan 19, 4:46 PM
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    Elaine is back working from home and doing her mindmapping and Memory stuff but she has posted a few things. She had trouble with the site for a while and was only tweeting links to old posts. But I have noticed a few appearances lately.
    Shed very close to paying off her mortgage. Took a bit longer than three years but she has certainly done wonders.
    Thanks for the explanation Polly. Yes my head is a bit slow today.
    I had customers coming in before I was even open and all day including one just as I closed.
    17 customers in one day. I will not have to worry about not having work tomorrow.
    I still feel rather dodgy today and extremely tired. So I will be going to bed early. Might have to look for where the electric blanket got stashed last spring as it could be a good move for the muscle spasms and tension spots .
    I will go and make a cup of tea and try a bath now I am home.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • pollyanna 26
    • By pollyanna 26 7th Jan 19, 5:33 PM
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    I popped over to the blog after the heads up earlier . I had been looking from time to time but the last post was the Panini sandwich bread . I'm glad she's working from home at the moment as she has a pretty busy life . I noticed one of her recent posts since returning at the start of December was gammon in the thermal bag .



    I think the electric blanket sounds like a good idea . It's been cold, damp and miserable here today . Friday and Saturday night I managed two rare nights of restful sleep in a row . Last night I didn't sleep a wink as the fibro and arthritis kicked off . The rain had arrived and the temperature had dropped . In the end I fell asleep at 7am and managed a couple of hours .



    When you're downstairs in the evening a hot water bottle or two in your chair placed near the pain areas can help .So can a warm shawl or throw .


    Although it's tiring when you aren't well it's good to hear the work is coming in after the break . Just take it steadily and remember to set turn around times at a reasonable level and not push yourself too hard . With the planning and admin to tackle and other aspects of life you need to pace yourself to avoid burnout .


    Wishing you a restful nights sleep .
    pollyx
    • vandanfc
    • By vandanfc 7th Jan 19, 5:47 PM
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    Elaine's most recent post was the 5th January 2019 - ham fried rice.
    • Gintotmelinda
    • By Gintotmelinda 7th Jan 19, 6:09 PM
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    Can anyone provide a link to Elaine's blog please?
    "It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world"
    • Savvy sewing
    • By Savvy sewing 7th Jan 19, 6:33 PM
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    https://mortgagefreeinthree.com/

    There you go
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    • JIL
    • By JIL 7th Jan 19, 7:48 PM
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    The thermal cooking bags were on a tv programme recently. I will try to find a link.
    • Savvy sewing
    • By Savvy sewing 7th Jan 19, 7:54 PM
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    Probably Wonderbags. They make them and they provide some to Africa I believe.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Gintotmelinda
    • By Gintotmelinda 7th Jan 19, 8:36 PM
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    Thanks for the link Mooloo
    "It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world"
    • Savvy sewing
    • By Savvy sewing 7th Jan 19, 8:42 PM
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    So I am the luckiest person in the world.
    My Mum has given me 2,000 from the holiday pot to go off the debt.
    So by tomorrow the 13,040.72 debt will be down to 1,561.45!
    That debt will be gone by 18th June. If I make sure that I don't add anything to it.
    I can do this!
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • thorsoak
    • By thorsoak 7th Jan 19, 8:53 PM
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    So lovely of your Mum - but just do NOT let your children know about this or it will be dripped away!
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