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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
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    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx 31st Dec 16 at 1:04 AM
    A warm welcome to old and new friends.

    What is Santas challenge...

    We're a lovely thread, may be small but we're good... I know Christmas happens every year, yet by planning throughout the year this can take off some of the financial pressure of finding everything last minute, spread the tasks throughout the year.

    It's not just about Christmas, it's birthdays, Easter, Valentine's Day,x cleaning those kitchen cupboards, having a general moan about life, yet being there as well.

    The great plan is for a challenge on the 24th of the month, so that by Christmas Eve we are all ready and can sit back and relax...

    A big welcome to everyone. Xx
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 7th May 18, 5:08 PM
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    katie last year, I grabbed some mens Xmas socks from Tescos, which were reduced to something like 10p, plus they were on 3 for 2! Needless to say, I bought about 10, but I have run out of men to give them too!
    Your posts about charity giving has reminded me to increase my efforts. I have a few bits and pieces of the childrens that I put away for a Christmas appeal, but I want to do more.

    Happy kitties You have summed up nicely my feelings about the presents! I struggle with what to buy the in laws as we have such different tastes, so when I have a good idea, I dislike having to find a replacement.

    I have a cunning plan......

    I am seeing my in laws this weekend, so I am going to subtly find out what they may like. For example, SIL likes perfume, so I will try and find out her favourites and may buy her a bottle, when I can find it at a good price.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 8th May 18, 9:57 PM
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    I ordered some stuff from Smiggle online which arrive today. The items were heavily discounted and even with postage costs, it was worth it. The items are stocking fillers for the children and something for one of the DNs.
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 9th May 18, 8:03 AM
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    Oooooo Chanie there is nothing like a cunning plan when it comes to finding out clues for presents, I love it!

    First lot of birthday presents went out yesterday, second lot going out today. It is so satisfying and I have some space!
    Plus after going off the boil with the Christmas presents, I found a couple of DDs so have wrapped them and will tuck them away with the others. Last year I had them all over the place, hence I'm still finding the odd one, she has one to open when she gets home from uni. Determined that won't happen this year.
    I'm just enjoying not having to rush for presents whether it be birthday or Christmas, I don't people realise just how much getting prepared early takes the pressure off......its well worth it
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 10th May 18, 8:52 PM
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    Have managed to get a lot of the items on my shoe box list this week.
    Sadly Poundland did not come up with anywhere near as many items as I would have liked! (I was surprised to see that all their Jane Asher range had gone) However today Yorks Trading came up trumps with small hot water bottles- a member of staff kindly climbed the steps to rummage in boxes as they were packed away for the summer! and mens hankies at 1.50 for 3 which seems dear but I suspect is a good buy.
    Yesterday I bought 4 sets of cutlery - 1.20 total and my friend had bought 4 x melamine cups/mugs which she donated to the cause.
    I haven't tracked down solar powered calculators- even the expensive variety
    Today 10 pairs of ladies tights from Wilco for 1.70
    3/4 fulfilled I reckon.
    All the items mentioned above for my OAP boxes.(except calculators)

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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 10th May 18, 8:57 PM
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    katie last year, I grabbed some mens Xmas socks from Tescos, which were reduced to something like 10p, plus they were on 3 for 2! .
    Originally posted by chanie
    Last year I got countless pairs of ladies dog design Christmas socks from Mr T @ 40 pence a pair- all gone as I used them in my doggy goodie bags. (At least 20 pairs!) Didn't find any this year sadly
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 10th May 18, 9:33 PM
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    Katiehound have registered with Link to Hope tonight after reading ur post to hopefully do 2 OAP boxes.
    Had found some packs of hankies and small men's shower gels in my stocks the other day screaming out for a use so to make up 2 shoeboxes will be brilliant
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 11th May 18, 10:00 PM
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    Katiehound have registered with Link to Hope tonight after reading ur post to hopefully do 2 OAP boxes.
    Had found some packs of hankies and small men's shower gels in my stocks the other day screaming out for a use so to make up 2 shoeboxes will be brilliant
    Originally posted by Happy Kitties
    Sounds good
    I do think it's a really worthwhile charity- do look at the pics of last year's delivery- most of them have so little.
    I reckon you can do a really full box for about 15 + the 2 on top for transport.
    Saw they had magnifying glasses in Poundland- already have stocks of glasses!
    I got quite a few things from charity shops/ carboot sales such as the thin scarves, hats.
    If you ask around you might folk give you the odd item to go in. Do you have Yorks trading? They had 8 toothbrushes/ 3 nail brushes for 1 . I bought reporters note books and a friend gave me windchimes for the sensory item. Last time they suggested beanie toys for this category..
    You can add extras if you like- I got some assorted jewellery from Sue Ryder- 5 or 6 items for 1! Last time I did boxes I also found 3 x lipsalves for 1
    Gu glass ramekins or similar to hold candles or several nightlights
    I have men's shoe boxes size 9 / 10. They will be held together with elastic bands round the boxes and selotape by the mile over the paper!!
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    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 12th May 18, 12:42 PM
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    Hi everyone

    Katiehound, I had wondered how you were getting on so thanks for your update.

    Chanie are you going to enjoy your extra time at home or look for another position? Smiggle, that's a fun sounding name for a business lol

    Happy Kitties - you must have a lot of hidey holes in your home as you're often finding overlooked pressies.

    Decorating my front room is turning out to be harder than I first thought, the biggest hurdle for years was how to move the piano away from the wall but that was solved easily after ex and DS1 happened to be around the same weekend and they shifted it some weeks ago.

    Now I can't make up my mind on paint colour, I made a day out with a posh lunch to Bristol and to a decorating shop for samples and on Thursday I made a return trip to buy the paint - then discovered I'd forgotten to make a note of the colour and there were lots of similar ones in the shop. So after feeling very frustrated I got a large pot of white gloss for the woodwork.

    I'm still not 100% decided on the colour so am going to remove the pressure and concentrate on other matters instead eg taking stuff out of the room and wondering where on earth it can be stored etc

    I overlooked a birthday, I'll send a fb message instead or get a card as the person may be coming over this way in the week. So much for all my special occasions planning!!

    I had a go at a handmade gift for June but it didn't work out so I'll have to decide whether to try something else or buy something (which I totally forgot about when I was in Bristol).

    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 13th May 18, 8:54 AM
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    Many thanks Katiehound for the tips. One of the questions I was going to ask you is what shoebox size u use.
    I have a Poundland in the next town but it is not so easy for me to get to so I'm going to check out h. Bargains and have a mooch.
    DM who is an avid knitter is going to knit up some gloves for me

    Anglea snap with the living room, it is becoming a nightmare. It has become a dumping ground, really need to do a tip run and charity run and some packing up. I have the paint-bought with a bank holiday special deal.
    I have certain present stashing places which just became overfull last year so with DDs last present bits I just shoved them under my bed. The trouble is the cats also have beds under my bed and as they have moved about so have the presents, the current present found has slash marks on it so I think it has been played with aswell!!

    This year bec it is DD that is the one that has a lot of bitty useful always needed presents, I have kept them together including a couple of personal presents.

    Really pleased about the amount of birthday presents that have left the house this week. Two more birthdays and then I have my summer break from birthdays. They start up again Sept where u start to get that feeling that Christmas is really on the way, I cannot believe how fast we are speeding through May already.

    Hope everyone is doing okay with their preparations
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 13th May 18, 1:25 PM
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    Hello!
    Yes, home until the next cruise to Iceland in mid June?- not sure of the date! after that I am here, there and everywhere that's why the shoe boxes need to be sorted now!

    Re the shoe box contents- it's always worth looking in all the cheapie shops available. If possible I buy a big pack of items and then split and put in small poly bags. I'm thinking of razors, plasters, pens.... and that's how I end up with huge shopping bags stacked with stuff piled up in spare store (oops bed!) room for next year... or even longer. I've got enough wooden taxis & buses from Wilco @ 25 pence to last.....not quite until the next century.
    There seem to be combs around for 1 for 5 or 6, do you have a Boyes store? worth a look also Wilco but they are not as cheap as they were, sadly.
    The mugs can be metal or pot so maybe you can find a couple of as-good-as-new in charity shops/car boots
    Just remember the OAP boxes are aimed at being non- sexist (not sure how you can have non-sexist tights) So I tend to put in darkcolours or red hats, gloves/mitts, socks, thin scarves
    A couple of years ago I knitted hats with chunky yarn that a friend had just put in the rubbish bin . That's not allowed! It was a half made jumper which I pulled down- made 3+1/2 hats. My house must be the recycling capital of town!

    I make the sewing sets with the screw top tubs which come with Superdrug body butter. Needlecase- 2 felt circles with flannelette sheeting pages between. Cheapie needles, pins, safety pins inside. Some loose / odd buttons in the tub, a tape measure (50pence) and a large spool black or white thread (4 for 1.) last year I got very cheap zips- can't find them now

    Today forced myself to get up early for a Sunday. dashed out with dogs before the forecast rain (sun shining now which wasn't mentioned) and have sewn 3 doggy duvet covers. None left to sell in the village PO plus 3 duvets there for collection. That's my week taken up.

    Another afternoon tea at Wyevale garden centre on Thurs.- it's becoming a habit, but one which won't happen after the deal ends at end of May

    Off for lunch and then back to the sewing machine.

    This afternoon /evening I have friends arriving in town, staying at a hotel for x2 nights. they don't know when they are arriving as it'smay be a 200 mile trip ?and I don't know when I last saw them..maybe 30 years ago???
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 13th May 18, 5:53 PM
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    katiehound this is prob a daft question but with things that could leak do you pop them in a small poly bag and then pop into the box? That was what I was planning to do.
    I am out in the sticks so no Wilco or Boyles and I would really have to travel to get to any shop like that.

    Enjoy ur afternoon tea on Thursday, I could just do with one now!
    Also have a brilliant time with ur friends, time goes too quick
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 13th May 18, 11:04 PM
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    yes, had a lovely evening out. My friends reckon I visited them... 40 years ago! Where did the time go??? They are going to be tourists tomorrow so plan to eat out in the evening , time to be arranged. then they are off making other visits on Tuesday.

    Shoeboxes. Yes anything that can leak I put in polybag, but I would first selotape the lid securely.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 14th May 18, 12:31 PM
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    I've just signed up to do a couple of Link for Hope boxes too.


    Katie enjoy meeting your friends.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 14th May 18, 10:27 PM
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    I've just signed up to do a couple of Link for Hope boxes too.
    .
    Originally posted by chanie
    Great. I think you'll enjoy hunting out the contents and then knowing that the box will be a present that is really really appreciated.

    Yes , another meal out! (Bloomin' expensive and not fantastic IMHO- but I'm certainly not doing this every week end!)) really enjoyed chatting to my friends and sending them off to explore little bits of the town where I live.They are off to Ely & Cambridge in the morning.
    Said goodbye and then suggested it better not be another 40 years! No, we won't be here!!
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 15th May 18, 2:21 PM
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    I had a mooch round 'the work's for my shoeboxes, don't get in often,surprised at how much dearer they have become

    Any ideas for a 21st would be greatly appreciated.

    It's for a female, she doesnt drink. Our sports club are getting her some flowers and chocolates, I've got her a smellie set so far and im going to get her a balloon but struggling with something just to finish off the present, perhaps as a small keepsake? Have nothing in my stocks that is suitable.
    Any ideas greatly appreciated.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 15th May 18, 3:24 PM
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    Happy Kitties

    Ideas for a 21st birthday:


    Key ring (everyone has keys of some sort!!!)
    Pen
    Cinema ticket
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 16th May 18, 8:31 AM
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    Arrrgghhh thank you Chanie. I've ordered her a cat cushion but I so wish I had waited, a cinema ticket would have been brilliant, she loves the cinema, I so wish I has waited and seen ur post sooner what a cracking idea
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 17th May 18, 8:26 PM
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    Great afternoon tea. They haven't made a profit out of us! We paid 10 for 2.
    Consumed 3 x coffee =7.50, 3x tea = 6, 2 x scones =4.30 not to mention the 2 rounds of sandwiches, 2 x macaroons & 6 x cakes!!
    Bargain plus we talked for nearly 3 hours. It was a very pleasant afternoon.

    Back home to cut and wash the 3 x KS duvets I collected on Tues. No guesses for what I have been, am , will be doing for a few days. The sewing machine is red hot!

    Too late to offer a suggestion but I saw they had gift cards for afternoon tea. Don't know how a 21 year old would have liked that?
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    • VintageHistorian
    • By VintageHistorian 17th May 18, 9:27 PM
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    Just breaking my lurk to say hello to all the other Link to Hope creators! I've been doing it for a few years and last year volunteered as an Area Collector, ended up with 192 shoeboxes in the living room! Super chuffed and have already volunteered for this year too, might even break 200 as I noticed that there's only me and one other person registered as ACs for our rather large county! (Don't want to put too much detail as I'd be quite obvious on the Collectors list XD)

    I've been working on my shoeboxes this week, I found some small giftboxes reduced to 75p each in WH Smiths and decided to use them for home made sewing kits. Bought two (I do 2 family and 2 elderly boxes so these will go in the family ones) boxes and have been on eBay looking for sewing needles, thimbles, buttons and the rest. Managed to get 4 spools of cotton thread for 2 in a charity shop yesterday, will go back next week to see if they've still got some so I can add extra colours.

    Late August/early September is a great time to get the school supplies as you get lots of "back to school" offers in supermarkets and places like Rymans. Some biros, pencils, rubber, sharpener and a notebook can be all the difference between a child going to school or having to miss their education I also make sure to include some crayons and felt tips or colouring pencils too.

    Anyway, just wanted to say it's so lovely to see other people joining in with this charity's appeal and I hope you all have fun sourcing stuff for it! It can get so addictive, I always over buy and end up storing stuff for next year (just in one small box at the moment).
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 17th May 18, 9:44 PM
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    Hello Vintage Historian.
    Just to say I had 4 x really large shopping bags full of items stored away. Told myself I was NOT to buy any extra goodies but then when I went into one charity shop they had long thin scarves @ 50 pence each
    I bought 4 telling myself they take up so little room!!

    One full bag already put back. I bought all that was offered of Tesco basic soap & toothpaste when they were selling cheap. Obviously discontinued stock (sadly)- they must fill half the bag, the rest are toys, pens and countless erasers. How can you refuse those @ 5 pence each????

    I have almost given up on solar powered calculators

    My needlecases are cut out, Need sewing together. I put in a large spool black or white. This time I shall probably put a few inches of velcro as well as buttons. The body butter 'jars' are freebies!

    feeling proud of my recycling ethic! Rescued a grey (white) towel dumped out by dustbins but refuse collectors didn't take it- no it wasn't in a bin. washed it, gave it to a friend and it's on it's way to a dog rescue in Romania today.

    Time to walk the hounds round the block......
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