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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

    Mincemeat flapjack
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 30th Nov 17, 4:01 PM
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    Afternoon All - been quiet on here the last few days, has everyone gone into hibernation?
    Originally posted by silvasava
    If only!! Really cold up here in Yorkshire this week. This morning was bright, sunny, cold (but no frost) with a couple of brief snow flurries mid-morning. Half an hour ago the sky was grey, the snowflakes were coming down thick and fast and it's settled a bit too. It's stopped now and the sun is setting, colouring the clouds bright pink tinged with gold. More snow forecast for tonight with overnight temperatures of 0C (or less ) so who knows what it will be like in the morning?

    Minimise: Another garment from the "knitting waiting to be sewn up" pile done. This was a jumper with a wrap-over shawl collar for DH. It was supposed to be a C'mas pressie but it's been so cold I've given him it early. That has prompted a request for "another one please". Mmm, can I get one done in time? Maybe.

    An empty foot cream bottle binned. I know this was a gift but not exactly sure from when! Anyhoo, it's all been used up now.

    Make do: The usual of using up freezer/cupboard stores for meals and I'm getting a bit of wriggle room now. I'll be doing the same again over the next few days so I'll definitely have spaces for the festive foods that I want to prep in advance.

    I need some more warm socks and have dropped heavy hints in the hope I'll receive some soon but, in the meantime, I'm using up some of DH's that seem to have shrunk and are now too small for him but are just right for me.

    Mend: Nothing really, although I'm sure I know there are things that need doing.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
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    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 1st Dec 17, 6:30 AM
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    Small amount of mending done i seeds couple of buttons on shirts.

    Made do with veg from fridge and garden still.

    Minimised more cupboards and found a couple of items I can regift this Christmas. I am gaining more space and the house is tidied as I can put more items away.
    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 1st Dec 17, 7:23 AM
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    Started cleaning kitchen cupboards yesterday and have weeded out some plastic containers for the chazzer, They're in good condition, hardly used, so I hope someone can get some use out of them.
    A fleece jacket will also be going to the charity shop, again, in good nick but hardly used.
    I've got some tops in the wardrobe that I don't wear, one is too big, and I can't seem to let them go, they've been in the charity bag, and I've taken them out!!
    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 2nd Dec 17, 9:25 PM
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    Sorry to be AWOL and 30 day, 30 things challenge
    Hiya all
    We have had a bereavement in the family and I have been very busy helping to look after my GD who is now 21 months - my DIL (who lives with me) seems to find it quite hard and complains that my DS1 leaves for work at 8 and doesnt get back till 5.30-6.00 pm. Well, thats how it is and I think she should be pleased that he has work in this day and age! But I spend a lot of my time saying/suggesting - this needs doing now, the baby is crying because she needs changing, it is raining the washing needs taking in etc etc. Dont think she has much of a clue but worry that I am being too critical and/or taking over too much. Have also been away for a week visiting friends (and trying to give DS1 and DIL some space) and apparently nowt got done to the disgust of my son (her partner) and my ex (who visited while I was away!) Hey ho! Am trying to still do things for myself in the middle of this but it is hard.
    So, on a positive note - had a fab time away at my friends and also on a day trip with another friend to Exeter Christmas market. Made cranberry sauce for Christmas today cos cranberries were on special offer in Lidil today so am beginning to feel quite Christmassy!

    Make do: sticking to meal planning and doing cupboard sock take each week - also buying a lot a of YS and special offer stuff!
    Mendnother patch on the sofa cushions; unblocked our own drain (that was a gross job!)
    Minimise: This is the exciting bit folks!!!!!! Read on line about a minimalising challenge: get rid of 30 items in 30 days!! I have risen to and achieved the challenge in November: So I got rid of:
    1) Out with the old: 5 pairs of undies and one bra well past their best - had 'new' ones sitting in a suitcase under the bed LOL
    2) Kitchen rubbish: a muffintype tin which has not been used for a year; a 'spare' lemon squeezer (who the heck needs 2??); got a tin half full of biscuits eaten up and tin sent to chazzer; ditto marmalade and a jam which had been cluttering up cupboard!
    3) Wardrobe: 15 tops/ trousers that I had not worn for a year (so easy - just go thro ward robe and put on the bed everything that youve worn recently - this give space for you to go through what is left and say 'what the heck have I got that for I never wear it!' Make sure you have bag at the ready to take it all to the chazzer)
    4) Sold: a garden shredder and terrible coal effect fire - the local FB page seems more effective than flea bay!
    5) 10 books! All read but 2 only half read cos they were dire!!!
    6)Pair of old shoes + a pair of old slippers (why was I keeping them???)
    So I exceeded my ambition! 39 things in 30 days!! It can be done.

    OK so Christmas may not be the best time to declutter but might aim for 20 things over 20 days of December. Other areas suggested for investigation are: costume jewelery; hair accessories (I have long hair); things waiting in mending pile or alterations pile (are you really gonna do these or can they go to the chazzer (which will get monies for the items for rags); suitcases under beds; pens/paperwork (will you ever use some of them??). So I think I can do something with this.

    Have been reading back a bit and it seems you are all doing so well - lets keep this thread going !
    Nite all
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    • Slowdown
    • By Slowdown 4th Dec 17, 7:09 AM
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    Hi y'all

    Is it me or is this Christmas lark getting in the way of MMMing already?

    Make do- with freezer food, last year's Christmas works do outfit. (Glad I did as it was an awful venue with awful food and several of us left early)

    Mend - fixed the Christmas lights which I'm very pleased about.

    Minimise - sold four items on eBay. Yippee.

    Happy Monday.
    • Slowdown
    • By Slowdown 4th Dec 17, 7:35 AM
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    Lynplatinum sorry to hear about the bereavement. Hope it's not too difficult for you all.
    • crazytree
    • By crazytree 5th Dec 17, 8:31 AM
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    LynP - really sorry for your loss. I hope life gets more peaceful for you.

    Been busy here too, but thankfully with good ( but stressful) things.

    Make do - with a second-hand dog! Himself went to a rescue center for some more chickens. The dog he fell in love with is sitting on my legs while I'm writing this! Rescue dogs come with all sorts of issues which is where the stress comes in!

    Mend - as ever nothing. The head is still about to fall off the dogs' cuddly flea!

    Minimise - finally some proper sucess to report. Went into the kids rooms and cleared out some stuff. Mostly it's mine and Himself's that we've been dumping there in the four years since they moved out! Bag of clothes that didn't sell on eBay, and a box of rabbit ornaments went to the charity shop. I'd loaded up the car with stuff for the tip which included two computer stools on wheels and the lady from the chazzer agreed to take those too . I was pleased about that coz there was nothing wrong with them but we didn't use them and they took up loads of space! Hopefully someone will appreciate those.

    I've a week off work so I will be minimising my Christmas savings and finishing the Christmas shopping . So much for getting it finished in November.

    I hope everyone is well.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 5th Dec 17, 9:24 AM
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    Morning All

    Have my list to tackle today!
    20 selection boxes to wrap for the children's Christmas party at the club which will minimise my old stash of wrapping paper and they will be delivered tomorrow ready for Saturday.
    We are going to a family birthday dinner at the weekend so I'm going to hand deliver as many Christmas cards as I can at the same time.
    Make do will be something from the freezer stocks for dinner tonight.
    Hav'n't got a mend at the moment although does oiling the front door locking mechanism count? It's much smoother now
    Lyn - I do feel for you with your DiL being so clueless - you deserve a halo!
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    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
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 5th Dec 17, 12:46 PM
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    Hi ya Chums are seems to be doing very well in here yesterday I minimised two card to overseas relatives ,been carrying them round in my handbag for a week they have to be weighed at the post office A silly small job really that entailed me walking to and standing in the post office ,but got chatting to a nice lady in the queue there which was a bonus at least

    Today I am making do with two left over scones from saturday for a quick lunch with an apple that I brought home from the left over Making Miracles social last Wednesday Its a huge one looks a bit like the one from Snow white The social was held in an hotel and afterwards we were told to take anything we fancied as it would only be thrown away !!!! so home with me came two apples a couple of oranges ,some tiny sausage rolls (my DGS polished those off ) and a couple of kiwi fruits .Ate the kiwi's over the weekend but wasn't impressed with them one of the lae oranges were eaten last night and was delicious, so I will give the apple a go today .Tonight its quiz night at the local pub and I get a meal there included in the price so no cooking for me tonight.

    The scones were given to me by DD who had them given to her by the cafe next door to where she works as they had made too many .I froze around 6 of them and left 4 out so I will finish them off for lunch nothing wasted at all

    Mending : I am sewing up some more squares for the charity I knit for so thats my 'mending' done

    still minimising my freezer and starting to get some wriggle room at last My stash of packets of sauce mixes etc that was when I sorted out the cupboards ages ago has now dropped to about 14 from over 30 so they are getting minimised as well

    Onwards and upwards chums

    JackieO xx
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 5th Dec 17, 4:05 PM
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    Make do - with a second-hand dog! Himself went to a rescue center for some more chickens. The dog he fell in love with is sitting on my legs while I'm writing this!
    Originally posted by crazytree
    Aw, how lovely. What type of dog?
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    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 5th Dec 17, 4:36 PM
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    So I've been going through this thread and I'm trying to understand, does making do relate exclusively to food, or is it products as well?

    I love the idea of talking about mending things though, as I will mend, literally anything, assuming it's actually possible.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 5th Dec 17, 7:23 PM
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    Hi Stoke - I think the making do can be applied to things as well as food. Upcycling and re- purposing should qualify - I'm sure there are other instances too!
    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
    • Daisy Rainbow
    • By Daisy Rainbow 5th Dec 17, 9:02 PM
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    Daisy Rainbow
    Hi, can I join too

    I have made do with evaporated milk for the last couple of days . Kept forgetting to stop at the shop for fresh milk, so have diluted half a tin of evap with water to make 2 pints, I find it fine in tea & coffee. With the rest I will be making a rice pudding (no pudding rice left so will be using up the last of the risotto rice).

    Mending - myself. Feeling a little down so a nice bubbly bath (using up the last of the lidl bubbles)

    Minimalise - oh god the endless piles of tat that comes through the letterbox into the recycling bin Oh, the last few squares of chocolate will be minimised into me in a bit too

    Loving this thread, so many fab tips
    • crazytree
    • By crazytree 6th Dec 17, 10:06 AM
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    Hi Wednesday2000 thanx for asking, I love any excuse to to talk about my animals! She's a chihuahua crossed with some sort of terrier, tiny and cute. There's a couple of pics of her on my Instagram (mybestcrazylife) if you like that sort of thing!
    DaisyRainbow using evaporated milk in tea reminds me of my Dad's Mum who used to use it too. Can't deal with anything but skimmed in tea myself but it makes fab ice-cream and I will definitely pinch your rice pudding idea coz I've always got evap in the cupboard; it's one of those "store cupboard essentials"!
    JackieO - you are completely awesome. Not just at using up but at scoring free food too! I think it's wonderful.
    Make-do - today I shall be making pasties from sausage meat and a belly pork strip I've just got out of the freezer, that'll be two nights dinners. Once with beans and once with veg. Completely different meals, honest!
    Mend - still nothing done. I found one of my windchimes in the garden has fallen down so needs new string (and possibly more glue) it's still in the pot of parsley that broke it's fall! Dog toys still need fixing. And it seems that my to-do list (I use an app or I'd get even less done ) needs updating to ensure I actually do some of this stuff
    Minimise - I pledge to do at least an hour of present wrapping to minimise the heap of unwrapped pressies taking over my wardrobe. Yesterday I made some Christmas cards which helps minimise the craft stash since I rarely make cards anymore.

    Sorry for such a long post to tell you I've done not a lot! Perhaps I need to minimise my tendancy to ramble on .

    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 6th Dec 17, 10:21 AM
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    Morning All - and a warm welcome to Newbies and any lurkers!
    Selection boxes all wrapped up and put in the boot yesterday ready to deliver tonight. Need to start writing some Christmas cards for hand delivery when we visit rellies in Lincolnshire over the weekend.
    Need to get my Arris in gear and minimise some dust - I'll do upstairs today and get spare room ready as we've visitors just before Christmas and a rellie staying over Christmas.
    Make do with freezer stock for dinner tonight - no mending done as yet!
    Have a good day all and stay warm x
    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
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 6th Dec 17, 10:53 AM
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    Hi Wednesday2000 thanx for asking, I love any excuse to to talk about my animals! She's a chihuahua crossed with some sort of terrier, tiny and cute. There's a couple of pics of her on my Instagram (mybestcrazylife) if you like that sort of thing!
    Originally posted by crazytree
    Aw, she is adorable. I have rescues too, one of my dogs is a Chihuahua crossed with a terrier.
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    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 6th Dec 17, 5:06 PM
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    LynP - sorry for your loss, and sounds like there are other frustrating things going on in your world also. Well done for keeping on and getting things done but do try and make sure you take care of yourself (as well as everybody else it sounds like!)

    It's been a busy couple of weeks with lots of guests, social activities, and work stuff going on, so not much MMM has been happening here! Minimising has been moderately successful... I have managed to sell quite a lot of bits and pieces on eb*y, none for very much but together it mounts up and the extra paypal balance will go towards some xmas pressies for people who are difficult to do homemade gifts for. Luckily lots of the recent sales have been small and light (gloves mostly) so i've been able to post them using stamps i get for free doing the royal mail survey. I rarely use stamps for anything else so it's nice to have some used up!

    OH has for the first time taken in interest in xmas decorations (but insists we are only to put up the 'good ones' this year - cheeky sod! ) In all fairness we do have quite a lot and most of it is stuff my parents no longer wanted, so i had been thinking of getting rid of a lot anyway and just keeping the best few, plus some warm white lights. We have a rare friday evening where we're both free this week so are planning to spend a cosy night together going through everything and putting up what we want to keep (probably with a nice glass of wine) - much cheaper, and more fun, than going out! Anything we don't keep will be eb*yed or used as extra bling for gift wrapping, so it won't be going to waste.

    Can't think of any recent mending, but have been making do with food from stores for over a week as i've been too busy to shop! but now we have run out/are on the last dregs of lots of different things so i will be visiting the 24-hour tosspots on my way home from this evening's work.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend xx
    • misstara
    • By misstara 6th Dec 17, 9:04 PM
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    Hello everyone

    I've been making do with my hair straighteners for a few months, one half wasn't heating up properly so it took forever to do my hair. Finally bit the bullet today and got some new ones - 50% off

    Been feeling horrendous recently, ongoing stomach issues. Went to the doctors yesterday and being referred to a dietitian so hopefully the first step towards mending me.

    Lots of food in the fridge really needs used up so need to cook and freeze it, will do that tomorrow. Not much else to report, still hopelessly unorganised for Christmas and go to see my family in a week so need to get a move on.
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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 7th Dec 17, 5:07 AM
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    Got a job done that had been on the !!!8220;to do!!!8221; list for ages. My local council issues us with huge blue wheelie bins for card, plastic and tins and green plastic recycling boxes for glass. I finally found the online link to request a new green box as mine vanished ages ago.
    I was using my own plastic box for jars and bottles, but the bin guys now refuse to empty it.
    So I will have a smart new box. I had braced myself to pay 30 for it, but it was free.
    My cleaner restarts next week. Can!!!8217;t wait. Most jobs I can do, but they do them quicker.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Slowdown
    • By Slowdown 7th Dec 17, 7:09 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    Make do - with my 25 year old false Christmas tree. I was soooo tempted to buy a new one but didn't give in. I got the tree from the loft (dark, dodgy, cold, webby nightmare of a space), took it downstairs and proceeded to put it up. There were nearly as many needles on the floor as in the tree, two branches have broken off and I had to do some serious redistribution and re bending in order to make it look decent. Now smothered in lights and decorations that I have picked up over the years that are one offs and special, it looks beautiful.

    Mend - the Christmas lights! Two sets weren't working so I set about fixing them with either new bulbs or electricians tape over empty spaces. On one string there are two runs of 6 bulbs that don't work but they're round the back of the tree.

    Minimise - the decorations that are so old and not useable went out.

    So. After all that it may sound like my Christmas decs look a nightmare. But they don't. My sitting room is a large but cosy space with a log burner and oak and brick matlepiece that looks gorgeous with lights and decorations over it. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. So pretty.

    Have a happy Thursday everyone
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