Two more followers!! Thanks! I’m still surprised that anyone is really that interested in my on-line diary. It’s a funny old world, my day isn’t complete without hearing about your craft, your cooking, what you’re wearing, your political interests, yours pets, your livestock, your farms and homesteads, your small holdings and tiny holdings, your urban eco existence, your children, your thrifting, couponing and money saving. I enjoy your blogs and you are very welcome to keep reading mine. Thanks again to everyone who’s reading this.
We’ve now moved on to renovating our master bedroom. It’s quite a plain and simple room, I don’t agree with all that superior interior design nonsense about being a ‘sanctuary’. Millions of people don’t have a home! Every day I close my door and have a roof over my head; I count my many, many blessing. My bedroom is just where I sleep. I sometimes read there, but usually read in the sitting room. By the time I go to bed on a working day; I’m asleep before I’ve closed my eyes. Consequently, my room is very plain. I know it needs to be a ‘nice’ room to impress buyers. It already classes the house as almost third world as there is no ensuite bathroom; so I need what there is to look lovely. Our biggest expense is paint and fabric for curtains, or new curtains if they prove cheaper than fabric.
It always surprises me how long the preparation takes and how quick the painting is. We’ve sanded down, washed with sugar soap, filled holes, washed and painted the ceiling. Whilst that has been happening,(DB does the main share of any decorating) I’ve been altering a curtain I bought at a charity shop, that I’ve lined with thermal lining in readiness to hang over the hallway door to keep the heat in. It might seem overly cautious to be preparing for winter so early but with 25% increases in energy bills, we’ve got to do what we can to stay warm as there will be no more money in the budget, which means we have to use 25% less energy, just to pay the monthly payments we do so now. Trago Mills came to my rescue and they sell extra wide thermal lining (sort of a rubberised cloth that stops light and heat escaping) for £2.68 a running metre. I’ll show you the curtain when I’ve bought a curtain pole. I’m going to line all the curtains I make in the future as there are only so many layers one woman can wear.
Today, I’ve started ‘quilting’. I didn’t have enough backing material so I’ve used some of the patches which I had over to make up the rest of the back. I keep reminding myself that it doesn’t need to be perfect, that’s it’s good enough for me and we’ll be warm which in turn means we’ll get away with less heating.
I thought I would have a lovely gloat over the smashing clothes I bought at a local jumble sale this morning. They were raising money for the ‘Hearing dogs for the deaf’ so I was determined to find something to buy. Everything was really good quality and on racks but still they were selling three items for £1, so I bought a tee shirt, a jumper and a blouse and all were like new. I also bought three novels, which I’ll give back to a charity shop when I’ve read them. My fantastic find was unopened and brand new M&S opaque tights for 50p and a Per Una scarf for 50p! I will look posh when I go back to work. If only paint was so cheap………..I felt totally sick paying almost £25 a tin for the stuff! I so rarely spend money that I’ve almost forgotten how to, but I remind myself that if no one spent any money, I wouldn’t be able to buy lovely clothes at jumble sales!
Thanks again for dropping by and I’ll see you all tomorrow,
Love Froogs xxxx