Hello Dear Reader,
So far, I’ve kept every off cut and surplus piece of fabric over 3″ square! I had bags of bits and pieces and notions, extra equipment and resources!Now, I’ve had a really good tidy up and sort out in the sewing room and I have a box full of fabric and notions to giveaway.
I’m off the South West Quilting Festival on Friday 5th April and need to make room! If you’ve been, then you will know what I’m talking about.
I’ve now filled a box, weighing in at 5KG of fabric, thread, notions, patterns, templates, binding and even scissors to be given away. It’s all usable quilting fabric (with some Christmas fabric) and there’s easily enough to make a kingsize scrappy quilt. It’s a massive give away and I’ve decided to run it until 8am Tuesday 2nd April.
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Here is the box and it’s only half full at this stage! Some recycled fabric and some left overs from fat quarters and other bought or donated fabric.
There’s even donations that lovely readers have sent to me that I haven’t managed to use and I hope someone has good use for. Please follow my blog if you don’t already and leave a message here. Check my blog on Tuesday to see if you have won and if you have, send me an email with your name and address.
Happy Easter and Good Luck to everyone who enters!
Love Froogs xxxxxxxxxx
Hello Dear Reader,
Secret Santa left me a parcel today! How really kind xxxxxx
I was invited to take part in Secret Santa Challenge where bloggers were given £25 to spend and I have to admit that it’s fun to spend someone else’s money and we could pay for the postage ourselves or take it out of the £25. I had great fun when I was partnered with Frugaldom and know with a little help that I could send much more than just a gift by asking other bloggers to help. I wanted to send something far more precious than just a gift, I wanted to send love and care from all over the country and the rest of the world. I quietly asked for your help and you all set off a huge love bomb and the bits and pieces of good thoughts and kindness are still raining down on a small corner of Scotland.
Here are all the shards of love and kindness that you all sent…………………!!!!
Secret Santa’s Frugal Treasure Trove
THE GREAT SECRET (SANTA) UNCOVERED!
At last! The time has finally arrived for me to reveal my Secret Santa gift that I received from Frugal Queen, my partnered ‘opponent’ in the MoneySupermarket Secret Santa Challenge. Yeah! 🙂
I’ve already explained how it all worked, so I’ll just get right to it and show off my treasure trove of goodies received in the bloggers’ gift exchange.Keep in mind that my 2013 challenges involve a bit of frugal entrepreneurialism, so I have been fairly busy preparing to set up my own little frugal cottage industry from home. This, of course, involves Clan McGonk.
This is my “new” cottage craft stockroom. It was part of some office furniture I bought secondhand about 5 years ago and it’s stood up well to three hash-bash housemoves. It seemed the ideal ‘storage facility’ to haul into the livingroom when the secret Santa gifts arrived. It has another two lower sections, but these are crammed full of recycled packaging materials – it’s perfect for my purpose.
But let’s take a closer look…
This frugal ‘stockroom’ was empty until last week! Even the big red heart decoration wasn’t part of the Frugaldom decor until the place got ‘love-bombed’ and Secret Santa arrived on my doorstep! I had visitors in for lunch when the postman arrived that day, so it really did feel like Christmas had come early.
First up is my Room #1 of the unit. This has become home to ribbons, edgings, bindings, cutting tools, knitting needles and crochet hooks. Until recently, I didn’t even own a crochet hook!
Room #2 is the safe haven for newly emerging McGonks, as per the top photo, so let’s move on to Room #3. This has been turned over to a fantastic collection of threads, pom poms, googly eyes, tissue paper and all manner of buttons and bows. It really is a treasure trove and I can think of one little girl (my 8 year-old grandaughter) who is going to love visiting this. Frugal readers, I am delighted to announce that I have a mini-frugaler in the making who already attends sewing and crafting lessons and who has asked Santa for her very first sewing machine. This mini-frugaler in the family also enjoys recycling and scolds her mum if a tin can accidentally gets put in the wrong bin! (Proud – but very, very young – grannie moment!)
Room #4This felt and fabric has all been received over the past week by way of Frugal Queen’s ‘love bomb’. As you can cleary see, it’s a bountiful supply of oddments and offcuts of all colours and descriptions, but more exciting than that, it includes tartans and tweeds! These are essential for Clan McGonk, as many of them set off on their adventures wearing bonnie Tam o’Shanter hats or, in the case of the lady McGonks, little mop-caps.
Look at this lovely selection of wools and embroidery threads! And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s even an embroidery hoop. Now I know for a fact that Frugal Queen could have had absolutely no way of knowing that I was always given top marks in class over 30 years ago for my stitching work, so this gift alone was fantastic to receive!
Finally, to complete this exciting guided tour of what Secret Santa brought to Frugaldom, the jewel in the crown, the pièce de résistance… the fur and the stuffing!
Surprising as this may seem, I was over the moon to discover such treasure stashed in Secret Santa’s sack! What frugal girl in her right mind could possibly resist some faux fur? (Especially when she is planning to buld a frugal little empire based on furry little Scottish critturs known as Clan McGonk?)
Call me old-fashioned, frugal, thrifty or any other name you can think of to describe those of us who love the whole ‘make do and mend’ ethos or who adore recycling one thing into another, but I see the above as a veritable treasure trove. Indeed, it may well become the cornerstone of a frugal, micro-business empire and, rest assured, those who helped support such an enterprise won’t be forgotten. I LOVE MY SECRET SANTA GIFTS!
Hopefully, Frugal Queen will receive her gift within the next couple of days. It’s on its way to Cornwall now, so shouldn’t take too long – although it did get sent as an ‘economy parcel’ delivery. If the other ‘Froogs’ is as delighted with her Secret Santa gift as I have been with mine, the word will certainly have two very happy frugalers.
Frugaldom and all the little McGonks xxx
Look what the postman just brought into Thrift Cottage! An awesome collection of wools, the likes of which I have never seen before, from an anonymous frugaler. Wow! Can you tell this knitting game is new to me? Last time I knitted (prior to the wrist warmers) was when I was pregnant; the result of that period of my life is my 25-year-old daughter who now has two daughters of her own!
Ooh, what fun I am going to have with all these fabulous yarns! I can’t even think about where to begin…
My sincerest gratitude goes out to all of you and I hope there is some small way in which I can show my appreciation.