Monthly Archives: April 2010

have bag will travel!


Well!    Partly for my Mother’s Day gift and partly for my

Birthday present, I was given the train ticket to spend a

week with my lovely family in Oxfordshire.

So …… my Mary Poppins bag and I set off!

The weather was just fantastic, and I had a wonderful time  –

my Bag worked out a treat!

Lots of room for lots of stuff …. and I found the little

handles really nice to hold …….

Next time, I hope to have a few photos of just what me and my bag got up to!

So off we go for a Springtime holiday in Oxfordshire :0)

The first Challenge!


At the very beginning of my Thrifty Year with Dottie Angel, I had an early start

with a really nice Wallis pale blue, v-necked, three-quarter sleeved jumper.

What was even better was that it was a pass-me-on from my lovely

daughter in law!

Then I had a bit of a dilemma …… here is how it went …..

In Oxfam a linen skirt was £4.95

in Marks & Spencer I found a reduced sale price linen skirt

for £5

Which to go for??

It’s a bit of a no brainer really!

I pushed the boat out and spent the extra 1 pence!

I hope Tiff agrees!

It’s a Challenge!


Well, yesterday was my birthday,

and a very happy one filled with lovely memories

BUT what that means is that as of TODAY


The Dottie Angel Challenge of the Utmost Kind to be precise ……

see here …..

Tiff set herself this challenge at her 41st birthday,

the idea of the Utmost Kind of Challenge

is to thrift for items for her closet or home,

or buy handmade …… for a whole year.

Her blog is such an inspiration you simply want to join in and

get creative! It was so irresistible!

Well, why not see for yourself?

I’ll let you see how I am getting on as time goes by!



Last April I had a short holiday HERE:

Gartmore House


“Gartmore House is a magnificent 18th century country mansion

set in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Scotland,

offering all year round day and residential conferences and activity holidays.

Choose from our Watercolour Painting, Patchwork & Quilting or guided Walking holidays”

Obviously I chose the patchwork holiday …..

it was fantastic;

from being picked up at the Stirling station……

to the fabulous food and private room (no single supplement!) ……

to the excellent teaching and guidance from Clare Workman

It was worth every penny!

Anyway, I needed something to take my work kit in so I made ……


my Selvedge Bag.

I so like it!

That was Last April …..


I looked at my big balls of wool for my crochet chocolate and raspberry ripple blanket

all just stuffed in a plastic bag

(a plain plastic bag not even a Tesco or Sainsbury’s bag!)

and I thought “that just will not do!”

So I got out my selvedges again and made a ……


side one!


side two!

my new bigger selvedge bag ….

to take my blanket around with me …… or anything else for that matter,

and I really like it!

What do you think?

It has ties at the side so the bag can expand out or just as

it is in the photo …..

it makes me smile!

Go to

for more Selvedge Inspirations!

Tomorrow is EASTER Sunday


On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame …….

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

On the first day of the week being Sunday, when the women went to the

to the tomb …. they were told ….

“Jesus is not here,

He is Risen; go to Galilee and He will meet you there!”

YOU can meet  JESUS  today too …. just follow

The Steps to Peace with God

with Billy Graham

It will be a life changing meeting – guaranteed!

Did you know there is a cross shape in the heavens?

see here …..

From Hubble telescope

The core of the Whirlpool Galaxy


 X  Structure at Core of Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown

image by STSCI


Inspiration Plus!


For quite a while now I have been happily occupied each day with my

Please drop in and encourage us!

I must say and own up – it may not be EVERY day, but it mostly is …

Sometimes it is MUCH more!

Well, the 20 Minuters idea is the brilliantly great idea of Fiona at

For serious INSPIRATIONS pop along and take a

L O N G,   L O N G,  LOOK at  Fiona’s zero calorie baking ….

birthday cake

Christmas pudding

and You simply  MUST, MUST,  M  U  S  T see her cupcakes ….

and …… her


How awesome is that!

I am absolutely amazed at her talent and inspiration ….

no wonder so many enjoy being 20 Minuters,

….. go on NOW and have a calorie free FEAST …..


perhaps you might want to become a 20 Minuter yourself

and enjoy the inspiration and generosity we share from FIONA

just visit her blog and click the 20 Minuter button!