Pipe cleaner crowns….

Super Simple Pipe Cleaner Crowns

OK, so we know that I'm not the craftiest blogger around but we did make some pretty pipe cleaner crowns this weekend that I thought you might like to see.... We used glitter pipe cleaners from Tesco because we wanted some sparkle as our crowns were for the  Race for Life last Sunday (although we ended up leaving them in the car).  They were £1.25 a pack and lots of the crafty stuff is on 3 for 4 or something like that so I bought a couple of packs and some coloured paper as well. You can't go far wrong if you start by making the band that goes around your head and then, once you've … [Read more...]

How to make an Awesome Sock Puppet (and save some money)….

How to make an awesome Sock Puppet

Last week was half term here and I learned that (a) you're apparently never too old to play with play doh or to make a sock puppet and (b) it's always a good time for ice cream, even when it's freezing cold and blowing a gale. I'm going to concentrate on the 'never too old to make a sock puppet' today because I really do hate play doh and you obviously already know that ice cream makes any day better. ;-) I was challenged by Cavendish Online to see just how much money I could save by using their site to get a life insurance quote rather than a more well known site like Compare the … [Read more...]

Who knew that painting T-Shirts could be emotional….

customising shoes

I knew it would only be a matter of time before highly individual Miss Frugal decided that she wanted to have a go at making or customising her own clothes. In fact, I probably should have seen it coming when she came downstairs one afternoon a few weeks ago having turned a long skirt she has into a strapless dress adding a wide leather belt and some feather ear-rings.  To be fair she looked amazing but I don't think her dad or the people of the car boot sale were ready for her brand of style so she was sent back upstairs to find an actual top to go with her skirt!  But it was definitely … [Read more...]

Make do and mend eleven year old style….


Miss Frugal is much craftier than me! I tried to keep up when she started to learn crochet and gave up when she taught herself to knit on YouTube!   I was so impressed with the blanket she ended up knitting but we're still looking for her next project knitting wise as she wants to do something more complicated than I think she's ready for so we're arguing debating this at the minute. I do want her to keep up her knitting skills though because you can knit so much these days and it's not old fashioned stuff either - there are some really lovely patterns out there for knitted … [Read more...]