Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Storage solutions on the cheap.

Hello my little Blogerettes, howz ya didlin? The snow has almost gone here in North Lincolnshire, I'm not sure about other parts of the country though, they have had more than us.

I've made a video for you, I got it just about right first time this time, no retakes, ha ha. What you see is what you get, no editing. It's about using what you already have to store bits and bobs in, rather than going out to the shops and buying containers. With the whole plastic thing in the news at the moment, and the plastic boxes stacked sky high in the shops, I thought I would do my bit to point out that actually you might already have something in the house to keep your nails/screws/threads, paint brushes, crafting bits and pieces and anything else, tidy.

Blimey, it's only been live for twenty minutes and already someone has viewed it. It's 16 minutes long by the way.

Right, I'm going for a little bimble, and will pop in to check on Tina puss cat. I am splitting my walks into two at 2 miles each, the house is on my route so I can call in twice a day as I am passing.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Eating well for less

Hello. It is one week since I did my last yellow sticker shop, and I still haven't eaten all the food I bought, even after giving some away. I thought I would post a picture of my lunch today, everything on the plate was 7 days out of date, and as you can see some of it was 'best before' and some was 'use by'. The rice with mushrooms was a salad pot, it went in the pan with the chopped up large mushroom and a drop of oil. I cooked it for five minutes on the hob. 
This is a mayo and garlic dip, it's all gone now, just finished it on my evening meal.

Avocado's, I did have one which I had to cut out the black bits, but one out of eight isn't bad when the rest were perfectly fine, and only 19p for a pack of two.

Unwashed salad leaves always last longer than the ready washed ones. I still have a bag of these left for tomorrow.

There was four large flat mushrooms in this pack, one left for tomorrow.

My out of date tasty veggie meal.

Yesterday I had an even cheaper lunch. It came in a plastic microwaveable pot, and only took two minutes to warm up, and only cost 20p. Beans, peas, and broccoli. I didn't need to add anything to it, this was plenty to fill me up.

I've been playing with the tissue paper again, this time I used a piece of white cotton fabric. It is laid on a metal grill rack to dry. First I put the background pieces on, blues and greens, then added the sun, and the stalks and flowers. The colours soon seep through. When I lifted the tissues I didn't think the colours of the flowers were dense enough, so I got small pieces of the same colour, screwed it up, wet it, and dabbed more colour on. A bit like painting with my fingers. My intention is to embroider onto it. I will think about what to do with it next, might add some paint first. 
My regular dog walking job has come to an end, Ken is walking Bailey now and he is getting on fine with it. I shall be filling in for him if he needs to take a day off for some reason. I now have a new job, Tina the puss cat is on her own, her owner had to go into care. Someone calls in once a day, and someone else twice a week, and I have a key to go and check on her every day. We are hoping to find her a new home through the rescue. It's snowing here at the moment, I shall pop and see her in an hour or so, it isn't far, across the road and down a street, only five minutes away.

Anyway, I'll cut you loose, thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Monday, 15 January 2018

Death of a Jupiterite

Hello. This is the year 2525. A cyber jet from Jupiter has landed in Central UK, and violence has broken out. A bloody battle has been going on for a week and there are many deaths and injuries on both sides. Earthlings are fighting back in a bid to stamp out this invasion. Ray guns are poised, rockets are ready for launching, and computer headquarters are ready to intercept any Jupiterites who defy the instruction to leave our planet. They know they can't win, all it takes is the press of a button and they will be obliterated. The control centre of each and every one of them will implode, and with the loss of their life blood there is no way they can function. 
Their leader has been eliminated, and the body has been taken over by our superbugs which will dispose of any evidence, nothing will be left behind. 

My imagination knows no bounds, ha ha. Innards of an old computer, wool creating texture and painted over, plastic spiders found after Halloween, mounted on a 50p canvas. Extra board inserted underneath to screw into. The red is blood red, not pink as it is here. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Bleeding colours

Hello. I am playing again, saw something on yooootooob and thought I would have a go at that, and it works. No wonder I don't have enough time in the day, I muck around too much, ha ha.

Tissue paper, £1 from the £1 shop, I know, I don't like buying materials, but I don't have any lying around, and I can afford £1. There is tons of it, lots of different colours, plenty for other projects.

Cut some into small shapes, squares, circles, triangles, hexagons, whatever. I tried it first on a small board, I have some board, got it at the Scrapstore. If you are going to do this you could use thick paper. Lay the pieces out to whatever design you like, then wet a brush (tap water) and stick the shapes to the board.

Wait a minute, then carefully peel the tissue paper off while still wet. The colours have bled into the board and into each other. Could make a nice background for stenciling, doodling, collage, or painting on top of. I will try a bigger one next time and put more thought into different shapes and lay them out a bit more artistically.

Now where was I. Ooops, Garcia has decided that he would like to lie on it, oh well, I'll get on with my other projects then. He is not my cat, he lives two doors up the road, but he visits daily, he sleeps in his own house at night. After nearly ten years of commuting I haven't the heart to throw him out, he is an old boy. His owners know where he is. 
Looking good outside, I may go out later, but for now my tum is rumbling, it wants food. Thanks for popping in, enjoy your Sunday, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Always on the lookout for reductions

Hello. I spent the morning wrapping some rings with wool and thread, and then did some painting. After lunch I went to town. I wanted a couple more canvases but the only ones I could find were too big. Maybe I should have bought them though at 50p each. I want to stick with smaller ones at the moment until I get the hang of this painting lark. 
I've been watching that many arty crafty yooootoooob videos, my head is buzzing. There's such a lot you can do with plastic bottle tops. Every time I see a good idea I think, must try that. 
I popped into the Cash and Carry to see if there were any must have bargains. This musli was 50p per bag, and the large jar of pickled onions was 60p.
These five tins were looking wobbly on the shelf due to them being bashed up. They normally sell them three for £1, but they wanted to get rid of these at 20p each. I will have them thank you. Will come in handy to put in a stew. They even have a long date on them. I'm always on the look out for reductions wherever I shop.

I made too much dinner tonight so there is enough for tomorrows lunch.

I'll go and get my walk done now, shake this dinner down a bit. Thanks for popping, we'll catch ip soon.
Toodle pip.