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Come rain or shine, ’tis bargain-hunting time.

6 Feb

Aren’t Nans just the best?

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m quite a bargain hunter. If I can get something for half the price elsewhere I’d rather wait a few days to get it than pay for the convenience of having it right now.  Money is time people!

My Nan taught me my bargain-hunting ways- I can clearly remember days of rummaging through jumble sales in search of still-packaged bed sheets (or clean at least, we’re not too fussy,) for quilting and cries of ‘3 black sacks full for a tenner!’ Which I’m grateful for now as a lot of those bed sheets have now been passed down to me 😀

Getting back on topic: aren’t Nans the best? Mine is currently making my wedding invitations which I’m mahoosively grateful for (oh yeah I’m getting married in July!) She also gives me what she likes to call ‘Red Cross Parcels’. In said parcels are things like pasta, tins of beans, packets of biscuits etc and a wild card. This wild card can be the ultimate fail (granny pants from a granny anyone?) or a gem. And this time she came up with a proper gem:

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That’s £2.99 mofos! I know you’re thinking most books that are reduced to £2.99 are a piece of crap but this one totally isn’t! I won’t post loads of pictures of the inside incase of copyright or something but look at this

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People, that is an umbrella quilt! Why have I not seen an umbrella quilt before?! Why isn’t everyone making umbrella quilts?!

I don’t usually make quilts- I made one as a gift and made myself one once but I don’t have many people I could gift them to and I don’t have space to have a gazillion quilts lying around, but I will make space for an umbrella one!

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Look how cute they are!

I’m going to change it slightly- I’m much more a fan of polka dots than stripes so my blocks will consist of various coloured polka dots and solid colour with a patterned umbrella on top.

If you’re thinking: ‘I didn’t sign up for this shit. You said this would be a blog about dresses and cardigans. In fact, you specifically said if I wasn’t interested in dresses and cardigans not to continue reading because that’s all you’d post about’ then fear not. I have a couple of items up my sleeve 😉 (Or not, as the sleeves still need to be attached.)

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