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Frugaldom

Making it in March Challenge

In preparation for our March challenge, which is all about making, I am setting this thread up now. Join us here and share your progress as we make way for some fun.

For the entire month of March, we'll be looking at ways to make do with what we already have, make (and bake) tasty food, make it to the top of that hill, make it to the bottom of the laundry basket, make some changes in our frugal lives and make it possible for anything to happen. What are you making in March?

Make friends, make meals, make cards, make clothes, make gifts, make differences, make space, make do, even make way for a brand new you if this is your first year of frugal living... you get the picture so now let's make it all happen.

Let's get together and make things good by making good things happen; the march for progress begins in March.

CHALLENGER LIST

Booklady
Brendaintheboro
Cheap and Cheerful
Craftymum23
Fishcake_Random
Flourgirl
Frugaldom
Mishy
Suzan
New Start
Retrowren
Tad16
Welshpoppy

Please share your photos of whatever you make in March!
Fishcake_Random

This is perfect for me in March! I have a birthday party to do and a house to organise!
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Frugaldom

:)

Brilliant, F_R, I was hoping for some company on this one as I have so many different things I want to try my hand at so I can have truly DIY designer interior décor and make a start on replenishing my gifts' stash.
Retrowren

I'm in!

I like the sound of this challenge!

I need to make some quilts, make my grocery budget stretch further, make my etsy shop work, make more time...

Sounds great and I'm looking forward to it  
Rw
New start

I would love to join in please. I have 6 birthday this month and would like to make all the cards.
We are going to a 90th and would like to make a dress for it. Don't need to buy anything as I have everything in.
Lot of recipes to try as well. I'm very much looking fulward to this.
flourgirl

I love the sound of this one! Please count me in

I have 3 birthdays at the end of March and lots of fabrics and card stash to use up, better watch The Sewing Bee tonight for some inspiration.
booklady

Well, I'm in on this one - I've got a house to make over!
Catsister

I'm in.  I have an outfit to make before Easter.....
Frugaldom

Crafty creation overload!

I'm trying to keep track of all the crafting projects I'd like to try in March but am drowning in them - there are just so many! I am now beginning to think that by 31st March, I'm going to have close to 31 unfinished projects!
Tad16

at your last comment Nyk - perhaps you should rename the challenge Making (and Finishing) in March
Catsister

It has certainly spurred me on to finish some trousers that have been waiting to have a zip put in and then sewn together.  Spent a couple of hours last night putting in an invisible zip and sewing side seams.  I shall put the waistband on tonight and then, if I get time hem them as well.
Frugaldom

Tad16 wrote:
at your last comment Nyk - perhaps you should rename the challenge Making (and Finishing) in March


I suspect we could have the first of our 2015 challenges sorted out now, Tad - 'Finishing in February'.
Catsister

Or, for June this year, "Just finish the d$%%ed thing!, June".
mishy

Hello

Yep, please count me in, now I have sorted out what I can do.

I will make another upright food growing frame with pods out of recycled wood for the frame, placcie milk bottles cut down for the pods, large cuphooks, bamboo canes for the holders and the two fence brackets to hold the lot from the top of the fence.  I made one last year and it worked brilliantly so will do another one to grow more food this year.  I have all the gubbins needed apart from more placci milk bottles. This is the photo of last years.



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Also, last year I bought off ebay enough triple glazed conservatory panels to make a lean to down the side of the house, total cost £30, can you believe it.  Anyway, there will be enough left over to make a foldable/concertina type recycled wood framed cold frame, are you with me still? to go around my tomatoes. So I will design and get DH to help me make this.

I will finish my blanket.  Enough said.
Frugaldom

That vertical growing frame looks brilliant!

March should be fun getting all these new projects underway, I just hope we don't end up under a metre of snow with the power lines done before the end of it, same as we did last year, I need my hot glue gun working!
Tad16

Mishy, I love your growing frame!!  Did you slide bamboo canes through holes cut in the milk cartons?  I can't quite see how you've attached the pots.    Quite fancy trying one of these for the herbs and pick again lettuce - thank you!
New start

Mishy I like and may make one as well.  
Frugaldom

Tad, it looks as thought the canes are fed through the handles of the milk cartons.
Welshpoppy

Mishy

I love your growing frame and fancy getting Mr WP to make one will be perfect for my letticue and herbs Thanks  
mishy

Hello all

Yep, I left the handle on and cut the front bit off and punctured four holes in the base for drainage,  the canes threaded through the handles and then the cane was threaded through the cup hooks.  

I found that the drier plants need to be at the top and the plants which needed more water at the bottom (due to water draining out of the pods).  

It is a good idea to label the pods.  I did this but towards the end of the growing season, the labels had faded/worn away.

the cut and come again salad stuffs were excellent in these pods along with my herbs.

Not a good idea to site the pods in hot sunlight as they dry out too quick.

Am going to have a go and grow some strawberries this year and some trailing tomato plants.

Maybe we could compare notes on what did/didn't grow well?

enjoy your pods.....
Frugaldom

Mishy Pods

Mishy, you could run a thread in the gardening section where we can all post about our pods. I'll need to ask folks to save me their milk cartons and also find some place to hang them, though, as we have a long garden with dry stone walls, so I'll maybe need to make a frame of some sort to support the system.
Tad16

Thanks Mishy, just going to go and dig all the milk cartons from the recycling bin
nosnarcmik

Great ideas Mishy. Might have a go at this myself.

Nyk, If you could get hold of any pallets, you could fix all the gubbins to them and lean the against somewhere. Just an idea.
mishy

Ok Frugaldom will post on the gardening thread re comparing notes, I used the 4pt plastic bottles, 2pts are too small.  The larger bottles may be ok but I haven't tried them.
Frugaldom

Thanks for that, Mishy, I will start saving and reigning whatever I can by way of cartons.

Kim, like minds and all that, already told H that I am claiming one of the pallets for a wooden frame. LOL I'll probably have more trouble finding milk cartons and well NEED to improvise in that department.
Tad16

I was thinking of screwing cup hooks into the wall and then hanging the bamboo cane on the hooks - means I can do little runs of them wherever.   Think it should work
Frugaldom

:)

Excellent idea - I wish I was confident enough to screw stuff into walls without worrying about taking chunks out of them. The only other place I have cup hooks for a garden cane are across the top of the living room window; wonder what the neighbours would think about milk cartons hanging there instead of blinds?
Tad16

Not inside, but outside on the garden wall...... my internal walls would also fall to bits
Frugaldom

:)

That makes better sense, I was thinking you meant as a means of storing them and visualising mine stuffed full of 'stuff' of all descriptions. Still, it's a good idea for getting stuff up off the ground and I've seen similar sounding set-ups for crafty bits and bobs, although not in milk cartons.
Cheap and Cheerful

Put me down for this one please. I love a challenge to keep me focused. I really must make mishys marvellous hanging garden of frugaldom. Since I saw the picture I have been trying to figure where it can go. Hhmmm..... I will get there in the end.

I do have loads of other things just waiting to be made so I will devote March to getting things out of my head and into reality.
Retrowren

Mishys mini garden

Love your garden Mishy!

A fabulously simple idea that I can't wait to try! Will get saving my milk cartons now!

I have lots to make and do this month. I'm really hoping I can stay motivated!

Good luck frugal folk.
Rw
Retrowren

Signatures

Hey, we have our signatures back!  
Frugaldom

Signatures

Yes! The announcement was made earlier today in the updates thread. I thought I'd start early and make some changes.
Frugaldom

Who is all taking part?

The 'Making it in March' challenge is almost upon us and I'm quite excited about it - ridiculous really, considering I've been doing challenges for what seems like decades but I can't help it - it's exciting NOT spending money yet still having fun!

Who's Making It In March?

I've started the list of challengers in post 1. Let's see who can stick with the challenge for a full month.

I have so many things that I want to make that I'm more struggling for where to start!   I need to make a kitchen, a few mini-gardens, gifts, changes and money... you get my drift.
Brendaintheboro

Hi NYK and friends, I'm in for this one. I am making a quilt. I've been asked to make table cloths for church tables and we found some bags of clothes that had been disposed of from a laundry , so they will be recycled into what we need.
I bought a composted today , so even though we don't have a garden, I am going to start making compost from our veg peelings etc. I am also going to try growing herbs and some salad stuff. This is after seeing your post NYK.
So I've got plenty to go at.
Frugaldom

Day 1/31

TODAY, I AM MAKING CHANGES!

I need to make more of an effort in many things
I need to make time for real life
I need to make provisions for my own future
I need to make March a month of completing mammoth tasks
I need to make myself some positive mental attitude

Today I WILL finish making the blanket!
Retrowren

Making

You go NYK!  
I don't know how you muster so much energy!!

Sorry, missed the updates thread re: signatures...

Today I'm making an inroad on a 60th birthday quilt, and listing on etsy ...which equates to making money in March ....hopefully!

I also have some holes to melt in some large planters...

Happy making folks.
Rw
Suzan

This year I am trying to craft from my stash.  Therefore I have pulled up a Christmas cross stitch to finish.  A few weeks ago I cut patches and started a quilt for a new mum.  These need to be finished.  I also have socks started and need to work on those.  So please count me in.

Also our weather will soon cool so I need to replace the herbs that dried out while we were away and plant some of our food stuff.
Brendaintheboro

Mishy, I've been looking at your fence garden. Please can you tell me the types of things you grew there?
Feeling grottty this morning, have caught the bug my son had earlier in the week. Thought I had got away with it.
Frugaldom

Hope you feel better soon, Brenda. Here's the link to the thread Mishy has started for those of us wanting to try making the vertical pod garden from milk cartons. It lists what is in the cartons.

http://frugaldom.myfreeforum.org/about1483.html

I now have 3 milk cartons if I switch my homemade laundry liquid into a bucket.

This morning, I made the effort to go out for a walk and take some photos. Now having a cuppa, deciding what to make for lunch - probably a cup of soup and slice of homemade bread - then I need to make a label and recycle a jar for holding the coffee whitener that came in bags.

And I WILL sew my blanket this weekend so daughter can get it on Monday.
Brendaintheboro

Thanks for the link. Stitching on my quilt to keep my mind off feeling yucky but have to keep running to the toilet. Not nice.
New start

I have been in the garden most of today painting fence pan naps and the gate. I want all of the garden done by the end of this challenge.
Starting my birthday cards today and if I get time I'm going to make a shopping bag out of old jeans for my god daughters birthday.
Don't think I will be sleeping much in March.
New start

It should read fence panels think spell cheque went mad.
Frugaldom

Spell check and auto-correct are nightmares, especially on Kindle! My posts to csarina have all been auto-changing 'csarina' to 'canadian'! LOL
csarina

Frugaldom wrote:
Spell check and auto-correct are nightmares, especially on Kindle! My posts to csarina have all been auto-changing 'csarina' to 'canadian'! LOL


I did notice but wondered what was going on, no problem!! March is going to be an expensive month for us with the move, will have to do my best to replenish the finances in the next few months.
Frugaldom

What did I make today?

Today I...

1. Made the effort to start back on my personal fitness campaign by going out for a 3-mile walk
2. Made my first online photo album of 2014 outings
3. Made an indoor mini-garden from a disposable plastic tub


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I am also going to continue, as per February challenge in making the time to blog on a daily basis.
booklady

Just noticed the time and haven't posted what I have made today.   I'm an hour ahead ie it's after midnight here, but I'm working on British time!

Well, I have taken lots of photos for listings and I've created a little area which I can use in the future.  I needed to find a place where the background is neutral but well-lit for my piccies, and on a table at the right height to place the item.  

I also part-made a social evening by ringing round to invite people we know to come to a jazz evening.  We are organising this with a friend.  It will be free for all, bring your own drink, food, plate and glass - we provide the music (there is a whip-round for the band) and tables/chairs.  Roped in 10 more people - I think they'll enjoy themselves, and I'm determined to get us a social life back, but frugally.
Frugaldom

Love it!

Making a frugal social life is on my 'to do' list, creeping ever closer now we have a living room with a sofa and a partially stocked mini-bar. Well done with the organising and don't forget t post a piccie of what you make to help. I have made a tray of cookies and 2 cheesecakes so far, am about to make lunch.
Brendaintheboro

NYK youve inspired me to make a lemon drizzle cake.it's in the minioven as we "speak". Bought 3 lemons from ald* on Thursday and meant to do it yesterday but wasn't well enough. Thankfully only a 24 hr bug for me.
Still? Have 2 lemonbs left. Ideas friends?
Fishcake_Random

Today I made an increase to my veggie seedlings.
Started work on a crazy patchwork blanket using scraps
Made an effort to be nice to my mil lol



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Brendaintheboro

Lemon drizzle cake voted a success.

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Frugaldom

Lemons

Brenda, how about using one of the lemons to make the natural room fragrance? I'm just going to warm mine in the microwave to rejuvenate it when needed but must persuade myself not to drink it! Made this one today, but I think you already saw the blog about it. I've saved a lemon for another drizzle cake for friends who are visiting this coming week.



The ribbon is just to make sure people realise it isn't a jar of juice sitting on my mini-bar!
Brendaintheboro

Yes when I read the blog I thought about trying that. Lemon smells don't affect me.
Suzan

In the interest of frugality I am going to email more and snail mail less.  A letter form OZ to the US costs $2.60.  Ridiculous.  But everything was sourced from home stashes as much as possible.
New start

I have been to my sawing/knitting group and spent the afternoon teaching a new mum how to dressmake. It made the old brain work.
I know it's not me making,but it did  feel like a good way to spend my afternoon.
So my card making will have to start after tea.
Frugaldom

Day 3

Today I made a couple of these little items!

booklady

I seem to be running a day behind.

Sunday - sunny, so made a new bed in the garden - put in a new honeysuckle from a neighbours cutting.  Made a nice seating area in the back garden, cleared up all the left over holly wreates, piled in the corner rotting, and checked the herbs daughter put in a plastic homemade tunnel - loads of coriander!

Monday - made the fires!  Freezing cold.  Made chicken and ham turnovers for tea - leftover chicken, literally the wings only, and about 2 oz bacon bits.  Did jacket potatoes started off in micro, and leftover garden red cabbage.  

Made a few listings too.
Suzan

I have been experimenting with English piecing and making pincushions for gifts.  Last night I sewed one of the patches in the wrong way and learned that I do tiny stitches indeed and that I doubt most of my stitching will ever pop!
craftymum23

Room for a littleun would love to join this month plan is to makeover our bedroom. On a very tight budget
Frugaldom

Everyone's welcome, as are their photos.
flourgirl


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My first item for the Making it in March challenge

I love making these little patchwork bags and have a few ready made, hope to sell some at our Thimbles sale tables through the year.  Next on my list are some calico tote bags with hexies appliqued on the fronts.


Dont know why its hanging sideways...it looked ok on the preview. You will have to tilt your head  
Suzan

Sharing skills is an excellent idea in my book.

All I made today was a dent in the washing and folding and a decent dinner!
booklady

I made lots of piles of things today:  socks, ironed linen, t shirts and pancakes - and that's it!
Frugaldom

Lovely bag!

Liking the liquorice allsorts design on the bag.

This is what I made and blogged about today - it isn't quite finished yet. as it took me an hour to complete the little blanket that goes with it, but I'll get it finished tomorrow night.


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The 'attic' section is where I'll be storing all her toys.
Suzan

I haven't finished anything today but I have started somethings.  I used my juice extractor for the first time.  I have set up six herb pots as my herbs died while I was away.  I am hoping to get to my paper piecing soon.
Frugaldom

Making it in March 2014

Change of plans today, visitors cancelled, but I had already made a tray of cookies and the lemon drizzle cake - so those are my first 'makes' of the day.

I made a seed tray from 12 empty tin cans - pierced holes in the bases, filled them with compost, planted 4 tins each of runner beans, dwarf beans and peas. I used an old baking tray as a base and wrapped a piece of wallpaper around all the tins.

Now just waiting for some finger rolls to prove for my next 'make' of the day.


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Easier said than done - need more practice at dough sculpting.

Better luck with my simple bean sprouter


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Retrowren

Hangs head in shame

All you industrious frugal making folk are putting me to shame...

Sometimes my days just seem to disappear and by the end of it I've been rushing round like the proverble blue a..ed fly, and I haven't actually achieved anything at all noteworthy!!

I vow that from tomorrow I will make lots!! Well, after miss 18s hospitAl appointment, and the visit to her boyfriend in Swanage...


Rw
Retrowren

Doh...

Erm... I did actually mean to say Well Done to you all too!!

You're doing great!!      

Rw
Suzan

Retrowen I have just lived another of those days.  Some days if you make it to the end without losing it you have done well.  Keep up the interesting work ladies.
flourgirl

Frugaldom, your Hot Dog rolls are fantastic!

Grandaughter and I made a huge pompom last night and she cut some eyes out made some eyelashes and stuck them on, it looked great! Forgot to take a photo though...numpty!

Makes for today will be hexie flowers for the community quilt project and a big pan of bolognese...yum!
New start


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My first card made for tomorrow. Hope she is happy with it.
Frugaldom

What a beautiful card - I'm sure it will be cherished (and possibly framed) by the recipient.

Latest make for me was my secret book but I forgot to post photo, so here's the update since the glue set. I don't have a bar of chocolate or wad of notes to fit inside it so I used batteries to demonstrate the size of the 'box' inside the book.

flourgirl

New Start your card is fabulous! All that beautiful stitching! Well done.

Frugaldom, I love the idea of a secret book, perfect for a secret stash of chocolate!
mishy

Like the book frugaldom and the card is lovely New start.
New start

Many thank for your kind words about the card. Have started the next one. Hope it dos not take so long this time.
nosnarcmik

Beautiful work Newstart.
Frugaldom

Today's 'make'

Fluffy blanket has now gone to its new home and today's make, other than a pie and another batch of ice cream (for DD & DGDs), was this duck egg shell mini macramé planter.



Blogged it.
Suzan

Sadly on the basics were done today.
flourgirl

Batch cooking


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My Making it in March contribution today is batch cooking for the freezer.  Pasta Bolognaise 8 portions and Beef and vegetable Goulash 6 portions. All low fat and Smaller portions to help me loose weight

And 6 portions of Greek style Potatoes
Details on my blog

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flourgirl

Sorry about the photos, I dont seem to be very good at this but you get the idea! X
New start

Flourgirl I love your blog,never know you were on here. The potatoes look good and I'm going to give them a go this week. Anything that saves time is a great help.
Suzan

Not much time for creative play today.  However I was pleased to see some thyme, basil and chive seedlings have appeared.
flourgirl

Thank you New Start, hope you enjoy the potatoes if you decide to make them, we are having leftovers with sausages, carrots and onion gravy tonight.

not sure who you are in blogland, if you are a follower, thank you and if you have a blog let me know xx

Project today, making my grotty oven fit for use again! and a bit of a patchwork bag making session.

Susan, take care of yourself, you are having a very difficult time just now, just completing every day chores must be a challenge in itself.  xx
Suzan

As I mentioned on the daily post we had a new helper today and she made a fantastic difference.  Meanwhile I have done little creative stuff but am as excited as a five year old over my sprouting herbs.  I am also pleased the one of the parsley plants has come back as well as some marjoram.

Enjoy your day.
flourgirl

A little Patchwork Tote bag for todays Making it in March project, something else for the sale table.



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And a stitched card.  5 inch square. ( blogged)
Frugaldom

Well done with your seedlings coming through, Suzan, I'm still waiting for mine to germinate.

Lovely bag and card, flourgirl.

My 'making' has reduced to mainly foodstuff as I'm just not making enough time to do anything else and that needs to stop! I must make myself make time for other things!


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Today's foodie makes - more ice cream and a syrup sponge.

I now have 3 duck egg shells sitting waiting to be painted and macramé hangers made for them but my couple of hours 'free' time today went on a 5 mile walk to make the most of the best day we have had this year so far.
flourgirl

OMG! That syrup sponge looks divine!

No puddings, cakes biscutes or chocolate here at the moment we are invited out to dinner tomorrow, so I will have to be good when it comes to dessert!

Love the macrame seed hangers, I didn't realise you planted the whole shell....numpty me! Brilliant idea.

Suzan, its good news about your new helper, once things settle it may give you a little free time for yourself x
Frugaldom

Yes, the entire shell can be planted out into the garden, it breaks down eventually, but I have bonded mine with PVA so they last longer as indoor pots. Here are the 3 recent ones I painted - they dry out to look sort of marbled because of the glue underneath the food colouring.


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I still haven't knotted up their macramé holders yet!  
flourgirl

A couple more tote bags made today, just one more to do and thats used up some fabric and bits that have been waiting to be sewn up for a while.

Making 'posh nosh' tonight for dinner, half price rump steak with the trimmings and probably fruit and ice-cream for dessert. I might even open a bottle of wine we got for a Christmas present.

Makes for tomorrow will include baking
Suzan

I have actually made something today.  I managed to piece some hexies together.  It was so relaxing to sit and chat and sew.  Loved every minute of that part of my day.

The seedlings are going well too.  I must look at my vegetable starting kits that were not used last year and do something with them.  It would be good to have fresh fruit and veg from the back yard.
New start

I finished another card,forgot to take a photo  .
Spent most of the weekend in the garden. I love being outside.
I also made Indian croquettes made with lentils. This was one of the thing I wanted to do in March and OH liked very much. He says he will not eat beans or lentils. So for me this is a break through and should help to cut the meat bill down.  
Suzan

I hope everyone has a brilliant day.

I haven't created much today but have bought some bigger pots to replant my lime and herbs.  The herbs will need a little longer before transplanting.  I am trying to organise the next seeds to plant as autumn is the best time  here.  Tomorrow I will visit some dirt.

I also spent some time in the kitchen with Miss 17.  She is becoming quite confident at prepping our simple home meals.  She also spent a huge part of the day helping with the laundry too.
Suzan

Today I did not manage to repot the plants.  Tomorrow will do.  Tonight though I have found time to finish off the hexagon group I started on Monday and began another grouping.  I am liking this so much more than other things I have tried.

The only thing I made was some potato cakes/rissoles.  I don't remember who spoke of them but thank you.  My family would not eat bubble and squeak in a pink fit.  However shape the stuff, crumb it and bake it and the plates were clean.
New start


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I have made this for a friends grandchild. It is really lemon and white. The wool came from Aldi and I'm very please with it.
Now going to start the next card.
Suzan

I love snuggly crochet.  That is a pretty gift to share.
flourgirl

Lovely blanket New Start, lemon and white always look pretty together, beautifully crocheted.

Today my bit for MIIM was to make use of a £10off a £50 shop in Sainsburys, I shopped wisely, bought offers and stocked up on orange basic items, that will keep us going a while.

Yesterday I completed the 4 tote bags I had cut out, next up is some more patchwork.
mishy

Like the blanket new start lemon and white so nice and fresh together.

I made 3 hankies this morning from my fabric stash, have cut and ironed another 4 so will try and get them stitched this week.

Does making potato cakes count as MIIM?!

laters...
booklady

Ooh, I do feel guilty as I don't appear to have made anything this month.

Well, I have, but it's all the usual things ie cooking, making beds - both the sleeptime sort and gardening sort, making things tidy eg vacuuming and cleaning the bathroom.  

Just wondered - and this isn't a kop out - does making other members of the family make things count?  I'm thinking of OH making a pile of split wood for the fire, daughter and her hamster cage, son making himself useful by setting out tables and chairs last week at the jazz do etc etc.

I have been doing some mending, but that's not making anything really.      
Tad16

'Course it is BL - you're making a living
Suzan

Lots of great efforts and I love reading about them.  I am still plodding with my hexies and relaxing too.  Nothing new to add to my creation pile.

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