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Making it in March Challenge
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Frugaldom
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:54 pm    Post subject: Making it in March Challenge  Reply with quote

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.

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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!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is perfect for me in March! I have a birthday party to do and a house to organise!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:20 pm    Post subject: :) Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:23 pm    Post subject: I'm in! Reply with quote

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  
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm in on this one - I've got a house to make over!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in.  I have an outfit to make before Easter.....
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:13 pm    Post subject: Crafty creation overload! Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

at your last comment Nyk - perhaps you should rename the challenge Making (and Finishing) in March
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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'.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or, for June this year, "Just finish the d$%%ed thing!, June".
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mishy I like and may make one as well.  
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tad, it looks as thought the canes are fed through the handles of the milk cartons.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mishy

I love your growing frame and fancy getting Mr WP to make one will be perfect for my letticue and herbs Thanks  
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.....

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