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A quick non crafty post

I'm working on a few projects at the moment but none are near completion so I can't divulge as of yet. So instead, I thought I'd update my spending for now, and show you what I bought with my first treat (few crafty things in there so it's kind of crafty!)

I got paid on 27th, and the first thing I did was buy two bus tickets to Plymouth for £18.20. I also bought some french dressing, 15 eggs, diced turkey breast, basics feta, food bags, tortillas and red onions for £10.06

On the 28th I bought a toast 'n' egg. For those who don't know what this is, it's a toaster with an egg boiler attached. Makes the perfect boiled eggs. Costs about £40 usually, but I got it for £24.76 due to some discounts and vouchers. Always worthwhile to shop around. It's also worthwhile to keep the receipt, as I got it home and the bloody thing didn't work! A replacement is on it's way.

On the 29th I got some Ariel 3 in 1 tabs (£7), some Comfort freshener (£1.50) and a reduced loaf of bread (69p)

You don't wanna hear about that though! Monday was Plymouth day. I gave my mum £100 to spend, and bought a nice haul of things for myself.

First stop Hobbycraft!

A couple of essentials. The Gesso was £8.50 and the alcohol blending solution was £4.50

Chalkboard paint. I've got a few ideas for this already! £2

Game Spinners £4.50

Butterfly Frenzy die £14.50. I've wanted this for a while

Caged bird die £7.50. The weird thing is in the Hobbycraft in Plymouth they have all the dies locked away. Seems stealing them is a very lucrative business. Shame on you!

I also got a decopatch brush £1, a Docraft mag £4.99 with three free gifts. 

After there we went to Boot's to get our eyes tested. They do a really thorough job. So thorough it was past one when we finished so we went to Maccy D's and got two big tasty meals £11.78

Went to Body Shop after that. Got some tea tree oil and some tea tree body wash for £10.

Apparently this is really good for spots on your back. Since I've started working out my skin has got worse so I thought I'd try this rather than stop exercising!

Since I have a publisher to find, I got the following book from Waterstones, at a cost of £19.99

I've only had a quick flick through but I wish I'd bought it before. As well as lists of publishers it has tons of advice for us fledgling novellists.

Quick stop at Costa for a hot choc and a passionfruit and mango smoothie (£5.95) before heading to Primark. I got some underwear (which I'm not gonna put on here!) some new Pj's and a lovely bag for Summer for her birthday 

Total spend in Primark was £39.40

Finally I went to the Works. This is a good place to find some cheap craft stuff! 

The eagle eyed of you will spot that I went slightly over my £150 budget but mum gave me the couple of quid extra so it was ok. I think treats in future will be cheaper as this was not part of my normal wages. It was nice to be able to get some things without the guilt.

Yesterday the rent was due , £406.16, and today I went to Glasses Direct and got two pairs of glasses for £56.50 (below my budget of £80) They have a deal at the moment that runs until Tuesday, so if you need glasses head on over there!

Anyway that's it for now. I'm off next week so that means plenty of crafting, which means blog posts!



  1. Coooo ... what a busy girl you've been! And ... what a busy girl you're going to be- with all these new suppliies!

    I'm so glad that you've found that The Works are a great place to buy crafty goodies. I use them all the time - I would especially recommend their double sided tape. It's BRILLIANT. As sticky as any other tape and ... what's even better, is that it will tear for you. So you don't always have to juggle with scissors when you want to end a line of tape. Their stuff just tears easily for you, and what's even better is that it's just a £1 for a large roll. Check it out Ems. (I buy two rolls every time I go, or order on-line. I have a little stock of them now, but I'll cry if ever they stop doing it!)

    Looking forward to seeing your crafty projects.

    I've been a bit quiet on my blog for a couple of weeks or so, but I have been crafting. Life (and carpy stuff) has got in the way. I have got a project that I especially wanted to post to share with you, yourself. I took an idea from pinterest and tried it to see if it would work ... and it does! BRILLIANTLY. Far better than I ever dreamed it would. And all the time I was doing it, I was thinking "Ems will love this one if it works". So I'm dying to show it to you.

    In the meantime ... sending crafty hugs and good crafting wishes ~ Cobs. x

    1. I've seen the post Cobs - what an ingenious idea! I may have to try that in future...


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