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Upcycling a mirror 6

A while back now we went to the dump recycling site to take some wood and cardboard to recycle. I saw a big wood framed floor standing mirror, 5ft6″ big. No serious faults, just scratched varnish. I have honestly wanted one of these for years. What a waste. You can’t officially take things from the tip, its the recycling company or councils property once its left. I walked over to the gentleman working and said it was a waste can I rescue it? The reply was clever “that mirror Miss? I am sure it came from your car, put it back if you like?” and winked. He couldn’t say yes, officially, but he helped me put it back in the car boot. ūüėČ Since then its been in the garage, on a to-do-list in my head. Well today I am fixing it.


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Upcycling Small Bath Towels 9

We have lots of bath towels but as my eldest son, D is the size of a small adult these days there is never a big towel in the airing cupboard. And several smaller child sized towels that never get used. I’m going to make my towels bigger, oh yes I AM. I have done this in the past but back then I had a sewing machine. This could take some time. These towels are very eco, they are wombled. They were left near the washing up sinks at a campsite we were on, and staff were about to bin them. So they went in our wet laundry bag until we returned home. I hate waste, and I love reusing, reducing and recycling. They of course got a jolly hot wash, and tumble at home.


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Making Wildlife at Home in Your Garden 3

I love wildlife, and around here we get rather a variety if you are looking. Birds, badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, wild rabbits, mice, owls and bats are common here. I encourage it all, except the foxes. I like foxes from a distance, but as I have pet chickens and bunnies I don’t like them too close. Bats.org.uk has some handy tips on gardening for bats and making bat boxes. For attracting the cute fluffy wildlife you need shelter and food! Ideally hedges for something to hide in/under, and grass with native wild flowers as this is what they munch outside of your garden after all. You can buy lawn seed premixed with wild flower seeds, talk about easy peasy! I put this in my garden today. Mainly in my fruit and flower bed and then patched the lawn. The RSPB is also great for information on encouraging wildlife, it’s not just […]


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Upcycling Make Up 2

Today I’ve been sorting old hand bags out. I had *cough* 6 fully loaded but abandoned hand bags. Some haven’t been touched for a year, I know this because they had “work” paperwork in. Most of them had complete make up in, foundation, pressed powder, lipsticks and glosses, eye shadow and more. Sadly some of this was out of date and some was dried up. Amongst all the old make up I had a few nice compacts. My favourite was a big Boots No.7 Christmas gift set. I loved this, until the eye shadow smashed in my bag about a year and a half ago. I threw it in the cupboard black hole and forgot all about it.


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Win – B-Sensible Eco Friendly Bedding

Hello world, The kind folks at B-Sensible have been in touch, and I’m happy to say are offering Julie’s Notebook readers a chance to win a bed sheet in their choice of size and colour. Size is a boring decision but colour, well, B-Sensible have loads of choices. The best thing about these bed sheets is that it’s waterproof and still breathable. This is awesome for children that wet the bed. The second best thing is the environmentally friendliness.


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30 ways to save £1 4

I saw +Jax from Liveotherwise¬†blog about this great competition from Money supermarket and knew I had to enter. It’s called 30 ways to save ¬£1, and the great thing about this competition isn’t the huge prize money, it is that they will give you ¬£1 per tip, if you publish your own post on this topic before 17th of May, so what are you waiting for? ¬† Pounds, Quid, gold pieces, dosh!¬† ¬† The first tip has to be, enter this competition yourself as soon as you have read this post! Always make sure you use the food with the shortest dates first. Throwing out a few items a week could cost you several pounds. Wash your laundry at 30 degrees when you can to save a little bit in electric bills. Try to save a little bit of gas and water (so dosh too) by shortening you shower by […]


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Planting in Unusual Places, Crazy Containers

As it is Spring now, I’ve been outside planting containers. Now for most gardeners that would mean flower pots or rectangular tubs, but today I did something a teeny bit more quirky. As I didn’t have an old toilet bowl, or a non-seaworthy wooden boat I decided on mugs, shoes and tin cans. I have previously used a toy box as a planting tub, I kept the lid so in winter I pop the lid back on to protect the bulbs inside, clever huh? I wanted to plant some handbags and wellies but the charity shops had nothing I liked the look of today. Everyone has seen planted willies but I liked the idea of hanging handbags like bizarre little hanging basket dangling from my cherry tree… that would have been cool, but no such luck today. Ready to get going… I have here some mixed seeds, some cute mugs […]


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Foxes, What Do You Think?

In the last few years Fox attacks are seemingly on the rise. Or at least the number of times the media get hold of these stories is on the rise.The recent BBC news story It seems that foxes are attacking unguarded babies and occasionally sleeping adults. There is a pattern to it from the stories I have read. It’s always in cities, the urban fox rather than the free range variety. It’s often a baby, and it doesn’t bite just anywhere… It goes for limbs. Hands, arms, feet. Not trying to be gross but its like it knows limbs are easier to remove and is that starving that its worth the risks of entering a house for “food”. With the adult attacks it’s similar – biting adults in their sleep. I’ve read about feet, fingers and ears being chewed at. You don’t tend to hear of attacks on say, the […]


Bad weather expected..

So I’ve brought my bunny rabbit indoors incase we do get this snow. The wind was so cold I only lasted a few minutes outside before I was shivering. Good thing I did bring Patch indoors I guess. He’s bored and hot, but better than frozen. So he’s now in the indoor hutch I “wombled” recently. Yay for recycling. If any other bunny owners are reading, remember to cover the hutches or move bunny indoors…. I’d much rather Patch was bored off his head, than getting frost bite.


Wombling! Do you Womble?

If you’ve not heard the term wombling before it means picking up thrown away things. Now I don’t mean routing through other peoples rubbish, more like keeping your eyes open in supermarket car parks. If you recognise that shops vouchers you can spot them a mile off. For example Tesco “till spit” vouchers are those ones printed immeadiately with the receipt at the till. Always on white till paper, almost always the same length of paper. If you see it, pick them up! Might be money off petrol or something else you need! Another one is recycling bins, often there are points collect tokens or codes in newspapers or on side of drinks bottles. Again, whilst I wouldn’t rummage, I have been known to pick up a bottle/newspaper and take the code or token off and place it in the next open recycling box on recycling lorry day. Or keeping […]