Thursday, February 20, 2014

Coupons and discounts

Howdy peeps. It's true. I like to use coupons. It's not a huge thing here in Australia. I think we've only just started to see coupons popping up here and there and they can be quite worthwhile. Spotlight sent out a recent 40% off one full priced item until 24th February. It's sooo worth it if you have a project in mind or there is something you need at this greatly discounted percentage. I bought these sharp scissors and got $10 off the marked price. Say with me : "Aaaawessooome".

They also had the get 30% off when you buy the rest of the bolt so I did exactly that with this quilting cotton called Rose Frost. I'm sure my girls would love a dress and there was about 3.5metres of this pretty fabric. It could even be turned into a pair of lovely curtains I suppose.

I felt mother guilt and so I had to come home with these tiny elephants. They were on sale too at just under $10 a metre so hoping to come up with a good sewing project for the boys. I find it difficult to be inspired to sew up something for the boys so I've made it a point to rectify this.


Just next to the store was a Furnish.com.au outlet. I popped in to see what bargains I could get as that store was closing down. We were thinking about buying some bunks but they were pricey and we didn't have the luxury of spending hundreds. It's normally my job to hunt down these bargains and so when I saw this bunk I was quite excited. I asked the guy and he said he would give me a new set for $200 plus $50 for each mattress. Mind you, these are King Single (which I believe are just a bit longer than single size). Great! Sold. 

I had to enlist my brother in law who has a van and after a bit of time we got them paid for and at my house for a weekend job. Note to self, most petrol stations have atms so don't waste time waiting for atms at stores to be re-filled and working. 

It also means I need to scour the bargain table for King Single mattress covers, lest I make them myself?? Oh the thought! Can I get sheeting locally? Might have to print out another coupon then....

Here is my eldest wearing an item I had to pick up for her from Coles. Now that they sell clothing they have some really cute items. This was a bigger size so it's quite longer but she'll grown into it. I just needed something for her to wear that was fuss free after a swimming lesson (hence the wet hair). I wish it came in my size though. It's adorable in any size. And you gotta have a dress with pockets.

So that's it for now. Thanks for popping in again. I've skipped the gym today as I have too much to do. It was raining a lot yesterday and the sun is out today. This weather is so up and down you cannot tell if you need a cardigan, shorts or pants. I end up bringing almost a whole luggage bag when we go out with the kids.

Hope you are all well. I'm going to have some sewing therapy!

Monday, February 10, 2014

End of summer

This season we had quite a few pomegranates fruiting from our tree in the backyard. What I love about our tree is that it is minimal fuss so I can't really kill it through lack of love/maintenance. I did, however, pick a few nice looking fruit and placed them on the table. I was a bit afraid of picking them as I saw some spiderwebs. But can you see my little surprise hiding in there???

I ended up buying a new iron this year as my last Philips one was a bit scorched and started to smell a bit (the steam smelt). I made the huge mistake of buying one on-line during Christmas but it wasn't from a reputable dealer and they haven't sent it to me! Arghhh. I checked later only to find out that they were prosecuted by Fair Trading for not complying with their consumer laws. So lesson learned, make sure you buy from a company that has good reviews! Caveat Emptor! I should have known it was too good to be true.

Regardless, I will try to shake off that mistake whilst I actually am a bit excited about my iron from Target. It's the Philips Azur and although it's a bit noisy between irons I love it. They had a 15% off sale so it was good timing for me. I even covered it with a cloth to prevent dust from getting into it, how's that for iron love??
 Little Miss reading on her makeshift reading space...

Oooh I went to Ikea and picked up Skubb drawer organisers. They are awesome. However, they don't fit in my own drawers so they are in the kids Malm dresser. It makes finding their clothes easier and looks more tidy.
Loving more life hacks. Found this cardboard tube from possibly cling wrap?? Used it to keep my contact plastic rolled up. Are you a book cover expert yet? I did quite a few books this week but it has slowly subsided. I still get bubbles, lol.


See my yucky surprise? I got shivers when it popped out when I put the fruit on the table. The small spider was hiding inside the pomegranate. Urghhhhh. I squished it though. Not going to pick any more fruit any time soon.
 
Kids are back at school. I'm still working part-time plus running a St Vincent de Paul Conference. Life is busy but I've made a few changes. Quite simply I am asking for help when I need it and I've let things go that aren't so important. I've prayed and let things be according to God as he wishes and to give me strength. It's worked so far and I'm in a much better place than I was a few months ago. I'll make time for myself and to enjoy the good and the bad. Things are worse for others and my mantra is that I am so lucky to have the life I have now.
 
So looking foward to getting back into the swing of things and hopefully a bit more sewing or knitting or something!