Tuesday, 21 March 2023
It's A Stitch Up!
Friday, 17 March 2023
Big Girl's Blouse
I was almost hyperventilating when I spotted these boots in the clearance chazza - a super funky mash-up of cowgirl cool and Edwardian chic. £3, my size and so comfy I might have to be buried in them!
Tuesday, 14 March 2023
Questions, Questions - Time Management, Clothes Care and A Bag Hack
Hello! It's time I answered a few more reader queries. The first is How do you manage your time? A question recently posed by Tess.
I always set the alarm for 6.30am but I'm usually awake and out of bed before then. After a wash, I'll pull on the workout gear I've left on the bathroom chair the previous evening, go downstairs and open the curtains, switch on the electrics, put away the previous evening's washing-up from the drainer (we don't have a dishwasher), lay out the breakfast things, check eBay for questions and print off a pick list of sales that need wrapping. I'll also check that any laundry hanging in the utility room is dry, taking our stuff upstairs and folding the stock into a basket to transport to the Kinky Shed later.
|My wonderful Wii Fit|
I'm always on the Wii Fit by 7am. On non-swimming days, after my workout, I catch-up with Blogland and emails until Jon gets up at around 8.15am when we'll have breakfast. After we've eaten I'll wash-up, collect the stock from the shed, hanging up the freshly washed stuff and wrap the parcels then go upstairs, get dressed & clean my teeth. I've usually laid out my clothes the previous evening - although that doesn't necessarily mean that'll be the outfit I choose to wear.
|The Kinky Shed!|
|In action, Jan 2023|
Tess also asked how I look after my clothes to make them last so long. The simple answer is - other than knickers, socks, exercise gear and thermals - I hardly ever wash them! When I do, I use the 15°C cycle on the washing machine, using soda crystals instead of washing powder and NEVER ever using fabric conditioner (it rots your clothes - fact!) My clothes are always hung up to dry, our 40 year old tumble drier, inherited from Jon's mum, is for emergencies only. When I've worn something I air it by hanging it up on the wardrobe door for 24 hours - if I notice a mark I'll spot clean it with a sponge and some soap. As a result I'm still wearing vintage clothes I bought in the nineties and nobody's ever told me that I smell bad!
Dora asked how I organise my clothes. At the moment I'm experimenting with a capsule wardrobe (see HERE) so everything that needs hanging (dresses, skirts, blouses, waistcoats, jackets and coats) now fit inside the same wardrobe. Everything else is folded and lives in my dressing table drawers. The clothes I'm not currently wearing are stored in my other wardrobe and the proper summery gear - shorts, bikinis, flimsy frocks & strappy tops and my far out festival stuff, is stuffed in the suitcases on top.
Easy! When I get home I plug my mobile phone into the PC and then tip the contents of my bag into a basket, which I keep on the floor next to the wardrobe. Makeup bag, purse, glasses case, keys, umbrella, gloves, tissues, bag for life, all together and ready to transfer into whatever bag I decide to carry the following day. These seagrass baskets from Wilko are perfect - but other types are available!