Simplicity, Frugality and Thrift…

Made today…

Frugality, simplicity and thrift…cutting down old curtains bought at a Boot Fair, to make new curtains for this window.

Hung on curtain wire…the cheapest and most effective way to hang light curtains.

And cafe curtains on the kitchen windows… These curtains are easy and fast to make, sewing in straight lines and no need for accessories of any kind!

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Think twice before you throw away tins…they make wonderful pots for plants!


Floral displays are easy to create from all kinds of cuttings.

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Twisted willow wreathes require little or no skill to make and the materials are free and readily collected from the hedgerows.

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Candles for Midwinter, made over recent days, using candle scraps collected up over the course of the year.

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A string of hearts made from scrap materials…one of those curtain pattern sample books that shops find difficult to dispose of!

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Home made biscuits to give as gifts, always treasured as they are unique and and can be wrapped in such beautiful ways!

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Tiny pots of home made jam…

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Wrapped with home made scones, these make wonderful gifts!

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Or home made jellies with herbs added!

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Be really adventurous and make fruit wine…

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Once in the demijohn, they make themselves!


The kindest and cheapest way to bleach your tea cloths…leave them out in the sun!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture home made soup

Make a big pot of soup, fill some Kilner jars with it and store in the fridge…it will keep for several days and is better than buying factory made stuff in plastic pots!

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Happy making and baking…!


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  1. Great thrifty post, I am going to be reading your guide to the deep midwinter again soon. x

  2. Love your ideas.Yes,curtains as you read on FB ! The jams ,soups chutneys ,sauces and biscuits yes,but wine no ,living in Burgundy there are those who do it better !! 🙂

  3. Love the ideas and the curtains. I’m partial to green though 🙂 I as you know already absolutely love your place!!

  4. I absolutely love your blog! I have actually been following your blog for some time but first time responding. I figured it was time since I get so frustrated when people view my blog without leaving comments. Thank you for all share and you have a beautiful home.

  5. soon i have to make my beeswax candles, i have the beeswax (once i seperate the left over honey out of it, but need to look for the recipe.. wish me luck!! c

    • Beeswax candles are beautiful luxuries to make and give. I use pure beeswax in my face cream and body lotions…boasting that they are completely edible!
      Enjoy making the candles!

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