New shop and a new FB group to join

So, something quite exciting has happened. I’ve opened my own shop on Etsy selling vintage patterns as downloadable pdfs and as original patterns. Called Vintage Knit Treasures, the new shop will also sell items I’ve hand-knitted from vintage patterns and my own patterns. This brings together two great loves of mine: knitting and vintage fashion. There’s a whole lot of patterns on there for ladies, gents and children. Plus I’ve got more to put on over the coming weeks, so keep coming back.

Second piece of exciting news: I’ve joined a private FB group called Debt Free Divas who are a group of ladies (in my age group mainly – late 40s/early 50s – but it’s open to any lady, especially those between 35 and 75) who help and support each other. This includes tips on frugal living, financial advice, business advice and much more. If you’d like to join the group, you can go here and request to join. Failing that, go to my author FB page – https://www.facebook.com/authordanelson – message me with your name and email and I’ll pass your name on. Come and join us.

So, how have you all been? I hope you’re doing okay. Today and yesterday, I’ve been busy with my social media, book writing and script writing businesses. It takes up a load of time, hence the reason why I’m writing this blog at 8.30pm! But I don’t mind. I was poor at keeping this blog going, but I really want to be better.

So, what frugal things have you been doing lately? I’m trying to stick to my plan of cooking from scratch every night, but failed magnificently today. I had intended to make minced beef, dough balls, potatoes and veg for dinner tonight. However, I failed to take the mince out of the freezer last night so it would be ready for cooking this morning. Then I failed to cook it for long enough, so by dinnertime, it wasn’t ready. Cue: quick dash around the store cupboard. We ended up having hotdogs, buns and beans – not the healthiest of dinners, but the kids were hungry and I needed to create something quick. We’ll have mince tomorrow instead. I used to feel really guilty if something like this happened in the past, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I’ve been writing and creating and pushing my businesses forward for the last two days. I’m not Superwoman. Unfortunately, the dinner was the thing that gave, but it’s now cooked and I’ll reheat it for tomorrow’s meal. Yum.

As well as starting up the knitting pattern business, I’ve also taken up the needles again. I’ve been knitting whilst watching tv – The Borgias (what a series! Amazing) – and the things I’ve been doing are going to go into my shop. So far, I’ve created a turban, a beret and am working on a vintage knitted doll (16″ and gorgeous). The latter will not go into the shop as, if I want to sell toys, I’ll have to put her through all sorts of safety tests first. That includes setting fire to her – yikes – in controlled conditions to ensure she doesn’t go up too quickly. It’s in case a child has her and is near a flame and the thing goes up and burns the child. I shudder at the thought. I’m also going to have to seriously abuse her to ensure she stands up to playing. It seems like such a waste of my knitting to create the doll and then trash her, but I’d really like to sell dolls like her as toys and not ornaments/collector’s pieces, which is the only way you can get around these rules. So, my poor little doll is going to take a bashing, but it’s worth it so that I can make and sell her predecessors.

Right, I’m going to finish up now. I have a few things to do before I retire to bed tonight. I’ve been on the go since 7am and am tired. Till next time.



Some frugal tips for smart cleaning

It’s been waaaaaaaay too long since my last blog post. Naughty Dawn. Sorry about that. I have been incredibly busy with my small businesses and writing and being a mum. I will try to make more time to do it. Blog writing is on my weekly to-do list, but sometimes I don’t get through it all.

Anyway, this week’s blog is about some frugal tips. I hope you enjoy them.

Dawn xxx