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Some tips on keeping your clothes nicer for longer

Hello there! How are you all? Sorry I’ve not been around. Been dead busy writing – I’ve got three major projects ongoing just now, so unfortunately, The Canny Lass blog, has taken a bit of a back seat when it comes to me writing it.

So how’s things? What have you been up to in lockdown? As I said, I’ve been keeping really busy: am writing two books, am co-writing a script plus I’ve had loads of things I’ve had to do around the house. So, it’s been pretty busy. I’m really missing seeing a lot of family and friends. I’m at home with my two kids, three dogs and two chickens. I’m lucky I’m not living alone, but I miss some adult company! I have managed to keep in touch with family and friends via Social Media and by using Zoom, which has been a lifesaver. Thank God this pandemic happened now and not ten or 20 years ago when we didn’t have so many ways of keeping in touch!

Right, on to the blog. I’ve decided to share a few tips I’ve been putting together for Pinterest with you. Following are some tips on how to keep your clothes in tiptop condition so that they keep nicer and last longer. See you next time. Enjoy.

Dawn xx

baking, cooking, Recipes, saving money]

Just touching base

spring 1

Hello everyone and how are you? What a lovely day it is here again in Scotland! Normally at Easter we have overcast, rainy weather, but it’s been glorious here for the last four days. Not roasting hot, but nice enough to walk around in and to feel the sun’s warmth on your face.

Anyway, on with the blog. Firstly, I have to apologise for neglecting you all recently. It’s been a month since my last blog post. Like everyone else though, I’ve been spending the last four weeks adjusting to this new way of living. I’ve also been working on a couple of books which, if you go over to my author blog, you can find out more about. At first, I found it really hard to get back into writing after the lockdown was announced. It’s been such a scary time. However, I am getting there. Well, not today, today is my fourth day of having a break from writing. Okay, so I’m writing this, but I am having a break from my books. Instead, I’ve been tidying the garden and my body is full of aches and pains for it. Still, it was worth it, the garden does look better.

spring 2

So, how have you all been coping? Have you been managing okay? I’ve found myself cooking things from scratch more, which is great because that’s what I’ve been wanting to do for ages.

Talking of cooking, have you stumbled across any great recipes you’d like to share? I’ve been following a blog called The 1940s Experiment for years now and it’s full of cheap nutritious (mostly British) recipes from the Second World War. Carolyn who runs the site is passionate about sharing great recipes from that era and tries them out herself before posting them. She’s currently pulling together a free Pandemic Pantry Cookbook, so if you have any recipes you’d like to share, pop along and send her them. They don’t have to be wartime and they don’t have to be British. I gave her my family’s go-to Bolognese sauce and our sponge cake recipe.

There’s also my friend Elaine’s Mortgage Free in Three blog which is packed full of brilliant recipes for you to try. She ran this blog a few years ago, then got a really busy job and had to give it up. However, due to the pandemic, she has resurrected the site (Yay! Cos I love it) and it has loads of recipes and info about frugal living.

spring 3

This week, I plan to scour all my old cookbooks to see if I can rustle up something good, nutritious (or not) and cheap. I’ll share it with you once I have them.

Right, I am going to love you and leave you. I really just wanted to say hello, I’m still here and to touch base with you. I will try to be more regular with my posts.

Til next time,

Dawn xxx



A couple of handy household tips


bicarb for shoes

If you’re experiencing problems with stinky feet and you need to deodorise shoes, above is a great tip. Just pour some bicarbonate of soda in your shoes, leave and when you want to wear them, tap out the bicarb. Simple.

You can also use bicarb to deodorise carpets and pet beds. Sprinkle with the bicarb and then vacuum out. A bit like the Shake n Vac lady of old! Remember that ad?

Bet you’ll have this song in your head all day now! You’re welcome!

Here’s another wee tip… For those of you, like me, who hate cleaning venetian blinds!


Don’t worry about the vinegar smell, that will go after a wee while.

Dawn xx



How to keep your hands looking nice this winter and other tips

So, I didn’t get around to making soap and face cream last week. I was just too busy and had no energy. I’ve been working really hard on a number of projects, with more in the near future. Plus (confession), I’ve been binge watching The Stranger and Locke & Key on Netflix. What can I say? The kids were off on holiday from school this week and I wanted to relax a bit. Plus I had visitors. And wine. And too much chocolate.

Anyway, getting back to this week and I’ve decided to share with you some tips I pulled together for my client, Tranquility Holistic Centre, who provide health and wellbeing to the people of Helensburgh. I used these on their Facebook page and there are some good tips.  PS recommend Tranquility for massage etc if you are in the area.

beauty tipYou might also think about using cold, used teabags on your eyes. This is an old trick I learned from my granny. It works well too.


hairI’ve not tried this one myself, but I think it could work. Hmmm.


handsThis one I have tried and it does work. It leaves your hands feeling soft and lovely. Don’t worry, you don’t smell of olive oil afterwards, not if you’ve rinsed it off properly.

Give them a go and let me know how you get on.

Dawn xxx


Soap making and creating face creams

So, a couple of years ago, I went through a mad bout of intention: intention to make my own soaps, intention to make my own ointments and intention to make my own cheese. And I bought some equipment and ingredients to make them. Now, that intention was washed away very quickly in my busy life: I just didn’t have the time to do anything of this and I was too tired at night to be bothered making soap.

So, the equipment and ingredients have spent the past two years gathering dust in my study.

Not good. Especially as I am trying to be better at being frugal.

Anyway, today I have made the decision to give soap making a try. I bought the Reader’s Digest Homemade: Over 700 Everyday Items that are Easy to Make and will Save you Money back in 2011. I have made a few things out of it – food – but it does have a section for making our own soap and creams.

I have all the things I need to make them so I’m going to finally get around to doing it. Wish me luck!

Have any of you tried making your own lotions, potions and soaps at home? How did you get on?

In the village where I live we have a lady who makes and sells her own soaps and toiletries. I must ask her if she does lessons? Hmmm.

Anyway, I will leave you with this blog here. I’ll let you know how I get one. I may even have some soap to show you! 🙂

Dawn x


Some winter tips on saving money and keeping warm

winter chills

I don’t know where you are in the world, but I live in the west of Scotland and it’s been pretty chilly and very windy around here lately. And that means the heating has been on permanently to keep the chills at bay. We’ve not had snow yet, but that doesn’t usually come until February and March. However, the temperatures have plummeted recently and that got me thinking about this week’s post.

I’ve decided to share with you some great winter tips: ideas for keeping warm, for dealing with colds and flu, and for dealing with the dark days. They cost nothing or next to nothing to do, so what are we waiting for? Let’s get on with tip 1.

# Tip 1:

# Tip 2:

# Tip 3:

And finally (and, although it says festive, this tip works all year round)!

# Tip 4: