Shopping & Sewing


Firstly, thanks for your kind comments on my ‘Hollywood’ outfit.  I am really pleased with it and quite looking forward to the occasion.  I am considering keeping the skirt as well as the top because I am thinking that there could possibly be other occasions for which it will be suitable.  Also, I dislike being cold and it can be quite difficult to be warm and glamorous so this would definitely fit the bill.  I could even add leggings under the skirt.

I am not keen on shopping but sometimes it has to be done, so yesterday we made a bit of a pilgrimage to a couple of the larger shopping centres which are about 30 minutes drive from where we live.  I won’t bore you with all of the details but I did manage to buy this piece of fabric at Spotlight.  I will make a camisole to go under the black top of my Hollywood outfit.


While I was at Spotlight I also bought a round plastic tablecloth.  It was reduced in price and I had a discount voucher so ended up being priced at $5.70.  It is to go on a plastic outdoor table that previously belonged to my mother.  I wanted a permanent cover on the table so I decided to cut it a bit bigger than the table and attach elastic to the outer edge.

Here is the piece I cut off the cloth.Excess tablecloth
Coincidentally, there is a discount clothing store in the same complex as Spotlight and The Duke bought some new underwear and discarded several pairs that were looking the worse for wear.  I salvaged the elastic and used that to attach to the plastic cloth.

Elastic on cloth

Here is the finished article on the table – and no sign of the Bonds underwear elastic!

New table cover

The Power of One


This morning I opened  a drawer in the sideboard – it was empty.

Empty drawer
Surprised?  I was about to put away the things that I store in it – the vinyl cloth for the outdoor table and the net food cover.  The drawer was empty because I had been using these items and I only have one of each of them.

Tablecloth & food cover
This started me thinking about other things of which I only have one.  Do I need more than one of them?  Are there things that  could be reduced to a single item?

Here are some things that I own a single item whereas I know many people have multiples.

Washing basket
Pillow per spare bed
Sheet set for for single bed and trundle bed

I have also managed to just have 1 bottle each of conditioner and shampoo.  We both use the same and have no need for an array of fancy specialist products.

I am working towards having 1 bottle of body lotion and 1 lipstick (have 2 at the moment) but that will take time as I prefer to use things up rather than just toss them for the sake of it.

We are not so good with other things, such as:

2 laptops as well as a desktop computer
2 sets of good tablemats
2 mops
3 hammers (all the same size)
I could go on but this just gives you an idea of some of how easily we can acquire (and keep) multiples of various items.

What is limited/streamlined at your place and what seems to multiply?