Crafting from Scraps – my life…

It occurs that crafting from scraps is a bit of a metaphor for my every day life. Now that sounds a bit Oliver Twist miserable and I don’t mean it that way – I’m very happy but I’m always trying to stretch things a bit further, get a bit of extra life out of things etc .

Along these lines, I regularly participate in surveys for a few companies and I’m also part of Bzzagent which means that I get to try products for free and then tell people about them as part of word of mouth marketing. It gives me a chance to try out products before I buy and I like to share so I thought I’d tell you about the latest campaign for Activia Pouring Yoghurt. With the campaign, you get a voucher for a free box and I chose to go and pick up the vanilla flavour. I tried it on cereal in the morning and it was very tasty and creamy. I think I used a bit too much in relation to the cereal the first time as I poured it as though it was milk and that meant that I had a lot of yoghurt left at the end of the cereal but the next day I got the balance right. I don’t actually like milk which means that I never get to eat cereal although I do quite like it (well I do sometime just eat it out of the box but I’m not sure you’re supposed to admit to that or not). Plus it cuts out the easiest breakfast option and means that I don’t always bother with it (OK I know it’s not hard to make toast but sometimes I’m just in too much of a rush) so for me the Activia pouring yoghurt really fills a need. It means that I can grab a quick and tasty breakfast, plus it offers extra benefits in terms of digestive health. I haven’t been using it long enough to establish whether I can feel any benefit in that regard but, for me, it is worth it even without that. If you like the sound of trying out products for free, then you can visit to find out more (it’s free to register and take part)



I have always been a fan of the home made gift or card – I love the fact that people spend time creating something special just for you, that doesn’t have a match in the whole world.  So I love to make stuff for people – I’m sure at times I’ve missed the mark and the recipient has looked at it and thought ‘what was she thinking’ but I hope at least that they appreciated the effort that went into it.  However, I noticed that more and more I was buying stuff from craft stores (particularly the one with the blue and yellow logo) and given that they like to turn a profit, they were definitely selling the same stuff to lots of other people too.  So my stuff wasn’t original any more.  Plus it was getting very expensive.

So I took a resolution, I would continue to make as many gifts and cards as I could but I would buy as little as possible.  I was instead going to use as many bits, bobs, odds, ends and miscellaneous stuff as possible.  It serves a number of purposes

  • my stuff will be truly original, hopefully in a good way
  • it will be an awful lot cheaper (and although I never regret jacking in my job to follow my dream of professional photography, I have to face the fact that I don’t have the money that I used to have) 
  • I will use up stuff that I have been hoarding and revel in all the newly created space
  • I will use up stuff that doesn’t have any other use and would otherwise eventually end up in landfill.  OK, it might still end up in landfill eventually but at least it will have experienced a bit of love from someone on the way there.

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