Category: Purchases & Hauls

My New Obsession

I think it’s time to come clean… I’m obsessed with Facebook Marketplace.
There, I’ve said it!

Since moving into the house I can’t stop checking it on my phone. It amazes me what stuff people want to sell or sometimes even give away for free!

I’ve already saved myself so much money by looking on Marketplace before considering going to the shops. If you can get the exact same thing that’s only been used for a few months for a fraction of the cost in store or online, you’d be silly not to get it. Also it’s good to recycle unwanted items.

TV Unit – This I didn’t actually find on Marketplace. I was actually going to pick up a box of Duplo for £5, when I turned up to collect I saw this sitting outside their house. I assumed they had put it outside waiting for someone to collect, however I was wrong. I inquired and they responded ‘We were going to take it to the tip’. I then asked if there was anything wrong, they replied ‘Some knobs missing, couple of the draws need some screws and it could do with a fresh coat of paint’. They didn’t want anything for it, we needed a new TV stand, so in the back of the car it went!
(For sale on for £144)

Side Table – We no longer have the space for a coffee table, so I was on the lookout for a little table to go beside the sofa. I then spotted this adorable little table with shelf, drawer and patterned top for only £3!

Drawer Knobs – Now that I had the TV unit and the side table, I was on the lookout for some replacement knobs. Browsing through I came across these, which are apparently from Anthropologie. These knobs are a mixture of acrylic and wood. I managed to get all 6 (including P&P as the seller wasn’t local) for £20. I thought this was pretty reasonable knowing that a lot of the knobs in Anthropologie are at least £5 each.

My plan for the above is to repaint the TV unit and side table (not including the tops of both) in a light grey paint. For the TV unit I’ll replace all of the knobs with the new fancy ones, remove the black decorative dots and likely replace the door hinges (Any ideas what hinges to go for?). And for the side table I’m going to attach the remaining knob to the drawer.

Rug – I had previously purchased a play rug for £5 from Facebook, however we (well, my husband) felt it was a little out of place in the room. So I discovered this one for £10, and then resold the previous rug for what I paid for it. Making this rug only £5 in the end!
(For sale on for £35)

Coat Stand – Three weeks after moving into the house, we were still putting our coats on the back of the dining room chairs. The entrance to the house isn’t that big and there isn’t any hooks on the walls. Then I spotted this coat for £8! It even has a low enough peg on it for Robin’s coat and hat.
(For sale on for £21.99)

Etsy Shop Haul

After the iamacrylic workshop yesterday, I popped along to the shopping centre in Bristol to a popup Etsy shop (Thanks to Etsy Made Bristol). So great to see a mix of local crafts all in one place! I would love to be able to have the money and ability to one day have a shop in Bath where I can sell local makers items. I really think it would do well and there are so many amazing creators in and around Bath! Alas, with the rents that the council charge, this dream would only become reality with a lottery win I feel.

Anyway… onto what I picked up from the shop!


Okay, so the cheeseboard I actually purchased from iamacrylic after completing the workshop. I’ve always wanted this necklace because, well, it’s a cheeseboard, what’s not to love!

Next up is a lovely sewing coaster made by Fiona Clabon Illustration. I plan to give this to my nan for her craft room for Christmas. I should of bought one for myself too really…

And finally… an awesome David Bowie / Ziggy Stardust necklace by YayRaeFlay. As soon as I saw it on it’s display in the shop I just had to own it! A great mix of wood and acrylic.


Katie Abey Leggings

Katie has become a favourite illustrator of mine over the last year or so. I just adore her designs, so quirky and cute. But it was late last year that I noticed leggings with all of her wonderful characters on were available. And now I can officially say I own a pair 🙂

They are certainly going to be worn in many roller derby games to come, that’s for sure!


They are available in XS-L from her Etsy store. I’m a UK 6-8 and the XS fits perfectly all over, they are a little long but then again I’m only 5″1. However, this extra length isn’t massively noticeable.

Made from ‘Micro’ fabric which is 95% Polyester and 5% Elastane. They feel great on and are very comfortable, I actually think they are the best quality leggings I own. And at only £20 a pair for leggings 100% designed and manufactured in the UK, it’s certainly an amazing deal in my eyes!

Size XS which is UK 6-8 (US 4-6 and Europe 34-36)
Size S which is UK 10-12 (US 8-10 and Europe 38-40)
Size M which is UK 14-16 (US 12-14 and Europe 42-44)
Size L which is UK 18-20 (US 16-18 and Europe 46-48)

Click here to visit Katie’s Etsy shop and don’t forget to check out her cards, badges, keyrings and more!

Hobbycraft Haul – December 2015

Hobbycraft Haul – December 2015

Please say I’m not the only one who finds it easy to spend about two hours in Hobbycraft? These were my findings today, I managed to be good, sort of. 

The Fat Quarter bundles were about £7 each, with 6 different designs I thought this was pretty good. 
The Tilda Charm pack which contains 42 12×12 squares was on offer for £9.
Scrap books were on offer, 2 for £5, got these for some gifts I want to create. 
And a few rolls of Washi tape, because it’s pretty. Massive shame I couldn’t find anymore of the green button one, that was only 50p!



Polkadots & Petticoats – Wedding Certificate Box

I’ve been following Polka Dots & Petticoats on Instagram for a while now. There are so many pretty items on Jackie’s store, so many in fact that you’d want to buy it all!
The day I clicked onto her site there was a sale on (we all love a good bargain). I’d been looking for a nice wedding certificate box and just my luck this one appeared. £2.50 I think it was, great deal indeed!
Communication of your order is fantastic, with notifications every step of the way. However, the packaging was the most beautiful packaging I have ever seen! Even the little touches of a Thank You sticker and heart packing tape on the envelope was amazing 🙂
Once I had opened the envelope, this stunning masterpiece was wrapped in more bubble wrap (no risk of any damage that’s for sure). It felt like I had received a belated Birthday present.
Every park of this packaging was simply adorable. From the ‘Packed by’ sticker, to the free sample of Wax Tart, quote card and the hand written message on the back.
I like to think that I put love and thought into my packaging when I sell any items, but this is simply beyond anything I have ever done.
Jackie, you made my day doing this. Never ever did I expect to receive and online order like this, let alone a sale item!
Thank You


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