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This month I have started a new series where I interview fellow thrifty bloggers. Today we have Vicky from Vicky Myers Creations.
First off tell us how, when and why you started blogging?
I started blogging due to a recommendation to blog as a means to increase traffic to my Etsy shop, back in Autumn 2012. When I started out I knew next to nothing about blogging, I had hardly read any blogs at all.
It amazes me looking back how little research I did, mind you if I had been following some of the big blogs I may never have started! With a borrowed book from the library I was off on the most incredible journey, I have not looked back
How often do you blog and do you have a schedule?
I blog every Sunday evening, joining in with Handmade Harbour link up party. This is my steadfast commitment, I have only missed one Sunday in two and half years.
Since my son started nursery I try and blog midweek too, sadly this is a little more spasmodic. Sometimes it can feel a balancing act between blogging, work, and family life which after all is more important!!
Tell us what the best thing about being a blogger is?
The discovery of an amazing, rewarding online community. Meeting, virtually (so far) other creative people. Blogging gives me real motivation to keep creating, trying something new.
There are always sew a longs, blog hops etc to join in. As a result of blogging I now pattern test for two bloggers who write sewing patterns. I am mentally stimulated and continue to learn.
What does being thrifty mean to you?
Ooh lots! Growing our own veg, buying season passes for local attractions for free days out, using former clothes for my sewing. Using charity shops as my primary source of fabric means I have more materials for being creative!
If I can reuse a garment to create an upcycled “something” then I have saved money. But it is far more than money – we waste far too many of our world’s natural resources. Reusing can save fabric from landfill. Plus this means I can afford the odd cup of tea and slice of cake in a café if I have saved money elsewhere 🙂
Give us your best thrifty tip?
If you are a creative type curtains are a great source of fabric, often retailing in a charity shop for the same price as a garment. I recently bought some great teal curtains for £4.50, one of them I am going to convert into a table cloth and potato print with a leaf designs. That still leaves me one large curtain for playing with 🙂
What’s your best advice for anyone wanting to live a more frugal life?
Menu plan, use leftovers, journey plan re fuel consumption, regularly visit charity shops to pick up items of clothing that fit and suit you (it’s when you go regularly that you are more likely to have good fortune!), use freecycle for furniture and children related items, makes friends with children a little older for pass me downs!!
What do you find the most difficult about trying to be thrifty?
That I love new clothes, and shopping in clothes shops – I try and satisfy this with Swishing events and charity shops. Plus my husband and I have different attitudes, currently debating new bunk beds over second hand bunk beds!!
Which other thrifty bloggers do you follow?
I love Jen over at Make Do and Mend
And I have just recently discovered Mommyemu
Lastly share one of your favourite posts from your blog with us
I particularly love my picnic rug, the fabric came from a selection of shirts, fabric remnants and fat quarters won on a giveaway
Thank you to Vicky for joining in with the Thrifty Thursday interviews. If you’d like to be featured then please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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