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A Thrifty Mrs |UK Thrifty Blog  You'll find me in a charity shop or a DIY store! I'm a thrift obsessed, award winning blogger. Turning a run down Edwardian shop into a home. πŸ“MCR

Thanks for the #widn @theresagromski I'm getting ready to spend the morning with some of the most inspiring women I've ever known, the ladies from my postgrad course back over a decade ago. Today we are supporting our friend through her business launch and talking websites, accounts, PR, projections, and much more.
Intelligent, supportive, feminist women sharing skills and ideas. πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ My make up bag at the moment features 99% free samples and why ever not?! Both from magazines and department stores, I always make sure to get full use out of samples. Look at that tiny lippy, I think it's fab and has at least 3 months of daily applications wrapped up inside a handy handbag sized package. Do you like a good perfume or make up sample? Do you actually use them or do you just hoard them in a basket and throw them out 18 months later, suitably covered in dust? #8am #girlbossing πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»

Who fancies playing along, just let us know what you're doing now with the hashtag and tag some people to join in @sean_toomey @loveaudrey83 @mathildeheartmanech @t_h_e___g_e_n_t_l_e___p_a_c_e @doer.upper

(Swipe ➑️ to see the hilarious 5ft Disney mural the "artist" who lived here painted on our landing - you can't sue me for Disney based emotional distress)
It's 3 years today since we completed on our house and got the keys. In someways it feels like a week ago and in other ways it feels like 20 has done by. The house has undergone so much and still has so much more to go but I'm happy with the way it is right now.
Whaddya reckon? Should we have left the gang to carry on? πŸ˜‚ If you have a really good before and after from your renovation tag me in it so I can have a nosy on my train journey. #scarydisney #badart #terribleart #winniethepooh #donaldduck #minniemouse #mickeymouse (the wall looks really bumpy but I think it's the light bouncing in weird ways against the dark colour because it is as smooth as a very smooth thing (!) in real life.) #5pm

It's easy to lose your faith in people and the world but it's always the small things and small acts that make a difference. Seeing this delicate blossom on the tree today made me stop and realise how lucky I am to stand where I am, to witness something so peaceful and new. Seeing thousands of people donating money to crowd funding pages to help the victims of the London terror attack warmed my heart. People are good.
I have linked to a page, on my bio, which shares the various Just Giving pages related to the attack if you can spare anything, please do consider donating. If you can't afford to donate (I totally understand) please consider sharing the link. Thank you. πŸ’

Thanks for the #widn @thehousethatpinterestbuilt and @halcyon.road (and a couple of people IG won't let me find again)
I've had a bit of a crap day, so I've been faffing around with my antique bottles and marmalade jar collection as a distraction before getting the train to stay with my lovely friend from my MA seminar group, years ago. I threw up in the park today and then watched some ducks and geese fighting over who got to sample my gut flora first. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜·πŸ¦†(I'm fine, it's a regular #clusterheadache and #PoTS symptom for me). How have you been today? Any animals eaten your bodily fluids? 🀣

Who else fancies sharing their #WIDN @the_house_that_jen_built @suedowson @lexden_house @patirobins @malmo_and_moss ? #faffingfriday #fafffriday #whatdoyoucollectbymisswong

#TBT to the time our downstairs loo looked like this πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (swipe ➑️ to see progress). It has come a long way and is perfectly functional these days but I have big plans for tarting up the smallest room in the house. And yep that is a loo with a sink attached! I love the chartreuse paint, because if you can't go bonkers in the downstairs loo, where can you? How do you fancy spending a penny in that first picture? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸš½
#tbtπŸ˜‚ #throwbackthursday #turnbacktime #downstairsloo #lovemyrenovation #myhomestyle #thriftyreno #homeimprovements #renovationproject #renovationrealities #homeDIY #plastering #tilingwork #tiling #plumbing #downstairstoilet #bathroomreno #bathroomremodel #bathroomdiy #diynightmare #makeahouseahome #chartreuse #roofinglife #renolife #beforeandafterrenovation #beforeandafterhomeedition

London you are brave, we stand with you.
As I said on Twitter, it is ok to take a break from the Internet and media during times like these, it doesn't mean you don't care. Focus on the people who helped.
(Photo from back in 2013)

I went to get a short trim and came out with my shoulder length hair chopped to just below my ears and away from my face into some sort of feathery, choppy fancy dress wig. To say it's a shock is an understatement. It's not dissimilar to that episode of friends where Phoebe cuts Monica's hair like Dudley Moore πŸ˜«πŸ˜«πŸ˜‚ β€’
I'm going to tackle it with hair clips (these are by @merimeriparty and a birthday gift from my husband) and erm....a stiff drink. πŸ₯ƒ
Does anyone else hate going to the hairdressers because they so rarely listen and do what they want instead(there are great hairdressers who DO listen but mine has inconveniently moved to Greece)? I'm such a softie when it comes to confrontation, I just nod and smile when they do the back of the head mirror thing, pay the bloody money and then burst into tears in the car. Am I alone in this? Please tell me of your hair disasters to make me feel just a smidgen better. Please? Please let me laugh at *ahem* I mean with you.

Isn't Bramhall Hall gorgeous? It's a beautiful Tudor building in the middle of one of the public parks we walk the dogs in. What you can't see here however is the fact I am covered up to mid-thigh in mud, my hair is drenched and I've just spent 20 minutes trying to pull a still attached poo out of my dog's arse, thanks Lionel! β˜”οΈπŸ˜«
#tudorhouse #tudorbuilding #tudorengland #visitbritain #visitengland #statelyhome #flashesofdelight #asecondofwhimsey #intentionalliving #slowandsimpleeveryday #morningslikethese #morningwalks #mymagiceveryday #nothingisordinary_ #finditliveit #thatauthenticfeeling #explorerocreate #landscapelove #searchwandercollect #happyhumpday #happyhumpday🐫

It's been a while since I've had a proper drink but tonight I'm celebrating great news with friends, so will be partaking in a few cocktails. What's your favourite cocktail? Mine is a dirty martini or a gin and it. Cheers! 🍸🍹🍾πŸ₯ƒπŸ·πŸ₯‚πŸ»πŸΊ

If eating pastel macarons for lunch is wrong, I don't wanna be right. πŸ˜‚
My friend has popped by for an early lunch and to discuss buying a house for renovation. She wants to do the entire renovation (bathroom, kitchen, electrics, heating, plastering, new doors, new floors and decorating) in 6 weeks for Β£10k. I admired her imagination but also made sure to tell her how much I enjoyed her comedic skill. I feel like it took me six weeks straight of standing in shops just to decide which toilet I wanted. πŸ˜‚ #candyminimal

Life's like a bunch of cut price daffodils, you never know what you're gonna get. That's how that saying goes, right?
Picked up a couple of bunches of these daffodils reduced to 25p. They were still closed, so I assumed they would be the bright yellow type when they opened up. I was so surprised to see the amazing colours when they revealed themselves. Aren't they stunning?
Happy spring equinox, here's hoping the weather is a bit more spring like than the current rain battering we have been having!

(SWIPE➑️) Thanks for the #WIDN both @the_house_dreams_built and @renovatinghardycottage
It's so dark and rainy here I need all of the lamps on at 1pm! What happened to spring? I feel plunged back into the depths of winter. Apparently we are due snow this week, say whaaaat? I'm a snow and winter weather lover but I really need at least a couple of weeks of springy sun at the moment. β€’
I've been plunged back into the depths of insomnia! It's something I've suffered with on and off for years but it worsened with being sick last year. I had a brief reprieve from Dec-last week but now I'm right back in the depths of it. I've had about 5 hours sleep in the last 5-6 days and I feel like I'm slowly going mad (nope sleeping tablets won't touch it). On the plus side I now know everything that's happening with every version of Real Housewives and all the other ITVBe junk TV fodder. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚However at the moment I'm back to the classic Alan Partridge for a spot of early lunchtime light relief.

This is our sitting room, it was once an Edwardian fish and chip shop! It has not been a chippy for about 45 years (and no it doesn't smell of chips...or fish πŸ˜‚). The guy who owned this place before us had basically smashed the whole house to pieces for 20 years and then not cleaned his house from the day we put the offer in. It was FILTHY. I cried when we walked into this room the day we got the keys (I was very overwhelmed by what we had taken on - we found out later our surveyor had been an utter idiot who had missed a load of very important stuff) but we soon got to work ripping out carpets, scrubbing and sanding and 6 months after we renovated huge chunks of the house. I'm happy with this room but I have further plans - shutters for the windows, new curtains and new sofas and flooring. Most of that won't happen until we have done phase2 of our renovation because the brick dust and plaster will just ruin everything!
Who wants to join in with the #WIDN? @riamelin @hollyvillas @cavacolours @hyggeanglesey - just show us what you're doing now and tag some people!
My entry for this weeks #myhomevibe - sitting rooms. #ACRIBOFMYOWN

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