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Making: Inspirational Art Mirror

Take a plain mirror and some alphabet stickers.

alphabet stickers

Sorted by Letter

Choose a phrase to incorporate into your art.

You don't need anyone's approval

Yeah!

Test out the phrase on the mirror before sticking it down: you don’t want to get halfway through and mess up the design.

test out design

Yeah, that’s my finger!

Stick the letters down: you may have to buff down the mirror afterwards because you’ve left fingerprints on the glass.

Project in Progress

But first, let me take a selfie!

Paint it all, let it dry, and then peel the stickers off.

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Making: A Stripy Photo Frame

Happy Holidays!

At this time of year, I always start to feel the pinch so over the next few weeks I will be providing picture tutorials on how to make presents that look classy without costing the earth.

So you take a basic photo frame. You can get a whole bunch for less than a pound a piece from here.

Wooden photo frame

So, I didn’t think about this until I was half way through my craft project

Then, you wrap tape around your frame– I did mine diagonally but you can have fun with this.

Tape

Paint

Picture Frame with Tape and Paint

I know, it looks bad!

 

Leave to dry and then peel off.

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Tah Dah

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

So you left it too late to order your costume and there’s a Halloween party tonight; what will you do? Well with a little creativity and some good ol’ fashioned closet raiding, you can pull off a costume without spending a lot of money.

#LoserDonald

iPhone: So you already have one of these (probably) but I bet you’ve never used it to tweet ill-informed nonsense about a pageant winner at 3am (don’t!) or tweet that climate change isn’t real or tweet that everyone should stop buying Apple products…from your iPhone.

Play Money: You know, for all those billions that you claim to have… With this printable money, you can even write cheques from your charitable foundation to a political candidate.

An ill-fitting suit and a blonde wig

 

Whatever your Halloween Costume, remember to have fun and stay safe.

Why is LGBT Pride so important?

As of 2017, there are 71 countries where being gay is illegal and ten where it carries the DEATH SENTENCE (All Out). There are many more countries where the government will deny your human rights due to your gender identity or sexual orientation. There is no country in the world where LGBTQ+ people have full equality.

Source: Why is LGBT Pride so important?

What do I do with burnt saucepans and my other junk?

Susty-hack your way to better finances; get items for free, rejuvenate your damaged goods and sell on your broken electronics.

Part of Your World



Harvey Milk Day

In honour of Harvey Milk Day, which is on Monday, I’d like to share with you some of my favourite pictures of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official in Californian history.

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The importance of checking your bank statements

 

This Finance Thursday is about the importance of checking your bank account and credit card statements.

All it takes is about 10 minutes a month and it might save you lots of money.

I’ve taken a picture of  a credit card statement that I received at some point last year: I know the amount of colour coding is offputting. I’m Type A.

Finance Thursday: Check your bank statements

For most people, this can be as simple as just confirming that the purchases on the statement are purchases that you can account for.

There are five separate transactions of between £1 and £23 at the Fleet pub on April 2nd, did someone steal my card or did I buy a round for my friends, a couple of pitchers and one shot? Does that sound legit?

For others, you can keep track of refunds that you should receive (Diamond).

I go a little beyond that but no one else needs to.

Colour Key

Blue: These are postage charges for my business. I like to highlight it so that I can keep business expenses separate. These charges are ultimately paid by my customers rather than myself.

Red: This was a vet bill, that I had to claim back on my pet insurance.

Yellow: So at this time, I owed money to my parents. I paid for some of their purchases on my credit card and at the end of the month, I totalled it up and  took it off the amount that I owed them.

Green: This related to business expenses to put on my tax return for next year. That way, even if my receipts went missing, I would still be able to access the charges and claim for them.

Red and Purple Diamond: I do not have enough highlighters. This was items that I was waiting for a refund on. H+M- the clothes didn’t fit and The Works- they charged me  but something went wrong with the payment system and I never got any order confirmation. This was to remind me to check that I had received the refund by my next statement.

Green and Red Star: My dad hates the internet and asked me to order a present for my mum… actually, did he pay me back for that??

Gotta go.

Hotel Rooms Perks

So you’ve already read about saving money when booking your hotel room and  cheaper alternatives to traditional hotels.

We now move on to: what can you take from hotel rooms?

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Stopping Stress

This is from Ingrid Nielsen who is a-ma-zing.

Her tips were helpful to me which is why I wanted to share.