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Monday, 15 July 2019

Breaking Ground

As we mentioned before, the whole Brexit debacle has pretty much killed any chance we had at getting a mortgage or funding through conventional methods and financial institutions as Spain is terrified that all the expats will run back to the UK and leave their debts behind them. 

It would have been so easy for us to give up, after all we've been through so far, to put the land up for sale and come back to a miserable life in England with our tails between our legs.

But I think you and I both know that was never going to happen. Anyone that has followed this blog for a while likely knows by now that we tend to not let a little hardship put us off reaching for our dreams. It wouldn't be any fun if it was easy, right?

And so we decided to push on. To self fund, to save as much as we can every month and chip away at building our dream home. We may not build the house as fast as we had hoped but by the gods we will build it one way or another! With this mindset, we finally broke ground




On a triumphant day for our family, Using a friends digger we started excavating the footings.



One tiny trench for mankind, but for our family it was a major victory to finally have something physical to show for all of our hard work. There's still some digging to do before we can pour the concrete but I'll be sure to keep you all updated on this part of our adventure. Me and Carly will also be doing some Vlogs chatting about the project, our progress and all the things that crop up along the way, we're looking forward to uploading the first one very soon.
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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Never-ending Mending

And I'm back! The blogger app doesn't work for me now, it hasn't been updated in years and will not allow photos to upload any more. luckily I've found a third party app called BloggerPro and I'm back in action again :) So lets have a look at my Never-ending Mending trews.

Sashiko Boro Mending Frugal Thrifting Homesteading
visible mending - back of combats
Last year I stumbled upon visible mending and got a little bitten by the mending bug.
prior to discovering visible mending I would always try to make any repair invisible, as if it was something to be ashamed of. Visible mending teaches us to celebrate the damage and celebrate the repair using bright colours and decorative stitches, and it is also a very forgiving form of mending that even a complete novice can pick up and give it a go. 
 At the time my favourite pair of combats were on their last legs and in desperate need of TLC so before they got to the scrap heap I started practicing some visible mending techniques to pull them back together.


I started at the back where the pocket had a tear in the corner along a stress point


Visibile Mending - Sashiko rear end mend
When I first started mending this set of jean I had never sewn anything other than patches, so I was pretty much making it up as I went along! 


sashiko crotch repair - Mending clothes

The next area that received a dose of my early mending was wear in the crotch area that needed a bit of reinforcement.

Patch repair - sashiko mending
I had a patch with a slight defect but it was perfect to use for the inside of the crotch repair to add some strength and a cheeky hidden message!


sashiko pocket rear end mend

The other pocket also tore out in the corner and I love how visible the progression in my hand sewing is in this image compared tp my first attempt. 
Presstud repair
one of the presstuds on the back had torn out of the flap so a quick magic mending sorted that one out, and on close inspedction one of the poppers on the front was also about to rip out which leads me to the front of the trews.




Never-ending Mending - Front
My last mend on this pair was to immobilise and reinforce a very small rip that was forming above the pocket.

Starburst Sashiko mending
This mend was probably my favourite one. Throughout this project I've really discovered a love of hand sewing and how therapeutic it can be to sit and sew for a while, I'm already planning my next few visible mending projects :)

Do you practice visible mending or do you prefer invisible mending?




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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Blogger App Issue

One of the main reasons I have been away from blogging is that I can no longer seem to upload images from the blogger app on my phone? is anyone else having issues with this? It's a major pain to have to upload every single image through my laptop instead of being able to blog from my phone whenever I have a spare minute :(
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