Crafting with Mr Thrifty + GIVEAWAY


crafting with mr thrifty

Mr Thrifty and I have been crazy busy this year. Neither of us finish working until 9pm earliest and we’ve had little or no time to relax of an evening for months and months on end. Things like that start getting to you. 

A few weeks ago we decided to sit down once a week, before 9pm (shock horror) and mess about, play games or craft. It might sound twee-er than Martha Stewart jacked up on heart shaped Skittles but meh, like we care. So we’ve been playing with Lego, making Christmas cards and on Tuesday we tried out cold enamelling.

I’d been sent out a cold enamelling kit from Homecrafts and if I’m honest taking one look at the kit scared me off and I allowed it to sit on a shelf for a few weeks. However we took the leap this week and it was so much fun and relaxing to boot. I’d never heard of cold enamelling in my life until the PR team got in touch with me but it is basically everything you can do with regular enamelling but without a huge, great big kiln taking up half of your living room.
  cold enamelling kit

The kit comes with everything you need down to measuring cups, rubber gloves and mixing sticks, so all you have to do is read the instructions and get to work.

How does it work? I have no idea about the technical side but we chose our colours measured them out and added some hardener, mixed well and allowed to set for about 10 minutes. Then you just go to town with adding it to whichever surface you please, mixing colours together and making patterns as you go.

cold enamelling at home

We added our cold enamel to decorative brooch blanks in the hope that they’d turn out nice enough to give to someone as a gift and I was pretty chuffed with the results especially because this was our first attempt. 

cold enamel brooch

Mine is the white and Mr Thrifty’s the red, I much prefer his – I definitely need some practise.  What do you think?

Big thanks to Homecrafts for opening our eyes to something we’d never heard of and thank you for allowing us to reclaim another of our evenings back from work or staring at a screen.

Craft Giveaway

If you fancy winning a Cold Enamelling Kit from Homecraft worth ยฃ22.99 check out my giveaway below.
Here comes the science bit, concentrate

To enter you must
1. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me how you like to relax of an evening.
2. Follow this blog via GFC or RSS. 
3. Leave an email address with your entry.
For one further entry you may
4. Tweet – ” I want to win crafting goodies with @athriftymrsuk and @HomeCraftsUK “


Rules ‘n’ stuff
1. This giveaway is to UK residents only.
2. You must be aged over 18 or have the permission of your parent or guardian to enter.
3. You must complete steps 1-3 as laid out above. Step 4. is not essential but will give you one further entry.
4. This giveaway is open until FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2012 at 12.30Pm GMT, with the winner announced shortly afterward.
5. Homecrafts Direct are responsible for delivering the giveaway prize.
6. The giveaway will be picked at random with the aid of
7. If the winner does not respond to contact within 28 days I reserve the right to redraw.
8. Incorrect entries will be considered invalid and not entered into the draw.
9. Invented methods of entry do not count – for example ‘contact me via Twitter’ in place of email or Facebooking rather than tweeting etc.
10. No cash alternative will be offered.

11. Step 4 will not count without steps 1,2 and 3.

Good luck!

P.S. I’ve made some free Christmas playlists and I shared them here earlier today.

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  1. Those brooches look cool!! I do also prefer the red one, sorry Mrs T!! I like to relax in the evenings sewing or knitting or playing computer games :)

  2. Ooh I actually think I prefer your white brooch! They both look lovely though and I’d love to try it myself :) At the moment I love relaxing in the evenings with a good book, a cup of hot choc and in a nice comfy chair. xx

  3. Ooh they look lovely! I love to crochet of an evening or read a novel.
    Victoria xx

  4. I love relaxing by doing cross stitch, knitting (I’m not that good though). Basically anytihng crafty makes me happpy! This enamelling kit looks awesome ๐Ÿ˜€
    My email is

  5. I love relaxing by doing cross stitch, knitting (I’m not that good though). Basically anytihng crafty makes me happpy! This enamelling kit looks awesome ๐Ÿ˜€
    My email is

  6. Oh they are beautiful, and not to be mean to Mr but I prefer yours. On a night, when I can, I love to have a long bath with a book, then I light the candles get my cosy blankie out on the couch and do a bit of crochet, it’s my piece of heaven :0) x

  7. I don’t have GFC because I don’t use the Blogger platform anymore. I follow on RSS and Twitter and Pinterest and Google+ and Instagram. Does that count, maybe?

    I’ll give it a go anyway.

    at the moment I find it relaxing to snuggle under a blanket with the boyf on the sofa watching my Buffy boxsets and sipping an Amaretto and Coke.


  8. Wow they are so pretty x

  9. So pretty. I love them both! X

  10. Wow they are so pretty x

  11. Ooo this looks exciting, please enter me cheapkicksblog(at)gmail(dot)com
    My and my guy both work long hours too so I love to relax in the evening with a good film or with music on and cuddle on the sofa, maybe boring to some but gives us chance to catch up xxx

  12. Hi,

    I follow on GFC. In the evenings, I’ve been rewatching West Wing DVDs.

    My email address is


  13. These look amazing :) very good job!
    I tend to craft in the evenings too.. recently I’ve been busy crocheting Christmas presents for my family :)
    I’ve been following you on GFC for a while now (and tbh, yours is one of the only blogs I read every post from)

  14. Hello! The brooches look great, would love to give this a go!

    I like to relax in the evening by making comfort food (sometimes!), like a gooey risotto.


  15. I actually prefer yours! But they both look great i’d love to try!

    Currently i like to relax by quilting – i’ve only taken it up recently but i love it!


  16. I think the idea of doing something crafty or just away from the laptop/tv is a great idea. My boyfriend likes to build nanoblock sets – kind of like miniture lego, while I usually spend the evening pampering! You can get nanoblocks from Magma in the Northern Quarter.

    I would love to enter this competition, my email is

    I follow using GFC – thanks Leanne x

  17. Knitting on the sofa infront of a film is my idea of perfect craftiness. Preferably with a cup of tea and the fire on.
    I follow via GFC and tweeted. @elenalucie xx

  18. I like to watch TV or stream a TV series :)
    Following as TSOH

  19. I don’t relax! I need to find a way to wind down after all day at uni and all night at work. Thinking of taking up knitting or something similar!

    I follow via GFC as Jayde

    Jayde |

  20. I remember evenings in the sofa…sadly my bar job now renders these a thing of the past! When I do get an evening free it usually involves the West Wing, snuggling with my mister, discarded knitting on the coffee table, cup of tea in hand.

    I follow you via RSS

  21. I like both of them.

    In order to relax we like to read a good book, bake a nice meal or make a little jewellery.

    X x

  22. Hi- I like to relax by doing some Am Dram in the evenings – exploring my inner lovey! I also follow your blog via GFC

  23. We mainly do boxsets with cake/chocs and cups of tea (we are sooo rock and roll). When I get the chance I love digging through home mags and cutting out what I like and planning what I’d do if I could do a house by my self!

  24. I relax in the evening watching cheesy tv like I’m a Celebrity with my mum!

    ciarabaron at hotmail dot co dot uk

  25. Love your brooch bestest!
    Slobbing in front of the tele with a cat on my lap is a pretty good way to end the day in my book!
    I is a Follower on whatever it is now, GFC? and my email is
    Cheers, m’dears!
    Z xx

  26. I like to crochet by the fire and watch ‘Strictly’!
    gillwatson at mailbox dot co dot uk

  27. At the moment my fav way to chillaz myselft is by watching old series of America’s Next Top Model, isn’t my life exciting?!

    I follow via GFC from this account, and you can email me at xx

  28. light a candle and read a book:) x

  29. I love your brooch, it looks like a rose :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  30. I have never heard of cold enameling, it looks like great fun! I was learning how to make glass beads today, rods of glass and a huge blowtorch, scary but fun! Normally I’m either crocheting or chainmailling or both at the same time lol

    I follow via GFC and also twitter (Von_Raven_Wing)

    I have also tweeted about it :)

    My email is


  31. My favourite evening relaxing technique (well, the one I can talk about in public) is trivial pursuit and a comedy DVD (Eddie Izzard usually).

    Got you on GFC, and on twitter as @maggiebob

  32. What a fab idea to make ‘homemade’ presents! I <3 all things ‘crafty’ and your blog always inspires me :-) After a hard day of teaching delightful teenagers I love relaxing with a crafting project <3

  33. I relax on an evening by reading my favourite blogs :) xx
    I follow via GFC, email:

  34. I like to relax by chatting to friends online, reading and watching tv.

  35. I am currently making a rag rug and a blanket for Christmas presents … email is

  36. I art journal to relax :) it is good for me to get my creative juices out before bed :) I like to try out all of my what if ideas before going to bed :) my email is

  37. I follow with gfc as mummy24. I sometimes like reading a book, other times watching a film or something


  38. i have tweeted as @ashlallan

  39. I like to relax by knitting, although as I’m still learning it’s not always that relexing! I follow via GFC and my email is

  40. I love to relax by reading horrendously trashy crime and/or historical fiction! My email clicks from my blog. :)

  41. …also tweeted from @perditaspursuit.

  42. I prefer you broach actually. I like the swirl of colours in it. I like to spend my evenings reading the newspaper curled up on the sofa with my pet cat (India). My email address is

  43. I love relaxing in a hot bubble bath.
    I am following via RSS feed and GFC as @caro_mad
    My email address is carolin dot mader at yahoo dot co dot uk
    I have also tweeted as @caro_mad

  44. I love to relax by lying in bed and reading my book :)


  45. I actually prefer your brooch. The way you’ve swirled the colours gives a really pretty effect. Love it!
    I like to relax of an evening by watching YouTube videos and reading blogs with a cuppa and a biscuit (or three).
    I was already following via Bloglovin’, but am now following via GFC too. :-)
    My email address is:

  46. I love to relax by laying on the sofa with my mr. not-so-thrifty and watching a DVD. Junk food is generally involved also! No matter where I am, when I’m with him, I’m relaxed.

    Sarah x (

  47. I like playing with the cat when everyone has gone to bed and then we snuggle up together on the couch.
    My email address is

  48. I like both broaches equally as they both appeal to me in separate ways :)
    In the evenings i love to sit down with a cup of tea and a book/ my laptop and read my emails :)
    especially now that it i winter time and its cold!

  49. I love reading, it’s so relaxing :)
    Cdee x
    Twitter: cdeex4

  50. This looks like great fun. I like dabbling in all kinds of crafts but haven’t found one I am good at yet. I also enjoy aquarunning which has helped me lose weight but also helps me relax or walking with my dogs (while they are wearing flashing lights so that we can be seen in the dark).

    Twitter: Footpather

  51. Forgot: my email is

  52. I loves a bit of sewing I does. Even if I am cream crackered I enjoy sewing the kids name labels in their clothes for nursery x

  53. I loves a bit of sewing I does. Even if I am cream crackered I enjoy sewing the kids name labels in their clothes for nursery x

  54. my favourite way to relax is to lay on the sofa or bed with my cat, a snuggly blanket, and a good book [possibly a hot chocolate or glass of wine too!] :-)

    and i am a follower ๐Ÿ˜€


  55. I like to relax by putting on candles and a lamp to get some relaxing and romantic lighting in my bedroom, sitting on my bed and talking to my boyfriend on the phone since I don’t see him often because of university :)

    URL to my tweet:

  56. Home made christmas are so nice to recieve- I tend to make a lot of make a lot of gifts for people! Love this post

  57. I love relaxing in the evenings by watching a film with my housemates :)

    I follow via GFC

    Also tweeted..

  58. I usually watch tv to relax but try to spice it up ocassionally by making jewellery as long as I’m not too sleepy and can still see wha t I’m doing :)
    I follow via GFC, my email is and I tweeted as @crazydaisyuk :)

  59. I usually relax by watching TV but try to spice it up occasionally by making jewelley as long as I’m not too tired and can still see what I’m doing :)
    I follow via GFC, my email is and I tweeted as @crazydaisyuk :)

  60. I love both of the pins!

    sscarllet *at* aol dot com

  61. I spend time with my animals to relax.

  62. i spend time with my animals x

  63. Ooooh this is great! I do love your version though :) xXx

  64. Amazing! I love to relax by snuggling up with my cat, having a lovely hot cup of sweet tea and watching an easy film.

  65. i LOVE these little crafty things! My best way to relax is to have a bath sipping a cup of tea listening to some ‘sing-a-long- music :)

    xx – followed on bloglovin’

  66. I like to sit and crochet with my dogs nearby-oh and the husband!

  67. I love to relax by snuggling up with my cat

  68. I follow on GFC. emma cella

  69. The things I love to do in the evening to relax is either make cards, cross stitch, knit or any kind of crafty thing.

    I follow you on RSS.

    My email is

  70. I like to relax by making jewellery

  71. I like to relax my making jewellery

  72. Sorry, could you remind me what “relaxing in the evenings” is please?

    After the little man has gone to bed, MrM and I tend to relax by watching Modern Family on DVD and then speaking to each other with a Colombian accent.

    I think I am following through GFC but….

  73. I like to relax in the evening (when I have time!) by knitting or reading x

  74. I love to relax by getting all snuggly and watching whatever tv series were into at that time or a film that’s on our list of ones to watch :)

  75. I like to sit and watch TV or youtube with a hot chocolate, a bit boring but very relaxing

  76. I like to sit and watch TV or youtube with a hot chocolate, a bit boring but very relaxing

  77. I like to sit and watch TV or youtube with a hot chocolate, a bit boring but very relaxing

  78. I like to sit and watch tv/youtube with a hot chocolate, a bit boring but very relaxing

  79. I love to snuggle up on the sofa with my puppies with the fire on and a hot chocolate ๐Ÿ˜€

  80. Great giveaway! I love to relax watching my favourite teen films of the 80s (pretty in pink, the breakfast club, etc) under my duvet with my dog snuggled on my lap.

    dpygott at hotmail dot co dot uk

    I have tweeted as well @dejanestpas

  81. I love to relax with a good session of American TV shows, a big bag of sweets and my other half on the sofa! :)

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