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 £22.99 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 they look lovely! I love to crochet of an evening or read a novel.
    Victoria xx

  3. 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

  4. 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.


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  5. Wow they are so pretty x

  6. So pretty. I love them both! X

  7. Wow they are so pretty x

  8. 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

  9. 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.


  10. 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 [email protected]

    I follow using GFC – thanks Leanne x

  11. 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.

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    I follow you via RSS

  12. 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

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

    ciarabaron at hotmail dot co dot uk

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

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

    Sophierosehearts x

  16. 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 [email protected]


  17. 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

  18. 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

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


  20. i have tweeted as @ashlallan

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

  22. …also tweeted from @perditaspursuit.

  23. 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

  24. 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: [email protected]

  25. 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 ([email protected])

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. I love both of the pins!

    sscarllet *at* aol dot com

  29. I spend time with my animals to relax.

  30. i spend time with my animals x

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

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

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

  34. 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….

    [email protected]

  35. 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

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