Saving money with LED lighting – a review


It is no secret that I love a bargain, so when the lovely Jen at MyMakeDoandMendYear  featured an article about LED lighting with a giveaway I was pretty excited. We switched to energy saving lightbulbs when we moved into our current home, and although they have saved us money, they give me the most chronic headaches. The yellow dim glow just isn’t good enough, which means I don’t really put the lights on very much. This leads to Jamie constantly announcing that it is ” like a morgue in here” (which is ridiculous, as outside of horror films, I imagine them to be brightly lit, but anyhoo)…

So I commented on how I was looking for alternative lighting and would love to try an LED bulb out, and I was promptly sent one to try. I asked for a narrow lamp fitting, as I wasn’t sure what light fittings were available in my new house, so thought it best to get one I could bring with me. I tried it out and I wasn’t dissappointed, the light was immediate instead of being a slow build up as with the energy saving bulbs, and it has a nice cosy glow, instead of the dim yellow one that makes my head hurt so much.  Most important of all, I was amazed to read about the savings I could make by moving to LED lighting. As our new house has some halogen light fittings I think it’ll be well worth an investment. Just to show you those savings, here is the infographic that accompanied my new bulb

Won’t Cost the Earth – An infographic by LightBulbs-Direct to promote the Benefits of LED Bulbs for ‘Big Energy Saving Week’. To view the full image click here.


Disclamer, I was asked to review this bulb in exchange for a sample.


Turning a flat circle into a Basket.

Yesterday I gave the instructions for how to crochet a flat circle. This pattern has a lot of uses, but I’m going to show you how to turn it into a basket. These are ideal for making up Christmas gifts. You can fill it with little bathroom treats, or include it in a bigger hamper, and they’re really easy to make. Continue reading

How to crochet a flat circle

I have been busy making Christmas presents the last few days, and this has meant finding ingenious ways to use up my yarn stash and not spend any money. Amongst other things, I have been making small crocheted baskets. By using 3 strands of DK yarn together, I have been able to use up loads of oddments, and they took no time at all! Continue reading