Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Bargain Hunting and Barbie Beds
I give up on the search for bargains. As Christmas approaches we have been bombarded with ads in our newspapers/letterbox/mobiles as the stores vie for our custom. The mountains of toys that have appeared are mind-boggling as is the uniform plasticity of most of them (made in China). My 3-year old granddaughter has just become interested in Barbie, so I've been looking around at the accessories, exhorbitantly priced and - in my opinion- trashy-looking. So I decided to make her a doll's bed out of a shoebox, as I had in my youth. I rummaged through my cupboard of sewing bits and pieces, took about two weeks to plan it in my head and to stop procrastinating. I've finally put it together - took about two afternoons. The only fly in the ointment was that my husband recommended contact adhesive to stick the ribbon on and its made visible marks, but never mind. At 3.5 years old, I hope she just sees the big picture. We bought all our meat last week and now suddenly arrives a flood of ads whereby the same shops have now cut all their prices. Ah, well. You win some, you lose some. One must be philosophical. At least I've learned to delegate and should be able to sit back and watch my children doing the cooking on Christmas Day.