Cassiefairy – My Thrifty Life

Cassiefairy's thrifty lifestyle blog – Saving money every day with DIY crafts, sewing projets, low-cost recipes & shppping tips


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Have you got your festive knit ready for Christmas Jumper Day?

I know I have. Well, every day in December is Christmas jumper day for me… but I’m talking about the official Christmas Jumper Day with a capital C, J and D. This year, Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day is taking place on Friday 16th December. Silliness will be sweeping the nation as schools, homes and offices across the country will be ditching their day-to-day dress for colourful, garish, crazy knitted jumpers instead.crazy for christmas jumpersI’ve got my pink polka dot squirrel jumper (with sparkly sequinned acorn and fluffy furry tail) at the ready to wear on the big day. And the best bit is that all this silliness has a serious purpose – by sticking on a daft sweater and donating £2 to Save the Children through christmasjumperday.org you’ll be saving children’s lives and giving them a brighter future.DIY christmas jumper festive snowman-12

Here’s my step-by-step guide to DIYing your own snowman jumper

And that’s not the only way you can help. If you’ve finished with your festive jumper from last year why not take it to your nearest Save the Children store where unwanted Christmas jumpers will be resold (raising more funds for the charity) so that others can join in the festive fun on Christmas Jumper Day this year. You could also pick up an even sillier sweater at the same time to keep an eye out in stores this week.crazy for christmas jumpers-2All the money raised through woolly-wearing will help give a child living in a refugee camp clothes to keep them warm through winter, or set up a safe space to give them the chance to be children again. It could also help bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support. All this, just by wearing a daft jumper – it’s a very silly way to solve some very serious problems!christmas jumper DIY pompoms before and after

Here’s my DIY pom-pom Christmas cardi project blog post

I hope you’ll join in with all the fun on Friday 16th and hop onto the christmasjumperday.org website to donate. Happy Christmas Jumper Day all!


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Join in the Race for Life at Cambridge – and all around the UK!

You may have spotted that earlier this year I took part in the Dryathlon to fundraise for Cancer Research UK. Yes, I gave up all alcohol (even the chocolate liqueurs and red-wine Bolognese!) for the month of January and by the end f the month I’d smashed my fundraising target and raised 20% more than I’d hoped for. It was a really rewarding experience and even though I couldn’t wait to have that first drink on 1st February (a bottle of Station 119’s Miss Behavin’ IPA, if you’re asking!) it felt really great to raise the money for Cancer Research and send off my sponsorship money to the charity.cancer research uk race for lifeWell now, I’m looking for the next challenge, and why not make it an even healthier one? I felt fantastic after cutting out alcohol and my body has thanked me for it ever since (I don’t drink much at all now) so I think it’s time to go one step further and take up the challenge of the Race for Life. Continue reading “Join in the Race for Life at Cambridge – and all around the UK!” »


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The last day of my Dryathlon

Today is that last day of January, and therefore it’s the last day of the Dryathlon. And I’m pleased to report that I haven’t touched a drop of drink throughout the whole month! Okay, I’ve still got half a day to go, but I’m confident that I’ll be able to resist reaching for a glass of wine until tomorrow. In case you missed my blog post about the challenge at the start of the month, I’ve been taking part in the Dryathlon and staying away from alcohol throughout January in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK. And honestly, it’s been more difficult that I’d imagined. Let me share my JustGiving.com/Cassiefairy  link before I start rambling on, in case you want to donate 😉dryathlon

So as someone who doesn’t really drink that much, is always happy to be a designated driver and doesn’t go too mad when she is on a night out, I thought that this would be quite a simple challenge for me. But it actually wasn’t as easy as I thought. There were a few occasions over the month where I actually had a drink in my hand but I stopped just before taking a sip. Yes, I’ve been sniffing other people’s drinks and whimpering a little when my friends enjoy a glass of wine. Even so, I’ve said no to every drink I’ve been offered, and have even passed on the chocolate liqueurs leftover from Christmas and avoided amaretto flavour hot chocolate in case it was cheating. Yay me!you booze you lose

Now that the month is almost over I can admit that it’s been much more difficult than I imagined and I’m sure that I’ll be having a drink tomorrow to celebrate. Okay, I’ve already arranged to meet friends for a lunchtime drink and I am sooo looking forward to that glass of wine! So with only a few hours left and half of my fundraising target reached, I want to ask you to please please please donate to my JustGiving page or text “FAIR77 £1” to 70070 to donate £1 to my TextGiving page and make this month worthwhile! I’m SO grateful for every donation, it has really kept me going this month so thank you all very much!


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Dryathlon – My first weekend

On the first of January I signed up for the Dryathlon challenge to help raise money for Cancer Research UK and already there have been a few testing times..!

The challenge started a 9am on 1st January – luckily for me, because I didn’t think twice about swigging back a glass of bubbly at midnight to toast the new year. I hadn’t even considered that this drink was technically in January 2015, but when I read the small-print about the challenge, I discovered that the starting time was 9am on the 1st to allow for this obstacle. I read this information at about 11am and I wondered to myself whether I would have had a bucks fizz at 8am had I’d known about the 9am start? Anyway, the time had already passed and I was in full-Dryathlon-mode. dryathlon 2015 blog post Continue reading “Dryathlon – My first weekend” »


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My Dryathlon ~ Please help me raise money for Cancer Research UK

This January I’m joining the Dryathlon and will be giving up alcohol for the whole month in order to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK. I found out about the campaign over Christmas and it really stuck in my mind. Even though I’m sure it’ll be tough I really wanted to take part and fundraise in order help life-saving cancer treatments to be developed so I found myself signing up for the campaign yesterday morning.

While sat in bed in my Christmas pyjamas I logged on to the Cancer Research UK website and read up on the Dryathlon campaign before looking into the work of the charity itself and here’s what they say; “Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public. With your help, we can ensure more people beat cancer.”dryathlonpint1 Continue reading “My Dryathlon ~ Please help me raise money for Cancer Research UK” »


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The Uniform Project – simply inspirational

Uniform Project Picture Book from Uniform Project on Vimeo.

I have just stumbled upon this wonderful video of one girl’s year-long fundraising challenge of wearing a ‘uniform’ of a Little Black Dress everyday. She was raising money for children who cannot afford to go to school and wore one dress for an entire year, using accessories to create fabulous fashion looks.

Please take a couple of minutes watch it, it’s pretty amazing!

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