Cassiefairy – My Thrifty Life

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


Wahey! My recycled fabric wreath project is featured in Oxfam newspaper!

I had a lovely surprise this week when I flicked through the winter issue of Oxfam newspaper: my festive wreath project has been featured in the publication! Of course, Oxfam had been in touch earlier this year to ask permission to use my content and, seeing as I’d created it for the Oxfam Fashion blog in the first place, I was happy to oblige.oxfam-newspaper-feature-cassiefairy-felt-wreath-project-diy-christmas-festive-1In fact, I was over the moon! It’s amazing to think that my little thrifty project is being printed in a real newspaper and distributed to Oxfam customers, volunteers and donors all around the country. Wow, I’m so chuffed!oxfam-newspaper-feature-cassiefairy-felt-wreath-project-diy-christmas-festive-3DIY fabric wreath for Christmas - step by step tutorial-10The feature contains step-by-step photos to show readers how to use scrap fabrics and ends of ribbon to make a funky Christmas wreath. I loved creating this project, enjoyed sharing it on my blog and on the Oxfam website, and now I’m absolutely thrilled that it’s been immortalised in print! Woo!oxfam-newspaper-feature-cassiefairy-felt-wreath-project-diy-christmas-festive-1-2You can find this project and all my other blog posts on my Oxfam blogger profile, and while you’re there, have a look around the Oxfam fashion blog and read all the interesting finds and projects that the other volunteer writers have been working on.

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Thrifty fashion ~ ideas for cheap festive party outfits

As you know, I regularly blog about thrifty fashion and DIY fashion hacks on the Oxfam fashion blog. Oxfam has asked me to share my favourite party dress with all their wonderful readers and I thought I’d show you it too:

cassiefairy thrifty charity shop chirstmas party dress festive outfit for oxfam fashion blog

My party dress was bought for me by thrifty mother who spotted it in our local Oxfam shop. I love the loose style and above-the-knee length, and the silver pleated fabric is perfect for the party season. I feel like Carrie wearing her blue Halston layered dress in the second Sex and the City film when I wear this dress! For parties and nights out I wear it with a black blazer with sequined lapels and cuffs which I found at a carboot sale. I wore it for a couple of Christmas parties last year and I kept warm by wearing black thermal tights underneath! I finish off the outfit with sparkly black heels (from another charity shop!) and I’ve also worn this dress to a summer wedding with a bright pink blazer and wedge sandals instead. It was a great charity-shop find and I’m sure I’ll be wearing again for festive parties this year!

Please check out the party dress article on Oxfam Fashion Blog and have a look at all the other Oxfam bloggers’ festive party outfits too – it’s great to get ideas for cheap party outfits and it’s amazing what gorgeous fashion looks these thrifty bloggers have been able to create on a charity-shop budget! And let me know if you’ve found any party bargains in a charity shop recently – I’d love to see your photos so please tweet me @cassiefairy 🙂

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