July mum of the month and her top 3 tips Maggy Woodley

Maggy Woodley is our creative, inspiring, budgeting mum of the month.  Over to Maggy

Hi Becky!

V chuffed to be your July mum of the month! Thank you.

Red Ted Art

Here are my top three tips (I truly believe in all three!):

  • Buy frozen blueberries & raspberries – they keep well, are great in muffin & you still provide fabulous vitamins at half the cost (supermarkets frequently have 3 for 2 deals on them too!)
  • Crafts do not have to be expensive, on the contrary, it should not be! All sorts of odds at ends around the home and office are fabulous for crafting (the obvious are egg boxes & loo rolls, but a bunch of flowers usually have lovely tissue paper or crinkly shiny paper, an old tshirt, shirt  or cords can be lovely piece of fabric, in the office old presentations have great covers and backs or there is usually tons of paper “left” on the printer)! For example, just by collecting bits and pieces, I was able to make a lovely scrap touchy feely book with Red Ted virtually for free (all I paid for was printer cartridge ink).
  • Join a Freecycle group near you – fabulous for “getting rid of things” to people who really want it (and not fill up charity shops) and to find things you need! We received a wonderful walker for Red Ted once! And have given away duplicates when The Englishman and I moved into together!

Maggy started Red Ted Art a little over year ago – painting bespoke artwork for children, as well as pop art inspired portraits and handpainted greeting cards. She has recently re-focussed her blog as a simple, but fun craft resource for young and old, for singles, families and carers alike. You can find her at  RED TED ART







  1. Nicki Cawood
    July 10, 2010 / 6:48 am

    Lovely piece Maggy. I definitely can’t agree more about Freecycle! We use our local one a lot. We’ve given away a fridge and a freezer, large items, small items and have had all sorts ourselves that 1) would have cost us money we didnt want to part with and 2) Kept these items out of the landfill!
    As for the crafts- i have a 4yr old and by now I am an expert cereal box and loo roll tube robert maker!!

  2. July 10, 2010 / 7:06 am

    Oooh, I would LOVE to see those Robots Nicki, bet they are awesome!

    Becky, thank you again SO MUCH for “featuring” me, feel very honoured 🙂

    Maggy xx

  3. July 12, 2010 / 10:11 pm

    I love your craft tips. My brain struggles to come up with craft ideas from scratch, whereas my husband’s much better at it than me. One of his child-sized cardboard robots is still a feature in our living room, although minus a few limbs now.

    You’ve made me realise that so much of what goes in our blue bin has such creative potential, definitely something I’d like to have a go at over the holidays, and certainly much cheaper than the craft kits, where the picture on the front always look so much more exciting than what you find inside!

    Mmm… raspberries and blueberries – slightly more naughty with meringue and cream though 🙂

  4. July 13, 2010 / 10:41 am

    Hi Grace!

    A thank you for the lovely comment 🙂 Lovely to hear.

    and oooh, meringue… mmh yum!

    Maggy x

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