Category Archives: Money

Free Sweets

A few months ago I signed up for Free Sweets, a website where you get sweets or chocolate for either signing up for newsletters or deals, or possibly for answering surveys.

I only used them once but here is the proof that occasionally you CAN get something for free!


Yes people, that is a grand total, a whopping, a MEGA…ONE BAR OF CHOCOLATE!

I can’t remember what newsletter I signed up for but I got a heck of a load of spammy crap through my inbox as a result. A good tip is if you are going to sign up for crap like this,  then get a new e-mail account especially for it!

On a similar note, a short while ago I got free muesli and a free fruit squash squirt drink through completing food surveys with Toluna. I have never been chosen to test their products from the main site…BUT if you complete lots of food surveys, then occasionally you might get the chance to test some products that way (and then you know you are getting another survey guaranteed when you have to review the product).

And speaking of Toluna I have at this moment my highest number of points ever…187,073!

Which if you check out their rewards section, means I can get 2 Amazon vouchers for £20 each very soon (just need to get up to 214,000 points).

It hasn’t taken me long at all to get this far, this time around. I like Toluna better than Swagbucks, it’s more streamlined and quicker to use.

Just a quick share

Happy Monday!

Ellen x


Ravelry Questions

No pics or updates this time, instead I have some questions for you.

I have a varied yet creative collection of hobbies and I know a lot of readers of this blog do too. I like reading, writing, blogging, baking, sewing, candle making, cross-stitching and so on.

I also like to knit and crochet and it’s getting to the point where I would like to start designing my own patterns. In truth I already have lots of times. I have made about 7 or 8 blankets and never followed a pattern. I have made 100s of scarves and never followed a pattern. Most of the time things appear in my mind and get made!

But I never write the patterns down.

I was just wondering…

Is anyone who reads this blog on Ravelry? (It’s basically Facebook for people who knit and crochet).

If so…

  • Do you design and sell your own patterns on there?
  • Is it easy to do?
  • Roughly how many patterns do you sell each month?
  • What kind of patterns sell best? Hats, Shawls…
  • I know Ravelry take 3.5.% of what you make each month (depending on circumstances etc.) and I know you have to pay taxes on top of that…is what you make worth it? (see, I’m not being rude and asking how much you make every month!)
  • Do you offer free patterns as well as selling them?
  • How much time do you invest in updating your profiles, dealing with enquiries, dealing with issues / refunds / problems etc?
  • I’m in the UK and would have to pay VAT and any European Union (for now!!!!) extras too. Any thoughts on people in the UK who sell on Ravelry?


  • If you are not a designer, but buy from Ravelry, how much realistically would you be prepared to spend on a pattern? (I know it depends on what you are buying)

Those are just a few questions I have been thinking about.

I would appreciate any thoughts you have. And you never know, you might get some ideas from the answers too!

Thanks a bunch

Ellen x