If you've seen our posts over the last few months we're all for saving money whether it's on our energy bills or through our bank accounts. After those a regular expense for our is our life insurance, it's essential for us and when we brought the house we started our first life insurance policy and expanded it and developed it more when the kids arrived making sure that if anything happened we were well protected and payments and mortgage would be covered. With the insurance up for renewal it's time to look around and we've been challenged by Cavendish a comparison site to create a Mummy Mascot - our Cavendish Critter 🙂 using the savings that we could make by going through their site rather than one of the leading competitors.
As Cavendish online unlike it's competitors doesn't have a million-pound advertising budget they are able to pass the savings on to the customers and guarantee that you will find a better price with them. Because of this they don't have a recognisable meerkat or robot and instead have challenged some bloggers and the kids to come up with a mascot for them with the savings that we could make taking out life insurance through them rather than with their leading competitor Compare the Market.com. I was amazed at my saving of just over £9 and we've put it to good use in the fabric shop getting the materials to create a wonderful critter inspired by our love of the sea and a favourite upcycling craft from Red Ted Art's blog - the kids tight octopus.
Kids tights that they've outgrown
Pink and Peach Cotton
2 Brown Buttons
How to make the Cavendish Critter
T has just outgrown ALL of her winter tights so I raided the recycling bag and collected 3 pairs, our critter it was decided was going to have 4 legs and 2 arms as it wasn't an octopus instead was an alien but not a scary alien just a fun pretty space alien that needed to tell people how they could save money.
Using the first pair of tights we cut off the legs and put them to the side and then turned the tights inside out and sewed up the end of them to create some ears. The nice thing about kids tights is that you can use a fairly blunt needle to go through and the kids went over the ends first (leaving lots of gaps) and then I quickly went over them again to ensure that the stuffing wouldn't come out.
With both ears made we turned the tights back the right way and set about adding some pink ears - J cut out the pink felt into semi-circles and we used some PVA glue to glue them into place - to add to the strength with the ears dry I quickly sewed over them to make sure that they didn't come off.
On the other two pairs of tights, we cut off the legs and then using the toy stuffing stuff the legs fully. The kids loved doing this and it reminded me of stuffing a Guy for Fireworks Night which we must do this year.
T cut out some rough circles from the white felt and we glued them onto the head of our Cavendish Critter and then I sewed on a button in the middle of the white felt.
It was decided that the alien was to have pink hair so using wool we cut some small lengths and put them through the top near the ears, evened out the lengths and then tied them in a knot or two!
Then we stuffed the head with more of the toy stuffing.
Once the head was stuffed we put the 6 arms and legs into the opening and using some pink wool and a blunt needle proceeded to attach them to the edge and stitch up the hole so that the stuffing couldn't come out.
With the body attached to the arms and legs, they asked if I could sew on a mouth so using pink, peach and white thread I combined them and sewed on a mouth.
Saving with Cavendish
I hope you like our Cavendish Critter, made with our savings of £9 by using Cavendish Online to save money rather than it's leading competitor Compare the Marker.com which spends tens of millions on advertising instead we're putting our savings to good use and creating our own mascot for Cavendish and passing on word about the great savings that you could make - imagine a saving of £9 a month over the lifetime of your life insurance policy! That's a lot of money and savings that you could invest in a fantastic holiday, new home or even a monthly treat for yourself.
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