Kayla K.'s Thrifty Ways Fresh ideas for frugal living

Great New Drying Rack

Great New Drying Rack

I had the chance to visit the Hazelton, Iowa Amish community and purchase my drying rack! My swing method works great, but will be difficult to maintain in rainy or cold weather. I chose a rack slightly smaller than the one my mom uses because my laundry room is actually...

No Poo For You! (and me too!)

No Poo For You! (and me too!)

I like to say that I learned my thrifty ways from my mom, but lately I have been passing her up.  Even she says I am a little… extreme. I often try new things and bounce it off a few people before I tell the Internet world.  One compliment I...

Apartment Dwellers Can Enjoy Air Dried Laundry

Apartment Dwellers Can Enjoy Air Dried Laundry

Iowa heat is good for one thing: drying clothes! The humidity doesn’t help much.. Spencer and I enjoy line-dried laundry and were sad to leave our clothesline behind.  Luckily, our apartment has a back patio where we plan to set up a large drying rack like this one that my...

Free Half-Square Triangles From Scrappy Binding

Free Half-Square Triangles From Scrappy Binding

If you are already making hand towels from old bath towels and scrap fabric, why not take it one step further? This idea works when assembling any scrappy binding. Chain-stitch the binding strips together. Before you trim the threads, make a seam 1/2″ from the other seam. Trim threads and...

Handmade Handtowels to Brighten Your Bathroom

Handmade Handtowels to Brighten Your Bathroom

Between hand-me-downs and graduations, Spencer and I have amassed quite the collection of bath towels.  I wanted some new hand towels to spruce up my new bathroom, but I thought I would try “making it do” first. This old towel looked like a good candidate for a makeover. Don’t you...

“Empty” Jar Mexican Rice

“Empty” Jar Mexican Rice

Spencer and I enjoyed a great meal last night of fajitas, refried beans, and Mexican rice last night. I especially impressed myself with the rice… Usually I use 1 can diced tomatoes with chilies, 1 can water, and 1 can rice. Last night I had no tomatoes and was lacking...

How to Make Your Own Magnetic Canning Lid Lifter

How to Make Your Own Magnetic Canning Lid Lifter

While purchasing supplies for my mulberry jam I noticed a new gadget- a magnetic canning lid lifter.  I understood how the gadget could be useful but was unwilling to add another plastic uni-tasker to my kitchen. When I got home I decided to make my own. I tore a square...

Barrel of Monkies

Barrel of Monkies

I am busy packing this week.  We will be moving most of our things today with Spencer’s dad’s cattle trailer and will take the rest next week. In all of the times I have moved, several in the last four years, I have never bought boxes.  I find that laundry...

All Around the Mullberry Bush

All Around the Mullberry Bush

I have been enjoying a little mullberry break during my morning runs on Dubuque County’s Heritage Trail. I am sure that picking fruit from a state park is frowned upon, if not illegal, so I decided to search the woods near my home for berries. I was so pleased with...

All pinned up with no place to go

All pinned up with no place to go

<Here’s a sneak peak at my nearly complete Jacob’s Ladder quilt.  I have it basted and ready to quilt.  You may recognize my fussy-cut floral quilt on the bottom, also ready to quilt.  I laid them both out at once and pinned them all up.  My fingers are very sore!...