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Stash Attack

Stash Attack

I arrived back to my college apartment last night and lugged in all of the craft supplies left from my 3-week vacation into my small bedroom, where I was met by even more craft supplies. A.k.a… junk. Like an entire garbage bag full of grocery sacks to be crocheted, eventually,...

June Food Stamp Challenge- Cajun Mackerel Burgers

June Food Stamp Challenge- Cajun Mackerel Burgers

Today marks Day 2 of The Non-Consumer Advocate’s Food Stamp challenge.  Katy lives in Oregon where the state’s governor attempted a month (week?) living on the grocery budget similar to the average food assistance allowance.  According to the challenge, I am allowed to spend $101 per person per month.  I...

A Thrifty Facelift

A Thrifty Facelift

The day my camera craps out is the day Spencer suggests a weekend project- painting our apartment!  So sorry… no “before” pictures.  And we are not finished yet, but after pictures are on their way! I did scan in my paint chip… My apartment has many textures.  The pine panelling...

Kayla K’s Weekly Register

Kayla K’s Weekly Register

Where I keep a running list of things that have intrigued me this week… thrifty, fun, both, or otherwise. I told Spencer I wasn’t making anything too special for dinner.  I baked some potatoes in the microwave, cut them up, covered them with salsa and cheese, and microwaved them until...

How To Tie Rag Strips With Neat Knots

How To Tie Rag Strips With Neat Knots

I am having a great time quilting with my vintage sheets… but all of the trimming can lead to some waste. To use as much fabric as possible I Tear 5″ strips from the sheets and pillowcases Square up the strips Cut the strips down into 5″ squares, also know...

Name That Perennial…

Name That Perennial…

This spring I was sad because I can’t have my own garden as I will be taking summer classes.  In fact, I told Spencer to mow over my little patch near the retaining wall.  When I came home for a visit I was pleasantly reminded that I have creeping phlox,...

Quilts From Vintage Sheets

Quilts From Vintage Sheets

Mom recently cleaned out her collection of vintage sheets to make room for more civil war prints, I’m sure.  I was happy to take them off her hands, and here is my first creation. I used one pillowcase and a portion of a sheet that were the same print in...

Thrifty Miscellany

Thrifty Miscellany

When I’m not blogging about thriftiness, I’m reading about it.  Sometimes I come across things that I want to share but they are not necessarily post-worthy.  But, useful nonetheless.  For example… To remove tarnish from silver, line the bottom of a glass dish with aluminum foil.  Add salt, baking soda,...

Baby News!

Baby News!

Someone very important to me, but that is not me, is expecting!  I don’t know what to knit first!  Next week I will be going to my favorite yarn shop, the Blue Heron Knittery in Decorah, Iowa so I am on the hunt for some great baby patterns.  Some of...

Happy Birthday Miss Kaliss! Dollar Bill Origami

Happy Birthday Miss Kaliss! Dollar Bill Origami

Next week is the 15th birthday of my fantastic super-star sister, Miss Kalissa Georgia! Tonight I have the opportunity to join Miss Kaliss on a trip to Des Moines to see her very favorite person in the world, Taylor Swift! In keeping with my sweet-old-aunt habit, I folded money to...