Thrifty Ideas

Thrifty ideas to use around the home to save money.

How to Jazz Up a Living Room – 5 Creative Ways

Just because you do not have the budget to do a renovation does not mean that you will have to endure the dreary look of your living room. So how to jazz up a living room on a budget? There are tons of simple, creative ways to jazz up...

No More Bright Baby Blue & My Favorite Drop Cloth

Blue is a wonderful color, but maybe not this much blue. Catherine recently helped me take the “blue room” in my house to a calmer grey. One trick I’ve stumbled across purely by accident is that old vinyl table cloths...

Discovering Canning and Apple Pie Filling

Growing up we canned every year.  That is to say Robear canned and we did various jobs to support her efforts.  For instance, I remember hours of skinning and cutting peaches and tomatoes and sometimes stuffing them into jars, but the...

April’s Kitchen Remodel Series: New Kitchen Cabinets

As you may recall from the previous update, we discovered some unfortunate water damage in the corner, which meant we needed new base cabinets for the perimeter or the kitchen.  This was not originally in the budget, but since the plan...

2 Minute Project: Valentine Wreath

As a currently “single” person I have a tendency to join with the rest of the throng of singles in a silent protest of Valentines Day. But as a kid I loved it! I loved decorating my Valentines Day box each year and I loved...

Odd Entertainment

You may think that it is impossible to have fun in the winter. You might think that the only thing a porch does for you in the winter, is give you something to shovel. Well, for my friends and I, shoveling is not the only thing…  We...

Fixing the Broken Chair

I’m finally getting around to some of the many projects I’ve inherited.  One of which is fixing these ornately carved chairs.  They were originally made in Indonesia, but their problems started when they were shipped to the...

Quick Computer Cord Wrangling

Christmas is over and now comes all the cleanup.  I’ve decided to start my New Year’s resolution a week early and it isn’t to lose thirty pounds, though that would be nice.  No, this year I’m getting more...

Christmas Card Art

I have a few Christmas cards I absolutely love.  Some are funny and charming, others are more serious and beautiful.  This year, rather than just sticking them all on the fridge and watching them fall off and get crumpled and worn, I...