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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 May theme on First Post on: May 22, 2010 03:27:20 AM
Summer? Isn't it those couple of warm days in between all the months of rain?
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 May theme on First Post on: May 22, 2010 12:44:02 AM
thanks for the recipe, I was going to ask but kitschbitch beat me to it!

I had a super lucky day..My grandmother called me and asked if we could use some frozen meat..I went over there, expecting..well, I don't know..a couple of turkeys or something..Turns out she ordered this huge amount of chicken and beef, all vacuum sealed. We came home with enough chicken breasts and ground beef and steaks to feed our family for most of the summer! Score! Thanks grandma!

This weekend (since it's supposed to be wet..gotta love Washington state!) we're going to stay in, work on the twins' bedrooms and try to find a good spot in the garage to make a craft area for me! Also, whip up a couple of loaves of bread and some beef barley soup using the veggies in the crisper.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 May theme on First Post on: May 21, 2010 05:37:27 AM
I posted this in response to pixieval on another thread, but decided it wasn't really appropriate there (It's a challenge thread)


thank you Tanza!  Kiss

I love your idea "clothing thats to small into something that fits and you would wear now."
dd is constantly outgrowing great stuff, that I need to figure out how to give it second life so she can wear it longer!

This blog has some awesome ideas on re-working little girl's clothing!

http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2010/02/making-her-clothes-last-part-one.html

http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2010/02/making-her-clothes-last-part-two.html




These are great ideas (plus the little girl is such a cutie). We always have clothes overload, having twins means you have twice as much. I'm not very handy with needle and thread, but I do make a point to donate it to our local CPS office. My mother is a foster parent, and she has said that many of the foster kids they get come with basically the clothes on their back. It's not "frugal", but it is giving back in my own way that doesn't cost anything..actually, I guess it is frugal!

Thanks for the welcome, everybody.

One project that I really need to do is to get the wonder twins' bedrooms cleaned and organized. I keep eyeballing storage units at ikea which I can't afford, but I think if I dig through our garage, I could make something just as handy and even more creative. And cheaper!

One quick question:
I'm thinking about planting a small herb garden..since dried herbs are way too spendy, and I prefer them fresh anyway..
What would be the best herbs to start with? I'm just starting out my green thumb this year.
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 May theme on First Post on: May 20, 2010 05:29:15 AM
So..I've spent my entire evening at work reading this thread...I'm on page 71 so far. You guys are total inspiration!

So..even though it's almost 6 months in...Can I join in on the fun?

I'm Lindsay, btw *waves*
My boyfriend (husband, whatever..we've been togeather for almost 9 years) and I are really trying to find a way to afford for me to go back to being a stay at home mom. For the past year, due to James getting laid off, I've been working nights, which is really hard. I'm bipolar..so not taking care of myself with regular sleep and such really messes with my moods. We also have 4 year old twins *aka "the wonder twins"*  who are special needs (they both have learning delays and Olivia is legally blind due to the fact that they were so premature) and really benefit from me staying home and working with them.
Wow..I'm rambling. Anyways..we're trying really hard to get into a frugal lifestyle to benefit our family.

Next time we run out of laundry soap, I am so making the homemade stuff..the wonder twins have pretty sensitive skin, and I think I could control what's in it a lot better..plus it's cheap!
Our major goal right now is budgeting. James and I both started our relationship with tons of stupid debt..luckily, we don't have much credit card debt anymore, but we still spend way too much on a lot of silly little things.
Groceries are a huge expenditure with us. I'm always very interested in learning ways to save on that. We just planted our first vegetable garden this year, and I hope to add to it.

So yeah..hi! Hope I can join in on the frugal fun!
25  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 11, 2010 03:19:10 PM
Been loving craftster for many years, and hopefully many more to come!
26  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Empty baby food jars on: April 25, 2010 01:00:09 AM
cool beans, thanks.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Star Wars Collection on: April 25, 2010 12:26:27 AM
I WANT THEM ALL!

They're awesome.
28  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Empty baby food jars on: April 24, 2010 01:29:21 AM
I made "smelly jelly" in mine and stuck them all over the house. Then the dried up jelly just pops right out and can be refilled Smiley

How do you make smelly jelly? I'm intrigued!
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, First Half 2010 on: April 23, 2010 01:00:51 AM
Violet Crumble! I'm so jealous!! It's so hard to find here!
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Permaculture Garden Beds Created From Salvaged Scraps! on: April 23, 2010 12:55:48 AM
I am so impressed with this. Major inspiration!
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