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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 April theme on First Post on: April 07, 2010 10:52:43 PM
  Also, clear bags can be hung on hangers in a closet. I knew a dressmaker who kept all her fabrics on hangers, with plastic over them. Very neat, and easy to look thru.
  I hope this helps!  Good Luck!   If you live near me, I'd come and help for the freebies!!!

Thanks for the tips!!! Never thought of hanging fabric. I have "scraps" in baggies in a big container but still have to dig. Larger pieces are on bolts or in a very large suitcase. This system is not quite working for me. I need to see what I have. There is a comic store by the office for my business. I plan to go there for some of the cardboards I have seen a lot of people on craftster using. It is a work in progress. Clutter built up over the years (been in house 17 1/2 years) so I know it won't get where I want it to overnight. Samantha Stevens or Jeanie I am not (darn it). Oh, I do have some plastic bins but need to go through them. Some have items from old craft shows others from my first store that have never been cleaned out. The Big Lots I used to frequent closed. There is at least one more in town but I usually forget about it if I am not in that area.

Better go to sleep, I have a seminar tomorrow.  (Signed up last summer for one low price and can take as many as able throughout the year at no extra charge) Hard to get to many because you get no vacation days during the school year when you are a school employee and I hate to call in sick.

Until next time, DeJa
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 April theme on First Post on: April 07, 2010 10:41:51 AM
More great ideas. Still working in decluttering mode which has now been magnified by having to move almost everything in house to have insulation done ... for FREE. Making this a long spring break but my future even more frugal with lower heating & cooling bill. Home is over 70 years old and had an R rating of 2 which will now be 15 (I think). Yeah. Now I wish I had another week off so I could reorganize and rearrange as I put stuff back. Might get a POD for a month then I could also separate into recycle/sell, trash and donate easier (house very small). Trying to decide is spending the $200 is a frugal move or not. I think this is still on frugal topic. My apologize if it is not!!!  Embarrassed
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 April theme on First Post on: April 04, 2010 10:34:28 PM
All caught up!!

Forgot to mention in last post ... last week after I got my bill I called the electric company to find out why bill was so high & learned that there had been TWO rate increases totaling 6%. Then the representative asked me if I cooked a lot (after telling her that I had no new electrical products or changed my usage habits). She then advised me to use the microwave as much as possible.

craftylittlemonkey -- Love the built in shelving and the light box. I had to take my collapsible light box back when neither I or the store clerk could collapse it. Will definitely be back to look at this post again!!

Books -- I too have officially runout of room for books ... as I continue to buy more (LOL). However, I do try to donate or sell some every now and then. This is difficult because I typically read nonfiction books.

Gardening -- I have been wanting to do some container gardening for some time now despite the fact that I have a yard, not the best soil around here. One major obstacle is time, especially since I was laid off. I am usually either looking for work or working multiple jobs in addition to building a business.

Congratulations on the painting order alwaysinmyroom!!

EKO -- I made the cheese and garlic biscuits with Bisquick and they were ok but not Red Lobster rolls for sure!!!

Weekend frugality -- Had a nice seafood dinner at home rather than the restaurant AND have food for tomorrow. Also able to get 10# of potatoes for $.99.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 April theme on First Post on: April 04, 2010 09:19:11 PM
Whew!! Just checking in after a few days of decluttering. I have recycled lots and lots of paper. But still a long way from being finished. I have, however, eliminated lots of boxes of paper. Once I get scanner operating correctly more will be out of the door. Also working on box of donated items and ... once I clear out a spot ... I will work on a resale group. OK, gonna do a little reading before I fall asleep. See ya in a few days. Gotta declutter enough for contractors to do work in the house Tuesday and Wednesday.

Note to self: Don't be away from discussion for so long ... 10 pages to read.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 29, 2010 07:49:36 PM
OMG pixieval, I feel right at home looking at your room. The bad thing that my craft room "spills" into a couple other rooms too!!  Grin. [Single girl in a 3 bedroom house with a dining room and no real storage area ... basement gets damp, ugh.] Sadly, I am trying to at least pile stuff up in strategic areas by Sunday because I have contractors coming on Monday. I think they will be having to do a little bit of climbing. Embarrassed.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Yellow Patchwork Desk w/ Mod Podge mayhem! on: March 28, 2010 09:16:37 PM
You all did a fabulous job!  Smiley
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 28, 2010 08:52:23 PM
I bought some comic book boards at a comic book store! They are a pretty decent price, they are thin cardboard, acid free. There is a post around here somewhere about it, but my friend klum78 got me onto the idea! I have one bookshelf plus one set of drawers (I think it is supposed to be file drawers, but it looks like a nice piece of furniture?) that I have for this project. But way too many of my fabrics right now are just in boxes or thrown onto the shelves!

Ooh, this is great ... specially since I am working on organizing/decluttering my entire house. Today, while looking in a box of inherited supplies I found tons of ribbon (fabric and curling) that I am going to have to figure out how to store/display. I "lose" stuff I can't see. I have had these boxes for probably more than 5 years!!!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 27, 2010 05:12:32 PM
I think I mentioned this before but it's well worth restating. The author for Dining on a Dime has an interesting story behind the book. Check out the webpage LivingonaDime.com
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 27, 2010 04:53:24 PM
alwaysinmyroom, filling up a shopping cart on line is great. If you change your mind you don't have to put it back on the shelf. LOL
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 March theme on First Post on: March 27, 2010 04:46:08 PM
Craftydeja--I see you like to buy craft supplies...would you be interested in a $20 maximum frugal craft buying challenge as mentioned my Maremare and pixieval?
Ok, I just looked at it. Are we "window shopping" so to speak? If so I am in. We are making a list of items we could buy for $20 or less and including the link to where we "bought" it from. Is this accurate?

Will this be in this thread or a new one?
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