Tag Archives: frugality

Making an Evergreen Wreath

I am truly blessed with wonderful family.  With my own family members living a few provinces away I feel lucky to have been welcomed into hubby’s family with open arms.  His parents, brother and sister-in-law are all wonderful people who I am happy to be related to.  When we get together we always have a…

Recycled Denim Pillows with Pockets

After being inspired by sweaters I thought it was time to do something with the old jeans that were piling up.  I knew I wanted to make pillows, and then I came across a picture of a pillow with a remote pocket.  Perfect!  A few hours and 4 pairs of jeans later, they were done.…

Sweater Friends

One of the things I really wanted to do when I first started to get into sewing, and thinking about a sewing business, was to learn how to turn things that had outlived their purpose into something new and useful.   The Laundryontheline sentiment strikes again as I dream of being more like my (mythical?) penny-pinching, earth-saving,…

A tourist in your own town

I had the pleasure of having one of the best summer jobs in the world.  Two days a week I got to spend the day hanging out with one of my favourite people, and her three awesome kids.  One of the highlights for me was teaching her two girls how to sew (you should see…

Mens Shirt Transformation

After my sewing experiment yesterday turned out so well, I was really excited about trying to transform another of Hubby’s old shirts.   He can’t wear them anymore because the collars have started to fray, but some of them are just such nice fabric that I can’t bear to throw them away.  And the pile of…

Mending – turning a top into a dress

I am happy to say that I survived the stomach flu and am halfway trough my students’ reports.  I needed to take a break from staring at the computer and typing so I decided to take advantage of Mending Week at Making More with Less and tackle the mending pile that seems to keep growing…

Homemade “Green” Cleaning for Earth Day and Every Day!

Happy Earth day!  I have had it in my mind for a while that I would like to do a post on making your own cleaners, and what better day to do it than on a day when we celebrate all the ways we can take better care of our Earth? Some of the things I…

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