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Frugal Jar and Bottle Decorating

Today’s Frugal Friday is brought to you via Katherine’s Corner, one of my favorite blogs. One of her recent blog posts was called “That’s Jarring,” and really got my attention.

You see, Rick recently surprised me with a blue glass bottle he found at a yard sale. I decided to use it for olive oil and display it next to my stove so I immediately put it in the dishwasher to clean it out properly. Sadly, the dishwasher destroyed the shiny finish but I didn’t want to trash it. I’ve been looking for a frugal way to fix it up so I can still use it and I found the perfect way when I read “That’s Jarring.”

Here’s the before of my sad blue bottle:

As you can hopefully see, the stopper was not affected because I did not put it in the dishwasher too. Here’s a glimpse from Katie’s blog post that gave me the idea of how to make this bottle look much better:

Now all I need to do is buy some twine, which is on my shopping list. When I finish this project, I’ll update this post with my “after” pics. Here is another sweet and frugal idea from Katie’s post:

So, please stop by Katherine’s Corner to see and read more of her “Jarring” post, including great pics and links to other sites with ideas about repurposing jars and bottles. Oh, stick around there awhile and you’ll also find other craft projects, recipes, giveaways and lots more.

Thanks, Katie, for the great idea!

Sweeeeet Corn!

SWEET SATURDAY

06/29/12 Update

Tonight I tried the method shown in the video for cooking and shucking corn for dinner and wanted to share my findings with you.

Let’s just say I will never make corn any other way again. This method is fantastic!

The corn not only cooks well but it is so easy to remove the husks and every bit of the silks with absolutely no problem. Please do yourself a favor and view the video if you haven’t already done so. [I'm sorry if you had trouble getting to the video before but I've fixed that here.]

Rick and I love having sweet corn this time of year because it’s fresh and usually on sale somewhere in our area. And let’s not talk about all that creamy butter that just enhances the taste!

I don’t think I’m alone in disliking the chore of shucking the corn because it is practically impossible to remove all the silk. I think we would enjoy it for dinner more often if there was an easy way to perform this nasty task.

Yep, you guessed it—there is! The other day I saw this video of how to use a microwave to cook and then easily remove the husk and silk. I am definitely going to try this out!

Sweet! Happy and easy shucking to all of you!

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DIY Mason Jar Frog Lids

FRUGAL FRIDAY

On this Frugal Friday, I want to share a really easy, frugal and great DIY crafty thingy project with you. Can you tell my brain doesn’t want to work well right now?

I came across a great site, Smashed Peas and Carrots, and found the tutorial for this cool and easy project for mason jar frog lids. Maggie from SPandC shows in great detail everything you’ll need to make these lids plus step-by-step instructions for assembling them.

So, go check this easy and frugal DIY project for yourself!

Fun Tips

DIY Frugal

FRUGAL FRIDAY

At Creature Comforts, one of the cutest blogs I’ve seen yet, I found a great and easy way to display photos. Check out these great frugal photo frames using chalkboards and binder clips:

Ez (pronounced Ee-zee) came up these 5 Minute Chalkboard Frames: a cute, quick and frugal way to show off photos, awards, or even drawings that your little darlings made and colored just for you. I really like the way you can easily change whatever is on display. You’ll find complete directions for making this easy project here.

While you’re at Ez’s blog, check out some of her other cute and frugal DIY projects such as these DIY Festive Candle Wraps:

How cute are they? There is a lot to look at and appreciate at Creature Comforts. I love her tagline: The Simple Things That Make Life Sweet. Thanks, Ez, for allowing me to share!

Bandanarama!

FRUGAL FRIDAY

On this Frugal Friday I’d like to talk about bandanas.

I own a lot of bandanas, in just about any color or design you can imagine. I used to wear them under my motorcycle helmet, but since they started making more and more cute do-rags (aka skullcaps) for women, those are now my head covering of choice under my helmet.

I still use a couple of pink bandanas (a must for this pink girl!) to tie around my neck or to cover my nose and mouth during high-pollen seasons, but this still left me with a whole lotta unused bandanas!

My daughter, Kathy, and I were shopping a month or two ago and noticed what cute bandana patterns are available now. Our first thought was how cute these would be as dinner napkins:

  • They don’t cost much.
  • They’re the right size.
  • They wash and dry easily.
  • And—if you’re actually into it and you absolutely think they need it—they can easily be ironed.
  • And you can find them in so many stores now.
  • Oh, and how much more recyclable/reusable can you get?

So let me ask you: what’s not to love about all that?

Repurposed Eyeglass Case

It’s Frugal Friday again!

I don’t remember where I read this tip but I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself. I’ve had to wear eyeglasses since I was about 12 or 13 years old. Which means I’ve accumulated many eyeglass cases over the years. So I was excited when I read about using one to store my iPod in and knew I had to share this frugal tip with all the frugalistas out there.

This eyeglass case works well to store my iPod and its accessories because it’s rather large. I really like the idea that it is sturdy so that it protects everything inside very well.

In case you didn’t know (and I did not until now), the word frugalista is in the Wiktionary:

Frugalista: A person who is fashionable while being thrifty.

Not too sure about the “fashionable” part, but thrifty? Yep, that’s me!

The Treasure of the Cross

TREASURE TUESDAY

I saw this on Facebook recently and shared it as my status for awhile. Its message is definitely a treasure to me so I thought I’d share it with all of you too.

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” —Luke 9:23-24

Frugal Pillow Trim

FRUGAL FRIDAY

On this Frugal Friday I want to share something sweet and easy to make.

As I was browsing the pattern section on Red Heart’s site, I came across this super-easy and cute idea for adding some flair to pillows. This is very easy to crochet from Red Heart’s pattern but I’m thinking this could also be knit. Or how about sewing it with some pretty fabric?

How easy peasy it would be to take a neutral color pillow and change up the heart trim to reflect different seasons or holidays!

Crochet Sweetness

SWEET SATURDAY

I came across this pattern for a sweet crochet bouquet while browsing one of my favorite crochet pattern sites, Lily SugarnCream. Their cotton yarns are wonderful to work with and come in a variety of yummy colors.

I think this bouquet is so sweet and cute that I might just make it myself! Unless I buy flowers at the grocery store (which my frugal self only does a couple of times a year), the vases in my home are filled with silk flowers because I no longer have the urge for a flower garden. And even if I did still garden, I have a notorious “brown” thumb, so it’s better that I stick with silk.

So, please check out this pattern and take the time to browse the site for more ideas at Lily SugarnCream. For you knitters, they also have many knitting patterns!

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