March 9, 2021

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Cute Mini XOXO Wood Sign - sign hanging on door knob

Cute Mini XOXO Wood SignDo you have any thin/small wood scraps? You can create cute little wood signs as Valentine's decorations.


A stick shift knob that resembles a skull.

Making Your Shift Knob FitI recently bought a used Toyota Tacoma. I wanted to use this small skeleton head for the shifter, but it didn't fit. Hmm I will just have to make it fit because local stores do not sell the inserts of the shift knobs.


Yarn Heart Decoration

Yarn Heart DecorationInstead of purchasing a new plant pot for a specific holiday, you could make reusable decorations.


Sewing supplies on a table.

Homemade Pillow CraftsPillows are a great beginner sewing project. but can also be made with intricate quilting, embroidery or other ornamentation. They can be used for unique home decor or just for comfort and make wonderful gifts.


Bed Sheet Curtains - finished curtains

Bed Sheet CurtainsThis project is an easy way to make curtains.


A plastic dragonfly with black markings.

Plastic Utensil DragonflyHere is a way to make a dragonfly using plastic utensils.


A mini banjo made from recycled materials.

Mini Love BanjoHere is a way to make a mini love bonjo using popsicle sticks and a jar lid.


A baby sleeping on a handmade Boppy pillow.

Making A "Boppy" Style Pillow For BabiesBoppy pillows are so handy for nursing moms or simply for baby to lay on while we Grandmothers rock them to sleep. At the baby stores, they are around $25 but, with the following instructions, you can make your own for half the price.


The finished packaged Valentine's box.

Packaging Valentine's Day GiftsDon't toss out any sturdy boxes because chances are they could be up-cycled like this into packaging for Valentine's Day.


A decorative bottle filled with sand and shells.

Beach In A BottleI use these in my beach themed bathroom. You can use any bottles as long as the opening is big enough for the shell to go through. Craft stores have sand in different shades, shells in different shapes/sizes and pebbles. You can get some from the beach but you should wash them so the bottle doesn't get cloudy, grow mold or bacteria.


A recovered chaise lounge.

Reupholstered Chaise LoungeOur first attempt with a more advanced reupholstery project. This chaise lounge was a neighborhood throw-away which we picked up and brought home to upcycle.


A Valentine's decoration made from recycled materials.

Upcycled Valentine DecorationsIf you ever buy these seasonal Valentine Candy canes, save the packaging. Upcycle them into a backdrop decoration (like I did) or you can use for decoration at your front door.


Muffins on a cooling rack.

Cinnamon Apple MuffinsI like low sugar recipes, and I always post my successes. This has an optional cinnamon sugar topping, which will post but did not use to save calories.


A completed wooden quilt rack.

Quilt RackThis is a fairly simple quilt rack for the beginner woodworker.


Seed Pack Gifts - ready to gift

Seed Pack GiftsYou can save back seeds from organic produce. I get a subscription box and with it, sometimes heirloom varieties that I want to experiment with or share with friends who garden. To save seeds, you basically soak them for a minute to rinse off the goop and leave them out to dry on a paper towel for a day or so before storage. This project teaches you how to make cute, simple seed packs for gifting.


A recycled glass jar that has been decorated to resemble stained glass.

Stained Glass Baby Food JarDon't throw out those glass jars! Turn them into 'stained glass' with permanent markers.


Decorated grapevine welcome wreath.

Welcome WreathHere is an easy decoration for your front door. It only cost me a few cents to make this decoration because I already had everything to make it.


A woman reupholstering a chair.

Reupholstering FurnitureOld furniture can be given new life by replacing the upholstery. All sort of fabric, vinyl or even leather can be used to update vintage or even antique wooden furniture.


The finished decorative clock planter.

Just In Time for Spring PlanterThis was a fun idea I saw on the internet and I love the look of old clocks. This will be used as part of a front porch decor for my daughter's new home.


A cabbage roll on a plate.

Homemade Glumpkies(Stuffed Cabbage)This old recipe is one we grew up on. My mom made these and they bring back such fond yummy memories!



Happy Founder's Day 2021

Happy Founder's Day 2021Every March 9th is Founder's Day at ThriftyFun. That's the day we remember our founder Susan Sanders-Kinzel. This year would have been her 73rd birthday.


A completed yarn hat.

Making a Hat With a Round LoomI had some small balls of yarn that I needed to use up and so I made this small baby hat using up the scraps.



A porcelain doll with reddish hair.

Value of Porcelain Dolls?Is anyone able to provide a value for these dolls please?


A wooden grandfather clock.

Value of a King Arthur Grandfather Clock?I know nothing about this clock just that it is a King Arthur and bought in 1980. I have not been able to locate any information on it. I am trying to find out the value?


A large china platter with small matching dishes.

Identifying China Pieces?What are these used for and their approximate worth? We are doing an estate sale and we are trying to decide if we should sell these or keep them. We will appreciate any info on these. Thanks


A side view of a wooden table.

What Kind of Table is This?I was given these 2 end tables end tables or side tables over 30 years ago and it was said they were 50 years old when I received them. They are solid original mahogany. Both have a number on the bottom of the shelves. Any clue what these are? I have searched and searched but nothing exactly like them shows up. 16.25"L X 14.25"W X 27.5"H Should have been bought in in the Cincinnati area. That's a guess though.


A bug on a marble countertop.

Type of Bug?What bug is this?


A table with two closed cubbies on each side.

Information About Mersman Table?What type of table is this and would it hurt to refinish it? It's a Mersman 137-43.


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