May 7, 2021

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Two completed flower earrings.

Easy Recycled Aluminum EarringsThese earrings are a great way to recycle aluminum, are easy and fun to make, unique, and also make a great gift.


The finished Paper Bag Carrots

Paper Bag CarrotsTurn a brown paper lunch bag into paper bag carrots for spring or Easter! Paper bag carrots are so easy to make and you probably already have everything you need!


A plate of coq a vin with fried potatoes.

Coq au Vin (Rooster in Red Wine)Coq au vin is a real star of traditional French recipes, known internationally as one of the best examples of French gastronomy. This dish combines two symbols of France - rooster and wine!


The finished noodleboard covering a sink.

DIY NoodleboardI ran across an item called a "noodle board" one day online when I was looking for an idea to cover my kitchen sink to provide temporary counter space. You know those times- everyone is coming to your house for a get together, but space is at a premium to set up a buffet.


The completed Large Letter Decor

Large Letter DecorMade of 2 by 4 foot lumber, this cute "H" shelf will be decor on my daughter's new home!


An old Red Cross trunk.

Value of Red Cross WW2 Trunk?This was my husband's mother's trunk as she was a nurse during the war and believed to have been in Europe with this. Everything is intact, including the key. We would like to sell it but would like to know what the value is, so we have something to go on. The trunk measures 32" w x 19" h x 19" D Nothing has been painted to destroy the original condition.


A china cup with the royal seal and a picture of Queen Elizabeth.

Value of Queen Coronation China Cup?I have a Clarice Cliff E11R cup and saucers set. Queen Coronation June 2nd 1953. Newport pottery regdno 840076. How much is it worth?


The completed and colored bookmark in a book.

Nautical Filet Crochet BookmarkTo create this bookmark, I used the crochet filet technique. You need to know how to crochet chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, bullion stitch, slip stitch. I am the author of this nautical pattern with one sailing boat, one dolphin, one starfish, one seahorse, four seagulls, and eight fish, corals.


The completed leather beaded ring.

Leather Ring With BeadsI made a ring using the leather tag from a bag and the mother-of-pearl beads from a necklace. Of course, you can replace the beads with real pearls. I really like this combination.


The completed Zipper Pouch

Zipper Pouch with Applique Out of Plastic BottlesIt is a great idea to reuse plastic bottles. I figured out how to make an unusually decorated and very original pouch out of plastic bottles. The applique is made of plastic bottles of different colors and fixed on the inside of the pouch. The outside of the pouch has a smooth beaded surface. This project will not cost you much, but the result will please you.


Two completed sachets with decorative flowers.

Lacey SachetsJust a little pretty gift to give a female friend


A white dresser with sticker designs on the front of the drawers.

Dollar Tree Cabinet UpcycleThis project cost me $1 to do! All I had to buy was the $1 decal from Dollar Tree. I got the cabinet from "loose trash" from the next door neighbor. It was in good condition but in need of some exterior improvement to "doll it up" a little!


How to Make a Thin Crochet Hook - closeup of the hook in use

How to Make a Thin Crochet HookOnce I wanted to crochet a micro amigurumi, but I did not have a thin crochet hook at hand. I got the idea to make this crochet hook myself from a needle. It's not difficult at all and will cost you almost nothing.


The painted kitchen backsplash.

Easy Kitchen BacksplashGreat way to spruce up your backsplash.


A batch of avocado dressing in a jar.

Avocado Salad DressingAvocados make a wonderful creamy salad dressing that is more healthy than mayonnaise based dressings. Serve it over fresh greens, pasta or even fruit.


A Bangle Made of Transformer Wire and Beads

Bangle Made of Transformer Wire and BeadsYou don't need expensive materials to craft jewelry. This time I want to show you how to make bangles for almost nothing. All you need is copper transformer wire from a damaged device, some beads and crochet skills.


Logo for a ThriftyFun Guide

Marshmallow Fluff FrostingThis is a nice fluffy frosting with just a hint of vanilla. It is like a cheater Italian merengue frosting.


The completed funnel bud vase.

How to Turn a Funnel into a Bud VaseWhy spend money on buying a bud vase when you can make it yourself? From a glass funnel and copper transformer wire, you will get a very original bud vase.


The completed Airplant Wooden Holder

Airplant Wooden HolderDo you have any wood scraps laying around? Or do you plan on making a wood project - if so save those scraps they could be turned into an airplant wooden holder like this!


A stack of pancakes with syrup.

Fluffy Banana Choco Chip PancakeHere's a simple recipe you can even teach your kids to do it for themselves. This doesn't necessarily need measuring since our leavening agents baking soda and baking powder are absent in this recipe. These two are ingredients you have to put correctly into your batter or else you'll have a weird tasting pancake. The other ingredients, they can be estimated so it's safe for your children to participate this activity but still teach them the right estimate and proper procedure to get good results.


The completed wire heart pendant.

Knitted Wire Heart PendantFrom a damaged radio, I had a piece of ruby-colored copper wire. I thought that I could make a cute heart pendant out of the wire of this color. This time I decided to knit this pendant. The usual knitting practically does not work with the copper transformer wire. So I had to figure out how to solve this problem. And, as you may have guessed, I did it.


The creamy soup with sausage pieces.

Velouté de Potimarron et MorteauI am French and I really love to cook simple but delicious dishes. This recipe is about Velouté de Potimarron et Morteau. Most this dish would most likely translated as Pumpkin Soup with smoked sausage from Morteau, but in French we do not call it soup, namely velouté because of its special creamy texture.


A completed ham, egg and cheese bake.

Ham, Egg and Cheese BakeThis is made the night before and refrigerated, so all you have to do is bake it. I halved the recipe and baked it in an 8 by 8 inch dish. This recipe freezes well. It is very filling!


The finished flower brooch.

Multi-Colored Brooch Made of Fish ScalesYou don't need expensive materials for craft projects. I used fish scales to make this brooch. Since I could not decide on the color, I made it multi-colored. This brooch will suit clothes of any color and will spice up your outfit.


Ripe Avocado Salad Dressing

Ripe Avocado Salad DressingI got a deal on some very ripe avocados at my grocer and decided to make an easy sauce to use on noodles or as a salad dressing. You just mix them all in a blender and refrigerate until use so there are really no steps but measuring them into the appliance! Delish and healthy too! Check it out!


Chair Upholstery Upcycle

Chair Upholstery UpcycleAnother inexpensive upholstery project and easier than my last one.



A bag of frozen vegetables.

Freezing Sweet PotatoesLast Fall, I experimented with freezing different vegetables. My aim was to cook food ahead and have individually frozen portions ready to thaw, heat and serve. My carrots and baby Lima beans turned out well. I am especially pleased with my sweet potatoes.


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