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I am Gem, I live in beautiful Virginia.  I have a wonderful husband and 5 grown children.  I have one grandson who is the light of my life.

I am very crafty and make all sorts of things.  I can usually look at something and make it.

I do not crochet or knit.

I really love Thrifty fun.  It has some great things to make and ideas as well.


If I ever run out of ideas I come hre and browse.

This is my favvorite hangout! LOL


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A mouse getting through a hole in a wall.

Peppermint Oil for Mice ControlThis is the time of year we get mice. We live back off the road and there are barns behind us so we get about 3 a year. My husband read in Mother Earth news, that you can make your mouse problem go away for good.


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Make Your Own Shopping BagsI don't know about you but I hate having to unload 20 bags of groceries that only hold a few items each. seems like it takes forever to haul them all in. I love using my own handmade fabric grocery bags.


Have Emergency Food Box On HandEvery year we have no idea what the weather will bring in the winter months. I have a special box just for this occasion. I buy soups, canned meats with pastas and other non perishable items to go in it.


Use Rubber Glove Finger To Protect Bandages - before tape

Use Rubber Glove Finger To Protect BandagesI cut my finger at work the other day and when we finally got it bandaged I wanted it protected from germs. I am in Nursing so we come in contact with lots of germs every day and I wash my hands multiple times.


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My Frugal Life: Cooking From ScratchWhen our children were growing up we had very little extra money. We got clothes and shoes from the thrift shop and only bought groceries that were on sale. We had barely enough each month to pay our bills.


assorted buttons

Saving ButtonsOne of the things I remember from my childhood is my Mamaw's button box. She must have had a billion buttons in it. She kept a large tin box about 10 inches high full of buttons.



Autumn Tea Light Candle Wreath - finished wreath with flameless candle

Autumn Tea Light Candle WreathThis darling candle holder makes a safe small light and is so cute to set anywhere in your home. It is easy and affordable to make and so very pretty to enjoy.


Fall Scrolls

Fall ScrollsA really cute easy scroll for fall. You can use these same methods for other sayings or patterns. I think it is so versatile you could make and give them as gifts. Easy to make, but yet pretty when finished.


Decorative Top Hat

Decorative Top Hat Table DecorationsThis inexpensive decoration can be made so eloquently, you can use it now and thru the winter months.  These look like the top hats you'd see on old Christmas movies.


Finished centerpiece.

Easter Table CenterpieceThis is a cute little Easter egg tree I saw on line that I just thought was adorable and it turned out really darling.


Homemade Christmas Wreaths

Homemade Christmas WreathsWant to personalize your own wreath with items you have around the house? Here is a quick and easy way to bring it all together in a wreath and enjoy it all season long.


Spring Flower Photo or Note Magnet - Notepad in clip.

Spring Flower Photo or Note MagnetEasy and affordable spring refrigerator magnet that holds a note pad or a cherished photo. A darling gift for children to make and give as gifts for Mother's Day or Grandparent's day.


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