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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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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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


Plastic Lid Photo Ornament

Recycled Plastic Lid Photo OrnamentPersonalized photo ornament for the perfect gift at Christmas time.


Woman wearing a handmade Fascinator

Fascinator (English Hat)Ever since the Royal Wedding the big craze for 'Fascinator" has been going on. Dainty, bold, or simple this beautiful headpiece will make you the "life of the party" or the "belle of the ball."


Nativity Christmas card - Finished card with words "Keep Christ in Christmas."

Nativity Christmas CardsFor most card makers the upcoming Christmas event will be celebrated with handmade joy. This darling, but to the point Christmas card is easily made from just a few supplies.


red painted sled with snowflake decoration affixed to top side

Handmade Wooden Sled OrnamentThese are so very pretty when you make them yourself. This is not an easy project, but the results are stunning. It has been a tradition in my family to give the children each an ornament for Christmas to add to their collection.


Finished Bird Nest

Medicine Cup Bird NestWhenever you buy cold medicine you always get the little plastic cup with it. Over time you end up with a lot of these since each medicine bottle comes with one. These cute little bird nests are just one way to put these little cups to use once your medicine is gone.


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