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Friday, October 21, 2011

I do so much every day that is frugal - so here's more of my on-going rundown on my frugality:

  • Got a FREE 26-week subscription to the Wall St. Journal for hubby (of course, I can read it, too.  I like the WSJ - but it is expensive....
  • Rec'd my first copy of Martha Stewart Living mag
  • Printed out my coupon for a reg. size hand cream at Occitane - a fancy store!
  • Keep on trying to get a free mascara at L'Oreal on Facebook - but no soap yet.. (You can enter daily).
  • Joined KMZT - classical music radio here in L.A. on AM & on the web - for points to win prizes. (I join all those things....)
  • Joined to do surveys & win $ - I got $5 for just signing up.
  • Joined the survey part of House - for more surveys....

ALSO - I dyed my slippers golden yellow using TURMERIC as a dye - washed the pink slippers & then put the powdered turmeric in the soapy water & rinsed until the water was clear.  They are now drying in the sun.  I never DID like the pink color!

And - I have been making flower arrangements using a combination of natural & fake elements.  Somehow I have been getting lots of large vases as presents - & I wanted to fill them inexpensively.  So - I found some eucalyptus-type leaves from a fallen tree - & sprayed them with heavy duty hair spray as they dried.  I did the same with a purple hydrangea a friend gave me.  They all dried out very well in our DRY climate here in L.A. I made an arrangement in the one large vase using some fake flowers I had, the dried leaves & 2 bunches of fake flowers I had bought at the Dollar Tree.  Turned out beautifully.

In addition - I picked some fallen fluffy tops of some sort of large grass plant we have around here - It was already down & partly broken off - so I didn't feel too vampirish in cutting it off.

I added it to an arrangement in another large vase, with some greenery I had, and the dried hydrangea - Then I sprayed it with heavy-duty hair spray - & in the last minute,as the hairspray was drying, I put on just a little touch of silver glitter to make the grass top look less dingy....Glitter is not normally my style - but it does look nice & the holidays ARE coming...

Did I mention that I had also brightened up some old rhinestone pins by applying glue & then silver glitter?  I also used silver nailpolish to cover the metal edges of one piece that was going grey & dull.  Nail polish is great for tiny jobs in upgrading costume jewelry - I also painted over a bird in a vintage pendant that I had with golden polish to match the gold background, as it has begun to look worn....And it's finicky - but I used black nailpolish to painted over the silver-colored spring on a cuff watch I had treated myself to at Urban Outfitters.  It makes the spring fade into the tortoiseshell color of the cuff.

Hmmm anything else?  Surely there is - but I will save if for next time, yes?  How are you all?

P.S. I WON $25 from thriftyfun for my tip on bleach spots!

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Hey Pam!
Friday, October 28, 2011 | By begonia

I'm doing fine. I admire the way you take what you have and what you can glean and create something beautiful from it, making life richer without it costing an arm and a leg. We all have to learn to be more resourceful! (Although I think that anyone who posts on this site is already ahead of the curve. ;-) )

My daughter has been creating steam punk jewelry out of rusty bits and pieces she finds on the street, broken and tarnished vintage jewelry and chains we pick up cheaply at garage sales, and cast off watch movements from local jewelers. She sells them at a local vintage clothing shop.

I've been gleaning from the local composting site. You wouldn't believe the flowering plants, bushes, houseplants, and food that people are throwing away at this time of the year. People are crazed! The last time we were there, we picked up cement block for building more raised beds next year and sweet potato vine tubers, tomatoes to ripen, and 6 large green and yellow peppers. I've also picked up tons of other vegetables and flowers. Check out my site.

Keep blogging Pam and take care, Begonia.

Friday, November 04, 2011 | By pamphyila

I have also "rescued" plants from the trash on several occasions. The gardeners at our boat complex pull out bedding plants when the replace them & just toss them. I have been able to bring quite a few back to life!

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