Frugal Living and Crafting

Practicing The Art Of Living Frugally And Crafting Cheaply

Success Will Hopefully Lead To More (Not Especially Frugal) Success!

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This post isn’t exactly frugal living {somewhat!}, but it IS crafting.  Sewing, to be precise.  I’ve been plugging away at learning to sew for a couple of months now.  My beloved {and ever patient} sewing teacher comes over on Sundays and we toil away at teaching me new skills.  I’ve posted a few of the simple things I had done on my own, but all the clothing projects  I’ve been working on have been with her.

My first completed project was this Flannel Cape.  I was {and am!} very proud of it, but since the weather in Columbus is still miserably hot {it’s going to be near 90 on the first day of fall, wth!}, I haven’t gotten to wear it.  And probably won’t for some time yet.  Since then, we’ve been working on a pair of pj pants for Hubs.  It’s been a slow going process since we only get to work together for a couple hours once a week, and I had been afraid to leap out on my own and try to figure things out for myself.

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Frugal Fall

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I am positively giddy that fall is nearly here.  My heart glows like the leaves on the trees.  {Cheese-tastic, I know.}  The only thing I like about summer is that when it ends, it is fall.  There’s no indication that fall is near yet, unfortunately. It’s still quite warm and the leaves are still quite green. My dining room table is aware, though!  {I made those placemats, btw!}

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I’m sure you are all wondering why I love fall so much, so here’s a quick list, in no particular order:

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Surprises Aren’t Always A Good Thing

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Last night I was taking my bazillionth picture of my handsome Beto cat when my phone started acting really weird.  It was lagging, and not wanting to load things, and just generally behaving oddly.  I decided a reboot would fix everything, and so I did.  When the phone started back up, I went to my photo gallery to post the photo I had just taken to Instagram… and it was gone.  Along with all my other photos.  After a moment of panic, I frantically pulled up Google Photos to confirm all my photos were safely backed up, and they were.  After a few more moments of cursing my phone and wondering why my pictures disappeared, it occurred to me to check the SD card.  When I did, the phone informed me that it had corrupted.  Just… out of the blue.  Nothing untoward happened to cause it.  No dropping it, no static electricity, just… poof, corrupted.

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Me Made Success!

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Okay, so in reality whiskey had nothing to do with it, but I liked the logo.  My sewing teacher came over yesterday and I was finally able to finish making my first Me Made article of clothing, a sleeved cape. I’m so proud of it, and so excited I made something I can wear.  Or will be able to wear when the weather cools down.  Definitely no wearing it right now.  Anyway, here’s the finished product…

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It’s not a big, fancy project, but it’s done and I made it!  My ever patient sewing teacher helped me get through it and I could not be happier with how it turned out.  And I have a lovely soft cape to wear for just the price of a few yards of fabric.  Now I am even more excited than normal for fall to arrive!

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Staying Home: Both Frugal and Productive

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Over the years of trying to beat myself into frugal submission, I have learned one unfailing truth:  If I leave the house, it’s approximately a 99% certainty I will spend money.  It is exceedingly rare for me to go out, for any reason, and not stop for a diet soda, at the very least.  Yesterday hubs and I decided to go out for 2 reasons:  One, an iced coffee for me {which I realize is spending money, but I was PLANNING to spend it, rather than giving in to weakness when we were out}, and to go to a small park to play Pokemon go.

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Some money spent, but spent well!

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As I mentioned in last night’s blog, I’ve been doing some sewing.  I’m still in the really-beginning-beginner stage, but I’m learning.  Through searching tags on Instagram, I came across the Sew Pretty In Pink blogger Andie.  Stalking through her photos, I found one of her wearing a shirt I loved, and she hash tagged the pattern name.  After throwing myself shamelessly at her to find out where I could get the pattern, I had the info.  It’s the Cashmerette Concord T-Shirt pattern.  I almost did a dance… okay, maybe I did wave my arms excitedly while sitting on the couch… at the mere concept of this pattern.  I am plus size, and as any plus size woman will agree, it can be very hard to find a knit shirt that’s “just right”.  As in, I would find an entire stable full of unicorns before I found one ready made in a store.

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Where Was I?

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The last time I posted here, some 3 months ago, I said I was back on track and things were going well again.  And they were.  Briefly.  The arthritis I developed in my knees has not gone away, nor gotten any better.  I struggle with walking, and going up and down the stairs to the apartment sucks.  I’m learning to live with it, but it’s a difficult reality to accept.  Unfortunately the self pity I’ve been feeling has lead to poor financial decisions.  No dramatic missteps, just little things here and there adding up to too much extra spending.

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There’s No Way To Sugar Coat This Reality, and I Won’t Try

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I said I wasn’t going to bring too much of my personal life into my blog, and mostly haven’t.  But I haven’t posted in more than two weeks, and a few of you have noticed.   There’s no way I can explain my absence short of honesty.  I believe I may have mentioned before, or maybe not, but I have bipolar disorder.  Mostly it’s pretty well controlled, but not always.

These past few weeks have been a horrible trifecta of things plotting to keep me from blogging, or doing much of anything.  I lost my beloved grandmother almost 8 months ago, and got deeply reminded of the loss while visiting Hubs 100 year old grandmother.  The morning after that trip, I woke up with terrible knee pain which, in the end, has been diagnosed as arthritis.  Apparently the lengthy car ride without enough moving around stiffened my knee and made the arthritis flare up enough for a diagnosis.  For the last 2 1/2 weeks I’ve barely been able to walk, and getting up and downstairs to the apartment has been almost impossible.  The third thing, probably triggered by the other two, was a depressive phase.  I lost motivation, interest, energy, enthusiasm… it was all gone.

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Making Stuff Monday… On Tuesday: Eyeglasses Case

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Making Stuff Monday — On Tuesday

Sorry for the late MSM, folks.  It was for a good reason though.  This lovely lady…

Hubs' Gramma

Hubs’ Gramma

Is turning 100.  Hubs’ Gramma is just about to celebrate her 100th BIRTHDAY!  Nuts, right?  Hubs is on vacation this week, so we made plans to drive down to his hometown with her birthday presents and this…

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

As you can probably guess, the mug she’s holding was one of her gifts.  Hubs’ dad is her caretaker, and he knew we were coming but she didn’t.  So she was surprised when we walked in bearing cake and gifts.  Her birthday isn’t for another couple of weeks, but Hubs’ uncle and aunt will be there then, and we decided to go surprise her early so she wouldn’t get too tired out from several people being there at once.  Besides, who doesn’t want to have birthday cake twice?  She’s turning 100, she doesn’t care if it goes to her hips!

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Weekly Grocery Report and Menu: The Asian Market Edition

Weekly Grocery Report

Weekly Grocery Report

This week turned out to be a fairly light week for shopping.  Somehow we just didn’t need a lot, and although there were some good sales, I decided to stick to buying only what we needed rather than stocking up for the future.  Our space for stocking up was… well, pretty well stocked.

Of course, despite not needing to buy overmuch today, we still ended up stopping at 5 stores.  Instead of Fresh Thyme, we stopped at one of the Asian markets.  We needed Hoisin sauce, and while they do sell it at the regular grocery, it’s three times the price it is at an Asian market.  The jars are small and pricey, vs large and inexpensive, so it’s worth the extra stop.  And Hubs loves the Asian markets anyway, so he certainly doesn’t complain when the week’s grocery list lands us there!

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