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Cork Craft Bird House and Pig Roast

By August 15, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas, Frugal Life hacks

<span class="caption_text">Do you wish to build your own Wine bottle cork birdhouse? It is so easy.</span>

 

Hi… Have you been keeping cool like I have with glasses of wine over ice? This is the hottest summer, breaking records from way back.

I  went to my Brother’s Retirement Pig Roast Saturday , it rained buckets of water on us. We all had a great time under the tents. We got soaking wet, when someone reached up and pushed under the tent, to empty the roof of water, so the tent wouldn’t break. We all laughed , the kids played in the mud, making mud pies bringing back my good childhood memories. It was fun to see the kids play in it.

Celebrations like this, are a great way to bring Family and Friends together with good music, good food and the rain only made it more fabulous, bringing everyone together under the tents to celebrate my Brother’s accomplishment of 34 years of teaching 🙂 It was a Blast

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So… Now the Summer Parties are over and we have saved those special corks overflowing our kitchen drawers. What do we do with them. Here are a few DIY Cork Craft Projects that I have used my corks to build. If you want to build these projects but don’t have corks … You can buy them on Amazon or at your local wine making store really cheap. The birds will love you for it:)

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Frugal Fall Planter Decorating Tip

By July 28, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas

 This photo and awesome but very frugal decorating trick to liven up your outdoor cast-iron planters comes from my sister-in-law Lillian. As you can tell from this planter Lillian has exquisite taste and loves to decorate.  Her home really is a showcase from the moment you walk in the front door until you walk out the back, most of the year. Then the Grand Kids come. 

 In the summer time, this cast-iron planter hosted many beautiful annual flowering plants. Then in the fall, most of this these planters are empty and either have dirt in them or those green sponge plant holders from flower shops. Here Lillian’s frugal genius is to use cuttings from her own backyard and curl wires around the bottom of them ,to stick into that green sponge, to hold them up. 

 Other people, I have seen, stick the branches straight into the dirt, to make these beautiful evergreen bouquets. You can add anything to these bouquets, colorful decorations, flowers, and ribbons to make them your own Christmas creation. These bouquets will greet your family and guests with an evergreen scent of a homey Christmas time to come. 

Please share your Frugal Christmas Tips in the comments below. Thank you all for reading and Have a Merry Christmas Everyone 🙂

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DIY Frugal Furniture

By July 27, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas

Photo and instructions to build this Willow bent Chair are by Sharon Vile (Blueheron)

I saw this on Hubpages and wanted to share it with my readers. This is a well constructed chair made of Willow branches found by the side of the road or given to Sharon from her friends.

This is the second chair, she has built and it would look great on any body’s porch or in a garden focal point .The willow bent chair would blend in with your landscape.

 I love the idea that, she builds it from , found objects. People don’t pick up sticks,or play with sticks anymore, like we did as kids.  I think ,Sharon , has her focus back to Nature, to be able to build this project from Willow sticks. Thanks for letting me share. This is a project, I could build, to put on my balcony in the spring. I’m sure there are lots of Willow branches down by the river in my hometown of Stratford. The willow trees that line the banks of Victoria Lake ( Avon River as I know it) are at least one hundred years old. They are beautiful.

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Make Your Own Artwork

By July 16, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas

Photo by Suzzycue

This is a cool photo, I took of the special full moon, we had a month or two ago. It was special because we had two full moons in one month, which has not happened for thirty years.

These special photos that we love ,you can take to Walmart and they can make poster size pictures from them. Then you bring them home, make a frame from tin cans and hang them on your walls. I guarantee, you have just created a vocal point that will be a great conversation piece 🙂

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DO It Yourself Cork Craft Reindeer

By July 14, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas

Photos by Suzzycue 🙂

 Now that the holidays are over and were thinking about resolutions what can we do to keep our hands busy, instead of eating or drinking?

If you had holiday celebrations, like our family did, I’m sure you have an abundance of wine corks. For some reason, they are precious to us. We do not throw them away. We keep them in drawers, cupboards ,tackle boxes, and even jewelry boxes because that wine cork comes with precious memories. These Cork Reindeer Decorations are easy to make, into something precious, to save and bring out holiday memories for next Christmas.

These reindeer decorations are very simple to make with a glue gun, some felt, small sticks, 9 corks and one champagne cork that we all toasted the New Year with. You can make these with your kids and save them for next Christmas celebrations or you could put hearts on them and give them for Valentine’s Day which is coming up next.

I wish all my Friends and Family and Followers a very Prosperous Healthy Happy 2016. Cheers… the more wine you drink the more reindeer you can make 🙂 Make a whole herd of reindeer and decorate them for any occasion.

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Frugal Do It Yourself Bedroom Decorating

By July 12, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas

A lot of my decorating in my Apartment is from found objects. I usually pick treasures up while driving around ,doing my chores.

Wow. What amazing results.

Photos by Suzzycue

Someone will put objects on the curb for free that I find or I have tried dumpster diving but I’m getting a bit old for that.

 You don’t have to go right in the dumpster, people put the good stuff, beside the dumpster.  For some reason they can’t seem to throw it away, if they think somebody can use it.  This is a great idea:)

 My bedroom you see here is all done in blues. The can of Country Blue paint I bought at a yard sale for 50 cents. I painted only the wall behind the bed. The bedspread… I made from patches of old blue jeans and sewed them onto a navy blue Martha Stewart sheet, I bought from a thrift shop for a dollar.

On the side table, is a lamp I found at the thrift store for $3.00 that I painted ,the shade blue, to match. Yes you can paint the shades instead of trying to find one to match the color of the room. The side table a friend gave to me instead of throwing it away.   I  painted the doors blue and the tile ,I put on the top ,came from another friends swimming pool, that was left over when they were finished with the pool. A Frugal Lifestyle can be fun when ,you decorate from your imagination, and stamp your personality into your living space.This looks great don’t you think 🙂

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Frugal DIY Window Frame Makeover

By July 9, 2016 Frugal Decorating Ideas
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Photos by Suzzycue

The idea some people have, that being Frugal means ,you are cheap is not right. Frugal is a wonderful lifestyle that enhances what you have now and can have in the future. If I can save money on groceries but don’t go without great taste, then, I can take a good trip, later on. Frugal is good management of money… if you ask me:)

A friend gave me this excellent window pane of glass and I  immediately saw how to make it better. I painted it blue then sanded off most of the color blue to antique it. I found cobalt blue glass beads at the dollar store and glued them around the front of the frames of the glass. Now this window appears to be stained glass and will make a beautiful  decoration on the separation wall of my balcony.

Beside it you will also see a basket that someone threw out that I treasure as a hanging planter container.

Here is another reinvented frame that I upcycled tincans to make.. Check it out here. You can do this:)

My whole apartment is decorated this way. Even though, money can be tight, we can still have beautiful little nooks, built, for our retreats, in our homes.

Have a look at this interesting  Pinterest Board, to see how other people are doing this exact way of decorating ,to find some great ideas. Thanks a lot for reading and please share your Frugal decorating ideas with us in the comments below.

This is an easy craft that makes a big impact on your balcony decorating:) Here are some more frugal garden art ideas to try.

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