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Frugal Garden Slow Waterer

June 21, 2010

My favorite style of Gardening is anything I can get and/or make for free so of course I was thrilled when Quiltie asked me if I’d like to dig up some of her Brown Eyed Susans and Daisies to place in my own yard. I’m pretty sure my Gardening and Frugal Lifestyle roots from my Grandmother who used to say “My name is Jimmy. I’ll take whatcha Give Me!” (Guess she couldn’t come up with anything to rhyme with Ellen since that was her actual name) On a total tangent…. Visiting with friends one day they commented on their “Cottage Style”  of decoration for their home. Upon asking me what my Gardening and Household Style was I replied “Jimmy”. They thought it was some sort of Middle Eastern Feng Shui thing until I relayed the saying above to them.

I dug up 2 large clumps of the Free Flowers to place on the corner of my property where 2 Pompous Grasses I had placed last year had died. I placed them in those holes and prayed they would fare better then the grass had.

Last week however I noticed that they were beginning to wilt and therefore I had to start watering them. After a few days of taking the time to water them I got a little tired of the chore. I was wishing that I had a couple of Aquaglobes to place at each plant to keep them watered.

Well being as cheap as I am I set out to create a cheap Slow Waterer from things that I already had on hand.

See look how wilted they are looking behind the Waterer!

Little Dude is a HUGE juice drinker and goes through a 64 ounce bottle of Walmart Apple Juice every week. I just happened to have an empty bottle he had finished on hand so I decided to create the Slow Waterer from that.

I had read more then once about people making Waterers from Milk Jugs. They had punched very small holes in the bottom of the jugs, placed them beside their plants and filled them with water. This allowed the plant to be watered slowly at the root as God had intended.

I decided that this was a great idea, however I was failry sure my neighbors wouldn’t want to stare at milk jugs every time they were out in their front yard. So I set out to think of something to cover the Apple Juice Bottle with. That is when I remembered the Earring/Brooch Holder I had made from a picture frame and the fact that I had leftover Burlap from that Project.

So I set out to cover the Container with Burlap after I had punched 2 tiny little holes in the bottom with a knife…

I used Floral Wire ,which I always keep on hand because it is soooo handy, to create a loose stitch on the edge of the Fabric…

I pulled the Fabric so that it bunched and hooked it around the top of the bottle. I then took the Floral Wire and stitched a small spot at the bottom to keep the fabric closed there.

I made sure to cut the fabric off about a 1/2 an inch from the ground so that the water coming from the bottom of the Bottle wouldn’t get soaked into the fabric instead of the ground. I turned the side pictured above towards the plant so that you can’t see it.

Hope this inspires you to use what you have on hand to create what you need in the Garden 🙂


Little Frugalista


Saving Money on Father’s Day/ Free Kids Summer Activity

June 19, 2010

I began this posts, as I usually do with pictures of things I/we had created (see below). My next step is usually to link to a former post of mine that talks about the creation or whatever related topic. In doing this I noticed a HUGE oversight on my part. I forgot to share this cheap little tid bit….

Looking for something to do with your bored kids this summer? Lowes offers a free workshop, usually every second and fourth Saturday of the month called Lowes Build and Grow Workshops. At 10 am on those mornings they offer neat projects that both girls and boys will enjoy. If you are interested HERE  are the next 2 projects that will be offered.

 If you don’t have a Lowes near you check out Home Depot\’s Kids Workshops. Though I don’t have a Home Depot near me to know personally, I am told the workshops are very similar. It would be worth calling about to find out.

All of the Workshops are totally free, including the materials and I can tell you from experience that Lowes provides the first 50 kids at each workshop free Work Aprons and Goggles. They use the kid size hammers in the picture below but do not send them home with the kids…

The little clear pocket at the top of the apron is where they make cards to put your child’s name on the apron.

June 10ths Workshop was a Picture Frame. The kids got to choose whether they wanted their frame to be up and down (portrait) or sideways (landscape). They started out looking like this….

Never missing the opportunity for an inexpensive gift we decided to alter these into Father’s Day gifts. I am a huge fan of paint and already had the perfect .99 can of Blue on Hand from another project we had done (Primitive Signs/ It’s amazing to me what people will pay for words painted on a piece of cheap wood but I guess I’m off topic).

After spray painting both of the frames and letting them dry we ran to our local Hobby Lobby where we purchased 2 things that happened to be on sale… 3-D Scrapbook stickers and 2 pieces of scrapbook paper. Total cost for this project ended up being $2.20 plus tax.

Each of the frames came with a cardboard insert and we covered both sides of the insert with the scrapbook paper which we cut to size and then glued onto the card board. After that dried the kids placed the stickers on the frame and onto one whole side of the insert. The other side of the insert we glued a picture to with Non-acid Scrapbook Glue which I also had on hand.

Now anyone who knows Mr. Frugalista will tell you that he is a huge fan of Hunting and Fishing. So Little Dude chose a Fishing Theme for his Frame. I will tell you my child is not usually solid blue. On the day of this picture he decided to color his whole head from the shoulders up blue with sidewalk chalk that had gotten rained on…. 


Little Miss chose a Hunting Theme. Yes I realize that it is funny that I have placed a disguise on her face to match my blog header and that there is a shotgun above her head and bullets at the bottom but hey it’s his thing. lol Feel free to borrow the picture as many have borrowed my Veggie Cartoon picture as I Wrote a Post On. I would however love to know why you are borrowing it because I can laugh with the best of them ;)….

You could have tailored these to any interest and I can tell you my kids LOVED making them. So it killed 2 birds with one stone, entertaining my kids for a few hours and creating an inexpensive Father’s Day Gift.;)


Little Frugalista

Artwork by Little Miss and Little Man

April 21, 2010

Like any good mom I have to brag about my kids….

I got the idea for these Blottos from Kinderart who’s link is over to the right, on my blog roll. After showing this piece to a neighbor she told me they used to use the same technique but put strings in between the paper and pulled them to create unusual patterns. We will try that next time.

Little Man had a blast creating them 🙂

Little Miss did this piece for her school Art Show and she titled it “Field of Four Flowers”. She created the concept and did all the work herself with me supervising. She cut flower templates out of cardboard, traced them on the canvas with pencil and then painted them in. She then filled the rest in freehand. The Sky and Grass are scrapbook paper mod podged.

Both projects cost under $10 total. Most of the supplies I already had on hand. I even had the canvas because I had been dabbling with painting. I only had to purchase a few pages of scrapbook paper and 4 bottles of Tempra paint which happened to be on sale. Little Miss mixed her own paint colors from the primary colors (red,blue and yellow) along with black.


Little Frugalista

Diet Coke Flower

April 3, 2010

I saw a tutorial online for can flowers and couldn’t resist trying to make them myself. For the life of me I can’t remember where I saw the tutorial but here is my first go at it.

I had everything on hand to make them. It took me 2 Diet Coke cans, craft wire (which I always keep on hand) and a screw/nut combo that was in my junk drawer. So this was a free craft. It is pictured in a pot that Quiltie started coleus seeds in for me and if you look really close you can see their little leaves coming up.

I will say I clearly remember the tutorial calling for gloves and I would HIGHLY recommend those because my “I’ll just be careful because I’m too lazy to grab the gloves from downstairs” ended up with me stabbing myself in the thumb with a screwdriver.

I have tons of ideas for the next ones I make and I will post them along with a few how to pics 🙂



More random things I’ve made (Jewelry)

March 9, 2010

Here are a few more random projects I’ve done over the past couple of years.

My plan for upcoming projects is to take “How To” pictures. For now though ,hopefully, you will get inspiration from the ideas.

Pendant I made out of Beach Glass my sister brought me back from Barbados. I saw the tutorial somewhere online how to bend wire to create this setting for it. It is basically 4 wires bent this way and that to create the housing and embellishments.

I am the queen of remaking junk so when I walked into my mom’s house and she asked me if I could do anything with this owl, I excitedly told her yes! It was broken and it’s tail was not attached to it. A few of my jewelry making supplies reattached the tail and created a loop to hang it on.

I was in the Christmas Spirit this year and decided to create this bracelet to give to my sister. It is a formed bracelet (thanks again mom 🙂 ) wrapped in grosgrain ribbon. I created the fabric flower after seeing a tutorial online.

My daughter likes to call this Bracelet the “Anti-Amish Bracelet” because it is made completely out of buttons from my stash. I cut all of the buttons off of clothing we no longer wear (and let me tell you we wear clothes until they have holes in them so donating them to Goodwill is not an option) because those little bad boys are expensive when you buy them by themselves. I then cut the cloth up and make rags. I use the rags for things that I would normally use paper towels for. We also use reusable rags and napkins but there are somethings you just don’t want to put in your washing machine (ie. Cat puke, bacon grease, yuck and you get the idea lol).

The base of this bracelet I found at a local discount store marked down for a $1. I had to remove a few trinkets that came on it to be able to put the buttons on.

Things I’ve Created :)

March 8, 2010

Sewed this Roman Shade from Scrap Material my neighbor gave me. Made the pattern up as I went along. Cost:Free

Sewed this Hanging Princess Christmas Tree for my daughters wall. I free handed the tree, cut it out and hand sewed it on. My neighbor gave me the 2 materials used and I sewed on ornaments I got in a box at Target for %90 off. Cost:$2.50

I couldn’t make something for my daughter’s wall and not my son’s 🙂

I made this wreath from a leftover wreath that I’ve had for at least 5 years. I had to pull off the ornaments that were on it and remove the leftover glue. I made the new ornaments out of leftover clear balls (from a paint project the year before) that I filled with red ,shiny star,wire garland (have no idea where it came from but it was hanging around here in a drawer). I sewed the character ornaments (all of his favorites) out of 1/8 of a yard pieces of fabric. I cut around the characters and sewed them with a felt back and a ribbon loop for hanging.

The lights and blue ball ornaments were also hanging around here in my Christmas stash.

Cost: $3 for fabric

If you have any questions about these 3 projects feel free to ask away 🙂


March 8, 2010

My kids love to make Playdough. They love that they get to pick the color and they also love that we can make it smell good. I love that this recipe doesn’t dry up and is much softer then the store bought stuff. I also love that it’s much cheaper 😀

Scented Playdough

4 Cups Flour
1 Cup Salt
4 Cups Water
4 TBSP Cooking Oil
1/2 Cup Cream of Tartar
Food Coloring (use your judgement on the amount)
*1 TBSP Peppermint or other Extract to add Fragrance*

Mix in pan over medium heat until no longer sticky. Cool and put in a Ziploc Bag.

I was informed by mother that the  Peppermint Playdough I made and is pictured below looks like The Blob. She told me not to leave my kids alone in the room with it because it may eat them.

Also wanted to add that I used leftover professional color paste leftover from making my son’s Birthday Cake last year. That’s why it’s such a nice dark color.

I don’t have a picture of this recipe but it’s still  a great one……

Edible Playdough

2 cups powdered milk
2 cups honey
2 cups peanut butter

Mix together the milk, honey, and peanut butter; shape into balls.

**Footnote: You can add Oatmeal, Flax Meal, Raisins, Craisins, Seeds or Nuts to make this a little healthier for your kids.**

Making something out of nothing: Earring/ Brooch Holder

March 7, 2010

I love to take things that I have lying around and make something else out of them. That is exactly what I did when I made this Earring/Brooch Holder. I had a ton of earrings laying in a pile (which of course means I was wearing the same pair over and over because I didn’t feel like digging through the pile) and needed some way to display them, along with my vintage brooch collection.

I took a  free standing floor picture frame that was hanging out at my house and nailed burlap to the back of it with upholstery tacks (which I had leftover from a wooden bottom purse project I did a couple of years ago). The only thing I had to purchase for this project was the burlap which happened to be on sale for a $1 a yard at Hobby Lobby. So the total for this much neded project was $2.12.