Repurposed Eyeglass Case

It’s Frugal Friday again!

I don’t remember where I read this tip but I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself. I’ve had to wear eyeglasses since I was about 12 or 13 years old. Which means I’ve accumulated many eyeglass cases over the years. So I was excited when I read about using one to store my iPod in and knew I had to share this frugal tip with all the frugalistas out there.

This eyeglass case works well to store my iPod and its accessories because it’s rather large. I really like the idea that it is sturdy so that it protects everything inside very well.

In case you didn’t know (and I did not until now), the word frugalista is in the Wiktionary:

Frugalista: A person who is fashionable while being thrifty.

Not too sure about the “fashionable” part, but thrifty? Yep, that’s me!

Frugal Pillow Trim

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On this Frugal Friday I want to share something sweet and easy to make.

As I was browsing the pattern section on Red Heart’s site, I came across this super-easy and cute idea for adding some flair to pillows. This is very easy to crochet from Red Heart’s pattern but I’m thinking this could also be knit. Or how about sewing it with some pretty fabric?

How easy peasy it would be to take a neutral color pillow and change up the heart trim to reflect different seasons or holidays!

Jewelry as Art

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I absolutely love this fun and frugal way to store and display earrings. If you don’t have an embroidery hoop, they are fairly inexpensive to purchase.

I would love to make the doily myself but thanks to carpal tunnel problems, I cannot do filet crochet. The hooks needed to do this type of crochet are too narrow and that makes it painful for me to hold one for any length of time (even with padding on it, believe me I’ve tried). So I am going to check thrift shops for doilies such as the one pictured below.

If you can’t find or make doilies like this one, I’m sure some pretty tulle or nylon netting fabric would work just as well.

This could definitely be a piece of wall art as well as practical storage for your earrings, don’t you think? For more ideas on pretty and frugal ways to store your jewelry, check out the Quick and Easy page at These Are a Few of my Favorite Things blog.

[By the way, if you’re into using hankies, thrift and antique shops are great places to find them. Vintage hankies not only have pretty designs, they are made of tightly woven cotton that lasts through lots of washes. My allergies cause my eyes to water a lot, especially first thing in the morning and many times when I’m crocheting (I think it’s the yarn “dust.”) I love my hankies and keep them in my purse as well as in different locations in my home where they’re easy to grab when needed.]

Sweet Ruffle Crochet

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I saw this crocheted bag at the Red Heart site and knew I had to share it with you? Isn’t it sweet? The pattern looks easy to follow and you could easily make this in a variety of colors to match your wardrobe or mood. I have several crochet projects going on right now but if I ever get the chance to make this, I’ll post a photo of the finished product.

 

Frugal Clock Decorating

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Today’s Frugal Friday offering is courtesy of my daughter. I bought two of these plain pink wall clocks on a clearance sale at Bed Bath & Beyond last year for $1.99 each. Both Kathy and I love pink so I gave her one of the clocks and hoped she would like it as much as I did.

Kathy is wonderful at decorating and has the gift of visualizing things as they could be. And then she does what it takes to turn the could-be into a special and cute reality. She already had some of these embellishments and spent about $3.00 for the rest. Isn’t the final result the cutest thing?

I simply saw a pink clock but Kathy saw the potential in the plain clock and with a few pink and girly details, made it her own without spending much.

Thanks, Kathy, for allowing me to share this here so others could see how simple it is to prettify a plain utilitarian clock into a visually appealing piece of art.

Fun Frugal Door Decor

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Is this the cutest way to announce Spring to your guests or what? On this Frugal Friday I want to share a great Spring craft I found from a link at one of my favorite frugal sites, Frugal Girls. It’s so easy to make and a sweet way to announce Spring.

The link at Frugal Girls led me to Crafty Lam, another site full of cute, easy and frugal crafts. Click here for the directions to making this great door decoration.

You scrapbookers out there probably have almost all of the materials and equipment already, but those of us who aren’t into scrapbooking can easily improvise with what we have on hand. After all, isn’t that one of the great things about the frugal life?