Monday, February 9, 2015

Frugal February Week 1

I'm doing the Frugal February so I'm using up what I have! Its a fun challenge to see how much you can do without spending money. I do a lot of small things everyday that add up to big savings.


These are just a few of the things that I did this past week:


I used what I had in my craft and valentine stash for my Valentine Sticker Swap.













 
I've enjoyed The Beauty of My Shed in my backyard.














I removed a few things from the shelf in my laundry room to give it a fresh look.














I collected items in my craft office into a plastic tote to use in my planner and Valentine creations.














A simple and easy thing I did was wash all my dishes before I washed and shined my kitchen sink. I put out a fresh bar of Lavender Rose handmade soap that I bought several months ago. It made my hands smell very pretty.















I made Red Beans and Rice for dinner in honor of my stepmom Phyllis and her Louisiana heritage since Mardi Gras is coming up. I made several substitutions to the recipe. I didn't have some of the ingredients listed. I didn't add the 2 stalks of celery. I substituted Italian sausage for the andouille sausage. I substituted Italian herb for all the green herbs in the recipe. I used this recipe for Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice.














I went to McDonald's to celebrate my grandson's 1st birthday with my girls and grandchildren. I took my grandchildren token gifts of drink pouches and cookies. I packaged the cookies in party bags that I had.














I painted 2 wood pieces that I had on my walls. I mixed several half empty bottles of craft paint to have enough to use. I don't think the color match's with what I'm trying to do. I've decide to buy a different blue color paint for the shelf and donate the other piece.














I decorated My Birdcage Memo Board with stuff in my craft stash.














 I collected things to donating for my Clutter Busting Challenge February 2015 Part 1.














My husband shovel up salt dumped on the side of the road near our home. He is storing it in our shed until we need it for our sidewalks.














Its not very pretty but I made a cake using leftover cherry topping for ice cream. The topping sunk to the bottom of the bundt pan and burned slightly. It was still yummy on a cold winter evening.














I'm reading a couple books this month from my china cabinet shelf and from the library.














I hung a small shelf that I bought at a thrift store a couple month ago. I hung it under a wall plaque that I made at least 7 years ago. I decorated the shelf with what I had around the house. I used a bird hat jar and a small plant that I placed into a red candle holder. I like how it freshened up my living room for no additional cost.