Thrifty Thursdays

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Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure there is a book on literally every topic. With the introduction of e-books, there now appears to be an e-book on even more topics. And with the introduction of e-books, came the birth of free e-books. It’s insane what you can find a free e-book on: how to get your kids to love you, getting your kids to clean, probably one on getting the man in your life to lower the toilet seat when he’s done.

In this interesting land of free e-books, there are actually some pretty cool reads on crafting, gardening, starting your own business and more. But there are also some pretty lame ones, too. Like, I read a few e-books on planning a baby shower but couldn’t find one that fit my style. Basically, I didn’t want to plan the baby shower for my grandma.

So, I’ve picked some pretty cool e-books that are free, and actually cool and useful.


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Art Studio Organization: Ideas and Projects for Storage, Design, and Decorating Your Art Studios from Cloth Paper Scissors. This book gives different projects for organizing and designing your art studio. According to this book, I can have a “mom cave.” I’m already interested.


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4 Free Easy Sewing Patterns: Easy Patterns for Beginners and all Sewists from Sew Daily: If you have ever purchased sewing patterns, you know how absolutely wonderful it is to get four free patterns! Includes patterns for an eye pillow and a bib.

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Build Your Dream Biz from Create and Connect Project: Free guide on how to build your online craft business with interviews from three big bloggers. This project was started by two businesswomen who wanted to work together, just not in cubicles anymore. They also offer different programs and services for helping your online business. Definitely worth checking out more than just the book.

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Image belongs to Fave Crafts

Recycling Crafts: 42 Ways to Recycle from Fave Crafts: I found this book through Craft Gossip, which led me to the Fave Crafts site. The book is separated into seven different sections, based on what material you are using. If you like that book, they have a whole bunch of free e-books involving different crafts.

Do you have a free e-book you would like to share? Post in the comments!

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No Thrifty Thursday category would be complete without tye-dye. As much as it is joked about, it’s the classic DIY approach to bringing new life to old items. What I didn’t know about tye-dye is that there is quite an art to doing it, and if you do it right, you can really make some artful designs. So if you’re looking to make your life a little more tye-dyed, here are some tutorials.


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Tye-dye tutorials at Art, Craft & Design

According to the site, Art, Craft & Design is a reference website of how-to’s (instructions, directions and tutorials) for realizing creative vision through different mediums. They have tutorials for pretty much every style of tye-dye, including videos and pictures displaying every style. It’s definitely a site worth checking out for tye-dye and more.


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Nicole Case gives a thorough tutorial of two different styles of tye-dye bleached shorts on her blog. She also includes pictures of her entire process.

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DIY Shibori with Indigo Dye Tutorial

I honestly think that every time I post tutorials on something, I end up falling in love with at least one website/blog. And this is definitely one of them. I love the design of the tutorial and of the end product. Jessica runs both the website and blog, and she sells her own designs. Give some of your time to this site, it will be worth it.


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DIY Tie-Dye Galaxy Shoe Tutorial, by SWELLMAYDE

Tye-dye does not have to be restricted to your shirts and shorts. You can also tye-dye your shoes! Aimee gives a full tutorial on the project on her site, SWELLMAYDE and also offers tutorials on SO many more DIY projects. Yet another site I have fallen in love with whilst on my tye-dye journey.

And if you choose to go the natural route…

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Image belongs to HIghonDIY

Natural tie-dye pillow tutorial, from HighonDIY

Holy cow! Another site that I have totally fallen head over homemade heels for. Rinchen De, who runs this site, shares not only DIY tutorials but also inspiration for her projects. She has a full-time job and also photographs street style when she’s not busy doing all of this. She’s awesome.

So know what else I learned from this post? I’ve been spelling it Tye-dye this whole time, but it’s actually spelled Tie-dye. Shows how much I don’t know about tie-dye!

Have a fun tie-dye tutorial to share or want to show off some of your work? Post in the comments!

Thrifty Thursdays

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Last week, my stepsister gave me an old barn window that she was initially planning on selling. I was super excited to get said window as I had been pining over it for a while. Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t allow for a whole lot of creative time, so it’s been sitting in my boyfriend’s car for a while. I was talking to him about building a bike and he reminded me that I needed to work on that window first.

Hence my inspiration for this week’s Thrifty Thursday post….upcycling barn windows! They can be used as table tops or as a photo display. It’s kind of insane what you could do with barn windows.

Old windows can make….

wpid-Photo-Jul-1-2011-1152-PM3artist inspiration boards, from Pretty Handy Girl

PA140091Jewelry holders, by Here’s to Handy Andy

photo (4)Photo frames, from Linda Peterson Designs

DSC_0036Coffee tables, from tatertots and jello

(guest post from Emily at Martha Shmartha)

Baby Greenhousegreenhouses, from DesignDreams by Anne

So, here’s what I have learned. There are A LOT of stuff you can do with windows. A LOT. The only problem is that not a lot of people are doing tutorials. But there are definitely a lot of sites to look at for inspiration. Hopefully the window will be out of my boyfriend’s car by this weekend and he can stop threatening to throw it over the fence…hopefully.

Have a window project you would like to share? Post in the comments! Check out my Pinterest for more awesome ideas.

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I was holding my daughter the other day when I noticed there were sparkles all over her. I didn’t remember taking her to a strip club, so I was confused as to why she was covered in glitter. Then I looked at my arms and realized that the lotion I had been wearing for a few months now was sparkly. I guess that’s what “shimmer” lotion means.

The lotion is from Marc Jacobs and is my favorite scent ever. It’s a gift that my aunt gives me every year on my birthday, because I used to always take hers when I lived with her. I love wearing it when I go out and about, but I need something for around the house. I don’t really want to buy any other lotions, so I looked into how to make my own lotions. Turns out, it’s pretty thrifty and will last a while. PERFECT! Here are some tutorials.

crem1580Homemade bag balm, from Prairie Sunrise Homestead

DIY-Homemade-Lotions-Bars-5A couple handmade lotion and lip balm tutorials, by My Yellow Umbrella

CLEAN LIVING ORGANIC HOMEMADE lavender  LOTIONOrganic homemade lotion, by Sincerely, Kinsey

This is awesome place to find all sorts of DIY projects. This might become my new love

Homemade-Lotion-Recipe-all-natural-and-easy-to-makeAll-Natural Homemade Lotion Recipe, by Wellness Mama

And when you’re done with your lotion

mason jar lotion dispenser labeledDIY Mason Jar Lotion Dispenser, from The Gunny Sack

Please let me know if you tried any of these tutorials. I would love to know how they turned out! I’ll post my lotion experiment when I’m done. Have any homemade lotion tutorials to share? Post the link in the comments!

And as always, not everything I pin on my Pinterest makes it onto the blog, so for more inspiration, check out my Pinterest!

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thrifty thursdaysDressers. They are awesome when you need them. Almost necessary when you need them. But, when you don’t need them, they are the worst. Huge and bulky, you can’t just store it away somewhere. You have to either give it to someone (there’s almost always someone who needs a dresser) or donate it. Maybe you could sell it on Craigs List. But what if you don’t want to go through all that? Or what if your dresser is so beat that nobody wants it?

Well, here are some ideas for what you can do with dresser drawers. So, at least half of your problem is solved, right?

1. Make it decorative

DSC_00091-1024x724Shadow box tutorial, via the JADERBOMB blog

2. Make it functional

ydrawer10_1Awesome Drawer Re-Do, by A Very Dandoislion Life

3. Make it into a hanger

img_9389DIY Project: Morgane’s Drawer Hangers via Design*Sponge

4. Make it organize your stuff

Drawer-Shelves1-768x1024Drawer Shelves: After, by Home Made: Craft Shop and Studi0

5. Make it house your garden

5333753-11310962-thumbnailDIY Garden: Dresser drawer raised beds, by The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking

There is not much that I love more than when my crafting projects end up in the garden. This drawer garden bed idea would be cute for Cecilia’s little garden. Also, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking might become one of my favorite blogs. Pinterest might be addicting (bad) but it does get you see what other people are doing, and to check out their blogs.

This is probably my favorite thing about Thrifty Thursdays and Fridays are for Favorites, they allow me some time to check out new blogs. I try to not use big companies when I look for tutorials, so the people who are doing it all on their own can get some recognition. Now, the next step would be to actually follow the tutorials. But that’s a whole other story.

Thrifty Thursdays

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I still remember when I got my own homemade soap kit. I was in high school and after I received homemade soap as a gift, I told my dad that I wanted to try my hand at it. Now, high school was over ten years ago for me, so there was no Pinterest. There was a homemade soap kit that my dad got me, though.

So I gave it a whirl. And it was absolutely horrible. I mean, the kit itself was cool, but my soap came out all wrong. I just remember it being kind of greasy and sticky at the same time. It was gross. I’m gagging now just thinking about it. I ultimately decided that soap making was not my forte and never tried it again. Once I heard that traditional homemade soap was made using animal fat, I was reassured that I didn’t want anything to do with making soap.

Every time I see homemade soap for sale, there is a little ache in my heart, knowing that I could be doing that. So, I checked Pinterest to see if there were any tutorials for making soap without using animal fat. Because if it’s it not on Pinterest, it probably doesn’t exist. Obviously. And, wouldn’t you know it, there are.

Here are some cool tutorials for making soap, one of them even includes beer!

raspberrypreserves1_lgTutorial on making cold-process soap, by Soap Deli News. There is  A LOT to making soap.

Next time someone gives you handmade soap as a gift, give them a hug.

393a670d49fe2551ee70d566d0120169Liquid hand soap tutorial, by The Bungalow Boutique

4957a484dd42b663f0d3bc86f031babcEco-friendly soap video tutorial, by Soap Queen

6a014e8c14bd09970d017742a50b53970d-800wiOatmeal soap tutorial, by olallieberry. She has a whole bunch of cool things on her blog.

You should check her out just because

patchouli-beer-bar-300x300It’s with great pleasure that I bring to you, beer soap tutorial, by Great Cakes Soapworks

Have a soap recipe you want to share? Put it in the comments!

All of the pictures are from the tutorial sites. You can either click on the picture or on the link to be directed back to each website.

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There is nothing that I hate more than throwing a perfectly good glass bottle in the trash when there are plenty things that could be done with it. Well, there might be a couple things that I hate more than that. But not much. I’ve tried cutting the glass, both with a string and with a glass cutter contraption, and I was not a fan. So, I ended up just throwing out the glass because I felt uninspired. I know, so not cool.

I’ve been saving the glass again but unless I’m making something I can put in them that day, they just lay around. And since I’m all about living an uncluttered life, it kind of stresses me out…not going to lie. So, I decided to consult my best pal Pinterest and see what else I could do with these little beauties.

CIMG6175Upycyling glass tutorial, by Home with Mandy

52mantels mason jar vase2Turn mason jars into vases, by 52 mantels

puff paint chalk board bottlesTransform your glass into a canvas, by Doodlecraft

jar1Put a little jute on it, by Too Much Time on my Hands


6 Ways to Upcylce Glass Lids and Jars, by EcoEtsy

Have an idea for upcylcing glass and lids? Post them here! And if you don’t want to do this project but have some bottles to donate, let me know! For more ideas, check out my Pinterest. I don’t write about everything I pin, so there is plenty more where this came from!