A few weeks ago Hotrod and I headed out to do some garage sale shopping. We hit a small sewing supply jackpot!
We came across a garage sale of someone that makes theater type costumes and he was selling a bunch of supplies! I quickly spotted this box with 10 lbs of piping in it!
For all you non-sewers, this piping is used by covering it with your fabric and then attaching it to your curtain (or whatever else you might be making). It gives a very nice custom finish and is extremely helpful when you can’t find cording or fringe to match your fabric.
This is over 1,000 yards of piping and would cost over $200 at a retail store. I got the whole box for $8! Yea! I also picked up buttons and a zipper for .25 each.
Filed under: Craft Ideas
This year Hotrod started kindergarten! With one in kinder and one in 3rd grade I knew we would have 2 boys with homework this year. I like the boys to do their homework at the kitchen table so that I am nearby to answer any questions and to make sure they stay on task.
This worked great in previous years when we only one had child with homework. This year I knew I would need to find a way to separate the boys while at the same time keeping myself nearby for any help that may be needed.
I remembered seeing this in Family Fun magazine last year and I decided it was the perfect solution for us! Not only would it create separate study areas for our boys, it would also keep any needed supplies in close reach.
I had a large display board in the basement from a previous project that I cut in half to make 2 carrels. The display board had some previous papers glued to it and when I peeled the paper off it tore the display board a bit. I fixed this by covering the board in white contact paper – good as new!
First I attached a metal ruler to the top of the center section of the board using velcro. The ruler can now do double duty by holding a stapler, scissors and a pencil sharpener. Next I attached a hook that holds a zipper pouch to hold glue, markers etc. Using velcro again I attached a pencil holder to the center section also.
On the left side I attached 2 paper clips to hold any study guides and the right side holds a cork board with push pins.
Now that we are into our 3rd week of school, I can say that these have been a huge success!
Filed under: Frugal Deals/Ideas
Our guest room has consisted of a full size mattress and box springs sitting on the floor. Our guests have never complained, but I thought a nicer set would be good – you know something that didn’t sit directly on the floor.
I asked hubby to keep an eye out at the auction house for a good bedroom set for our guest room. Months and months had gone by with nothing coming up for sell.
Hubby finally came across a set of bunk beds. We knew Hotrod would be thrilled with bunk beds in his room so we moved his twin size bed (with a trundle) to our guest room and put the bunk beds in his room!
Hotrod is happy with his bunk beds, Mommy is happy to have a “real” bed for our guests and the best part of the whole deal was that hubby scored the bunk beds for $10! That’s a deal you can’t beat!