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Crocheted Blanket For the Frugal Creative

Summer time is not my favorite knitting/crocheting season. It is usually too hot, and I don’t want wool anywhere near me. But I have a ton of left overs from my winter crocheting projects, and a husband who gets annoyed when it is kicking around the house. So it was time to do something with it, and my frugal self said, “no way is it going to the garbage bin.”

I searched then internet and found a granny square pattern that I fell in love with. It is called the Fisherman’s Ring.

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These easy and lightweight mini projects are fun to do when your just sitting around watching t.v. or in the backyard enjoying the weather.

The best part is, no more nagging hubby, and this blanket is sure to keep us warm over the cold winter months. That is if I can get all the squares done before the temp drops below the freezing mark.

Frugal & Creative

This winter was a long and cold one. And actually it was perfect weather for one of my favorite hobbies, crocheting. Not only is crocheting creative, it can also be quite inexpensive.

Below are pics of some items I made over the winter:

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Debtless & Cheap – Now That`s Frugal

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Recently we received a phone call about an appliance pick up. The person on the other end insisted the unit, a fridge, was under two years old and in perfect working order. They had only changed it because a plastic light covering inside the fridge had warped slightly due to heat coming off the bulbs.

I wondered if this was too good to be true. The caller’s timing is perfect. We know someone who can really use a new fridge. If it works this will make an excellent Christmas present.

Anyway my husband picked the unit up a couple of nights ago and brought it home. It is a gorgeous LG stainless steel refrigerator and definitely only a couple of years old. We plugged it in, I crossed my fingers and we left it to cool overnight. The next morning and to my delight it was working.

I spent a couple of hours in elbow grease cleaning the unit and it looks brand new.

This piece would easily sell for between $100-$200. Instead, and in keeping with the season, it is destined to become a fantastic gift for someone special.

This is definitely the sort of Frugal Christmas miracle I enjoy. Merry Christmas Baby!

The Christmas Tree

We’ve had the same Christmas tree for 20 years. It is a highly valued family possession. Standing a humble 6 1/2 feet tall with branches of bright green the color reminds me of a child’s finger paints. Yet the shade sets off the delicate ornaments hanging from its bows beautifully. The tree is lush and full which makes up for its lack of height. It reminds me of trees we used to see when driving north to Santa’s Village with the kids. As long as you avoid touching the limbs, which are paper thin, it passes as real.

The tree is always covered in tiny white lights, save one lower bow reserved for a string of multicolored bulbs. The colorful strand pulsates to the sound of tradition Christmas songs coming from a box near the plug in a gentle music box style. The smell of pine wafts from the tree, an artificial aroma created by air fresheners hung from branches. Legend has it cats are repelled by the spicy scent. Both of our furry family members seem to enjoy the aroma as they climb the tree, lounge on their favorite branches and bat at the air fresheners. Thankfully the tree is heavy which makes it impossible for the little felines to knock over.

So what makes this tree so precious to us? It is the ornaments. Each one carefully chosen over the years to reflect the stages of life or the story we lived in any given year. Everything from our first Christmas together as a married couple, to baby milestones,  items the kids made in elementary school, to handmade ornaments created during leaner years. More recently a hand crafted beaded felt heart all the way from SA. This item was created by a group of women in South Africa who sell the items to help support their families. A friend who visited the town gave it to me as a gift last year.

At Christmas time these ornaments displayed amidst a backdrop of bright green and under tiny twinkling lights is a beautiful reminder of all we have lived and shared together and it is our story.

As the grandchildren have started to arrive, and just as I envisioned 20 some years ago; we make a warm cup of hot chocolate sit back and share stories associated with each ornament.

In our home this is so much more than a Christmas tree. This is a story tree.

The End of Nablopomo

November 30th, final day of the National Blog Posting Month. I remember thinking at the beginning of the month how long a 30 post, 1 month challenge was going to be. Today I am surprised at how quickly it went by. These postings became a part of the daily routine and I am going to miss writing them. A huge hug of gratitude to http://www.blogher.com/nablopomo-november-2013-blogroll for putting this challenge together.

I want to pause here and reach out to those who stopped by the blog. First a big thank you to commentor’s. You remind me how amazing it is to connect with people you don’t know through the internet and share ideas in a constructive way. Thanks also to  views received from Facebook, Twitter and WordPress Reader. Your silent support (and maybe laughter or indifference) helped me keep going when I started to doubt myself.

While it is sad to see Nablopomo go I am excited to have been inspired me to create the Debtless and Cheap blog. A place to share tips and ideas on living the debt free lifestyle. The posts may not be daily, but you can bet they will be regular and filled with everything I learn on living well within a frugal mindset.

Finally, in following through on this commitment, although there were days when I didn’t “feel” like doing it, I am satisfied tonight that I stubbornly stuck with it. Some probably think it was a waste of time. All I can really say to that is, there are certainly far less productive ways to waste ones time.

We train ourselves to become what we want to be, or someone else does it for us. I want to learn and train myself to be the best possible communicator and story writer I can become.

What does your blog give back to you?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Who Knew

As suspected Black Friday was filled with drama and injury. While I do like to joke about it. The behaviour surrounding these events are anything but funny.Having said that let’s just move on, shall we.

What’s up with this cyber Monday thing? Anyone know what kind of deals you can get online? Would this be something that might appeal to the average frugal cheapskate? If there really are deals to be had it sounds like a perfect fit for this cheapish lady.

In store shopping tends to be chaotic and hurried. I like to stop, take a breath and consider the value of items. Doing so in the comfort of my living room might be a slice of heaven.

Anyway, going to give it a try on Monday. Wish me luck.

One more post to go Nablopomo oh ya!

The Zany Blogger

I am amazed how fast November has flown by. After this entry there are 3 posts to go and I am starting to wonder what to do with myself next month to stay out of trouble.

Anyway as the month fizzles away the posts seem to be getting more and more punchy. Trying to find something to write about every day has been an enjoyable and eye opening challenge.

Therefore without further introduction let me present my latest silly post.

He called you what?!

So yesterday while I was talking to someone in real time. I got around to asking him if he was enjoying the blog.

He told me he didn’t have a lot of spare time, but had read some of my “zany” posts.

Later when I got home the worry wart in my brain starting singing.
“He called you zany that means crazy. He must not think much of you,” and on and on it went.

I quieted the wart with a dose of compound positivity and got to thinking about the word zany.

I thought about what it means, light, easy going, silly, free spirited,
funny. “Well that’s not so bad,” I reminded myself, considering that is what I look for in life as often as possible. Actually, if I am honest with myself it is probably exactly what I was going for in the posts. For someone like me who is allergic to labels I guess you might say I’m turning into a hypocrite. I really, kinda love this label.

Here’s an idea, maybe I can call myself ‘The Zany Blogger’. It works doesn’t it?

How do you handle the worry wart choir that plays in your head?
Love it or hate it, I don’t think we can ever silence it. Just maybe though, we can have a little fun with it?