Saturday, June 28, 2008

wall work

i bought roughly 40 frames from garage sales, value village, and salvation army to cover my entire wall which frames my door way perfectly. only problem now is to fill it with artwork. some of the frames are still empty and one is advertising the absolute which needs to be changed. i'll take another photo in a couple of weeks to show my progression.
cost: $1/frame

Agnes is my favorite. i found her at value village
cost: $1.99+tax

go green!

frugality doesn't have to stop with style. why not save a few dollars and green earth with some easy and affordable home made products. so my cat has been torturing me with his stinky pooh turds and this morning i finally decided to do something about it. i learned that with a lemon, baking soda and hot water you can make air freshiner! so i checked my kitchen and i was missing the lemon which i substituted for a grapefruit. to avoid fruit flies keep the solution in the fridge.
cost: $4+tax

dissolve 1 tsp of baking soda in 2 cups of hot water and 1 tsp of lemon juice pour solution into a recycled spray bottle. DONE!

Monday, June 23, 2008

elephants are rad

i think elephants are rad and lucky for me i found this string of elephants in miami imported from india. kinda funny looking since they have no ears.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

make friends monsters

if you haven't already, check out for great artwork. i found artist Marina Mcollings who hand paints tiny monster friends. they come shipped in 3-5days in personalized packaging which i framed along with her wonderful pieces. for $10 these paintings make great gifts or wall art.
costs: $10usd+shipping


i found this fabric by my place for $9/yrd at gala fabrics . they only sell clearance wool blends in fall or winter which is when i bought it. these pillow are so quick and easy to make. for step by step instructions visit this site
costs: $20+tax

Saturday, June 21, 2008

retro revamped

i know i haven't touched this blog in forever, but hopefully i can get it going again. i've recently been inspired by fellow bloggers and artists and a slew of frugal art that i've accumulated in the past four months. so to start off...
i found this amazing couch for FREE on craigslist a year ago. well it wasn't so amazing at the time but i loved the shape of it and it pulls out into a bed. this is what the original looked like:

then i started to take it apart so i could make a pattern.

next: measure, cut, and sew

i found the fabric at ikea in the "as is" department for $100. it was originally a slip cover but i reinvented it.

costs: $100(fabric)+$25(mover)+$15(odds/ends)+extreme patience

i just need to finish the buttons and sew a slew of pillows to complete the look.