Friday, August 31, 2007

Still in the Spirit of Frugality

I found a list (two, actually) of things that you can make yourself here. This is exactly my cup o' tea. :) I've been regularly visiting the site for a couple of days now and as soon as I'm done stressing over Marguerite's party, I'll spend most of my breaks on DIY projects mentioned there. It's such an amazing feeling getting to do things on your own. It would really be awesome to cut down our purchases to just ten percent of what they are now. Some of the items listed would make great homeschool projects too. I'm definitely bookmarking those posts.
All in all, there are 200 things included in the list. I'm listing down what I've done in the past and what I'm planning to do in the immediate future. I'm really afraid my first list will hold all of five items. We'll see. Here goes.

Done/ Currently doing:(if I may brag a little, lol)
1. applesauce 2. spaghetti sauce 3. jelly 4. guacamole 5. pesto 6. salsa 7. hummus 8. pizza 9. pasta 10. playdough 11. bubbles 12. soap 13. baskets 14. paper 15. rubber stamps 16. books 17. jewelry 18. curtains 19. rugs 20. candles 21. skirt 22. blouse 23. socks 24. compost 25. bread 26. potato chips 27. pinata 28. tortillas (both Spanish and Mexican - so have my students, lol) 29. kite 30. crossword puzzle 31. (something like) dreadlocks 32. hawaiian lei (well, sampaguita garland actually) 33. beaded curtains 34. notebook 35. windchimes 36. purse 37. cosmetics 38. snow globe 39. baby food 41. fried green tomatoes (ok, Sister was actually the one who made them, okra pops too) 42. table cloth 43. stencils 44. lamp 45. pie crust 46. chocolate truffles 47. cereal bars 48. granola 49. trail mix 50. gift wrap 51. rock candy 52. quilt 53. biscuits 54. french fries 55. corsage 56. margarita 57. gingerbread house (well, just cookies so far) 58. envelope 59. flower arrangement 60. wreath 61. herbal tea 62. fudge 63. apron

Interested in doing:
1. peanut butter 2. wedding (or any fancy-pants) cake 3. stuffing 4. ginger ale 5. pancake mix 6. ice cream 7. wine 8. moisturizer 9. bookshelves 10. tables 11. stool 12. sweater 13. poncho 14. coat 15. tree fort 16. gazebo 17. windmill 18. birdhouse 19. solar power generator 20. house 21. sun clock 22. pretzels 23. doughnuts 24. bagels 25. crayons 26. loofah 27. cheese 28. 3D glasses 29. igloo!!! 30. modeling clay 31. cheesecake 32. generator 33. computer 34. telescope 35. microscope 36. picnic table 37. pond 38. deck 39. vitamin water 40. backyard swing set 41. hats 42. wind generator tower 43. weather station 44. metal detector 45. watch 46. sunroom 47. rain barrel 48. boat 49. baby shoes 50. log cabin 51. seismograph (very Mad Scientist Club!) 52. rocking chair (or horse) 53. cradle/ crib (even just a moses basket) 54. easel 55. picket fence 56. stairs 57. creme brulee 58. mulch 59. vinegar 60. apple cider 61. paella 62. pillows 63. graham crackers 64. a tiara 65. mulled wine 66. mozzarella sticks 67. fondant 68. sandals 69. bench

Whew! More to do than have done, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be. :) Hey, if anybody's interested in working together on one of those projects, just get in touch with me. Let's do it!

Hmm, just previewed. Numbering's all messed up. Please excuse. I'm too lazy to fix it and Marguerite's up. :)

7 comments:

Trina said...

Hi! I came across this list too (like a couple of weeks ago) and loved it. You gave me an idea to make a list of the things I have done and what things I'm interested in doing. I am also trying to be frugal and start living simply.

P.S. You might want to visit this website http://www.thriftyfun.com/

spinninglovelydays said...

hi, trina. thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.:) i'm struggling a bit with simplified living. i may be cheap (lol), but i'm a bit of a hoarder. that's something i have to overcome.:) thanks for the link!

tin said...

I would love to try making things from that link :) DIY-date tayo :) maybe next time Alf is out of the country?

spinninglovelydays said...

sure, christine! is alfie back?

tin said...

no, not yet, but he'll be back on Sunday. Y'know I was looking for someone to spend time with the first week he was out. I ended up spending them with the computer and bed instead...hehe :)

spinninglovelydays said...

don't knock the pc and the bed, lol, some would love to get to spend quality time with either :)

aunt chip said...

don't you mean muggle-infested streets like tottenham court road and the street where grimmauld place stands? oh yes, i know you're calling me a blithering idiot as you're reading this right now. hihihi - dainty laugh
dear child indeed loves those little projects of yours, like the baby legs went directly to the mouth, the mashed vegetables went to the hair and my bedroom door...ah, joys from the simple things in life.
'wish you a lot of luck with the purses. it's nice to have a unique purse especially when one doesn't even have a knut...kinda evens the feelings out, don't you think?
MIDGE FOREVER!