Frugal Endeavors – Out with the old and in with the new.

I really enjoyed Christmas this year.  Even though it can be an expensive time of year, there are still opportunities for saving a little cash. Continue reading


Season’s Greetings from Miss Wiggleyhead.

For those of you who were wondering, Miss Wiggleyhead made it back from her visit with her family. She tip toed in on Christmas eve and hung her sweater on the tree (instead of just throwing it on the floor with the rest of her laundry).

A double purposed piece of clothing. It can keep Miss Wiggleyhead warm and it can also be used to decorate your Christmas Tree!

Just before crawling off to bed, she hung out her stocking in the hopes that Santa would not look too closely at his naughty list.

Maybe she was not as naughty as I thought. This is what she found on Christmas morning:

Have you tried these mini mandarin oranges! They are so good.

Not a bad haul.

If you want to print out your own, the colouring book can be found on the Bee’s Knees Industries Blog. I found The Wonder Woman poster on Pintrest.

Someone gave her several Barbies. She was grateful for each one of them but she liked the superhero Barbies and the Skater Barbie the best. I told her she was getting too old to play with dolls. She didn’t say anything but she did give me the strangest look.

All the best in 2018!


Frugal Endeavors – Happy Solstice!

This is the view from my bed in my new bedroom. On a clear night I can watch the stars. So far, I think switching our rooms around was a great idea!

December 15 – December 21, 2017. Today is the first official day of winter, and the weather here has become decidedly frosty. Here is what we did to save our cold hard cash this week. Continue reading

The Adventures of Miss Wigglyhead – All Dressed Up for Christmas

Well, it’s that time of year. The air smells like pine needles and fresh baked cookies. The holiday season must be here!

Miss Wigglyhead received an invitation to a Christmas party with some of her distant relatives who live somewhere out in the forest. She won’t say where, as like most Gnomes, they are very private and reclusive. She did want to make a good impression, so a new outfit was needed.  Continue reading

Frugal Endeavors –

Winter is a good time for reflection.

November 21 – 28, 2017

I like quiet weeks when nothing exciting happens. My digital diet left me with more time to do the things I like to do as well as a few things that save us money. This is what we did this week.

My neighbour went off to New York (!) with our local choir to sing at Carnegie hall (!). I am so happy that she got to be part of this performance. I helped out by staying behind to feed her cats. She passed over a jug of milk that would expire before her return. I used it to make yogurt as part of the Food in Jars mastery challenge for this month.

We covered the windows and doors in our drafty living room with plastic. In the past we have found that this chore does make the room feel warmer. Thankfully the mild weather this week means that we have not been burning as much wood.

The local library sets up shop once a week in our village. I went for a walk down my hill to the library to pick up a book I reserved online. Exercise and a new book to read, can’t ask for more than that.

I borrowed a couple of DVDs from a friend. The Man and I spent a lovely night cuddled up on the couch watching Harry Potter and feasting on snacks from the freezer and cheese bought on super sale at work.

I had to pull two packages of our made in store, rich, and gooey Cinnamon buns off our shelves  because they had reached their “best before” date. I brought them home to tryout a bread pudding recipe, which worked out really well.

Stash Busting:

Less time on my computer meant that I had more time to sew.

I made another ornament as part of this year’s Ornament Along using materials I had on hand. The bead in this ornament were recovered from an old tshirt that was also used to make a hair band and a yoga type waistband for a pair of pajama pants.

Ornament number 8 is ready for the tree. #ornamentalong #stiptreeornament

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I finally got around to making two sets of Christmas pajama pants from flannel I purchased on deep discount earlier this year. I used the elastic from a thrifted pair of pajama pants that were repurposed as quilt fabric for one pair. I will have to venture out to buy elastic for the other pair.

My youngest child asked for new pillow cases for Christmas. I repurposed and old sheet to make two envelope style cases and used a free embroidery pattern I found online at Flamingo Toes. I am inordinately happy with the fact that I used up an entire skein of embroidery floss from my stash.

That was my week – How was yours? Leave a comment and tell me all about it.

Sweet dreams.