Create Oil Cloth Lunch Bags (or... Gift Bags): A Simple Tutorial from Skip to My Lou

The very artful blog,

Skip to My Lou

has a simple tutorial for making charmingly unique school lunch bags...

using oil cloth!

I was thinking they might be cute when made from re purposed vinyl table cloths
even... shower curtains???

It looks like a super simple project and...

while we are (sort of) past the lunch bag phase in our family...

I am planning on using this pattern to make...

frugally luxurious gift bags...

to stock my Gift Pantry TM !!

Please click the link below to view the full tutorial:

Faith Budgeting: Back-to-School Shopping

Here is a link to another article I was honored to contribute to

on Ivillage!

It discusses simple strategies for staying faithful to your budget

when back-to-school shopping!!

Please click on the link below if you'd like to take a look!
Back-to-school budget: iVillage

8 Frugally Luxurious Ways to Beat the Summer Heat!

Photo: I Village

Here's an article that I contributed to, from IVillage,
It offers some fun and frugal ideas to experience a bit of relief from summer's heat.
Please click the link below to read!

8 (Cheap!) Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Enchanting the Ordinary TM: Tin Cans & Clothes Pins


I was browsing about in Bloglandia this morning only to stumble upon this charming blog...
Life In My Studio

which lead me to some enchanting items on Etsy...

I fell in love with these oh-so-charmingly-frugal organizers made from tin cans...

Created by...

Tinkered Treasures (click below to see her store)...

Oh... I am also enamored with her decorated clothes pins!!


You may also want to take a peak at her adorable blog...


Such fun ideas are fodder for my imagination...


begetting even MORE fun, frugal, and creative ideas...

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"FRUGAL LUXURIES: Simple Pleasures to Enhance Your Life and Comfort Your Soul" was written by Tracey McBride and published by Bantam Books, NY, in 1997. It was the first of its genre to synergize the elements of simplicity, frugality and gracious living.

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