Wednesday

Question: What is a Homespun Alchemist (tm) ?



Answer: Kindred Spirits who demonstrate the uncanny abilities to

Make Something From NothingTM

(well...almost nothing!).




Please enjoy this occasional feature in which we highlight Homespun Alchemists.


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Introducing Homespun Alchemist Manuela from...

The Pleasures of Homemaking



Today we're honored to highlight our long~time friend (and fellow Homespun Alchemist) Manuela who created and writes The Pleasures of Homemaking blog. In it she extends charming glimpses into her world of French~style lovely living...all with an eye toward frugality. I highly recommend reading it on a regular basis as she inspires action by way of her generously shared secrets for making something from (almost) nothing!

One of the many transformations she has manifest is to morph this...
into this!

Click HERE to see the full DIY (so simple, quick and easy)!


I found it to be pure magic and, of course, was very compelled to share it here...with all of you kind kindred spirits...where I know it'll be appreciated.


Oh, and a special thanks and appreciation sent out to you, Manuela, for being so generous with your ideas, time and images!!!


Love and good thoughts to all.


Warmly,


Tracey and Family


x0x


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Images: Courtesy of Manuela at thepleasuresofhomemaking

17 comments:

Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food said...

Very cool! Some ideas are so simple and I just never think of them. I love the synergy of creative people coming together. Very nice post!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hey Angie! You are right...there is a sort of magic that happens when creative types get together and start sharing ideas!!! I love your word "synergy". Describes it perfectly!
Thanks so much for the nice words (as always :).
Love,
Tracey
x0x

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Manuela is the BEST at making something elegant out of nothing, isn't she?

She constantly amazes me and I wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?". :-)

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

You are so right Brenda...she's turned it into a veritable art form! Like you, I wonder why that thought hadn't occurred to me! Wouldn't I just love to be at any yard sale she hosts!!!

Love,
Tracey
x0x

Audra said...

I love Manuela's blog, it was one of the first I started reading and still to this day find it to be a source of inspiration on a regular basis.

Missed reading your blog for the time I have been away, but taking the opportunity to catch up tonight while the house is quiet...another frugal luxury.

Terri said...

I gave up a couple evenings to read all of Manuela's archives. So worth the time, my mind just raced ahead with inspiration. One of my favorite blogs!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Me too Audra! In fact, Manuela was one of the first bloggers to welcome me into this wonderland I call Bloglandia!!! ;) She even wrote a little post urging people to visit me when I had only a few posts up!

Love,
Tracey
x0x

P.S. Glad you're back!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Oh Terri...I'm with you in that guilty pleasure (I do the same thing on your blog too :)!!! You both have a similar spirit in that you inspire me to want to take action and stimulate my creativity! That being said, I believe I may be a blog addict in general...but that's another story for another time! LOL

Love,
Tracey
x0x

Laurie said...

Oh I love this! I know I have some leftover scrapbook paper. This looks like something I could do ~
Blessings!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Maybe with pale pink roses Laurie...to match your pretty rose cottage! :)
Love,
Tracey
x0x

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hi Tracey,

Thanks so much for featuring my blog! This is such a great series, I can't wait to see who is next!

XO,

Manuela

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Oh Manuela, thank YOU for being so good at making something from nothing and...for taking the time and trouble to put it out there for all of us in need of nudges from time to time!!!
Love,
Tracey
x0x

kalanicut said...

I love seeing the home arts praised. They are so important to living a calm, pleasing life.

Tracey thank you so much for stopping by my blog a couple of weeks ago. I have held your philosophies close to my heart since first reading your book.

I am so grateful that I have "grown up" to realize that building a life is much more pleasurable than accumulating stuff.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Wow, high praise Kalanicut...thank you so much.

Yes, I agree, it's a pleasure to see (as you so perfectly put it) "the home arts praised"... they are so vital to the creation of a serene and happy life.

Thanks again for the kind thoughts.

Warmly,
Tracey
x0x

P.S. I love your own bit of homespun alchemy on that thrifted wood bowl!!!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh no somehow my comment did not go through yesterday. Aren’t these candles wonderful? So Manuela. She is brilliant and turning simple everyday things into something spectacular. I am so glad you featured her xoxox Clarice

La Table De Nana said...

What a great idea!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hello LTDNana! Yes, I agree. Like you, Manuela has such creative ideas!
Warmly,
Tracey
x0x

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