Friday, July 9, 2010

Frugal Friday

First, note to self...make sure camera battery has enough charge to load photos onto computer (: Due to this lapse in memory I almost missed Frugal Friday!!!

See our beautiful French inspired bicycle planter by the front door? LOVE it...but she's not so cute with the lovely dead plants in her baskets. Normally I would head over to Lowe's or Home Depot for some happy impatiens in hues of red or pink, but our No Spend Month for July is preventing this little trip.

I can't bear to see these baskets empty until after July so here's my solution...pothos cuttings!! I have several around the apartment and they can get mighty leggy. I cut them back every now and then and place them in glasses of water to grow their roots.

Once the roots are around an inch or so I'll replant them in a pot filled with potting mix and move them outside so our little French planter won't be so lonely (: I love pothos plants because I can't kill them and one planter can make many, many more plants without costing a cent.

Here's another favorite...using sheets as curtains. I've seen many who use $10 canvas drop cloths as an inexpensive curtain alternative. Great idea, but sheets can be even less ($3 at WalMart) and have been a favorite of mine for years. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, are already hemmed and have a built-in pocket for the curtain rod. Simply cut open the hem, fold the unfinished edges inside and slide in the rod. Voila! Instant curtain. You can also use drapery rings with clips for an even easier solution.

This is our foyer. As you can see, it just spills out into the rest of the apartment and I wanted to separate the space. The solution? A white shower curtain rod ($6 and no hardware needed - we had one on hand so it was free) and 2 twin sheets (Walmart brand at $3 each - we had several new white sheets already in the linen closet so our cost was $0) and a couple of tie backs made from left over beads and ribbon from another project.  

Our ceilings are 9 ft high and you'll notice the panels weren't quite long enough. They're the perfect length for window curtains, but just missed the length needed to reach the ceiling by a foot. I'll be sewing on (who am I kidding! Iron-on tape will be used) a 1 foot band cut from another sheet and will be covering the seams with ribbon fashioned in a creative way to make it look like it's part of the curtain design. That way there won't be a seam on the back since the curtains are visible on both sides. I'm also thinking of changing the tie backs to something more substantial, but haven't decided on what that might be yet. 

I love using a neutral sheet (white, beige or taupe) and then ironing on a coordinating band of ribbon or patterned fabric on the edges. It brings a custom finish to a very economical idea. The curtain panel above is from Pottery Barn and is on sale right now for $59, with the larger size going up to $89 (on sale!).

Imagine a beige sheet, red ribbon ironed on the edges and clip-on drapery rings. The same look as above, but the cost to make them? $9 and that includes the black drapery clips! Sheets are so versatile and very practical when on a budget. I've even used paint and stencils on them when the desired design couldn't be found on the linen isle. The options really are endless!

I hope these tips were helpful. Check back each Friday for more to come!

In Gratitude,

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  1. Great ideas. The drapes would be so easy to do even for a non sewing person like me...thanks for sharing..;p

  2. Great idea using sheets to separate the foyer from the living room. Makes a much better entry way into the living room. You are funny with the "iron on tape"... keep following my blog and I will have you sewing in no time :)
    It's much easier than you think! Have a wonderful "no spend" weekend. By the way, great idea - no spend month.

  3. LOVE IT!! I have those same pillows that you have on your couch...

  4. I've been using sheets for years too!! Don't you just love getting all that fabric for nearly nothing? I love the idea of using the sheets for dividing the space, they look great!

  5. The little bike planter is adorable and will look great with the pothos. I think I need that kind of plant around here, if they are so easy to not kill thats my kind of plant!

    I love the curtains you made how inexpensive and the colors and styles then are endless. Your foyer is darling! I love the color, what is that?

  6. Michele,
    What a great and inexpensive idea to use sheets!! I love how you created a "foyer"!


  7. Thanks for following my blog! Love the ideas!!


  8. Love it.. love it.. Love the bike.. And simply love your foyer.. the wall colours are gorgeous!!

  9. Hi Michele! So nice to meet you and visit you sweet blog! I have perused several of your posts and enjoyed each one.

    Kindly. ldh

  10. What a beautiful home you have. Very nicely done. I am going to be getting several of those pothos? (Is that what you called them?) cuttings from my mother this weekend. The plants were originally my grandmother's and are over 40 years old. I can 't wait to put them all over the house.

  11. Okay, just found your blog. LOVE! Can't wait to read more!!!

  12. Hi Michele!

    I've given you the Versatile Blogger Award!

    Please stop by blog sometime to pick it up!


  13. i love all your curtain ideas-so inspiring! nice to "meet" you! :)

  14. Hi Michele! I'm so glad you visited me over at faithgracecrafts! It lead me to your blog! I'm a happy follower now, as well as a sister
    DOXIE owner!! Aren't they great? My hubby and I have a small kennel and we have 2 puppies in the kithen ready for sale right now. We're so blessed! Blessings to you, Doni

  15. You are brilliant! I'll have to give pothos plants a try. I tend to kill everything green. I found your blog from The Creative Girl. I just love it, and I'm adding it to my reader. Keep it up!

  16. wow what great and inexpensive ideas thank you so much for following my blog its an honer for me .take care

  17. I just love that little bike by your front door.
    Wanted to stop by and thank you for your visit to my blog and also thank you for becoming a follower...
    let me go read more of your blog...
    Have a great Sunday!

  18. I am actually thinking about using a shower curtain for a valance in our bathroom. I never thought about a sheet which might give me more variety in style or pattern.

  19. That's a great tip about the sheet curtains and I LOVE your bike planter! Happy Summer!
    Sandy xox

  20. ooh laa laa!
    your blog is rather splendid!
    just thought i'd let you know!
    x x

  21. I love your French planter, and I think those pothos cuttings are going to look fabulous in there! And I'm with you on using sheets to make curtains. You can't beat the price per yard, compared to fabric bought at JoAnns!

  22. I am so glad you came to follow me... I *never* knew I could make new plantings from my Pothos plant! I need to find more about this! It's the only thing I have never killed! :oP

  23. Great Tips! Thanks for sharing!!! Looks like you have a very lovely home!

  24. Hi, I just wanted to say, Thank You! for stopping by my blog... and following. I promise some entertaining posts, but wonder if my blog will ever be so put together and classy like yours. Love it. Oh, and I have my curtains NAILED up in my living/dining room because I can't decide what I want for window treatments. Well, you "nailed" it for me with your inexpensive sheets curtains. Even I could add the trim. Hugs to you.

  25. Very beautiful and great ideas! Following you too.

  26. I love, love, love the curtain idea. I am needing some new curtains and haven't been able to bring myself to pay for them! I will be heading to WallyWorld this week to check out their sheets!
    Thanks for following my blog! I'm already loving yours, so I'm following you back. =)

  27. Cute bike planter!
    Thank you for entering my giveaway! I am now following you and look forward to reading more of your stuff.
    All the best,

  28. Your foyer looks AMAZING! Noticed that you stopped by my blog, i wanted to return the favor and I am SO GLAD I did! :) Have a great week!

  29. That is really great! It looks very nice, and no spending money for the month of July. That is super. I am going to have to challenge myself. Maybe in the month of October.

    I thank you for the follow, and now I am following you.

  30. Beautifully done and so inspiring! I hope your No Spend Month continues to foster your creativity and I look forward to you sharing your entire journey with us.

    Many Blessings,

  31. thanks for following me over at my junk drawer! I thought I would stop by and return the favor. :)

    I love that bicycle planter. I have the perfect spot for one, now I need to find one :)

  32. In your bike, how about vines. anyway love that blue. and your work you've done. Thanks for stopping by my blog.Hope you found arootdiggerssunnyside..... jo

  33. Beautifully done and so inspiring...I really like it...the curtain look smart.

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