Monday, February 17, 2020

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage #148


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 Welcome to another thrifty update from Harvest Lane Cottage. I am glad you've found me! I like to share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, frugal cooking, and my blessings from God. 

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 Hello everyone! Can you believe that we're already well into February? I've been keeping track of thrifty things we've done in the last few weeks.  I graduated my homeschooled daughter Amy at the beginning of January, and I have been busy with so many things while she is at school. I need to get myself back into a writing routine. I beg your pardon for the long wait between posts. I intend to set some time away every day for writing. 




 I've been sewing and knitting a lot. So far, I have only spent about $7 for cotton batting and seam binding. I am trying to sew and knit using only things that I or my daughter have on hand. That's another way to be thrifty. My fabric and yarn stashes are small, collected over many years, but they are of little value if I am not using them! I've put a link to my sewing machine below. She's a beautiful little workhorse. You can see my favorite Kitchenaid mixer and other products by clicking on the link in the pages above. I appreciate it when people share their favorite products with me, too. Please tell us in the comments if you have any you'd like to share.

Here are some of the thrifty things we've done lately.


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~ I received my first payment from Amazon. It was $10.12. Thank you for using my link to Amazon! Every bit helps make ends meet. ~smile~ It's in the top right sidebar or here.


~ Four $.69 avocados made some delicious guacamole

~ $.39 lime

~ Served ham and beans and cornbread to guests after church

~ $6 thrifted picture in bathroom

~ $6 thrifted clock for living room. It's a really big one.




~ Three nice $2 sweaters at Treasures on Main

~ Used tire $47 instead of buying a new one.

~ Husband fixed table leg with things we had on hand

~ Husband fixed plumbing under kitchen sink with help from the neighbor

~ He unclogged bathroom sink with vinegar and snake

~ I joined the 52 Week Sewing Challenge Facebook group to jump start my sewing. It's working!


First I pinned the old apron in half.

~ I used the worn out apron in the photo above as a pattern to make a new apron.



 Next I pinned the old apron to the new fabric which I had folded in half.


I cut around the old apron to make a new apron. I then cut
and sewed the waist ties and trimmed it out in bias tape.

I love my new apron, and since I used fabric and thread
from my stash, I only spent about $4 on bias tape.

~ I mended one of my dresses. I'll be able to wear it for another season.


I was able to mend a hole in the shoulder
and repair an arm seam.
~ My daughters removed wallpaper with steam cleaner in bathroom and painted.

~ I made over one of my dresses that was getting worn. I made it smaller also. ~smile~ I forgot to take a photo of that one. 

~ I made soup bowl cozies for my son's birthday using leftover thread and fabric squares that my friend Cheryl gave to me a few years ago.
Thank you Cheryl Smith for the precut squares.
Thank you Karen Andreola for the chicken pin cushion.

Four made a nice birthday present for my son.

~ My husband bought quilt batting for me. I needed 12 inches off the long roll at Walmart. The associate gave him the remainder of the roll. There was nearly half a yard. I had enough for my project, and plenty left over all for about $3.

~ I used the leftover batting to make soup bowl cozies for our home with some fabric I've had for many years. It was a Debbie Mumm print which I love.


I adore this Debbie Mumm fabric that
I've had in my stash for over 10 years!

~ We were getting low on groceries this month because of tuition. I pulled out my KitchenAid and made honey oat bread from things we have on hand.


The tea pot was a gift from my daughter Amy. Thank you!
The butter dish was a gift from my daughter Emily. Thank you!

~ The next day I made wheat bread with some wheat berries that we've moved from the other house with us. I used my Bosch to mix it and My Wondermill to grind it.


I put out a family text that I was putting bread in the oven,
and 15 minutes later both my adult sons showed up at my door!


~ Friends shared guacamole and queso with me at Knit Night. 



~ I made eggless, milkless, butterless cake. I haven't made it for years. My husband loved it!




~ I used gift cards to buy iced tea at McDonald's and a drink at the local coffee shop on book club night.

~ A friend gave me a knitted tote bag as a late Christmas gift.

~ I won some fragrant Bath and Body shower gel in my book club's bingo game. We had to read certain types of books to mark off a spot on the sheet.

~ Free ice cream at the Cancer support group.

~ I made soup twice during the month using free venison from a friend. My guests never knew it wasn't beef!

~ I repurposed the bottom of a denim dress from the '90's. I made a denim skirt. I used leftover thread and elastic. Cost $0 Estimated purchase price $40. WIN WIN!





~ I used Scribd to listen to The Hobbit. I've listened to several other books on Scribd lately.

~ I made a lentil soup with cut up onions, celery, carrots, Knorr chicken bouillion, and water. I added a bit of thyme, too. Simple but delicious.

~ I made more wheat bread with the last of the wheat berries and a little white flour.

~ It was snowing nicely, and my son called me and said, "Is it a chocolate chip cookie day?" We made cookies with Nestle chocolate chips he bought for a dollar.

~ I borrowed books through interlibrary loan rather than purchase them.

~ I received a book through the mail for review.


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God is so good.
Praise God!

What have you been up to lately?

Laura
Blessed to be a blessing

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*I love my Singer One sewing machine. I call her Miss Singer. She has done everything I ask her to do including stitching through multiple thicknesses of denim fabric. She's a little workhorse with style!





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26 comments:

  1. Hi Laura,
    I enjoy reading your thrifty posts. You’ve done lots of sewing!
    Things have not been frugal here as my in-laws stayed here for a week and I resorted to several convenience foods to help me keep my sanity :) I’m very thankful we can buy really good premade food in times like this.

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Hi Rhonda,
       I totally get the convenience foods when you're busy. I begin a new secretarial position next week after twenty-nine years at home with my kids and helping my husband with his businesses. It's only 6 hours 3 times a week, but that's a lot of time to take away from caring for my home. We shall see how thrifty I am while working outside the home. I don't want to find that I'm spending more that I can add to the budget. Since my children are all grown, there is no childcare cost. I had been praying about what to do next, and my husband told me about it. I was hired on the spot. 
      Blessings,Laura

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  2. Wow, that is a lot of things. We have always lived like this...but, I don't keep track. I'm sure it adds up every month. I will have to be more conscious of what I am doing---just to remind myself, here from OTMoon

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    1. Dear Sandi, I find that when I write things down, it inspires me to do the next thrifty thing.I'll bet your list would be long. Thanks for coming by. I'll pop by your blog in a few minutesfor a visit.Blessings,Laura Lane

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  3. I love your new apron! I always like reading about ways you save money! Great job!

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    1. Thanks so much Mandy. The lists help keep me motivated!Warm regards,Laura

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  4. I love that both of your sons showed up for bread. Sweet!

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    1. Yes, it was a thrill! Sometimes I feel outdated with my adult children.
      Be blessed,
      Laura

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  5. I love all the things you do. The skirt from a dress is great!

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    1. I'm enjoying the skirt more than I ever enjoyed the dress. I found some fabric in my stash that I've had a long time. I cut out a paisley skirt yesterday.

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  6. Hello - these thrifty posts are always a great inspiration. We all need to think more about what we spend. Thank you so much. Have a great week!

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    1. You're right, Deb. My expenses have increased dramatically since we bought a house in town. I need to work on keeping energy costs down.
      Blessings for a terrific week with Jesus!
      Laura

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  7. QUE LINDA PUBLICACION LAURA, ME ENCANTA COMO HACES QUE FUNCIONEN LAS COSAS, SABES? TENEMOS COSAS EN COMUN, CON POCO HAGO MUCHO, SOMOS MUCHOS EN LA CASA Y HAY QUE DARLES DE COMER, ASI QUE ME LAS INGENIO PARA PODER GASTAR POCO Y QUE QUEDEN SATISFECHOS, HAY QUE SER LO MAS FRUGAL POSIBLE, YA QUE LA VIDA ESTA MUY CARA, DOY GRACIAS A DIOS PORQUE EL SIEMPRE SUPLE NUESTRAS NECESIDADES Y ES MUY FIEL, ALABADO SEA SU SANTO NOMBRE. TAMBIEN ME GUSTA LA COSTURA Y TEJER AL CROCHET Y CON 2 AHUJAS, APRENDI DE NIÑA. ¿PUEDES PASAR POR MI BLOG? VERAS LAS COSAS QUE ESTOY HACIENDO Y QUE PIENSO VENDER PARA PODER TENER ALGUNOS INGRESOS EXTRA DE DINERO PARA EL HOGAR. BENDICIONES QUERIDA HERMANA.

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  8. My goodness, you really know the ins and outs of being frugal! Great list of ideas and tips to share. I'm visiting from Over The Moon. :)

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    1. I've been livign a frugal life for most of my life. It's just the way I'm built. ~smile~
      I do have a few small luxuries, too.
      Laura

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  9. Hello!
    You certainly do an amazing job with your thriftiness.
    So inspiring!
    I am quite interested in that cake!
    Looks delicious!
    So happy to see you so happy, my dear friend.
    You look lovely!

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    1. Hi Billie Jo,
      I should probably share the recipe for that cake soon. It's delicious. Blessings to you dear friend!
      Laura

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  10. A joy to visit and see how you live a frugal life. Love the new apron.

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    1. Thank you very much. I'll stop by for a visit soon.
      Blessings,
      Laura

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  11. Laura, I love your thriftiness. I try to be thrifty. I'm trying to think what I did lately that I would consider thrifty. I'm going to use my Scooters coffee coupon to get a free small drink. I'm crocheting a shawl for a friend with yarn from my stash. Oh I got a free lemon that was a little bit the going south so I used it for cleaning the icky microwave.
    I received a free copy of Love and Respect over Christmas and I'm still trying to finish it. Oh boy I have a lot to learn.
    So anyway, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Dear Regina, Boy do we both have a lot to learn in so many ways. It's the fact that we're still learning and not giving up that will help us succeed. Of course, that's with Holy Spirit. ~smile~ There are so many ways to save money. My main way is by not spending. ~smile~ Of course that's often because I don't have it to spend. Still, it counts, because "godliness with contentment is great gain." ~smile~Hugs,Laura

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  12. Wow you've been busy. I love reading of different ways to save money. There are so many little things that really do add up. Loooovvveee you new apron! I need a new one as well - just need time to make it. And have to say, your bread looks scrumptious. That cracked me up that you sent a text and kids came running 😊💞❄️

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    1. I have to tell you, it was very gratifying that the boys came so quickly. It turns out that they were together and decided they both wanted to come. I haven't made homemade bread for awhile. I am finally getting more creative again after all this recovery time. Hugs to you,Laura

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  13. Congrats on your new employment adventure! I have no doubt you will be able to continue your thrifty ways! If you have a smart phone definitely download the Mcdonalds App- often times there are $1.00 deals on there to make your gift card stretch further!
    Thank you for the posts and continued ideas!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion. There is a McDonalds nearby.

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