Too high, too low, just right? (curtain rod height issues!)

living room curtains hung higher

(Note: please excuse the not-great photos…it was a dark and stormy day yesterday!) Sonia and Zoe’s curtains arrived two days ago, so yesterday, I put them up. I was pretty sure I was gonna need to raise the rod height, and once I put the curtains up, that was confirmed. I think this looks awkwardly […]

Before and Afters of Joshua’s room (at long last!)


For those of you just tuning in…my big summer project this year was Joshua’s room. (Last year? Kitchen cabinet painting.) He and I painted his walls, his trim, and a loft bed we bought off of Craig’s list.  And we decluttered and reorganized his room in the process. First up, some before pictures, because they […]

Hamsters. In black and white.

dwarf hamsters

This does sort of have something to do with frugality. Bear with me. As you know, Lisey has moved into Zoe’s room, and we needed some new wall art for her (the baby pictures weren’t going to work!). So, yesterday I laid out a bunch of frames on the living room floor and Lisey and […]

A couple of Goodwill shelves


If you follow my 365 blog, you know I had the drill out the other day. That’s because I was busy hanging things up. I found this long white shelf at Goodwill for $4 and decided to bring it home for Sonia and Lisey. If you have girls like mine, then you know that they […]

A little tour of my office


I always love taking a peek inside other people’s homes, so I thought it would be fun to give you a little tour of my office. Worry not, though…since my frugality seeps into pretty much every area of my life, this post will be quite on topic. This is my scrapbooking/craft desk. It’s an old […]

Zoe’s Fish Bulletin Board

A few weeks ago I bought this bulletin board from Goodwill for $2. It’s no great shakes, but it wasn’t expensive and it came with some thumbtacks too. I wanted to use this in Zoe’s room, so I sprayed it with some white primer and then some white spray paint and hung it up in […]