Unlikely Source

While digging through the 25 cent box at Helping Hands, I found a sage green sheet with a white leaf print. I thought it would make a lovely summer dress. The problem:

ink stains

Ink Stains

So I dug a little deeper and found the fitted sheet that matched. It too was stained.

Who goes to bed with a sharpie?

At 25 cents each I splurged and bought both sheets knowing I would be able to cut around the stains to make a


summery frock

with a matching padded hangerimg_6262

The pattern and belt were also thrift store finds. Whole outfit less than $5.

There is still quite a bit of fabric left. In the future you may see another project from the same sheet.


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Thrift Report

I had a difficult time deciding what posts to delete. I think enough space is freed up to allow me to post for a while before having to sort through the archives again.

Any how I have a bit of catching up to do. So look forward to seeing some of what I’ve been up to.

$4.66 Helping Hands Thrift Store

Helping Hands Thrift Store


Helping Hands has a BIG box of 25 cent merchandise. Digging through it I found a Long John top, pair of pants and a Cotton & Lamb’s wool sweater.

The pants were donated to a downtown mission, I’m keeping the thermal underwear for myself. and I turned the sweater into a pair of Boot Socks and two hats (also to donate to the mission)img_6255

Hope to see you soon.

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Show & Tell

Married in MontanaIMG_5890 bob ross style

Reception at Cougar Mountain ZooIMG_5888 wed at zoo

Congratulations Brynn & Kevin


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Where has the “Frugal Spinster” gone?

I just want you readers to know, I’ve run out of storage in my free version of WordPress. I have to decide to delete older posts or to pay for the privilege of blogging. Being FRUGAL I hate to pay so I’m doing nothing for a while.

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Show & Tell

Did you enjoy the Cookies Last week?

I have more to show you today.

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Cookie Show & Tell

Pour yourself a glass of milk and enjoy these cookies

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Hi-lo skirt refashion


The temperature has hit 80 and I need something cool to wear. So to my refashion pile I went. I took a “BEFORE” picture but it has gotten lost.

I used a dress from the 50 cent bins at St. Vincent de Paul and a 50 cent pattern from Deseret Industries and made myself a summer skirt.

1.11-7-15  DI $8.21

Pattern 50 Cents from D.I.


2. seperate skirt

I cut the dress  at the waist

4.unstitch slit

then unstitched the slits on the side

3.casing at waist

I made a casing for an elastic waist band

5. use pattern for curve

I laid the pattern on the skirt and cut the curved hem line.


6. restitch side seam

stitched up the side seams

7. hem

made a narrow hem

8. finished

and paired it with a garage sale shirt

If your interested in seeing what another blogger did with the same dress check out Laura’s blog Accidental Seamstress, 5- minute Easter Dress.

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