Monday, December 29

I like being frugal

Being frugal in meagre times is not a problem for me, since by nature I'm not a wasteful person. I don't usually throw out any food, unless it is really, really off, but then I take a close look at the produce I buy in the first place. My mother has taught me to go for quality rather than quantity, and now I'm really glad I followed this piece of valuable advice! Indeed, some of my clothes are 15 years and older and still in perfect condition. Take these boots, for example. Believe it or not, but I've had them since I was eighteen (I'm on the wrong side of thirty now)! Same goes for that filofax (yes, in matching burgundy leather) - okay, it may be a little scuffed round the edges, but it's still in perfect working order and I wouldn't trade it for one of those electronic devices ever! Besides...I like flipping through the pages and looking at the myriad of notes that I have jotted down over the years.
Same goes for the fabrics I buy, as anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know. I save those scraps and think of ways to re-use them. What about teensy-weensy scraps? They make perfect button covers!


  1. wow! those buttons are the cutest things ever!

    i'm not very frugal. sad fact! then again, i'm not the type of person who buys excessively either so it's not like i'm wasteful! but every end of the year (like now), i go through my closets and just purge! and i am always amazed at how much stuff i get rid of, considering i'm not an impulsive buyer. i always think someone else will have better use for it...

  2. those are great little buttons! :-)

  3. Love your blog !
    Thanks for the tip about using the teensys scraps of fabric for button covers.

    Happy New Year !

  4. Your boots look great and the button covers are cute!

  5. Love the buttons!! And Wow about those boots..Good for you! I am certainly frugal regarding many things, it is just my nature!

  6. Frances - I understand you completely. I've lived in Asia, and it's difficult to maintain clothes there due to the high humidity. Clearing out the closet gives one a good feeling, doesn't it.

    Triz - Thank you! Your beadwork is awesome.

    Carriers Cosy Cottage - you're welcome. You may not be aware but I stop by your blog frequently to look at all your lovely vintage things!

    Beaded Tail - many thanks!!!

    My Sweet Three - yup, it pays to be frugal. btw, your daughters are adorable!

  7. I like your blog!
    Greetings from switzerland

  8. Perfect! Our Moms came from the same times. Very solid advice, that our kids (everyone's kids) need to learn!

  9. great idea-those buttons are so cute! you are very creative!

  10. It's Ambrosia (not signed in)...great tip on the buttons!...I've been making clothes since I was very young and always have these little scraps lying around...

    I wish I could say I was as easy on shoes as you (boots, rather, as I prefer)...I have clothes from way back, but boots/shoes I seem to be really hard on.

    In any case, great post!...And thanks for the linklove on my Caelan blog! Happy New Year!

  11. Cindy - exactly!

    Daisy - thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

    Ambrosia - I'd love to see the clothes you designed. Have you posted them on your blog(s)?
    A very happy and healthy New Year to you too!

  12. Thank you so much..
    Wishing you and your family a great New Year!
    God bless..

  13. The buttons are too cute, what a great idea! And like you, I have a planner in a binder that I can't live without. No electronic planner for me either!



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