A patched together lifestyle of thrift and charm...

Jul 20, 2017

Grow Your Own Fruit - Thrifty Thursday...

Fruit can get pricey... but you can grow your own for cheap!  
And oh the delights you can make...

An easy fruit to grow is rhubarb...

Simply cut off the leaves when the stalks are red and ready...wash...

and cut or chop or cook or whatever your recipe calls for.

It's easy to freeze - just throw it in the containers and label!

I made My Love some rhubarb muffins and he's loving them.
(He's not one to often comment on baked goods.)

Of course you can also easily grow raspberries. Blueberries and
 fruit trees too - but may take a little more work.  
For now - we're enjoying our rhubarb.

Want to try the muffins?

Sugared Rhubarb Muffins

2 c. flour
1 c. sugar - (can use less!)
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/3 c. canola oil
1 c. chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb

Combine all ingredients except rhubarb just until moistened.  Fold in rhubarb.  Sprinkle w/ an additional 1/4 c. sugar (spread out among the muffins).  Bake @ 350 for 25-30 min.

Jul 17, 2017

100 Miles of Rural America, Wildlife and Yard Sales...

What a delightful weekend... the perfect mix for My Love and I. 
  Pennsylvania hosted their annual 100 mile yard sale over 2 days -
 traversing remote roads and villages with lots of wildlife sightings in between.   
This picture says it all - see those mountains?  They were a constant!  
See that yard sale - also a constant!   
(And this house has plans to be turned into a bed & breakfast
 within the next 6 months - yippee!) 

We were adventurous and took 'big bad black dog' along. 
She did great while we were 'on the road'... not so great at the campsite.  
(She doesn't 'play well with others' - just not a nice 'people' dog.)
  But we survived as campsite time was minimal this go-round.

The mountain regions in PA are just beautiful...

...with lots and lots of cabins and camps...

We supported the local firehouses along the way for lunch and snacks...

And were honored to get to some great properties...

 My love had the time of his life shooting wildlife.  
Can't wait to see his pics!  Can you tell what he's shooting here?

Did I mention the small, small villages?

And sweet mountain churches?

This is some of the goods - mostly smalls - that came home with us. 
That flower (dianthus) is real and I had been wanting one- so happy!

So was it worth the trip?  A thousand times yes!  Perhaps not in
 miles vs. goods.  But in sightings and experiences - many times over!  
For more pictures - visit my Quilted Nest Facebook page 
(and follow me - you'll make my day!)  ~Joyce

Jun 30, 2017

A Facebook Tip on Today's Friday Finds...

While I found a few 'things' this week...

...my favorite find was not a 'thing' at all!  

Are you part of your local town's page on Facebook?  
If not - you need to be!  Just search for your 'town, state' and see if
 there's a page and join it!  I can't believe the world this has opened up...
 things we never knew about right here on our community.

Case in point:
We have this pile of cement that we've been trying to unload...

On our town page someone mentioned needing a 'clean fill' place
I chimed in that we do too.  Immediately - someone responded.
 And the best part?  The location was just 3 houses down the road.
  Yes really!  Feels like a little miracle!  I'm also seeing people 
find jobs from the page, learn about new restaurants,
churches and on and on.  It's been great.

Now back to my 'things' finds... it's a small pile this week.
The pillow is for our summer cottage ($1)
and the old fabric (actually curtains) will land on Etsy.
I love these sweet hankies.  At 10 cents each pack - 
I'm happy to have them for my purse. 

And I found plants!  At one yard sale today I praised a flower
 growing in a lady's shaded bed.  She offered to dig some up for me!
  I'm thrilled to have this hardy begonia to give 'style' to my back border...

Then at another sale - the oxalis (purple) was $1 and the 
little plant (purple coneflower) was 50 cents.
Both are flowers that I don't have.

What a fun week this has been.  
Now remember - go get on your community facebook page.  
Would love to hear how it proves to be a blessing in your life - 
cause I feel certain it will be!  ~Joyce

Jun 29, 2017

Making A Lavender Wreath for Thrifty Thursday...

My intent this morning was to cut and make lavender bundles
 from my 2 little plants and add them to my living room.  

I even had a helper who mostly stayed out of the way...

But it wasn't long into the process that I decided to turn those bundles into a wreath.

Thus a lavender photo shoot was born...

Cost?  Lavender - $0 (plant from a friend a long time ago that I
 finally figured out how to propagate to make 2 plants)
Wreath base - had on hand - may have been .50 from a yard sale
Florists Wire - had on hand - may have been .25 from a yard sale
Waxed String - had on hand - may be been $1/roll from a yard sale

I think that counts as Thrifty. 
And the best part?  You can't put a price tag on loveliness!
Plus - it smells delightful in here!  

Thanks for visiting today... and comments make my day.  ~Joyce

Jun 27, 2017

The Perfect Farm Mailbox... and More...

Took a little country walk on a road we never walked on before...
 although just a short hop away.  Come along...

It is farmland here and this mailbox is so fitting I think...
brownstone house

But right next door is this wonderful property...

barn country garden border

Discovered these old markers or county boundary lines.  
When whizzing by in a car - these kinds of things go unnoticed...
via Quilted Nest

quilted nest

The sky is always fun to observe - it is truly God's handiwork.

And we returned via our rail trail.
Elizabethtown, PA
I truly love our region in southcentral PA.
 Come visit!  ~Joyce

Jun 22, 2017

Shopping Online for Free! - Thrifty Thursday

I'm not a big online shopper.  Generally speaking - I feel I do 
much better with local discounts and hitting thrift shops, 
discount grocery stores and yard sales.

But - there is the occasional product that I use that is specific
 enough that I won't find it at a discounted price anywhere.
These items are worth checking out online.   
I checked Amazon for a supplement that I take and discovered
 some thrifty tips...

1.  Thanks so all the product promos that Amazon includes for
 anything you search for - I found another brand of my product that
 checked out to be just as good (easy enough to do online research)
 for much less monies.  

2.  I paid with my Discover card.  Turns out Amazon has the option
 of using your Cash Back Bonus monies at check-out.   Really?
  Awesome!  That is 'free' money to me... so thank you!

Of course there are many other ways to save with Amazon.   
Most of them I do not find to be really saving for me personally 
(in other words - I'd be shopping more than my normal - just to 'save').
But click this link for some truly good ways to save with Amazon.

And just a few more general 'shopping' thrifty tips...

3.  Always pay for purchases w/ a 'cash back' credit card when you can.  
Or use anairline mileage card if travel is a big happening in your life.

4.  As alluded to already - clubs and memberships are generally not
 the best savings and typically have you spending more than you 
would have without the 'plan'.   There are ways to shop cheaper!
  They may (but not necessarily) take more time though - and if time
truly equals money stress to you - then consider that.  

5.  Stress (see #4) can equal money!... it takes a toll on our health.

So check out the little extras Amazon has to offer.  (As always - 
I'm not getting any kickbacks - this is a non-money making blog!)
  Happy Savings!  ~Joyce

Jun 17, 2017

A Friend's Garden - Saturday Sightings...

 It is local garden tour time.   What a fun Saturday morning outing!
  But on this particular tour - my favorite garden was a 
friend's garden - not on the tour except for us!  

The idea for these little chicken wire succulent planters came to 
her in the middle of the night.  Aren't they neat?

Her covered patio area is filled with blue and white pottery, 
planters and baskets of all kinds...

Planters en masse make a statement for sure!

And a few other shots from the morning...

Now this coming week I will be out in my own gardens playing.
  Happy weekend everyone!  ~Joyce 


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