Friday, April 10, 2009

Frugal Friday - From Old Sheets to Easter Goodness

This past week I went Easter shopping. I was trying to be practical and buy only things we needed and would use. That meant clothes. Between the Target clearance rack and the Goodwill I found several new outfits for each of my kids.

But while at Target I got suckered. I stopped and looked at the Easter dresses. Gaaaah! Why did I do that? It's akin to eating one potato chip ... it simply can't be done. Needless to say I came home with two dresses; one for each of my girls. At $15.00 a piece they weren't too expensive but truth-be-told I wasn't that comfortable with the purchase. Why? Because I had sheets at home. Sheets that could become dresses. With a little time I could save our family $30.00. And you know what they say a penny saved and all ...

I hid the dresses in an undisclosed location and kept the receipt. Then I made a deal with myself. If I could sew a couple of dresses before Sunday then I'd return the others. With this tutorial as a guide I've already completed one dress; one down and one to go. Easy peasy.

Now please keep in mind I am not a seamstress. I have an inexpensive sewing machine and one semester of home economics taken in the 7th grade. My point? If I can do it sew can you! (Pun fully intended.)


Yesterday son was kind enough to remind me that some of the best entertainment is free. He spent the day wallowing in the rain and catching frogs in the neighbor's pond. Hours of diversion at no cost whatsoever. It beats video games hands down.

Of course, as I soon learned, frogs are best kept in crystal pitchers that were given to your parents for their wedding. My son must know something I don't ... perhaps this guy is really a prince in disguise.


Seeing as I have another dress to sew, an Easter potluck to plan and a baby bonnet to knit (for yet another pregnant neighbor) I'd best get to work.

Happy Frugal Friday!!

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Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Wow, I am impressed. I can't even sew a hem.


Tracey said...

How wonderful! I would like to learn to sew one day - and for my girls to learn as well.

Gayle said...

That dress is so pretty. Great job, Shalet!

The frog is very cute. I'm sure he deserves crystal!

Anonymous said...

wow - very impressive.

I didn't see hardly any really cute Easter dresses this year. Yours sure is.

Anonymous said...

Somehow Target has dropped off my radar. And just staying out of the parking lot has saved me loads, because it's not the things I intend to buy at Target that do me in, but all the things I buy with no intention whatsoever.

But if I could sew? I'd make one girl very happy with her mom.

Easter Dresses said...

Great idea to shop for Easter dresses at Goodwill and Target

SE'LAH... said...

OK, outdid yourself with the dress!

bellaguinness said...

Love that dress!! I'll be back to check out more of your Frugal Fridays for sure. And I hope to see your lavender cheesecake soon - the recipe creator recommends it with blueberry sauce... maybe you should give that a whirl. Thanks for stopping by!