On Little Money & Little Time

Remember the great “hunting trips” I’ve gone on lately?

Bargain and Treasure hunting that is.

Here’s what I’ve done with some of my fabulous finds.



Cost:  $2 @ Local Family Pathways
Time:  5 minutes to fasten it to the wall, and roll my towels.




Cost:  $3.00 for two matching mugs @ Family Pathways
Time:  Zip . . . just filled em’ up!


The fun washcloths included, are from a bundle that was a hostess gift from my recent visitors. THANKS AGAIN LADIES.


TIP:  I purposely don’t buy the matching cloths when I purchase towel sets.  The bath and hand towels are hung for use and decoration.  Matched washcloths are VERY expensive, and you go through them more quickly.   So what I do is buy bundles of good quality cloths in neutral colors.  That way I get quality AND quantities and stay within my budget (and some extra décor too)!



You’ve seen my wall collage here.

The little cup & saucer below, were found at a color tag sale.


Cost:  $1.75/set @ Family Pathways


A quick, new arrangement of the collage shows them off.  Don’t worry, the saucer is NOT going to fall and break this time!



On my birthday shopping trip with Hubs, I bought the pretty vinyl for a laundry room project.

Cost: $5.99/yd @ JoAnn’s Fabrics
Time:  15 minutes.  I just measured, cut and glued.


  • This heavy Vinyl can just be trimmed to size. It will wear without raveling.
  • I folded my front bottom edge back and made a slot for the weight.
  • Then just hot glued to my shelf unit.
  • A pretty way, to cover laundry necessities AND make the top surface waterproof.


I can set my wet watering can and $0.99 Goodwill bucket with gardening items on top without worry!




Today, I’ll end on another “orange” note.

My studio has a south-facing window I love to accent with colored glass.


I recently switched from blues to oranges with this beautiful glass vase @ $1.75 found at Discovery Thrift.

I can hear my regular followers groaning at the artificial flowers.  Yes, I still don’t care for fakes as a rule BUT . . .

  • These are convincingly realistic looking
  • Cost only $1 per stem @ Crafts Direct, and . . .
  • They were my mom’s favorite flowers and remind me of her every day when I go in there

More color and fun soon.

Meanwhile . . . don’t stress about it, just start it!

Later – Cheryl

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“Tool Time” Bargain Boy’s Room

When my son and daughter were young, I found decorating his room wasn’t always as easy as her space. With furniture I like pieces that can move with them as they go out on their own. In this week’s Menard’s Sale Bill, my imagination went wild on ideas for a cool boy’s room, and everything would be appropriate for any age (once out of the nursery/toddler phase). All you need is a bed and some paint and you’re set to go. Take a look.

Most boys idolize dad and want to be just like him. What better theme for their room than “Tools”. All of these items are sturdy, durable pieces that can go from bedroom to apartment to home/garage as the years go by.

This is actually two separate pieces; the smaller chest could be used as a night stand and the larger chest for dresser.

This is actually two separate pieces; the smaller chest could be used as a night stand and the larger chest for dresser.

At a sale price of $69.00, that’s a bargain, and much more durable than new dressers in that price range … you might even be able to get two. You would have two nightstands, and two bureaus. Or put a topper across the two larger pieces to make a desk or work space. All kinds of possibilities here.

A melamine panel would work for your desk topper. These were $22.99 after a $3 rebate. Take your measurements and ask if the lumber department will cut the larger piece to desired size.
Boy's Room

If you want a separate table/desk surface, consider two of these sawhorses as legs for your topper. $8.99 each, and supports up to 2,000 lbs (YES thousand) per pair. Again, you could utilize the metal industrial feel or paint in a color.

Boy's Rm saw horses

If you just want a table period, no work involved, this 4′ one works well. I know it’s sturdy because I have one. At $19.99 it’s a versatile piece that can easily be stored away or moved to a different room for any use.

Boys rm table

These metal shelves are solid, but could always be screwed to the wall for safety concerns. A price of $49.99 will give a lifetime of use, literally. The metal can easily be spray painted to brighten it up a bit – or not for the industrial vibe. Like wise the shelves can be painted or covered to tie in to the decor scheme. This could hold a lot of colorful bins, boxes and toys.
Boy's Rm shelves

This 5′ x 7′ rug is another double-duty item. Use it as carpet on a hard floor, or over good carpeting that you want to protect. Can be easily rolled up and stored away if neccessary. Brings in quick color.
Boy's Room Rug

Bedrooms always need storage, and especially kid’s rooms which often tend to be on the small side anyway. Here are two double-duty pieces. The hanging piece could hold anything from jackets to jump ropes to who knows what. How masculine is that!? It is $14.99 with the $10 mail-in rebate.
Boy's Rm accessories 3
And why couldn’t this garden cart store toys or all that “boy stuff”? It’s $14.99 with a lid as a work surface and wheels so it can move anywhere you want. Roll it easily to any room to play and back into the bedroom when guests show up!
Boy's room toy chest

Don’t forget, every room needs accessories, right? How about some of these?
BOGO deal here, with this storage organizer. You get not one but two for $4.99.
Boys Rm Accessories

This steel tape measure will always be useful, but probably should be for a bit older boy. Great to help dad with his building projects. It’s $1.99 after the $2 rebate.
Boy's Rm Accessories 2

Okay, next you’ll be saying …What?? … a solar light, really but use your imagination here. It’s red-whits-blue and matches the tool chest and the chair. Remove it from the stake and in a sunny room, it would charge enough to be a great nightlight. There are even color changing LEDs. It’s only $4.99 and if you don’t like it inside, stick it in the garden. 🙂
Boy's Rm star light

Every bedroom needs a chair. Here you go. This fits in with everything else and hits the mark for a boy. Take it anywhere or leave it in the room. Hey at $7.87 get an extra one for guests.
Boy's rm chair

You may think I’ve really flipped my lid with the last two, but again, get funky here. What could you come up with for the foam noodles? Could they be slit and used to cover table legs? Or hey, just a fun toy.
Boy's room accessories 4

The flag would be a great wall hanging or if it is cloth not plastic, it would make a great pillow cover.
Boy's Room Flag

There you have it, a nice list of unique possibilities; affordable, durable pieces, most of which are useful lifelong. You may not be doing an entire room all at once, but at these prices, perhaps one or two of the large items could be your beginning point. Or, if you have shelves and a dresser, just have fun with the accessories as useable decor items.

COLORS: I prefer to stay away from the cutesy boy/girl colors. A neutral room will weather more years and doesn’t have to be boring. For blue tones, take a look at these BEHR colors: Rainy Sidewalk HDC-CT 24 or Soft Denim ICC-46. I also suggest Gallery Taupe ICC-89 or Cotton Grey HDC-NT 20 for workable colors. Any of these will rework into other accessory color schemes too, as your fella grows up.

Today’s helpful links can be found here.




Leave a comment with your ideas for a “Tool Time” boy’s room. And by all means, let me know the lowdown if you do this in your guy’s room; especially pictures. I LOVE pictures.

As always, just suggestions so don’t stress, just start.

Later -Cheryl

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