Frugal Living

Frugal Living

 Have you ever heard the phrase…”Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without”?

This became the motto of many a household during the Great Depression.  There simply wasn’t abundant resources, so folks became creative.

As a former military wife living on base, I was challenged in this very area, as we moved from place to place, setting up a new home each time. 

The goal for me was always a warm inviting home where friends felt welcome.  Military housing had basic linoleum tile flooring & white walls. This was always the challenge-to take basic & make it ‘home’ on a very tight budget.  All the décor had to be mobile as we packed up & moved on average every 2 years.

 It seemed the curtains of the previous home never fit the windows of the new one.

I learned to sew for this very reason.  Full length curtains I made were shortened to café length in the next home, THEN made into valences in the next, finally ending up as quilt pieces.  The pattern I used for this quilt was one I copied from one given to me by my grandmother.  It was called, “Around the World.”  Pretty appropriate for military family, don’t you think?

Our Lord tells us in His word that we are fearfully & wonderfully made.  God grants us imagination & creativity to take something & make it into something else.  We sometimes forget in our own pride that God took NOTHING & made EVERYTHING.

When we accept Christ as Savior, we begin a walk where our talents & giftedness are to be used to tell others of His Grace.  We are a work in progress until the day God takes us home to be with Him forever.

It’s kind of neat to see the pieces of our lives, childhood to adult, sinner to saved, start to finish, come together in such a way that points others to Jesus.

Confectionately Yours,


I’m sharing today a link to a depression era cake that has no butter, eggs, or milk.  It’s called a Wacky Cake.