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Links to posts from my personal blog, The Idea Manuel. Includes DIYs, crafts, recipes, thrift store hauls and more.

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Honest Review: Fin Super Multi-function Lubricant

If you follow my blog, you know I’m a proponent of frugality and finding great deals. To me, frugality doesn’t mean spending no money at all; it means being choosy about how you spend y…

When I first moved out of my parents’ house, I inherited a bunch of household items, many of which I’m still using today. Among those items was this lamp: Although it served me well … Comfort Mattress, Queen Mattress, Thrift Store Hauls, Diy Lampshade, Adjustable Base, I Love Lamp, Household Items, Thrifting, Posts

DIY Lampshade Makeover Under $15

When I first moved out of my parents’ house, I inherited a bunch of household items, many of which I’m still using today. Among those items was this lamp: Although it served me well …

I’m one of those people who, as soon as pumpkin spice season has ended, is ALL ABOUT Christmas. You can find me on November perusing the aisles of Walmart, sniffing the cinnamon-scented … Shadowbox Diy, Thrift Store Hauls, Diy Shadow Box, November 12th, All Things Christmas, Posts, Seasons, Blog, Crafts

Christmas Shadowbox DIY

I’m one of those people who, as soon as pumpkin spice season has ended, is ALL ABOUT Christmas. You can find me on November 12th perusing the aisles of Walmart, sniffing the cinnamon-scented …

A few Christmases ago, in my quest for frugality and creativity, I realized that food-themed gift baskets may be THE perfect gift… They’re like stockings for adults. Thrift Store Hauls, Themed Gift Baskets, Christmas Baskets, Candied Pecans, Posts, Blog, Recipes, Messages, Christmas Gift Baskets

Christmas Basket Series: Candied Pecans

A few Christmases ago, in my quest for frugality and creativity, I realized that food-themed gift baskets may be THE perfect gift… They’re like stockings for adults. Everyone needs to e…

Cranberry sauces and jams are holiday staples that round out any gift basket. Thrift Store Hauls, Christmas Baskets, Cranberry Sauce, Sauces, Amp, Posts, Blog, Recipes, Dips

Christmas Basket Series: Sauces & Jams

Cranberry sauces and jams are holiday staples that round out any gift basket. I like them because they’re versatile and can be made in big batches. I preserve them using a boiling water metho…

Well, that’s it folks. Christmas is over for another year. My family basically had a Christmas extravaganza that sp… Christmas Is Over, Christmas Baskets, Posts, Blog, Crafts, Messages, Manualidades, Christmas Gift Baskets, Christmas Hamper

Christmas Basket Series: The Finished Product

Well, that’s it folks. Christmas is over for another year. There’s always so much build-up, and then it’s over in a flash. My family basically had a Christmas extravaganza that sp…

I’m a frequent flyer at many of the thrift and consignment shops around HRM. Obviously thrift stores can be hit or miss. As often as I shop, I inevitably find a few hits every month! Thrift Store Hauls, Consignment Shops, Shop Around, Frugal, I Shop, December, Posts, Blog, Crafts

Frugal Finds – December 2017

I’m a frequent flyer at many of the thrift and consignment shops around HRM. Obviously thrift stores can be hit or miss. As often as I shop, I inevitably find a few hits every month! For me, …

January is an awesome time to thrift shop because people are getting rid of all the old crap they don’t want after Christmas. I will gladly sift through all of the old crap and find my own tr… Thrift Store Hauls, January 2018, Frugal, Turquoise Necklace, Posts, Blog, Jewelry, Messages, Jewels

Frugal Finds – January 2018

January is an awesome time to thrift shop because people are getting rid of all the old crap they don’t want after Christmas. I will gladly sift through all of the old crap and find my own tr…

DIY Mini House Shelves UNDER $10 Wooden Shelves, Floating Shelves, Thrift Store Hauls, Diy Furniture Decor, House Shelves, Wooden Houses, Shelving, Minimalism, Room Ideas

DIY Mini House Shelves UNDER $10

I’ve passed by these wooden houses in Dollarama’s craft section for ages. Recently, my Pinterest and YouTube have been flooded with ideas for minimalist-inspired decor. Although minimal…

 My experience with sewing is limited to ninth grade Home Ec class. Thrift Store Hauls, Ninth Grade, Fabric Bunting, Thrifting, Tapestry, Posts, Sewing, Blog, Crafts

DIY No-Sew Fabric Bunting

If you’re someone who sews, let me say right off the bat, KUDOS. My experience with sewing is limited to ninth grade Home Ec class. Picture me: braces, velour t-shirt, and eager to shine in t…

Though it’s not listed on my About page, one of my major pastimes is browsing Wayfair, adding pretty things to my cart and then never buying them. I’ve come across these beautiful dippe… Upcycle, Basket, Posts, Inspired, Blog, Crafts, Diy, Inspiration, Biblical Inspiration

$5 Wayfair-Inspired Basket Upcycle

Though it’s not listed on my About page, one of my major pastimes is browsing Wayfair, adding pretty things to my cart and then never buying them. I’ve come across these beautiful dippe…