the thrifty crafter was created as a marriage of my two loves: bargain shopping and all things creative. In our world of Martha Stewart and FoodTV, it can be easy to get carried away when crafting and entertaining – all the little details that give a project it’s uniqueness can end up costing quite a bit. My hope is that my readers will be inspired to do something creative without breaking the bank.

Please feel free to click on the comments link at the top of each post and leave comments for me.  I’d love to hear from you!

PS – as of June 2011, I’ve moved to New York for a year and am pursuing a residency program – which unfortunately, has left me with little time to express my creativity!  I’m hoping with the winter months coming, I’ll have some more free time to dedicate to my website. Thanks for perusing!

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  • Bingaboo Pops posted: 09 Feb at 11:51 am

    February 9, 2010

    Hi Sweetheart! I am sooooo proud of you. This is a tremendous website and activity you have created for yourself. Absolutely WONDERFUL.


  • scouch posted: 24 Feb at 10:52 am

    I absolutely love all your taste and ideas. I have been searching blogs, photos, websites and youtube demo videos for inspiration for my home. I love simple, natural elements, and am a true barganista. I also go thru the expensive decor catalogs each season and try my own versions. Also garage sales and thrift stores are the best for unique and cheap items, plus lately I have found some craft stores online with almost wholesale prices. I will visit your site regularly, and thanks again for your beautiful and timeless creations!

  • admin posted: 25 Feb at 3:07 pm

    scouch – Thank you so much! I’m so glad you found the site and are enjoying the posts! It really is fun to share ideas and inspirations…thanks for visiting!

  • Lori posted: 08 Aug at 10:47 am

    Loved browsing your site! I feel inspired now.

  • Lissy posted: 30 May at 7:51 am

    Really love your site! Very inspiring and interesting to read!

  • Jennie posted: 01 Jun at 6:42 pm

    I really love your website!! Thanks for all of the great inspiration. I’m looking forward to making tissue paper pom-poms soon. :-)

  • Jennie posted: 01 Jun at 7:51 pm

    One question…can I sign up to receive your blog posts by e-mail? I don’t see a spot on your site to do so, but maybe I’m just not seeing it.

  • admin posted: 03 Jun at 9:57 am

    You know, I don’t think so. I’ll see if there is something I can do….I think the WordPress template I use just doesn’t have that function. Let me take a look….

  • admin posted: 03 Jun at 10:02 am

    Thank You!!

  • admin posted: 03 Jun at 10:03 am

    Thank You!!! those pom-poms are fun…

  • Rachel posted: 16 Feb at 2:02 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I loved your green ruffle wreath and posted a link to your tutorial. You can see it here: http://www.allfreeholidaycrafts.com/St-Patricks-Day-Decorations/All-Ruffled-Up-Green-Wreath

    Please let me know if it’s okay to link to your projects like this in the future.


  • Joyce posted: 30 Oct at 9:17 pm


    My name is Joyce Clark Hicks and I write the Top Drawer column for the Home and Garden section of the News and Observer in Raleigh, NC.
    I was interested in highlighting one of your blog posts – the one about making a fall centerpiece out of fall flowers, lentils and acorns.
    We’d love to highlight this idea and provide a weblink, which would drive more traffic to your site. However, we need a photo to run along with the post. Could you possibly email me the photo? We’d need a high resolution jpg ASAP if we’re to run the post. I’m working on the column today.

    Thanks so much!

    Joyce Hicks