Maybe you have or haven’t noticed, but I haven’t been able to post any home decorating projects lately. Most of what I have posted are smaller decorative or craft projects. The reason is because I have to watch my spending. A year ago my husband’s job was cut, thanks to the economy. We have been living off of his severance package ever since, but that soon goes away. We still have one daughter in college, so her tuition is our priority right now. I work in retail display and if anyone works in retail you know the pay scale sucks is VERY LOW. I basically work full-time for the health benefits.
When I get home all I want to do is connect with you, but I am pretty tired as I am climbing up and down ladders, moving and dressing mannequins, and running around the store all day. It is a very physical job. When I was a stay at home mom, I did so many projects while my daughters were at school. Now, that I work full-time, I realize how I took that life for granted. I was very lucky to be at home for 20 years, while my husband’s position provided us with a very nice lifestyle. Until we know what is in store for us, using my creativity in thrifty ways is how I am coping with living in limbo.
Over the past few months I have become thrifty, thrifty, and even thriftier than my usual thrifty self. I have been re-thinking everything, even down to creating delicious, yet cost effect meals for my husband and I. When I was going through cookbooks for ideas, I wanted to have something pretty to mark the recipes I plan to try. Since I am trying not to spend $$$, I decided to create cookbook markers myself. They look so much prettier than scraps of ripped paper I normally would use. Using them also makes my daily chore of cooking visually more appealing.
I have included them for you to download and & print onto card-stock.
Print out a few sets. One for you and another set to give to a foodie friend. I printed this set on ridged paper and wrapped a paper strip around the set.
To create the wrapping strip:
Cut a 3/4″ x 6″ strip out of card-stock.
Cut a 1/2″ slit on the bottom edge 3/4″ from the end.
Cut another 1/2″ slit on the other end, but this time from the top edge.
When you have a favorite recipe in a cookbook, create a card for your recipe box with the name of the recipe, the book, and the page. It will save you lots of time trying to find which cookbook the recipe was in when you need it.
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