Monday, August 30, 2010

Update on Toilet Paper Storage

Thank you all who visited and left comments on my toilet paper holder.  I thought you might like an update on how we are doing with the new improved tp storage system in the water closet...le toilette.
Fly Guy gives it two thumbs up!  Indeed.  Instead of leaving me with an empty roll on the dispenser 
 and a fresh roll sitting on the floor...
waiting for wife or the TP Fairy to put it on this....
Yes...this is what we have in the WC...because the "room" is so small that if you had one on the wall it would be practically in your lap.

(I wish a woman had designed this bathroom!)
I entertained the idea of putting one of these dealio's in there....
which would have been right up Fly Guy's geeky alley...also nice to set a beverage on....
Or let him get creative with a cd rack from Ikea so he could have multiple rolls ...
OR...He would have something like this....

OR...If I had the room and the cash...this baby would just about do the trick.
However, I did not nor do I have the patience to put 16 rolls of paper on them because you know it would run out and he wouldn't tell me we were on the last roll until....
I -am-in-there-alone-and-the-tp-is-under-the-sink-in-the-next-room-and-no-one-hears-my-frantic-pleas-for-assistance!

That is why...Frugal Missus decided to find a tp storage in her frugal price range.
 N.i.c.e....  Only 35.00.  Oooops...way, way, way out of FM's ballpark.

Then I spied these...

and 
 Still a bit out of my price range.  That is why Frugal Missus came up with this dealy-bob the tp storage baby.


and Fly Guy is using it!  He took a roll off and put it on the toilet paper stand.  GASP...Shock and Awe! He Loves It...Fly Guy really loves it...He actually takes the spare roll and puts it on the holder.  I Know!

 I am not saying that this will magically cure husbands of leaving the roll empty...I am just sayin' what's been happening at ma maison!

All for a two dollar investment.  Did I mention just how much I love me some Garage Sales?

A Tout Alors!  

Audra

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Transformation Thursday!

I am positive someone, somewhere in blog land has already shown this, covered it or called it there own.  So if I stole borrowed this idea from you but can't remember where I saw it, I apologize now.

In our current house we have a small water closet off from the open plan bathroom.  "Le Toilette" (me) or "Stink Room" (Fly Guy) is always running out of t.p.  A.l.w.a.y.s....  I tried stacking extra rolls behind the toilet but it looks awful and is awkward to reach.  Since I don't have shelves or room to put a cabinet in there I started looking at the toilet paper caddy's at various discount stores.  Have you seen those?  Really nice, but still...a bit pricey (since I am trying hard not to spend ANY money)

Inspiration struck!  Take a brushed bronzed paper towel holder ...say like this one....

One that you paid $2.00 for at a garage sale.
Decide it would look better like this in the "water closet".
or maybe this way..extra roll is always handy!
and Voila!  Cute and frugal storage for papier hygiénique!  Mais Oui, c'est belle!

Fly guy even thinks it's a keeper!

Linking up to Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday 
 and Debbiedoos: Garage Salen Party

A biento!

Audra

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What I've Been Up To Lately....

Bonjour mes chers amis, il a été trop longtemps!  

Things are tres hectic at Maison de Frugal, with the packing, getting Reluctant Teenager ready for his sophomore year in high school and getting ready for his learners permit(frantically chews on nails!) aaaannnndddd...moving College Diva back into Greek Housing from the summer dorms.  To surmise...there has been a lot of packing and moving going on.

Still looking for a new home, wanting to move closer to work and cut down the 84 mile round trip (I KNOW!) though I am unsure where the company is going with bankruptcy since the creditors have filed an appeal on the Bankruptcy judges verdict.  I have faith that all will work out with our jobs and the move...getting really excited to see what the next few weeks bring.

Just a few pictures to show you what I have been doing...packing, sorting, packing again and labeling boxes because I have to know where everything is...have it labeled and then mark it with a number..1, 2, 3, 4, etc to correspond with the room that the box needs to go into.  Maybe overkill but I despise looking for things and opening six boxes to find just that one thing!

Here is my packing and moving crew...

Don't they look motivated?  I am always finding them laying around on the job.

I get the stare down when I ask them to get a move on it...we are burning daylight and we have so much to do.

I guess changing positions constitutes "getting a move on it..."

Ling tells me that a 15 minute break is really a three hour nap in cat time.


 Ludo spends most of her time ignoring me...until it's time for a photo op!

At this rate it might take me another month or so to get all of the important things packed up.  Although Fly Guy is going to take a week off and pack up the garage and his things.  (he still has most of his belongings in boxes from when we married three years ago...)

On Saturday I stopped at a Garage sale and saw several moving boxes at the curb for trash pick up.  I asked the seller if I could have them and he said yes...he had tons more, as well as bubble wrap and sealing tape, all from his cross country move!  He even threw in four moving blankets! His company had paid for all of this for his move so he gave them to me.... Free! You know I was doing the spazzy happy dance over that wind fall. 

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my thrifty transformation (I am kinda proud of it!)

A Tout a'lors! 
Audra

Friday, August 13, 2010

Wonderful News!


As many of you know, for the past year, the company I work for has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Today the bankruptcy judge approved our bankruptcy exit stragety!


This is cause for major celebration!  The company has been in Arizona for 78 years and employs over 10,000 members.  As you can imagine, the threat of unemployment weighed heavy on our minds as Fly Guy, myself and two other family members work for the same company.  Today we are thrilled that we will be able continue working and providing excellent service to our members and customers.


Thank you all  for your thoughts, kind words and prayers, they mean the world to me.   Off to chill the champagne to toast with Fly Guy when he gets home.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Home Town Nostalgia...

Showing some home town pride and love for Cottonwood and some of the places of my youth.  All in all this place was a great place to grow up, even if I didn't know it then.  I am fortunate to be from a town that is in close proximity to five major tourist towns. Prescott, Jerome, Camp Verde, Sedona and Flagstaff.  You can drive to Flagstaff or Prescott in about 45 minutes and only 20 minutes to Sedona or Camp Verde.  

Here is my grade school. The description I borrowed from the Clemenceau Heritage Museum website.  I attended 5 and 6th grades in this building.  Full of wood floors, giant globe lights and crown molding to die for.  I will take the tour one day to get some inside pictures of this gorgeous school/museum.
 The flag pole was constructed later after I had moved on to Junior High School on the same campus but a much newer building. 

Mingus Union High School home of the Marauders.  Front of the school.  True story...we had a huge concrete Marauder Head in the front of the school for nearly 25 years until they tried to move him to another location when the expanded the offices and decapitated him.  Tears were shed people, tears were shed.
School has had a face lift getting rid of the Dijon mustard yellow paint with brown trim.  Ah if those mustard colored walls could talk...
New cafeteria walk up window.  This cool feature was not there when i went to school.  No..we had a line and hot lunches in side the building peeps.

Next up a short jaunt up the hill to Jerome to the sliding jail. Another one of my most favorite places to hang out and soak in some of the ambiance from this Ghost Town.
The jail is slipping down the hill due to land erosion and explosions in the mines, the jail slid down the hill, across the road and came to rest down the slope on the other side or the road.  I have one of the original finials from the fence around the jail.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour..I will be showing you more of my favorite places in other posts.

A Tout Alors!

Audra

Monday, August 9, 2010

Great Finds at St. Pete's Thrift

First I have to say THANK YOU...!!  To all of you lovely ladies who left encouraging words and sound advice on my last post.  I hesitated writing it, putting it out there, because...well it's frustrating to not have a perfect life that I strive for.  You know?  Oh, You do?  You don't have one of those cookie cutter perfect lives where everything is perfect?  Funny...that is what mon amie Mika said to me.  "What?  You think none of your readers have been through same things?  What?  You want to act like you don't have a real life? Write..."

So I did.  And I am glad that I did because your words were a comfort.  Merci beaucoup...a thousand times.

Now on with the things I have been doing.  Packing...looking for a house, dealing with out Dr. Pepper and on this past rainy Saturday I shopped.  Yes...it was raining coming down hard and as I head to the grocery store I see some signs.  Ok.. I know they aren't going to have sales out in the rain...but there were three in Garages selling their hearts out.  Only a die hard garage saler like me is not afraid of rain as I browse through movies and luggage!

Headed over to St. Peter's thrift store. You know... my absolutely favorite place to end my usual Saturday Garage Sale foray.
Yes, down came the rain and watered the dry desert, but St. Pete's was open and doing a booming business.
Located in the back of St. Peter's Episcopalian Church in Litchfield Park, Arizona, this little thrift is small in size but big in great deals.  They are only open on Saturday...but get stuff in all week long.  That's why it pays to head over weekly.

You might find this...
Grey and charcol bedding from Swell by Target.  Full size quilt and pillow shams for Reluctant Teenager's bedroom.  $6.00!  Fantastic gently loved condition.
Also picked up a new in bag full size mattress cover for $3.00.
Pottery Barn shower curtain...$3.00.  I don't know if I will keep this or sell it, but I loved this pattern.
Fly Guy says I can spot Pottery Barn items at a 100 paces...I don't know about that but I do love to find PB on the cheap.

I found this shower curtain last year at St. Peter's..PB, brand new in bag, $3.00.  It now resides in Reluctant Teenager's bathroom.
See why it pays to go often?  You never know what you'll find.
Set of 12 Ikea glasses for $5.00.  
Love this crazy cutlery set...20 pieces for $3.00
Another shirt for Fly Guy.  $2.00
Closer detail of the fabric...the colors are amazing.

With school starting right around the corner, I have been on the look out for tshirts for Reluctant Teenager.  I hit the mother load of Rocker style shirts for $4.00 each.
4 shirts $16.00 which just about covers the cost of one of these at Marshall's.  Yep... I checked.  RT is thrilled that he can rock out like a serious bad...dude.  No...he wouldn't model them... I checked.

For a rainy Saturday morning... St. Pete's delivered some great finds all for $30.00.  Yes, bed set, mattress cover, cutlery, glasses, shirts and PB shower curtain.  Now you know why I haunt this place?

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and thanks again for sticking with FM through this rough patch.  Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.
Linking up with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasures.

A Tout Alors!

Audra

Monday, August 2, 2010

Ok...I am still here!

Missing you all terribly, wishing there were enough hours in the day to tell you about everything.  A brief run down.

1.  College Diva has some female health issues.  Would greatly appreciate prayers and guidance in knowing what we should do, wait, operate or ???

2.  Moving...As I am packing up the house and getting ready for the move, not knowing exactly where we are moving but knowing it will happen in the next three to four months.  Watching my life go into boxes, out the door to others homes and some even to thrifts in the area...I am a tad bit sad.  These are all things that had meaning to me at one time or another.  Happier thought, I am decluttering and clearing my life.  This is a wonderful thing.

3.  The company I work for is trying to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Waiting to hear what the courts will say on August 9th.  Praying for a great outcome as 10,000 people out of work is an awful thing, but a ripple that will be felt for years in Arizona's economy.

4. Migraines.  Hitting like crazy.  Going to see a new specialist.  Maybe this one has answers. 

5. Middle Sister moved into her first "on her own" home.  Sad to see her marriage crumble, thrilled she is making strides to better herself and the lives of her triplets.  Will be posting pictures of her great new place that is just down the road from my little sisters place.  Hmmm.... maybe I will move out there to be closer to my sisters~!

6. Starting new eating/diet regime tomorrow.  No. More. Dr. Pepper.  I will require prayer on this as I love, love LOVE me some Dr. Pepper.   I may need rehab!

7.  Thinking about where my blog is taking me and if I am doing it justice.  Then I see after a weeks absence that I have gained three new followers.  Awww!  You all are the greatest!

btw... Natasha left me the quote from Harriet Beecher Stowe and it sums it all up.

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
and Marty reminded me of the saying "how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time"  This was perfect as my best friend has applied this saying to turn around her own life and often says it to me.  So wonderful to have Marty remind me of that saying. 

Just knowing you are out here and thinking of me, helps me more than I can ever express. 
So...I will just say....

HUGS and Lots of Heartfelt Thanks!
Audra