Thrifty Things Friday #86

Hi friends!


Geez this was a crazy week! I got hit with the I-am-WonderWoman-hear-me-roar-cleaning-and-organizing-crazy-lady syndrome. When  those moments hit which, generally are far and few between kind of moments for me, I just have to go with them. So, I started from the bottom and worked my way to the ceiling in my kitchen cleaning and organizing. When I got to the last wall cabinet a vicious jar of salsa jumped out and attacked my toe and broke it. So, that abruptly ended that crazy lady moment for me.


Yup, my foot is in there somewhere among the dish towels and ice pack!

Then my brother was admitted in the hospital for a severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic he was taking so, I have been spending many hours in the hospital with him.


This is an angel display as you walk into the hospital.

Tomorrow I leave with my mom for our annual Girls Shopping Weekend. We get together in the middle of the state with my cousins and aunt and just shop, gab and eat while staying in a hotel. We have been doing this every December for over 15 years now. Fortunately we do a lot more gabbing, catching up, laughing and eating than shopping these days so, my broken toe shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Just lousy timing.

And just one more quick announcement….


Happy Birthday Sherry!

Okay, last week I showed you are Christmas tree that we cut down from the cabin. Years ago Troy built a tree stand and a box for the tree stand. The box does double duty. It not only stores the tree stand but, it elevates our tree so there is space under it to keep Christmas presents. We don’t have a big living room so space is an issue.


Now, it ain’t pretty but, it does the job.


See that little log inside?


That was part of our Christmas tree from last year. As a tradition, at the end of the season when we take down our tree, Troy cuts off part of the tree and puts it in the box. Then the next Christmas he drills some holes to hold candles in last years tree truck log and this is our “Yule log” for this Christmas. I will use it as a centerpiece on our dining room table.

A Yule log is a large and extremely hard log which is burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in several European cultures. Source: Wikipedia

Every year I hide the box with different tree skirts….well, different tablecloths. This year I am going to do something different. I am going to use burlap.


The burlap just feels more natural and since that seems to be my theme this year, it should work out nicely.


And the best part? The burlap was free! A good friend of ours that we met through the Farmers Markets just recently gave us a whole bolt of extra wide burlap that he no longer needed.  Were talking almost 40 feet of burlap! Plus he gave us another darker brown piece to use (about 20 feet long). So, I now have lots of burlap.


Not only will I be using this around the base of the tree but, I have a few other ideas for some decorating with this burlap!

Okay, on with the thriftiness!


  1. A richness in burlap. And a broken toe. And a great shopping/visiting family tradition. A very good week coming up in many ways. Hope that toe doesn't slow you down and that your brother is ok now.
    Thank you for hosting.

  2. Ugh! That sounds so painful! Get better soon! I had an allergic reaction to antibiotics this year...nothing to mess around with!
    That is such a perfect way to create a Yule log! I may just steal that idea!
    Thank you so much for hosting! Come see my Craigslist Tutorial!



  3. A few years back I stubbed my LITTLE toe in the middle of the night . Three days later when it was 4x the size it usually was I went to the doctor and discovered it was broken. ANYWAY after wearing a boot and all that good stuff and seeing this that and the other doctor at the "Specialists" on my last visit the latest "Specialist" told me that my BIG toe had healed nicely. SCARY! :)

  4. Sorry to hear about your toe:( Do enjoy yourself with the girls and I hope your brother gets well soon. Thanks for hosting:)


  5. oh how lovely your tradition is with the log. I love it. So sorry about your toe,I hope you aren't in too much pain.
    I would love to be a little fly watching you have so much fun with the girls.It sounds great fun.
    What a nice man to give you all that burlap,I don't think you'll run out in a hurry.:) xx

  6. Oh goodness! Broken toes are the worse! Take care dear and have fun at your yearly fun fun trip!

  7. Oh, I'm sorry, broken toes, how painful!! Hope you're better soon so you can enjoy your yealy trip too. Thanks for hosting sweetie, so happy to be here at your terrific party, Thrifty Things Friday.
    Big hugs,

  8. Ouch - take care and have fun shopping.

  9. I am sorry about your broken toe...and your brother's reaction to medication is very scary, hope he is doing better and will be released soon.

    I like the idea of saving a piece of this year's tree for next year's yule log. I don't think you will be running out of burlap any time soon!

    Have a fun time on your girls weekend...

  10. You're going to come out of this Christmas season with some really good stories for years to come. Hope that toe is healing quickly! Cherry Kay

  11. what a great tradition with the log. thanks for hosting!

  12. The tradition of the Christmas tree Yule log is really touching! I look forward to lots and lots of burlap projects from you.

  13. Ouch! I hope your toe is healing. Love your yule log tradition and your shopping tradition. Sorry to hear about your brother, hope he is doing better. Lucky you for getting your hands on all that burlap. I'm so jealous! :)

  14. Thanks for hosting~ yuck, broken toe, been there. So many cute entries this week I need to go look at. Girls week-end, a wonderful thing!

  15. Thanks for hosting my dear! I love the part of your post about using a piece of the old Christmas tree, great idea!

    I have told my family several times, I am doing a Thrifty Christmas too!

    Jan from The Pink Geranium

  16. I am so sorry about your toe, and about your brother being ill. I do hope both of you are better and will quickly recover completely.
    Sounds like you have a wonderful time coming up, enjoy!
    Love your storage box/tree stand, and what a precious tradition with the log.

  17. I broke my toe last year, such a bummer. I told my doctor that a broken toe doesn't get enough sympathy. You break an arm or leg and every one says "poor thing". With a broken toe, you get that "you're a klutz" look. Hope it is feeling better soon.
    Great deal on the burlap. Look forward to seeing your creations.
    Still praying here, Ginger

  18. Oh Diann, so sorry about the toe but I know you will enjoy your weekend with the girls!! Oh I am so jealous of all that are doing such a great Thrifty Christmas!

    big hugs,

  19. I love your tradition! Such a lovely story. Such a hard time at the holidays to have everything pile up on you! You are one amazing lady! Take care of yourself too and I will pray for your brother. Ouch for the toe that is broken! Settle down and enjoy your girls weekend. What a total blast you will have! Share photos please! Take care and always a pleasure to visit you and know you are ok, broken toe and all! Hugs from Colorado all the way to you in Michigan! Love and Blessings Anne

  20. I just had a horrible allergic reaction to something with my eyes. Horrible and honestly, it's been a week and they're better but not completely well. The Prednisone has done a number on me I think! :)

    Hope you have a great trip and that your toe heals quickly.

  21. I love the box and the tradition of keeping a part of the tree from the previous year for a Yule Log!

    TracyAnn from and


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