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    June 29, 2011, 22:31

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  • About Me 

    January 18, 2011, 01:03

    About the Blog: Silly Simple Living is a blog about a lifestyle-your lifestyle. We are about accepting the life that we have with all the imperfections…

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    January 30, 2012, 19:28

    The Silly Simple brand is meant to be enjoyed wherever you are in time and space. It is about living a simple, frugal and lighthearted existence. This brand…

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    January 30, 2012, 20:25

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    September 28, 2011, 21:48

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  • Recycled Crafts  

    November 15, 2011, 18:18

    There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about going green and protecting the environment, how is all this buzz impacting the crafting world? Crafts…

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    This policy is valid from 03 October 2011 This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact: contact@silly…

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  • Category: cooking 
    • Lemon Poppy Seed Frozen Yogurt Popsicles 

          Sometimes I just crave something sweet and cold for a treat. I don't typically keep ice cream on hand for a few different reasons…

    • Easy meringue cookies with maple syrup 

      A note from SillySimple: This post is written by Mr. Silly Simple who is awesome at breaking down complicated recipes into not so complicated ones. I can…

    • Five Things: My favorite recipes... 

        Here in the Silly Simple household we have been doing and thinking about a lot of cooking lately, so I thought I would share with you some of my…

    • Easy homemade guacamole recipe 

      Since a few weeks ago I talked about making black beans and rice and the photo conveniently had a big dollop of guacamole on top, I thought I would share with…

    • Easy Black Beans and Rice Slow Cooker Recipe 

      With the new year fast approaching now is the time to settle into a healthy frugal dinner routine. Black beans and rice for dinner will do just that. Here is…

    • Christmas coffee cake recipe 

      Around Christmas time, two of my favorite foods become available in abundance in nearby grocery stores:  oranges and fresh cranberries. So in honor of the…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Frugal Bread Update: 6 Months Later 

      It is well documented that making your own baked goods is a great way to save money on groceries. Not only do you save money, but you also get full control…

    • The Best Brownies Ever: Death by Chocolate with Sugar on Top 

      Here is another blog post from Mr. Silly Simple~ he is the fabulous cook of the family and has done wonders preventing me from starving to death, sometimes he…

    • Links We Love... 

      Here is just a sampling of the links from around the web that I loved this week. Southern Lovely teaches us how to create beautiful rose jewelry out of…

    • Frugal Gardening 101: Vegetable Stock from Garden Scraps 

      A few weeks ago we discussed what to do when your frugal garden produces too much bounty.  This week, we are talking about what to do when your frugal garden…

    • Frugal Gardening 101: The Week of Green Beans 

      So... funny story... At the beginning of the growing season we planted green bean seeds, and then went to great lengths to create a simple trellis for them to…

    • Simple Homemade Cereal 

      In my quest for a low sugar, frugal, low maintenance breakfast food I have been making my own cereal for a few months now.  My primary problem with store…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Frugal Gardening 101: 5 Things to do with Extra Food 

      Along with gardening, one of the things that has really captured my interest lately has been preserving food for later. In summer, there are so many great…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • The many faces of the simple casserole 

      Editors Note:  This is a guest post from Mr. SillySimple who happens to also be one of the best casserole cooks in the land. Truth be told, growing up I…

    • Frugal Bread update 

      You may remember our discussion about simple and frugal bread options way back in February.  We finally got around to checking out the simple and frugal…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • It's always meal plan Monday...(the simple way) 

      Over the last few weeks I have really enjoyed reading others meal plan Monday posts.  Not only do I get new meal ideas, but it helps confirm that I am not a…

    • Part of a Balanced Diet 

      Silly Simple’s husband, here.  Silly is working on research for an article right now, so I offered to step in and provide content for tonight’s…

    • Book Review: The Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen 

      A few months ago I acquired Amy Pennington’s book on sustainable pantries in a concrete jungle.  OK, to be fair, it fell into my hands at a local…

    • Frugal living and dough... bread dough that is. 

      One of the hardest parts of our current relocation from the mid-west to the east coast, is the sticker shock.  Luckily we started searching online before we…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • What is the SillySimple kind of popcorn? 

      Stove Top Popcorn is almost a lost art these days.  With everyone using air poppers, or microwave bags the idea of actually putting it all out there and…

  • Category: bread 
    • Frugal Bread Update: 6 Months Later 

      It is well documented that making your own baked goods is a great way to save money on groceries. Not only do you save money, but you also get full control…

    • Frugal Bread update 

      You may remember our discussion about simple and frugal bread options way back in February.  We finally got around to checking out the simple and frugal…

    • Frugal living and dough... bread dough that is. 

      One of the hardest parts of our current relocation from the mid-west to the east coast, is the sticker shock.  Luckily we started searching online before we…

  • Category: meal planning 
  • Category: casserole 
    • Frugal Gardening 101: The Week of Green Beans 

      So... funny story... At the beginning of the growing season we planted green bean seeds, and then went to great lengths to create a simple trellis for them to…

    • The many faces of the simple casserole 

      Editors Note:  This is a guest post from Mr. SillySimple who happens to also be one of the best casserole cooks in the land. Truth be told, growing up I…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

  • Category: keeping it simple 
    • Keeping it simple...  

      Editor’s note: This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name of…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note: This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name of…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note: This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name of…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on Silly Simple Living where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Keeping It Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping It Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to…

    • Keeping it simple 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple… 

      Ordinarily Keeping it simple is a Wednesday staple here on Silly Simple Living.  This weeks update is a little delayed due to illness, but I still have…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Keeping it simple 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This will be a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the…

  • Category: simple living 
    • Paper Mache I: Recycled Bowl 

      I have been obsessed interested craft projects using recycled newspaper in recent months and somehow managed to leave out the entire classic craft medium…

    • 5 Reasons to love winter 

      When the temperature drops, and the roads get icy it is easy to start feeling down about the season. Especially that stretch after Christmas when there doesn't…

    • Five simple living concepts to love in 2012 

      With the start of the New Year many people do retrospectives (uhm), and others set goals (guilty). I thought I would pair these things with some predictions…

    • Easy homemade guacamole recipe 

      Since a few weeks ago I talked about making black beans and rice and the photo conveniently had a big dollop of guacamole on top, I thought I would share with…

    • Easy Black Beans and Rice Slow Cooker Recipe 

      With the new year fast approaching now is the time to settle into a healthy frugal dinner routine. Black beans and rice for dinner will do just that. Here is…

    • Christmas P.S.A. 

      Hi there, Mr. Silly Simple speaking. I've offered to help my wife out with her blog today so she can concentrate on getting some much needed projects…

    • 5 Holiday tradition ideas for your family to consider adopting 

      Here are my 5 ideas for great family holiday traditions to get started on this year: 1) Skype ?!? You mean this isn't a holiday tradition yet? With our…

    • Christmas coffee cake recipe 

      Around Christmas time, two of my favorite foods become available in abundance in nearby grocery stores:  oranges and fresh cranberries. So in honor of the…

    • 5 Ways you can give back for the holidays 

      To be honest, I think you know this stuff already. It just seems like now would be a good time to send out a little reminder. This season has so much going…

    • Handmade Gift Tags 

      Are you having a handmade Christmas season? It seems this year that lots of people feel pressure at this point in the season to achieve Christmas decor and…

    • Easy Ornament Crafts: Polymer Clay Christmas Ornaments 

      Sometimes I just need a little bit of creativity in my life. Not a huge project, just something small and quick to use up some creative energy. This is a quick…

    • Staycationing: 5 Simple Ideas for a Relaxing Vacation 

      I think I may have mentioned a time or two (or a dozen) that we spent the last week staycationing. I think our decision to stay home for vacation raised a few…

    • Frugal Craft: Crochet Doily's 

      Note: I am stay-cationing this week with my husband and therefore I am not on the net much... but I did want to share a little mini project idea this week. I…

    • Simple Living: 5 Crafty Items You Already Have On Hand 

      Creativity doesn't always require a trip to the craft store for supplies. Here are 5 crafty items you already have on hand. 1) Dryer Lint--At this point you…

    • Frugal Craft: Recycled Paper Flower Pins 

      I really, really, dig frugal crafts using found items from my recycling bin. Creative simplicity is just a very cool concept for me. In that vein, last week we…

    • Frugal Bread Update: 6 Months Later 

      It is well documented that making your own baked goods is a great way to save money on groceries. Not only do you save money, but you also get full control…

    • DIY Easy Gift Bags or Favor Bags for your next party! 

      I referred a while ago to my desire to try out this project--I just love the idea of creating gift wrap from things I already have on hand. However, when it…

    • Finding a Place to Live in the City 

      I recently had the chance to help out a friend who was looking for a new apartment in Washington DC. As we learned in a our relocation project, finding a new…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Reupholstery Dreaming 

      I thought that today I would share one of my dreams with you, you see I have this chair… It is a very pretty chair, ok not really, but I see the potential.…

    • How to Sew a Button: and other nifty things your grandmother knew 

      It is surprisingly difficult to summarize the book "How to Sew a Button: and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew" quickly.  At first glance it seems like…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • 5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries without Clipping Coupons 

      Everyone wants to reduce their grocery budget, but few are willing to put in the time to clip coupons.  Here are some ways that I have found that will reduce…

    • DIY Fabric Coasters made with Crochet 

      As the weather gets colder what is better than a hot cup of tea/coffee on a cold morning?  With my new found love of warm coffee mugs on a cold morning, I…

    • Silly Simple Camping--5 Tips for Beginner Campers 

      This past weekend I had a great opportunity to go camping.  Here in the mid-Atlantic states we have had almost constant rain for the last three weeks or so--…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Simple Living: Designing a Clutter Free Office 

      SillySimple:  Here is the second part of Mr. Silly Simple's discussion of office organization.  Apparently while I was away last week he spent his free time…

    • Simple Living: A Clutter Free Office 

      Mr. Silly Simple, here. My wife is out of town for a wedding this weekend, and I've volunteered to write some content for her while she is away. My wife and…

    • Simple Living and Grandma's Lace 

      The ideals of simple living are somewhat amorphous, they change based on the time of day, the person you talk to, and the circumstances of the situation.  One…

    • Frugal Gardening 101: 5 Things to do with Extra Food 

      Along with gardening, one of the things that has really captured my interest lately has been preserving food for later. In summer, there are so many great…

    • New Food Decor Options 

      I have been spending a lot of time in recent weeks working in the garden, being frugal and preserving the extra food we get from the garden, and in general…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: Sprout Edition 

      We here in the Silly Simple household have recently become addicted to a new wildly fun game called “is it a weed, or not”.  We play this game a few times…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: 1 week post planting 

      The garden has been planted for about a week now, we found this really great fertilizer and are having some fabulous results!     Ok,…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: The Community Garden 

      We here in the Silly Simple family are participating in a community garden for the first time this year.  So far we LOVE it.  It is pretty much just like…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: Preparing the Soil 

        So last month we discussed frugal ways to start seeds indoors.  We made a couple of different kinds of planters using ice cube trays, egg…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • It's always... err Tuesday Meal Plan (the simple way) 

      This was intended to be a Monday meal plan post, but well now it is Tuesday so it is a Tuesday meal plan post.  I really enjoy reading all the other bloggers…

    • The many faces of the simple casserole 

      Editors Note:  This is a guest post from Mr. SillySimple who happens to also be one of the best casserole cooks in the land. Truth be told, growing up I…

    • Things we love from around the web... 

      Maybe it is just me but it seemed like there was a particularly large volume of really great traffic around the web this week.  I can't help but feel like I…

    • Frugal Bread update 

      You may remember our discussion about simple and frugal bread options way back in February.  We finally got around to checking out the simple and frugal…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Frugal gardening update! 

      Here are the results of a photo session I had with my roma tomato seedlings this week.  You may remember these little guys back from when they were seeds. …

    • It's always meal plan Monday...(the simple way) 

      Over the last few weeks I have really enjoyed reading others meal plan Monday posts.  Not only do I get new meal ideas, but it helps confirm that I am not a…

    • Things we love from around the web 

      As I was preparing this list of favorites today, I realized that the internet is an awesome tool for reducing clutter and maintaining simplicity in real…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • How much does that thing cost...update 

      I have come to the conclusion that my post earlier this week "How much does that thing actually cost?" was missing one last item.  I apologize, but I forgot…

    • Celebrating Spring 

      Let's just take a break for a moment and celebrate the changing of the seasons.  Such a simple yet delightful thing to enjoy.  Happy Spring!

    • How much does that thing actually cost? 

      There is TONS of talk on the internet lately where key words like Thrift, Frugal and Great Deals are bandied about freely.  Earlier this week there was a…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part III 

      I have been thinking a lot about seed starting over the last few weeks... first it was the ice cube tray seed starters, then the egg cartons pulled out of the…

    • Keeping it simple 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part II 

      I could have renamed this post "Seed Starting from the recycling bin" I had so much fun with the ice cube tray seed starters that I started to wonder what…

    • Spring is almost here 

      I am back from a day spent wandering around my new city.  Shoes, legs and public transportation were all well used today.  I love those first days of spring…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part I 

      Over here in SillySimple land we are all about the gardening.  It is especially delightful to begin to plan the garden in the late winter/early spring when…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Part of a Balanced Diet 

      Silly Simple’s husband, here.  Silly is working on research for an article right now, so I offered to step in and provide content for tonight’s…

    • Book Review: The Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen 

      A few months ago I acquired Amy Pennington’s book on sustainable pantries in a concrete jungle.  OK, to be fair, it fell into my hands at a local…

    • What it means to be Silly Simple 

      Yesterday I stumbledupon a heart warming story , and it really inspires me to write today: In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10…

    • "Freedom in Flexibility"  

      The concept of "freedom in flexibility" came up this week in the blog-o-sphere and I just have to comment.  This blog post over at Small Notebook really…

    • Frugal living and dough... bread dough that is. 

      One of the hardest parts of our current relocation from the mid-west to the east coast, is the sticker shock.  Luckily we started searching online before we…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • The dreaded... Relocation... The Simple Way... 

      My small family (my husband and I) are in the process of relocating to a whole other state (more on that later).  It is for some really, really great…

    • What is the SillySimple kind of popcorn? 

      Stove Top Popcorn is almost a lost art these days.  With everyone using air poppers, or microwave bags the idea of actually putting it all out there and…

    • Hello There Simple World! 

      Welcome to the new home of silly simplicity! This is a bit of a new adventure for me.  This will be where I share with you some ways that I like to keep…

  • Category: frugal gardening 
  • Category: seed starters 
    • Frugal Gardening 2012: Sprouts Edition 

      Last week I talked about seed starting in 2012, and this week I am happy to report that we have sprouts! Not ready to call them full fledged seedlings yet, but…

    • Frugal gardening update! 

      Here are the results of a photo session I had with my roma tomato seedlings this week.  You may remember these little guys back from when they were seeds. …

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part III 

      I have been thinking a lot about seed starting over the last few weeks... first it was the ice cube tray seed starters, then the egg cartons pulled out of the…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part II 

      I could have renamed this post "Seed Starting from the recycling bin" I had so much fun with the ice cube tray seed starters that I started to wonder what…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part I 

      Over here in SillySimple land we are all about the gardening.  It is especially delightful to begin to plan the garden in the late winter/early spring when…

  • Category: cool links 
    • Five simple living concepts to love in 2012 

      With the start of the New Year many people do retrospectives (uhm), and others set goals (guilty). I thought I would pair these things with some predictions…

    • Links We Love... Google Plus edition! 

      First off, are you on Google Plus yet? If you aren't, it is time to join up- there is a lot of really interesting things there. Anyways, I have been having a…

    • 5 YouTube Craft Tutorials: Everything I Needed to Know I learned on YouTube 

      They say that everything you needed to know you already learned in Kindergarten. Lately, I have been finding so many neat YouTube craft tutorials that I may…

    • Links We Love... Warehouse Club Edition 

      I should probably start this post with a disclaimer or something about this being a long winded rant. I have family visiting this week, it is great to have…

    • Links We Love... 

      Here is just handful of the awesome that we found around the web over the last week. Side Note:  Do you have something you think we should feature in a…

    • Links we love... 

      Here is just a handful of the awesomeness we loved from around the web this week. Check out this haunted dollhouse from The Bloggess featured on…

    • Links We Love... 

      Here is just a sampling of the links from around the web that I loved this week. Southern Lovely teaches us how to create beautiful rose jewelry out of…

    • Check us out on the web 

      Pinterest   We have been featured on the Web!  Check us out in the blog carnival at Successful Gardens!

    • Links we love... 

      Here is just a handful of the links from around the web that I loved this week.  I hope you have as much fun looking through these as I did. ...momentary…

    • Links We Love... 

      Here is just a sampling of the awesome creative ideas from around the web that I saw this week.  I hope you have half as much fun with them as I plan to…

    • Links We Love... 

      Here is just a handful of the simple awesome that we have found around the internet in the last few weeks.  I always intend for this to be a weekly or…

    • Links we love... 

      Here are just a handful of simple awesome we saw around the internet this week... hope you enjoy! I have been really interested in up-cycling, recycling,…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Things we love from around the web... 

      Maybe it is just me but it seemed like there was a particularly large volume of really great traffic around the web this week.  I can't help but feel like I…

    • Check us out on Some Day Crafts! 

      We have been featured over at Some Day Crafts!  Apparently they really liked our super frugal and simple ice cube tray seed starters (it is no secret we like…

    • Things we love from around the web 

      As I was preparing this list of favorites today, I realized that the internet is an awesome tool for reducing clutter and maintaining simplicity in real…

    • Festival of Frugality 

      Check us out featured in the Festival of Frugality over at Praire EcoThrifter. Plus, stay tuned later this week for the third installment of the Frugal…

  • Category: baking 
  • Category: frugal living 
    • Saving a cardigan for later: Recycled sweater project 

      Woah, it has been a while since my last update on here. Sometimes life gets in the way of the simple living. I never meant to step away for so long but I am…

    • Frugal Gardening 2012: Sprouts Edition 

      A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was busy preparing for garden season 2012. I had planted seeds in starting pots and was eagerly waiting for them to get…

    • Paper Mache I: Recycled Bowl 

      I have been obsessed interested craft projects using recycled newspaper in recent months and somehow managed to leave out the entire classic craft medium…

    • Lemon Poppy Seed Frozen Yogurt Popsicles 

          Sometimes I just crave something sweet and cold for a treat. I don't typically keep ice cream on hand for a few different reasons…

    • Easy Black Beans and Rice Slow Cooker Recipe 

      With the new year fast approaching now is the time to settle into a healthy frugal dinner routine. Black beans and rice for dinner will do just that. Here is…

    • Easy Ornament Crafts: Polymer Clay Christmas Ornaments 

      Sometimes I just need a little bit of creativity in my life. Not a huge project, just something small and quick to use up some creative energy. This is a quick…

    • Staycationing: 5 Simple Ideas for a Relaxing Vacation 

      I think I may have mentioned a time or two (or a dozen) that we spent the last week staycationing. I think our decision to stay home for vacation raised a few…

    • Frugal Craft: Crochet Doily's 

      Note: I am stay-cationing this week with my husband and therefore I am not on the net much... but I did want to share a little mini project idea this week. I…

    • Simple Living: 5 Crafty Items You Already Have On Hand 

      Creativity doesn't always require a trip to the craft store for supplies. Here are 5 crafty items you already have on hand. 1) Dryer Lint--At this point you…

    • Frugal Craft: Recycled Paper Flower Pins 

      I really, really, dig frugal crafts using found items from my recycling bin. Creative simplicity is just a very cool concept for me. In that vein, last week we…

    • Frugal Bread Update: 6 Months Later 

      It is well documented that making your own baked goods is a great way to save money on groceries. Not only do you save money, but you also get full control…

    • DIY Easy Gift Bags or Favor Bags for your next party! 

      I referred a while ago to my desire to try out this project--I just love the idea of creating gift wrap from things I already have on hand. However, when it…

    • Finding a Place to Live in the City 

      I recently had the chance to help out a friend who was looking for a new apartment in Washington DC. As we learned in a our relocation project, finding a new…

    • Reupholstery Dreaming 

      I thought that today I would share one of my dreams with you, you see I have this chair… It is a very pretty chair, ok not really, but I see the potential.…

    • Frugal DIY Painting to Match your décor (without an art school degree) 

      Selecting decor colors of your home is one of those challenges that can be really troublesome for most "normal people." It involves lots of paint chips, weeks…

    • Links We Love... Warehouse Club Edition 

      I should probably start this post with a disclaimer or something about this being a long winded rant. I have family visiting this week, it is great to have…

    • How to Sew a Button: and other nifty things your grandmother knew 

      It is surprisingly difficult to summarize the book "How to Sew a Button: and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew" quickly.  At first glance it seems like…

    • Cinnamon Scented Fall Garland 

      When the weather gets colder and the seasons change it is hard not to get into the fall spirit.  I decided to incorporate the decor and scents of the season…

    • 5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries without Clipping Coupons 

      Everyone wants to reduce their grocery budget, but few are willing to put in the time to clip coupons.  Here are some ways that I have found that will reduce…

    • DIY Fabric Coasters made with Crochet 

      As the weather gets colder what is better than a hot cup of tea/coffee on a cold morning?  With my new found love of warm coffee mugs on a cold morning, I…

    • Silly Simple Camping--5 Tips for Beginner Campers 

      This past weekend I had a great opportunity to go camping.  Here in the mid-Atlantic states we have had almost constant rain for the last three weeks or so--…

    • Recycled Glass Painted Bud Vase 

      So once again I am late to the crafty blogging party.  There have been so many tutorials on painting vases, glasses, mason jars both inside and out that I…

    • Links We Love... 

      Here is just handful of the awesome that we found around the web over the last week. Side Note:  Do you have something you think we should feature in a…

    • Simple Living: Designing a Clutter Free Office 

      SillySimple:  Here is the second part of Mr. Silly Simple's discussion of office organization.  Apparently while I was away last week he spent his free time…

    • Simple Living: A Clutter Free Office 

      Mr. Silly Simple, here. My wife is out of town for a wedding this weekend, and I've volunteered to write some content for her while she is away. My wife and…

    • Frugal Gardening 101: Vegetable Stock from Garden Scraps 

      A few weeks ago we discussed what to do when your frugal garden produces too much bounty.  This week, we are talking about what to do when your frugal garden…

    • Simple Frugal Craft: DIY Jewelry Box 

      This started out as a simple "let's experiment with wood" project, and ended up turning out better than I ever imagined it would.  Here is how I made this…

    • Simple Homemade Cereal 

      In my quest for a low sugar, frugal, low maintenance breakfast food I have been making my own cereal for a few months now.  My primary problem with store…

    • Frugal Gardening 101: 5 Things to do with Extra Food 

      Along with gardening, one of the things that has really captured my interest lately has been preserving food for later. In summer, there are so many great…

    • Frugal Crafting: DIY Dry Erase Board 

      One of my moments in crafting is when I can use things that I have already to create something new.  This is doubly so when the things I have are stuff that…

    • New Food Decor Options 

      I have been spending a lot of time in recent weeks working in the garden, being frugal and preserving the extra food we get from the garden, and in general…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: Progress Edition 

      A month or so ago when I first started blogging about my garden, I really never thought I would get to this point.  This week we have had two meals incorporati…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: Sprout Edition 

      We here in the Silly Simple household have recently become addicted to a new wildly fun game called “is it a weed, or not”.  We play this game a few times…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: 1 week post planting 

      The garden has been planted for about a week now, we found this really great fertilizer and are having some fabulous results!     Ok,…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: The Community Garden 

      We here in the Silly Simple family are participating in a community garden for the first time this year.  So far we LOVE it.  It is pretty much just like…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: Preparing the Soil 

        So last month we discussed frugal ways to start seeds indoors.  We made a couple of different kinds of planters using ice cube trays, egg…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • It's always... err Tuesday Meal Plan (the simple way) 

      This was intended to be a Monday meal plan post, but well now it is Tuesday so it is a Tuesday meal plan post.  I really enjoy reading all the other bloggers…

    • The many faces of the simple casserole 

      Editors Note:  This is a guest post from Mr. SillySimple who happens to also be one of the best casserole cooks in the land. Truth be told, growing up I…

    • Things we love from around the web... 

      Maybe it is just me but it seemed like there was a particularly large volume of really great traffic around the web this week.  I can't help but feel like I…

    • Frugal Bread update 

      You may remember our discussion about simple and frugal bread options way back in February.  We finally got around to checking out the simple and frugal…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Frugal gardening update! 

      Here are the results of a photo session I had with my roma tomato seedlings this week.  You may remember these little guys back from when they were seeds. …

    • How much does that thing actually cost? 

      There is TONS of talk on the internet lately where key words like Thrift, Frugal and Great Deals are bandied about freely.  Earlier this week there was a…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part III 

      I have been thinking a lot about seed starting over the last few weeks... first it was the ice cube tray seed starters, then the egg cartons pulled out of the…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part II 

      I could have renamed this post "Seed Starting from the recycling bin" I had so much fun with the ice cube tray seed starters that I started to wonder what…

    • Spring is almost here 

      I am back from a day spent wandering around my new city.  Shoes, legs and public transportation were all well used today.  I love those first days of spring…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part I 

      Over here in SillySimple land we are all about the gardening.  It is especially delightful to begin to plan the garden in the late winter/early spring when…

    • Part of a Balanced Diet 

      Silly Simple’s husband, here.  Silly is working on research for an article right now, so I offered to step in and provide content for tonight’s…

    • Book Review: The Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen 

      A few months ago I acquired Amy Pennington’s book on sustainable pantries in a concrete jungle.  OK, to be fair, it fell into my hands at a local…

    • "Freedom in Flexibility"  

      The concept of "freedom in flexibility" came up this week in the blog-o-sphere and I just have to comment.  This blog post over at Small Notebook really…

    • Frugal living and dough... bread dough that is. 

      One of the hardest parts of our current relocation from the mid-west to the east coast, is the sticker shock.  Luckily we started searching online before we…

    • What is the SillySimple kind of popcorn? 

      Stove Top Popcorn is almost a lost art these days.  With everyone using air poppers, or microwave bags the idea of actually putting it all out there and…

  • Category: silly living 
    • Christmas P.S.A. 

      Hi there, Mr. Silly Simple speaking. I've offered to help my wife out with her blog today so she can concentrate on getting some much needed projects…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Silly Simple Camping--5 Tips for Beginner Campers 

      This past weekend I had a great opportunity to go camping.  Here in the mid-Atlantic states we have had almost constant rain for the last three weeks or so--…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Simple Frugal Garden Update: Preparing the Soil 

        So last month we discussed frugal ways to start seeds indoors.  We made a couple of different kinds of planters using ice cube trays, egg…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday…

    • It's always... err Tuesday Meal Plan (the simple way) 

      This was intended to be a Monday meal plan post, but well now it is Tuesday so it is a Tuesday meal plan post.  I really enjoy reading all the other bloggers…

    • The many faces of the simple casserole 

      Editors Note:  This is a guest post from Mr. SillySimple who happens to also be one of the best casserole cooks in the land. Truth be told, growing up I…

    • Things we love from around the web... 

      Maybe it is just me but it seemed like there was a particularly large volume of really great traffic around the web this week.  I can't help but feel like I…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Frugal gardening update! 

      Here are the results of a photo session I had with my roma tomato seedlings this week.  You may remember these little guys back from when they were seeds. …

    • Things we love from around the web 

      As I was preparing this list of favorites today, I realized that the internet is an awesome tool for reducing clutter and maintaining simplicity in real…

    • Celebrating Spring 

      Let's just take a break for a moment and celebrate the changing of the seasons.  Such a simple yet delightful thing to enjoy.  Happy Spring!

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part III 

      I have been thinking a lot about seed starting over the last few weeks... first it was the ice cube tray seed starters, then the egg cartons pulled out of the…

    • Keeping it simple 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part I 

      Over here in SillySimple land we are all about the gardening.  It is especially delightful to begin to plan the garden in the late winter/early spring when…

    • Part of a Balanced Diet 

      Silly Simple’s husband, here.  Silly is working on research for an article right now, so I offered to step in and provide content for tonight’s…

    • What it means to be Silly Simple 

      Yesterday I stumbledupon a heart warming story , and it really inspires me to write today: In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10…

    • "Freedom in Flexibility"  

      The concept of "freedom in flexibility" came up this week in the blog-o-sphere and I just have to comment.  This blog post over at Small Notebook really…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • The dreaded... Relocation... The Simple Way... 

      My small family (my husband and I) are in the process of relocating to a whole other state (more on that later).  It is for some really, really great…

    • Hello There Simple World! 

      Welcome to the new home of silly simplicity! This is a bit of a new adventure for me.  This will be where I share with you some ways that I like to keep…

  • Category: relocating 
    • Finding a Place to Live in the City 

      I recently had the chance to help out a friend who was looking for a new apartment in Washington DC. As we learned in a our relocation project, finding a new…

    • Spring is almost here 

      I am back from a day spent wandering around my new city.  Shoes, legs and public transportation were all well used today.  I love those first days of spring…

    • Where I have been...Before and After 

      My apologies for the silence on the blog front over the past week.  While I have the best of intentions and many many ideas in the works at the moment, things…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the…

    • "Freedom in Flexibility"  

      The concept of "freedom in flexibility" came up this week in the blog-o-sphere and I just have to comment.  This blog post over at Small Notebook really…

    • The dreaded... Relocation... The Simple Way... 

      My small family (my husband and I) are in the process of relocating to a whole other state (more on that later).  It is for some really, really great…

  • Category: silly simple manifesto 
    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Keeping it Simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In the name…

    • Simple Living: Designing a Clutter Free Office 

      SillySimple:  Here is the second part of Mr. Silly Simple's discussion of office organization.  Apparently while I was away last week he spent his free time…

    • Simple Living: A Clutter Free Office 

      Mr. Silly Simple, here. My wife is out of town for a wedding this weekend, and I've volunteered to write some content for her while she is away. My wife and…

    • Simple Living and Grandma's Lace 

      The ideals of simple living are somewhat amorphous, they change based on the time of day, the person you talk to, and the circumstances of the situation.  One…

    • How much does that thing cost...update 

      I have come to the conclusion that my post earlier this week "How much does that thing actually cost?" was missing one last item.  I apologize, but I forgot…

    • How much does that thing actually cost? 

      There is TONS of talk on the internet lately where key words like Thrift, Frugal and Great Deals are bandied about freely.  Earlier this week there was a…

    • Spring is almost here 

      I am back from a day spent wandering around my new city.  Shoes, legs and public transportation were all well used today.  I love those first days of spring…

    • Keeping it simple... 

      Editor’s note:  This is a recurring Wednesday segment on SillySimple where we can ground ourselves in the simple solution to everyday life. In…

    • What it means to be Silly Simple 

      Yesterday I stumbledupon a heart warming story , and it really inspires me to write today: In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10…

  • Category: canning 
  • Category: Past Tips Tricks and Projects 
    • Frugal Gardening 2012: Sprouts Edition 

      A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was busy preparing for garden season 2012. I had planted seeds in starting pots and was eagerly waiting for them to get…

    • February Silly Simple Wrap Up 

        Whew! Another month down, on wards into March. Here is just a handful of the content that we covered here on Silly Simple Living during February.…

    • January Silly Simple wrap up! 

        January is finally over (ok, I know it was over a week ago but I can't help wanting to go back and review what we have covered). A new year…

    • Five Things: My favorite recipes... 

        Here in the Silly Simple household we have been doing and thinking about a lot of cooking lately, so I thought I would share with you some of my…

    • The Best of Silly Simple Living 2011 

      Just a sampling of the best projects of 2011 from Silly Simple Living. Projects read from left to right. crochet coasters dry erase board turquoise…

    • November Wrap-Up 

      Here is just a little bit of the stuff we talked about here on Silly Simple Living during the month of November: Frugal Craft: Crochet Doily’s We started…

    • Simple Living: 5 Crafty Items You Already Have On Hand 

      Creativity doesn't always require a trip to the craft store for supplies. Here are 5 crafty items you already have on hand. 1) Dryer Lint--At this point you…

    • August Round Up--The Best Simple Living Projects and Tutorials. 

      The month of August was a busy month here at Silly Simple Living.  We covered a number of different projects, recipes and tips and tricks that help keep life…

  • Category: Camping 
  • Category: creativity 
    • Paper Mache I: Recycled Bowl 

      I have been obsessed interested craft projects using recycled newspaper in recent months and somehow managed to leave out the entire classic craft medium…

    • Lemon Poppy Seed Frozen Yogurt Popsicles 

          Sometimes I just crave something sweet and cold for a treat. I don't typically keep ice cream on hand for a few different reasons…

    • Recycled paper valentine crafts: Heart garland 

      When it comes to holiday crafts in general I like easy ones. This heart garland for Valentine's Day is not only easy, but the end result is simple &…

    • Quick crafting preview 

      I will return later this week with a fully formed craft tutorial, but I am so excited I just had to share what I am working on right now. Over the last few…

    • Crafty afternoon results 

      I will be back tomorrow with a more detailed crafting post, but I wanted to show off the results from my crafty afternoon. I spent some time with a friend on…

    • The creative mind mapping of a simple crafter 

      Last week I talked about my New Year's resolutions and the things that I would be talking about on my blog. This week you are going to start to see the first…

  • Category: Photography 
  • Category: Goals 2012 
    • Recycled paper valentine crafts: Heart garland 

      When it comes to holiday crafts in general I like easy ones. This heart garland for Valentine's Day is not only easy, but the end result is simple &…

    • Crafty afternoon results 

      I will be back tomorrow with a more detailed crafting post, but I wanted to show off the results from my crafty afternoon. I spent some time with a friend on…

    • Constantly learning in 2012: photography lesson 

      One of my goals for 2012 is to be constantly learning. To reach this goal my husband (Mr. SillySimple), and I are following this Stanford University digital…

  • Category: constantly learning 
    • Paper Mache I: Recycled Bowl 

      I have been obsessed interested craft projects using recycled newspaper in recent months and somehow managed to leave out the entire classic craft medium…

    • Crafty afternoon results 

      I will be back tomorrow with a more detailed crafting post, but I wanted to show off the results from my crafty afternoon. I spent some time with a friend on…

    • Constantly learning in 2012: photography lesson 

      One of my goals for 2012 is to be constantly learning. To reach this goal my husband (Mr. SillySimple), and I are following this Stanford University digital…

  • Category: books 
  • Category: crafts 
    • Saving a cardigan for later: Recycled sweater project 

      Woah, it has been a while since my last update on here. Sometimes life gets in the way of the simple living. I never meant to step away for so long but I am…

    • Paper Mache I: Recycled Bowl 

      I have been obsessed interested craft projects using recycled newspaper in recent months and somehow managed to leave out the entire classic craft medium…

    • Recycled paper valentine crafts: Heart garland 

      When it comes to holiday crafts in general I like easy ones. This heart garland for Valentine's Day is not only easy, but the end result is simple &…

    • Quick crafting preview 

      I will return later this week with a fully formed craft tutorial, but I am so excited I just had to share what I am working on right now. Over the last few…

    • Crafty afternoon results 

      I will be back tomorrow with a more detailed crafting post, but I wanted to show off the results from my crafty afternoon. I spent some time with a friend on…

    • Handmade Gift Tags 

      Are you having a handmade Christmas season? It seems this year that lots of people feel pressure at this point in the season to achieve Christmas decor and…

    • Links We Love... Google Plus edition! 

      First off, are you on Google Plus yet? If you aren't, it is time to join up- there is a lot of really interesting things there. Anyways, I have been having a…

    • 5 YouTube Craft Tutorials: Everything I Needed to Know I learned on YouTube 

      They say that everything you needed to know you already learned in Kindergarten. Lately, I have been finding so many neat YouTube craft tutorials that I may…

    • Easy Ornament Crafts: Polymer Clay Christmas Ornaments 

      Sometimes I just need a little bit of creativity in my life. Not a huge project, just something small and quick to use up some creative energy. This is a quick…

    • Frugal Craft: Crochet Doily's 

      Note: I am stay-cationing this week with my husband and therefore I am not on the net much... but I did want to share a little mini project idea this week. I…

    • Simple Living: 5 Crafty Items You Already Have On Hand 

      Creativity doesn't always require a trip to the craft store for supplies. Here are 5 crafty items you already have on hand. 1) Dryer Lint--At this point you…

    • Frugal Craft: Recycled Paper Flower Pins 

      I really, really, dig frugal crafts using found items from my recycling bin. Creative simplicity is just a very cool concept for me. In that vein, last week we…

    • DIY Easy Gift Bags or Favor Bags for your next party! 

      I referred a while ago to my desire to try out this project--I just love the idea of creating gift wrap from things I already have on hand. However, when it…

    • Frugal DIY Painting to Match your décor (without an art school degree) 

      Selecting decor colors of your home is one of those challenges that can be really troublesome for most "normal people." It involves lots of paint chips, weeks…

    • Cinnamon Scented Fall Garland 

      When the weather gets colder and the seasons change it is hard not to get into the fall spirit.  I decided to incorporate the decor and scents of the season…

    • DIY Fabric Coasters made with Crochet 

      As the weather gets colder what is better than a hot cup of tea/coffee on a cold morning?  With my new found love of warm coffee mugs on a cold morning, I…

    • Recycled Glass Painted Bud Vase 

      So once again I am late to the crafty blogging party.  There have been so many tutorials on painting vases, glasses, mason jars both inside and out that I…

    • Links We Love... 

      Here is just handful of the awesome that we found around the web over the last week. Side Note:  Do you have something you think we should feature in a…

    • Simple Crafts: Turquoise Bird House Design 

      The crafty posts have been sorely lacking of late but not for lack of craftiness.  It actually takes a while to not only pull together a craft project but…

    • Links We Love... 

      Here is just a sampling of the links from around the web that I loved this week. Southern Lovely teaches us how to create beautiful rose jewelry out of…

    • Simple Frugal Craft: DIY Jewelry Box 

      This started out as a simple "let's experiment with wood" project, and ended up turning out better than I ever imagined it would.  Here is how I made this…

    • Frugal Gardening 101: 5 Things to do with Extra Food 

      Along with gardening, one of the things that has really captured my interest lately has been preserving food for later. In summer, there are so many great…

    • Frugal Crafting: DIY Dry Erase Board 

      One of my moments in crafting is when I can use things that I have already to create something new.  This is doubly so when the things I have are stuff that…

    • Things we love from around the web 

      As I was preparing this list of favorites today, I realized that the internet is an awesome tool for reducing clutter and maintaining simplicity in real…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part III 

      I have been thinking a lot about seed starting over the last few weeks... first it was the ice cube tray seed starters, then the egg cartons pulled out of the…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part II 

      I could have renamed this post "Seed Starting from the recycling bin" I had so much fun with the ice cube tray seed starters that I started to wonder what…

    • Frugal Gardening: Seed Starting Part I 

      Over here in SillySimple land we are all about the gardening.  It is especially delightful to begin to plan the garden in the late winter/early spring when…


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