Category Archives: Gen DIY-er

Going batty: what do you do with one too many insulation batts?

I’m pretty sure we’ve got too many Green Stuf batts. Cheap Geek plans on stowing these above the original layer of insulation, but one batt already has the privilege of being stuffed up our chimney. Continue reading

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Winter has come: bring on the insulation

On Sunday, Melbournians woke up to the coldest morning in 18 years. Thanks to central heating, our Mustbethrifty House was toasty warm throughout the night. However, if it weren’t for roof insulation, we would have shivered regardless of heating. I … Continue reading

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The best cookbook I’ll ever own

Who doesn’t love a good cookbook? Big and bold with page after page of beautifully plated food, they’re a feast for the eyes of the food-obsessed. Last time I checked, however, ‘oohing and aahing’ over a photograph of Gelato Messina’s … Continue reading

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Localism’s the new black: Millie Ross’ The Thrifty Gardener

Gardening books are either aspirational or educational. With its brightly coloured pages and photos, Millie Ross’ The Thrifty Gardener comes across as aspirational but unlike other aspirational gardening books, striking architectural plants and stunning aspects do not feature. Instead, The Thrifty Gardener’s aesthetics lean … Continue reading

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Upcycling framed pictures

Instead of chucking out an old water-damaged print, I’ve upcycled it into one of these: Yep, a DIY blackboard. They’re really easy to make. Just wipe the glass clean, protect the frame with some masking tape and some newspaper and … Continue reading

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Cheap and cheerful wedding favours

Favours, also known as bonbonniere, are another ‘wedding tradition’ foisted upon couples by the bridal industry. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of trawling through the interwebs looking for favours, you’ll know that there some pretty ugly and expensive … Continue reading

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DIY = not always thrifty

The other week, an Offbeat Bride reader asked ‘Does wedding DIY save you money or cost more?’ (via Offbeat Bride) I’m all for DIY. It’s creative, personal, and (hopefully) rewarding. Contrary to popular belief, however, it does not always save … Continue reading

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