This movie, documentary following the lives of five lottery winners, should be prime study material for anyone that thinks they want to win the lottery. Also on the curriculum:

Money Management 101

How to invest so that you’ll be rich for the rest of your life

How to say “NO” to people!

How to accept money anonymously

How to find a GOOD lawyer AND accountant!


CrazySexyCrafty: T-necklace

I absolutely adore this! It’s easy, cheap, quick and so cute. You can customize it however you like. Add brooches, beads, or fabric flowers. Make it any color or thickness. Smaller sized ones can be bracelets or headbands. If you have any unworn t-shirts around, I predict they won’t be unused for very long!

There are plenty of tutes out there on how to make these. has the best roundup.

Money Quote

Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time!

Jim Rohn

What goes on sale throughout the year

Well, I was just about to say how I’ve also wanted a list of things that go on sale during the year and the best month to buy certain items, now I can’t find the list! ARRRGGH! When I do, I’ll post the link.  Meanwhile, if you find something similar, please let me know!

Closet redux!

Lucky Magazine

There’s an interesting article at Shine Yahoo on how to dress with just six pieces. Really, I think it should be The Six Essentials Everyone Should Have.  It reminds me of when Lucky Magazine use to do A Month of Outfits. They would do one for every season. I loved it when they did that spread. I kept all of the ones that they did from previous years for inspiration.

Putting up food without a garden

Freezing cheap finds is the next best thing!

I’m sad to say that I’m not able to do a garden at this time. It’s something I really wanted to do, but I’m not getting much support on this. It’s strange because a garden has been maintained here before for several years and it was quite enjoyable, at least for me.

I tried to do some container gardening on the deck, but it been so hot that the poor plants didn’t stand a chance! It was pretty pathetic.  Perhaps, it’s a good thing that I won’t be able to do gardening. With the heat, it would have been alot of work just to keep the plants alive. I’m thinking of trying again after the weather gets cooler. I’m in a warm zone, so the growing season is a little longer.

What I have been doing is buying an abundance of fruits and veggies when they go on sale. I don’t mean any sale, I’m mean rock bottom sale. Like peaches for .69 cents/pound, broccoli for .99 cents/pound and cherries for $1.99/pound. When I see these prices in the sale papers, I make sure to get a few pounds of what’s cheap. Then I take it home and IQF everything.

It’s making our freezer pretty full. If I keep this up, I will have to buy a separate freezer just for food storage.

My spending says alot about me!

What you see here is my craft area. What you can’t see is the insane amount of glue, paint, beads, sequins, fabric, thread, notions, blank t-shirts and tools that are above and under the table. I have managed to amass quite a collection of sewing and crafting notions.

Yesterday, I spent $60 on beaded dresses. Why? Beacuase I make costumes out of them. You see, I’m a belly dancer. One of the first things you learn as a dancer is that costumes are expensive! They are also very detailed and time consuming to make, hence why they cost so much! Since I’m a hard core DIYer, I learned to make my own costumes. Spending $60 for six beaded dresses for costume conversion instead of $600 for one costume that will depreciate in value makes more sense to me.

What you also don’t see is my overstuffed food pantry and freezer. I prefer to cook my own food, so it’s not stuffed with prepackaged novelty items, but fresh and frozen food, and the herbs, spices, oils and other ingredients to cook with.

Looking at all these things in my possession, I had an epiphany:

I have a compulsive need to make things!

It doesn’t matter if it’s food, costumes, custom t-shirts or choreographies. I have to indulge in the creative process.

So it’s now obvious to me that I really value creativity. It has to be a part of my life in some way, or I’m very unhappy. I can still be creative and spend a whole lot less. I am working on that.