"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Use it up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without

In my novel Uncut Diamonds, the main characters, Marcie and Shawn McGill, experience some rough times. It is the seventies, when the U.S. had one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. Marcie has to get resourceful to make ends meet, and she gets ideas and motivation from the writings of her grandmother, who was a farm wife in Nebraska during the Great Depression.

Many people talk about the poor economy right now, but believe me, it isn't anything like what we experienced in the seventies. *I sound so old when I say that*  Still, along with many currently trying to spend less is the recycle, reuse, going green-type mentality that brings back some of the frugal practices of days past.

Like this awesome dress my friend made out of two T-shirts:

She took a red and a blue T-shirt, cut and sewed and came up with a cute jersey dress to wear to our Fourth of July BBQ.

The T-shirts were given to her, she gets a lot of them from her job and so snip/snip voila!

Cute dress: Cost $00.00


  1. That is a cute dress.

    I do think we tend to discard items too quickly in favor of new -- I am guilty.

  2. Now that's just pure creative talent! Brilliant! Take care

  3. Your friend is really talented.

  4. That is the perfect picture for that dress. Nice angle Mrs. Photographer!

  5. Isn't it funny? That saying is as old as the hills here in the Ozarks...and our families really lived by it!

  6. No -- you only start to date yourself when you start talking about the 50's and 60's like I sometimes do.


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