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Fru-Gal with Louise Le Pierres

As a single mother of three, Louise Le Pierres learned to live on a tight budget. Even though her children are now grown and she no longer needs to count her pennies so carefully, she still loves to up-cycle and find fun, funky and frugal ways to decorate and entertain.

FRU-GAL: Flap or flop? Getting birdhouse venture off the ground a real adventure

FRU-GAL: Flap or flop? Getting birdhouse venture off the ground a real adventure

What is the opposite of hibernate? I don’t really know, but I feel like I’ve been doing just that. Instead of going into sleep mode for the winter, I’ve been hyperactive — building a brood of birdhouses. Hopefully, they will all fly the coop in the spring.
FRU-GAL: Cobblestone paths and retaining walls. I rock at this.

FRU-GAL: Cobblestone paths and retaining walls. I rock at this.

In the world of gardening, what could be cheaper than collecting rocks and making your own walkway? If you can get your hands on free labour, you’ve really got it made.
FRU-GAL: Putting the funk in functionality

FRU-GAL: Putting the funk in functionality

I am competition for 1-800-GOT-JUNK. I’m not saying I'll be there in an hour to clear out your cluttered garage. But I am always on the lookout for old or discarded items to upcycle into interesting yard art.
FRU-GAL: The slippery slope from tacky to wacky in yard art

FRU-GAL: The slippery slope from tacky to wacky in yard art

It's always enjoyable to take something old and upcycle it into something intriguing. In fact, once you start thinking along these lines, your eyes will open to a whole new world of possibilities. Even if you don't have an overly creative mind, don't let that stop you.