You don't have to be crafty to be frugal. There. I've said the unthinkable. I'm not denying that crafty skills can stretch your budget, especially when you can sew household items or create your own gifts from scratch. See Frugal Veggie Mama's blue jean quilt, Mrs. Happy Housewife's wedding sampler, and Tammy's Christmas apron plan for proof. But craftiness is not an absolute requirement for the frugal. I usually find things already made for less effort and cost than my own creations. At least, that's what I tell myself when I feel guilty for not scrapbooking my family history and sewing our playclothes from draperies. Sometimes you have to go with the talents God gives you!
I'm always inspired by women both crafty and frugal at Prairie Homemaker. It's an old-fashioned kind of place, one just as free of controversy and commercial advertising as Like Merchant Ships. The conservative site was originally planted by Miss Maggie of Hillbilly Housewife fame, but longtime owner Mel has grown PH into a verdant garden of homekeeping and budgeting ideas. Some of the ladies there have set up an online mall to show their wares. Booth rental will help keep Prairie Homemaker self-supporting. Take a look if you have a minute and/or quality goods you'd like to share.