Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Welcome to Try It or Buy It!

Interested in trying your hand at something new but not sure if it's worth it?  You've come to the right place.  Starting now I'll be analyzing the cost and outcome of homemade products and letting you know if it was worth the trouble.  I hope you find this helpful, I know I'll find it fun-

The Tryer


  1. Super. Excellent idea for a blog. I can't wait to see what you try!

  2. This is great, Laura! I make all my dishcloths because I just like the homemade ones better than anything I've ever bought. And we make fresh waffles every day--I use the honey/wheat krusteaz mix--just add water and oil. It is pretty cost effective and nothing beats fresh off the iron! One of my favorite memories is of strawberry picking when my girls were little.

  3. There are a lot of intangibles that go into making things. Freer choice in ingredients and ability to tailor to your exact needs, for example. But cost also has to involve your time, something that's hard to measure when you're multi-tasking. If it involves the kids in fun, or you're just watching TV, it's work gained not time lost.

    Right now, I'm re-covering cushions for my outdoor furniture. I haven't been able to find ready mades in shapes that fit, and the cushions themselves are fine, so what a waste to start over with all that foam rubber. Buying fabric saved at least $150 over custom cushions (for loveseat and swing; 4 people's worth of bottoms and backs), but it's hours of work. Balance that against pride of accomplishment.

    But, ultimately, the factors of waste and size forced the decision for me.

  4. I love the possibilities of a project! Time is definitely a key factor, but for me, the most important one is how much fun it was. If it's tedious and boring, too messy to be worth the clean up, or too far past my skill level to look half decent in the end, I don't think it's worth the effort. But there's only one was to find out, isn't there?

  5. This blog is fun to read. Love the pictures and the sense of adventure with homemaking. All of my children wore cloth diapers except the last one!