Welcome! About Frugal Little Bungalow and CONTACT INFO

Welcome to Frugal Little Bungalow!  I am so glad that you stopped by.  If you need to contact me I can be reached at debrapugh@comcast.net or frugallittlebungalow@gmail.com

FRUGAL:   Characterized by or reflecting economy in the use of resources

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“In 1900, American homes were, on average, about 1000 square feet of living space” according to Antique Home Style.

My current home has 1100 square feet of living space and was built in 1917.

In a smaller home one must always economize in regards to how the space is utilized. That’s why you can find me sewing at the dining room table :)

24 Responses to Welcome! About Frugal Little Bungalow and CONTACT INFO

  1. I too grew up in a ranch house that was built in the early 60’s that was probably around 1300 sq ft or so, and was shared by 5 of us, my parents, sister and grandmother. When I was around 15 the basement was finished and as you know, it was much needed and well used.

    Found you from CLH and I’m happy to make your acquaintance.

  2. Val says:

    Hi Deb,

    We raised our two boys in a 936 square foot bungalow that was built in 1961. Lots of great memories from that little house! I love your little place. And the great thing? It’s yours! Happy “Frugalizing”!


  3. sheila says:

    do you have instructions for making a rag rug on a loom? thanks sheila

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Hi Sheila…someone asked about this awhile back so I went looking for my answer : Here is is :)
      debralynnpugh says:
      November 7, 2013 at 9:34 am (Edit)
      hi Rita ! :) While I had a printout with instructions that came with the loom I still wanted to see a bit more and I found a good video tutorial here

      Then I’d say that when you are starting ….when you are working with rows right up by the nail the weft ( I think : ) wants to come off of the nail but as you get a few rows down it is easier. Then I did not want to work with long strips…it got confusing so I made shorter ones…trouble with that is the bulky knots showing up too often; and how bulky they are depends on the material. So I am learning as I go :)

      I ordered it here ” I recently ordered a loom from Dru over at The Country Farm Home “

  4. Anne Specht says:

    Recently I stopped receiving emails from your blog. I happened to get one today, so I tried to re-subscribe. When I put in my email information it indicated that I am already on your mailing list. Help!

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Hi Anne, I would have no clue what to do. The feed comes from Feedburner and I have seen other bloggers say that they have had troubles lately as well though from what I’ve read they are trying to sort out if it is the feed, the email clients, etc.

  5. sally says:

    I would love to make a rag rug; my mom made them and without a loom. So many things I now find myself wanting to do!

    The first house that my parents had built was around 1,000 sq ft; I love that house better than any we had lived in before. Dad was in the navy so we travelled around a lot before I was ten or so. But, the little house had hardwood floors, 3 (small) bedrooms and one bath. There were five of us; myself and my two brothers. And, these days unfortunately many people want those mcmansions you mentioned. Not me! :)

    I’ve really enjoyed catching up with you. :)

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Thank you Sally :) I grew up in a small modest ranch house. I am not sure why people require so much room nowadays! : )

  6. Pat says:

    Your story sounds like my story. I rented for 2 years after my divorce and then found I could get a mortgage for less than the monthly rent payment. The Urban Cottage is 936 sq ft. I’ve had a time trying to settle in. I had almost nothing in the way of furniture when I moved in and very little money. It’s slowly coming together.

  7. Wanda says:

    Found you in an Etsy discussion thread about blogging and decided to check you out. . :-) I really enjoyed reading your blog and found them interesting and entertaining.

    I know I need to start a blog myself and I do have a URL reserved with my store name but trying to find the time to write, record some videos and start interviewing people for the blog seems to somehow escape me.

    Thanks for sharing your blog name on Etsy so I could find you and much success and happiness to you in 2015!

  8. molly says:

    Where ever di you find the pattern for the bumble bee on grandsons pillow.. I’ve looked and looked for a bee pattern..did you make it up?? awaiting your reply… sewnmom7@yahoo.com…thanks , molly

  9. Hi DebraLynn, love your background, your cottage life and frugality. Although I live in a big house now, I have a history with cottages, and remain frugal as part of my own history, as does my husband. Thanks for your visit to Panoply, and I look forward to our paths perhaps crossing again.

  10. Hi, Deb – want to thank you for leaving a comment at WIPs Be Gone. Since you are a no-reply blogger, I’m replying here. My little hexie flowers are working out with the leaves. We’ve raised 3 kids in a 1000 sq ft house and now find it as an empty nest as huge for the two of us.

  11. Vicky says:

    I saw your blog from Brenda’s mention, and just enjoyed it so much, your garden, and I also sew from my kitchen table. haha

    But I wanted to let you know, I shared with some Nebraska pals, about your blog, and they told me, they are getting a viral warning, after they put in the blog name, I went back, and ran a viral scan on my computer, it appears clean, so I don’t think it came from me.

    I don’t know how to handle these things either.
    Also, I signed up, and feedburner is NOT reliable, I have lost so many blogs, I truly love, they are never delivered.

    Maybe you could consider going thru another service, Brenda changed to something else, maybe she can make suggestions.

    I do so want to follow you,
    and think it is so neat when Brenda (Cozy Little House) features others.

  12. Joan Sommerfield says:

    I was exploring around your blog a bit and came across the post (in 2014 I think, about the Hyacinth Been Vine. How did it do? Are you still growing them? I used to grow them every year and loved the foliage, the blooms and those colorful pods. Somehow I gave away or lost all my seeds and so I have not had them for a few summers.

    Would you be interested in trading some seeds?

    I could send seeds for Four o’clocks. They are a pretty fuchsia color (deep pink really) and easily seed themselves. The humming birds and big dark blue/black butterflies love them. I could also send seeds for something I call Cardinal Vine. It, too, reseeds easily, is a delicate green fern-like vine with small cardinal red flowers. Hummers and big yellow Sulfur butterflies are attracted to it.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Joan I have some seeds / I’ll email you. I’ve grown them for two years now and this year’s bunch is coming up as well :)

  13. Marti Nagy says:

    Hi Deb!
    It’s been too many years to mention that we have seen each other but I have to say – Your Quilting experience has Grown greatly. Wonderful techniques and design. Your quilting, your blogging and just “YOU” always make me smile! Glad you are finally enjoying “LIFE”!!!

    All my best, Marti N.

  14. Kathy says:

    Visiting your site from Brenda’s blog. My first home was a bungalow-865 square feet with an unfinished basement and walk up attic. Since, I have owned a 1969 tri-level (ugh!), a colonial revival-a really beautiful home, and my current 1960 ranch, described as “contractor modern”. Once we finish breathing new life into our neglected ranch, it will be quite comfortable. But, that little bungalow is still my favorite.

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    • debralynnpugh says:

      Well Nancy just like I record the weather on occasion I record something memorable here and there that happens in politics :)

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