Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Simple is our motto for this year. Although I do miss the singing Santa that shakes, I don't miss the singing Santa, lol.
Here's what it looks like around my house(ignore anything you see on the floor, I'm in the process of cleaning up!)
The girls made paper candy canes and stars, we put on real candy canes, Thing 1 painted pinecones, then lights and garland
My sinple card holder with knotted yarn and clothes pins
A picture Baby Girl colored several years ago, and this year Santa picture
Baby Girl and I placed our tree trimmings in a mason jar with water and added a pinecone in the middle for a cute display...added 2 other Christmas favorites..mint candies and nuts
This poor thing was on my front door but hot glue cracks in super cold weather. I reglued it, and hung it on the wall in the house
This guy is old so he deserves a place at Christmas.
I'll finish up with a picture of Mrs Claus(the cutest one ever!)
Baby Girl got to play the Mrs,. in her school play with all the Kindergartners and 1st Graders! She even got to sing a solo!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Due to the lack of holidays, my front door was looking bare. I was looking in a magazine one day(don't ask me which one I seen it in!) and seen a tutorial for a clothespin wreath.
It looked like my kind of thing(fast, cheap, and easy) so I gave it a shot.
Here's the lowdown(my version)
You will need an embroidery hoop(I just used one piece). Mine was 8 inches and with that, took 53 clothespins(or one full .97 pack from Walmart, plus 3 more). You will also need Red, White and Blue craft paint
So my fat fingers wouldn't have to hold each piece while painting, I went ahead and placed the clothespins on the hoop.
I left a bit of space between the top center two so I could place the ribbon. I did take 53 clothespins for this hoop. You could space them a little more apart if you wanted to keep it down the one pack.
53 clothespins divided up sorted evenly meant 3 groups of 13 and one of 14. While the clothespins were on the table, I positioned the clothespins to lie flat on the bottom.
I started with 13 red, then white, then red, then 14 blue.
For less than $1(I had everything on hand except the clothespins) I have some color on my door.
I debated about the putting stars on the blue part and decided to skip it. Now, when Baby Girl gets home from Grandma's, she'll probably make me put them on there.
And in true frugalista form, I left the back unpainted. Now for the next holiday, I can flip it over and paint another design!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
This year, we opted out of pulling out the manufactured Christmas decorations and decided to keep it more real. Yes, the lights on the tree are mass produced, and I had to buy a few items for crafting, but the majority will be homemade and real!
Oranges for the crew and the peels will be turned into some smelly good potpourri!
I love to use candy for decorations and displays! I'll be adding to this up until Christmas.
Our first ever real Christmas tree! I'm, ahem, 35 and I've never had one so I think I was just as excited to get one! We are keeping it simple with lights and real candy canes as the decorations. We will be making a few ornaments to add to it(most of which will go for gifts)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I love decorating with candy and fruit. I think it makes the holidays a little more fun! Now that Baby Girl is almost 5(~sniff~), it makes it easier to have it out all the time because she knows when she can have some :) I found these little pumpkins at a thrift store in a pack of 4 for $0.50, so I snatched them up.
One with tootsie pops
One with pixie sticks
I have a couple more to surprise the kids with between now and Halloween. They love seeing the candy pop up around the house :)
And of course for Christmas, we have candy canes everywhere!
What's your favorite way to decorate with candy?
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
We love crafts around here. It always looks like Hobby Lobby blew up in our living room on a regular basis. We have several store bought decorations but it's always nice to add some homemade to the mix
You will need
A wreath form(I got mine at HL with a 40% off coupon, cost $2 and some change) I've also used a round piece of cardboard(want to take the easy way out, use one from afrozen pizza) with the center cut out
Crepe paper streamers
various small decorations
Take your wreath form and wind the crepe paper all around. Secure randomly with some hot glue.
Do your layout before you glue. I used some plastic spiders, skulls, and made a ghost from some cheesecloth
I strung the skulls to make a little dangly clanker. And the final wreath has the word BOO down the right side also(just made the letter on Word, sized to what I needed, printed and cut out.
This project took maybe 20 minutes(with interruptions) and cost about $3 to make
For this I reused a jar from a previous candle
then I just used a Scribbles paint with a tip and a printed design
A clean jar, reused from an old candle
My design. Just fold the paper and place on the inside of the jar. Secure with some tape and then use your Scribble paint on the outside to trace the design. Simple designs are the best, mine got a little gloppy but I used a toothpick to spread out some of the paint.
You can repeat the design or just keep on one side(like I did). Allow to dry and then place in a tea light and enjoy!
This project took about 5 minutes(not including drying time) and cost me $0.99(I didn't have black Scribble paint)
Friday, January 28, 2011
We usually store our Christmas tree pieces in trash bags. Before we can ever get them out the door and back to the garage, pieces are already poking through. Needless to say, by the next Christmas, we need new trash bags. Wasted bags...usually 4 or 5. This year when we began tearing down the tree, I remembered I had several dog food bags saved up. I did a post a long time ago about how I reuse these bags. They are tall and fairly strong.
So here's what I did:
And then over the tops(that had the pokey metal parts facing towards the bottom) I placed a plastic grocery bag and taped around it. No more wasted trash bags!