Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Little Dollar Store/Goodwill Christmas Tree...

Wow, Christmas is just around the corner!  I don't know about you, but if I hear one more person say, "I'm already done." to me, I think I'll scream!!! I am NOT done! I never am until right up to the big day.  I'm not sure why, but I think I like to ponder over the gifts I buy and change my mind 50 times or so.  Yesterday, I took a break from the craziness, and worked on a project I had been procrastinating on.  About a month or so ago, I found a small Christmas tree at Goodwill for $15.  I really wanted a tree in my dining room this year, and since the one I had been scoping out was $200, $15 sounded pretty good to me!

I wanted to create something beautiful without spending a lot of money.  I let the kids put colored lights on our real tree, so this I wanted this tree to be my pretty little mom-tree with white lights and gold & silver ornaments.  I found the perfect ornaments at the dollar store.  Then, using some old sheet music I had lying around, my crafty friend Joy and I made a huge topper and some little pinwheel ornaments to go on it as well.

Well, without further ado, here she is:


I just love this tree topper. I will confess, it wasn't an original idea.  I copied Miss Mustard Seed on this one. 
















We weren't sure how to do it, since she doesn't give instructions, so we just started rolling the sheet music until it looked right.  We staples and glued it in place onto a small paper plate.  To place it on the tree, we just stapled a ribbon to the back of the plate, as shown below. 





I just cut the edges of some sheet music with zig-zag border scissors, then fan folded it to make these little pinwheels.




The skirt is just a remnant I had in my pile.



This is what my poor old lab does while she is waiting for Daddy to come home. Sad, huh?












I found these little musical instrument and reindeer ornaments at the Dollar Tree, and thought they were perfect!


A few scraps of burlap made the perfect garland.





I just love it! What do you think?

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Shutterfly 50 Free Holiday Card Offer!

Shutterfly has an unbelievable deal going on right now. They are offering 50 free holiday cards to bloggers!  All you have to do is write a post about their cards. Uh, yeah!  This is seriously too good to pass up!  If you haven't checked out their cards this year, you really should take a look.  They have got some gorgeous stuff. 

These are some of my favorites:

I love the playfulness of this one.  And if red and green aren't your cup of tea, you can get it in this great sky blue and red combo.



Cute, huh?  And I LOVE this one.  I really thought I had made my choice until...



I saw this one.  Now what am I going to do???  And there are like, hundreds more equally as adorable. 





I seriously cannot decide.  They are all so pretty.  If you haven't used Shutterfly before, they make creating beautiful Christmas cards a breeze.  Simply upload your favorite photo and start designing!  If you are a blogger and want more info on this deal, click here.  It's only good until December 31, 2010 so hurry on over. 



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Some deals I found...



Well, since the stores are onto me, and there are NO good deals lately, I found a couple online deals I thought I'd share.  The first one is a membership to Weekly Cinema.  Right now, they have a deal where you can get 4 movie tickets for $19.99!  The catch is that this is a monthly plan.  But you can cancel anytime with no cancellation fee. So if you do not want to continue, you can cancel right away and still use your four tickets. 

 To make it even better, when you sign up, you get one additional free ticket!  Be aware that you do not print your tickets directly from their site.  They give you the codes, and you go to either Fandango or Movie Tickets to purchase your tickets.  Each ticket is good for up to a $10 value, so it usually covers the online ticket fees as well.  I checked this out, and it seems to be legit, not a scam.  Also, you can get your codes each month, and then they are good for longer than a month, so in a sense the tickets don't expire at the end of the month.  I got my codes today, and they are good until December 19th. 

This is truly a great deal, being as tickets have gotten outrageous lately.  I have also seen other people posting that they have gotten other deals emailed to them for being a member, like a coupon for free popcorn at the theater!







The next deal is today's Groupon deal.  You can get a Rainbow wash at Carpool for $10.  This is usually $22, so you save $12 or 55%.  You can only buy one, but you can purchase an additional two as gifts.  Groupon deals are only good for one day, so you need to purchase this deal today!

Hope you enjoy these great deals, and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Free Cereal Deal at Kroger...


I sure haven't been very impressed with the coupon deals around lately.  Not sure what's going on. (Maybe they're onto me, LOL.)  But this week, Kroger has a great deal on cereal that I thought I'd share.

As the deal goes, you buy four boxes of select General Mills cereal, and get $6 back at checkout.  (This means it comes off your order, not that you get a credit to use on a future purchase.)

When you combine this deal with some e-coupons and printable coupons, it makes some cereal just about free!

The coupons are here, here, here, here, here, and here.

You can also use your Shortcuts & Cellfire coupons as well to make this deal even sweeter.

I got:

2 boxes Honeynut Cheerios
2 boxes Cinnamon Toast Crunch (YUM!)

Total before coupons:  $9.76
Minus $6 at checkout: $3.76
Minus $2.60 total in printable coupons: $1.16
Minus $1.10 in e-coupons: $. 06

So the total for four boxes was 6 cents!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall is in the house.



I thought I'd share some Fall projects around the house.  I just finished up redecorating my formal dining room and powder room, so the downstairs redecorating is pretty much complete.  Like I said before, it's looked the same around here since we moved in 7 years ago, so the change is refreshing! So come on in!

Here is the powder room before:



I loved my little fleur-de-lis stamps I did all over the striped walls. Gosh, this took a while! But I was over it!

And after (all decorated for Halloween):






 I used leftover fabric from my old dining room curtains to put in these frames.  These are some old Halloween costume pics I printed out in sepia.  These are Goodwill frames sprayed black. I attached the small frames to the large frames using sticky-back velcro. This way the photos can be changed out.

The walls are Portabello from Sherwin Williams, leftover from the accent wall in the family room.



I picked up this cute little etagere shelf at an antique shop.  It wasn't for sale, just to display some stuff.  And, it was an ugly army green color.  I convinced them to sell it to me, and didn't wait 5 minutes after getting home with it to spray it down with black paint.  Now I have a place to put my holiday decorations!


You like?  I am glad the green's gone!


Here are some pics of my old dining room:


You'll have to excuse me.  I was going through a toile phase.
I hated that brass chandelier since we moved in, but wiring intimidates me, so it stayed way past it's welcome.

And now, after some Rainwashed paint from Sherwin Williams:


I have loved this Pottery Barn Celeste chandelier for several years now.  I found one that looked almost identical from Overstock for much less!  {Love}




I love these silk panels, well "faux" silk panels.  Pottery Barn has the same ones listed for $100 a panel.  I got them at Walmart for $19 a panel! 





My hubby has had this wine opener for a while now.  I saw it in P.B. for $199 the other day.  I didn't like ours because the bottom was brass, and the top was silver. So, a little black spray paint over the brass did the trick.  Unfortunately, he thinks brass is just bee-u-ti-ful.  Fortunately, he is not very observant and hasn't noticed yet!
And here are a few more touches of Fall/Halloween throughout the house.


Some framed art cut out with the Cricut.



Candycorn art!




It's hard to photograph a mirror, but I cut a little haunted house, bats, spiders, and a web out of black vinyl and added it to the mirror.








I found this candle base and glass hurricane below at Goodwill.  I just glued them together and filled it up with some fall stuff.






Some pics of our apple-pickin' adventure...




How about this cute little Dollar Tree menu sign.  Check out the creepy items being offered!

I almost forgot to include my front porch topiaries.  I made them last year.  I wish I could get a good pic of them all lit up.





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