Sunday, February 28, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Ok, I got the idea to make a jewelry holder when I saw Kristi's on her blog. My mind went crazy thinking of ideas. I am definitely not as creative as Kristi but I quickly got an idea. I wanted to use peg board as the background. For a frame... Friday night after work I went searching thrift stores. In the corner of the store I saw this ugly thing. I believe it is the frame to an OLD tv. I had peg board on the side of my house... I went to go get it and to my surprise I could not find it anywhere. I really think someone stole my peg board. So lame. Anyways, my dad had some so I used his instead. He helped me cut it to the frame. Enough typing... here is the project in pictures... and I LOVE it. I can't stop looking at it and smiling in disbelief that I thought of this idea all by myself. (Typically I am one of those crafters that copy an example to the T. Not this, I have never even seen anything like it). One more thing, I named this project Old and Bold because the frame is the distressed look and the peg board is very bold colors and pattern.
The ugly thrift store t.v. frame.
Plain ol' peg board. (I swear someone stole my peg board from my yard. Who the heck would do that... So dumb)
I painted the peg board brown first
Earing holder. I think this metal thingy is normally something used with adjustable shelving.
My ring hook. I bought a pack of peg board hooks that are normally perfect sizes for particular types of tools. Works great for different types of jewelry. I can move any of the hooks with ease anywhere on the peg board.
The best part of all this is NOTHING IS PERMANENT! I mean nothing! I can flip it long ways just by removing the metal earing piece and replacing it with the longer piece that I already have cut for that purpose. Or if I want to repaint the frame or peg board just unscrew it with ease! So versatile. Now I can easily see all my jewelry (except for earings that aren't the hooky kind) which makes it easier in the morning to find something!! I also paid a whopping $11 for everything! The frame $3, the pack of 40 different hooks $6, the scrapbook paper for the background design $2, peg board was free, paint was what I already had around the house, and metal rod came with my house so free. It was fun to do too and can be done in a day.
The beautiful deathly before look
After the first coat of paint
Sunday, February 21, 2010
For valentines day my dad had asked Rillz to make dinner for the family, my dads 2 brothers, Ray and Spencer, and my great uncle Stan and Margene. Thats 15 people! So we said yes. Rillz and I cooked the food while my parents were at church. We started at 10 A.M. so dinner would be ready at 5. I actually helped a lot more than usual (I will be honest, I get lazy and weave myself out of the kitchen and onto the couch). But this time it wasn't like that. Rillz started the chicken cordon bleu while I made a yummy breakfast for us. Then I made heart shaped brownies just because. And then I made angel food cake for the dessert. Rillz then made some shrimp thingy out of ginormous shrimp and also twice baked potatoes (getting the potatoe out of the skin was stressing me out. I was attempting to help and kept ripping the skin, Yes I was really getting stressed!) Anyways, it was delicious and being with the whole family is the best thing EVER! So happy valentines day to us all! Oh speaking of valentines day, that movie was really cute! Talk about SO many famous stars in one movie!
Just hanging out waiting for dinner
Kristi and Rillz. Kristi has a little tiny baby bump! She is always so skinny that in this stage of pregnancy she just looks my size. She said she just looks fat... thanks Kristi, are you saying I'm fat... haha!
My heart brownies. I just had to decorate them. These are the only ones left by the time I took a picture. And sorry it's so dark.
Twice baked potatoes
Friday, February 19, 2010
Every sunday most newspapers get coupon inserts. You know, those booklets that you search through only to cut out a couple coupons you think you may use only to forget about them. Well, I get 5 sunday papers only to cut out every single coupon and then organize them and stick them in a binder. When a sale is going on at a store then I use them. I don't get all the product ideas by myself. I cheat and read peoples blogs and then go to the store and get what they get. Over time I started figuring out good deals and sales on my own. I look for clearance prices that I can use coupons on or just a great sale. Check out www.athrifymom.com or www.fabulouslyfrugal.com or www.discountqueens.blogspot.com Those are my favorite 3 website. Go into the couponing 101 section and they tell you how to do it. All these blogs are in the Boise area but mention great sales for stores that are everywhere or free stuff on the internet. Check it out, takes a while to get into it and to stack up all your coupons but it is SO worth it. Oh yeah and you can't be a specific name brand snob. Would I normally ever buy those purex laundry thingys.... No but for that price, Yes! I find myself being able to try new things out that I never would if I had to pay full price. Good luck!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This week I went couponing and got 4 dreyers ice creams (super yummy flavors) for $3. For full price on these 4 containers it would have been a little over $25.
Yesterday I went to Albertsons again and got 5 packs of trident gum, 4 pouches of tuna, and 5 boxes of purex sheets (these sheets look cool, they have laundry detergent, fabric softener, and static guard all in one sheet. So it goes from washer to dryer without needing to add anything! Have you used them before? Me neither.) anyways... I got all this for $6. Everything was free except for the purex boxes I had to pay $1 each. Full price I would have paid over $45. Wow, spendy!
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Saturday, February 13, 2010
Really dad?!? Must you wear that hat? You are in the United States now. It doesn't only look funky but it's also made out of felt. Looks like he is going to beer fest or something. Haha. I love you anyways dad!
Kristi made this banner. So cute! Great job Kristi.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
With couponing I am always looking for cheap dog treats. Dog treats are so stinkin spendy and I can never find any at a price that I am super happy to pay and want to stock up on. And with 2 dogs, and me who likes to teach them tricks with treats, I go through them at a steady pace. Well tonight I needed to return redbox movies and decided to run into Albertsons to get my free pack of Golden stuffed oreos that I had a coupon for. I paid for them and as Rillz and I were walking out I spotted a cart full of discounted dog treats. As we were looking at them I realized I probably had coupons for some of the brands. I ran to the car to get my coupon binder (yes, an actual binder just full of organized coupons) and to my happy surprise I had plenty of coupons for the brands that were in the cart. Before coupons and discounts I would have spent $39.31 and after the discount and coupons I paid $2.88 ($1.13 of that total was tax). Thats $36 in savings. I got oreos and 12 boxes/packages of dog treats for only $2.88. Thats awesome! Now thats a price I want to pay!! I love surprise finds.
Rillz and I went bowling with Heidi and Ren and we all convinced Brent that he didn't need to work on the shop... instead he needed to go bowling with us, so he did! It was a lot of fun. The bowling alley was in Caldwell about 5 min. from my parents. Smoking has been illegal for how long now?!? and it smelled like 100 cigarettes had just been smoked at the same time just before we walked in. Gross. Oh-well. It was lots of fun!