Friday, April 1, 2011

Win a "Tangled" dvd combo pack!

 This is from one of my favorite blogs!

Okay, so I know technically I am still on my little LWSL vacation, but I’m starting to miss you all.
So I thought today I would do something just for fun.
I don’t know how it is where you are, but here in the girly world, I have one very excited Princess.
If you know any little girls between the ages of 3 and 12, you may already know that today is the official release of Disney’s Tangled on DVD.
We can’t wait to watch it.
Doesn’t it look good?
(Even Snow White is excited!)
And now here’s the really good news.  One lucky reader will win their very own Disney’s Tangled Blue-Ray Combo Pack, which includes a regular DVD version and a digital copy of the movie, along with a few Tangled-themed surprises.  Really, what more could you want?

 Here is how to enter!!

Stepping Stones

I saw these "stepping stones" at the D Tree the other day and I liked the quotes but I couldn't get past the awful yellow lines and the dark greyish color!

I figured,I still have lots of white primer so I picked out 3 of my favorites and brought them home to stare at them and think what I would do! As soon as my husband saw them (and made a disgusted face haha) I explained,"I don't know what I'm gonna do with them but they are gonna be pretty!" He still doesn't believe me,I believe me,a little,but after I primed them I couldn't believe it. What a difference! I love spray paint! Anyway,this is as far as I have gotten.

They are sitting on top of my dryer,which I never use so it's  purpose is a "random projects in limbo" storage right now! But I am thinking of filling in the letters with either of these 2 colors,VERY carefully,with a thin brush. But since I already had the white primer paint,this project has cost me $3.00! $1.00 each stepping stone.

Early Frugal Days

Ever since I was younger I have been a frugal and thrifty person.I would go "trash-picking" with my brother to find things for my bedroom that other people just simply did not want anymore.I never took the junk,always the good stuff. I didn't see the potential in the "junk" until I turned 26! My favorite finds were holiday decorations. For some odd reason I know lots of people that throw a lot of them away after the holiday ends and this just kills me! I remember when the local D tree opened and how I was there on opening day! I even spent $75 on Halloween decorations from my nanny job savings and my brother spent $25. He didn't listen when I tried telling him to keep an eye out for quality over quanity and to this day he has none of those decorations,I still have mine :)

Hair Color Find

Last weekend,I went out on a quick shopping trip to Wal-Mart to grab juice. I remembered I had seen some hair color on clearance,by the garden center,so I stopped to see if,by chance,they had all been marked down a little more. They were all averaging $4.50 when I had seen them last week. I noticed the tags on them were still the same but they only had a few boxes of Natural Instincts for $7.97. Natural Instincts is not my favorite brand of hair color but since I usually color my hair red,I decided since spring is nearing us and it has been hotter already here,in southwest Florida,that I would go with my natural brown for a while. But not for $7.97,which is hardly a clearance price for any hair dye for me. I usually wait until they are $4 or under on sale or clearance and stock up. But then I noticed the tags,on the shelf underneath the product stating it Was $7.97 Now $1.00!!! So I grabbed 3,mom wanted one as well,and headed to the register. As soon as they rang up,OF COURSE they scanned for the $7.97 but I told the cashier they are marked $1.00 and after some eyerolling the other cashier behind her,just hanging out,went and looked and came back and gave a nod that it was ok to override. And the really neat part was the boxes came with a Venus Embrace razor attached!

They are about $6.00 on average and I personally bought 2 hair color boxes so typically what I would have spent $27.94 on,I spent $2.00. Now THAT'S what I call an awesome shopping trip!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pitcher and Bowl

Last weekend I was blog-hopping and got lots of inspiration to get some projects done! Pen and a "How To Train Your Dragon" notebook in hand (Handsome boy won't mind haha) I wrote down every yard sale,garage sale and community sale within 20 minutes from my house. I wrote about 8 down,however,I only made it to 2 on the list! There were so many in the areas I visited that I couldn't make it to all! Lucky me!! My first stop was a community sale (LOVE those) and I am glad that I stopped because a few different houses had exactly the items that I needed for some new projects that I am looking to try. I picked up 2 glass vases, 50 cents each,instead of paying a dollar each at the D tree. I also grabbed a Harry Potter hardcover set (yes!) for only $10! Which should look great displayed once I figure out which room and where! A white shelf for a $1,very much needed! I also got a sake set for only $2!

Did I mention how much I LOVE these community sales? haha But the neatest thing of the day that I discovered was an adorable little pitcher and bowl set that was just screaming for some primer and flat white paint! I was inspired by a blog post,not sure of the source and sought out to find my own,open to pretty much anything just to even try the idea on! So I picked this set up from a very cute elderly couple who were singing and playing guitar for their visitors,for only $2.

Grabbed some white primer and tackled those flowers! After about 4 coats of primer ('No No" thought it'd be a good idea to poke the side at one point while it was drying!) I waited about a half hour and started spray painting with the white flat paint. This is the gorgous result.

I love the handle and the accents on the sides of the bowl. I think the one solid color brings out what is really pretty about the set because you can see all of it without those flowers getting in the way! So this cost $2 plus $3.47 for the primer spray,the flat white I already had so $5.47 for this project. But there is still a bunch of the primer left so it didn't really cost the whole $3.47since it'll be used for other projects but in case you don't have these things on hand,the white flat spray paint was .97 cents at Wal-mart.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My First Project:Bahama Sea and Jade frames

The best way to get this going would be just to go straight into the first project that I did just for this blog! I have never spray painted frames and have been needing frames for our living room ever since we moved in...uhh...9 months ago! I know... So instead of running out and grabbing whatever I could find for frames,I decided to make a trip to Goodwill and see what they had for frames and how the prices were. Now,I have heard from other thrifty bloggers that Goodwill is the best place for cheap,good quality frames and how right they were! I ended up getting a bunch in great condition for 2.99-4.99 and the 4.99 frame was an 11x16! I was excited to get them home and to get a couple of them sanded and spray painted! I started out with sanding this frame (on the right)

It was a black frame with a black gloss paint so I sanded it with a very low grit,100,

blew off the dust from sanding and slapped 3 coats of this very pretty blue on it. The brand is Krylon and the color is Bahama Sea

bought at Wal-Mart for $3.47. I love how the color turned out and will be using it for other frames that I pick up. I also love their turnable nozzle. You can paint with it straight up and down or turn it and paint with a line from left to right.

On the frame in the first photo,on the left,I used Krylon,Jade. I love this color!
 This is that frame finished :)