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She {hearts} DIY “Green” Gift Tags

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If you’re like me, you’re always trying to think of new ways to save money and reuse the things you already have around the house.

Well, I got the idea to reuse our tissue boxes and make these cute Christmas present tags out of them. Sometimes we have some really pretty designs! And I’m one of those girls who really wants all her gifts to look like something Martha Stewart would approve of…not sure if I’ve ever achieved this, but I try.

I also have this thing for “brown paper packages”, yes, I watched Sound of Music a lot growing up AND I sing Edelweiss to my kids at night:)

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For the tags:

Start by cutting empty tissue boxes into individual pieces. So you have flat paper to work with. Then using a small glass (I have shot glasses from around the world, which work great!) Trace with pencil on plain side. Cut out. Punch a hole with a hole puncher, then add a string.  I used an old yo-yo string…my kids happen to have a broken yo-yo laying around  just today. I save a lot of trash useful things. To quote my late Ukrainian Grand-Father-in-law, “Same time you need it, you have it”.

Also, I get my brown paper from the Dollar Tree. It’s the paper in the mailing section. Works great! This stripe paper came from the dollar tree as well. Sometimes you can find really pretty paper there. I just used a sheet as an accent over the brown paper. I like the way that looks. But it may not be your thing. Dollar tree has ribbon too, and I get a lot of my ribbon from the sale bins at Micheal’s.

There is no reason Christmas should cost a lot. We just have to be creative and look for deals.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

 

She {hearts} The Peanut Paintshop

Recently, my husband renovated and upgraded our laundry room! I absolutely love the new layout and frontloading washer/dryer, but found myself staring at the blank space above the appliances. When I found Erin’s masterpieces at The Peanut Paintshop, I knew I had found what I was looking for to fill that void!

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I immediately wrote Erin an email and cannot tell you how wonderful she was to work with! I sent her the idea that I had in mind, with the size and colors that would work well with my space. After a few emails back and forth over a span of about 3 weeks, my custom piece of beautiful artwork was delivered to my door! Not 5 minutes later, I had hung it up and fallen in love!

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It was exactly what I was looking for, and the verse is a great reminder for me as I do load after load of laundry for my family of 6!

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So, whether you’re in need of a custom canvas that will be hung in your home year-round, or one that speaks of Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day, the Peanut Paintshop can create the perfect thing! Erin is extremely talented, and creates one-of-a-kind, handpainted masterpieces that are whimsical, joyful, and colorful!

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The Peanut Paintshop is giving away a custom 6×12 canvas (a $20 value) to one of our She{hearts}it readers!

To Enter:

Head on over to the Peanut Paintshop and look around their Peanut Gallery to see all the fun designs that Erin creates. Then, leave a comment with your favorite canvas or what you’d pick out if you won!

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Comments are now closed. Congratulations to Sandy who won our giveaway!

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She {hearts} Got a Bag

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If you’re a mommy to a little cutie under the age of two, you probably carry a larger-than-life size bag with you everywhere, and reserve your smallish girly bags for date nights with the hubby or night-out with the girls. That would be me. But lately I made it a promise to myself to not only sport the cute purse when I don’t have my baby with me, but to also take my affection starved fancy high heels out for a spin.  Yes, some of them are even dusty. Who has time to dust high heels? Not this mommy! Oh and btw, doctor office visits for yourself are a reason to dress up.  They mean you’re taking care of you, and I don’t know what better thing you can do for the ones you love, than to take care of yourself.  So celebrate!

 

But let’s be honest, probably twenty seven days out of a month you’re gonna need that larger than life bag for the diapers, wipes, squirtable fruit, sling, etc…

Tina at Got a Bag on Etsy has ya covered! She is so creative and has made such a wide variety of designs, none are exactly alike. She has some large bags perfect for the “mommy purse,” and then my favorite Less is more clutch for when you get to sneak away to refresh.

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Tina from Got a Bag makes one-of-a-kind bags that are truly unique. You can tell from the workmanship and quality in the seams that she knows what she’s doing and does it well.

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Tina would like to give away one of her lovely clutches in purple! You’re gonna like it!DSC_0830

 To Enter:

Simply comment on this post, telling me which bag you like from Got a Bag. But remember, the giveaway is for the purple clutch.:)

 

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WINNER CHOSEN!  Congrats to Katydid!
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She {hearts} Tiny Sprouts

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This is Ace, Ace likes the world to know who he is. Ace likes to dress well and turn heads. Nothing does this like something personalized.

Tiny Sprouts is quality clothing that will last- well beyond the sweet child it was made for grows out of it. I love the long-sleeve tee we received, beautiful stitching and super soft fabric. The sizing appears to run a little large since our little man is wearing 12-18m in most brands and 18m gives ample room for him fill in.

Tracey the owner and founder of Tiny Sprouts (and fellow mama) is open and engaging with fantastic customer service, just what you’d expect from a small business and more. If you have a little lovey you like to shower special gifts upon, or a little expected lovey, I highly recommend any interaction with Tiny Sprouts…you will not be disappointed.

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Not only does Tiny Sprouts have beautifully hand-embroidered clothing up to size 6, they also feature rockin’ hand-stamped items.

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She {hearts} Whimsical Creations

I am totally a hat girl. If you were to look through my closet you wouldn’t find many belts or scarves or really any other fancy accessories for that matter. But, hats? Yup. You’ll find a lot of those. And I’m not talking baseball hats or beach hats, but hats that “speak” to me, and not only TO me, but ABOUT me. I love a wide variety of hats, from muted earth tones to bold and bright shades of every color under the rainbow.

The newest hat to grace my head is that from a cute little etsy shop called Whimsical Creations. Hannah, shop owner and creator has hats for all sorts of ladies (and babies too!). So whether you try to keep it more subtle and subdued or bright and cheery, there is a beautiful piece of prettiness just waiting for you in her shop.

And not only does Hannah make crafty crocheted hats, but she also makes scarves, cowls, and headbands. All equally pretty. All equally fun. And certainly something for everyone.

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You can visit Hannah and her shop Whimsical Creations over on etsy!

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To Enter: Just leave a comment here telling us what hat YOU would pick from Whimsical Creations if you won!

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A winner from the U.S. will be chosen on Sunday October 14, 2011 at 7PM CST
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She {hearts} DIY Mustard Rose Pillow

Mustard Rose PillowsSeems like I’m always redecorating our home in some way or another. I rearrange things and add bits of color here and there. Usually, from room to room. It’s a free way to redecorate. I also redo pieces and items I already own. I’m sure many of you do the same thing.

I have a few favorite colors I seem to go back to over and over again, one of them being mustard. Really, any yellow will do, but I am drawn to a mustardy-yellow.

Here, I took a pillow and pillow case I had gotten from Ikea a few months ago, some old fabric I had from other projects and made a fun new pillow to change up my bedroom a little. I had planned on showing a before and after, but ran out of light to snap a pic of my bedroom, so if you like you can check out my personal blog later today for those pix:)This DIY is really easy because it’s not too precise. **update** My mini-bedroom makeover.

 

For those of you that like a more polished and symmetrical design, I apologize. This mama doesn’t have time for perfection.

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  • Cut cream fabric to pillow case size, leaving room for folded seam about 3/4 inch around
  • Cut strips of mustard fabric, about 1.5 inches wide and 24 inches in length, depending on how large you want your roses.
  • folding strips of fabric, edges in, pin roses on fabric, starting in center and going around like a pinwheel, but leaving a lot of open space.
  • sew (note: it’s not easy to keep the roses precise (as I stated) they will have different personalities, which was totally okay by me. I like the frayed look. It’s so Anthro;)
  • After sewing roses on top fabric, pin on pillow case, folding edges under. Sew very closely to edge, being mindful of zipper (you obviously have to sew with it open and a tad differently so it will still function, but it’s not noticeable.

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I hope you make your own! Any color would be pretty, if mustard isn’t your thing;)

P.S. Instead of going to the fabric store for new fabric, I like to find fabric to re-purpose. This may gross you out, but I love finding old fabric from the Salvation Army (Wednesday 1/2 price), the larger the piece the better. Dresses, tops, skirts, jackets, table clothes, curtains and sheets (this goes without saying, but washed and dried before using). You save a ton of money and find something totally unique and best part…probably saved it from a landfill!

She {hearts} DIY Feather Braid

My sis got one of those trendy feather hair extensions a couple months ago. And boy, was it cute!

I opted not to get one. I guess it’s due to the fact I’m pretty cheap frugal and because actually “fixin” my hair (y’all know I’m from Texas, right?) doesn’t happen very often. That’s why it’s long. So I can put it up and get it out of the way…Yes, I’m one of those mommas, excluding date nights with the hubby though. I try to please my man:)

I have hair on the brain today…bad joke, I know. But my daughter who’s got the long hair in the pictures (which were taken yesterday) just got her hair cut to her shoulder’s for the new school year. I was the one at the salon almost in tears…

DSC_0235Back to me being frugal: this braid cost me nothing! Since I wasn’t sure my idea would work we decided to skip the feathers from Michaels which were really cheap to begin with and raid our dress-up chest and pluck our boas (so, no roosters were harmed in the name of fashion or fly fishing for this post:)

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You will need:

2-5 little feathers (depending on the hair length)

Hair gel/putty (the stickier the better)

Small clear hair band

Find the section of hair you want to make your skinny braid, then make the three sections. Take one section, starting at the top. Dip your first feather in the gel (small amount) and place it like you were gluing it to the top, close to the scalp. Continue going down the section of hair til the end. Overlapping is good. More of the feather will show through the braid. Finish with the clear hair band.

Note: Since the gel will be dry, it’s best for you to wet the hair before attempting to remove the braid and feathers.

DSC_0238I think this will be fun for a girl’s birthday party or a ladies night out! I plan on getting some white feathers from Micheals for me. Although, I wish we already owned a white boa:)