Thrifty Thursdays

thrifty thursdaysFrom now until Christmas, I will be sharing some thrifty ways to make your own Christmas gifts for your family and friends. If you aren’t feeling very crafty right now, you can also find handmade shops that sell these cute little handmade gifts. You will be supporting small, handmade businesses and you won’t have to dig up all your crafting supplies that have been in your closet since you tried to make all your Christmas gifts last year! I will be making or purchasing each of these gifts for my peeps (depending on time and willingness to craft)…so I fully support all of them!

Photo from Scarves Dot Net

Photo from Scarves Dot Net

How to Make a Camera Strap from a Scarf from Scarves Dot Net – Remember when I wrote about the most awesome and amazing Stacie Grissom for my Meet the Maker series? Well, she shared this awesome tutorial on Scarves Dot Net. All you need is a silk scarf  (you can find one at a secondhand store for cheap), some leather ( or pleather, whatever you want for the accent), key rings and some basic sewing skills. Don’t have the time and/or patience to make one? Check out the cute scarf camera straps at Paisley Maze for under $20!

Photo from Mary Highstreet

Photo from Mary Highstreet

Breyer Horse Bookend from Mary Highstreet – There is not a full tutorial listed on this site, but from the looks of it, she got some reclaimed wood bookends and cut the breyer horse in half to attach to the wood. You can find bookends at any thrift store, or you can find some scrap wood and connect them to make your bookends. Breyer horse toys can also be found at thrift stores, or for cheap at a craft store. If you don’t like the color of the horse (or wood, for that matter)…get creative and paint them! You can also find a whole mess of bookends (and not just horse ones) for $20 at Parchment and Pallet on Etsy.

Photo from belle appetit

Photo from belle appetit

DIY coffee mugs from belle appetit – This is an easy craft that can be done a million ways, for a million different people. You just need a mug (preferably a solid color one…you can find these at a thrift store, too), a sharpie and an oven. You can also get personalized coffee mugs for $8 each at Monroe Mom of 2 on Etsy…which would make it less than $20 for two!

And here is the perfect match for your handmade mugs!

Photo from A Beautiful Mess

Photo from A Beautiful Mess

Win a Numi Tea Blending Kit from A Beautiful Mess – Emma and Elsie, the lovely ladies from A Beautiful Mess, teamed up with Numi, an organic tea company, to offer a free Numi Tea Blending Kit to 10 lucky winners! The Giveaway is open until Nov 29 and you just need to click on the above photo or the A Beautiful Mess link to enter!

If you have any awesome DIY Christmas gifts, or if you happen to sell any of the above-mentioned gifts…please let me know. I would be happy to share! You can either post in the comments or find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. I am also looking for small/handmade businesses that are offering a sale on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday or all of the above! If you are having one, or if you know of a shop that is, let me know so I can feature you or your favorite shop!

Stay thrifty, my friends.

Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favorites

A couple weeks ago, I decided to switch up my Fridays are for Favorites post, and I wrote about my favorite things that happened that week. I enjoyed writing that post so much, that I decided to write my future Friday posts like that! I will be listing my favorite things that happened, or that I discovered, through the week and sharing them with you! This could be a new Etsy store I found, an awesome new tutorial I landed on, a delicious recipe I found…anything! So, let the fun begin!

Image belongs to Tuts Plus

Image belongs to Tuts Plus

Beginner Photoshop Tutorial from Tuts Plus – Grant Fieldman wrote a 19-part tutorial on learning Photoshop for Tuts Plus, He included videos and links to even more tutorials! If you have not gotten yourself acquainted with this website yet, it’s about high time that you do. I just saw that they have a tutorial on paper crafting too. Awesome!

Image belongs to In Honor of Design

Image belongs to In Honor of Design

Encourage Beauty Challenge from In Honor of Design – Hilary Rushford from Dean Street Society and Anna at In Honor of Design have joined forces for an amazing Instagram challenge that is all about encouraging beauty. I was unfamiliar with both sites until I saw someone else share this Challenge on Twitter. Another nod to the power of sharing through social media. The Challenge and details are on either site but I encourage you to check them both out, if you haven’t already.

Image belongs to Linkouture

Image belongs to Linkouture

Handmade Giveaway at Linkouture – Mama-to-be and jewelry designer Bev Feldman is offering an big ol giveaway on her site, Linkouture. And to top it off, she also has a 20% off sale at her store through Nov 4! Click on the link or the photo to find the Giveaway, and then just follow the instructions to enter! Her site not only shows off her beautiful jewelry, but she also shares recipes, DIY projects, and interviews with awesome makers!

And my absolute favorite thing about this week….

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Dressing my daughter up like a housewife, of course! The costume did not turn out the way I wanted it to, of course. But it was still awesome and we had quite the photo shoot! This was my favorite picture because it describes us to a tee. I was supposed to be a hipster housewife (I know, I really had to reach far for that one…) but you can’t really see my outfit so I just look like a hobo – which isn’t too far off from my normal look. And I think I love that scarf. It was buried deep with all my other scarves but I think that will be a staple.

What are your favorite things from this week? Share them in the comments and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #fridayfavorites You can find more Friday inspiration on my Pinterest!

Thrifty Thursdays

thrifty thursdays

Of all the things my poor mom has tried to teach me to do, knitting is probably the only project I completed. I made a scarf and a beanie a couple years ago, and now that the weather is getting colder, it’s about time to get back into action. Of course, I will have to set aside time to do it after Cecilia goes to bed as the yarn will be a big ol’ tangled mess on the ground if she gets to it.

We usually look up patterns in one of my mom’s many pattern books, but I’ve also found some cool patterns online that we have made before. I found some more patterns online today, and the best part…they are FREE! Instead of sharing individual patterns like I would normally share individual tutorials, I’m going to share the sites I got them from. Each site has so many patterns, that would be unjust to only share one with you.

Image belongs to Creating Laura

Image belongs to Creating Laura

Creating Laura – I was guided to this site from All Free Knitting, an excellent resource for finding knitting patterns, stores, reviews, giveaways and tutorials. Back to Laura, now. She offers a dozen knitting patterns on her site, and she also blogs about food, crafts, sewing, beauty and of course…knitting. You can find a tutorial for a beer cozy and an infinity scarf, all in the same place!

Image belongs to fearless homemaker

Image belongs to fearless homemaker

Fearless Homemaker – This is another All Free Knitting find. She offers two knitting patterns on her blog, including this dark leaf ear warmer. There are plenty of other craft tutorials on her blog, and she also shares some yummy recipes, like a healthier version of chilli-cheese macaroni! I think I know what I’m making for dinner!

Image belongs to Fiber Flux

Image belongs to Fiber Flux

Fiber Flux – Jennifer, who runs this blog, not only shares free knitting and crochet patterns, she also shares tutorials! Be sure to check out the strawberry jam neck wrap pattern and the flower patch button wrap pattern. I checked out her tutorials and you can seriously learn how to knit and crochet pretty much anything your heart could desire.

Image belongs to Cut Out + Keep

Image belongs to Cut Out + Keep

Cut Out + Keep – This is an awesome community site that I found that offers an assortment of craft projects and tutorials. There are quite a few free knitting patterns, like this awesome fox beanie. You can sign up as a member and share your projects and tutorials while learning from others. And it’s totally free to join!

I hope you were able to find some knitting patterns to inspire your next project. As always, I will only share projects with you that I am planning to make sometime in the near future. I am not compensated for any of this, I just love sharing what I find with all my friends on here. You can share your knitting projects, tutorials, patterns and more in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #staythrifty.  And if you are craving more knitting inspiration, check out my Pinterest! Stay thrifty, my friends.

Giveaway Winner Announced and more!

Giveaway WinnerA winner has been chosen from our Giveaway: Catalina Torre! The Giveaway was created through Rafflecopter, and the winner was chosen at random. I had a lot of fun doing this Giveaway and I loved working with Lilia Vanini! The scarfs were so beautiful that I wanted to enter the Giveaway myself but I knew that would probably be frowned upon, so I will just have to wait until I can purchase one!

If you are planning on hosting a Giveaway, I would definitely suggest going through Rafflecopter. I did opt for the Blogger membership, which is $8 a month, but I feel like it was worth it if you are planning on hosting several giveaways. They made it super easy for me to start it, and updated me when it was almost over, and again when it was over. Unfortunately, I couldn’t embed the giveaway on my blog, but there was a Facebook app which made it easy.

book writingAnd I have some exciting news to share…I am writing my very first book! It’s in the super-beginning stages right now. It will focus on people who have successfully started their own businesses after losing their jobs. So, if you have started your own business after losing your job (laid off or fired), and you want to share your story, I would love to write about it!

I would interview you and any family members or friends that could help add your story and I would either meet you to take a few pictures of you (if you live in the area), or you could simply send some photos that best describe your life and business to me. I haven’t decided if I am going to take it to a publisher, or if I will publish it myself, but all of the writing and design will be done by me.

Writing was my first love, and it will always be my biggest passion. This book will be an exploration into the lives of people who have made something wonderful out of a negative experience. I have started a few projects since I lost my job, but I have yet to find much success from them, so it will be so amazing to hear all of these stories. I will be posting updates, profiles, photos and more during this book writing journey.

Please let me know if you would like to share your story. You can either post a comment, write me an e-mail or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you would like to host a giveaway with me, collaboration and sponsorship opportunities are available. I do all the work, you just let me know what product you want to share!

Thank you for hanging with me on this crazy and wild, yet totally amazing, journey.

Scarf Giveaway!

Lilia Vanini Giveaway

Lilia Vanini is the owner and operator of Lilia Vanini Boutique on Etsy, where she sells beautiful handmade scarves, handbags and headwraps. She learned to sew from her grandma, who was a seamstress for a fashion boutique in her town.

During a vacation to Venice, Italy, she was reintroduced to her first passion, sewing. She eventually moved there after 10 years of dreaming about it, and immersed herself in the handmade world again. Now, she works in her studio, creating a variety of beautiful handmade items – handbags, scarves, headwraps, legwarmers, bootsocks and jewelry.

Today, she is offering a free handmade scarf of the winner’s choice. There are over 50 scarves to choose from, and each of them are worth over $25. Perfect for the fall! Since I am unable to embed the giveaway on this site, the link below will take you directly to the Giveaway page. You can also enter on my Facebook! The giveaway will be going on for a week, and we will let the winner know 48 hours after the giveaway ends.

You can find out more about Lilia Vanini by visiting her Etsy shop and connecting with her on Facebook. If you would like to offer a giveaway of your product, please let me know in the comments!

Good luck!

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