Thrifty Thursdays: Holiday Edition!

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There is one thing that is certain when you have a little one: you will never struggle with a gift idea for your parents again. Grandparents LOVE photos of their grandbabies just as much as they love photos of you – if not more. The good thing is that you don’t need to go to a photo studio to get expensive photos of your babes, all you need is a camera and little creativity.

Photo from love grows wild

Photo from love grows wild

These DIY Photo Clipboards from love grows wild are perfect for grandparents because they can change them as the children get older. All you need is some wood, these cute little clips and a photo, of course! You can paint the wood any color you like, or any color you think you parents will like.

Photo from This Heart of Mine

Photo from This Heart of Mine

These Transfer Image Canvases from This Heart of Mine are perfect if you have a photo of your little one with their grandparent (or whoever you are creating this gift for – even yourself!) or if there is a special moment you wanted to share. You just need a gel medium, a canvas, a large high-resolution photo that will cover the canvas, a foam brush, spray bottle and a cloth! Another awesome tutorial from one of my favorite ladies, Amy.

Photo from See Kate Sew

Photo from See Kate Sew

I love these DIY Instagram Magnets from See Kate Sew! Not only are they super cute, they are also super affordable! Use them as stocking stuffers or attach to your gifts as cute photo tags. You just need some adorable photos, adhesive magnetic paper, an x-acto knife for super precise cutting and an acrylic ruler.

Photo from The Gold Jellybean

Photo from The Gold Jellybean

These Waterless Snow Globes with Photos from The Gold Jellybean are perfect for the Holiday season! Since the season is pretty much over after Christmas, I would give it to them for Thanksgiving (obviously this would have to wait for next year) so they can have it up! Or simply turn them into photo frames and decorate them however, and gift them at Christmas! This would also be something cute to decorate your house with for the Holidays.

And what about those Christmas cards that you have been putting off?

Photo from The Paper Mama

Photo from The Paper Mama

This Christmas Card Tutorial from Flavor Pink was featured on The Paper Mama’s 50 DIY Days of Christmas. As a Photoshop newbie myself, I am always excited to see new tutorials – especially when they are for something fun and creative like this! This tutorial centers around Photoshop but I imagine you can get the same effect with most photo editing programs.

Do you have a fun DIY photo Christmas gift tutorial, or did you use one of these tutorials? Share your link in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ with the hashtags #thriftythurdays and #whatimgifting. You can find more DIY Holiday ideas on my Pinterest!

Thrifty Thursdays: Thoughtful Celebrations

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I know, I know. You don’t want to even think about Christmas right now. But, let’s face the facts. It’s upon us, and if you are planning on a DIY Holiday season, well – you better get a’crackin! I’m going to elaborate on the slow gifting and thoughtful celebrations movement I was talking about earlier and help you come up with some fun and affordable DIY ways to spend the holidays!

The Holidays are all about spending time with your friends and family, but in the hustle and bustle, it can be hard to get together. These awesome ideas incorporate slow gifting and thoughtful celebrations. Start a new tradition. It will take some planning now, but will keep it simple in the years to come – allowing you to spend more time on that awesome homemade gift you’re making:

Idea and photo from Alison Butler

Idea and photo from Alison Butler

Host a Mitten Exchange from The Petit Cadeau – Do you normally get together with your friends for the Holidays? How about creating a mitten exchange! Alison – who got me excited about the idea of slow gifting – collaborated with Kim from Joyful Roots to share this thoughtful and wonderful tradition! If you subscribe to Alison’s newsletter, you can download a free printable invitation. It’s free to subscribe and you check it out here.

Photo from Food Swap Network

Photo from Food Swap Network

Host a food swap! from Food Swap Network – Love food? Do you and your friends usually go out for a Holiday lunch or dinner and then all gasp and uneasily take out your wallets and try to dissect the bill? Or is that just me and my friends? A food swap is an awesome way to keep the expenses down and exchange homemade food. I just got into canning and baking, so this is perfect for me! If you’re not so hot at making stuff but your friend is the best cook/baker you know – pick a house and take an at-home cooking lesson! Do you belong to a crafting circle? Share this idea for a fun holiday party!

Photo from Darby Smart

Photo from Darby Smart

Throw a Darby Smart party! from Darby Smart – Decide on a project box you all agree on, and throw a little crafting shindig! The boxes come with all the supplies and instructions, and there are many for under $40 – probably what you would spend on the supplies anyways. The December TO DIY FOR mystery box is only $19 and would be perfect for your Holiday party next month!

I hope these ideas have given you inspiration for your new thoughtful celebration tradition. What are your favorite traditions? Do they involve homemade gifts? Share them with us and get more inspiration on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

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At this point, I have over two bins full of clothes that Cecilia doesn’t wear anymore. I keep trying to give them away or donate them, but I fear that it will be just my luck to have another girl and have zero clothes for her. And we all know how expensive baby clothes are! So, I’ve started to go through all of the clothes for her to pick out some that I wasn’t a fan of to make for some more room.

Here’s the other problem that I have. I’m not a big “bow” girl. I don’t like wearing them, and I don’t see the point of putting them on my baby when a) I’m not sure she will even have enough hair to clip, and b) she will pull them off in a flash. I already know that. But, I always seem to get the response “he’s so cute!” when we go out. Biased or not, she doesn’t look like a boy. Sure, she has no hair and sometimes I put her in blue, because I’m also not a big “pink” girl, but she clearly doesn’t look like a boy.

However, I have found something that will solve both of my problems….repurposing headbands out of old clothes! I’ve already picked out some of her outfits that I probably would not use again, and I think this is what I’ll be doing with them. Here are some cool tutorials on how to do that.

Image belongs to Culture

Image belongs to Cultured

DIY: Baby Turban Headband from Cultured – Dana posted a detailed and photographed step-by-step process for making both a baby and an adult turban headband, which I could totally be into wearing one as well. Not a matching one, though. That, I am not into. This is a really awesome blog ran by two ladies, Dana and Blake, and they share tutorials, recipes and fashion inspiration. I love this new find.

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upcycled baby headbands from alisa burke – I have used this website before for inspiration, and I still love it the same. She has so many tutorials and her experience as a freelance painter and mixed media artist shows in her work. I feel so inspired when I go through all of her stuff, and I get a lot of ideas!

Image belongs to beck-a-boo

Image belongs to beck-a-boo

DIY Baby Headband from beck-a-boo: This headband was made out of tights, which works perfectly, because we have about 20 pairs of tights since Cecilia was born in December, and I can remember her wearing them once. For about twenty minutes. On Christmas. Then she was over it…and so was I. There are a lot of different recipes and tutorials on this blog and they’re worth checking out!

I absolutely cannot wait to try making these headbands and see how they turn out. I’m more excited to see how long they will last on baby girl’s head. For more baby headband, check out my Pinterest. Have a fun baby headband tutorial or did you make one using these tutorials? If so, post in the comments and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #diybabyheadband

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Nothing really gets my engine going like a good thrift store. Given the opportunity, I could spend hours upon hours just looking through the clothes and imagining all of the cool ways I could transform them. Thrift stores hold so many stories and memories, and you can find pretty much anything you’re looking for. Except for stand-up cheese graters. Apparently you can’t find those there.

Anyway, while online thrift stores can’t offer the feeling that you get when you walk into that big door of upcycling opportunity, they do offer an option to buy affordable clothing and household items online if you don’t have the chance to spend hours in the thrift store. Just think, you’re kid can’t throw anything out of the shopping cart if it’s online! Here are a few online thrift stores, and some even offer to buy your clothes! This will come in handy when I fit into my old clothes…whenever that happens!

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Image belongs to ThredUp

thredUP – An online thrift store that only offers clothing, but they offer cool maternity clothing, which is always a big hit for me. When I was pregnant, it was hard to find maternity clothes that I liked, and what I did find, was expensive. The maternity market is so small, designers are able to charge insane prices for clothes that we wear for a few months and then are more than happy to dispose of, even if those super stretch pants are super comfortable. You can also ship your clothes for a possible sale, but it’s subject to a pretty strict inspection. If it passes, they’ll pay you 40% of the resale value upfront. They also pay for pick up and delivery, all you need to do is order a free thredUP Clean Out bag online. *SPECIAL DEAL: USE CODE AUG15 FOR $15 OFF YOUR FIRST PURCHASE! SPECIAL ENDS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT! (8/9/13)*

Image belongs to Notnu

Image belongs to Notnu

Notnu – Notnu is another online thrift store that offers cute clothes, accessories and jewelry for a good price. Pretty much everything is $5 on that site, and some items are even less! No maternity section, but I’m sure as they get more clothes, that will happen. I don’t see an option to sell your own stuff online, but the shop is run completely by one person, Whitney Strouse, and only opened two years ago so there may be an option for that in the future, who knows! Either way, this is a killer store and an awesome idea.

Image belongs to WebThriftStore

Image belongs to WebThriftStore

WebThriftStore – This online thrift store offers clothing, furniture, household items and a whole lot more. The most amazing thing about this store is that all of the proceeds from each item sold go toward the designated charity. So, whoever is selling this item will choose a charity, and when the item is purchased, the proceeds go there. The prices are a little higher, but there’s a lot to choose from, and it all goes to a good cause.

Know of any cool online thrift stores? Share them in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #onlinethriftshop. Check out my Pinterest for more online thrift shops!

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I love thrifting. I love the feeling I get when I find something amazing that you just don’t really see anymore. I love getting old clothes and thinking about all of the ways I can transform them into something new (actually doing it is another story) and I love finding out stories behind antiquated items. And I love the word antiquated. But what always creeps me out is old silverware.

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about eating off something that has been around the block that I don’t like. Sure, I go to restaurants and eat off that silverware, but for some reason…I just can’t bring myself to buy old, beautiful silverware.

Luckily, there is something I can do with all that wonderful silverware. Turn it into jewelry, yo!

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Spoon Ring Tutorial by Through the Front Door: I found this image while perusing the Pinterest. It took a little tracking down, but I was finally able to find the source of this tutorial, Through the Front Door/ Kristen Danielle Design! Hooray! She has a bunch of DIY and craft stuff on her blog, and it’s truly inspiring to look at. This tutorial was found through More Design Please, one of my favorites.

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How to Make a Fork Bracelet by Stars for Streetlights – When I started blogging, and following blogs, this was one of the very first blogs that I followed. I fell in love with it, and then almost completely forgot about it until I saw this tutorial on Pinterest. Thank you, Pinterest, for bringing the love back to me! This post also offers a video tutorial on how to do them, and you can check out her super cute style, to boot.

And as an added little bonus for you, remember those super sweet free e-books I posted about a while back? Well, Tiffany Warble from Cloth Paper Scissors contacted me and wanted me to share two free e-books with y’all!

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Relief and Block Printing Techniques from Cloth Paper Scissors – I never got into relief and block printing, but this looks awesome! I absolutely cannot wait to try it and see what I cool little blocks I can make with these! They would be a perfect addition to Cecilia’s room, and if I get really good at it, I could make some little building blocks for her. Cool!

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Children’s Sewing Patterns from Sew Daily – This free e-book includes four free sewing patterns for kids, and they’re all so very cute! Looks like I have some sewing to practice….

This is totally getting me all jazzed up for crafty day on Saturday! If you have some silverware jewelry to share, please post in the comments or share your photo or link on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #silverwarejewelry. Find more thrifty inspiration on Pinterest page. And happy thrifting!

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So, my next crafty project that I am working on is this old barn window that I am turning into a cork board. Since I haven’t done any cork board projects yet, I thought I would see what goes into making your very own cork board!

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I checked out a few tutorials, and I must admit…some of them were pretty janky. Now, they would be fine to just hang in your house and I think that’s what a lot of people end up doing with their corkboards. But I’m looking for something that would be pretty enough for people to feel inspired when they see it, so inspired that they want to purchase it!

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Handmade cork board tutorial by House of Hepworths – Allison, who runs this blog, used an old frame that she had, a foam board, a cork roll and a utility knife to cut the foam board and cork roll to fit. She also used glue but said that spray adhesive would probably be better, she just didn’t have any. You can find the full tutorial by clicking on the link.

Now, I went through a lot of good tutorials, but that was one of the only ones I could find that used an old frame without a backing. She hot glued the cork board to the frame so I might try that. Or I might check into some other creative ways to keep the cork board in. I found a natural cork roll for $10.24 at Amazon that I will need to get.

Other tutorials attached the cork material to either a thick and strong cardboard, or plywood. So I will be looking into all of these options to see what I like the best.

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Seating chart tutorial by Brooklyn Limestone – Stefanie, who runs this blog, used a canvas as a backing for the cork board. She also used a drop cloth and a t-shirt transfer to complete her project. This was used for a seating chart, but you could really use it for anything you wanted once the project was done.

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DIY Cork Board Memo Hoops from Paint me Plaid – I found this blog from another radical blog called Scissors and Thread. Charlotte from Paint me Plaid used embroidery hoops and Folk Art paint to complete this project. She used painting tape to make the separate colors look nice and pleasing to the eye. I love them and totally want to paint some Cecilia’s room/my office!

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Decorative Corkboard Memo Board by Infarrantly Creative – You can even transform an old serving tray into a cork board! I smell something and it’s the scent of a new project! She glued the cork board to her tray and then she used burlap to cover the cork board. I never got into burlap but with all these projects I’m seeing with burlap, I think I’m missing out on something.

And for the super talented/adventurous crafters….

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DIY Corkboard Wall Mural Bulldog Style by Vintage Revivals – Let me just get one thing straight here. I love painting more than anything in the world, aside from my family, frozen yogurt and cupcakes, but there is no way in hell I would ever attempt this. I’m sure when Cecilia is of the age where she can tell me what craziness she wants in her room, just like I told my mom, I will have to do something like this. Luckily, I have a few years of practice before this topic arises. Given the way she is developing though, it could be a few months. Girl needs to slow her roll. Seriously.

So, I’m feeling well-equipped with loads of information to get this project done! If you have any cork board projects you want to share, post in the comments or share it on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #diycorkboard. You can also check out my Pinterest for more inspiration on corkboard projects.

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It is very rare for me to not be attached to my computer or phone at any given time of day. As a work at home mom, I am always checking on something while I’m rocking my daughter or just hanging out on the couch. I barely ever check the clock for the time, because it’s always on the device of choice to which I am glued.

Here’s the thing, though. When you try to “multi-task,” you end up missing out on a lot. I’ll be watching TV and realize that I missed the entire show because I was looking up something on my phone/computer. So what else am I missing? I’ve decided that while I’m just hanging out with my daughter, I’m going to put the phone and computer down more often so I can become completely involved in what she’s doing.

The break from technology is nice, but how else do I know what time it is? By clocks, of course! So, here are some cute ideas for making a clock on your own. Now, I have tried making vinyl record clocks several times and the clock never worked for me, so hopefully this will give me some new ideas.

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DIY Hexagon Clock from Ucreate: This clock would be really cute in a craft room, or in a nursery/ kids room. And if you’re like me, your craft room happens to also be the nursery/kids room. You can use whatever colors you want for the fabric and you could probably even do one with old shirts.

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Thrifted Clock Redo, from Maker Mama: I was guided to this wonderful craft by Apartment Therapy. Have an old pot lid that is missing its respective pot or pan? Put it to good use by turning it into a clock. If you are missing the pan lid, you can find cute ones at any thrift or antique store or yard sale. You can also buy a clock kit, or take one from an old clock. This would be the perfect clock to have in your kitchen!

Image belongs to Tribal Times

Image belongs to Tribal Times

Silkscreened clock, from Tribal Times: This clock was made with a doily silkscreen, acrylic paint and an embroidery hoop. It’s another clock that would be cute in a craft/baby room and the entire tutorial is posted on her site. This would be fun to give as a homewarming gift too! Like, if I were to get a house, I would be happy to get this as a present.  This project was part of 10 DIY Clock Projects from Curbly. Check out that post for more inspiration and projects.

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DIY Cuckoo Clock from Ever Kelly: Kelly Lee-Creel offers a free download for this cuckoo clock project. Now, we happen to have a lot of birdhouses here that aren’t being used, so I’m wondering if I could turn these into clocks! They would be cute to have around the house, in the front room perhaps. Not that you need a whole bunch of clocks in the front room – that might be a little weird. But if you have family or friends that live in a different time zone, you could set one for each time zone! How cute would that be. Super cute, if you ask me.

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My Button Clock, from Epheriell Designs. This clock is made with some fabric, an embroidery hoop, buttons, and of course, a clock kit. I happen to have a lot of beads left over from the 1000 times I tried to make bracelets and necklaces but it never worked out. I’m sure the beads would also work, but they aren’t flat so it might be hard to make them stick. I’ll have to check it out.

You can find more clock project inspirations on my Pinterest and you can also share your clock projects with me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by posting a picture of your project and using #diyclock. Want to share a project on the blog? Just post in the comments!