Monday, April 21, 2014

Paper Plate Easter Baskets

Just wanted to post a quick mini tutorial today: Paper Plate Easter Baskets
Above is my quick example, which is why it's not pretty colored :)
Want to make your own?
You will need:
Paper plates (cheap kind)
Long pipe-cleaners
Stapler and staples
Hole punch
Crayons/anything to decorate the plates
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First: decorate your paper plate. The underside of plate will show the most, so you might want to direct more focus there :)

Second: cut the plate (using scissors)-there will be a total of 4 cuts made. Without cutting all the way through the plate, make two parallel cuts, cut the edge into thirds...repeat on the other side (again, without cutting all the way through).
Fold the middle sections (that you just cut) to creat the bottom of the basket. Fold the sides of the plate to overlap the center piece (that you just folded up), and repeat with the matching side then staple all three layers together.

To add handles, hole punch one hole on each side of the basket (just above your staples). Feed two pipe-cleaners into the hole about 1inch (or longer if needed) and fold the ends back up to twist around the other side of the pipe-cleaner. Repeat on the other side of the basket.

You are now ready to collect eggs or other treasures! Here are a few examples from Widget's Kindergarten class. The kids were advised to decorate the insides of their baskets as well, aren't they cute!?!
These are perfect for toddlers (with a little help) and older--let the kids imaginations take over! Have fun making these easy Paper Plate Easter Baskets 

Finishing the Basement & Home Depot Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Savings.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

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If you follow me on Instagram (which I would absolutely love if you did!) you may already know that we are in the process of finishing our basement...on our own...which means we've been frequenting stores like Home Depot every weekend for the past couple of months. Do you know how expensive Do-It-Yourself projects can be? Yep, lots and lots of small purchases can add up.

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That is why I wanted to tell you about this Giveaway! If you are anything like me, or my family, you would be able to use a gift card to Home Depot--you know, for all those little projects around the house: painting an accent wall, replacing light bulbs, planting spring flowers or even picking up cleaning supplies or garbage bags.

Well, here is your chance!
Savings.com and Home Depot are giving away $3,000 worth of gift cards and it’s easy to win!

From now until Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM EST Savings.com and Home Depot will be giving away $1,000 in gift cards each day! Winners will receive a $20 Home Depot gift card and can enter once a day to win more than once!

To enter the giveaway, visit the Home Depot page on Savings.com:
http://www.savings.com/m-Home-Depot-coupons.html#i-5253084

This giveaway starts Monday, April 21st at 9:30 AM EST and ends on Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM EST.

What would you do with an extra $20 from Home Depot?

Home Depot Giftcard Giveaway

Giveaway Details- 150 people will win $20 eGift Cards over a three day period!

- Users can enter the sweepstakes by heading to the Home Depot page on Savings.com and submitting their email address.

- At 7:00 PM EST on each day the sweepstakes is running (Monday the 21st, Tuesday the 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd) 50 of the winners will be selected and $1,000 dollars worth of gift cards will be given out.

- Readers can enter the sweepstakes once a day, with the giveaway being reset at 7:01 PM EST on Monday and Tuesday. This means everyone can enter this sweepstakes 3 times - potentially allowing someone to win $60 worth of gift cards.

- Savings.com will notify the winners and send them their gift card code via the email address they use to enter.

The giveaway will run simultaneously with Home Depot’s best deal of the year:
- $10 off purchases of $100 or more.
- Promo Code: SPRINGHD
- Deal starts on Monday, April 21 and will run through Sunday, April 27.
- On Monday you can log in to your Savings.com account and grab this deal from the Home Depot merchant page.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Simple Spring Decor: Cheap Way to Beautify Flower Pots

Spring is such a beautiful time of year...seeing all the new growth, sweet birds (and tons of worms), and vibrant renewal of colors. I love the changing of the seasons (which is probably why Spring and Autumn are my favorite times of year)! And, while grocery shopping I happened upon this sweet little plant which I couldn't resist taking home with me :)
I actually picked up two of these pretties. Widget and I decided to give one to her Kindergarten teacher and one to a close friend of mine/ours. Of course these flowers are pretty on their own, but I thought I could up the 'cute factor' of the plain plastic pots.
I grabbed some lace-inspired washi tape, and got to work on the plastic pots.
I started by wrapping washi tape around the water tray first, then use the same technique around the pot itself. The effect is super simple (and CHEAP), but very pretty.
After hand-delivering each flower, I kind of wished I had bought an extra one for our house...But, I did get a few pretty pictures for my (and now your) viewing pleasure :) Whether the pots are plastic or a type of pottery, you now have a simple and cheap way to beautify flower pots!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mother's Day in the Garage

Remember, on the third Thursday of {almost} every month, my Sis-in-law, Tash, writes about her recent crafty adventures. Take it away, Tash!

Hey friends!
How has your month gone?  I hope it has been fun.  Mother's day came early to our house, because my mother was coming to visit.  My loving husband decided while they were visiting to put the crew to work, just for me.  Well and for him too.  For some unknown reason the washer and dryer live in the garage, right next to the garage door.  I know, HUH!?  Why would you ever want to do your laundry in the dirty garage?  In the summer it's the blisteringly hot dirty garage, because there is no insulation.  I know, I know, Who Designed THAT!?!  In the summer, laundry day is a miserable day.  Thanks to Spencer, my mom, her husband Dave, and my tall little bro Patrick, those days for me are over!


We began the project of beautifying, and more importantly insulating the garage, by adding more trusses.  Building codes have updated since our house was built, and we had half the amount now required.  Yikes!


At the end of the day it looked like this.


On day two we, meaning everybody except me, got to work putting up the insulation and the sheet rock.  Insulation makes me itchy, and there are other things in it that pregnant ladies should avoid.  My job was to hand screws to the strong men screwing the sheet rock to the ceiling, and to stay out of the way as much as possible.  It was harder than Patrick's job.


Here Patrick is working really hard on his second job.  He was making sure that sheet rock was secure... Or was it checking if the random plunger stuck to everything?


Thanks to all their help and Dave's fancy tools, we managed to get it all up in one day, and the seams mudded.  Just in time too...

After Mom, Dave, and Patrick left, Spencer and I finished the garage ceiling.  Really all it needed was a coat of paint to protect the sheet rock from dust and car exhaust, but where is the fun in that?  Spencer used the opportunity to practice texturing a ceiling.  It's harder than it looks, but goes by really fast.  I chose to paint with color.

After looking through the Oops Paint Section at the Home improvement store I found two that would work.  One was a bright teal, the other a warm gray.  Because I love Spencer, I like to protect his forehead from wrinkling.  I chose the gray.  If you aren't locked on a color or type of paint, the Oops section is wonderful.  The paint I found was normally $35.  I bought it for $7.  Score!


Now if I ignore the floor and the garage door, it almost looks like I have a real laundry room!  The best part will be in the dead of summer when this lady is super pregnant, but no longer melting at the thought of laundry.  I'm so grateful Mother's day came early.  I feel the love. <3

See you next month!
~Tash