Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bedroom Box Shelves and Chalkboard Pots

Remember these shelves...
The shelves that I worked so hard to fill, and sand, and sand some more... 

Well, they are lacquered, off gassed, (they smell for quite some time after you lacquer) and installed...

 I love them...They give my room a different dimension!  I am still looking for things to decorate them with, but it may take me a while to find what I really want...Goodwill here I come...when are you going to have your 50% off day!  The shelves were a FREE project.  We had the wood from a leftover project and the lacquer was also left over from a previous project...all I had to do was fill, sand, and wait for the dear hubby to lacquer, I just don't do that stinky job...and he is much better at it than I am!

Here is a before picture:

I have been busy making a few things while Jacob naps and Jalynn is in school...among the other thousands of things that go on here.  It keeps me happy, sane, and relaxes me a little.  I also am having fun playing with my new Cricut!  I am in loooove with that thing!

 Teacher Appreciation Day was last week, well it was actually Staff Appreciation Week at my daughter's school, so I make a Trifle for all the staff to enjoy, and then made this for Jalynn's wonderful 2nd grade teacher:

It is a Sweet Basil plant in a clay pot spray painted with Chalkboard paint.  I wrote Thank you on the pot, and attached a seed packet with Seed Instructions on it.  The little instruction sheet came from here and says "Helping to Plant the Seeds of Knowledge"

 One of me closest friends birthday's was on Mother's Day so we made her this:

Another Sweet Basil plant with a tag that I made with my Cricut that says Happy Birthday on it!
 and of course I had to replant my Basil plant into something cute:


All those darn plants wanted to plant crooked.  Oh, well gives them character.

I haven't been shopping much, I am doing a lot of menu planning and trying to really stick to a budget and save the rest that I have left over.  I seem to go through spurts where I stock up on really cheap/free things and then don't need to shop for a long time.  I am planning a shopping trip for this week that will consist of shampoo, conditioner, soap, and deodorant, along with produce and the items needed to complete our menu. 
 I have to share these few pictures with you of my budding artist, and my cute kids with me on Mother's Day, they are the sweetest kids...and rather cute!

 It's a SPIDER!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Printable Coupons now has PRINTABLE coupons available.  Hopefully they will have the same ones to load to your King Sooper/Safeway cards.

Printable Coupons

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cricut, Mother's Day, and Making a few things look nice...

I have been looking for a Cricut for a loooonnnngggg time now.  I just didn't want to spend the huge price tag at the $300 on sale.  So, I searched e-bay and, and couldn't find anything that I was willing to pay for.  So, I watched e-bay not so patiently and checked out what others had sold for.  I knew I wanted to pay under $200...shipping included.  So, I watched...waited, and kept hoping.  I decided to bid on one at the last second and ended up getting it for $157.50!!!! Shipping included!  Scrapbooking here I come!

So, here is what my daughter requested today!

We call her Jay...short for Jalynn (I was just going to put the "J" on her door, but she wanted the "AY" added.  How can I deny her...I have this cool new toy to play with.  She also wants to add butterflies on her walls...I need to order some vinyl for that.

The kids and I have been busy making Mother's Day gifts.  This is what I came up with for our gifts...I made one for myself...after all I am a mom, too. 

I got my Cricut just in time to cut out the kids names.

I also took some old photo frames and make them look FABULOUS! The one on the left was $.99 at the Goodwill.

Here they are after I sanded them:

 Here is the one on the left after (the Goodwill frame) still needs something...

These two cost me...nothing other than a piece of sand paper and the spray paint that my husband already had left over from another project.  I am on the look out for deals and ideas to make my house more like a home...after all I am a Carpenter's Wife...maybe I can be more like him.  Just don't tell him I was out in his shop today...using his TOOLS!  Really he doesn't need to know...we can keep this between me and the whole internet world...LOL!
I'd better go clean up my spray paint, sandpaper, air hose, sawdust mess...

Until next time...Sprouts has white corn on sale for $.19 and watermelons for $1.99 each

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Post Catalina Mighty Dog Catalina At King Soopers

Here are a few Catalina deals for you.  I try to post these right away when they print out for me...I really wish they would start advertising these deals...but they are hit or miss when they print at the register.

Buy any Post Cereal 10oz. or larger between 4/23-5/16
Buy (4) get $3.00
Buy (5) get $4.00 off your next order

Might Dog:
Buy any 5.5oz single can between 4/23-5/16
Buy (6) Get $1.00
Buy (12) Get $2.00
Buy (24) Get $3.00
To me it looks like your best deal is to buy 12 at a time.  I know there are FREE coupons out there for this food, so you can make this a money maker if you can get your hands on these coupons!