Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
How could anyone deny that boy some diapers?
So I had to check it out and they turned out to be a great deal on Up & Up Diapers from my favorite store, Target! Did I mention...FREE SHIPPING!
Since we are an Up & Up kinda family, I upped order to the 60 Count Size 6 Diapers. The deal is better the smaller the size since you get more per pack.
You can also buy the smaller packs but for Michael's size it equated to more per diaper and I am all about the cost per item. The only thing is that you need to buy four!
Automatically Get 15% off 4
Then ADD Promo Code: "URTYJLI8" for Another 10% Off
Here's the breakdown for Michael's size:
4 Packs 60 Count Size 6 Up & Up Diapers = 260 Diapers
Total Out the Cart Order = $44.59 (Includes Tax)
$44.59/260 = $.17 1/2 Per Diaper
To spice this deal up more, shop through your Bing account and you may get some cash back on top of this!
Friday, January 29, 2010
A couple months ago, she blogged about a cover shoot The Nest magazine would be doing on she and her husband's transformation of their lettered cottage.
I will be honest, I had never heard of The Nest. However, I had heard of the Knot, which may sound familiar from your hitching days...I mean wedding.
Well, The Nest magazine is published by the same company and since Layla was going to be on the cover, I splurged on a subscription for $15.99 or something like that. And you are like me, my magazine price cap is $5...does that tell you how excited I was???
I know I am a nut but hey I finally "know" someone famous! Anyway, the magazine came in the mail and of course it turned out perfect!
They started with a cosmetically hideous fixer upper and turned it into a classy cottage.
Beneath the surface they discovered a decorator's dream, wood planked walls and ceilings throughout their home. I know I "wood" just find installation and studs (not the good kind of studs either).
The best part about Layla's designs is that they are stylish, earthy and on a budget. A real middle class working budget.
She's a real person with real style. Layla shops Ikea, thrift shops and yard sales.
Layla has a husband that helps her every step of the way. I am totally envious!
Make sure to hit your local bookstore or magazine stand to get your own copy!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Once I am done with the jar, I soak it, wash it and remove any remaining glue or date stamps with some Commercial Strength Goo Off. Works like a charm.
Annelise helps with the taping!
Then just apply some chalkboard paint with a cheap foam brush, let dry and then apply another coat.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Here's a picture of the gift basket I made for one of the gals at work for her shower this past Sunday. BTW, she's having a boy if you can't tell.
I was in such a rush that I didn't have time for many pics but I will be making more of some of the handmade gifts that I included and will post the details in the near future.
Total cost...drum roll please...a little less than $20! Half the cost was the onesie and embroidering from PBKids.
Monday, January 25, 2010
My good pal, Marie just moved to her new place a couple months ago and was searching for an olive oil bottle...and for what? Her dish soap, of course ;)
It makes sense...I mean, it can be cleaned, refilled easily and the spout is just large enough to get enough soap out but not too large that you waste.
So I borrowed her idea a couple months later. It so happened that was wandering through Wallie World. My purpose...to buy juice boxes for the kid's school lunches. But hey, who can walk into WW without making sure there isn't something that I really don't need, right?
Well, it so happens that I spotted this oil bottle for $2.97. A fairly good price in my opinion as I had not seen anything decent for soap at the dollar store or around my house.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
1) paint $3.50;
2)two four packs of light bulbs $5.00;
3) the ceiling medallion $20.00;
(took the one from Lowes back & found a cheaper version at Home Depot)
Project Grand Total $63.50.
Considering the cost of lighting, I think it was money well spent.
Here's a little history on our dining room lighting....
We started with a lovely "gold & crystal" builders grade chandelier...similar to this one:
Can you believe this sells for over $300 online? My thoughts exactly...who would buy this? This builders must be getting them for $20!
So three or four years ago, we replaced that irresistible chandelier with a simpler one that we paid $69.00 @ Lowes.
I know what you are thinking and I can't believe I paid that much for it either. Believe it or not, it is actually more now...$88 to be exact! Hopefully I can recover some of the cost by selling the old one on craiglist.org. Anyone dying to buy this chandelier?
So several months ago...probably more like bordering a year ago, a deal through homedecoratorsoutlet.com that was posted on slickdeals.net caught my eye.
Originally I was going to use it for Annelise's closet but when it arrived it was much bigger than I thought and I found one for for her closet for a steal (yeah, I know it's another pending project).
Since our entryway lights are black, we decided to spray paint this one to match. So we spray painted the chandelier with Rust-Oleum Flat Black a few weeks ago and then had company over and just got busy.
Over the weekend, my husband and I tackled the project together. It really turned out to be more work than we anticipated.
Additionally, the piece that my husband called a shaft but turned out to be really called a nipple was too long so I had to buy a smaller one at home depot. Then we thought that nipple was too short and took it down and tried the other on again and then tried something else and ultimately ended up using the short nipple.
Then we thought it was missing a couple of screws. So during my nipple/shaft trip, I had to get help with finding matching screws. What a trip @ the depot! Can you believe the names they come up with for this stuff.....
But enough with the nasty talk.
After we put all the screws in, we found the missing screws in one of the shade boxes. Took the others out and put in the right ones because they were camouflaged with balls. Yeah I know...but what do I call them?
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Find items that would ordinarily be discarded and then re-purpose and reuse. Here's an example.
This little box was getting ready to hit the trash and I rescued it...well I don't know if it was going to hit the trash but I saw it at work and claimed it. Around the holidays the office receives gifts in little things like this that are perfect for something other than it's original use.
And since Christmas is long over, I pealed the tree sticker off the front and it was already painted with chalkboard paint. It goes very nicely with the blue bin on the left that I picked up on clearance @ my favorite store...you guessed it...Target. And the price was only $3.74! The red bin was even better...FREE.
These will work great in Michael's big boy room redo...that is when I get to it!
Yeah, tomorrow is Wednesday!!! One day closer to the weekend...which means crafting time!!!
Monday, January 18, 2010
You see this crap room had lots of junk and wished that it's owner would have a yard sale. (And it's state is that shameful that no pictures must be released until it's completion!)
The owner had every intention of having a yard sale but was waiting for the perfect time and needed to not only get the junk out of this room but also the rest of the house. And besides the weather was not yard sale temperature yet either.
So in the meantime, this crap room keeps on dreaming but has found a little comfort in a small clean square with a desk and all it's future decor just waiting to be placed.
....And until next time, this crap room keeps on dreaming for a better space!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
We had a blast with the kids and ate tons of bbq. Did I mention that it might as well have been the convention of the Michaels? As you probably already know, my husband and my son are both named Michael. My husband's best friend who visited us also happens to be name Michael and his son's name is ...you guessed it...Michael.
The Michaels in my life go beyond this though. My uncle's name is Michael and his son is well..Michael too. My little brother is Michael and my boss also is a Michael...who has a son..Michael...and there are more...
Enough with the Michaels...maybe not because luckily Heather has been creativity crafting because crafting time has been sparse in the Loyd household this weekend!
And I am sure you will need to hit Michael's after you read about her crafty creation:
She started with felt....lots of felt...
And she kept on cutting...and cutting circle after circle...
And she cut more...while you watched television...of course.
Crafting and catching up on shows go hand in hand...
It's multicrafting/tasking @ it's best...because before you know it...you've watched a whole season and are left with a whole stack of circles...
And once you get all your circles you start a new season and start pinning your circles to a circular foam form wreath.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Target Version: $149.99
PB Version (a.k.a. "The Swivel Chair) $399.00
The wood sample is only $25! On a cheaper note, one of the cushions is on sale for $9.99!
PB Cubby Shelf $129.00
I wish I took shop class in high school!
PB Grand Phone $59.99
(I'd settle for the less expensive black one!)
(I really think I could make this one!)
(Who knew these were so expensive?)