Easter and Spring Projects from the Web

Easter & Spring projects from the web

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We’ve gathered Easter and Spring projects from around the web to share fun ideas for crafts, recipes, and home decor.  There are so many wonderful and creative ways to add a touch of spring to your life. There are projects and crafts to do with the kiddos, simple ways to decorate and bring a little spring decor inside, gift ideas for Mother’s Day (just around the corner) and ideas that are great for Sunday school and homeschool.

These creative ideas for Easter and spring include a Salt Dough Tomb, fluffy sheep cupcakes, dollar store vase craft, and quilted circular placemats.

Salt Dough Tomb        spring sheep cupcakes

Spring Dollar Store Ombre vases

Circular Quilted Placemat

 

Learn to use egg shells to start seeds, and turn ordinary sticks and paper into a beautiful arrangement. We’ve gathered enough Easter and spring ideas to keep you busy until NEXT spring!!

egg shell seed pots     Cherry blossoms from sticks and paper

chocolate bird nests       beautiful & creative gift wrap

Need a fun party idea? Make the above chocolate bird nest and serve up a taste of spring flavor, and be sure to wrap up any gifts using the silk flower and unique container ideas shared on our Easter and Spring Pinterest board HERE. 

 

 

 

Frugal Friday: Green is Frugal

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Being a good steward of the resources that God has provided, means taking care of  finances and taking care of the earth.  You will see that being green really is the frugal choice.

We’ve put together 5 Frugal Green resources that are making the top of our list!

  • Go Paperless – do your billing and invitations online with shops like evite.com or pingg.com.
  • Up-cycle – use the internet to learn faux painting techniques to revitalize older or used furniture instead of buying new.spend big money                                                                                               or you can learn a new trick!

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Come and link up your own frugal tricks and tips to share ideas and encourage each other. Please grab the Frugal Friday button from the side bar or use a text link back to this post.  

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Frugal decorating for the holidays: Using items found in nature

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One of the most frugal and beautiful ways to decorate your home during Thanksgiving and Christmas time is by using items found in nature.

It makes sense, as they were created by the ultimate Designer.  The results can be simple elegance or elaborately detailed creations.

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Where you live will likely play a major roll in the types of items you have access to. Keep your eyes open throughout the year for things that can be transformed into table decoration, accents for the mantel or shelves and even for the Christmas tree. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box or to look for things while away on vacation.

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If sea shells are to your liking, they make a whimsical fun design. Adding white or silver paint to shells, pine cones, or acorns can transform them. Glitter can be added and ribbons for hanging or to accent.  Shells, acorns, and pine cones are beautiful in their natural state or painted.

Try adding real fruit to a platter and round up other items such as this hurricane lamp to fill up, or candle sticks for a pop of color.

The idea is to use what you have on hand, dress it up, pair it with something new,  and be creative!

 

Don’t miss the Molly BOGO Christmas Bundle – see it HERE

 

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Preserving Fall: crafting with leaves

 

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Fall is a glorious time of the year. The golden, fiery colors as the trees transition from summer into winter make it one of the most striking seasons. It is at least in the top four!

If you are like me and enjoy making the most out of the beautiful leaves before they dry up, you are going to love these projects.

Preserving fall – really works for me!

Here are a few options if you want to try preserving a little fall for yourself:

1. Wax paper – all you need is your beautiful leaves, wax paper, a towel and an iron. Place the leaves between 2 pieces of waxed paper and lay a towel over the top of it. Carefully press the towel with a warm iron. Some people prefer to carefully peel away the wax paper after ironing to leave a coating on the leaf, others like to cut around the wax paper, leaving a small edge so the wax paper remains sealed. These make great book marks or look nice glued on cards or packages.

2. Glycerin – a great option to preserve leaves is to use a glycerin mixture. Prepare a  bath in a shallow pan for your leaf collection consisting of 1 part glycerin and 2 parts water. Submerge the leaves in the water and keep them weighted down with a plate or with little rocks. Soak them in this solution for about a week, or at least 4 days.  When they are finished, pat them dry and they will remain pliable and a bit rubbery. They make wonderful decorations when added to a pretty bowl or around candles on a plate.

 

 

mod podge leaves

3. Mod podge – Preserving  with Mod podge can be a great way to craft with your leaves.  Use Mod podge to glue, seal and finish your leaves. Apply them to glass candle holders, decorative plates, picture frames or trays to create one of a kind gifts or decorations.

Check out these awesome leaf projects:

Leaf bowl - from Mod podge Rocks

Incredible Mod podge leaves - Gingerbread Snowflakes

Framed leaves - by Make and Takes

Decorating with fall leaves – Houzz

 

What kind of fall crafting are you up to? I’d love to hear how you preserve fall! 

linking with: Works for me Wednesday 

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The Frugal Magic Blackboard~ Works for Me

Guest post by Jennifer Scheffel:

Ever asked the question, “How do I get organized?” When it comes to certain projects, it can be daunting to figure out just where to start.

This is a story of the magical blackboard that helps me get things done, stay organized, and remember to do all the little things that make up my day.

I’ve always kept to-do lists. There’s a cosmic relationship between identifying projects, and writing them down. Writing down goals, wishes and chores gives them importance. Seeing important goals reminds you to simply take the steps to complete them. And, OH, the joy in marking items off the to-do list is remarkable.

But about two weeks ago, I was feeling a little overwhelmed with organizing my home projects and to-do lists. Everyday new items are added, and some remained from the day before.

My husband, who seems to be an expert at getting things done, suggested that I rethink the way I create my to-do lists.

I reacted bluntly to my husband’s suggestion: “I’ve been writing down household projects and to-do lists for ages.”

After thinking it through, I admitted that sometimes the items on these lists fizzled. My lists, with all my good intentions, used to get shoved under a stack of papers, bills, and post-it notes containing even more to-do list items.

This is where the blackboard comes in. After admitting my hubby might be on to something, I knew I needed a radical change to creating to-do lists. And, I needed a trick for making sure my goals never ended up under piles of paperwork again!

Like a vision, it came to me. I would make a magic blackboard. If goals go on the blackboard, they will happen … and that’s magic. In order for the blackboard to possess such a trick, it would have to be placed in a spot I’d see everyday.

Your blackboard’s placement is key to its magic. The back door entrance to my home was the perfect choice for me. Each time I enter, I’m greeted with my weekly goals.

But, the walls are tricky; a standard chalkboard wouldn’t do. I’d need to paint one on the walls.

Frugal Tips for How to Paint a Blackboard

Frugal Tip #1:

Chalkboard paint isn’t cheap, it costs about $20 for a quart can. I’m a frugal girl and I wanted to accomplish the entire project for less than $5 (or free, if I could).

I have lots of left over cans of paint around my house, and I felt that my crafty friends might as well. As a shot in the dark, I placed a post on my Facebook Page asking if anyone had left-over chalkboard paint. A neighbor replied within 20 minutes that she had a can of chalkboard paint she’d love to dispose of. Lucky me!

One you have your paint and supplies, choose the perfect spot for your to-do list blackboard. Tape off the shape of your chalkboard with painter’s tape. A sponge roller works best with chalkboard paint.

Paint three or four coats and allow 2 to 4 hours of dry time between each. Wait at least three days before writing on your chalkboard. Use a quality chalk. It’s easier to write with and easier to wash off and worth the few extra pennies.

Frugal Tip #2:

You can save the cost of creating a frame for your blackboard with a little creative painting.

For my blackboard, I used a stencil that mimicked the pattern of fabric I had in the room. The stencil was purchased at a yard sale for $1 a year ago. I’ve used the stencil for several projects. Maintenance of such stencils is important if you want them to last for more projects.

If you use a stencil as a border to your blackboard, wash it between every use. You can use denatured alcohol or even hot soapy water if you don’t allow the paint to dry. This step will save you the heartache of paint running underneath the stencil and ruining your design.

For the best results, use repositionable spray adhesive on your stencil. This allows you to position the stencil perfectly. As extra assurance, use painter’s tape to secure it to the wall. Finally, a sponge roller works best for painting with a stencil. Roll the paint on very thinly and in several coats.

How Do I Get Organized Using the Magic Blackboard?

I get organized by washing the chalkboard every Sunday. A clean chalkboard doesn’t stay clean long.

I add new items to the blackboard everyday. But, I don’t erase any old ones! I cross through them. This gives me a sense of accomplishment by the end of the week. Anything not accomplished by Sunday goes on the top of the list for next week.

After using the magic blackboard for two weeks, I can truly say it makes organizing my home projects a lot easier. My husband is even in on the action. However, I did discovered one drawback. One chalkboard just isn’t enough!

I quickly learned that placing list items for work-related chores on the back-door blackboard isn’t effective. Only household related chores are placed on this board.

Luckily, there’s an easy solution: paint another blackboard! The first item on my project list: create a magical work blackboard for my office. I can’t wait to see what changes my work projects undergo by using this simple organization technique!

 This article was written by Jennifer Scheffel of www.best-grocery-coupon-websites.com. Her site reviews the topgrocery coupon websites and provides tips on saving money. They have a printable grocery list, coupon organizer and plenty of online printable coupons.

The Frugal Magic Blackboard works for me. To see more Works for Me Wednesday tips visit We Are That Family. Linked to Made by You Monday and Feature Yourself Friday and Frugal Fridays.

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Works for Me~ Ladder Potrack

When looking for a hanging potrack for my kitchen, I was repeatedly disheartened at the high prices. Fortunately, a trip to my backyard resulted in a flash of inspiration. I asked my husband to cut down the old ladder resting against the back fence. We added hooks and chains and hung above the kitchen island. You can see the results below. It was practically free and adds a fun touch to our rustic-feel kitchen.

Using what I have works for me. To see more Works for Me Wednesday tips (and offer your own advice on this Backwards Edition) visit We Are That Family.

As for my question, I’d love to know how/where you store your pots and pans if you DON’T have a potrack. I’ve had my hanging rack for many years now, but I’ve found two pendant lights I’d really like to hang over the island. Plus, I’ve been enjoying a more clean, less cluttered look, lately. I’d love to remove the potrack and put up the pendant lights, but I fear I’ll really regret it as it’s SOOO handy to have the pots and pans so easy to grab. So, what do you do with yours?

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This month, Molly is all about beauty! With summer in full swing, we tend to have more time to enjoy the outdoors and slow down a bit. Part of that slow down can mean a bit more time to focus on our beauty routines. This does not have to be expensive! Let Molly Green show you how to enjoy beauty treatments on a budget!

Learn to be comfortable in your own skin, find out the best foods to eat to maintain a healthful glow, find out how to save on dental care, have fun yet frugal family summer adventures, and be ready to make a new fabric flowers to decorate your beautiful head of hair!

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  • July has some fun holidays! Alayna Cann reveals some tasty sounding holidays!
  • Patricia Hunter addresses a topic vital for all of us- being comfortable in our own skin. Start with this article before you move on in this issue!
  • Having some fun money can help to relieve that entitlement mentality. Amanda van der Gulik gives you some tips to help your children not fall into the entitled trap when it comes to money!
  • Did you know that your pantry is loaded with beauty treatments? It sure is! Molly shares how to pamper yourself from head to toe using products from your pantry and kitchen!
  • Julie Nott shows you how to spruce up your home on a budget with five super simple ideas!
  • Beauty starts from within. Rhonda Barfield shares the foods and drinks we should include in our diet to keep us beautiful from the inside out!
  • Rebecca Bostwick shares her frugal beauty basics, encouraging you in keeping your hair trimmed to simple uses for olive oil, clay, and even a banana!
  • In Something Old, Something New, Sharon White turns everyday items into decorative fabric flowers
  • Are you looking for some family fun this summer? Look no further than Julie Nott’s article this month sharing frugal family adventures!
  • Brenda Tate shares how to do your own manicure at home, saving money, but also spending some quality time with your daughter!
  • Rhonda Barfield shares her book review for 3 Minutes to a Pain-Free Life.
  • Molly and Midge tell us how being frugal to live can equal being free to give.
  • This month’s Tip of the Month is all about using dental schools to save on this needful personal care. Read along as Rhonda Barfield shares her experience in using dental schools for her dental care.

 

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Contributing Writers: Laurie Bostwick, Rebecca Bostwick, Alayna Cann, Patricia Hunter, Inger Koppenhaver, Julie Nott, Brenda Tate, Amanda van der Gulik, Sharon White
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Frugal Friday~ Linky Party

There are so many different ways to live a frugal  lifestyle . . .  this is a great place to learn new things and encourage one another! Below you can share the link to a post on your own blog, share a little about your frugal life and encourage others. Be sure to come back each Friday and link-up to this great community of frugal followers!

If you get my Friday newsletter, you most likely read Midge’s question about ways to add decorative touches to the home without hurting the budget (if you don’t get my FREE newsletter be sure and subscribe via the sticky note in the upper right corner). Read below to see my response. Molly

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Dear Midge,

I can’t wait to see your new bear towels, how cute! I think the majority of us enjoy adding new, decorative items to our homes. This is something that can easily be done on a budget, using our imaginations will go a long way! I think the first step would be to determine our own (unique) decorating style. Look around your home and see what you currently have. Some people are eclectic in their decorating style/themes. Some homes have a specific “style” in every room. You can browse through various home décor stores or magazines, what kinds of things catch your attention? What do you wish you could purchase for your home but don’t feel like you could justify the cost?

For example, I LOVE to decorate with old looking glass jars, bottles and pitchers. I was at a home décor store once and was drawn to the glass jars and bottles…the prices were astronomical! About a week later, I was at a thrift store and as I was strolling through the MANY aisles of glassware I found the same types of jars/bottles~ and for a fraction of the cost! It dawned on me that I should be looking in second hand/thrift stores for some of my home décor items! I’ve purchased old curtain rods and made them look like new with a little spray paint, I’ve purchased some gorgeous sheer curtains over the years and I’ve found a plethora of glassware to decorate with and use for dining. The sky is the limit when we can get creative!

Happy decorating!

Love ya, Molly

 

To share a link to your post about frugal living, use the Linky below. But first. . .

 

1. We’d love for you to share your links that include anything  related to DIY projectssaving money, frugal living, made from scratch cooking, cleaning products, sustainable livinggardening, organic, and anything else related to homemaking! You can also  include your struggles while trying to live a frugal lifestyle (like  Midge!)! Show us about how you are thriving while surviving on a smaller budget!

 

2. Please, no link-ups to giveaways or blog topics in which you are just selling a product.

 

3. Link directly to your frugal post, not to your home page.

 

4. Grab our linky graphic (from the sidebar) and put it on your blog or on your linky post.

 

5. If a linked up post does not meet the above guidelines, it will  be removed.

 

6. If you link-up, please click on other’s links as well. Our frugal followers have a lot to share!

 

Living frugally means living, learning, and growing from each other. We can’t wait to see what you are going to share (to see other blogs who have linked up, click the link below)!  Ready, set, link!

CLICK HERE TO LINK-UP!

Sneak Peek Monday~ HALF OFF SALE!

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Is your attic or basement cluttered with items that you don’t use, but just can’t quite part with? How about your garage, closets or kitchen cupboards? Maybe you spent a lot of money on something and think you must find a way to use it sometime. Or maybe it came from dear Aunt Mary and you just can’t toss or donate it with a good conscience. We all have them – the dopey looking lamps, random serving bowls, no-longer-the-right-color curtains. . . there’s no end to the variety of “stuff” we hang on to for a rainy day. Well, take heart and get your umbrella out – that rainy day is here. We’re going to take on those oddball objects and see what we can do with them.

As the saying goes, “Everything old is new again” and that includes the “make do” mentality of our grandparents. We call it something different now. The buzzwords of this generation are “repurposing” and “upcycling.” Repurposing means to use an item in a new and different way, maybe changing or adapting it to better suit your purposes. Up cycling refers to using an item that would have been destined for the trash, or maybe was already there, to make a new object that can be used and appreciated.

This exciting trend is taking our culture by storm, and I think it’s fantastic! Once you get used to this kind of thinking you’ll see potential in just about everything. But don’t say we didn’t warn you – it can be addicting! So, how about some inspiration? You may be familiar with www.Etsy.com, the giant online store for handmade items. Try typing “repurposed” or “up cycled” as a search criteria here. You’ll be amazed by the gorgeous variety of results. From vintage spoons to Scrabble tiles, old bedspreads to broken bottles, creative minds and hands are producing treasures!

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