Monday, June 27, 2011

Being Frugal

For those of you that know me, you probably are aware that I am cheap (ahem) frugal. I like to pay the lowest price possible on just about hmmm…everything. I don’t really go “shopping”, I go “thrifting”. In addition to shopping all discounted merchandise, I love to shop second hand stores too. These are some of the things I found on my outings recently.

Remember my "Be Creative - Part 4" post? Well, I happened across the three remaining designs of the Treasures collection by Shabby Chic. I have several ideas of how I want to use this paper. I will post these ideas when I am able to do them. Also, I found Mary Engelbreit cards for $1.


I found this cute Scotty dog on clearance, this unique bird for my birdcage, and this lamp for my kitchen all for under $5!




Living well within your means has been very important to us for years. We feel we need to be a good steward of all that God has blessed us with. We want to honor Him by using our income in the very best way possible. Because what you buy and how you spend your resources speaks volumes. We are so grateful to have what we do and we want to please Him in all things!

Much Love,

Anna

Friday, June 24, 2011

Who Says Water Bottles Have To Be Plain?


This is a super easy way to dress up an ordinary water bottle. One of my dear friends recently took a road trip and I wanted to give her and her mother something that would travel well and something they could easily take with them in the car. And of course it had to be cute!

I had seen these available in stores and always thought these would be a snap to make. Plus, I would much rather create something myself than purchase it already finished! So after purchasing two stainless steel water bottles, this only took just a few minutes to complete. I seem to collect more ribbon than I can ever use in a lifetime, so I already had that on hand.

I tied and knotted different ribbons along the lid of the bottle, trimming the ends as I went. After completing the tops of the bottles, I simply took lettering and placed the names of the recipients along the sides of the bottles.

I already had the gift bags and tissue on hand as well so the cost of making these was quite minimal. *Sigh* - If my girls were younger, I would give these as end of year teachers’ gifts, or provide them as party favors from their birthday parties.


I have been feeling particularly “crafty” (he, he) this summer and have all kinds of ideas especially for this coming fall. So be sure to check back!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic start on their summer! Here in the Texas Panhandle we are experiencing a severe drought, so if you would, please pray for rain!

Much Love,

Anna

Friday, June 17, 2011

Be Creative - Part 4


I love creating beauty around me however I like to spend as little as possible doing it. I recently came across this contact shelf lining paper. It is Treasures by Shabby Chic. It was on sale and I hate to pass up a bargain, so I thought one day I might find a use for it.

Well I have wanted a new mouse pad at my computer, but just couldn’t find any I liked enough to justify buying one. So in an “aha” moment I thought I could cover my existing mouse pad with this shelf paper.

It was so simple and only took a few minutes. First, I placed the mouse pad over the contact paper and cut out the paper just slightly larger than the mouse pad.



I pulled the paper backing off and placed it on the pad.



Then I carefully trimmed around the pad and viola, a shabby chic mouse pad. And I spent less than $2 on the roll of shelf paper! Now that makes me happy!

I'd love to hear how you bring creative simplicity to your home as well!

Anna