Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Decorative Craft Storage Idea

Good Morning dear readers,  Yes I'm back had some issues with my hands and had to go see my doctor.  I have to be more careful and not spend a lot of time stressing my hands.  I finally finished my new craft storage tier.  This will keep my craft supplies close at hand and let Frankie have his shoe box back.  I've been seeing the tiers on pinterest using the pie pans and the glass candlesticks from dollar tree.  I wanted to make mine a Little different.  I found these little neat black metal candlesticks.  I got different shaped pie tins.  I painted the tins different colors when you live in an apartment you can't paint it.  So you want to surround yourself with color.  The metal pans were a little difficult to paint had to do two coats but I decided I wanted what I refer to has the Hippie Drippy Look  You can  make it anyway you want.  Then I glued the base of the candlesticks using crazy glue but decided wanted it more secure so also duck taped it with my favourite Eiffel Tower pattern.  The top of the candlestick was more flatter so held better to the bottom of the pie tins and I proceed to do each level with the glue.  Really easy and fun no strain on my hands.  You put your stamps or paints pretty much anything in it.

                                             Finished product holding my paints and stamps.

                                                 Balancing it out.

                                                       Painting the tins.

                                                      Attaching the candlestick with the glue.

                                                  Making them more secure with duck tape.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Save Mart Meat Shopping Trip and Tricks

Good Morning dear readers,  Tired of the soaring meat prices and not sure what to do?  A good way to save money besides using coupons is to shop when the items are on clearance.  Your asking me clearance on meat or better known as reduced for quick sale.  Find out from your meat counter person when they put out the reduced for quick sale meat and go early.  Be sure to stock up on what you can. Reduced meat is still good meat its just the store can't sell past a certain date.  This can be frozen and will keep for quite a while. Here's my recent trip to Save mart and what I got from the reduced meats section.

8 packages of meat items

country style ribs--$4.57
FF Fryer Thigh--$2.65
FF Fryer Thigh--$2.72
FF Fryer Thigh--$2.97
FF Fryer Drumsticks--$2.40
FF Fryer Drumsticks--$2.89
Gorton Breaded Shrimp Poppers-$3.99 on sale
Pork Blade Steak--$5.29

TOTAL B/4 coupons/sales/discounts     $31.46                 O.O.P  $22.46     Savings 29%

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Frugal Family Creamy Noodles

Good Morning dear readers,  This week we are doing a frugal family recipe.  If you have days where you go meatless this is the go to recipe.  These noodles can be served with bread and salad for a perfect dinner.  This is so easy the kids can cook it.  In fact Kyles cooked it for a school assignment.  I've even made it for a potluck dinner and everyone loved it.  Another good thing you can spice it up.  I've left out the hot stuff because the boys are not keen on it, but if you like hot you can add them.  So here's what you'll need. This recipe is another one from an old Taste of Home magazine and its been adapted to fit my family.

8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons butter
6 ounces cream cheese
3 tablespoons sour cream
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
4 1/2 teaspoons parsley

here's the omitted ingredients
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Cook spaghetti according to directions.  While that's cooking saute garlic in 1 tablespoon of butter until done.  Then add all the other spices and creams except parsley to the mix heat up do not let it boil.  Set aside when done.  Drain your noodles and add sauce to noodles mixing it all up.  Add your parsley and mix then serve with your side dishes. Note when I took the pictures forgot to add parsley until after photos.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

frankies wordless Wednesday

Good Morning dear readers,  Here's an  interesting photos of Frankie.  What is on his little Feline mind?  Tell me what you think?

                                                        Get off mom's art book
                                                          His response to being told to get off.

Monday, April 7, 2014

craft supplies thrifting haul

Good Morning dear readers, here's that second shopping trip we went on this weekend.  Sorry didn't post it earlier camera died. I had to get new batteries.  Over all it was a very good sale.  It was 50% off in the entire store which I love.  This is the thrift store that has craft supplies.  When I heard it was 1/2 day coming up I knew I was going to get a lot of supplies for my art journaling and other crafts.  So here's what I got with pictures.

                                      Much to Frankies horror I found another cat for my collection.

                                             7 rubber stamps and a stamp pad not bad.

                                     Next craft project 2-3 tier holder with candle sticks and pans

Not shown Conor got two dvd's not bad for around $10.

So hope this inspires you to look in unusual places for things we need happy thrifting and zen hugs all around.

Art Journal Pages

Good Morning dear readers,  I'm going to start sharing my art journal pages with you on a weekly basis. I love being creative and I feel it gives an outlet when your having health issues.  I have been watching and following alot of other art journalist and I just love their pages.  You don't have to be skilled at drawing to do this art,  because I am definitely not able to draw a decent picture.  This is not an expensive hobby. You can find supplies anywhere, which you'll see in my next post.  Their are also coupons out there for michaels and joanne stores.  First off,  I got a comp book to work in and make my pages.  I had to prep the book to hold all the mediums  I used in it.  So the book doesn't get to bulky tear out everyother page.  You will glue two pages together and to give it strength glue papers to it-I used tore up phone book pages.  Once this is dry(place wax paper between pages while drying) paint with gesso.  Once this is dry your ready to play.  I used all kinds of mediums on this page.  Here's some of what I used.

acrylic paint
rubber stamps 
pastel markers
post card 
water colors

You can make it any way you want.  Be sure and check out the youtube videos on beginner art journaling so cool.  So here's my page.

                                               Love Seattle so this is my page.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Small Thrifting Haul Spring Sale

Good Morning dear readers,  It's that time of year where the thrift stores are doing their spring cleaning and having sales.  My favourite little shop is having their sale this week.  I was able to get over there and get a couple of items that I just had to have in my collection.  Also my other favourite store is having their half off sale tomorrow can you say crafting haul from the thrift store.  This is the one where I get inexpensive craft supplies will be hitting them early.  So here's what I got.

                                            This was made out of an egg shell so cool

                                               Decorated with seed pearls and ribbon

                            Didn't come out in the other photo but supported by a metal ring on the bottom.

                                  Can you say clear glass project love the texture can't wait to play with it.

So hit so sales ladies and gentlemen.  I will also be going to a yard sale at a senior center they are selling all their craft supplies my neighbor told me about it supposed to happen soon can't wait more art journal supplies-Oh got the gesso and working on the comp book will show you later after I'm finished.