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Fancy Frugal Life: October 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

DIY Dollar Store Chalkboard Candles (Thrifty Upcycle)

Would you believe me if I told you these l-o-v-e candles and vase are from my local dollar store?! Well they are and guess what? We used these on one of the tables of my little brother's fall outdoor wedding.

If you've been reading along you might be realizing my latest addiction....It automatically makes things look expensive...like MAGIC! Oh and not to mention A-dorable, chic. unique, and just awesome in general!!!

Chalkboard spray paint...It turns anything into a chalkboard! Sweet. I found mine at Michael's craft store for around $5 with a coupon (of course!) from Michaels.com.

Let me show you how I made these cute candles. First, I picked these tall glass candles up from the dollar store and soaked them in hot soapy water until the labels were easy to peel off.

After they were clean and dry, I used masking tape to create a rectangle on the candle. Nope, I didn't measure....you can though :)

Next, just spray two coats of chalkboard paint and let dry 24 hours. That's it!

After peeling off the tape you get amazing results!

And people will think you are uber crafty...(even if you aren't!). It's our little secret... :)

This same can has gone pretty far...all of these past projects were completed with it!

See....this small investment can go pretty far...and the possibilities are ENDLESS!
Hope you can find a way to use some of these fun chalkboard spray paint ideas!


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stephanie McBride Photography (My kids)

Today I am excited to introduce you to Stephanie McBride of Stephanie McBride Photography near Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the incredibly talented and lovely person who photographed my brother's recent wedding at Soda Springs Ranch in N. Arizona.

She is also the person responsible for their amazing engagement pics. Yes, that is a couch in the water!! Gorgeous.... Oh and she happens to be the bride's aunt :)

While we were at the ranch she also caught a few priceless shots of my kiddos...

All I can say is WOW! These will be going on our Christmas card this year....And I can't wait to see the finished wedding pictures! Can you?!

Stephanie can be contacted at stephanielmcbride@gmail.com and visit her website http://www.stephanieleemcbride.com/ to see more beautiful examples of her work. You should consider her for your next family, graduation, or senior picture session! I wish she lived closer to me!! :)

As always thank you very much for stopping by. Have a great day :)



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Saturday, October 22, 2011

DIY Vintage Ruffle Cake

Whew!...This was a busy week for us! My little brother got married last weekend at a gorgeous ranch called Soda Springs in northern AZ. It was AMAZING..I can't wait to share pics of all the details. My gift to them was creating wedding decor around their sweet and stylish vintage theme. I will be sharing more of my projects in coming posts.

Here is the cute couple sharing their first dance!

Yesterday was our 5th wedding anniversary and I was inspired to make a vintage looking ruffle cake to celebrate. I watched a great video tutorial from My Sweet & Saucy to get an idea of how to make one. Also this was technically my second ruffle cake. My first one was kind of a big fail and looked wonky and got ruined in the car on the way to the party...sigh.

Oh and I am so not a profesh cake decorator at all.....just trying to upgrade my usual 9x13 sheet cake :)

This is a number 104 Wilton petal cake decorating tip. All you do is hold the tip facing down on the sides of the cake. Go back and forth in one inch wide sections to create your ruffles all the way around the cake. It really does goes fast. One tip though. I used store bought icing (with food coloring) and it wasn't stiff enough. I added powdered sugar and that helped.

Oh and this was a box cake...cause that's how I roll sometimes..well most times :) It still tasted yummy! My kids kept asking whose birthday it was...so confusing with all these weddings and birthdays, and anniversaries!

I made a mini bunting banner out of fabric triangles and hot glued them to a piece of floral bamboo I had.

Happy 5th anniversary to the best hubby and dad a girl could ever dream of!



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