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Fancy Frugal Life: March 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Goodwill Candlesticks to Easter Topiaries

Apparently there is a theme with Goodwill candlesticks on my blog! Maybe it should be called Look at All The Cool Stuff You Can Make with Candlesticks Blog.....I have been wanting to try to make some topiaries and when I saw these cute boy and girl bunny candlesticks for $1.99 each I knew I had my chance!

I bought some plain pots at the craft store and sprayed them pink.

Then I bought two 6 inch Styrofoam balls and cut almost a whole yard of felt circles. This is about 4 (kiddie) naps worth of work! I used the same technique to make the felt ruffle heart wreath last month. You just fold the circles in quarters and pin away! The Idea Room is where I originally saw this method.

I put two green kid cups upside down in the pots because I didn't have any floral foam. I placed the candlesticks on top and then put moss around the edges. That was it! So simple.

I think these look super cute with the rest of my Easter decorations! And fingers crossed my kids haven't tried to destroy them :)



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Tip Junkie handmade projects

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

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Feathered Nest Friday-French Country Cottage

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pedestal Vases

I love turning thrift store items into fancy decor. Here is another example from my kitchen table. I started off with some glass vases I had and some thrift store candle holders. These were about $6.oo for all three. The beaded one is very heavy and my fav.

Then the candle sticks were sprayed white (hence my white spray paint addiction). Ha ha. :) I placed the vases on top and there you go! Fancy smancy :) I filled mine with lemons and moss. I am now mossing all over the place since my Mossy Monogram post! I placed a small nest with eggs over the moss to make it extra chic! Ha. The bird I bought looks creepy so I left him out..ha. The pedestal vases found a home on my kitchen table along with these citrus lovelies I received from my Grammy as a housewarming present many years ago. They are so special to me and I am thrilled to be using them again!

Now I think I need that cool lemon wreath that's been floating around bloggieland Ive seen...hmmm..

If you haven't already seen, here is the link to my Vintage Cupcake Stand you can make with thrift store plates and candle sticks!




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Centsational Girl

Junkin Finds Friday Transformation Thursday

Rhinestone Beagle


Chic on a Shoestring Decorating


Tip Junkie handmade projects
Running with Glitter


Sunday, March 20, 2011

DIY Crystal Embellished Converse

Today I thought of a project I did last summer and said, "I wish I was blogging back then." Do you feel that way too sometimes?

My daughter wore these shoes a bunch last summer and I am surprised they have held up this long!

I took a picture today and will tell you how I embellished them.

Have you seen these cute crystal embellished shoes in boutiques and on etsy?

These are from an adorable Etsy store called Diamonte.
They are listed for $99.00

I love these but could never spend that much on a pair of shoes, because sadly they grow so fast. In fact my daughter doesn't fit into the ones I embellished anymore :( Boooo
I spent about $20 total on mine including shoes.
To make these the Fancy Frugal way you will need the following:
  • E600 Glue
  • Pair of converse ( I got mine for $4.00 at a local consignment sale, Target has great clearance ones sometimes)
  • Crystals (I used the Jolee's brand from Michael's--use coupons)
  • Tweezers
  • Ribbon for laces

The main tip I have is USE LOTS OF GLUE!

Its better to have too much and peel away after they dry than not enough. As you can see my daughter only lost a few after a summer of use. Magic eraser is your best friend for keeping the bottoms white.

You can create a design or not. Really it'll look great once all of the white lip of the shoe is covered.

I used the left over ribbon to make matching hair bows!

Speaking of my daughter......

I entered her in my local Kid to Kid resale store "Best Dressed Contest" to win a $100 gift card! It is a SUPER close race and she needs your help!!! Contest ends March 31

I loooove designer kid clothes but can't and won't spend a ton on them. I keep my kids stylin by shopping at resale shops like Kid to Kid, seasonal consignment sales, and of course Goodwill! This is great tip for all you fancy frugal mommies out there!!

Pretty pretty pleeeeeeeeease stop by the Kid to Kid of Ahwatukee facebook page and vote for my pumpkin? Just click "like" on THIS photo on their wall to vote. You have to "Like" Kid to Kid first. I would be so grateful! And I don't ask for stuff like this often...or ever! In fact I am never entering one of these again...STRESS! Ha ha. It is a close race so now Hubby and I are obsessed! Plus we could use some summer duds around here!

I am linking to:

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Get Your Craft On Tuesday

Rhinestone Beagle


Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Design Dazzle