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Fancy Frugal Life: July 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Just Married" bunting banner

Every vintage wedding needs some fabric bunting and here is mine. The best part is no sewing! The thought of that task was a little daunting so I used heat bond tape instead and it turned out great!

The other day I found a bunch of great quality fabric at Goodwill for half off. I scooped all this for less than $8.00…My fav is that yellow toile fabric for $1.00. I decided to use the solid beige fabric for my banner.

All you need for this project is:
· Heat bond tape
· Fabric
· I used pinking shears
· Iron
· Starch
· Twine
· Paint & brush
· Stencils

First I made a triangle template with cardstock. Second I traced a diamond shape using both sides of the template & cut out shape with pinking shears. This is so its double sided. Third, I placed strips of the heat bond in the fold and at the point. Just iron and starch really well. The last thing I did was stencil the letters on with black paint. The bird stencil I made from clip art via Google.

So easy and I think will be a fun statement piece at my brother’s wedding!

Here's some of my own thrity finds & DIY projects with it!

There's some of that fabric from Goodwill, my DIY chalkboard plate, thrifty plate stand, & a new sqare stand I found for $3.00. Love it!

It's gonna go great with this cute-ness! By the way…thanks a whole bunch for all your sweet comments on my little vintage suitcase “Honeymoon fund”. The bride went crazy over this which also made me ecstatic!

Speaking of the bride (my cute future SIL), her aunt is an incredible photographer in Utah. They recently road tripped it to see her and had these gorgeous engagements done. Visit Stephanie McBride Photography to see all the photos.

Seriously... she captured their style and lovliness perfectly!!

This makes me even more excited about their wedding in Sedona, AZ this October. My 3 year old flower girl is super excited saying, “Mommy they’re getting ‘merweed’ and I’m gonna ‘fro’ some ‘frowers’.” Love it and can’t wait for that part!


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Friday, July 29, 2011

Dr. Seuss All About Me & Cat & The Hat Snacks (Summer Fun)

This post started last week when I discovered my own “Book about Me” by Dr. Seuss, in our garage, all filled out from 1985. I was around my son’s age when I made mine and knew I definitely wanted to make one with my sweet boy.

Living in the extreme heat, it gets hard to entertain little ones indoors sometimes so this is the perfect summer activity. We had a blast filling his out and it kept him nice and busy one afternoon counting all our forks, mirrors, beds, and other funny stuff around the house! Plus it was great writing practice….He is so proud of it.

And boy you could tell mine was from the 80’s…I said I wanted something called a Charmkin and favorite books were Berenstain Bears! Ha

This hardcover book is well worth the $14.00 from any bookstore, but I did find some free online printables from a great blog The Art of Teaching.

I did these for little Sis so she didn’t get left out. Just click on the link to download. This would be a fantastic play date!!

And now for the best part…SNACKS!

I found these little Cat and the Hats via Pinterest from So Domesticated. They used them for cupcake toppers. All you need are Oreos, red gummy life savers, and white icing.

My kids loved making these! Savoring the last days of summer before my son starts kindergarten and daughter preschool next week…It’s so bittersweet isn’t it?
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Vintage Suitcase "Honeymoon Fund" Wedding Decor

A few months ago I shared with you my little brother is getting married. Here is the happy couple. Aren't they are the CUTEST!?

With just a couple months until the big day, wedding plans are full speed ahead. I am thrilled to help out with the decorations for their Sedona outdoor event with a combo vintage/farm feel. The colors will be all neutral creams, whites, and beiges since the beautiful colors of Sedona will be the backdrop. In fact I've been collecting quite the inspiation board on Pinterest for this wedding. Click here to see it if you'd like.

I found this sweet vintage aqua & cream colored suitcase at Goodwill , a feel weeks ago, for $10 and knew it would be perfect to set on the gift table. The couple is saving their money for a honeymoon this spring and is hoping to get a little boost on their special day.

There was one slight mishap with the suitcase though. My curious 5 yr. old managed to lock the old fashioned 3 combo lock! So it eventually took some power tools to open and we were good to go..It just won’t lock..Oh well!

With the help of the most fabulous blog, The Graphics Fairy, I was able to find gorgeous vintage map printables. I used the program Picnic to type text over the map, and then cut out my triangles for the banner. After that I just hot glued them to my string.

Here is one of my thrifty pedestal picture fames used to display my “honeymoon fund” sign. I used a vintage currency printable also from The Graphics Fairy.

I also printed out some of her vintage post cards…I love love love these!!!

I am so excited to see my little suitcase at the wedding!!

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