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Saturday
Oct022010

Frugle to beautiful

Some very simple beading turned this boring dress into a beauty.  It has been getting harder and harder to find dresses for my daughter since most kids opt for jeans by this age.  We picked up a plain cotton dress from a consignment shop today.  I usually modify the dresses we find in some small way; shortening straps, taking in the bodice, removing or relocating gaudy bows.  Nothing was really wrong with this one except that it was boring.  What a difference a little sparkle made.  My daughter is much happier and at a total project cost of $5.00 (dress $5, beads on hand at home) I am too!

Monday
Sep132010

Fairy Fashions

While at a all adult BBQ this weekend, I needed to keep my daughter entertained and we came up with these fairy fashions on the fly.  Little hands were kept busy going on hunts for interesting leaves and flowers and she made up all kinds of stories about the little people would wear the clothes we made.  Acorn top hats and birch bark belts, we even made a headband with our leafy supplies.  To end the day, we went on a nature walk looking for what might be a fairy dwelling.  We arranged our wardrobe out side a hole we found in a forgotten rock wall and decorated the opening.  My daughter said the fairies will come out at night when we are all asleep and have a grand ball. 

Wednesday
Aug182010

Princess School Supplies

 

So school is starting soon and I was on the look for school supplies for Sienna.  But not just any supplies will do for my dress wearing, pink toting, girly girl.  She wanted pink princess supplies!  Budget mom to the rescue!  We used a make up case we found at Target instead of a pencil box and got out the embellishments! 

You can make really fun cases if you think outside of the box (literally).  I even have a set pencils stored in a brass metal clutch of my Great Grandmothers, crystal clasp and all!  You can always find a variety of makeup cases at thrift stores.  These are usually the kind that free gifts come in from Lancome or Clinque.  I like these because people almost never use them so they are nice and clean and they come in really great patterns.  You can add a name with puffy paint, sew on beads, gem tack and crystals (like I did here) or if you are not Suzy Crafter, a good old fashion Sharpie works great! 

I also did some cute things with the supplies too.  We added some crystals to our $1 calculator (also with gem tack) and covered the glue stick caps and crayons.  This is so easy to do and your kids can pick the look.  To recover the crayons: Take the box and undo the glue seam on the side.  Glue the box face downto the back of your paper.  After the glue dries just cut around the box and reassemble. place a bead of glue down the spine and secure with a rubber band until dry.

For glue sticks: Cut a length of paper the height of the cap and about 4" wide.  You can start with a patterned paper or use a solid color and have your kids decorate it with stickers or their own art.  After you are done with front flip over and place glue on the back taking care to cover the edges.  Wrap around the cap and secure with rubber bands until dry.  We added a large gem to the top of our tops but you could also use a small toy or pom pom.  As your kids use up their glue they can just switch the top to the new one.

This was a fun project for us to work on us together and was a great transition out of summer mode and into back to school mode.   Send your kids back to school not just in style but in THEIR style. 

Tuesday
Aug172010

easy on the eyes scotch tape

 

I just came back from the office supply store where they had three packs of tape for $2.00 (such a deal!) Looking at my spoils I just couldn't help turning their green plaid inners (sorry scotch!) into something much more pleasing and fun! With dispensers as cute as these I'll be sure to get just the refills!  Frugle and Green!  These are so easy to make, if you are so inclined.  Pop out the tape, take out the inner paper and use as a template.  I used scrapbooking paper but you can use anything, photos, magazines, even fabric!  Match your office decor or just add a burst of color with some fun bright solids. 

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