Friday, February 24, 2012

Every first Thursday of the Month - It's Goodwill Time!

They are back with 50% off selected items at my local West End Goodwill.

My little vignette in the kitchen

Be still my heart!

Seriously, you can get awesome deals any day of the month but on this special day it gets even better. Normally my budget for a GW shopping spree is about 15-20 bucks but when it's "Super Thrifty Thursday" as I call it... I might even go as high as $25 or even $30 BUT you might not even need that much because it's HALF OFF. My February 2nd adventure cost me $13 and I got some awesome things.

Such as this....

Small apothecary jar
Most of the time I go to Goodwill and just look around and see what catches my eye but on these occasions I really look for the deals.

Like black picture frames... I am always adding to my wall gallery so I will always be needing black picture frames. So I look for them on half off days. I am too cheap to buy them full price!

Dishes are another thing you can look for. Especially holiday dishes that you won't use all year round. Christmas, Halloween, Easter... you know you don't want to spend a lot of money on stuff you use for about one or two days in a year.

And then there are these things that you wouldn't buy full price but because they are half off (and kinda cute) you just buy it anyways and hope you will reuse or repaint or do SOMETHING with it in the future...

This little beach scene isn't for everyone but I think it is lovely and once I have stained the wood darker I can hang it with my other pictures.

I can't wait for next Thursday!

Tell me about your bargains you found this week!

Happy Thrifting!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Birthday to the best Mommy in the World!

Today is my moms birthday. It is hard to be so far away from your family - especially on days like these when you know that there will be a family celebration with the people you love and you can't be there.

Birthdays are always celebrated with Kaffee Kuchen (coffee and cake) either at my parent's house or at Oma's (grandma's). Too bad I am sooooo far away.

My mom is great. She is beautiful, smart, kind and very crafty. She shares my love for crafts, she can do anything - really! She can sew, knit, paint anything you can think of she can do! She is a successful Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Germany. You can check out her crafts here.

My mom - always stylish

I wanted to send her something from the heart and of course hand-crafted! Since the Canadian postal rates are ridiculous I opted for something not too heavy to send AND of course something with chocolate!

I used one sheet of designer paper to make a diaper fold envelope. It is really easy to make and you can put whatever you like inside of it. I also made a matching card with a folded flower detail. I will  post a tutorial for the diaper fold as well as the flower soon.

Me and my mom

Happy Birthday to the best mom EVER! 
I love you so much.
I miss you!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day - Cookie Monster Edition

this year we are not doing anything big. I wanted to do something special with Grace because this is her first Valentine's Day where you can "make" her give you lots of kisses and hugs.

I found this cookie kit at Safeway for $6.99. It contains 12 cookies, sprinkles, hard candy hearts and four baggies of frosting: red, pink and white.

I decorated the cookies with the frosting and grace put the finishing touches with sprinkles and candy hearts on them.

She had lots of fun with the decorating - one problem was of course that she wanted to eat the cookies!

At the end I gave her one cookie... LOL... what a mess.

They all turned out great! So much fun, little presents from the heart.

Look at my little cookie monster!

Valentine's Day cookies - yummy

And for Daddy I made a little something....

An altered Bart Simpson Lunch box I made into a cookie lunch box for my honey sweetheart. Also I made a little card to go with it.

Inside were some red velvet macaroons - I was told they were delicious....

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day! What did you do?

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