Adventures in Couponing.

Posted by Michelle on April 20th, 2015

I’ve been out of the couponing game for a while now.  I think my couponing activity took a big decline when I had knee surgery last summer, and I never really got back in to it.  Because of all that I had amassed over the past 5+ years, we haven’t really needed much except for the basics like bread, milk, fresh fruit.  But every now and then we run low on something like dish soap, or as I found out this weekend – bathroom spray.  We cannot be out of bathroom spray like ever.  I refuse to live like that – LOL!  So I checked the Walgreens ad as a start to see if there was anything going on to help me dip my toe back in the water.

Free m&ms.  I’m down.  My kids have summer birthdays and I can do something with these.

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My son will be 13 this summer.  He needs body wash ;)
And, it’s a moneymaker.
Pay $3.99, use a $2 coupon from the newspaper = $1.99, get $2.50 back = 51-cent moneymaker.

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99-cent Palmolive.  Not the deal of the century, but we need it.  And I’ve got 51-cents from the Irish Spring going towards it so it made it 48-cents.

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So essentially I got a big bag of m&ms, a bottle of Irish Spring body wash, and a bottle of Palmolive for 48-cents plus with the random Easter thing thrown in to make it all work.

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When you pay with Register Rewards at Walgreens, and use coupons, you have to have more items than you have RRs & coupons for.  So you add super cheap little things to your order.  Like 90%-off Easter stuff for 3-9 cents each.

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I actually had a great time couponing.  It was fun being back out there.  My daughter missed it too.  So mayyyybe I’ll be back next week with another couponing adventure.  We’ll see ;)  Have a great week!

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Wood Pallet Yard Art.

Posted by Michelle on April 16th, 2015

Today the girls at Hazel & Ruby and I are sharing some wood pallet projects.
Head on over to the blog to see what the other girls made.

My project was super simple.  I was able to get a pallet from the office.
And then I just laid out my Hazel & Ruby stencils:  Broadside Alpha, Chalk Art Alpha, and Boutique Alpha.

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Then I sprayed the front of the pallet (over the stencils) with Krylon’s Exterior Semi-Transparent Wood Stain in Cedar.

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Let it dry, and removed the letters.

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And set it up out in the yard to enjoy.

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Easter happy mail.

Posted by Michelle on April 4th, 2015

Acts 20:35 New International Version (NIV)
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
I ain’t here to get all preachy on you, but it really is better to give than it is to receive.  It feels soooo good!  I just love it.  One of the ways I give?  Happy mail.  One of my most favorite things to do.  I rotate the whos and the whats.  But I really do try and put goodness out there in to the world.
I live seconds away from a Target, so that helps ;)

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I’m diggin’ watercoloring.  It’s so peaceful just sitting there swooshing paint, dipping, sopping up more paint, and swooshing again.

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I love making my own confetti.  I got rid of a bunch of punches, but there are some that I cannot get rid of – bunnies and butterflies.  Same thing with stamps – this Verve stamp is my only Easter stamp.

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Lotions, chapstick, and sweet treats.

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I had a pink tag that was supposed to go under the jar for another layer, but I put it on the first one and totally forgot on the rest of them and I wasn’t about to go back and remove all the staples and re-do it!

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Personalized Framed Watercolor Art.

Posted by Michelle on March 20th, 2015

We’ve been doing a lot of cheap and easy home improvement and home beautifying projects lately and one of the things I want to do in my daughter’s bedroom is to create a wall collage of different wall art, little mirrors, ceramic pieces, whatever I can mix and match together for something really cool and suited to her.  Today I’m sharing a little framed watercolor piece that I made for her.  I started with a piece of 110 lb. cardstock, Broadside Alpha stencils and Celebrate Shapes stencils from Hazel & Ruby, and a basic watercolor palette.

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I laid out my stencils where I wanted them to go.

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And then I began to paint. 
As I mentioned in a previous watercoloring post, I don’t really know anything about watercoloring other than to swoosh back and forth.

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I allowed my paint to dry completely.

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And then I removed my stencils.

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I outlined my stencil areas with a black Sharpie to make it pop.
I bought a cheapie frame from the dollar store, and painted it gold using some Metallic Gold spray paint from Krylon.

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And here is my finished product –

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Watercolor on cards.

Posted by Michelle on March 9th, 2015

Today I’m sharing a little set of cards that I made using Everyday Shapes stencils from Hazel & Ruby along with some watercolors.

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I started by cutting 3″x5″ panels that would be card fronts for 4″x4″ cards, and then I placed a stencil right in the center of each.

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And then I just painted.  I’ve recently started playing with watercolors and I really only know one thing and that’s to swoosh the paint, and then another color, and another.  Someday I hope to graduate up to more technique, but for now I’m enjoying just playing with watercolors.

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Allow your paint to dry completely.

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And then remove your stencils.

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I added a little sentiment at the bottom of each card; and now my little set is ready to go.

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2015-MICHELLE PHILIPPI

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