Personalized Gift Packaging.

Posted by Michelle on April 29th, 2015

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One of my favorite things to do is send happy mail.  And if the receiver gets half as much joy out of receiving it as I did making it, then it’s a win. 

I’ve had these black polka dot sacks for the longest time and I’ve never really had an idea for them other than Halloween.  But I decided to pair them with Hazel & Ruby’s Wrap It Up Paper in Statement Floral and then personalize it with a monogram using the Typewriter Alpha stencil.

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I cut some white cardstock pieces and then laid out my stencil letters.

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And then watercolored over each one with a color that was in the floral paper.

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Let the paint dry, and then remove the stencil.

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And then I just layered my patterned paper with a white paper doily, some white paper tickets, my letter piece, and tied it off with some twine and ribbon.

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So fun.


Upcycled Box Top.

Posted by Michelle on April 28th, 2015

I found this random box top laying on top of the recycle bin at the office.
It’s about 7″x9″ and because it has that inner part I was thinking I could use it for something.

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I secured the edges with some Scotch tape.

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And decided to cover it in Hazel & Ruby’s Golden Dot DIY Decor Tape.

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And now it’s sitting on my desk housing all those random things that clutter up the place.

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What have you upcycled lately?  Leave me a link, I’d love to see it!


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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!


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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