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.

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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!

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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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