Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Favorite Giveaway Sites

So, I would say I've been on a roll lately with winning stuff. I have won half of my Christmas presents already. So, that is the ultimate thrifty way to do Christmas! People keep asking me how I do it. To be honest, I have no idea. I just have found some great giveaway sites that list/host giveaways. That's it. That's the secret. Finding the giveaways and entering them. Silly, huh? I don't really do any of the work. I just find the sites that do. That's me, completely lazy! So, here are some of my favorite giveaway sites so you can start entering those contests, too! Add these blogs to you blogger dashboard and anytime you see a new contest appear, enter it. Makes it a lot easier to keep track of them all.

And if you have some of your favorite sites, let me know and I'll add them to the list.

1. A Giveaway Everyday

2. Giveaway Today

3. Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest

4. Just for Me...and You

5. Skip to My Lou

6. Tip Junkie

7. Today's Giveaway

8. The Bragging Mommy

9. Shop with Me Momma

10. The Work at Home Mom Resource Site

11. Blog Sweeps

12. This Momma Rocks

Okay, there they are. Now go out and win some of those Christmas gifts you so desperately don't want to pay for!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Giveaway Winner!

The winner of my first giveaway contest is post #8 Lisa
Congrats! Winner has been notified. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Vinyl in my New House

My friend Rachel has a really great vinyl cutting business and she made the most amazing custom pieces for my home. I'm sooooo happy with them. They turned out amazing and I am definitely going back for more.

This is in my kitchen above my pantry door. It is Italian for kitchen. I have red as the major accent color and she matched it perfectly.

So, this is my front door on the inside. I am completely obsessed with the fleur d'lis lately. I love it. I think these turned out great, too. She made them custom.

Isn't this the most amazing font? I fell in love with it and had her make all of it in it. Stay tuned because I'm sure I'll come up with more projects to use vinyl on.

Its DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land

Head on over to A Soft Place to Land and join the DIY Party! Winner for the week of the best DIY Project wins a $50 gift certificate to the cutest ETSY shop ever.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Amazingly Easy Paper Snowflake Craft

Here is an easy paper craft to do with your kids and for winter decoration around the house. I can't claim credit for this ingenious idea but it was a lady that lives near me who taught it to us at a recent Super Saturday Craft Day. Here is what you need:

Paper - any paper will work. Computer paper is used for the tutorial.
Scissors or Paper Cutter
Tape, Glue, Stapler or any other means to secure paper together. I've actually used hot glue before.

Here is what the final product will look like. I plan to hang them around the windows in my house.

Start with a piece of paper, any size will do, it will just change the size of the finished snowflake. I think that adding a few bigger or smaller to the decor would look great. If your paper is 8.5"x11" cut off the end so that the paper is square.

Next, fold the paper into a triangle.

Then, fold it in half one more time, so that total, you have folded it into a triangle twice.

Here is the tricky part, where you have to get this right or the piece won't work. Take your scissors and cut three long cuts starting from the double folded side running to the single folded side. (The longest edge of the triangle should not have folds at all, just the regular edge of the paper.) Stop your cut about half an inch before you reach the single folded side.

Next, start to unfold the paper triangle once it is cut. Here is what it should look like unfolded just once.

Here is what the paper should look like unfolded completely.

Next, take the smallest two cut triangles on the inside of the paper and secure them together with tape, hot glue, glue, or staples.

Next, turn the whole paper over and take the next largest two triangle cuts and do the same to secure them. Continue turning the paper over until all of them have been secured.

This is what a finished section looks like on its side.

Next we are going to secure several of these sections together. This is what it looks like when they are hooked together. In total, you will need to make six of these sections to complete a snowflake.

Take two sections and lay them next to each other like the photo.

Then secure them together in two spots. This photo shows the lower spot.

And this photo shows the upper spot to secure the sections.

Continue securing all six sections together and this is what you get! Instant snowflakes for your homes winter decor! Enjoy!