Saturday, October 29, 2011

DIY Under $5 Features

I was having some major project crushes this week. So much talent in one little party. Thanks for joining me again. Now on to the features!

My favorites:

Halloween Felt Wreath from Love Sweet Love
I want this wreath!! If only. So many circles, so little time.



Halloween Goodies DIY from Lacey in Love
Send them away with a smore on a stick. Cute.



Ladderesque Magazine Rack from A Perfectly Crazy Life
From an IKEA cast off?! Who wants to be my date to the as-is section?



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Ric Rac Rose Rings from Candy's Clothes Closet
Love the yellow. I have so much grey in my wardrobe. It would be so perfect.


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Friday, October 28, 2011

Point of View: Burlap Ideas

Each month is a fun new theme and this month is no different! We're talking burlap ideas with the Point of View Girls.


I am loving how different things can be with one medium!

Camilla (Rosy Red Buttons)
Gwen (Gwenny Penny)
Michelle (Stay right here!)
& YOU!!

We want to see your burlap ideas! Link up down below and you may be featured by one of the Point of View girls! Be sure to go visit these ladies and see their point of view on burlap, but first, let's talk holly!

I went shopping for burlap and when I saw the red and green it spoke to me. Such vibrant happy holiday colors! I have always had a thing for holly, so I figured why not give it a shot.

Perfect for a gift topper or to spruce up some decor...



Burlap Holly

Supplies:
  • Red Burlap
  • Green Burlap
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Hot Glue
1. Take a 6 inch by 1 inch piece of red burlap and fold over one of the long edges. Roll the burlap keeping the folded edge out. Hot glue the end of the roll to secure and trim off excess from the bottom so it is about 1/2 inch thick.


2. Draw a holly leaf onto some green burlap and cut out.



3. Hot glue round the edges of the holly leaf and back with some felt to strengthen and keep from fraying. I chose black because my green felt was too bright.


4. Place a dab of hot glue in the middle of one of the end point and pinch to give the leaf some dimension. Once you have three leaves, lay them how you want them and hot glue together. Hot glue 3 berries on top of your leaves.


5. Flip over your holly and cover the back junction of the leaves with hot glue to make it even stronger. Cover your glue with a circle of felt.


6. Now decide where you want to put it. I added it to a raffia bow and put it on top of a gift and decorated a thrift store container with a strip of red burlap and added the holly for a fun place to store logs by the fireplace.


I love the texture and holiday spirit! Now, I just have to put it away for a month. ;)

Now it's time to link up your burlap ideas! I can't wait to see all your projects!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Young Women in Excellence & Scrapbook Software Giveaway

For our ward's Young Women in Excellence, they are using this recipe/cooking theme from Beehive Messages. They have a really cute invite, but there is not a downloadable version, so my YW President asked if I would come up with something similar for them to use. You know if I am going to design it I am going to share...

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It is made to print on 4x6 photo cards. Just add in your ward's name under "from the kitchen of" and your time and place under "mix it all together on" and you have your Young Women in Excellence invite.

I made it using My Memories Suite v2 scrap book software and Everyday Mom Ideas free Li'l Monster Kit.

Speaking of My Memories Software, it was the first time I had used it. Here's my take:

What I love:
  • Comes with ready made layouts and shapes to make placing pictures super easy.
  • There are 1500 digital papers and 1300 embellishments like ric rac, stitching, brads, etc.
  • Comes with a myriad of word art and fonts and the text is easy to edit.
  • You can add video and music for slideshows. Can't wait to try this!
  • You can add a hot spot for a link in your album.
  • Lots of output options: jpg, photo book, ipod ready, dvd, etc.
  • It has spell check.
  • Price is SUPER reasonable especially with the code I will give you ;)

What could they improve:
  • Has a learning curve especially if you are used to Photoshop. Figuring out how to re-size to 4x6 and export to jpeg. Like instead of {file, save as, jpeg} I had to find the export options.
  • It is set up more for scrapbooking than for editing. I there were no eraser tools etc that I use when I want to use one of my existing designs and just erase something.
  • The help function would be nice to be searchable by word. I would love to type in re-size and have it find it for me.
If you are in the market for digiscrap software my friends at My Memories are totally giving you an awesome deal! Use the coupon code: STMMMS97077 and it will not only give you $10 off making it $29.97, but also a $10 code to spend in the MyMemories.com Design Shop!


But, that's not all! They are giving away one full version of the my memories suite software download to one of my lucky readers!



To enter: {leave a separate comment on this post for each entry}
  1. Visit www.MyMemories.com and tell me the name of your favorite kit.
  2. Follow A Little Tipsy
  3. Follow the My Memories blog
Good luck! Giveaway will close Thursday, November 3rd.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

DIY Under $5

My project this week are these cute Doily Pumpkin Treat Bags perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving! Cost per bag: about 50 cents filled.
Link


Now let's see what you've been up to!

I enjoy so much your $5 projects that I decided to add an addition link section for anything under $15! That's right. It will open up a place to show additional projects that can't be purchased with an Abe Lincoln, but are still totally affordable! I can't wait to see more from you!

Please remember:

  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand) or $15 or less in the 2nd section.
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!

DIY under $5




Projects under $5






Projects under $15




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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

VIP GNO at Hale Center Theater {Giveaway}

I am in need of a girls night out, who wants to join me?

Lucky for us, all we have to do is show up and Hale Center Theatre is taking care of the rest! Five of you will be able to grab your best gal pal and join me for a night out for a performance of "My Fair Lady." My husbands favorite and boy is he jealous that I am taking you!!

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The GNO deets:

Thursday, November 3rd

6:30 - Arrive for Hors d' oeuvres nd socializing
6:45 - Creative teams talk about staging "My Fair Lady"
7:15 - Seating for 7:30 performance



5 Winners of Two Tickets

So how do you get your name on "the list" for a VIP night at the theatre?


To enter: {leave a comment for each entry and please only enter if you're sure you'll be able to come!}
  • Leave a comment telling me why you need a GNO.
  • Follow A Little Tipsy

Good luck! Winners will be announced Friday, October 28th.


Hale Center Theatre is providing the GNO tickets for myself and ten others, I was in no other way compensated for this post.


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Doily Pumpkin Treat Bag

Let's face it this time of year is all about the treats. So grab your favorite and let's dress it up with this cute Doily Pumpkin Treat Bag!



This is a fun one for kiddos to help with if they have a soft touch. Tell them it's a sewing card of sorts. ;)


Doily Pumpkin Treat Bag


Supplies Needed:
  • Pumpkin doilies (Dollar Tree)
  • Thin Black Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Candy


1. Cut your skinny ribbon in half lengthwise to make it even thinner. Burn the raw edge with your lighter to stop fraying. Trust me on this one, unless you want a hairy pumpkin and one strand of ribbon left at the end.

2. Take two doilies and place them with the white sides together. Weave the ribbon in and out through the holes. Put the candy in when you still have about two inches left to "sew" shut.

3. Finish weaving and tie off in a bow.



Fun filler ideas:
  • Candy Corn
  • Homemade pumpkin seeds
  • Reese's Pieces



They could be really fun at each place setting for Thanksgiving too!


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Monday, October 24, 2011

LeapFrog My Own Story Time Pad Review



My almost 4 year old got the Tag reading system for Christmas last year and loved it so I was eager to see what he would think of the Leap Frog My Own Story Time Pad.

With Daddy being a software developer and getting his master's in Computer Science and Mommy being a blogger he is well aware of the technology that surrounds him. The other day he told me he wanted to start his own blog so he could have his own computer. Well buddy, here ya go. ;)

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Right when I pulled it out of the shipping box, he said, "a computer!" He would not even let me take it out of the packaging before he got a turn with it. I was amazed at how he immediately knew what to do with it. It tells them what buttons to push to continue stories or play music so he didn't need any help and mom did not even have to read the instructions.

Things we love about it:
  • Two volume settings...priceless!
  • Shape is easy for little hands to hold.
  • Looks like a Tablet so he thinks it is his cool computer.
  • Says his name and knows things like his favorite food and color
  • Upload 3 "emails," 5 stories, 4 sing a long songs, and 5 melodies.
  • Notes sections where he gets to type letters to write his own story.
  • Little Brother loves watching him and sneaks in his turn while he isn't looking.
  • No batteries or instructions needed to get started or {at least for me} to upload content.
  • The cable to connect it to the computer has LeapFrog stamped on it and also lists the site to go to. No having to keep track of what cable it is or where to go.
  • It was super easy to get out of the package. No 15 twist ties, tape, or creative sewing.
  • The price is reasonable for what is does. (under $30 and the pink one is cheaper on Amazon)
Things that could improve:
  • Some melodies were annoying, but we just didn't choose those ones.
  • No space bar or punctuation, so the notes can only be a jumble of letters and it does not save them.
  • More personalization options for the emails.

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Don't you love his oversized t-shirt paint smock?

All in all, I think it is a fun toy with a greater purpose. Lucky for me, we have a DVR and watch channels without toy commercials so we have thus far avoided the 'got to have it' toy of the year rage. (BTW, how is it that it always ends up being something so dumb?!) So if you are looking for something fun, that is more than a motorized hamster or a pillow that folds inside itself to become a pet, this is a good choice!


Thank you to LeapFrog for sponsoring this review. While LeapFrog provided the product to me for this review, the opinions I've expressed here are solely my own and represent my honest point of view. Clever Girls Collective supports Blog With Integrity. #MyOwnStoryTimePad #spon

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

DIY Under $5 Features

What a great DIY under $5 party! Fun affordable ideas all around.

Here are some of my faves:

Sweater Pillow from Turning a House in to a Home
Cozy and cute!



Pumpkin Candy Corn Cupcakes from A Law Student's Journey
Love the little candy corn center!



Fabric Treat Bags from Steph Jacobson
The perfect blend of spookiness and simplicity!



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DIY earrings from Sugar Bee Crafts
A fun pop of color!


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paper Organization & "Get Organized for the Holidays" Workshop Giveaway

{If my blog's font is showing up oddly huge, try the fixes in this post.}

I have a problem with paper. There is so much pouring in each each day that it feels like before I know it I am buried under a mountain. Junk mail, to do lists, school papers, church notices. You name it I stack it. I thought I was doing well having one place to collect it all until the stack began to constantly topple. Ug. Then the heaven's parted and I found Aby's online Paper Organization workshop.
  • Online=spend a few minutes whenever I find them.
  • If there is a class on this, I am obviously missing something.
  • From a company name Simplify 101 means it won't be overly complicated
I am still in the midst of this workshop, but I can tell you it has already done wonders for my paper organization skills. They break it down in to lessons and help you figure out where it comes from, why it is piling up, and how to make a few alterations that work for your personal style to keep it all at bay. I know we are picture people, so here are a few of the changes I have made so far.


{Before}...................................................{After}


{Before}


{After}

I hate to say it, but I had already gone through a lot of the paper when I took the before pic. I realized that one place for everything was making one big mess so I broke things down in to several systems:

1. Inbox{green flowery number}: for the daily influx. I go through this nightly.
2. School clipboard: for preschool calenders & papers
3. Magazine holder {turquoise on small table}: holds the magazines and catalogs I want to go through. I take one at a time up to my nightstand.
4. Grocery System: one for ads and one for coupons on the side of the fridge made from snack boxes and scrapbook paper. Inspiration by...



5. Magnet board: for little notes that need to be in plain sight or will be around less than a week.



6. Tickler file: A folder for each day of the month and each month of the year. To file things with a due date or inspiration for certain times of the year. I also added pay, call, action now, action flexible, receipts, file and incubator (need time to decide if I need to keep ie. kids artwork) folders.



I am totally loving this class and can't wait for these things to become second nature. I would totally recommend this workshop, but unfortunately it is only offered at certain times of the year. But, guess what is on the docket next, "Get Organized for the Holidays." Sounds great right?!

My friends at Simplify 101 are offering one lucky reader a free spot in the Get Organized for the Holidays online workshop {$67 value}.

This online workshop is the ultimate holiday planning workshop. Start making your plans for a joyful (and stress-free!) holiday season in early November.

We’ll create a holiday planning binder loaded with holiday planning forms, checklists, and best of all, a customized holiday plan that focuses on what’s most important to you and your family. Then, learn how to weed-out and simplify your less meaningful holiday tasks, freeing-up time to truly enjoy and savor those activities that make the holidays most special to you.


How to enter (up to four chances to win):
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you are most looking forward to this holiday season.

  2. Follow A Little Tipsy
  3. Mention this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, then leave a comment letting me know you did.

  4. Sign up to receive the free Mini Guide for creating a command central binder, then leave a comment letting me know you did.

Giveaway closes Thursday, October 27th. Good luck!

Bonus: simplify 101 is offering my readers 15% off enrollment in this workshop! To take advantage of this offer, enter ALT15 during checkout. This coupon is good through Thursday, October 27, 2011 and may not be combined with any other offers.


If you’d like more tips on organizing your home or office top to bottom, sign up for Simplify 101’s organizing newsletter right here ! You can also follow the blog and get even more daily tips.


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The winner of the $50 gift card from Groopdealz is...

jen said... I love groopdealz! i love the vinyl decals


Congrats!


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

DIY Under $5

My under $5 project is a little t shirt DIY. One night with my sisters-in-law we made five different items out of an old t shirt: 80s shirt, bracelet, headbands, earrings, and necklace.



Now let's see what you have up your sleeve! Ha ha, get it, sleeve. ;)

I enjoy so much your $5 projects that I decided to add an addition link section for anything under $15! That's right. It will open up a place to show additional projects that can't be purchased with an Abe Lincoln, but are still totally affordable! I can't wait to see more from you!

Please remember:

  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand) or $15 or less in the 2nd section.
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!

DIY under $5




Projects under $5


Projects under $15







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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

T shirt DIY

Having the t shirt headband posted yesterday reminded me of a fun little mini series I came up with one night with my sisters in-law. I lovingly call it t shirt DIY or in other words ...

5 Things you can make with an old t shirt!



Once upon a time there was a young maiden who was invited to a ball. It was special gala in celebration of the kingdom winning their region's athletic competition. The ball was to have a magic light that would make anyone dressed vibrantly glow like the stars.

There was a fair maiden in the land who had nothing suitable to wear. She longed for a top that would gleam with the brightness of the sun. Saddened at the sight of her own closet her mother permissed her to search her quarters for the highly sought after garment.

Something magic happened that night in her mother's closet. She found the one. The shirt that would put all others to shame. All at once the maiden was joined by three fairy godsisters. Hair was styled, make-up donned and garment transformed in to an 80's style frock and five different accessories.

The maiden's look was complete and with one of the Godsisters by her side to watch over her, she traveled across the kingdom to the ball for which she had painstakingly prepared.



1. Earrings-cut tiny strips (2 inch x 1/3 inch) of t shirt. Fold strip in half and loop them around big hoops pulling the ends through the loop. Repeat 5 times per earring for a fringe look.

2. Necklace-Inspired by one I had seen from More is More on Pinterest, tutorial there



3. 80's style DIY shirt-Cut out neck and cut off some of the bottom if it is too long. Cut about 1 1/2 to 3 inches off the sleeves and fringe the sleeve by cutting vertical slits all around the sleeve. Cut slits all through the body of the shirt.

4. Headbands-Use the part you cut off the sleeve. Lay it flat with the part that is sew together on one end. On the non sewn end cut 2 to 3 slits about halfway through the sleeve. The fabric will roll making it look like 3 or four separate bands. Make a little rosette from leftover fabric and hot glue to one side.



5. Bracelet-Take a piece of the excess fabric (6 inches wide b y 10 or 12 inches long) and cut three slits almost all the way up leaving about an inch of fabric. Use the four strips and braid. Secure the ends together by wrapping with another piece of fabric and hot gluing in place.

All of these t shirt DIY projects are super easy, we did them all in about an hour which is why there are no photos of the steps.

Use them for a fun 80s costume or use some pretty fabric and have a bundle of cute accessories to wear anytime.

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