I have seen the light though. I do believe it was when I was on a shopping trip with my mom. She has always loved getting things second hand and on one particular shopping trip drug me into a Goodwill and, because I was needing more work clothes, I started fingering through he racks. I hit pay dirt that day! And everything I got was like new (and some of it WAS new). AND, they all came from stores that I either shopped at already or always wanted to shop at but couldn't bring myself to spend the money. And since then I have been hooked. I can't tell you how many cute things I have found for basically nothing at garage sales, Goodwills, thrift stores, and auctions (yay auction and garage sale season is upon us!)
A friend of mine made the "I Love You Because..." frame a while back and I loved the idea. I had also seen some other neat ideas you could do with old picture frames on pinterest. And because yesterday was a wee bit poopy I decided that I really wanted to take a couple projects on so I headed to Goodwill!
I made a b-line for the housewares. I LOVE checking that out first because there are often times Target takes their clearance items there when they are making room for new stock. I actually got a lot of our wedding decorations that way! Yesterday I lucked out. Beau and I have been talking about buying a fixer upper. We've been combing the neighborhoods looking at cute houses for sale and when I say "cute" I mean super cheap foreclosures. I am pretty excited about this as I am an aspiring architectural historian and LOVE getting in there and making an ugly worn out place beautiful and happy again! Anyway...yesterday I found a towel rack/bar thingy that was still in the box! I snagged it because it was brushed bronze and matches everything we got for our wedding! WIN!
Then I made my way over to the picture frames and picked up some cute little numbers. After finding two frames for .99 each I dashed out of there. Mainly because they had the most amazing antique buffet there that I am convinced I would have bought if I would have stood there staring at it any longer.
From there I went over to Hobby Lobby to pick out some scrap book paper and paint. I love to paint things. It is so relaxing to me, and its amazing what a little paint can do. And, its such a cheap way to bring something back to life.
|my goodness I love Hobby Lobby and Goodwill!|
Frames: .99 each
Americana Enamel Paint: True Red .99
Magnets: $1.99 (6 pack)
Smaller Scrap Book Paper: .44 each
Bigger SB Paper: .54
SUCH A CHEAP CRAFT PROJECT RIGHT?!
|menu picture frame. I love the dainty flowers!|
|"I Love You Because..." picture frame|
I decided to just set the menu frame on the counter like a regular picture frame. Even though I am short on counter space, I am even shorter on refrigerator space because of pictures and drawings from our sweet little friend Kenley.
This was so quick and FUN. And the best part is that I was able to add some more personal touches to our little home for basically nothing.
I think these would make great gifts and if you can't decide what you want to do for paper, I recommend getting the package of paper. And always check for sales!
Oh! And I found another great bargain at the grocery store yesterday! The Crock Pot Chicken called for Rotel, but while stocking up (we use a lot of it) I discovered the Shur Fine brand. I picked it up just to try it out and when I got it home I compared it to Rotel. The EXACT same ingredients, and what was even better was the price difference! Rotel: $1.19 Shur Fine: .69!!!!!!!! HOLLA!!!! I'LL TAKE IT!!!!!!
So don't be afraid to buy the off brand. Just compare ingredients before throwing it in the cart! Your grocery bill and your husband will thank you! ;)
In Gods Love,
p.s. the pictures frames can be written on with a dry erase marker or an over head projector marker. But be careful not to use a permanent one!