Posts Tagged With: crafty

Love on a Budget

Some people think Valentine’s day is such a commercialized holiday. My own husband said he didn’t want to get me anything because everything just felt “so cliche.”

To those people, I say…yeah, I guess it is. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with it, right?!

To my husband, I say…here’s $25. I better get a bouquet of flowers & a box of chocolates. I don’t even care if they come from Wal-Mart. <In his defense, he has since retracted and says he thought of something that he knows I’ll love…so fun right?!>

Valentine’s day is the ideal holiday for me because I *love*love*love* greeting cards. Sending them, receiving them, shopping for them…and now, making them!

This past weekend I went to Target with the husband and the in-laws and parked my buggy in the card aisle. There were so many pretties to choose from…I could hardly make up my mind! At some point in the process (and trust me, buying cards with me is a process) I looked down and realized the pile of cards in my hand was pretty fat. And when I took the time to add it up, I realized I was holding over $50 in Valentine cards.

Womp, womp.

That number just did not jive with our cash-only, detailed budget…so sad. It was hard for me, but I ended up putting all the cards back & decided to go the “make-my-own” route. Not exactly what I wanted, but I’ve never tried it & I like the heart-felt, sentimental touch it will add the the cards I send. I found a packet of Valentine paper w/ a lovely scalloped edge, bought a box of brightly colored cards/envelopes, and picked out coordinating stickers at the scrapbook store.

Grand total = $24…and that’s not totally accurate, because I only used 18 out of 300 cards/envelopes. I see more crafty card making in my future!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of my homemade pretties…

Looking for fun & creative Valentine gifts on a budget? This link has really great ideas for every loved one in your life…add a homemade touch to your gifts this year!

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KEEP CALM & STAY SWEET!

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His Banner over Me is Love!

I’ve definitely got a new hobby these days…banner making! You’ve seen some of the holiday banners I’ve made, but today I’ve got a couple of new ones to share. I even recieved my first “order” at a family Christmas party this past weekend!

Remember this one? My advent calendar? I still love all the colors & patterns & textures! 🙂

This one was very easy…found it for free online, printed on cardstock, and ran a ribbon through it!

I know you’ve already seen these next 3…so forgive me. I had to include them again because I think they are so pretty!

I even accessorize my bookshelf with banners!! 🙂

Here’s a new one for ya…”Wish!” It’s part of a snow-themed set, and I wish the picture had turned out a little better. The snowflakes are brown cardstock and the letters a beautiful shimmery silver topped with silver glitter “snow.”

I made this set for a family Christmas party & my great-aunt H stole them away during the gift swap. I’m so happy she got them & I hope she’ll enjoy them this winter!

“Let it…”

“Snow!”

My Mom oohhed and aahhed over my Advent banner so much that I knew I just had to make her one. She went with an “old fashioned Christmas” theme, so I made the banner match accordingly.

This one probably stressed me out the most in the creation process, because I wanted it to be perfect. I used glitter to make the circles behind the letters look like ornaments, the letters are a gorgeous gold glitter, and I love the addition of the mistletoe between the letters. I think it’s pretty “Merry!”

I also tried something new with the “Christmas” by adding little decals between each flag of the banner…I like the look it gave overall.

Here’s the finished product & combo hanging on Mom & Dad’s wall…*sigh of relief that she loved it!*

Agh…I just couldn’t get a great picture of this. Anyone have photography tips for me?!

I think I showed you this one also…my “Happy Birthday” banner to keep & display on birthdays. Or on boy birthdays. I’m kind of thinking I want to make a girly one with cupcakes for girl birthdays. 😉

I also made one that matches this and says “Congrats!” to hang for Chris’ graduation & other big affairs.

 And finally, my yellow & gray banner w/ our name on it. I made it for our family pics, and now it is gracing the walls of our laundry room. It brings a ray of sunshine to a room that doesn’t exactly make me smile…

 Next up on my banner making list of to-do’s…

*Bright pastels for a couple of sweet little girls rooms (my first order!)

*Happy New Year!

*Girly Birthday

*More winter banners…after the first set I made Mom & I both decided we needed a set!

Looks like my Christmas break will be spent crafting! <And my Spring break…and my summer break…I can’t stop until all the holidays are bannerfied!>

KEEP CALM & GET CRAFTY!

P.S. – Wanna make a banner yourself? It’s super easy…I made all of these using pretty scrapbook paper, scissors, glue, ribbon, a hole punch, and glitter! Since I don’t have a fancy cricut, I printed the letters off on my printer & cut those baby’s out. You can do it!

Or, if you just don’t wanna, you can get in touch with me about making you a banner. 🙂 keepcalmandloveon@hotmail.com

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