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What’s Going On

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I haven’t posted my other winterizing posts yet because we got the wrong part for one project, and we got too little material for the other project.  Both will get done this weekend, and I’ll have some winterizing ideas to show you next week :)We were at a fall wedding this past Saturday, and Sunday was for shopping and football.I took a day off from work on Monday to do some pre-winter yard work.  I forked all the remaining compost in the compost bin into the newly cleared out vegetable garden, and put those plants into the newly empty compost bin to start a new batch.  I did leave one tomato plant in the garden though.  This is VERY uncharacteristic of me, but I left it because it has one of the largest spiders living on it that I’ve ever seen.  I looked up the spider one day and I think it’s a harmless “argiope” garden spider, and because I have actually seen it catch meat bees and grasshoppers in its web (both of which I’m happy to get rid of), I’ve left it alone.  I strategically…

A S’Boo’ky Candelabra

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Not too long ago, I saw Sandra at Sawdust and Paper Scraps turn some old lamps into one seriously fantastic spooky floor candelabra.  Is this not the coolest candelabra ever?? Thanks Sandra, for a great idea! I didn’t have any lamps, and I wasn’t sure how my version would be supported, but I started with a candle chandelier I found at Goodwill several months ago.  I think it was $3? Did I mention I found this exact same candelabra on Amazon?  For $32 + $9 shipping?
Ok, so then I grabbed some old Mardi Gras beads I had been keeping for some reason, and some black spray paint. (Actually it’s leftover from painting our kitchen light fixture.) Did some spraying…. Cut the beads apart…. Attached the beads strategically… Added a really cool crow from the dollar store…. And then I had an awesome candelabra!  But no place to hang the darn thing… But then I got another idea. I brought in a shepherd’s hook from the garden….yanked some spent plants out of a pot on the porch and brought the pot inside… Covere…

Easy Winterizing Part I – Vinyl Clad Seals

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If you’re like us, you have a great little house that has its fair share of drafty corners and cracks.  Maybe you even have cheaper windows than you’d prefer, possibly a vaulted ceiling that sucks warm air up and far away from where you want it, and maybe you also store your paint in the basement like we do because your garage gets cold enough in winter to freeze anything stored in it.Well, as relatively new homeowners (of a year and a couple months), we’re still learning how to seal up the house and deal with all those little energy suckers.  This is Part I of my Winterizing Series.  I know it’s not glamorous or a crafty project, but it’s an important project!There are lots of easy ways to winterize and/or do other small projects to conserve some energy and bring down the utility bill.  I’m going to talk about weather stripping today.  Recently, when we had our storm door installed, the installer pointed out that the “vinyl clad seals” around our doors were very old and needed to be …

Thank You and Giveaway Results!

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I was featured this week!  Kaysi at Keeping it Simple liked my 3-C Centerpiece enough to include it in her Motivate Me Monday post today.  A giant thank you to Kaysi! And now…..What you’ve all been waiting for….<cue music>Ha! Ok not really.  It’s pretty exciting winning something….but maybe not exciting enough for a soundtrack :)So first, thank you to everyone who left comments and entered the giveaway for the adorable “white pumpkin”.  There were eleven comments total as of this morning, and…..Number 4 was the winner!!!Brooke said:  “I think I would put in on my table with some fall leaves and pinecones.
Brooke”Brooke, congratulations, you just got one new piece of fall decor for the best frugal price: Free!  Shoot me an email to collect on your prize.  Have a great day everyone!  Projects coming up this week are:  Spooky Halloween Chandelier, Easy Energy Savers, and maybe I’ll show you the Custom Ledge Shelf too.  Or not, we’ll see how it goes ;)

A(nother) Mason Jar Dispenser

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By now, everybody knows about my new favorite decor accessory: mason jars (I usually call them “canning jars”).  I just think they are super cute here and there around the house. I use them as vases,  in centerpieces with filler in them, and I recently just glued a couple to some candlesticks to make my own version of hurricane lamps.Well, then I saw someone make one into a soap dispenser and I was sold!  I WISH I could remember where I first saw it, but recently, I’ve seen a second version, and the fire was officially lit to finally get going on one.But to get started, I needed a smaller jar than what I had…and a lid to match.So while I was visiting my mom over Labor Day weekend, I started rooting around in her cupboards for a smaller jar WITH a lid.  I did find a jar with a lid, and she was nice enough to let me steal it :)  Thanks Mom!  I used the pump out of one of our “Softsoap” dispensers (left in our house by the previous owners)…Then I needed to poke a hole in the lid of the j…

Frugal Fall Decor – And a Giveaway!

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It’s a milestone!  This blog officially has 50 followers, and to celebrate, I’m giving away… A cutie patootie …
Harvest-inspired…
Classic white pumpkin for your fall decor collection!
Back when I was picking up my “frugal fall decor” at the dollar store, these cute little white squashes were almost gone.  I grabbed the last two, one for me and one for you. 
Here are some ideas for the frugally fabulous white pumpkin:

You have two chances to get your name in the running for some pumpkin cuteness: 1.  Leave a comment with an idea of what you would do with it. 2.  Leave a second comment letting me know you’re a follower or if you become a follower. 3.  Or do both and double your chances! Easy peasy.  And now sit back and cross your fingers :)

I’m linked up to: The Shabby Chic Cottage Beyond the Picket Fence The Shabby Nest Finding Fabulous

A 3-C Centerpiece: Cute, Compact, Cheap!

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I have a small kitchen table.  Our table seats 4, with really no room for any more butts, no matter how hard they try to get in there.
So because our table is small, it needs small centerpieces.  And it also needs centerpieces that are easily picked up in one piece to move out of the way.
With that in mind….I needed a fall centerpiece but didn’t know what to do.
So I went into the guest room, where all my dollar store fall goodies are laid out on the bed, and I stared for a while.  Looked around the room, looked in the closet (never know where you’ll find something that might work), and I got an idea!
I grabbed
A little Goodwill copper bucket thing.  I was really wishing I had some kind of wire basket though…like the cute $5 one I saw at WalMart over the weekend….. An unused white pillar candle The grocery sack of pine cones I keep in the pantry for various uses. A jar of artichoke hearts.  Then I saw something better and put the artichokes back. Finally, from the guest-bed-fall-decor…

Solar Jack O’Lanterns

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Earlier this summer, I saw a fantastic project that I just had to put on my list.  Amanda at the Hand Me Down House made some Mod Podge solar garden lanterns, and I just loved them!I loved them so much, I asked my mom to pick up some inexpensive (like $2 each) solar light stakes at the Menard’s in her town.  Took me quite a while to get my hands on those little guys!Side note: Menard’s is such a cool store!!!  We don’t have any in my state, but if you see one you should definitely check it out.Well, by the time I had everything I needed and was ready to do the project….summer garden lanterns had lost their luster (no pun intended).But I reheheheally wanted to make some solar lanterns…..so I modified the plan a little and instead made some solar jack o’lanterns!Yeah, yeah, so it’s a little early for Halloween stuff.  They’ll just be all ready to go once October 1st hits :)First, I took my inexpensive solar lights, and unscrewed the light portion from the stake portion.Then I made sure …