Today is the final day of the Spring Sale on Sizzix.com.
The promotion is an Up to 80% off on select products and there are some machines that are on sale as well!
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The time has come to do some work in your living space, but you don't have a large budget. Don't worry! With a little ingenuity and know-how, you can change up your home without a lot of money. There are any number of DIY products on the market that target people who want to improve their homes but can't afford to have someone else do the work. They range from specialized paint to taking separate items and putting them together for an interesting effect. Following are three DIY projects you can take on to transform your space quickly.
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Chalkboard paint is exactly what it sounds like. It's a type of paint that goes on just about any surface, and once it dries, you can write on it with chalk. You can paint on the walls, furniture, or just about anything that accepts paint.
Use chalkboard paint in the kitchen to make grocery lists and reminders, or paint in the kids' bedroom and let them write on the walls without repercussion. It's up to you how you want to use chalkboard paint, as it offers numerous uses and comes in several colors.
Shelves are useful for both decoration and saving space. Set them in a vertical row or stagger them on the wall at different levels to make home decor more interesting. Let your imagination run wild when putting up shelves.
It's very easy to install shelving units. Simply find brackets that appeal to you and get laminated planks that come in the length you need. Can't find a bracket that complements your decor or your design idea? Find ones made from flat metal that you can paint. Use a little bit of primer, do a bit of sanding, and then spray on your color of choice. You'll have shelving that matches your room.
Be forewarned, though. Dust and debris get kicked up when you use power tools to install shelves, and that can impact your indoor air quality. Replace your HVAC filters after your DIY project and keep your indoor air nice and clean.
Is your bed resting against a boring wall? Do you not have a headboard? If you answered no to either of these questions, try a curtain headboard! All you need to do is install a fancy curtain rod that extends past the sides of your bed by just a little. The idea is to frame the bed within the curtain. The type of curtain and fabrics you choose are solely up to you, but you don't have to spend a lot to make this work. It's even better if you can sew curtains. You'll save more money and get the fabrics you want to create a luxurious look that makes your bedroom more interesting.
These three tips give you a starting point to change up your space with DIY projects. Your only limitation is your imagination and your budget. Keep your eyes open, and you might just find you can make your home look great without spending a lot.
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Are you familiar with Zulily? I have to say I am a bit addicted. The prices are so much better than sale prices and the clothing is unique, unlike what you will find on any store rack. Some of the best things about Zulily is their customer service and return policy. I had an item I ordered that was broken upon arrival and they credited me back my order as well as additional store credit. On a shirt I ordered that didn't fit, I wanted to return it. They credited my account for the item and told me to donate the shirt to charity. That is a kind of business I like to buy from as well as support. I think they are a great find. I hope you enjoy them as well. You can join for free, just click the image above. If you have had a great experience with Zulily, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
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I love stickers. I don't necessarily have to have a need to use them to buy them or collect them in my case. I have a love of all things small and for some reason, stickers are included. I know I am not the only one with a passion for cute little sticky goodness.
I was on Facebook one day and an ad popped up for Pipsticks. I followed the ad and was in sticker heaven. You can choose between a Kids Pack and a Pro Pack. The images you see are from the Pro Pack I was sent.
Pipsticks is a sticker subscription program and more. You can choose the length of subscription, the size of the subscription pack, and the style (kid or pro). If you aren't into subscriptions, you can shop in their store and choose what you want. But I will tell you, the subscription program is a much better deal than buying them directly. And to make the subscription deal even better, use code TRYITLIKEIT, this will get you 20% off the first month of ANY regular (non-gift) subscription. How cool!
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The Cuttlebug March Mystery Box is going on sale tomorrow, 3/8, and it's the second of 4 Mystery Boxes in March! The exact contents of this Cuttlebug supplies box may be a mystery, but the savings sure aren't - this box is only $39.99!
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Adult coloring has really taken off. While many color for peace and calming, there are those who would like a few tips to benefit even more from their hobby. My very first suggestion is not to put pressure on yourself. That would defeat the purpose. So let's begin with the two basic minimal materials.
I may not be popular with this opinion, but the brand or shape of the pencil doesn't really matter that much. They all work together the same way. We tend to put ours in containers and go from there. I don't pay attention to the brand of the pencil when I color. With a small caveat, I have found triangular shaped pencils feel good in my hand when I color. I bought a special set of pencil for myself, they didn't last long before my daughters got a hold of them. I am listing a few different pencil sets that I have bought over the past few years. With three drawing/coloring artists in the family, we go through these quickly.
Colore' I was drawn to the packaging and the grouping by color [http://amzn.to/2jZN8YB]
Artistique, I bought two of these as gifts for my daughters [http://amzn.to/2ll4Wyv]
iArtker were bought because of the triangular shape to the pencils and the sharpener in the cap. [http://amzn.to/2kjdBkW]
Ariana's come in a great case, with eraser and sharpener in their own pocket. Case rolls up and the pencils are triangular in shape. This is one of my favorites. [http://amzn.to/2kjdBkW]
The coloring pages
When it comes to coloring sheets or books, I am not a snob. I don't buy expensive books. I tend to draw my own or grab something fun from the internet. The Color and Create books from DCWV [http://amzn.to/2kET0IM ] are my exception because of the manageable size to take with you. The pages can be used for a variety of different craft applications so when you are done coloring, you have really just begun.
How to put the two together
We are a family of four. So for Valentine’s Day, which typically symbolizes love and romance, we celebrate ours together. Here are a few fun family Valentine’s Day Gifts ideas to be enjoyed for the entire family. Many of these ideas last longer than just the one day.
Valentine’s Day is full of heart-shaped boxes and candy. As a family gift, why not try a box of snacks. There is something for everyone. You could use them as game prizes or as a special treat at movie night. This snack box is a great alternative to expensive chocolates. [http://amzn.to/2jhHGF8]
Cut flowers are expensive this time of year. Why not try an alternative and buy seeds that you can plant together as a family? They last longer and will be enjoyed more in the long run. [http://amzn.to/2kFWNbF]
Reservations for dinner? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights to get a dinner reservation. You can still go out and try these fun family friendly alternative “reservations”. Those that I have seen in our area, Chick-fil-a, Dairy Queen, and White Castle to name a few. You'll have to check your local locations to see what they offer.
Personalogy Family Fun Card Game - The Laugh-out-loud Discovery Game for the Whole Family
A Laugh-out-loud discovery card game for the family (ideal for kids 7-11). Brings families together instantly - the playful, heart-warming and silly questions gets everyone talking, laughing and having fun! Questions have multiple choice answers to make it easy for kids. Play at family meals or game night. Discover something new about your family. It is perfect for birthday or holiday parties, family gatherings, and a perfect antidote for traveling with kids, road trips, and plane rides. The specialty box is designed to be small enough to put in your purse, backpack or glove box. We took ours with us to lunch, the kids didn't want to leave even after the food was gone! Cards are the same size as a regular deck of playing cards. Many of the questions were co-created by kids 7-11. Three ways to play, with or without points and can be played in teams. 122 fun, silly, laugh-out-loud and memorable questions and even more surprising answers. Personalogy made Amazon's Best Sellers Top 100 Card Games for 2015! Enjoy!
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Don't forget to document your family time together. Get a FREE 12x8 Canvas Print! This is a special way to remember times you spent together. Why not get it for free, just pay to ship. I did this over Christmas and the print arrived quickly and turned out better than I anticipated. [http://www.canvasonsale.com/congrats/]
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I was really interested in the Slice Precision Cutting Tool. (close up above) My background is in Graphic Design and I was trained long before there were computers, so all design was done by hand. I have lots of experience cutting a variety of different shapes and materials. I don't know how many craft knife blades I have bought and thrown out over those years. I used to buy blades in 100 piece packs. This little precise blade was what I had my eye on. I was interested in the control of the cut.
The bonus is that the blade being ceramic makes it last 10 times longer than traditional crafting blades. The safety of the ceramic blade wasn't even something I noticed. But I am so glad to have it.
The ceramic blade doesn't rust, it stays sharp, and there is no oil on the blade. It is finger friendly technology so it reduces the possibility of injury. I don't have to worry about my daughters using it or someone borrowing it and dulling the blade.
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Cricut has an all new mystery box for January. There are two versions, one for US and another for Canada.
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