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Decor for Race Fans - Dollar Tree

May 13, 2017

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Here in Indiana, the month of May is known for racing with the Indianapolis 500 at the end of the month. Speeds on the interstate seem to increase throughout the month. If you drive anywhere near the west side of Indianapolis you can hear the sound of cars racing. I used to teach at a college near the track and we would often hear cars practicing while trying to teach a class. But no matter how much you love or hate racing, Indy decorates the month of May with race-themed colors - black and white or course for the winning checkered flag. 

You don't have to spend a fortune for the festive holiday weekend. You can find a lot of what you need at the Dollar Tree. Here are a few great items for you to pick up or order online. 


These checkered kitchen towels are just what you need for a nod to the race in your kitchen. 


This wooden model race car would make a great addition to any centerpiece or floral arrangement.


Of course, you can find all kinds of black and white paper products.
But it you want to take your decor up a notch, you might be interested in these black and white paisley paper products.

You can order all your needs online at Dollar Tree. You can also place an order for pick-up at your local store. So now you never have to worry about if there is what you need in stock!

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Mixbook Home Decor

May 9, 2017

I have always wondered about metal prints. They seem to enhance the quality of the photograph and would ake a great display image. I was recently contacted and offered to try out Mixbook services and I ordered a small metal print. 



It is very modern in style, comes ready to hang or display with a hinge built into the back of the piece. I started with a small print because I wanted to test out the service. They were professional and provided a quick turn around. The first print I received had a yellow cast to it and they sent another print out right away. From communications, this happens from time to time with their small prints. 

The metal prints come in flat or curved style. The surface is easily cleaned because it has a waterproof protective finish. The color doesn't fade and the surface resists scratches.

Mixbook offers a variety of different products. Photo prints, photo books, cards, calendars, and home decor are available. 

Weekly Deal - Up to 50% Off Everything + Free U.S. Standard Shipping on $75+   

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May Mystery Box - Cuttlebug

May 2, 2017


Reasons to buy a mystery box: 

1. An exciting venture into the unknown 
2. A value so ridiculous that it defies the laws of physics 
3. One of those wonderful "healthy indulgences" 

This product contains only Cuttlebug items. Quantities are limited and all sales are final.

Free US economy shipping and $14.99 Canada flat-rate shipping with code: SPRINGSHIP ($50 minimum)



$39.99 [link - May Box]












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Marvel Cricut Mystery Box!

April 26, 2017

Cricut's April Digital Mystery Box goes on sale today! This box is Marvel-themed and although the exact contents may be a mystery, the savings sure aren't! This box is only $39.99!

Cricut Marvel-themed Digital Mystery Box for $39.99

Free shipping to US and Canada with code CRICUTANNIVERSARY

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Russian Icing Tips

April 24, 2017

Have you seen the Russian Icing Tips advertised? The one's that make a flower all in one pressure of the icing tube? We were really intrigued and wanted to give the a go. My youngest daughter has taken to baking and I thought this would be a fun, easy, and quick way to decorate cupcakes. I wasn't totally wrong, but I wasn't totally right either. Here are our efforts. 

Russian Icing Tips

This is the set be bought from Amazon. It contained 7 tips for different flowers (the larger tips) and 1 tip for leaves (the smaller regular sized tip). They came in the cute red metal tin with a pamphlet showing all the different tips available. The package also included the plastic icing bags shown. 

icing tip

With the cupcakes made and the icing colored we were ready to give it a try. My daughter prefers canned icing to homemade so that is what we used. Take one bag, cut off a small amount of the pointed end and insert the icing tip. Don't cut too much or the tip will just push through the bag. 

filling bag

To fill the bag with icing, here is a tip I picked up. Place the bag with the tip into a glass, fold the top of the bag over the edge of the glass. Now your hands are free to handle the icing and you don't have to balance the bag in one hand and the icing in the other. It works really well. 

icing failure

Argh! Icing failure. The icing is too soft to hold the shape of the flowers. We even tried placing the icing into the freezer to firm it up. While it did work a bit better, it still wasn't optimal. 

Do over!

We tried again, this time still with canned Cream Cheese icing. We colored it and added in a TON of powdered sugar to stiffen it up. It worked better but we hope we can still improve on the end results.


the best

In the end, they taste good. We will need to practice a bit more with our icing and technique. While we didn't get the results we were hoping for, we aren't totally turned off from trying again. If you want to give it a try, here is the exact item we purchased from Amazon. This is an affiliate link.

A few suggestions:

1. The icing needs to be thick! Almost like play dough. 

2. Before you lift the icing tip, give it a little giggle. This may help with the icing points that we have in our examples. And, make sure you stop squeezing before lifting up.

3. These tips are large and use a lot of icing. 


April Mystery Box

April 11, 2017

The April Mystery Box is going on sale today at 6:00 pm 

! The exact contents of this Consumable Kit box may be a mystery, but the savings sure aren't - this box is valued at $100 but shoppers can get it for only $39.99 ​

April Mystery Box

Free shipping to US and Canada with code CRICUTANNIVERSARY

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Creatively Crafty Link Party #61

April 6, 2017

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I want to take a moment to share my favorite link from last week.

I am amazed at these DIY Decorative Eggs from M'made DIY. This is definitely a technique I am going to try. 
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Sizzix Sale - Last Day

March 23, 2017

Today is the final day of the Spring Sale on
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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3 Home DIY Projects to Revamp Your Space

March 22, 2017

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.


Chalkboard Paint

Image via Flickr by HomeSpot HQ


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.


DIY Shelving

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.


Curtain Headboard

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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Zulily - a wonderful shopping experience!

March 21, 2017

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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