I’ve been in my crafts zone for the last few weeks in preparation for the November 12th crafts fair I’m participating in. I am aghast at the price of most greeting cards so I try to create cards that are colorful and tasteful without the $6.00 or more selling price!! I use simple craft items to create cards I can sell for just a few bucks. Below are some of the items I will have for sale. Please visit my Facebook page The Creative Tightwad and like my page. It was just created tonight!! Thank you!!
Well I did it. It took me 14 years of mostly night classes but I finally graduated and received my B.A.! While I wanted a celebration I did not want a “graduation party”. I settled on an achievement party and that felt right. After the ball got rolling (theme? check!; food? check!; guest list? check!, etc.) I began to realize that my achievement was one of so many various goals being met throughout my circle of family and friends and I was determined to include as many victories as possible. So what started as “let’s get a few friends and some family together to celebrate your graduation” became in short time “let’s make this a party for all these good folks we know”.
I have to say that I feel so blessed: nearly 90 people were present and as I looked around the room I could honestly say that most helped me in some way as I struggled through school, whether through hands-on aid or gentle encouragement. Some, like my husband and a good friend, edited my papers while others gave me studying tips or dragged me away from studying when I needed a break.
I loved having the challenge of giving a good party within a budget. As we knew it would be years before we did anything similar to an event like this we decided to go ahead with a good caterer and a DJ. Then it was deciding on a color scheme and decorations. When it comes to color I lean towards olive, deep purples, or oranges. But after purchasing the colorful straws (pictured below) I figured: “Hey, it’s summer. Why not go with bright red and yellow? And since I love all things associated with summer (flowers, Adirondack chairs, and bandanas*) I decided to include them as well! The best part was I was able to decorate all ten tables for about $10 each!
I pulled out my ribbon box to look for anything red or yellow. I found vases and glass containers and a few mason jars. The daisies were purchased from the dollar store. The red Gerbera daisies were 70% off at Michaels. The Adirondack chairs were $2.07 from Consumer Crafts (consumercrafts.com). I painted five yellow as seen and five bright red. My wonderful CSF (cousin, sister, & friend) made the quote “pillows” using make-up pads! Red chairs were placed on yellow bandanas and yellow chairs were placed on red bandanas. The tablecloths were white which worked fine.
My brother-in-law and a close friend helped me create a PowerPoint presentation displaying photos of friends and family captioned with their individual achievements. On some slides I had a note of thanks or something special about them. The songs selected were “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang, “Thank You for Being A Friend” ( The Golden Girls themes song) by Andrew Gold, “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars, and “That’s What Friends are For” by Dionne Warwick.
The night was a blur for me but judging by the comments received everyone had a great time!
* I waited for a good deal on the bandanas as I wanted nice ones that I could reuse often (see http://www.fewerpiecesmorepeace.com/getting-back-to-basics/) . The wait was worth it. I received an early cash gift and decided to treat myself to a craft store gift card. One day while purchasing an item at AC Moore I noticed an offer of a $10 gift card when purchasing a $50 one. I bought two $50 gift cards, received $20 in additional gift cards and then purchased my original items plus ten bandanas which were (finally!) on sale for 4/5.00 using my free cards! SCORE!
I sorta miss winter. Gee, never thought I’d say that!! I think I’m an introvert at heart; I love cocooning and having excuses not to go anywhere. But spring is here and it’s time to pack up the heavy socks I love to wear around the house and exchange the fleece blanket (which I use as a top sheet) for a cotton sheet.
Well, I can say that I love to purge and organize my “stuff” and this time of year is the best time for it. I have papers to shred and file and tear-outs from magazines that I want to keep. Here’s my method:
I admit it: I’m a magazine addict. I currently subscribe to 16 magazines*, most of them relating to house and home. I always find craft ideas, recipes**, decorating ideas, etc. I use page protectors and large binders to organize the articles I want to refer to. I also clip magazine graphics for crafts (shown below). I then recycle the magazines or give them to my art teacher friend.
**I use this same system with smaller binders to hold recipes.
It’s not even close to what you might be thinking!! You were thinking fancy dinner, right???
I usually make my husband a nice meal for Valentine’s Day. We forego the iconic flowers and candy and are quite content with simple expressions of love. You’ll love this: Last year Hubby asked me what I would like for Valentine’s Day and I and told him a gift was not necessary but if he really wanted to give me something then choose something simple that I really love (e.g., a magazine, box of tea, small candy bar). He came home that evening with…avocadoes!!! I laughed and enjoyed every bite!
So today I woke up and realized that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I usually send cards to all my friends and family but this year with college classes and not feeling 100% I skipped this pleasurable, yet time-consuming project. However, I have to remember the man in my life! I created this simple card and, honestly, if I hadn’t spent two minutes trying to locate my label maker (which was in a CLEAR drawer labeled “label maker” it would have been even less time!