DIY Flower Accessories


What’s super cute, inexpensive, easy, and perfect for Spring? These tiny resin flowers. All you have to do is glue them on with E6000 glue to blank earrings, rings, and bobby pins. My flowers were from the awesome crafty daily deal site Pick Your Plum. I bought two bags for just a few dollars each. My neighborhood bead supply store had ring blanks for $5, $0.50 bobby pin blanks, and earring blanks. I’ve also seen them at craft stores.


How great are these for yourself, small gifts, or craft parties?

Thanks for stopping by! I have been super busy converting a closet into a office/craft space. It’s been a ton of organizing. but I’ve been having fun making it pretty! I can’t wait to show you all when I’m done.


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Honey Ginger Baked Salmon


Here’s a fantastic fish recipe just in time for lent! I get a little intimidated about cooking fish at home for whatever reason, but this recipe turned out perfect for a weeknight dinner! Even my husband perked up and said, “Wow that’s good.” He usually only comments if something is really bad or good..lol

I love cooking with fresh ginger..it makes you feel like a fancy chef, right?! Plus I used the oranges from our tree 🙂

Honey Ginger Baked Salmon

adapted from Allrecipes
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced Garlic
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup honey
1 green onion, chopped
1 (1 1/2-pound) Salmon Fillets

Directions:

In a large self-closing plastic bag, combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, orange juice, honey, and green onion; mix well. Place salmon in bag and seal tightly. Turn bag gently to distribute marinade. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Remove salmon from marinade, shake off excess, and discard remaining marinade. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes per inch of thickness, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

I served ours with brown rice and a simple blue cheese vinaigrette salad..Yum!

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Cherry Blossom $1 Frame & My Easter Stuff

These little unfinished frames from Michael’s can make the cutest gifts! I always keep a few in case I need to make something last minute.

I had some left over cherry blossom scrapbook paper (also from Michael’s) left over from my little bunny shelf redo…And then..

I made this little square frame by using Mod Podge to apply the paper. I also painted the edges of the frame. Then I added a quick satin flower.



On Saturday we celebrated my sweet Grammy’s 89th birthday and my kids gave her this frame.

I think she really loved it 🙂

Growing up Grammy always went all out for Easter. There were bunnies EVERYWHERE! It was fun going over there to see her displays. I love that my aunts still decorate her nursing home room for her 🙂 She has always inspired my holidays and here are some of my Easter goodies this year…and I’m so lucky to have been passed down some from Grammy over the years 🙂


You might remember my Spring satin flower wreath from last year?



It’s now on my mantle 🙂

I hope you are having fun getting ready for Easter and enjoying Spring…I love it!

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DIY Shamrock Nails & Hair Clips (St. Patrick’s Day)


Here’s how we got ready for St. Patrick’s day at my house!
I was so inspired by Paper & Ink’s version of felt shamrocks found via pinterest I did my own and glued it on a hair clip to make a stem. Go there for a great simple tutorial 🙂 These will look so cute on my little girl! I love when you are inspired and already have the supplies needed!

Of course I had to practice my nail dotting skills to make some shamrock nails. I have a tool from the nail supply but you could dip a bobby pin in polish, dot three circles and finish the stem with a toothpick.
By the way, that awesome color by essie is called Mint Candy Apple.


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Felt Rainbow Party Wreath

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Last week I was asked to guest post on the fabulous blog Design Dazzle. This was so exciting to me because it was the very first blog I started following. There’s so much great inspiation there.

I shared the wreath I made in preporation for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party. She has chosen rainbows as the theme. I decided to cut a foam wreath form in half to make a felt circle rainbow wreath.

For this project you will need about 1/8 yard felt of 5 colors of the rainbow plus white for the clouds, scissors, pins, and your foam wreath form cut in half.


All you do is cut your felt in what seems like a zillion circles. I used a small cup for my stencil. My circles were about 3 inches for the colors and the white circles about 5 inches. Fold the circles in half and then in half again and pin the pointy ends to the foam. Yes it’s time consuming…I just watched 2 episodes of Parenthood on the DVR while making this 🙂

So now I will have this to hang up at the RAINBOW party!

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I hope you liked my rainbow wreath! Have a beautiful sun shiny day 🙂

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Goodwill Easter Projects (My Spring Entryway)

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I love Easter..the bunnies, bright colors, spring dresses, the great weather here.. I love it ALL. Here are a few Goodwill transformations in my entryway right now.

This is my bunny shelf I found for $3.00.

I sanded, primed, filled the holes with wood putty, and painted it Spa Blue (a paint from Hobby Lobby pictured below.) I love cherry blossoms so this paper, also from Hobby Lobby, is perfect for the sheves…I love that I can use him as a fab focal piece or maybe even serve some Easter cookies or treats from it.

The next project is a beveled piece of wood from Goodwill ($2) that I primed & painted the same blue. I had a pack of these wall decals from Target left over from years ago that I saved from my daughter’s nursery. (See it pays to hoard baby stuff sometimes :o) ) They happen to be cherry blossoms so I used those to turn it into a piece of wall art. I like that they are removable in case I want to do something different with that piece of wood later.

Finally, here are my Goodwill candlesticks turned Easter topiaries from last year. You can read about them here.

They fit in perfect!!


So what do you think? Do you love thrift store transformations too? 🙂

Do you decorate for Easter? I think I confused my daughter because she asked, “So mom do I use my Easter basket on Patties day?’ HA

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DIY Herb Garden

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This past Sunday we had a family movie date and saw the new Lorax, which we all LOVED, The kids begged us to plant something as soon as it was done, and off to Home Depot we went! While there were no truffula trees, I did see lots of flowers and herbs. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while so I bought some basil, cilantro, parsley, and jalapeno (ugh now I see I spelled that word wrong on the label..darn..oh well.) plants along with some inexpensive pots. I spent about$20-$25.00 on this project. Store bought fresh herbs are so overpriced so hopefully I can keep these alive! I know little about gardening so hopefully I can start with this small project and then maybe some tomatoes and other vegetables?..


I was so excited to use my sheet of chalkboard vinyl from Pick Your Plum. It was around $2 a sheet I think. I also bought a few whiteboard sheets to use later. It is adhesive so all you need to do is cut your shape and peel & stick.


The sweet smell of orange blossoms in our backyard makes me happy!

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Crepes & Bacon Bread Sticks (Ladies Brunch)


I believe as a mom it’s essential to have a great mommy support system. People that understand you and all the fun and unfun details that come along with parenthood. I’ve been fortunate to have this twice. Once in Las Vegas where we lived for awhile, I was in the best Mommy & Me group, and now here in AZ I have my fellow Kinder garden moms. They are a blast!
Last week we got together to have our sweet friend Agnes host a crepe breakfast. She happens to be from Poland and alot more international than me 🙂 She taught us how to make crepes and I’ve already made them for my fam!

She of course does not use a recipe and just goes by about 1.5 cups flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, and a tablespoon of carbonated water. Add more milk if need be so the consistency is more soupy and alot thinner than pancakes. Cooking on high is the key here. You really have to stand there and use a tiny bit of oil to grease the pan. They cook fast. And they are FANTASTIC…Light and wonderful. She spread Nutella, cream cheese and banana on mine and folded twice. They were beyond yum.


One of my friends, who by the way has a new blog called Sissy’s Kitchen, made these awesome bacon wrapped bread sticks. I’ve never seen anything like them! Besides looking fancy and cool, they also tasted great! This would be perfect for Easter brunch or special occasion..

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BACON BREAD STICKS recipe by Sissy’s Kitchen

Bread Sticks. As you remember they are long, thin and crunchy. I break these in half so they are not too long.
I will do recipe per one pkg of thin cut bacon.
Cut all the bacon strips in half and let them get to room temperature. They are more ply able this way.
Mix all these in a bowl
1 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Chili Powder
1 1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Take a piece of Bacon and dredge in the brown sugar mixture really good on both sides. Now wrap tightly one end of the bread stick and stretch and wrap the bread stick. You will have about 1/4 to 1/2 of the bread stick wrapped in bacon. This is what you want because if too much bacon is on the bread stick it can weight it down, then you can’t grab it properly.
Pre Heat Oven 350
Line a cookie sheet with foil and place a cookie cooling rack on top. Place bacon bread stick on the rack. The bacon grease will cook off and onto foil below.
Cook till brown and crispy. About take 20 min or more. All ovens are different.. Check them periodically. The bacon grease may smoke a little, if you want cover the bread sticks in the beginning of cooking oven like 10 min it helps the smoke. Sometimes they don’t.. I think less fat on the bacon cuts down on this.
Let them cool on rack before removing.
I serve these cold.
Anytime she brings these to a function they are the first to go and I understand why!


P.S. If you’re looking for the ingredients above, try these coupons for Kmart.

Thanks ladies for the best brunch ever!! xo


P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win free Scrapbooking software from My Memories here! Really? I only have one entry? What’s up with that? It’s a great tool…:-)

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My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Giveaway

One question I get asked often is “Do you scrapbook?”. And the answer to that is sadly no. I think the number one reason is I don’t enjoy the paper mess and clutter. Plus I feel like it’s a ton of work to create a card or page that no one else may see. That’s why I LOVE digital scrap booking software from My Memories. They were kind enough to send me their software and I’ve been using and enjoying it.


I thought it was really easy and fun to do their “traditional” photo collage pages. The tools are user friendly… It’s very easy to export to a jpg. format to share online. Here’s one I made of my kiddos for Christmas.

A friend asked me for help with a Save The Date and I came up with this using her wedding colors..



I was pleasantly surprised at how I could use some of their elements to make a new blog header. I love the burlap background! The vintage style paper is my fav.

I also made some cute side blog ribbon banners and this signature for my posts!


Here’s the best news. My Memories has provided one lucky Fancy Frugal Life reader with a copy of this exciting software!!!! Whoo Hoo!
Here’s how to enter:
*****Visit My Memories and comment back on your favorite layout or paper. (one entry)
***For extra credit follow Fancy Frugal Life in some form and comment back how you follow. (one entry)

That’s It! I’ll pick a winner next Thursday. Good luck!!!


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