Feb 042013

When the BF asked me to make some tissue paper poufs for her girl’s rooms, who was I to say “No” to the challenge?

Time consuming? Yes!

Frustrating? Yes!

Super Cute? Indeed!


I’d say they turned out pretty darn well, don’t you?

I finagled the tutorial from here, you should totally make some for your little prince or princess!

 Posted by at 2:43 pm
Aug 222012

It is one thing to dream. It is another to catch a dream.

Dream Catcher - Frugal Stepmom

Obtain a dream.

Dream Catcher - Frugal Stepmom

Live the dream.

Dream Catcher - Frugal Stepmom

Dream Catcher - Frugal Stepmom

Dream Catcher - Frugal Stepmom

I made this beautiful Lakota [aka. dream catcher] out of leather, ribbon, turquoise beads and feathers for our newly painted bedroom. I am hoping it will catch all of the poorly narrated dreams I am currently having and producing better sleeping memory’s… those that do not include water?

Dream Catcher Collage - Frugal Stepmom

I found such joy and creativity in making this dream catcher that I am contemplating making more and selling them on SweetgumWay . Check back soon, check back often, you just never know where my wild hair will take me!

 Posted by at 8:12 pm
May 312012

My Sweet C, Grandma and I were cruising though the furniture store one day when C saw it, her room’s inspiration…

Swanky BedMy, oh my, does she have serious taste.

What to do about a 13 year old who’s eyes dazzle at a $2,800 bed… besides the obvious, “Ummm, no”? Recommend finding a much less expensive tufted headboard and bedazzle it ourselves, of course!

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 Posted by at 5:02 pm
May 272012

Musical String Art

One evening, while cruising around the good ‘ol Pinterest, I spotted a sweet music heart that would be perfect for my Sweet C on her birthday. But, she only wears the necklace I gave her on our wedding day, so this would not be a wise purchase on my part… so what to do? A few days later, I ran across this post on Honey+Fitz and thought, A-HA! Indeed, this is what I will do for my Sweet C!

Needed Supplies:

12″ round cork mat  [in the garden department]

String, I used a variegated DMC floss in blues

Wire Nails [Size 1/2 x 19]

Template/Pattern + Tape

Primer + Paint

Hammer + Needle Nose Pliers

String Art Supplies

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 Posted by at 11:30 am
Apr 032012

Easter Egg Mail

Guess who’s getting an egg for Easter? Almost every Christian child [young and old], of course. But how many are getting their egg… wait for it… in the mail!? My C girl, that’s who!

While out and about, I picked up a larger sized plastic egg [it happened to be pre-filled with sour candies, yay],  some chocolates, and a small gift tag card and then I arranged the egg with cellophane grass. Total cost with shipping, about $8, which most likely would have been a lot cheaper had we went with less expensive chocolate choices.

Easter Egg Mail

Easter Egg Mail

In order to hide the contents for mailing, I covered the inside of the clear plastic egg top with fancy blue and white polka dot duck tape, it fixes everything, right? I also used the decorative duck tape to hide the egg seam, you definitely would not want your egg to hatch prematurely.

Easter Scripture

I chose a special Easter scripture to write in the card to be mailed in the egg:

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:25-26

Voila, the finished product, the stickers are pretty well stuck, so I am very confident that we will see this baby again soon!

Easter Egg

How excited would your kids be to get a treat of this size in the MAIL?! If you plan on sending these to your own home this year, I suggest putting them in the mail by Wednesday, April 4. There is no mail run on Friday, so you should have the eggs back home by Saturday. 

Do you have a special treat for your kids on Easter?

UPDATE: There will be a mail run on Friday [I usually assume No Coupon Inster weekends as no mail weekends, you know what they say about assumptions], so you still have time to mail your eggs out Thursday, maybe Friday if your post office is within a short range of your home.

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Dec 232011

We just got the call. The frantic call from my beautiful mother-in-law telling us we need to get a few more gifts for extended family. My daughter is of the old Hannah Montana days, so I say, “Mean girl say WHAT!?”

What’s a girl to do when the shopping is done and she has vowed to not step foot into another automatic sliding door until after Christmas? Head to the bank drive through and request $40, two $5 and thirty $1.

Christmas Note

Your teen will thank you.

I saw this idea on pinterest and leveraged from it, that is what to good ol’ series of tubes is for, right?

The note says:


Gingerbread men with yummy icing, are oh so good and extremely enticing.

I set out to make you a dozen or two, but time ran out, so now what to do?

Instead of the cookies, I tied with a bow, your own personal stash of Christmas dough.

I printed from word, cut out crazily [I don't know where I put my fancy design scissors], and glued to a piece of card stock paper that is double-stick taped to the zipper part of the zip-top bag. That makes complete sense, right? Good! I think my niece and nephew will be pretty stoked to receive cash… and a poem.

PS. Last night I was making my white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies and messed up the first step because I was rushing to get them complete before the Texans game. So this poem is actually quite true, except, I didn’t really run out of time, I was rushing to beat time.

 Posted by at 11:36 am
May 162011

On Sunday, I participated in AlternaCraft with my Remy tiles, UPcycled necklaces and accessories and I had SO much fun! My neighbors, Diana from Poisonous Legwear and Amanda from Amanda’s Naturals, were amazing and very generous with information on their success. Thanks ladies!

My set up was pretty sweet, a lot of people stopped just to give compliment and ask about my display piece, I think I might start calling her “Miss Dale”. My tiles showed well, especially the America and Dot tiles – my two favorite! Maybe I just pimped them out more? Who knows… but, they are gone now! The UPcycled necklaces and flowers were a hit; many vendors there were selling vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry, but none like my cotton jewels, so I was in a unique niche.

AlternaCraft Display

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 Posted by at 11:19 am
May 062011

 welcome to sweetgum way bunting frame

Next weekend is coming so quickly and I am so excited to display my wares to the [non-cyber] public for the first time!

Bringing back its unique blend of indy crafts and creative show environment, AlternaCraft returns to Houston on Sunday, May 15, 12 to 6 PM at Boheme Café and Wine Bar. This event will feature a curated slate of local artisans and craftisians and a wide variety of handmade goods including: Housewares, Gifts, Handmade Jewelry, Remember Tiles, Artisan Stationary, Cotton Necklaces, Custom Vinyl Critters, Mini Monsters, Baby Wares, Original Photography, Handmade Soap, Re-Purposed Unique Garments, and much much more. AlternaCraft is free and open to the public.

Located in the quaint and lively Montrose area, Boheme’s refurbished historical building and 6,000 sf of garden is a perfect location for this creative outdoor market. Enjoy a $5 champagne tasting or indulge in a signature sangria or mojito at the Patio Bar. Coffee and snacks also available.

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar
307 Fairview @ Taft St
Houtson, TX 77006

Parking available behind Boheme at Hyde Park.

 Posted by at 3:45 pm
Apr 222011

This bad girl has been resting ever so peacefully in our garage for the past 3 years… Have we even lived here 3 years yet? Well, it has been here since the day after we got here, at least. I have had really good intentions to clean her up and make her whole again ever since she came to live with us.

dalescraft buffet

There is a brass-like tag on the inside of the right door that says “Dalescraft Fine Furniture”, but I cannot find any history on the company, so it is getting the whole she-bangle work up to match my style: glued, sanded, primed, painted, distressed and waxed. Antiques Roadshow? Not for this gal.

fixing the broken leg

Step One – Fix the broken leg so it does not have to lay on B’s old quilt. [Side note: Have quilt dry cleaned after completion] Have you ever used Gorilla Glue? I have used it on this project, on my Remember Tiles, and my memo frames and I think it is the best invention for home repair since duck tape. It works on everything and a dab will do ya since the glue expands while setting up - it is really pretty amazing stuff and if you have not tried it, here is your recommendation. You’re welcome.

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 Posted by at 4:10 pm
Apr 172011

Remember this beautiful piece of art we received for Christmas last year? We are finally getting around to hanging it in it’s final destination.

After we had the piece stretched, and $90 later, we were stumped on what to do about a frame. Custom frames are not cheap, would be extremely heavy and I really do not like the idea of sending out this bad boy for two-three weeks; what if it gets messed up or lost!?

B came up with an idea to make our own frame out of wood and paint it, cheaper and quick… and if it got messed up it would only be our faultadd character. This piece needs something better than snooze fest wood, so I proposed nailing the frame to the wall and hanging fabric behind to add dimension. Eh, OK, it was an idea. We went to Lowe’s last weekend and low and behold, styrofoam polystyrene Architectural Ornament mouldings in a style that match our other frames, it was like having Angel’s from Heaven come down and sing, “Here you are our loves, this is what you want.” So, we came home and B worked out the measurements and we came up with the placement on the wall; it was tough cookies though, he likes the frame centered on the wall but I do not care for looking up at art [one of my pet peeves].

What a sad wall, don’t you think?


 The frame measures 48 x 70; so, for snips and giggles, let’s do some funny math, shall we?

48(2)+70(2)= 236 inches

Fanciful frames start at ~$1.06/inch * 236 = $250.16 plus all of the other service fees that go along with creating a custom frame of this size. CRAZY TALK!

How did we do it? We bought 4 pieces of the styrofoam polystyrene mouldings (we only needed 3, but some where along the way a corner got cut a little to short) at $18/each = $72! We used the staple gun to attach the mouldings to the wall; it was so funny because we first shot it with the brad nailer and it went straight through the moulding and really deep into the sheet rock. We painted the mouldings gloss white to match all of the other trim and the grey is left over from our mantle. I added a 1″ satin ribbon ($2.00) around the edge of the stretched canvas to hide the sides, it is glued to the top of the canvas with Liquid Stitch, easy peasy.

Total Cost for the Entire Piece: $164.00

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