Friday, December 30, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway Winner!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!  I am completely out of my normal schedule this week since we are away from home visiting family.

But I'm not too out of it to announce the winner of the Shabby Apple dress giveaway!  
The winner of the Waimea dress is comment #12.  
Congratulations Sally!  Please send your desired size, shipping address and phone number to

Have a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year and see ya in 2012!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

UPDATE: The original post featured the incorrect dress.  This giveaway is for the Waimea dress pictured below.  I apologize for any confusion this may have caused!

I've got a little holiday gift for you today.  Shabby Apple ( and I have teamed up to offer my dear readers the chance to win one of their fabulous women's dresses!
I love the gorgeous ruffly top and easy fit of this dress.  I'm also happy to report that it's available in a wide range of sizes (xxs-xl).  The giveaway DOES NOT come with a vacation but I bet this beautiful dress will make you feel like you're on holiday every time you slip it on! ;)

To learn more about Shabby Apple's wonderful selection of clothing, jewelry & accessories click here.
Dresses from Shabby Apple
There are three ways to enter the giveaway:
  1. Like Shabby Apple on Facebook and leave a comment to let me know.
  2. Follow The Thriftress and leave a comment telling me you are a follower.
  3. Follow me on Facebook and leave a comment.
That's it!  The lucky winner will be chosen on Friday, December 30, 2011.

Thanks for visiting and have a happy holiday!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Quick Handmade Teacher Gifts

This weekend, like most of you, I was super busy trying to check items off my holiday to-do list.  One of the projects I worked on are these cute gifts for my daughter's wonderful preschool teachers!
Last week I scored fleece scarves from Old Navy for $4.00 a pop.   Then I made three felt flower pins to go with each scarf for that handmade touch.  To finish off the gift, I grabbed the candy cane striped buckets from the dollar spot to use as the festive container (no gift wrap needed!).  I love how the gifts look like little flower pots!
I made three different types of flower pins inspired by some awesome tutorials.  You can find the tutorial for the grey pin here, the pink pin here and the turquoise pin here.  I think the turquoise one is my favorite.  It's just so ruffle-y and puffy!  These are totally addicting to make.  I made 6 more this weekend for family members.  Consider yourself warned!

Are you making any handmade gifts this year?

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas 2011: Family Room Mantel

Last Christmas I used a green/silver/white color scheme in the family room.  This year I went in a totally different direction.
The red and white are so crisp and bright to me!  Loving how this turned out.  Let's break it down shall we?
I scored these shutters on Freecycle and use them constantly to add height to the mantel.  For Christmas I made a red yarn wreath with thrift store yarn and a styro wreath form.  The JOY ornament came from World Market from $4 and makes the wreath!  I bought the stockings last year at Target and I'm so glad I chose white.  It goes with everything!
The branch is from my yard.  I added some sparkle with spray adhesive and glitter.  Totally free rocks!  But  I have to admit that the tall white vase was a splurge.  I fell in love with it and searched high and low for a lower cost alternative but came up empty.  Luckily when I broke down and bought it at World Market the sales lady gave me 20% off for joining the loyalty program (rationalize much?).
A new element that I added this year is the screen door card holder.  The door is another Freecycle find.  I painted it black and added the chicken wire.  I'm looking forward to displaying our Christmas cards in such an organized fashion!
Last but not least is my absolute favorite mantel decoration: the deer head!  The "canvas" is made of shims from the hardware store stapled together and stained.  Then I used my silhouette to cut out the deer head in two separate parts so that it would be large enough to fill the canvas.  Once the vinyl was positioned on the shims I painted over everything and then removed the vinyl.

When I started the project I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I have to say I'm thrilled!  I think I will be keeping my deer friend up all winter!

What's your favorite Christmas mantel decoration?

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rolled Sheet Music Ornaments

In case you missed this guest post I did for A Crafty Creative Christmas, I'm sharing it today!

Vintage sheet music is a lovely element to add to your home decor and Christmastime is no exception!
To create these ornaments you will need the following supplies:

  • Sheet music.  If no vintage sheet music is available there are several printable images online. (I've put together a board on Pinterest here)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
Start by cutting your sheet music into the desired size.  I cut mine into fourths.
Next roll the sheet music up using Mod Podge to secure the seam.  Brush the entire sheet music tube with Mod Podge to give the paper some stiffness.  This will make the paper less fragile and protect against tearing.  I like to use shimmer, sparkle or gloss Mod Podge formulas to give the ornamanets a little Christmas shine.
When the tubes are dry attach the ribbon of your choice.  Add a ribbon loop or ornament hanger to the center ribbon to hang it on the Christmas tree and enjoy!
The ornaments are also lovely grouped together for decorating or as a special touch on your holiday packages!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas with Nest of Posies

One of my favorite things about blogging is making connections with women who share my passion to create.  And I love to support those who have taken their passion to the next level by selling their handmade wares.  Mompreneurs rock!

One such lady is the talented Kellie from Nest of Posies.  We met through the Crafterminds blogging group where Kellie has asked us to help her get the word out about her brand new line of handmade scalloped posie pins.  These pins are super cute and a great gift for girlfriends, family, and teachers at such a reasonable price - just $5.00!  The colors are gorgeous too!  Here's Kellie to tell you more about them...

Because we all know that accessories make the outfit.
And 'tis the season for all things merry & bright.
Why not give the gift of handmade to your friends, family or yourself?

Delicious wool felt made into Scallop Posie Pins to coordinate with any outfit. 
15 yummy options.
You pick your colors.
Just $5.00 each.

Use 1, 2 or 3 to embellish anything. A perfect accessory to add to your coat, scarf, cardy, purse, hair & ________.

Hurry!  Last day to place an order for all wool felt products is Dec 12th.

Visit Nest of Posies Shop to see the entire collection & buy handmade for the holidays.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap

Here I am on the big day sporting my new apron - An awesome hand made birthday present from my friend Gigi!

I know it's a week after Thanksgiving but I think it has taken me that long to recover!  This year I hosted Thanksgiving for the very first time.  We had 13 adults and 5 kids.  I won't lie - I was terrified.  Thankfully I had the help of friends and family to make the day go off without a hitch!

Here's the dining room all ready for guests.
We had to move the table off center in order to accomodate 13 chairs.  This was the first time we used the table with both leaves.  I was very excited!
The place settings were tricky.  I don't have 13 matching salad/dinner plate sets so I mixed my white plates with Golden Gate china given to me by a friend.   You might remember the pear place cards from this post.
This guy was my main source of anxiety.  It was a 24 pounder!  But it cooked up great and 2 hours earlier than I expected.  Perhaps I overestimated how much turkey we needed because we are STILL eating leftovers!

But the best part of the day was when Harry Potter came to dinner!
My son is totally going through the Harry Potter stage.  The whole outfit was his idea.

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