Fall is my favorite time of the year for decorating. For a "frugalista" like me, you can reuse and re-purpose many items you already have around the house and then forage in the yard for even more!
I am no "Martha Stewart." I have learned not to let perfection get in the way of adding a little festivity around the house. You will see that I have a few friends who have really taken easy fall decorating tips to the next level. Maybe someday I will get there, but for now, I am making do with "good enough."
I encourage you to give easy fall decorating a try. Gather up leaves, pine cones, acorns, nuts, corn husks, branches, old books, strips of fabric, coffee beans, and you can create your own fall decor for pennies.
Mix in favorite photographs of kids dressed in their Halloween costumes, and back to school photos. You can even frame pages from a calendar or pictures of fall foliage. This beautiful maple tree in all it's fall splendor was taken in Connecticut where I grew up. My daughter took this picture years ago and it always makes me smile every time it comes out of the "fall decor" box in my attic.
Holiday decorating can be a challenge when you are un-crafty. Those of you that know me are well aware that I must never, ever be left alone with a glue gun, tape and scissors in one sitting--and please don't hand me a needle and thread and ask me to mend something.
You are likely to end up with more than you asked for--like a piece of my skin sewn into your shirt.
at 9:56AM, 3 years ago |
Decorating a child's room can be costly, stressful and difficult if you don't have a creative mind. My son was having trouble sleeping in his own room at night so I wanted to do something fun and exciting with his room's decor to help motivate him to sleep through the night in his own bed.
If you're thinking of updating your child's room, here are some things I learned while going through the process that might help save you time and money while decorating your child's room on a budget.
There's Mom, dropping her precious child off at school on the first day of Kindergarten. The tears flow as she laughs and wipes them away, uttering, "I'm being so silly! I don't know where this is coming from! My baby is just growing up so fast!"
Fast forward fifteen years or so. Precious Child is heading off to college and there's Mom shoving the last bag of give-away goodies into the car, a wry smile on her face, a strange twinkle in her eye.
"Mom, are you all right? You're not going to cry, are you?" asks Precious.
A quick laugh escapes Mom's lips. "No dear, I'll be fine. Good luck!" There's a fierce hug and a goodbye wave that seems a little too enthusiastic. Cue a big ballad from Celine Dion as the car winds down the tree-lined street. There go all the mini-van trips from soccer practice, to swim meets, to prom-dress shopping, trips to the Emergency Room--a broken limb, ear infections, bronchitis. And let's not forget the many, many trips to the mall. There go all the laborious lectures on chastity, boys and later, men. There go all the late-night interrogations and the "how does she think she can survive in college if she can't even get her laundry done" talks.
A squeal, maybe a little high-kick as Mom closes the front door and runs upstairs to Precious' room. She gives it an appreciative last-glance: posters and more posters of scantily dressed celebrities, a dresser in need of a re-vamp, empty hangers…everywhere. A lamp that was supposed to match, but never really did, and a glorious bed with the best mattress in the house--which was partly pre-meditated on her part in preparation for:
The Back-to-School Bedroom Makeover!
Sorry, Precious! Your room belongs to Mommy now!
at 10:24AM, 4 years ago |
Thanks to our friends over at Red Envelope, one of our lucky members is going to be able to spruce up a wall in their home very soon. A week ago, we announced that we'd be giving away the Deluxe Wall Gallery Frame from Red Envelope to one of our members. All they had to do to enter is add a photo that represents them to their Savings.com profile page and comment on the contest announcement blog post to let us know they'd done so.
We got 23 entries, and out of those 23, a winner was chosen. Drumroll, please...
And the winner is...
at 12:13PM, 4 years ago |
As I mentioned yesterday at the end of the Creative Zen V giveaway post, we've got another giveaway starting today. Next Friday, December 11 we'll be giving away the Deluxe Wall Gallery Frame courtesy of our good friends over at Red Envelope.
When I heard we were giving away picture frames on the blog this week, I have to say, I was a little underwhelmed. However, after seeing a picture of it on the Red Envelope site, I'll admit this is a pretty sweet picture frame set, and I'd be stoked to win it. And if picture frames (even ones as cool as these) aren't your bag, I'm sure there's someone on your holiday shopping list that would love it!
at 11:00AM, 4 years ago |
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