Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cheap (in a good way) gifts and celebration ideas

Decorating for the fourth of July always sneaks up on my budget, so I don't end up doing much.  This year, however, I really needed  the house to feel festive in spite of budget crunches, because it feels so de-personalized with all of our pictures packed away in a box right now.  Plus, I thought it would boost morale around here. (giggle) So, I dragged out these two white-painted urns I'd been storing since Christmas, and fixed a block of leftover floral foam into the bottom of each one.  Then I purchased some inexpensive flags and stuck them in.  After that, I simply filled a bowl with gravel from our garden area, and sprinkled gravel over the tops.  I'm actually loving this look so much I'm wondering what else I can stick into these urns after July 4th!  (any ideas?)
Inside, I admit, I didn't do much.  But... I did buy a 50 cent pack of colored chalk, and got a little creative with my massive classroom chalkboard! 
Also, my BFF and two of my nieces all have their birthdays around the week of July 4th, so I needed a couple of cute and inexpensive gift ideas for them.  I scoured the Goodwill, and found a couple of frames. 
I thought you'd enjoy a close-up of the Hawaiian beauty in the pressed copper/tin backing.  I debated for a few minutes, on whether or not, I should deface this gorgeous (cough) item.  Gotcha!
I get by with a little help from my friends-  That is, a new can of spray paint!  I have fallen madly, deeply, truly in love with Krylon's Blue Ocean Breeze.  I'm considering painting my patio table with this color.  (Shhh.  Don't tell Adrain.)
First up, my creative and artistic little niece, Madison, is getting her own chalkboard.  (She's not going to care that the whole thing cost me around $7.00 to make, right?  Nah.)  I gave that big 'ol frame a couple of glossy coats of Blue Ocean Breeze and used some more of my leftover chalkboard spray paint (I swear a can lasts forever and a day) to create the back. 
I tied up a few coordinating pieces of chalk, because I know Madison is a girl that truly appreciates things that "go together."  (Darling little thing.)
Then I tied the whole thing up in a filmy blue bow, and placed a sweet little "M" flag into the center. 
You know, I just can't tell you how much I wish I'd had an auntie like me... Bwahhahahhahaha! (I actually had two of them...)
Next up, my delightful niece, Emma.  She's getting a hair barrette frame.  I've already outlined the process for  creating this, here.  Gone is the Hawaiian tin, and ugly brown paint.  In it's place, some lightly distressed Blue Ocean Breeze paint, and royal purple ribbons!
With a sweet green bow hair barrette. 
(All tied up with no where to go... )
Lastly, if you want a super inexpensive decor update, look no further than my new buddy Leen, the Graphics Queen.  She makes vinyl graphics that are out of this world, amazing, and oh-so-affordable too.  (You can view her shop, and many lovely creations, here!) I recently won a giveaway on the Lettered Cottage (Thank you so much Layla!) and Leen did some darling custom work for me.  I can't wait to use it!  She also sent me this letter "B," which I promptly adhered to a boring white dish for an instant transformation.  I. Am. In. Love. Is that wrong?
It looks like our love was meant to be, doesn't it?  The kind of love that lasts forever... (Insert Chicago song, "You're the Inspiration" here, please. Thanks.)
I literally had to sing that song before I could continue typing.  I'm not kidding.  It's not on my ipod, so I had to google it.

Here's a sneak peek at the custom work Leen's created for me!!  Adrain and I watched the movie Braveheart many years ago, and adapted a version of this saying from the movie, as our own.  It stuck.  Some people have a song, we have a saying.  Anyway.... I did the happiest of happy dances when I first laid eyes on it. (My kids just stared at me.  They don't even ask questions anymore.  Sad.)  Leen can make you anything, so be sure and tell her I sent you!  Oh, and just wait til you see what I plan to do with it, as soon as we move.  (Someday!) 

I so hope you've enjoyed my ideas for short cuts and decorating this week! Have a happy July 4th!

27 comments:

  1. O.K you weren't kidding about your love of chalkboards!! They look great - love your fabulous ideas!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Olivia

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  2. You, sweet lady, are SO creative! I feel so inspired after I leave your blog. I bookmarked the hair barrette frame, 'cause being that we're having a girl next I'm going to need one of those! Great idea!!!

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  3. Hi Sasha, LOVE all your ideas!! The white urns with the flags are AdorAbLe! And your chalkboards are darling too! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments. You are a blessing Sugar!
    Hugs!
    Aunt Ruthie

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  4. Cute gifts! What did you use instead of the beautiful Hawaiian graphics to spray the chalkboard paint on.

    Carol

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  5. those gifts are so sweet and so much better then another barbie doll. i'm gonna add that to my arsenal for the next girlie party my boy gets invited to. thank you!!

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  6. She will love it girl! I'm always blown away by your ability. I got to say I was kind of lovin' the hawaiian lady. You know I have a thing for Hawaii now...even tacky hawaiian:) I'll miss you while I'm gone!

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  7. I love how the chalkboard turned out and she will LOVE it!!!

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  8. Amazingly cute. I think I might have to try the hair bow idea for Miss Hannah's growing collection. What do you spray the black spray paint on? A piece of wood? Oh to have you come to my house and tell me what to do to make it cute.

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  9. I have a little niece with a birthday coming up who will be receiving a chalkboard just like the one you made-THANKS TO YOU! Thanks for the idea........this is Tony the Tiger gggggrrrreeeat!

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  10. I LOVE the hair barette frame...so creative!!!!!! If I ever get to have a girl, I'm SO doing that!! Maybe I'll make one for my neice.

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  11. As they would say in Wales, this blog post is crackin'! I love it. NIce work, my blog friend. Everything looks great. You are a good Auntie!!!

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  12. I love your front porch. Love it. L-O-V-E it. Love. It. We're talking love here, baby? Have I made myself clear?

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  13. hi Sasha... sorry I have been mia... I really thought summer would offer MORE blog time... ha ha... oh well.. enjoying the lazy mornings and busy days! he he!

    I love your front porch!! esp. with the flags.. but the porch...oh how I want a lovely lil old house with a front porch! =)

    Seriously I love all your projects ~ esp. the chalk board ones! I bought chalk board paint 3 years ago... with dreams of doing amazing things with it... I only managed a car stripe around my little boys room... *sigh* I love the idea for the birthday pressie... might have to steal that!!

    Have a wonderful 4th... we are wet here... *sigh*

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  14. I love your festive chalkboard!! So cute!! ANd I LOVE the chalkboard that you made for a gift!! I want one! That blue color it sooooooo pretty!

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  15. OK. I have a question. What type of material do you use the chalkboard paint on?

    Instinct says it would need to be something fairly solid....at that cardboard might be to absorbent. However, I can' imagine just having thin pieces of plywood in various sizes just hanging out around the house.

    Help!

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  16. LOVE THE FRONT PORCH!!! It looks like something out of Mayberry, only cuter! Also, love the chalk boards. Gonna have to invest in some ~ soon!!! Happy 4th friend! Oh, and as for ideas, Lissa put pumpkins on hers with ivy growning out and down the bottom ~ amazing. Until October.....daisies always work for me, they are such a happy flower.

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  17. I LOVE the gifts! They are fantastic! I am going to have to go right out and get some chalk board spray paint!

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  18. Happy forth sasha! lucky you to win that giveaway! You're so talented with all of your projects. That chalkboard with the flag/ chalk is super cute!

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  19. Oh how I love that letter B!

    Also, I really love that color and I think you should use it for the table!

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  20. LOVE what you did with the frames!!! Hope you had a fantastic 4th of July!!! ;)

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  21. I vote pinwheels! (For the urns.)

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  22. Ocean Breeze is one of my favorite spray paint colors. So pretty! Love the gifts for your nieces. FUN!

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  23. Oh, I forgot to say that I love the urns with the flags too. :)

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  24. I have a bunch of grown up niece-in-laws I adore - and you have just given me some great gift ideas for them! Thanks Sasha!

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  25. Very creative. The flags are perfect. The barette frame is adorable. My youngest daughter no longer wears barettes, what a shame. I would so steal this idea.

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