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Tips for living a fabulous life on a budget

Budget Home Design – What to do with thank you cards January 25, 2010

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Thank you cards – free

Shelves – $29.99/ea

I have some of the most wonderful friends in the world.  It always impresses me that every time I give them a gift, within a week there is a beautiful handwritten thank you note in the mail.  Not an email, but a handwritten thank you note on beautiful stationary.

The cards are so beautiful and sentimental that I find it hard to throw them away, but studio apartments have limited storage.  Additionally, I hate bulletin boards and any else that reminds me of a dorm room.  I finally decided to display them by themselves on the shelves in my kitchen, as I would a plant, clock or any other knickknack.  I have to say, I love it.

Gotta run and put my Christmas thank you notes in the mail.

 

Budget Home Design – Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skulls January 23, 2010

Jewelry tree – $29.99

Dia De Los Muertos sugar skulls – $29.99

Book side table – free (I already had them)

Hello.  Yes, I’m back.  I missed you too.

I am so excited about the changes I have made around my apartment in the last few months. My apartment was starting to feel a bit too much like a West Elm catalog, so I began adding whimsy accents.

Here is one of my first additions: Dia De Los Muertos sugar skull ornaments on a jewelry tree.  For some reason, I have always been drawn to the bright colors and gothic themes of the Dia De Los Muertos holiday.  When I mentioned this project to family/friends, everyone thought I had gone off the deep end (until they saw the finished product).  I ordered these beautiful handmade sugar skull ornaments on Etsy from a designer with a wonderful Dia De Los Muertos themed Etsy shop.  Then I picked up this jewelry tree from Urban Outfitters.  I placed this piece on top of  a side table I created out of books next to my reading chair.

What are your thoughts – cute or weird?

 

Budget Finds on Etsy June 11, 2009

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A good friend of mine introduced me to the site Etsy a few months ago and I am totally in love.  There are so many handmade, budget friendly finds.  Here are the links to today’s favs:

Basil Wooden Decorating Block $12.00

Custom Letter Pillow $22.00

Fancy Chandelier – Wall Decal $35.00

Pillow Cover in Blue Water Lotus, 18 inch $18.00

 

Budget Bedding Makeover June 9, 2009

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I have needed a bedding makeover for awhile and I finally did it! My well-loved jersey sheets and down comforter were looking a peaked.

Purchasing new bedding might sound like a simple task, but I have to say I was completely overwhelmed.  In a studio apartment, the bed becomes one of the focal points of the room.  I felt like I had to make so many decisions – color, pattern, thread count, pillow arrangement and I didn’t want to screw it up!

I finally decided on Parachute Bedding from West Elm after months of scouting online with trips to BBB and Macy’s.  While this was not the most budget friendly choice, my parents were wonderful enough to foot the bill for my duvet and pillows for my birthday.  But I couldn’t have a new duvet and pillows with my sad looking sheets and down comfortable.  It was time for an upgrade.  I became a comparision shopping maniac.  I found 1200 TC sheets for $89.99 on Amazon.com (orig, 349.99) and $59.99 down comforter (orig $199.99) on Overstock. Needless to say, getting out of bed in the morning has gotten a little tougher.

 

Flea Market Finds May 26, 2009

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Bird pictures – $30 for 4 pictures

Deer figures – $15 for both

This past weekend my friend Cedes and I decided to do some bargain shopping at the the Melrose Trading Post flea market.  I love flea market shopping.  There is always a lot of junk, but nothings beats a great flea market find.

This past weekend was my best flea market excursion to date.  Within the first 10 minutes, I found 4 vintage bird pictures that reminded me of my grandmother and 2 deer figurines.  While we kept shopping, I decided that $45 was my limit and kept the rest of my spending under control.  These purchases are the perfect accents for my book shelf.