Saturday, March 30, 2013

Use a Pop Tab to Add Closet Space

I know Joan Crawford wouldn't approve with her "NO WIRE HANGER EVER!" rule, but this nifty little trick I picked up from the video below using a pop tab does help give you the ability to put more in your closet, especially light items such as t-shirts.

Items needed:
  • 2 hangers
  • Pop tab off of a soda can 
Thread the top of the tab through the top hanger and then thread the second hanger through the bottom of the tab.  

For details, see the video below where I learned of this trick by Crazy Russian Hacker (I so want to hear him say "Moose and Squirrel" like Natasha on "Rocky and Bullwinkle".)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

DIY Zoe Karssen Inspired Bat Sweater

I was inspired to make the above after seeing it on  Cut Out + Keep (picture of inspirations and video tutorial is below) to jazz up an oversized long sleeve T-Shirt that had some bleach stains. I looks much more sparkly in person.

I didn't want an exact copy cat so I made it designer better by adding green glitter paint around the bat to give it an eerie glow and a smaller bat in lower right hand side to cover a bleach stain.

I did mine a little differently though.

Items I used:
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt
  • Paper
  • Pen, pencil or Sharpie
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Green Glitter Acrylic Paint
  • Fabric medium paint additive
  • Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Iron
  • Large magazine
  • Plastic bag
  • Straight pins
I put the large magazine inside a plastic grocery bag, tied off the end and put it inside the shirt so the paint wouldn't bleed through.

I folded a piece a standard piece of printer paper in half and freehanded a shape similar to the bat shape.

I pinned it to the shirt, drew around the shape with a Sharpie then painted around the bat with the green glitter acrylic paint mixed with the fabric medium (2 parts paint to 1 part fabric medium.  All paints purchased at Michael's on sale last week 5/$2).

It was looking too much like a toxic Batman so I added more green glitter paint to make it a rectangular shape (using the large magazine underneath as my guide).

I then dabbed around the edges with the black paint with the fabric medium and then painted the rest of the bat shape with black paint.

For the small bat shape I just freehanded a smaller bat and this time I pinned down the outline and used the black paint mixture to dab the bat shape.

I allowed it to dry overnight then ironed it the next day to help seal the paint.

See Diy Zoe Karssen Bat Sweater and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

FREE full-size sample of New Olay® Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo for Vocalpoint Members

Vocalpoint, a free to join online community that offers free samples and coupons from time to time, is currently offering a free full-size sample of New Olay® Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo.

You also get a $1 coupon towards New COVERGIRL Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara.

For further details click here.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Free Kindle E-Book - Learn Japanese Vocabulary - 101 Household Items Flashcards

Amazon currently has Learn Japanese Vocabulary - English/Japanese Flashcards - 101 Household Items - Flash Ebook for free (normally $2.99).

I downloaded it because I sometimes watch Japanese foreign films on Netflix and have to rely on the subtitles. It might be nice to actually  understand a word now and then, but it would great to use as a teaching tool and it is simple enough for grade school age children.

On one page there is a picture of the item and the word in English.  On the next page is the word in Japanese in both how it would be written and how it would be spoken.  You also don't need a Kindle; Amazon  has a free Kindle for PC's program that you can download and read right from your computer.

To download, click  here.

As Amazon is always changing what his free (check before clicking purchase), I recommend hurrying over and grabbing a download while they are still available.

Source: via Kathryn on Pinterest

Saturday, March 2, 2013

ThredUP - Join Get $10 Credit

ThredUP is an online consignment shop where you can buy or sell higher end name branded in new or nearly new condition kids clothing (12 months and up) and accessories.   However, I do see they are in Beta testing to add a women's section.

They currently have a promotion where you can get a $10 credit for joining  here and also give a get a $10 credit by sharing a link if someone joins and makes a purchase.

I don't have any little kiddos in my life but bought these for a donation to Samaritan's Purse   (For more info on Samaritan's Purse click here).  

I purchased the above brand new with tags pair of Kid Memory shoes, and still have .01 cent credit.  The site indicated I saved 41% of the retail value.   Currently they have a shipping promotion for $2.99 for the first item, .99 each additional item and orders over $50.00 are free.   They also have a 30 day return policy.

I received a free pre-paid shipping bag with my order to load up and send in items .  It is a very large bag; I am showing it taped to my bathroom door and it is almost half as long and an about 6 inches shy on each side of covering the top of the door.

Brands they will take:  Oiliy, Mini Boden, Tea Collection, Hanna Andersson, Guess, Ralph Lauren, Janie &                                     Jack, Baby Lulu and Baby Nay

Brands they don't want:  Faded Glory, Garaminals, George, Sonoma, Athletics Works, Kids Connection,
                                      Koala Kids and Walmart

They even have a calculator where you can enter the item, size and brand and it will give you and estimate of what it is worth.

If you want to share your scores via Facebook you can click on your order and it generates a picture of what you bought and how much you have saved.

I am very happy with my purchase and based on this positive transaction I can recommend ThredUP
if you are in the market to score some great deals on higher end kid's clothing without the higher end price tag.