Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Paper Pumpkin (and my first video, yay!)

I'm so excited to share my first video tutorial with you. My Stampin' Up! upline My Pink Stamper has been so wonderfully supportive! We have a wonderful group of ladies on our Facebook page who are so encouraging. It's fun to share ideas with each other and keep one another updated on where we are with our progress. I hope you enjoy this video. If you want more information on Paper Pumpkin, click the button on my sidebar, and it will take you to the site where you can order. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hi everyone! It's been a very long time since I posted anything on my blog. I've been super busy keeping up with my Etsy shop. Running your own business is a lot of work, but it is very rewarding. I spend some time this weekend getting my blog updated. It's not fancy, but this whole computer code thing is a mystery to me! We're having a rainy weekend here in VA, so my daughter and I spent Saturday doing our nails and crafting. We love watching craft videos together, and have really gotten into Stampin' Up videos lately. I'm considering joining as a demonstrator, and am hoping to post some craft videos to share some of the cute holiday projects they have available. In the meantime, here is a pic of some of the cute projects we made yesterday. These are called sour cream containers. We made them using Stampin' Up's Haunt Ya Later stamp set. They are great little party favors. They are easy to make, and you can fill them with any kind of little treats or candies you like.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Glimpse into my Etsy Shop

LuLu Bean Design Company

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!  I wanted to share some exciting news today.  I have finally gotten my Etsy shop up and running and have been busy getting some items ready for sale.  My shop is titled "LuLu Bean Design Company" after a nickname I have called my daughter since she was just a baby.  

So far, I am featuring vinyl decals, labels, and embellished glassware.  I love creating custom items, so please let me know if you have something in mind.  Here are a few of the items I have for sale so far.

5 Personalized Bridesmaid Wine Glasses

5 Personalized Groomsman Beer Mugs

Set of 6 Personalized Groomsman Beer Mugs and 6  Bridesmaid Glasses

Pet Food Bin Vinyl Label

Keep Calm and Craft On Vinyl Wall Decal

Vinyl Mailbox Label Decal Monogram

Number Vinyl Decals

Vinyl Door House Number Decal

You had me at Merlot Vinyl Wall Decal

Vinyl Owl Monogram Decal for your Cricut Expression

Vinyl Wall Decal Kitchen Pantry

Scalloped Square Vinyl Chalk Label

Check out my shop when you get a chance.  Take a look around.  Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Girl Scout Flower Cupcake Toppers & Bottlecap Necklaces

For our last girl scout meeting, I wanted to do something special for all my sweet little Brownies.  I ordered a kit to make bottlecap necklaces for the girls from a great shop I found on Etsy, called Just Becuz.  Twenty necklaces cost about $1 each to make, and they are really quick and easy to put together.  

I found this cute cardstock at Michael's. 

First, lay everything out using SCAL.

I decided to put them in individual cups to make them easier for the girls.

Get all your cut-outs and supplies together, and assemble.

I printed the images out onto white cardstock, and assembled the necklaces.  All you need is hot glue.

I just made two little slits in the flowers, and slid the necklaces down into them. Then, I taped the chains to the back.

I'm linking up to these great parties:

Weekend Bloggy Reading Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Some Gator Cupcakes for Hard-Working SOL Students


At our school, the teachers asked parents to bring in snacks for the students to enjoy after their SOLs.  Our mascot is the Gator, so I made these for yesterday's SOL snack.  They were super easy.  The eyes are made out of marshmallows and chocolate chips.  Everything else is icing.

I'm linking up to these great parties:

Weekend Bloggy Reading Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

CVS Coupon Haul for Last Week

Here are the coupon deals for last week at CVS.  It was a pretty good week.  Sodas, chips, and popscicles just in time for Memorial Day weekend!

2 Arm & Hammer laundry detergent
1 8-roll Sparkle paper towels
2 Suave lotion
4 Suave kids' body wash
2 VO5 shampoo
1 Vo5 conditioner
1 Coppertone sunscreen
1 Palmolive dish soap
3 12-packs Pepsi products
2 Tostitos Scoops
1 Pop Chips
2 Edy's Fruit Bars
1 Kotex U

Shelf price:          $91.83
Out of pocket:     $17.58             
Amount saved:   $74.25

It was also a great week at Kroger, with too many items to photograph! Between CVS and Kroger, I spent $60 for $213 worth of items! For coupon lists and tips, check out Southern Savers.

Monday, May 14, 2012

This Week's Coupon Haul

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Mother's Day weekend.  It was my weekend to work, so I was really missing the kids.  They showered me with gifts when I got home--the homemade kind that always bring tears to my eyes and cherish forever.  This morning, however, after getting them off to school I enjoyed a belated Mother's Day morning of sitting around in my jammies with my pug, catching up on Pioneer Woman and Sister Wives, and clipping coupons to my heart's content!  (I even had a splash of Bailey's in my coffee too!)  It was a bit rainy out, so it was a perfect day for it.  After finally forcing myself to shower and get ready, I hit the sales in full force.  Here's my haul for this week.


Total before sale price and coupons:                                  $36.21    
Total after sales, coupons, and $7 ECBs from last week:    $12.10
ECBs left for next week:                                                    $10.00
Amount saved:                                                                  $24.11
Savings:                                                                             66%

Food Lion

Food Lion has their Pepsi 12-packs on sale this week. Buy 4 for $12. There are coupons here for $1 off, making them $2 each!  The steaks were a weekend sale (I actually stopped and got them last night).  They were $5.77 per pound, and then a got $4 in coupons from the kiosk at the front of the store. So, 8 huge T-bones for $36!  

Total before sales and coupons:                     $112.75
Total after sales and coupons:                         $59.61
Total amount saved:                                       $53.14
Percent saved:                                                 47%


Kroger is having one of their mega sales this week. If you buy 10 participating items, you get $4 off at checkout.  Combine this with coupons, and many items are ultra cheap or even free!  I got the Kroger mailer the other day that had $5 off $35 in it, as well as other great coupons.  Made for a really good sale day.  The stressful thing about Kroger is keeping all those groups of 10 items straight. A friend told me that she brings those canvas grocery totes in with her, and sets them up in her cart, then puts 10 items and the corresponding coupons in each bag.  Smart girl!  I did this today, and it worked out great!  

Total before sales and coupons:               $147.33
Total after sales and coupons:                  $61.82
Total savings:                                           $85.51
Percent savings:                                        58%

Grand total before sales and coupons:            $296.29
Total after sales and coupons:                         $133.53
Total savings:                                                    $162.76
Percent savings:                                                    55%

Not the best week by far, but pretty good!  I get my lists from Southern Savers.  Jenny is the best!  Happy couponing!