9.30.2011

Anthropologie Bracelet Knock-Off

Last week I found this bracelet on Anthropologie. Let's just say it was out of my price range.


I really loved it though, and started trying to come up with ways to create a knock-off. 

This is what I came up with.



Not exactly the same look, but similar. I was happy with it. 

Time for a little tutorial. Here we go.

I went to Lowe's looking for a U-shaped bracket of some kind. The only thing that they had that was even close were L brackets. Here is what they look like. You can get them in the hardware section.




You are going to need some of this stuff. E-6000 is like super glue on steroids. It will bond anything.

I am sorry that I didn't get a picture of how to glue the two L brackets together. Just trust my judgement that you will need to overlap the brackets slightly, apply the glue (it doesn't take a lot), and clamp the two pieces together.

You could even make this bracelet custom fit the size of your arm based on how much you over lap the pieces when you glue them together. Overlapping a lot will give you a smaller bracelet, and overlapping a little will give you a bigger bracelet.

After the L brackets have been clamped together for about 10 minutes, you are ready to thread your ribbon. The L brackets have holes in them where you could screw them to the wall or to a shelf. I used these holes to thread some ribbon. I played around with threading the ribbon on this bracelet, trying out a few different variations. This is how I ended up threading the ribbon when it was all said and done.

Just tie the ribbon in a bow around your wrist and Voila!

Not too bad, ya think?

         

Thanks for stopping by!








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9.29.2011

Whew! Long Day....

Is it really 11:00? 

Wow. 

I feel like I have been running in a thousand different directions today. 

Have you ever felt that way?

Yikes. 

Here is the short story....

I am starting a long term substitute teacher position TOMORROW 
that I didn't think was coming for another 3 to 4 weeks. 

It's for a teacher's maternity leave. 

I guess babies are unpredictable. 

Well, technically I don't start the position tomorrow, 
But I am going to go shadow the teacher tomorrow 
and learn it all in a day. 

Hopefully. 

I'm not complaining. 
I'm secretly really excited. 

Wish me luck. 

I'll be back here in the morning with an awesome knock off. 

I promise. 

For now, go check out the kid's Halloween costumes that I have pinned on Pinterest. 

HERE is the link.

You are going to get a good laugh. 
They are really funny.

Here is a preview.


OK. 

Really.

Go check it out, and get your laughs. 

9.28.2011

How to Make a Fall Leaf Garland

Remember the leaf garland that you saw here?

I am going to show you how to make it today!

It is really quick to put together. All you need is a sewing machine, some ribbon, and a package of artificial leaves.


When I have a small project that I want to whip together really quick, I get out this itty-bitty sewing machine. It doesn't make the best stitches, but it is super light weight and easy to work with. And with a project like this one, I wasn't worried about perfect stitches.

To get started, find some ribbon that you like that will match your leaves. I chose a light brown color. You will need a lot of length in your ribbon, so if you are using something you have on hand make sure that you have quite a bit left on the spool.

I left a little bit of length of empty ribbon on the end before I started sewing on the leaves. That way if I later wanted to tie the garland to hang it I would have the option to.

Before I started sewing, I stacked up the leaves in an a random color order. I didn't want to get finished making the garland only to find out that all of the yellow leaves were together. You can see my stack of leaves  on the left side of my sewing machine.

Taking the first leaf off of the pile, I layered it on top of the ribbon, put the presser foot down, and stitched it to the ribbon. It is that easy!

Keep adding leaves and sewing them to the ribbon, turning them this way and that.

And there you have it! A quick and easy way to add to your fall decorating. 


9.27.2011

6 Easy Fall Centerpieces

In celebration of fall, I played around with some ideas for centerpieces or accent arrangements that you could use in the middle of your dining table, or even on your buffet table or hutch. I know that you probably don't have any of these items on hand, but I wanted to give you some ideas as to what you could pair together to make a fall arrangement using the things you have in your home. 

Here is what I came up with. 


In this centerpiece I used a cake stand for the base, the wreath of twigs from THIS post, an old wine bottle, antique syrup pitcher, and a small antique bottle full of glass marbles. I poked some dried wheat down into the syrup pitcher, and filled in the wreath with a few artificial fall leafs. 


This centerpiece was my least favorite, but I thought I would share it with you anyway. This is an antique pitcher and bowl that was my mom's, and before that it was her mother's. I tend to happen upon things like this that are vintage family "hand-me-downs". I attempted to mix a few amber colored Christmas ornaments in with the fall kissing balls that I made for this years decorating in the bowl where the pitcher sets. I plopped the dried wheat and a few other sprigs into the pitcher. Blah. Not what I was going for, but it turned out alright. 


My favorite. Seriously. I might have to re-create this one and actually use it this year. The base is a silver tray that I bought a long time ago at a flea market in the town where I went to college. There's that cake stand again underneath the frosted bowl with the silver base. The larger tweedy pumpkin is sitting on top. Again the small antique bottle makes an appearance as it shows off the glass marbles. Couldn't leave the smaller tweedy pumpkin out. It sits at the bottom of the white hob nail vase that is disguised as an antique, but really was a clearance find at Hobby Lobby this summer. Poking out of the vase are artificial cat tails. Love. This. 


I love the simplicity of this one. Just the cake stand, some upside down hurricanes filled with twiggy fillers, a milk bottle with the artificial cat tails, and there is that bottle of marbles again. I guess I'm fond of those marbles. 


More contemporary, or just plain fun, I was playing around with these Fenton glass shoes that I collect. I thought that they were kind of neat pilled in the hurricane. I added the syrup pitcher with the dried wheat again, and this time a little red antique canister from a set of four that I have in my kitchen. Not that fall-ish, but this was fun. 


My second favorite of all. This one is the same as the one with both of the tweedy pumpkins. Take away the pumpkins and the bottle of marbles, and add in the twiggy fillers from the upside down hurricanes, and the fall kissing balls. Double like. 

And there you have it! I hope that these centerpiece ideas give you some inspiration to gather a few things around your house and create something that you can enjoy this fall. 

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homework

Free Spatula

This my friends, is a free spatula. 


How does one acquire a free spatula as nice as this? 

I'm glad you asked. 

Every once in a while, about once a month or so, we get free $10 Kohl's cash in the mail. I do not know why we get it. We do not have a Kohl's credit card. We really don't spend a lot of money there. But I'm not complaining about their promotions. I mean, hey. I got a free spatula. 

Here's the breakdown on what made this spatula free

1 red silicone Food Network spatula- 
Regularly priced at $11.99
On Sale for $9.59
-$10 Kohl's cash 
= Whitney walking out with a pretty red silicone Food Network spatula without even opening her wallet. 

To see how I spent $32.78 at Kohl's for 4 men's dress shirts, 1 pair of men's slacks, and a women's blazer, click HERE


I'm Being Featured!

I can't tell you how excited I am that my Beaded Ribbon Necklace is being featured over at Etcetorize today! 
Tamara has a super cute blog over there with a TON of crafty ideas.  



Go check her out!

9.26.2011

5 Ways to Trim Down Your Grocery Budget

Grocery shopping can be one of the most dreaded things a wife or mother has on her weekly agenda, especially when the cashier pulls the last item from her cart across the scanner and the triple digit total appears.

If you are trying to save money, let me encourage you that cutting back on your grocery bill is a great place to start. Kyle and I have tried a few different things to help us cut our weekly grocery spending from $150 to $100, then down to $75, and now to $50 a week.

Let me share with you 5 ways to trim down your grocery budget that has worked for us.

1. Look for sales. Know the lowest prices in your area on certain items that you buy regularly. For example, I know that chicken breasts will only go as low as $1.99 per pound where I live. This week, they happen to be listed at that price, so when I go to the store tomorrow, I am going to buy a little extra than usual. In fact, if I was really planning well in terms of budgeting, I might buy as much as a few months worth of chicken breasts and pop them in the freezer, so I wouldn't have the need to buy them again until the price was as low as $1.99

2. Buy in bulk. Shopping at Sam's Club, Costco, or other warehouse type stores are a great way to stock up on things that you know you will use a lot of. I buy all purpose flour, bread flour, sugar, yeast, baking soda, baking powder, rice, brown sugar, salt, pinto beans, honey, peanut butter, canola oil, and olive oil at Sam's Club. These are items that I use very often in cooking, and I can get them for a significantly lower price in bulk at the warehouse.

3. Avoid buying pre-made or processed foods. These are some of the most expensive foods at the grocery store. Kyle's food allergies (he is allergic to soy and dairy mostly) play to our advantage when it comes to our grocery budget. We rarely buy chips, candy, frozen dinners, pre-made meals, cereal, or granola bars.

4. Try to break away from brand dependence. So many people buy the name brand product before even trying the store brand. Many times the store brand is just as tasty as the name brand, and is much less expensive. Try a few items in the store brand next time you make a trip to the store. Keep an open mind. You might be surprised!

5. Make use of leftovers. Since we are still just a family of two, we almost always have leftovers. I try to save everything that is left over, even if it is just a few spoonfuls. Usually twice a week, sometimes three times a week, we have leftover night. I just open up all of the containers of leftovers from the refrigerator, and we pick what we want to eat that night. It feels sort of like a buffet.

Here are some other posts from here at Grassroot Elegance that you might find helpful when it comes to saving money on groceries.

Buying in Bulk: Sam's Club Shopping Trip
Slow Cooker Beans
Back 2 School: Ideas for Cheap Homemade Lunches
Homemade Hot Dog Buns
Sweet Sugar Sale 
Monthly Menu Planning: Why It Works for Us
Frozen Bananas

Questions? Feel free to ask in the comments.
What are some ways you save on groceries each week?

9.25.2011

Grace and Gratitude

So I had originally planned a much more personal post for this Sunday's Grace and Gratitude. I even typed it out. Edited it. Double, triple checked it for typos and errors. My husband read it, and re-read it. But we decided that it wasn't the right time to share.

No. I'm not pregnant. :) 

Instead, since it is getting later and later, I thought we would keep it somewhat light tonight and I would share with you some quotes that I came across on Pinterest this week. I hope you enjoy them, and I hope that you are having a blessed Sunday with your family.





To see all of the quotes I have on Pinterest, visit my "Word." pin board at http://pinterest.com/wturetzky/word/

Much love, 

9.24.2011

Pin Peek (Fall Edition)

Welcome to my first ever Pin Peek! I can't wait to share with you what I have found this week on Pinterest. 

For those of you who are new to pinning, or have no idea what I am talking about, Pinterest is an virtual idea board where members can "pin" their ideas and things that they find online that they like. No more bookmarking. The best thing about Pinterest is that your pins and pin boards are available on any computer as soon as you log in to your account. With bookmarking in your internet browser, you have to be on YOUR computer to see your bookmarks. You can even link up with friends and follow their boards, allowing you to share ideas at the drop of a pin! (Haha... pun intended.) Pinterest does require an invite to join, so if you are in need of one, just let me know. :) 

In celebration of yesterday ushering in the first day of fall, this week's Pin Peek will be themed for this new season. Oh, how I adore all things fall. 

Let's look at tall boots. I like them with jeans and with dresses. How about you? 





Personally I do not think a girl can have too many scarfs. 

       



Now for some fall home decor. 

I have a thing for wreaths. If you visit my Pinterest, you will see that I have an entire pin board called "Wreaths"

Here are a few of my fall favorites. 



There are many more on my "Wreaths" pin board.
Go check them out!

Here are my favorite ideas for simple front porch decorations. A perfect mixture of fall with a hint of Halloween. 




Moving on to fall treats. 
I can't wait to try some of these yummy recipes. 

Baked Pumpkin Autumn Maple Donuts 

Crockpot Baked Apples

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Even though I don't have any kiddos running around my house, I can't stop thinking about how cute these sweet fall shoes would look on a little blonde haired beauty. 

Someday....


To view my Pinterest and all of my pin boards,

HAPPY FALL!