Repurposed Puzzle Snail Mail Letters

It seems to me like all we ever get in the mail are bills, magazines, political propaganda (which I think is over now, thank goodness), and an occasional party invite.

In my sometimes old fashioned nostalgia I encourage our kids to send letters to friends or family.  Santanna is especially fond of making letters and pictures for her little friends.  Who does not like to receive a fun piece of mail personally addressed to them in ink??

Our friends daughter,  who I wrote about previously  who is battling brain cancer, is getting an overwhelming amount of mail, letters and packages, guess who feels a little left out/angry about not getting any mail?  Little sister Elsa.  So, her mom grudgingly asked if we could help a girl out and send some snail mail Elsa’s way.  I think we all know how hard it can be to actually ask for help when you need it right?!

This got me thinking, we needed to blow up this girls snail mail box, how many pictures was Tanna willing to color?

Then it came to me, a puzzle letter:

Here is what we did:

  1.  Went to savers (you might have one of these not being used at home as well, we recycled this one, you might be able to repurpose your own),  bought this puzzle.

2.  We put the puzzle together upside down. This is harder then you think wihtout picture clues.

3. I helped Santanna write a letter and she drew whatever and decotared whatever she wanted in Sharpie and Crayola markers.

       4.     I included instructions with the first envelope.

       5. Then we took the puzzle about, mixed it all up and I got out my postal scale for mailing packages and we weighed each one equal to/less than an ounce.  For this puzzle it was about 5 pieces per envelope.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I am so excited for her friend to get this, she is going to be thrilled, plus it gives her something to look forward too.

I think I am also going to do this when the big kids are at camp for the summer.

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Candle holder repurpose…candy jars

I combined two pinterest inspirations into this latest project.  Please note I am not a perfectionist, there will more than likely be no magazine shoot for my projects, I just get excited when I see other people’s great ideas and have to do it myself, DIM, or at least give it my best shot.

Here are the two inspires…color and idea…in that order:

   

The wonderful yellow frame photoraph above I saw on pintrest and belongs to Kara May photography

The apothecary jars in that amazing green color I also found on pinterest and are the handiwork of Kayleen from This old Chair.

Yellow candle holders painted in a vibrant yellow and repurposed as candy holders, I held off on using a vessel with a top because in this house that would just not work, little hands need to be able to just reach in, I would probably find the lids under the couch.

I am so happy with the color and how they look, I am going to leave them out until after Thanksgiving and restock with fall candies.

I was so happy when I found all the pieces that I needed to make these all at SAvers, I spent a total of $16 dollars and some change on these, not including candy.

I laid these out, cleaned the stickers off them and laid a tarp underneath the metal stand, and painted them on a vitually wind free day.

Thrift Store Sewing/Craft Finds

Recent thrift store goodies that I am thrilled to fully organize and start making some
fun little projects with.

I found the three of these plastic bags full of random sizes of neatly folded fabrics, perhaps someones quilting cast aways?  I was really drawn to some of the vintage looking prints, each bag was $2.99 plus I am sure I had a 20% off coupon from a previous donation.

These look like some great colors for Halloween!

My hubby found this little treasure box at the SAlvation ARmy for $7.99, I have yet to get through all of the treasures that are in there…can you see the needles for 30 cents…so cool, I am thinking this was from an estate, it has a bunch of name patches and random lace ends, bra hooks, zippers, can’t wait to get through all of it;

It is like a golden treasure box of sewing/crafting booty….arrgh;)

And look at these pinking shears, man they are sharp and give you a perfect zig zag edge great for the pennants that are so popular right now:

I hope to have some fun things to show you from all these goodies in the near future!

Thrifty Thursday

 I have to say I took a bit of a break from my Goodwill, I shopped it a few weeks in a row on Thursday since all kids toys and clothing and 1/2 price, but it seemed to me that I was sifting through quite a bit of the same ole items. I went back today and found that a few weeks break really gave the store a chance at redemption.  I got quite a bit of great items.  I am also really loving the Target items that are new without the retail tags attached, these are great for my eBay store.

I am really struggling with finding a pair of rain boots in Raiven’s size that are used, there are none, not even really beat up ones, which I would probably pass, but I mean none. 

Here are some of my great finds from today and the amazingly reasonable prices I paid:

This 3 piece set is perfect for R and it was $2.50!!!  I am sure it was never worn and a rashguard set for this price is unheard of.

Got this for T can you see a polka dot theme for the girls this summer…$1.50!!

I also scored a bunch of summer clothes for the little man, I just need to persuade him to try them on:

Savers Changes Monday Deal

 Just a quick note, I stopped into my Savers this morning looking for a few Harry Potter Books on tape that s friend told me were at our local Savers, my kids just  love books on tape!!  I went in and since it was Monday I thought I might snag a few bargains since typically Monday a certain color tag is always 99 cents.  Apparently they have changed Monday to a customer appreciation day and now the whole store is 25% off every Monday. 

Just a heads up, I was not aware of the change until I went it, what is great about this is that they put new items out all day in every department so if you aren’t there at opening waiting in line, you may still be able to get some great deals.
Have fun thrifters!!