UncommonGoods: Unique Gift Ideas

My favorite finds from Uncommon Goods by Fancy Frugal LIfeHave you ever heard of the amazing online gift store uncommongoods.com? Oh you are in for a TREAT! They have amazingly unique handmade gifts for all occasions! I guarantee you’ll even spot some fabulous gift ideas for yourself!

These are perfect for those people who have everything! Many of their items are hand made or made of recycled materials. Plus, there are lots of gifts that can be personalized. Take a look at the eye candy above for a peek at a few of my favorite finds. I could die at how cute that cassette tape pillow is and absolutely need that gorgeous handmade rustic chandelier for my home!

UG 9UncommonGoods is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. At UncommonGoods, we believe that creativity and the expression of individuality represent two great human treasures. We have set out to create a business that makes uncommon goods accessible to everyone.Founded in August 1999, UncommonGoods is privately held and headquartered in New York City.” via their website

Last week I received the most exciting house warming gift from UncommonGoods! This is their Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit .

Wall Mount Succulent GardenHow amazing is this to hang on the wall?! I’ve always wanted one of these and absolutely love succulents! The kit comes with individually cut pieces of succulents and the frame. All you have to do is use a chopstick or pencil to plant them. I love how my pretty living frame turned out!

Small Succulent Gardens fancy frugal life The kit comes with specific instructions on how to care for it and eventually I’ll be able to hang it up on the wall or keep it to use as a cute table centerpiece!

Fancy Frugal LIfe Wall Succulent GardenI’d like to thank UncommonGoods for sponsoring Fancy Frugal Life and make sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! :) Have a beautiful day!!

 

32 Charming Ideas For Kids Rooms: Hometalk Clipboard

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Recently, I was asked to curate a clipboard for Hometalk.com. Take a look at all these wonderful charming spaces designed for kids! To see my clipboard just click on the image above.

If you haven’t heard about it, Hometalk.com is a wonderful online community filled with so much awesome real life DIY home and garden related projects! You can create your own clipboards and save ideas for feature project inspiration! I love that the feed is not only full of talented bloggers, but also just all types of people simply wanting to gain and share home related stories.

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I absolutely adore creative kids spaces and have had a blast creating fun spaces for my own kids. If you haven’t read my blog before make sure to check out these Fancy Frugal Life spaces!

Pink and Aqua Shabby Chic Room

Fancy Frugal Life Girl's Room

Our Playroom

The Dr. Seuss Inspired Reading Nook

My Son’s Surfer Room

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

 

Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop

Pinnable-panel_CSv3I’m so excited and honored to be featured in the latest issue of Creative Spaces Magazine, Vol. 3. This issue is currently out on newsstands and filled with beautiful craft room inspiration photos! I’m thrilled and proud my little craft nook is one of them. Plus, I was happy to see some of my favorite bloggers are also featured in here! I can’t believe my little area is part of this! Because I know you LOVE creative craft spaces as much as I do I am participating in a fun Blog Hop at the end of this post!

Displaying CreativeSpacesVol3_Cover_WEB.jpgAs you might know, we have recently moved back to Phoenix, Az from Fresno, CA and I no longer have this space. It was sad to leave it behind, but guess what? In our new home I have an entire room to create another space! Whoohoo! This will be my 3rd craft area. See the details of my former craft closet here, and my (now former) craft nook here.

 Here’s some behind the scenes photos from my photo shoot with Creative Spaces Magazine!

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Here’s the list of AMAZING contributors to Creative Spaces vol. 3 Blog Hop:

Creative Spaces Vol.3 Blog Hop

Have fun and go visit each blog to see their fabulous craft spaces and get inspired!

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine:

Cathe at Just Something I Made:

Kristi and Kelli at Lolly Jane:

Beckie at Infarrantly Creative:

Haeley at Design Improvised:

Tracie at Cleverly Inspired:

Carola at Boxwood Cottage:

Lina at Fancy Frugal Life: > You are here.

Lia Griffith:

Jen at Tatertots & Jello:

Jennifer McGuire:

Jill Yegerlehner/Jillibean Soup:

Amanda Coleman:

Jen Gallacher:

Becky Olson

Stephenie Hamen:

Jodi Sanford:

Elle Price/Elle’s Studio:

Mary-Ann Maldonado:

Michelle Hill:

Sherry Mendoza:

We R Memory Keepers:

Graphic 45:

Cosmo Cricket:

Fancy Pants Designs:

Simple Stories

Chalkboard Blue:

Stacy Cohen:

DCWV Inc.:

Hazel & Ruby:

Here is a quick peek at my feature in the magazine!!
magazine featureThanks Creative Spaces for thinking of my space for your incredible magazine! :)

 Have a beautiful day! Thanks for coming to see me. :)

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We bought a house! & Kitchen/Bath Inspiration

dream kitchen


If you haven’t already heard via Instagram, we have moved back to Phoenix, AZ! I am from here and happy to be home. In the past several years we have moved to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fresno, and now back to Phoenix where we have purchased a home and hope to STAY!! My husband is in construction management so we’ve been moving for different projects he’s been on, but now he works for a company with (hopefully) plenty of work in the area! Hooray.

Moving gets harder as the kids get older and super hard on me. But we’ve had lots of great adventures and can’t wait for this chapter too. Here are a few pics of our house and we hope to make it our dream, forever home :)
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The backyard has an amzing pool with grotto and my kids are thrilled with it. The inside has a nice kitchen, but it was built in 2004 with basic builder grade bathrooms, so we hope to do lots of cosmetic improvements and remodel the bathrooms someday and add upgraded flooring throughout. I plan to change a lot of the paint colors and try to brighten it up.
Fancy Frugal Life New HouseI’m finding myself more attracted to neutral white and grey bathrooms and kitchens as well as flooring.

We love the look and durability of wood grain floor tile that’s so popular right now, don’t you? Look at this gorgeous floor called Timberlook Floor Tile. How amazing would that be?!

Check out this dreamy butler style sink! I’m obsessed with this style of sink.

I do love a unique backsplash and check out this White Dune Tile example. I’ve seen this stuff used on remodeling shows but never knew the name!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wouldn’t you love to soak in this beautiful freestanding bath tub? Yes please! I present you with my dream bathtub!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these gorgeous kitchen and bath items can be purchased at http://www.abltilecentre.com.au/. “ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre was established in 1993 and is an industry leader in design and affordability, with the best prices across Sydney, and a huge range of products. We can cater for all needs, from a small patch up job, bathroom or kitchen renovation to a new home, or a high-rise apartment block.”

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I’d like to thank ABL for sponsoring Fancy Frugal Life and providing us with some amazing kitchen and bathroom inspiration today! Check out their facebook page and twitter to stay connected and visit their site to see what’s currently on sale!

 

 

White and Gold Mirror Makeover

 

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Good morning!

Happy Sunday! This mirror is one of my favorite ever transformations. I wanted to give some more details about this little fun bright corner of the house!

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We found the long mirror for around $10 at Yoshi’s thrift store warehouse inside the old Nabisco building in downtown Fresno. It’s a fun place to treasure hunt! Isn’t the shape of the mirror awesome? I love finding unique pieces like this to customize our home!

It has a couple coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure white, and Annie Sloan clear wax. There is a little distressing with sand paper as well. After the paint was dry I decided to highlight the details of the mirror with gold gilding wax and a small paint brush. The wax was from the same shop as the Chalk Paint. This was an easy couple hour project, love those kind!

mirror makeover with gold gilding wax

There she is all pretty and made over :) Speaking of pretty,I wanted to point out this fun mirrored light blue cabinet. Remember last year I won a $250 HomeGoods gift card giveaway social media contest for the best find. (It was a photo of my $30 bedding set that won.) Isn’t that so exciting!!!? I never win stuff so I was super psyched :)

 

I used the gift card to buy this cabinet and I love how it looks with this mirror! The cute clock is also HomeGoods.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful day!

Homegoods cabinet

Spring has Sprung! My Cherry Blossom & Tulip Spring Wreath

Easy Tulip & Cherry Blossom Wreath



Hooray it’s Spring, and I made an easy wreath for the front door to celebrate! I know some people are turned off by faux flowers, but I feel like if they are presented in a classy way, they can be a really fun way to dress up a room or front door. This project was super easy and took me less than an hour. Plus, I bought these flowers on a day they were 40% off at Michaels, and with an extra 25% off total purchase coupon…. I love when that happens, because at full price this could get a little pricey.

Easy cherry blossom wreathI already had this plain stick wreath form, and purchased three bundles of both the cherry blossoms and white tulips. All I did was arrange the cherry blossoms around the wreath and tie them down with floral wire. I took about five or six tulips and arranged them so they were staggered, and tied them with wire. Then, I tied the whole bundle to the wreath with wire. There’s about five or six bundles of tulips tied around the inside portion of the wreath.
Spring Wreath by Fancy Frugal Lifefancy frugal life tulip wreathI think it brightens my entry and is perfect for Spring! What do you think?  Yeah for pretty flowers! Thanks so much for stopping by. I am super busy right now writing some Easter posts for Hip2Save.com before we go on Spring break to Washington D.C to visit my dad and see some REAL life cherry blossoms! :)
easy tulip wreath by fancy frugal life

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How to fold a doily into an envelope (Easy dolllar store Valentine’s Day craft)

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Hi there! I hope you are haveing a fabulous day full of love and joy! Yesterday I prepped for my daughter’s kindergarten party and folded 30 of these heart doilies into envelopes. They made love letters to their parents today as a party craft. Our teacher does these every year and I thought it was so cute and clever. I’m sure their little letters will be a darling keepsake :)

To make these all you have to do is turn the heart upside down, fold the two sides in, and the bottom up. Glue the sides, and fold the top down as an envelope. So easy, right?
Valentine Doiley Envelopes Fancy Frugal LIfeWe used these cute stickers that look like stamps from Michael’s craft store.

I also wanted to show you the arrangement I made for our teacher as a gift from the parents. I love that you can always make a gorgeous bouquet for under $20 with Trader Joes flowers!

Trader Joe's Roses bouquet
Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you received lots of sweet Valentine’s Day mail!

I hope you received some sweet Valentine's mail ?????????? #kindergarten

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Free Creative Classroom Printable Valentines I’ve Created

Eyeball Ring Valentine Fancy Frugal LIfe

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’m sure many of you are working on the class cards with your little ones. We really have fun and enjoy doing these together, and it’s so cute to see the kids get so excited and come up with new concepts each year! Today I’m sharing our own easy ideas in case you need some last minute inspiration.

The first one I’d like to mention are these cute eyeball rings party favors from Target. They can be found in the birthday party isle and say the Sprintz brand on the packaging. My daughter picked these out herself and came up with the saying by herself too! She thinks it’s hilarious to do the two finger eye point hand motion.

Eye ball rings from Target

Feel free to use my printable if you’d like to make these. All we did is punch a hole in the upper right corner and tie the rings with ribbon. She is so excited to give these out the her friends! :)

FREE “I’ve got my eyes on you” Printable Cards

free printable valentine cardI’ve also created four other cute printable classroom Valentine ideas for the website I now work for Hip2Save.com.

Make sure to head over there to print out the Pop Rocks “Valentine you rock!’ cards. These are what my son is choosing to hand out to his classmates this year.

Free Pop Rocks Valentine Printable Hip2Save

 How great is this Mad Libs “I’m Mad about you Valentine!”? We love Mad Libs at my house because it’s tons of silly fun!

Mad Libs Valentines Idea & Free Printable

I shared this “You’re the write one for me.” pencil valentine, and the “You make my heart glow.” glow stick valentine. Head on over here for those free printables.

Pencil & Glow Stick Valentines Hip2Save

Tell me what you’re doing for classroom valentine cards? I’d love to hear!

 

 

 

Fancy Frugal Girly Pink & Aqua Bedroom

Fancy Frugal Life Girl's Room


Hi there! It’s been awhile! Turns out it’s a little hard to work full time for another website and keep up my own. :) If you’re curious what I’ve been up to, make sure to follow me over at Hip2Save.com. I’ll be blogging and updating their recipes page– http://hip2save.com/recipes/

Recipes at Hip2Saveas well as the crafts and DIY projects.–http://hip2save.com/diycrafts/. I’ve been doing some fun Valentine’s Day class printable ideas and lots of cooking!

Hip2Save Crafts and DIY

We’ve been in this house for a year in a half and I haven’t shown too much of my daughter’s space. It was in a room with beige walls a few years ago in a previous house. And if you remember, decorating her room is what originally sparked my interest in blogging a few years ago. I remember staying up late at night searching through beautiful home décor blogs and websites, before Pinterest, gathering inspiration on how to decorate frugally.

Her dressers and night stand are from Craigslist, and mini toile lounge chair a favorite 2nd hand find. Her beautiful ruffled bedding was just $30 from HomeGoods, along with the white furry rug she recently couldn’t live without the last time we were there. :) The vintage mirror was a great flea market find, and I was able to reuse a lot of the details from her nursery as a baby on this gallery wall.

There’s so much of my daughter’s personality in here, which I LOVE.. She adores anything pink, a big fan of ruffles, also loves elephants, picture books, and is obsessed with dance. In fact this year she is on the competition team with her dance studio for the first time! I don’t think there’s anything cuter than little ones dancing :)

Pink and aqua room

Fancy Frugal Room

Ikea Photo Shelf

These walls were already this blue when we moved in and I think her things look really pretty in here! Today we put up this fun white shelf from Ikea, I think it’s meant to hold picture frames, but picture books look so cute on it! If she had more room I’d do a whole wall with these shelves! So cute with the books..
The photo below is her very first tutu from her one year old photo shoot on the left. I spray painted an old frame pink and hung the tutu inside, above her bed. I just couldn’t part with it and love this idea to incorporate it in her room!

Framed first tutu
aqua walls and pink accessories

Wall Decor Little Girl's Room

elephants
See the elephants? :)
Fancy Frugal Room

blue and pink girls room
Love this sweet little hand painted antique bed! It has been perfect for her. And as you can see by the scratches, well loved!

antique bed ruffle bedding

 

handpainted antique bedRuffles, ruffles, and more ruffles.
pretty ruffle bedding

White Ruffle Bedding

l remember skipping out of Hobby Lobby spending only $3.00 each on those pink pillows with large white flowers. The turquoise and beige curtains are a recent purchase from Kirkland’s. I love them in here.

The white furry rug

 

Girly Shabby Chic Room

 

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toile ottoman
This pink magazine rack has the perfect little vintage look, and was also fav flea market find.

pink magazine rack

 

Kirkland's drapes

little girl room

Thanks so much for stopping by my little one’s girly room today! So much thought and love was put into this tiny space and I’m glad to be able to share it with you and to document it for my sweet girl. Here she is below at her first dance recital this summer. Time is flying by and I am hanging on to these special memories :)

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Modern Classic Furniture Reproductions

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You’ve already re-painted the walls and feng-shui’d the furniture. What else can you do to add a little excitement to your interior design? Here are 10 out-of-the-box ways to jazz up your home.

1: Houseplants

Forget the gardenias out of Better Homes and Gardens. Go for the fuzzy pink appendages of the acalypha or the crawling tendrils of the spider plant.

2: Egg Chairs

Already a staple of modern homes and hip offices, egg chairs are also great for snooty neighbors or in-laws who still don’t think your husband is good enough. Let them try to turn up their nose when they’re cradled in an egg!

3: Crazy Rugs

The best thing about a colorful or brightly-patterned rug is that it requires no commitment on your part. If it works out, great! If you decide you don’t like it after all, you won’t have to rip up the flooring to get rid of it.

4: Upside-Down Mirrors

Hang your mirrors from the ceiling for an off-beat look that’s still functional. It’s an easy way to add a little whimsy to your home without having resort to major renovations.

5: Chandeliers

Give your guests something to gawk at with the purchase of a grand chandelier for your den or living room. The odds are good that they’ll go right home and order their own, so you’ll start a neighborhood trend!

6: Furniture Reproductions

If you’d like a vintage look without the vintage stains, consider something like modern classic furniture reproductions, which will offer all the groovy style of yesteryear but with 21sty century utility and comfort.

7: Painted Interior Doors

Not only is it fun and quirky, but the next time someone asks for directions to the bathroom, you can just say, “The purple door down the hall.”

8: Upholstered Stairs

Give every step a unique design, like a different color, pattern or image. It can become a fun family project if everyone chips in with ideas or works on it together, like making new step for every birthday or milestone.

9: Storage

Who says organization can’t be interesting? Cut your shelves into the shape of dolphins or flowers. Install rails on your ceiling and keep all your plastic tubs hanging above your head.

10: Stenciled Floors

If you have wooden floors, it’s easy enough to grab some paint and a few stencils and make a one-of-a-kind design. Most people only do this to their walls, but you’re thinking out of the box, remember?

Do you have a modern pieces in your home? What’s your favorite piece?