Friday, February 25, 2011

Frugal Friday: Borders in Fremont Closing

Sad about the economic downfall of our country? Well, you can do your part by helping to stimulate economic growth through shopping! One company's efforts to tighten up and save their other stores can be to your benefit. The Fremont Borders (and others, check online) is closing and all of their store is 20%-40% off. Enjoy!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Frugal Friday: Frugal Crafting

A friend of mine who is planning her upcoming nuptials told me about this amazing crafting supply site the other week. I'm not just saying that because their main page features a cupcake tower with an "A" and "B" on the top either! Just browsing on their site for fun details for an event I found these cute rustic framed chalkboards on stands for only $3.99, these one or two inch clothes pins, 50, for $2.99 and these adorable milk bottles for 12 for $14.98 or $2.99 each. Couldn't you just see a cocktail in these little bottles with a striped straw popping out the top of it? I was honestly surprised by how inexpensive the things were on this site, along with the incredible variety of items. It's nice to see crafting sites that aren' to put this politely... for lack of a better word: tacky. There are of course some less than chic items, but it was easy to find things that I would actually use in my wedding/ event or one I was assisting to design. I'm excited to explore the site more and to see what other little treasures I can find, thanks for the tip J!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope everyone had a great day and felt loved. We made some homemade Valentine's ate some homemade breakfast and I am now officially obsessed with cinnamon toast french toast!
I leave you with a cute baby cupid.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A & B Valentine's Day Cards Available at Mignonne in Berkeley!

Here are the Valentine's Day cards we made this year, and we are happy to say that they are available for sale at Mignonne in Berkeley! We made gift tags/ small cards as well as regular sized Valentine's with envelopes. All of the cards are made using vintage stamps, naturally. Come check them out if you're local!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Frugal Friday: "Etsy On Sale"

I will admit that I am still something of an Etsy newbie when it comes to really navigating the site well. For A's Valentine's day gifts I spent far too much time entering a search then looking through hundreds of pages of results, literally, to find what I was looking for.

Today is exciting though because I found that there is a specific section that filters all of the Etsy
items that have recently been reduced or gone on sale! It's called, simply, "Etsy on Sale" and there are hundreds of pages to search through for just what you're looking for. Thankfully there are categories and price limits to help narrow down your search. Happy shopping!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Belated Wrapping Ideas...

I found these on my camera, which I guess I forgot about. This year I made a pledge to not buy any wrapping paper and in fact to push it just a little further by reusing Trader Joe's grocery bags. I hand stamped a forest scene, made gift tags with vintage stamps and usedred and white baker's twine to finish it all off. I think I'll do it again next year, it was relatively easy and felt good to be reusing something. Really though, this is a look that could be modified for any holiday or occasion, just change the stamp and color of baker's twine. The best part of all was that the "wrapping paper" was all recyclable afterward!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Handmade Valentine Sneak Peek!

Here's a sneak peek of the Valentine's we made....what do you think?


A & I are leaving on a roadtrip today, we've got the next few days off and we don't know where we're going or where we'll end up....although this is probably inevitable!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Frugal Friday: Valentine's!

How is it already February?! Seriously, wasn't it just almost Christmas!? If you are way more ahead of your game then I you may be thinking about affordable Valentine's Day gift ideas. One of the easiest, and sometimes lazy or cheap looking, options are to make "Coupons" for your one and only. I have to say I have totally done them before, and I think that I did it in a cuteoriginal, non-cheesy way, but I actually found some printable/ customizable ones that look great! These ones are from Kind Over Matter which I just discovered for the first time! These are totally adorable and have a fun indie feel to them which you can claim all as your own if you're so inclined.

If you only need Valentine's cards, I found a great website that has all kinds of
vintage Valentine's Day cards available that you can print for free! There are so many hilarious puns (wow, you'll never hear me say that again!)
from the 30's/ 40's/ 50's that are so adorable but usually harder to find, and sometimes expensive, in their original forms. I think I may give this one to A....your perfect printable vintage Valentine can be found here. I'll post some of my own Valentine's I've been working on soon!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A and B Business Cards and Tags!

There are the new "A and B" tags and business cards I've just made. I think they turned out well, if I do so humbly say so myself. I may go a little darker on the orange and possibly use baker's twine (in the lovely blue tone of the ink) instead of the white twine. But, this is the first round and I've got to say that I am loving them!
What I especially love about these tags is that they can be used for so many different things. They could also be the business cards themselves if I wanted. For the wedding we did in September (YES still have yet to blog about it!!) they used tags like these for their place seatings or escort cards. I even love the idea of using them as a rustic save-the-date too! Couldn't you just see that?