Crafting in the Rain

Monday, August 24, 2015

Groupon Coupons

This post is brought to you by Groupon.

As everyone is talking back to school, let's take just a minute to commiserate that "bleeding money" feeling that creeps in at this time of year. Between supplies, clothes, school and sports fees, and whatever else suddenly becomes a necessity, at least there's a way to take the sting out a little. What has been your most expensive back to school item?
source has coupons from over 9,000 stores, including Walgreens coupons (great for preparing for the sickies that may come home from school) and Home Depot coupons which will be great for the paint storage shelves I'm planning to build).

Among the 70,000 coupons you'll also find deals from Nike, Macy's, and even vacations.

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So, before you head out on that next shopping trip, or start filling up your virtual cart, make sure you've checked so you're not spending money you don't have to!

And now I'm you do most of your back to school shopping in-store or online? 

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Duck Tape iPad Stand

This post is sponsored by Duck Tape. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Duck Tape rules the school when it comes to DIY school supplies, and I've got a fun project to share with you today. It's a Duck Tape tablet stand!

I built mine using cardboard and Duck Tape, and it's just the right size for holding my iPad mini. If 'you have something larger you may want to increase the stand size a little.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cute Flamingo Crafts and Projects

A couple of weeks ago I found a whole bunch of flamingo outfits to share. My searching turned up all these irresistibly cute flamingo printables, flamingo decor and other ways to DIY flamingos into your life. 

Flamingo Trophy Head || Flamingo Toes

Flamingo Tote Bag || Weekend Pursuits
Flamingo Printable Invitations || Oh Happy Day
Printable Flamingo Banner || Chicfetti
Flamingo Straws || The Tomkat Studio
Flamingo and Stripes || Simply Darrling
Flamingo Printable Art || Oh So Lovely Blog
DIY Flamingo Pinata || Studio DIY
Vinyl Flamingo Shirt || Just Between Friends
Let's Flamingle || Love the Day
Foam Flamingo Cut Out || A Girl and a Glue Gun
Flamingo Kid Craft || I Heart Arts and Crafts
Pineapple Flamingo Banner || Giggles Galore
Pom Pom Flamingo || Joanna Rundel
Flamingo Card || Kelly Purkey
Flamingo Costume || Paper and Fox

Do you have a favorite flamingo idea from above? If you've made something flamingo-inspired of your own, leave me a link. I'd love to see it!
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

DIY Shoe Clip Kit

I received a kit to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Have you guys seen the new Crafternoon kits by Hazel & Ruby at your local Jo-Ann store yet? If not, you should definitely go check them out. I got a chance to try the shoe clip kit, designed by my friend Lindsay from the blog Frenchie.

I have a pair of plain black pumps that needed a bit of dressing up. The kit comes with all the supplies, plus I used my scissors and glue gun.

I ironed all the ribbons first to take out any creases from the packaging.

Then, following the included directions card, I folded, layered and glued all the ribbons. I liked the look better when I fanned out the folds a little, instead of having them line up exactly with each other.

Totally cute and easy addition to my boring black shoes. And I made both clips in just half an hour, including ironing time! Would you or your girls love to whip these up in an afternoon?

 See all the Crafternoon projects here--> Hazel & Ruby Crafternoon

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Disney Crafts and Parties

It's been a while since I showed you a collection of Disney crafts and ideas, so I knew it was time to go searching again for some of the cutest Disney ideas out there. This list includes only new projects (within the last 6 months) so there's a good chance you haven't seen these Disney crafts yet. They just might be the perfect thing for your next Disney vacation, party, or crafty afternoon. Enjoy!

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Macy's Back to School in Style

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Like it or not, it's Back to School time! While I love that we're still spending time going to the park, the river, the fair and doing nothing at all, I also love the excitement of new routines, new supplies, and new clothes. 

This Saturday we're headed out to Macy's for their Back to School event. In addition to finding great deals for back to school, we'll get to make some princess and Star Wars crafts. We'll even pose for pictures in their themed booths! I think it's a great way to incorporate some fun family time into back to school prep.

So, are you in the Portland area? Come hang out with us at this free event! The fun starts at 2 pm in the Macy's at Clackamas Town Center.

For more information click here, or to find other event locations and dates, click here

What's your favorite part about back to school?

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Feel Better with Healthy Savings

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HealthySavings #CollectiveBias

A couple of years ago, my husband and our middle daughter were flying together. Her ears didn’t handle the air pressure change well and she ended up in tears from pain. Isn’t that the worst, to not be able to help them when they’re hurting? 

Personally, I've flown twice in the last 3 weeks. My ears were fine, but I had a sore shoulder (probably hurt it at the gym or something) that was made worse by the stiff position of the small airplane seats. 

We all would have been so much better if we'd had some Children's Advil, or ThermaCare wraps on hand. At Walgreens, it’s the perfect time to stock up and save on some of your healthy essentials for the end of summer. Whether you have a final summer road trip coming up, or you’re back into the school routine, there are tons of Pfizer products to help you out when you need it.