Happy birthday to me

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“Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday to Crystal now I want something for free” ;)

I love to get free stuff not just the normal birthday present. Every year I take it as a personal challenge to get as many birthday freebies as I can. I will share with you a few of my go to bday freebie websites

1) TheFrugalGirls.com

2) FrugalLiving

3) FreebieDepot.com

Enjoy :)

* Make sure to try the Benihana birthday coupon they give you $30! The last time I checked you can use that one any day of your birthday month.

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All wrapped up

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I love wrapping a blank canvas with fabric it’s such an easy ways to decorate your plain walls. I was going to wrap a small canvas, or two, ok maybe three. Instead I saw a post on pillows a-la-mode and loved the way it looked with three big ones. I didn’t have any canvas that big so I just wrapped my large frame with my Christmas wrapping paper. Go check out Pillows a-la-mode to see her beautiful sunflower art transformed into some beautiful Christmas decor.

I couldn’t hang it just yet so I just put it on my shelf in my room. Although I might have to make some more I kind of like it here.

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Coquito and Christmas mug

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I was at the store when this very nice lady offered me a free sample I said free sure I love free! I don’t really like coconut but this coquito was so good and this is a quick simple version so anyone can make this.

Coquito

Ingredients:

● 2 Cups coconut milk
● 1 Cup sweetened condensed milk
● 1 Cup evaporated milk
● 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
● 1/2 tsp ground nut meg
● Rum optional for adults

Directions:

In a blender combine all the ingredients beat until combined. Add rum to taste.

Refrigerate for 1 hour or until cold.  Serve cold and garnish with a little more cinnamon.

Tip:
To reduce fat you can substitute the liquid ingredients for fat free or low fat.
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Christmas mugs

Supplies:
● Mug with hole for straw
● Ribbon
● Red and white straw
● Hot glue gun & glue

Steps:
● Cut the ribbon to fit around the cup leave a little more to be able to overlap.
● Overlap the ribbon and glue in place.
● Add your festive straw and that’s it.

* The mug, ribbon and pack of straws were all bought from the 99 cents store

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So sweet

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I’m going to have to make some more sweets. These are so simple yet very tasty. The sweetness of the chocolate blends perfectly with the salty pretzel.
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Here’s what you need:
● Pretzels
● Candy melts
● Sprinkles
● Wax paper
● Cup

Steps:
1) Melt the candy melts in the microwave 25-30 sec at a time. Stirring in between. If it’s still thick you can add a small amount of  vegetable oil.

2) Cover a cutting board with wax paper.

3) Dip your pretzels in the chocolate.

4) Apply your sprinkles.

5) Place all your pretzels on your wax paper and put this in the freezer for a few min.

Enjoy :)

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* You can melt different colors of chocolate and put them in small zip lock bags cut a tiny piece of the corner off and drizzle it over the pretzels.

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These are so easy to make your kids can help. They love it so go on put them to work. My 8 year old daughter made these pretzels. 

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Merry Kissmass

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I have seen these mugs everywhere they are very easy to make although some people experience a little technical difficulties it should work out fine. You can decorate it however you like. I didn’t have green otherwise I would have drawn little mistletoes all over.

Supplies:
● Ceramic mug
● Permanent marker (Pebeo marker works well)
● Rubbing alcohol
● Towel

Steps:

1) First you need to clean your mug wipe the outside with rubbing alcohol.

2) Draw your design or write your words with a permanent marker. Pebeo markers are supposed to work really well.

3) Put the mug in the oven then turn the oven on to 425°. Once the oven is at the right temp leave it in for 30 min.

4) Turn off the oven but do not remove it right away leave it in the oven till it cools you don’t want it to crack.

5) Once it’s all the way cool take it out and test it with a wet towel. It should work like this but it would probably work better to hand wash them instead of putting it in the dishwasher.

If you have any other tips feel free to leave a comment.

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The Twelve Days of Craftsmas

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For day four of the 25 days of Christmas projects I would like to share this gorgeous bracelet made by Kimberly over at

The Twelve Days of Craftsmas.

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Christmas Stocking

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Ok even though I’m loving this I’m starting to question my sanity when I said I would do 25 days of projects. As you might have seen from my previous post I make and sell wallets, purses and other goodies and as of today I’m officially booked for the month I just got some more orders in today. So I might have to change some things around.

Supplies:
● Your choice of fleece fabric
● Sample stocking (99 cents store)
● Marker
● Scissors
● Pins
● Thread
● Paper
Steps:
I made this Cowboys stocking by using my kids stocking as a guide.
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Trace your pattern.

Measure the top part of the stocking height and the length all the way around, mine was 4.5″x17″.
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Cut out your front piece. Place your pattern over the part you want shown.
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For the back piece make sure and turn over your pattern so you don’t end up with two front pieces.
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Cut out the rectangle for the top part in a contrasting fabric.

Cut out a small strip of fabric 1.5″x8″ for hanging.
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Pin and sew with right sides together using a 1/4″ seam all the way around the sides and bottom of your two main stocking pieces and leave the top open.
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Fold the large rectangle piece in half right sides together and sew the side closed. It will now look like a circle.
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Fold the small strip in half and place the open end on the inside of the stocking.  Make sure your stocking is right side out and you place it on the LEFT side otherwise it will hang the wrong way.

Then turn your top piece inside out and place the seam end over your small piece.
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Pin all three pieces together and sew all the way around the top of your stocking.  For this one I used a 1/2″ seam just to make sure I was able to get the middle piece.

*The black clip in the picture is used to show you what side the small piece is at.
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Turn over the top part and your done.
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*Tip:
If you want to add something decorative to the top like I did with the star make sure you do it before you attach it to the base part of the stocking. I decided after that I wanted a star there so I just did it by hand sewing. I didnt want to maneuver the star under my machine.

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