Flower Power

Well, a couple of weeks have passed since I started my spring cleaning...and I have yet to finish the first room I started with - the laundry room.  Me?  Busy?  Yes.  Today is the day I have in my mind to finish it though...which really only requires the attack of the rust spot on the door...and then I'm done!  I'll let you know who wins.  :)
So anyway, I'm going to take a subject detour and share a project I did last summer.  It involved faux floral stems, little silver hair clips, scissors,  hot glue, and cereal boxes so I didn't get hot glue all over our table slash my workplace for everything.  The intended result?  Flower hair clips to adorn the curls of our precious Godchild, Emma.  My sister and I took on a project just like this during one summer home from college so I had lots of extra clips.  Lucky for me too, Michael's was having a 50% off sale on summer floral stems at the time so all in all, this project cost me under $5 and I still have flowers left to make more clips in the future. 

First, I pulled off the fullest flowers in each bunch.  (They slip right off the top of the stems.) 

Then, I clipped off the remaining plastic stem on the bottom of each flower, which caused two of the flowers to come apart in layers.  So, I simply glued each layer together but before I glued the bottom layer on, I first glued it to the clip to make sure the flower would sit flat.

After gluing the entire flower on, I clipped a piece of petal off a smaller flower from the stem that I wasn't going to use, and glued it to the underside of the top of the clip for added support and also to make the clip look prettier underneath.
Like so...

I even got a little creative and used some an old button to dress up an extra layer of an unused flower:

15 minutes later and our Godchild had these:
(Sorry for the bad picture.  The bottom flower is actually a plum color.)

Emma even took a plunge in the pool with one on and it's still alive and kickin'...well, not really but you know what I mean. 
Headbands would also be great to accessorize with flowers like this!  I especially swoon when I see baby girls adorned with a big 'ole flower attached to a stretchy headband.  So cute, so cheap, and so easy to DIY! 
On a side note:  Did you know that you can use Elmer's school glue to attach rhinestones and such to your hair and it washes right out?  My mom used to do it all the time for formals and prom in high school to my sisters and I!  Gosh it's fun to be a girl!  :)
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Newsflash:  All of our "expired herb seeds" have sprouted!  We even have a teeny, tiny tomato that made it's way into the world this week!  In even bigger news, we FINALLY listed our house 'For Sale by Owner'!  No buyers yet, but all of the flyers I made for our flyer box were gone in 4 days so hopefully it means people other than neighbors have been taking interest!  :) 

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  1. I think I've said it before, but just in case: I LOVE how frugal you are and how you find creative ways to save while not scrimping on beauty/fun/entertainment, etc. Personally, I think it's exercise for your brain, y'know, coming up with different uses for things or unique ways to save some bucks, etc. I think a lot of people today are willing to spend a lot of money on frivolous stuff because they're lazy--and then we wonder why we're all tired and out of shape, etc. Our minds need a work-out as much as our bodies do! You go girl! You're an inspiration to me! xoxo