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Friday, April 30, 2010

Women's Conference Recap

Yesterday I had a "sharing station" at Women's Conference. I wasn't sure what the response would be, but people seemed to really like all the new project ideas. Welcome Women's Conference readers! I thought it would be helpful to show each project that was displayed and where the tutuorial is available. If you have any questions, or would like to contact me, please leave a comment or email me at somebrightideas@gmail.com.

When I was little, my mom had a birthday banner that she put up for all our birthdays. I decided to create one for my little family out of fabric. We love it! The pattern is available on Etsy. If you're not the sewing type, the finished banner is also available.

Tool belt tutorial is available on Make it and Love it

The tutorial for this soft fabric jingle ball is available here.

These yarn balls are great for babies! They are also great for classrooms. The tutorial is found here on Some Bright Ideas.

I made these cute finger puppets yesterday before Women's Conference. I think they're adorable. Amy, from The Idea room has the short tutorial. I always like to find projects with felt because I have so much left from the playhouse below!

I also made these bean bags a few hours before Women's Conference. I didn't have any pattern or tutorial, but I cut my fabric about 4"x5", sewed around the edges leaving an 2" opening, turned, stuffed and sewed it closed. I probably sould have handstitched the opening closed to make it look better, but I think they're fine the way they are. After all, they're just bean bags, right?

Here's another project without a tutorial. Mr. Potato Head is made all of felt, and stuffed with a little batting. The pieces velcro on and he has a large pocket in the back to hold everything. I used a lot of hot glue to put the eyes, hat and mouth pieces together. Let me know if you have any questions!

These crayon rolls are so great and so easy to make! The tutorial is available here.

I love using these felt bags instead of bulky pumpkins or easter baskets. They're so easy to make too! Here are the instructions.

There isn't a full tutorial for this alphabet, but if anyone is interested, please let me know and I'll type it up. I used the font Berlin Sans, I think about 200 point font. I then traced the letters onto heavy heat and bond (available at craft stores), then ironed them onto different fabrics. Then I ironed them all onto black felt. Finally attach magnets to the back and you're done!

This advent calendar is one of my all time favorite projects. I looked and looked for a advent calendar that was a nativity, but couldn't find one I liked. Finally, with the help of my very talented mother-in-law, we came up with this magnet board advent calendar. It is perfect! Right now, I am selling finished advent calendars here. Are you interested in the pattern? Please email me at somebrightideas@gmail.com! I'd love to see how much interest there is. I have been brainstorming different layouts to make the advent calendar a little more affordable as well. Again, let me know if this is something you'd be interested in.

These I-spy bags are great for keeping kids quiet at church. You can use your scrap fabric and clean out your junk drawer to fill it! The tutorial is found here.

If you're feeling ambitious, make a felt playhouse! My kids absolutely love this playhouse! The tutorial is available on Homemade by Jill.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Today I had a "sharing station" booth at Women's Conference. It turned out really cute. There was a lot of interest in the advent calendar and the birthday banner. The information for those are listed below. Birthday banner pattern is available on etsy for $4. Finished banners are also available on etsy for $37.
The advent calendar is only available as a finished product right now. You can find it here. If you are interested in the pattern, please email me at somebrightideas@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

.31 ice cream at Baskin Robbins!

TODAY ONLY, from 5-10 at Baskin Robbins you can a scoop of ice cream for only .31!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Free bagel and shmear at Einstein Bagels

Become a fan of einstein bagels and get a coupon for a free bagel and shmear. Offer expires 5/2.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rite Aid 4/25-4/31

EDIT: Come to find out, a few of these items aren't on sale here in Utah, and the dove coupons expired. So, I just purchased the toothbrushes and the stayfree. SORRY!

Dove Hair Care Products 2/$6
$3 Single Check Rebate when you buy 2
Use coupon $2.50/2 Dove Hair care in RP 3/28 or (2) $1.50/1 Dove Hair Care in RP 3/28
FINAL PRICE: Free-.25 depending on coupon

Aveno Lotion $3.49
Buy 3, submit for $5 Single Check Rebate
use 3 $2/1 in-ad coupon
use 3 $1/1 from coupons.com or SS 4/24
FINAL PRICE: $3.50 Money Maker!

Reach Toothbrush 2/$6
$3 Single Check rebate when you buy 2
Buy 1 Get 1 free coupon from RP 1/3

Stayfree $1.99
use $2/1 Stayfree product from RP 3/28
$1/1 Video Values coupon
Final Price: $1 Money Maker!

Transaction senario:
(2) stayfree
(2) reach toothbrushes
(3) aveno lotions
(2) dove hair care products
Price before Coupons: 26.45
USE $5/25 or $5/20 Video Values
Final price after coupons and rebates: $9.55 MONEY MAKER!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Best of the Smith's Sale 4/14-4/20

The Quaker sale at Smith's right now is GREAT! Quaker instant oatmeal and select varieties of cereal (captain crunch, life) are on sale 5/$10. When you buy 5 with your Smith's card, you'll get an instant discount of $5, bringing your total down to 5/$5. BUT DON'T STOP THERE! Take a few manufacturers coupons from the associated foods ads this week (Macey's, Harmon's, etc.) for $3 off 5 quaker products and your total will come down to $2 for 5 items, or .40 each.

5 boxes quaker instant oatmeal $10
- $5 instant savings
- $3 off coupon from competitor's ads

Other deals worth mentioning:

Skippy Peanut butter: $1.30
use .75/2 from 3/28 RP
TOTAL: .93 each!

Betty Crocker Potato pouches $.84
use .40/1 coupon from here, here, or here
TOTAL: .44 each, PLUS, when you buy 3 you'll get a $3 catalina!!

Bar-S meat franks: $.89
use 1/2 coupon here
FINAL PRICE: .39 each!

Monday, April 12, 2010

UPDATE: A week off at Rite Aid

I did end up going to Rite Aid this week and this is what I got:

AMO Complete Multi-purpose Solution 7.99
Submit for 7.99 Rebate
Final price: FREE

Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste 2.99
Submit for 2.00 rebate
Use 1/1 coupon from PG 4/4
Final Price: FREE

Olay Quench Lotion 7.99
Use 1/1 coupon from PG 3/14
Submit for 7.99 Rebate from Olay here
Final price: $1 Money Maker

1 filler item at least 1.03 (I bought a vitamin water with my FREE coupon from Facebook)

Total: about $20 depending on your filler item
Use a $5/20 video values coupon

After coupons and rebates, it turned out to be a $6 Money Maker!

Thanks The Krazy Coupon Lady for some match-ups!

Free Mac and Cheese Coupon on Facebook

Are you as exited about these facebook coupons as I am? It seems like every few days I get a coupon in the mail for something free!

Become a fan of Kraft Mac and Cheese on Facebook and they'll send you a coupon for a free box of Mac and Cheese!

UPDATE:Free Scotch Brite Sponges!

I took these coupons with my to Maceys and found single packs of sponges for $1.19. The coupons worked fine! I'll have to go get more. I've heard that the sponges are .97 at Walmart.There's a new coupon out there from 3M for $1.00 off any Scotch Brite Product making single sponges at most stores FREE!

Friday, April 9, 2010

FREE 8X10 at Walgreens today

I know this is a little late, but just wanted to let you know that you can get a free 8x10 at walgreens today by entering the code BIG8X10 at checkout.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Free copy paper at Staples

Through 4/10 you can get FREE copy paper at Staples. To get the paper you have to print the coupon, hand it to the cashier, and then fill our your rebate online. You'll get your money back in the form of a check. Free paper is always good for printing all those coupons!
Thanks Laura!

Free Prints at Walgreens!

Enter code PRINTS20 at checkout and you'll get 20 FREE 4x6 prints at Walgreens. Today only! Click here to see the rest of the deals this week.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Filling up my time

Are you wondering where I've been lately? I promise I have been crafting. Wednesday I have a giveaway on The Idea Room so I've been busy preparing everything for that. My biggest project was finishing another advent calendar. If you're interested, head over and take a look at it!

Monday, April 5, 2010

This week at Rite Aid

There are a few things at Rite Aid this week. Here's what I'm getting:

Fusion Razor $8.99
-4 rebate
-$4 coupon from PG 4/4
Crest Toothpaste $2.29
-1.50 rebate
-1 coupon from PG 4/4
FREE (actually you make .21)
Pampers $9.99
-2 rebate
-2 coupon from PG 3/14

Deal Senario:
Pampers 9.99
Crest 2.29
Fusion Razor 8.00

Use $5/20 coupon from Rite Aid Video Values and all coupons listed above
TOTAL: $1.77 + tax!