Art & crafts

July 3

Minifigure Mold (LEGO Style) only $3.82 & Free Shipping @ Amazon.ca!

Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM

A couple of weeks ago, we shared the above video on our Facebook page. It’s a tutorial which shows you how to make your own stackable, snackable gummy candy in the shape of LEGO bricks and LEGO minifigures! We got a tremendous response to the video, with many people asking where they could buy the molds. Amazon is a great place to look for things like this, and I was searching for some this morning. I spotted a great price on a mold for the LEGO minifigures – it’s only $3.82 and that’s with free shipping to your home!

Please note that in my title I am stating “LEGO style” as these molds are probably not a genuine branded LEGO product. You’d probably pay three times this price in the LEGO store for a mold like this (example). The same one from Amazon themselves is $20 here! But the mold from the seller on Amazon looks pretty much identical to the one on the LEGO store, at a fraction of the price. I think that if you’re just going to give the gummies a try, you don’t want to spend a fortune and something like this is ideal to get you started.

The mold makes you eight minifigures, consisting of whatever material you decide to use. For example, as well as gummies, you could make chocolates, ice-cubes, anything!

When I put the above video on Facebook, many people were commenting that it was a BAD idea – getting your kids confused and possibly encouraging them to eat the real LEGOs. I don’t think this applies… my daughter is five years old and she absolutely loves her LEGO. She can easily see the difference between a piece of LEGO and a candy. Obviously, if you plan on doing this with younger children, there could be a question of confusion there… but LEGO does have certain age recommendations on it, and I’d make sure that you stick to those and always supervise the kids when playing too!

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Minifigure Mold (LEGO Style) only $3.82 & Free Shipping @ Amazon.ca!

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June 14

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

Posted by on June 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

Do we have any Moosers who can knit? Are you handy with a pair of needles? Or do you know anyone who is? Check out these seven free downloads of some geeky and cute knitting patterns!

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. R2D2 Beanie

I first stumbled on the hand-made R2D2 beanie hats on Pinterest, but then had a google for some of the designs. There’s a basic pattern here on Carissaknits, or a variation here on Craftser. I’d wear one of these!

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. LEGO Brick Doorstop

Here on Instructables you can find the pattern for a cute LEGO brick doorstop! The pattern actually looks fairly simple, with the process just getting a little fiddly when you are attaching all the pieces together.

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Dr Who TARDIS Hat

Oh, I love this one! It’s a free knitting pattern of a Dr Who police box hat which you can download on Ravelry. I even love the spiralling colours in the woolly chin ties.

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Batman Doll

Here on Knitsbybritt, you can find a free knitting pattern for a cute little batman doll! It looks like one for an advanced knitter; the pattern doesn’t look easy to me.

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Spiderman Socks

Another one on Ravelry.com, this is a knitting pattern for Spideysocks! These look fantastic. And warm.

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Weasly Sweater

Here on Canadianliving, there’s a full and free knitting pattern of a “Weasley sweater,” just like Mrs Weasly knitted for everyone in the Harry Potter universe. It’s geek-chic, eh?

7 Free Geeky Knitting Patterns!

  1. Space Invaders Cushion

This is one piece of décor that I would be more than happy to have in my living room – a space invaders cushion! You can grab the free download here at Craftsy.

Conclusion

There is a ton of geeky knitting patterns out there on the interwebs; this is just a miniscule selection of a few items that I liked. I wish I could knit better! I’d be all over these free knitting patterns. Anyone going to give them a try?

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May 28

Knitters! Get Free Minion Hat & Toy Knitting Patterns Here

Posted by on May 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Knitters! Get Free Minion Hat & Toy Knitting Patterns Here

If you’re a dab hand with a ball of wool and a couple of needles, you might want to try your hand at this – it’s a free knitting pattern for making minion toys and hats!

As you can see from the image above, this is a knitting pattern which enables you to knit the following items:

  • 1 minion hat
  • 1 minion stuffed toy

They look very cool! My daughter would love these.

While Despicable Me was an excellent movie in and of itself, the Minions seemed to be a character set that was actually more popular than the actual movie! I’ve seen minion merchandise all over the place, and the memes and funny images all over Facebook too. They’ve even got their own movie! I’ll probably have to go to the cinema to see that one… I mean I’ll probably have to take my daughter to the cinema to see that one. Knitters! Get Free Minion Hat & Toy Knitting Patterns Here

I really wish I had the patience for knitting again. I was quite adept at it when I was a child, but it fell off the radar. I tried to rekindle my hobby a few years back, thinking that I could sit and watch TV while knitting. But I found that I had to concentrate immensely on what I was doing… so if I was trying to watch something on TV at the same time, it just wasn’t possible for my brain to follow the plot too. Never mind the fact that the knitted squares that I was making were lop-sided and wonky…!

How about you? Are you a knitter? Will you use this pattern?

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April 25

Curiosity Box Coupon Code: Get $10 Off a 3 Month Sub!

Posted by on April 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Curiosity Box Coupon Code: Get $10 Off a 3 Month Sub!

The Curiosity Box is a subscription box service which sends you a monthly parcel of crafts and activities, with the aim of stimulating curious young minds of between the ages three and seven. We’ve mentioned them here on Bargainmoose before, but we’ve just spotted a new coupon code which can save you a few bucks on your order.

Click here to use the Curiosity Box coupon code online

  • Coupon Code: SUMMER
  • Discount: $10 off a 3 month subscription
  • Expires: 15th May 2015

As you can see, if you take out a three month subscription, you will save $10 when you apply this coupon code. A subscription will cost $77.85, so this means you are getting it at the reduced price of $67.85, as well as free shipping each month. If you have more than one child in your house, you can get a sibling add-on for an extra $11.95 per month.

Signing up now means you will get your first box through to your home in June 2015, at which point you can start crafting. Here’s a bit of a blurb about the service:

Each month, receive a fun filled box of crafts and activities delivered right to your door! The theme will change monthly depending on the current holidays or events…that’s the curious part of receiving a subscription!

Eva actually tried out the Curiosity box with her kids when she first wrote about this company, a few months ago here. If you have more than one kid in the house, Eva recommends that you get the sibling add-on… it will save fights and sibling rivalry!

Stocking Up Tip

Order the boxes now and save them up, don’t use them all right away. Put the Curiosity Boxes in a cupboard for a rainy day… when the kids are whining about their ongoing boredom and inability to self-entertain. You’ll get a couple hours of fun out of the Curiosity Boxes that you have stashed away. I did this when I took out a similar subscription box in the past, it was very useful indeed.

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February 17

Curiosity Box Canada Promo Code: 20% Off Your First Month of a Subscription

Posted by on February 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Curiosity Box Canada Promo Code: 20% Off Your First Month of a Subscription

Get themed craft boxes delivered right to your door and get 20% off the subscription. Curiosity Box has three coupon codes available, whether you want 20% off your first month on a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription.

Click here to shop @ Curiositybox.ca now

  • Coupon Code: SAVE3
  • Discount: 20% off the 3 months subscription
  • Coupon Code: SAVE 6
  • Discount: 20% off the 6 months subscription
  • Coupon Code: SAVE12
  • Discount: 20% off the 12 months subscription
  • Expiry: Unknown

I thought that this was a neat concept, so I got myself a Curiosity Box for my kids. Each box has three themed crafts and one activity. If you are the mom who either can’t bother with Pinterest or really has no time or desire to set up Pinterest-worthy crafts, this box is for you. While I love Pinterest and have a huge board full of craft ideas for the kids, they rarely come to fruition. Being that I work a full-time job, I don’t have time to scout down the materials then sit and do the activity with them. Having something put together and ready to go is so much easier.

What I did realize with this box is that I should have got one for each of my kids! I decided to get one with my middle son’s name on it since he rarely gets anything for himself being a middle child. He was super excited that a box had come for him. But, when he opened it his brothers pounced and they wanted to do it too. I thought with three crafts, maybe they could have one each, but that didn’t work either. I think it would have been good for me to get a box for each.

I was very impressed with the quality of the materials inside and the kids did have fun once they stopped fighting, making the crafts.

This would make a fantastic birthday gift for a child as it keeps on giving. If you get the 12-month subscription, you can just renew on their next birthday.

Be sure to check the forum for more Curiosity Box coupons as I don’t know when these will expire.

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November 12

Christmas Button Mini Wreath!

Posted by on November 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Christmas Button Mini Wreath!

Here’s one I made earlier! I’ve been browsing Pinterest for some interesting, frugal and crafty designs which I can try out myself, for Christmas decorations. In the image above, you can see a decoration which I have crafted to hang on my Christmas tree. It’s simply made from some thread, some ribbon and some buttons! This pin was my inspiration for the above project.

I have a sewing box which is just filled to the brim with the perfect items for crafting, so I was able to make the above in 15 minutes, without spending a penny. However, if you don’t have all those craft materials at hand – keep an eye out in your local dollar store or craft store for bags of random buttons, which they might be selling at reduced prices. That’s exactly how I got my hands on the above buttons which I made into the mini-wreath for my tree.

How to make your Christmas button mini-wreath:

  • Put some thick thread on to a needle, and knot the first button on to the end of the string.
  • Thread on more buttons
  • When you think you have enough, sew it into a circle via the last button
  • Cut a slice of ribbon, tie it in a bow with a loop going upwards for hanging on the tree

Other ideas to expand on the above project:

  • Group the same colours of buttons together in one wreath to colour-coordinate, with matching ribbon.
  • Intersperse coloured beads through the buttons for some variation.
  • Give the kids the materials and get them to do it!

Have fun crafting!

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October 23

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays to celebrate, partly because it is a lot of fun to decorate my house inside and out.  I seem to buy new decorations every single year and my husband has finally put his foot down this year and gave me a budget.  Being the crafty, savings-type person I am, I decided instead of buying new things this year, I am going to make the decorations myself.  Not only will this save us money, but my kids can join in the fun and make some scary and spooky decorations as well.

I hit up some great websites to see if I could find some DIY decorations and was shocked at how many awesome ideas are out there.  Here are a few of the great inexpensive Halloween decoration I found online, that you can make yourself. Some of them are creepy, some of them are kid friendly but all of them are perfect for this holiday.

1. Mummy Doors

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This idea from Keeping It Simple is such a fun idea for the whole family to do.  Instead of buying the supplies like they suggest, I suggest you use toilet paper and make your own mummy eyes out of cardboard.

2. Milk Jug Ghosts

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

I have a family of four so we go through a lot of milk jugs and usually just recycle them.  This is a great way to recycle them in a different way. The easy directions are on Eighteen25 so you can make your own.

3. Cardboard Cutouts

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This is definitely a creepy decoration but I love it!  Just make some cardboard cutouts in the shape of people, paint them black and cut out the eyes. I found this at Brastwurst Tumblr and it would be perfect for a party.

4. Spider

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

With this DIY craft, you can use some items around the house to create a huge spider for the inside or the outside of your house. You can make it fun or scary.  All of the directions for this spider are posted on Listotic.

5. Glowing Eyes

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This has to be the cheapest and easiest craft idea.  I can’t believe I have never thought of this before. Just take a toilet paper roll and cut out different eyes and stick a dollar store glow stick in it to hang outside. These perfect decorations are from Her Campus.

6. Frankenstein Cans

6 Homemade Halloween Decorations that are Practically Free

This is another fun craft to do with your recycling at home. Paint some cans green and black and add some wine corks and googly eyes and you will have your very own Frankensteins for Halloween. You can find this idea at Brew My Tea.

What homemade Halloween decorations have you made in the past Moosers?

Happy Halloween!

Photo credit: Liz West

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October 16

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

Posted by on October 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

One of my favourite holidays is fast approaching and the one thing everyone will need is a costume.  With Halloween being on a Friday this year, there are likely to be parties for young and old.  Not only do I hate spending a fortune on a costume, I don’t like how the store bought costumes all look the same and everyone has them.  I prefer the good, old fashioned, homemade costume and I have rounded up some great ideas for young and old to make your own costume this year.  It will save you money and you will be the hit of the party!

1. Smurf

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

This is a costume that would look adorable on a baby but really any aged person could wear.  I found it over at Tip Junkie and it is very easy to make.  Just use some white tights, a blue shirt and make a white hat and ball tail.  If you want to be Smurfette, just add a yellow wig.

2. Octopus

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

This is such a fun costume for kids , but really can be for someone of any age.  At Giggles Galore, they give you step by step direction on how to make the legs and the hat.  You can choose any colour you want and just match it to a shirt you have in your closet.

3. Prego Pasta Sauce

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

I love this idea for a pregnant woman.  I was huge when I was pregnant and it is not easy to figure out a costume.  With this one from Cuffed for Life, you can wear your jeans and a red shirt and all you need to do is buy some felt for the details on the front.  You can add some plastic cutlery to your hair for a fun touch as well.

4. Cactus

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

I just love this costume and how easy it is to make!  All you need is green sweat pants and a green shirt to wear and a box of whites straws.  You pin the straws on all over for the prickles and you are an instant cactus. (Idea from Inventor Spot)

5. Beanie Babies

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

This adult costume is perfect for a party or the bar.  It is a more imaginative version of the same old skimpy cat, mouse, and other animal costumes.  You can still dress in your sexy Halloween animal costume but by adding the big heart tag in the front, (with some simple cardboard) you have a creative fun spin!  I found this costume idea over at Her Campus.

6. Smores Family

7 Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes

This is such an awesome idea for a family to do together. For the actual easy directions on how to make each piece, they are posted up on Cheerios & Lattes.

What are you dressing up as this year for Halloween Moosers?

Banner photo credit: thepeachmartini

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September 22

Mastermind Toys: Free Earphone Couture Kit with $20 Purchase ($15 Value)

Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Mastermind Toys: Free Earphone Couture Kit with $20 Purchase ($15 Value)

Mastermind Toys has an awesome deal happening right now that will get you a great freebie.  Get a free earphone couture kit when you spend just $20 or more on any of the Alex Toys brand.

There are almost 100 different items to choose from with the Alex Toys brand at Mastermind Toys, so spending just $20 to get your free gift will be pretty simple.  The earphone couture kit that you will get for free is valued at $15, which is pretty amazing since you only have to spend $20 to get it.

If you are unfamiliar with the Alex Toys line, they have a huge variety of arts and crafts type items for kids and teens. You will find items like full craft kits, easy yarn designs kits, colouring sets, DIY back packs, fun nail designs and much more.

I know a few kids that would love this My ABC Book kit that is priced at $21.99.  This purchase alone would get you the free earphones kit.

This Pound N Play Porcupine set would make a great kids or baby gift and it is priced at just $23.99. If you need to buy a birthday gift for an older girl, this My First Sewing Kit that is $32.99 would be a great gift idea.

My niece is really into arts and crafts right now so I know she would love this Groovy Scrapbook set that is $24.99.  It would be perfect for her for a Christmas gift and then I could give her the awesome earphones as well that will be included for free!

To get your freebie, you will be prompted at the checkout to choose one of two free earphone couture kits.  The Fluffy earphone set includes 20 yards of fluffy yarn, guitar and peace sign charms, jump rings and pink ear buds.  The Wrap It set includes, six skeins of floss, beads, beading needle and pink ear buds.  Both of these sets you will be able to personalize.

You will be able to get free shipping when you spend $60 or more on your purchases. If you are purchasing anything for gifts, Mastermind Toys offers free gift wrapping, which is a nice little bonus.

(Expiry: 28th September 2014)

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September 19

Free Arts & Crafts Experience @ Toys R Us Canada

Posted by on September 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Free Arts & Crafts Experience @ Toys R Us Canada

If you have a son or daughter that is into arts & crafts, you may want to check out this free event tomorrow.  Starting tomorrow September 20th, head into your local Toys R Us Canada location and you will be able to participate for free in their Arts and Crafts Experience.

This free event will be held at participating Toys R Us Canada locations from 10am until 4pm starting tomorrow September 20th and ending November 2nd.  The dates will vary with the individual stores from a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday depending on the location. All of them will have the same supplies and the same time however, from 10am until 4pm on their scheduled day.

You will not have to purchase anything to attend this event and all of the craft items will be supplied to you. This is the perfect event to spend some quality time as a family and have a lot of fun doing it.  The best part, it’s free!

This free event will include three different activities:

  • Beados
  • Glitzi Globes
  • Bloom Pops

If you are unfamiliar with these craft products, you are not alone because I had no clue either what they were. I had a look at all of these arts and crafts products on the Toys R Us website and was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

The Glitzi Globes are fun globes that your child can create themselves with glitter and toys. The Beados are popular with boys and girls and are beads that stick together to create anything you would like really.  They tap into your child’s creativity. Lastly, we have the Bloom Pops.  These I would say are geared more towards girls but are still fun to explore and put together. Create jewellery, gardens and figures with the Bloom Pops.

Even though it is open to join until 4pm it is my experience that these free events do fill up fast. Even though they have not advertised it, they usually have a limited number of spots available during the day.  It is best to get there early just in case to ensure your spot for this free fun event.

(Expiry: 2nd November 2014 4pm)

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September 18

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

Posted by on September 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

I have already started going through my fall and winter clothing with the cooler weather fast approaching and I have noticed something.  I have way too many sweaters that I never wear or are outdated or don’t fit anymore.  Sometimes I donate old clothing, sometimes I give it away to friends and family, but this time I wanted to see if I could tap into my creative side and do something with these sweaters.  I could not believe the fun ideas I came across for old sweaters.

I actually came across hundreds of ideas as to what to do with old sweaters so I picked out the top six that I found the most useful and the easiest to do.  Not everyone is the craftiest person and these six ideas are something anyone and everyone can do.

1. Make Mittens

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This idea is most likely the easiest one I have found.  All you have to do is trace your hands onto your sweater and cut out the mitten shapes then sew it together. How simple is that!  This idea can be found at PinLaVie.

2. Make Leg Warmers

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This legwarmer (or faux leg warmer) can be found over at Listotic.  You can make either a full legwarmer or just a faux one to go under a cute pair of boots.  These leg warmers tend to cost a lot in stores so making one yourself is a great option.

3. Make Christmas Stockings

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

I am a huge Christmas nut so this crafty idea is right up my alley.  You can take any old sweater and make it into a beautiful stocking to hang on the chimney. This idea can be found on Extraordinary Day.

4. Make a Quilt

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

This is one of the harder re-purpose ideas to do but not impossible for the non crafty person.  With this idea, you can take a few different sweaters and make a giant quilt.  You can use your kids baby sweaters for a personal touch and more of a memory quilt which is a great idea as well. Check out Newly Mynted for the design.

5. Make a Pillow

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

Making a pillow is much the same idea as the quilt but a lot easier and less sweaters.  This particular style of pillow can be found displayed on Infarrantly Creative but there are a ton of different designs if you want to check out Pinterest.

6. Make a Purse or a Bag

6 Ideas to Repurpose Sweaters

What woman doesn’t love purses and bags, especially when they are free!  This is such a great idea to take an old sweater and fashion it into a great bag.  One design you can use can be found on the blog Duwop Designs.

What do you do with your old sweaters Moosers?

(Main image credit to TheUglySweaterShop)

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September 17

PeekaPak Canada Promo Code: Get 40% Off Your First Pack

Posted by on September 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

PeekaPak Canada Promo Code: Get 40% Off Your First Pack

How are you all faring with school back in? In our house we’ve already got three of us sick (1 kid and 2 adults), a little bit of homework and a few tears and whines of “I don’t want to go to school today!”. While I’m kind of a scheduler of the after school time, I also make sure to schedule down time for us, but sometimes even with this, my kids need a little bit of an organized activity sometimes. These PeekaPaks look great for this. With this coupon, you’ll get 40% off your first pack, when you buy a monthly or yearly subscription, which is a savings of $10.

Click here to shop @ Peekapak.com now

  • Coupon Code: BACKTOSCHOOLPAK
  • Discount: $10 off
  • Expiry: 21st September 2014

You might be wondering what exactly a PeekaPak is. It is basically a monthly box filled with goodies for learning and fun. What’s exciting is that you don’t have to do any planning, you just hit the mailbox, get your box and let your kids take over. Inside, you’ll get a storybook and crafts, plus all the materials you’ll need for those crafts. I totally love this idea, and with three kids at home, I don’t have to pay full price for all of my kids as there are sibling packs for a reduced price as well.

You can choose from different membership offers, like three months for $71.97, which comes down to $61.97 with the coupon. As you go up in how many months you’d like to subscribe for, your price per pack decreases. For example, the six-month membership per pack price is $21.99, but the yearly subscription per pack price is $19.99. This prices all go down once you factor in the coupon code.

If you’d just like to try one month to start, you can do that too and normally you’d pay $24.99, but the coupon gets this price down to $14.99, which is awesome!

Shipping is included in your cost, so there is no need to worry about extra charges. If you want to come back next month after trying this product and loving it, check for more great Peekapak coupons in the forum.

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August 29

Michaels Canada Coupons: 5 Printables Up To 65% Off

Posted by on August 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Michaels Canada Coupons: 5 Printables Up To 65% Off

Michaels Canada has printable coupons that will save you money on your purchases every week. Normally, they have three or four of them to take advantage of that start at about 25% off and go up from there.  This week, in honor of back to school, they have five different coupons and they range from 40% up to 65% off the regular prices.

Here is a look at the printable coupons offered this week:

  • Get 40% off regular prices artistic paint, brushes, pencils, pastels & markers
  • Get 40% off regular priced Jolee’s 3D Stickers & Embellishments
  • Get 40% off one regular priced item
  • Get 65% off Renaissance Custom Framing
  • Earn 5x reward Air Miles on purchase of $40+

It is pretty rare for them to offer a coupon for 65% off, so this is a really good one this week.  Additionally, their coupons for regular priced items are usually only 25% off, so saving 40% off any one regular priced item is a great little bonus before school starts.

I normally wouldn’t be buying all of my kids back to school items at Michaels because some of their supplies are priced higher than other stores.  I do, however, like their selection of art supplies for holidays and that is what I will be focusing my shopping on this time around. They already have items out for Halloween and I can’t wait to get a head start on some fun crafts with my boys for decorating.

You will be able to use all of these Michaels Canada coupons at the same time or just one of them if that’s all you want to use.

Additionally, there are two options to get these coupons. You will be able to print them off or have them scanned from your smartphone. Download the free Michaels Canada app and you will have them handy on your phone, rather than having to print them off. Either way, you can use each coupon one time only.

(Expiry: September 4th 2014)

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August 28

7 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Cribs

Posted by on August 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM

7 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Cribs

I love to find uses for older items and furniture around my house. I had two babies back to back, which means I needed two cribs at the same time because they were so close in age. What are you supposed to do with two cribs once you are done with them? I don’t plan on having another baby, and I know we won’t get much back if we were to just sell them online second hand, so I took to the internet with a mission to find some other uses for them.

I couldn’t believe how many awesome ideas I found online for old cribs, and almost all of them were fairly inexpensive. I chose seven of the best and inexpensive ideas to share with our Moosers who may have a baby crib in storage as well and just don’t know what to do with it.

1. Kid’s Desk

7 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Cribs

I just love this idea because the crib basically grows with your child. It stays in their room for a little desk or art center and it looks so cool and unique. I found this idea on www.babble.com. Just take off the one side of the crib, paint it, and add some hooks and a chair. Very simple and looks great!

2. Kid’s Sitting Area

7 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Cribs

How awesome is this idea to turn a crib into a kid’s bench and table for a fun corner sitting area for kids? You will find the step by step details posted on Myrepurposedlife.com.

3. Storage Bench

7 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Cribs

This idea was featured on the blog MyRepurposedLife and I just love it.  You can use it for the entry way of your house to keep shoes and items hidden away.

4. Chalkboard Easel

7 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Cribs

This idea is probably one of the easiest ideas, and I would have never thought of it myself.  Take the ends of the crib, paint them with some chalkboard paint, add some wheels and a chain and voila- an easel! This idea from indulgy.com is perfect for any household with kids.

5. Jewellery and Hair Organizer

7 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Cribs

This is another idea I wouldn’t have thought of but I will be doing. It is so simple and easy to make a hanging jewellery or hair organizer for your bedroom or closet. You can even hold items like belts and scarves on it as well. All of the instructions are posted on Cottageinstincts.blogspot.ca.

6. Front Porch Swing

7 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Cribs

This is probably my favourite idea because I have always wanted a front porch swing, but they are just so expensive.  All of the details on how to make it can be found at www.decozilla.com.

7. Laundry Room Dryer

7 Awesome Ways To Upcycle Cribs

This idea uses just one side of the crib (or more if you want to hang more clothes I guess). It is very straightforward to set up, and so practical as well. This idea can be found on the website www.lifeinapinkhouse.com.

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August 20

Back to School Stationery Deals Roundup

Posted by on August 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Back to School Stationery Deals Roundup

I was shopping yesterday for some groceries and ended up finding some great back to school stationery deals that I thought I would share with you. This is the perfect time of year to get back to school supplies for your kids (or yourself maybe) because there are so many sales happening.

Here is a look at some of the awesome deals you will be able to get right now:

Walmart:

I have already found and bought some incredible deals from Walmart Canada for myself and my kids. Quite possibly the best deal I found was this Crayola coloured pencils that were $4.97 and are now on sale for just $0.97 each.  I ended up grabbing about 10 of them.  Why would I grab so many you ask?  Simple, grab bags for birthday parties for my son in a few months.  I always try to think ahead at what I can use these deals for.

Another awesome deal I found was this pack of Crayola crayons that were $2 each and are now on sale for just $0.25!  That is a crazy deal!  It is so good in fact I grabbed 20 of them!  I got enough for birthday parties, school, Christmas stockings and shoe boxes for Christmas for donations.

If you are looking for pens, you can get these Paper Mate Write Bros pack of pens for just $1 when the regular price was $1.97.  It is 10 pens in total. All of these deals will get free shipping so you wont have to leave your house to shop and you won’t have to pay for shipping.  It is a win/win situation.

Staples:

They have a lot of back to school deals on right now and they have actually made shopping online even easier.  They have categories for ages groups and the school supplies they will need.

You can get these BIC permanent markers that were $8.49 and are now just $5.49. They also have pencil boxes that were $2.96 on sale for just $1.92 each.

As for the cost of shipping, it will depend on how much your order is.  Staples offers free in-store pick up and free shipping on orders over $45. Orders under $45 are shipped at $15. If you are just grabbing some small supplies, I would suggest the in-store pick up.

Michaels:

For Michaels, the first place to start is actually on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.  You can click through and see all of the printable coupon offered each week.  You will want to shop in store for them and when you pair some of their deals with their coupons, you can save huge.  This week, their printable coupons are worth up to 65% off the regular prices.

What back to school deals have you been finding?

(Image credit to LilCountryBelle)

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