5/31/10

New promotion opportunity!

Are you a crafty, creative woman? Do you have a blog or Web site where you sell items you create—cloth diapers, purses/bags, clothes, accessories, household items, home decorations, jewelry . . . anything? If that's you, I'd like to connect with you! If that's not you, but you know someone like that, send them the link to this post!

I am on a treasure hunt for women with online businesses who are interested in promoting their products. Here's the deal—if you will sponsor a giveaway of your product(s) or services on Bargain Shopping Paradise, you will receive the following in exchange: a review (requires that I am able to try it out) and feature on BSP, and promotion through the BSP Facebook page. If you're interested in doing more, we can certainly brainstorm!

If you're interested in partnering with me to provide great bargains for my readers, and promote your products or services (or if you know someone who would be interested), please contact me via e-mail at {leslie} [at] {bargainshoppingparadise.com}.

5/28/10

Drumroll please . . .

And the winner of the $30 gift certificate to CSN stores (as determined by Random.org) is:

COMMENT #32 . . . Stephanie Coldwell!

AF_wife said...
I'm a facebook liker of BSP
Stephanie Coldwell


Congratulations, Stephanie! Your gift certificate should arrive in your inbox within a few days!

DEAL ALERT: 10% off cloth diapers at KellysCloset.com thru Memorial Day


Save 10% off store-wide at KellysCloset.com now through this weekend. The offer expires at midnight on Monday, May 31. Use discount code MEMORIALDAY to receive the discount.

5/27/10

FREEBIE: 2 free audiobooks from Audible.com

I recently saw an ad on TV for Audible.com, where they mentioned that they are offering 2 free audiobooks when you sign up for their 30-day free trial. They usually only offer one, but if you visit http://www.audible.com/tvoffer, you can take advantage of the 2-book offer.

Plus, if you join or visit Ebates.com first, you could possibly get $5 cash back! Pretty cool, huh?

New mantel decoration project, ottoman recover, and more!

Oh, I've been a busy little bee lately! I've had this incessant need to create, to re-do, and to revive some of our living space. Since we're in an apartment, and aren't sure we'll be here much longer, I've avoided putting any effort into painting the walls (which would be oh so fun). So, I'm trying to revamp some of our furnishings and decorative details to better suit us. We're on a pretty tight budget, too, so I've tried to do things that are easy on our pockets.

Remember this thrifty mirror I found a few weeks ago?



I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with the two smaller mirrors and picture. But, I've painted the larger mirror (above) black, and painted the candle holder white.

Here's the large mirror:


Much better than the weird bronzy-gold color! I can't wait to find the perfect spot to hang this. It's so heavy!! But, it looks really elegant, now. The original cost of this mirror was around $6.50, and the can of paint wasn't more than $5.

And, this is what my mantel looked like before:


You might not believe this, but it was even MORE bland before I added the touches of aqua color! Despite that, it needed help. And it's still in process, but here's what I've done so far:


The candle holder on the left is the one I found a few weeks back:



Looks nice in white, huh?


I took the turquoise vase and put it on top of the candle holder just for the fun of it. And I liked it! I think it looks really fun. I also had another candle holder that was a maroon color with gold swirls all over it. It was ok, but it wasn't the color scheme I wanted right now. So, I painted it white, too, and added it to the mantel.



It all looks so nice and fresh now! I'm loving it! I also had a couple of silver frames that I wanted to paint. They've been in my house for YEARS, but I hid them away a while ago when they stopped suiting my mood. Here's what they looked like before:


With some fun colors, here's how they ended up:


They make a fun touch to the mantel. Here's another picture of the finished product:



I've also seen so much done with monograms lately. I haven't ever been a bit fan of monograms, but I thought I'd try one out and see how I liked it. To save money, I wanted to attempt making my own. I pulled out some watercolor paper, and my acrylics, and set to work (all of which I already had in the house. Originally, I painted a black border around the paper, but ended up having to crop the sides so much that it only shows up on the top and bottom. Oh well. Then, went looking for a good "P" to replicate. I was nervous! I'm a perfectionist, and I wanted it to be perfect. Oh well, again. :o) I also had this awful gold picture frame, which would be the perfect size for the monogram painting. Goodbye gold . . . hello black spray paint! And here she is:


I actually like it! I think it puts a fun, classic/modern flair to my decor. It's sitting on top of our piano right now, until I find the perfect spot. This little project was FREE, since I already had all of the materials. Gotta love that!

The other project I've been dying to tackle is recovering our ottoman. I'm terrible at taking "before" pictures, because sometimes I just get too excited to start a project that I just jump right in and begin before I realize that I haven't captured what it looked like before. But, here is the fabric it was covered with before:


It's not too bad, but it just hasn't been suiting my mood. The ottoman itself was made from an Ikea table. We just sawed the legs down to the size we wanted. The cushion was a random couch cushion I found in the damaged section at Ikea. I think I paid no more than $30 for all the materials (including the fabric) several years ago.

But, I wanted something more fresh, vibrant, and fun. Enter JoAnne Fabrics:


I love it! Here's the finished product:



Now, pair it with my mantel redesign:


Isn't it fun? I'm loving it!! The fabric cost me around $13 for 2 yards.

I have a few other things that have been primed, but aren't painted yet. I'll share more when they are done. And, I found this wonderfully fun fabric remnant at JoAnne's, that I can't wait to use.


This remnant was on clearance and only cost me around $2. Perhaps a throw pillow?



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DEAL ALERT: 25% off at Gap.com + FREE SHIPPING

Now, through Monday, May 31, you can get 25% off your purchase of $75 or more at Gap.com (online only). And, get free shipping on your order of $100 or more. Just use coupon code GAPSUMMER at checkout.

Plus, you can get an extra 2% cash back on your purchase at Gap.com by joining (it's totally FREE) or visiting Ebates.com first.

5/26/10

Bargain Brag Wednesday, 5/26–6/1


May 26, 2010

Happy BBW! As I'm sitting here preparing this post, I'm thinking about our family's need to save money. We're at a point where we're contemplating buying a house in the next year, and bracing ourselves for some job-related changes. It's reminded us of our need to find creative ways to skim the fat off our budget, and to be good stewards of our resources. That's why I LOVE reading about all of your wonderfully creative ways to save a buck! That's why I love "Bargain Brag Wednesday"!

BBW is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

I want to send out a big "THANK YOU!" to all of you who posted such wonderful bargain-friendly tips, tricks, DIY projects, delectable recipes, and so much more—there were 22 of you last week! I learn so much when reading through your posts! Here's a selection of what was shared (click on the images below to see their original posts, tips, and step-by-step instructions):
  • The Thriftress posted a FABULOUS (life-changing, for me) link to this wonderful tool called Yard Sale Treasure Map! WOW!!! I think my life will never be the same!

  • This fun pizza pan/magnet board DIY project from Life in My PJ's has given me all sorts of inspiration. What a great idea!!


  • I know how it is when a project goes wrong, but I love how Junk Blossoms! turned her mess-up around. Looks awesome, by the way!


  • Last, but definitely not least . . . I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these pillowcases that were made by Carissa at Musings of a Modern Mom. I think I might have to make some! Adorable! And I love that she saw them in a pricey store, and thought to herself, I can do that!


All of these projects linked-up at the previous Bargain Brag Wednesday.

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's BBW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

GIVEAWAY: Don't forget that my $30 CSN gift certificate giveaway ends tomorrow! Enter now for your chance to win!

This Bargain Brag Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

Sierra Trading Post

5/25/10

Share, and share alike!

Tomorrow is Bargain Brag Wednesday! Gather your projects, ideas, tips, brags, etc.,  and link-up tomorrow.

Every week, I feature frugal projects on "Bargain Brag Wednesday." If you have a fun, budget-friendly bargain shopping find, thrift store deal, DIY project, side-of-the-road pick-up, consignment shop steal—ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money—don't forget to link up tomorrow. It opens at 6 AM, and stays up all week long. Next Wednesday, I'll feature a project from this week's link up, and it could be yours! So, grab the button and get blogging about your fabulously creative and frugally-conscious ideas. Then, come back here and link up tomorrow, May 26!

Bargain Brag Wednesday

DEAL ALERT: 80% off at Restaurant.com (ends 5/31/10)


Enter promo code FLAG at checkout to receive 80% off your purchase!
Offer ends Monday, May 31.

If you haven't done it yet, you should—join (it's FREE) or visit Ebates.com first to receive an additional 15% cash back on your Restaurant.com purchase!

My $30 CSN gift certificate giveaway ends on Friday. Enter now!

DEAL ALERT: $10 off a $10 purchase at JCPenney

I just got word (thank you Frugally Fabulous Mom) that JCPenney has released a new $10 off discount code. Use the code "4THECITY" on any $10+ purchase at JCPEnney.com, and get a free $10 toward your purchase!

Not to mention . . . join (it's FREE) or visit Ebates.com first to receive an additional 3% cash back on your JCPenney.com purchase!

Don't forget about my CSN giveaway that ends on Friday. Enter now!

5/23/10

Are you ready?

I'm off to watch the LOST season finale event tonight! Who else is in?

Plus, I've done a TON of crafty little projects this weekend! Oh boy! I cannot wait to show you. Remember those thrifty finds I got a few weeks ago? I've been hard at work . . . well, at least the spray paint has been hard at work. :o) Here's how my mantle looked before:


And remember this mirror?


Well, it all looks completely different, now! Plus, I recovered our ottoman in this beautiful, fresh, new fabric. Oh, it's too wonderful for words. I've been busy. I'm super excited to show you the "afters", so stay tuned!

AND . . . don't forget about my CSN giveaway that ends on Friday. Enter now!

5/21/10

Everyone Loves a Giveaway!! Woo-hoo!

It's true, isn't it? Everyone loves a giveaway. I know I do! So, I was super excited when the promo team of CSN Stores contacted me and offered a $30 gift certificate to one of my readers. Awesome!

CSN Stores has 200+ online stores where you can find everything from bar furniture to briefcases, cookware to cribs, and so much more! They have an immense selection of . . . well, EVERYTHING!

I have my eye on this beautiful duvet set from BeddingSets.com:


and this great media cabinet from RacksandStands.com:


Oh, do I love this chandelier! And it's so affordably priced @ $34.38 + free shipping, at CSNLighting.com!


And I think I might be in love with this oh-so-cute retro wall clock ($32.99+free shipping), at CSNClocks.com:



And OH! These pillows from AllModern.com!!!


CSN Stores have thousands of beautiful items—it's like an online mall! Have I piqued your interest, yet? One of you—yes, YOU—will receive a $30 gift certificate that you will be able to use HOWEVER YOU WANT on any of their sites. The giveaway is only open to US and Canada residents for shipping purposes.

TO ENTER (mandatory for entry): Visit CSN Stores, then leave a comment here letting me know what you would use your $30 gift certificate for. That's it! Simple, huh?

If you'd like to earn extra entries, here's how (do all, none, or some—5 max. total entries possible):
  • Become a public follower of BSP (or you're already a follower),  and leave an EXTRA comment here letting me know that you're a follower.
  • Grab the BSP button and put it on your site. Leave an EXTRA comment letting me know that you've grabbed it and what site you added it to.
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook, and leave an EXTRA comment here letting me know that you did.
  • "Like" Bargain Shopping Paradise on Facebook, and leave an EXTRA comment here letting me know that you did.
This giveaway ends next Friday, May 28, at 5:30 PM (Eastern).

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