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The Budget Savvy Bride

When E is away, Jessica will play… with crafty things. :) E’s been working alot lately- he gets off from his regular job and then goes straight to his 2nd job where is learning to do commercial real estate appraisal. Many nights he doesn’t come home until dinner time and we only get a few hours together before heading to bed. This weekend he worked Saturday AND Sunday so I was left to my own devices. I decided to take a little break from work and give myself an actual weekend so I finished up some crafty projects I started a few weeks ago. :)

Why do my iphone pics always show up sideways in my blog posts? I dunno… But here’s the Uppercase Living piece I did on canvas- this was not easy I fought with that stupid decal for like 2 hours. It did NOT want to stick to that canvas, even though I primed it! It turned out a little wonky but I don’t think anyone else would really notice…

Another Uppercase Living piece- I got that piece of wood at Lowe’s for like $8… it is supposed to be a shelf… LOL

Here’s the really crafty part- I decided I wanted to make a magnet board for my desk so I could put stuff up on the wall. Well I had bought this piece of sheet metal at Lowe’s… it was like $18… kinda pricey. But it only came in this 24″ x 24″ size… I had no way to cut it so I had no idea how I was going to finish this project. :-P It had been sitting in the trunk of my car for like 2 weeks….

Then yesterday I was out perusing my bargain shops (I heart TJMaxx, Ross, Marshalls, ETC) and came across this frame in the clearance section. Originally $60… marked down because it used to have artwork in the middle but the glass and art were gone. The best part- it is exactly 24″ x 24″- I never thought I’d be able to find anything that size!! And the even BESTER part… it was only $7 !!!!

Totally perfect! I removed the backing of the frame. Put duck tape around the edges of the sheet metal so that the edges wouldn’t damage the fabric I bought. I got this cut baroquey fabric at walmart for $4.44 for the yard. I wrapped it around the metal stretched and taped it to the back, then put it in the frame and used my trusty staple gun to re-fasten the back and voila!

Totally sideways… but totally cute magnet board, no?

Even the bow is a magnet. Cute right? Total for this project is $18 + 7 + 5ish= around $30. Not too bad for somethin’ so precious!

I also snagged these glass frame coasters for $5 at TJMaxx! I’ve been leaving a ring on my nightstand from my glass of water at night so I justified this one. :-P I put our monogram in the middle. You like?

When E got home last night he was totally blown away by all the random projects I did this weekend. :) I like impressing him with my mad crafty skillz. What do you do when your hubby is away?

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

  1. Cute stuff!! Anytime Clay is gone, I head to the craft store. He wasn’t even out of town for a full day yet and I was already at Michaels! Love the magnet board.

  2. omg you made GREAT use of your weekend!! i usually get crafty or extremely lazy when mr. smith’s gone. but i’m more than impressed by your mad skills. :)

    • Katie
    • August 31st, 2009

    I love that magnet board! I would love to have something like that for my office. I’ve been thinking about a cork board, but I think the magnet board is so much better. Very cool projects.

  3. You are one crafty chick, Miss Jessica. Love both your projects – and so impressed by your mad skills!

  4. This is awesome! The room looks really cute. I wish I had the knack for these sort of things. I am super impressed with the magnet board!

    • Katie
    • August 31st, 2009

    Love, love, love all your crafts! I’ve been wanting to do a few crafts projects, and this totally gives me inspiration. You are so creative!

  5. Um, wow. I wish I could get that inspired and motivated!

  6. love them all! especially that magnet board – too cool!

    • Nicole-Lynn
    • September 1st, 2009

    The magnet board and coasters are great!

  7. I totally love the magnet board idea… I could really use one of those and it’s pretty affordable. Oh and the coasters look so professionally made! Great use of your time :-)

    • sprinklefactory
    • September 11th, 2009

    Well look at your Miss Crafty. All your projects turned out cute! Love the coasters too. Sooo chic! You haven’t been on aim when I am on. Where are you?

    • Lindsey
    • March 30th, 2010

    We have so many random similarities. I find a new one every time I read your blog – UT grads, dogs named Knox, Fiance/Husband working toward commercial real estate appraisal…. and the list keeps going!

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