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Andrea at Coco Candi sent us this thrifty craft project. Looks simple and cute:

I stole this idea a lady on Crocheting Club on Facebook. I then decided to figure it out and make a tutorial for those of you that might want to make it too. This is about a 30 minute project and I used a size 5/ F hook.

Collect approximately 13 Tabs for soda cans.
Be sure that the little circle in the center has been removed.
Choose your yarn.
Line up the tabs one on top of the other, staggered
Two double crochet in each two tabs.
The tricky part is holding the tabs while trying to double crochet through them. Just be patient.
When you are finished with the top side connect with a slip stitch and then move to the bottom side.
Put it on and enjoy!

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Thanks to Michelle for passing along this thrifty tip on how to make Red Velvet Cake balls.  She is so talented and I love her ability to think outside the box, and be thrifty!  You can check out more of her ideas at Polka Dots and Pizza. If you would like to be a featured guest post on Look What I Made , watch for our weekly post each Tuesday called A Thrifty online craft fair, link up and you may be selected for our weekly feature post.

You Need:
1 Box of Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 Can of Cream Cheese Frosting
Bakers Chocolate or Chocolate Chips
First mix up your easy box of cake
Second, bake the cake according to the directions
Third, crumble up the cooked cake after it is cool and mix it with all the cream cheese frosting
This is what it looks like all mixed up
Next, roll up the cake into balls
Melt the chocolate, and roll or dip the balls into the chocolate. I got lazy and just drizzled some on top
They are SO tasty and so decadent! Enjoy!

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kristie 5x7We have an awesome guest post from Kristie at Blushing Basics:

As a freelance Makeup Artist, the Holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. Since not everyone wants to splurge on a Makeup Artist, I thought it would be helpful to pass on some tips and techniques to get your Thrifty Holiday Look. I went to my local CVS and picked up some makeup to create this fantastic look. I purchased my Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow, lip gloss, eyeliner, highlighter, and nail polish for only $8.50. Combine that with my makeup tutorial explaining the basic application technique, you too can look like you just left the Makeup Artist’s chair.

I hope this was helpful in creating your own Thrifty Holiday Look. As a tip from an insider, blending is your key to success.

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Kristie

Kristie {a.k.a. Blushing Basics} is a wife, mother of two, and freelance Makeup Artist. Her love for all things artistic began at an early age and has since blossomed into her favorite medium, Makeup! For more makeup application techniques, as well as video tutorials and frugal fashion advice, check out her blog http:www.blushingbasics.blogspot.com.

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Thanks to Michelle for passing along this thrifty tip on how to take a plain T shirt and turn it into something wonderful.  She is so talented and I love her ability to think outside the box, and be thrifty!  You can check out more of her ideas at Polka Dots and Pizza.

I got a plain long sleeve boat neck shirt at old navy on clearance for $2.50. I thought for that price, I could come up with something to do with it. I decided to turn it into a cardigan. Here is what I did.

First I started with my plain t.
I folded the front in half so I knew where the middle would be and made a cut with my scissors
Here is what it looks like cut up the front
Then I found this great pre-ruffled trim stuff at jo-anns, so I decided that would be fun to add to one side. On the other side I just cut up a black t-shirt and made it be like bias tape and sewed it all the way on the other side.
Final Product! It’s a fun little shirt. You could add any embellishments you wanted really. Just another fun idea of what to do with an old or cheap t.

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I found pomegranates for only .92 at Walmart today, so I decided to take pictures while I peeled mine and show anyone interested how it’s done. I can’t take all the credit. I owe my method to the infamous Alton Brown from the Food Network. I love him! When picking a pomegranate, I select the largest, heaviest ones I can find. Expect to yield 1 – 1.5 cups of seeds per fruit. My 3 pomegranates yielded 4.5 cups of seeds total.

Peeling a pomegranate isn’t difficult, but it’s a little trickier than peeling most fruit. Inside the pomegranate are tons of small red seeds that are filled with juice. They’re tangy and sweet and those seeds are what we’re ultimately after! Watch out though, they also stain like crazy, so wear an apron!

Step 1: Using a small knife, score the outside of the pomegranate from one end to the other. I make several shallow cuts as it’s easier to peel that way. Don’t cut too deeply into the fruit or you’ll hit the seeds! Peel away the end of the fruit that sticks out- the end that used to have the stem attached. I also slide the knife in a bit deeper into the end here and gently break the pomegranate in half.

Step 2: Place a large bowl in one side of your kitchen sink and fill the bowl with water. You’ll be doing most of the peeling with your hands under the water with the fruit. Being submerged in water helps loosen the seeds from the peel and minimizes spray, should a seed happen to burst. Even still, the sides of my sink were dripping with pink by the time I finished peeling my three pomegranates!

Step 3: Using the lines you scored into the peel as guides, carefully begin to pull the fruit apart. Once it’s in quarters, I begin gently brushing the seeds from the peel. Most will just fall away, but others might be a little stubborn. For those that don’t want to come out, instead of trying to grab the seed, instead, pull the peel away and try to loosen it that way.

You’ll soon notice the seeds fall to the bottom of the bowl, while the white parts of the peel float on top. As you work your way through the fruit, every once in a while, skim the peel pieces away from the surface of the water and discard.

Step 4: Once you’ve sufficiently gotten all the seeds, try and remove all the pieces of peel from the water either with your hand, or with a fine mesh strainer. I use both.

Step 5: Pour the bowl with the seeds through a colander and strain the water out. Gently pour seeds onto paper towels or a cloth and spread them out to dry.

Step 6: Once dry, place the seeds in a tupperware container and lay a folded damp piece of paper towel on top. The seeds will stay fresh in your fridge for up to 2 months this way!

Step 7: Eat them! Here are a few ideas on how to eat pomegranate seeds: Top yogurt, add them to oatmeal, toss them in a salad, top frosted cupcakes, add them to fruit salad, jell-o, etc. Here are a few recipes I thought looked good as well:

Spinach Pomegranate Salad
Spiced Pears & Pomegranate
Roasted Pork with Pomegranate Sauce

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