Giveaway Winner

As promised, it is 8 AM and we have a winner!

There weren’t too many entries, but I didn’t really know what to expect. I mean, they’re $5 gifts and kind of difficult to mail. Although, Sarah, I would’ve given the frames to you had your number been randomly generated, I really would have!

However, today’s winner is Steve!

Who wrote:

The idea for chocolate covered strawberries is a good one and came from Julia, who will help me make some for Steve… right?

Congratulations! And thanks for playing!

Month End and a $5 Giveaway

Well today is February 28 and that means it’s your last day to vote on March’s blog topic.

However, before I get to my last post on Gifts under $5 I’ll speak to the comment left yesterday telling me I should be “posting 30 times on the thing that is voted for, because it’s called 30 day.” That’s fine if you’re mad because I didn’t do 30 different gifts for under $5 (and thank you for being a stickler to made up rules on my blog).

Except… well that’s not exactly how it goes. The 30 days is how many days the blog will be focused on the topic, not 30 literal posts. And really it’s only a rough estimate since only four months in a year actually are exactly 30-days long. Have a look at my disclaimer.

Anyway. Just to clarify. I really am doing my best here.

And now, here is a collection of all the great gift ideas I just couldn’t get to/try out (thank you all SO much for your great suggestions!):

And now…

The Giveaway

I’m going to keep this short and sweet: Pick one of the gifts from this month of challenges (click here for reference) and leave a comment saying which one you like best. That’s your entry!

This time around there is only one entry per person and you have until 10 p.m. PST Thursday, March 3, 2011 to enter. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and posted Friday, March 4, 2011 at 8 a.m. PST.

What do you win? The $5 Gift you selected of course!

Two Days of Voting Left (I’m in Nashville!)

The story hasn’t changed much since my last update but I thought I’d remind you if you were gunning for something, you should vote, cause you won’t get many more chances for March’s blog topic.

And…I think that’s all there is to say.

Oh, except stay tuned for tomorrow’s awesome blog. Not only is it the last one in February, but it will feature a super awesome giveaway!

Nashville is pretty awesome. I was here last year, before the flooding. I’m staying in a hotel, which used to be nice. And it will be nice. However, I wouldn’t use “nice” to describe it’s current state. But perfectly acceptable.

Also, it’s tough to see any sign of the eight foot floods, which ravaged this place. But I did hear the mall hasn’t reopened since and I suppose since I’m looking for it I do see small differences. But if I didn’t know, I wouldn’t notice.

I’m thinking about going to pet a live catfish tomorrow. I’ve already tried to wrangle a bull.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries for under $5

Now HERE is a gift idea everyone will love. It’s delicious, there’s no baking, and takes very little effort.

That is, unless you hate strawberries and chocolate. (Is it possible?)

Not only is it affordable, but it’s easy. All you need are strawberries and chocolate chips. And when strawberries are in season, they’re quite cheap and very delicious.

Here are the instructions:

  • Ratio: One cup of chocolate chips to one pound of strawberries
  • Using a double boiler, melt chocolate chips over simmering water
  • Stir until smooth, remove from heat
  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper
  • Holding the strawberries by the stem, dip into chocolate, lift, and twist over bowl to catch drips
  • Place strawberry on wax paper
  • Let set for at least half an hour—putting them into the fridge will help this process along

And that’s it! What a great gift idea. Thanks to Julia for suggesting it (and for letting me sample some, yum!)

DIY Three Covered Mirrors for $5, no kidding!

This is a project in process. Why? Because I haven’t finished it yet. Then why am I telling you about it? Because there are only three more days in February and I’m going to Nashville for a week so there won’t be another chance.

What is it? Covered mirrors. There is probably a legit crafty name for it but I don’t know it and Google doesn’t help you when you don’t know what things are called.

I took three Malma mirrors from Ikea and covered two with leftover fabric from my remnant pillowcases and the third I covered with leftover wallpaper from my wallpaper project.

Now, I should say I thought I got a smoking deal because I picked three up for $5 at the discount furniture place but when I looked up how much they sell for I realized I’m only saving a bit—they retail for $2.99 each. So I did get a deal, and if I had gone to Ikea then I could only have done two mirrors for $5 not three, so that’s a bonus. Three is the right number.

This was an improvised project to say the least.

I started by roughly measuring, then scoring the middle where I needed to cut for the mirror. Then I used spray adhesive to the max and stuck it on. The fabric went a lot smoother than the wallpaper. That stuff did not want to listen and I ended up with more on me than I did the actual project.

But in the end I think they’re off to a great start. They definitely need to dry for a week (maybe not a week but that’s how long I’m leaving them for) before I can trim the excess and work on making them pretty.

My end plan is to use ribbon or create some sort of icord or…that finishing stuff people use on pillows to put on the inside of the mirror to hide how not straight my cutting was.

This is a really quick and easy gift (except for the drying time) to put together and even though I think I’m going to give this one to me (it matches my stuff…) I could see myself working a bit harder on making some really neat covered mirrors for housewarming gifts.

I don’t know how you price out the remnants of remnants used here, since I originally purchased them for a different project altogether. In my mind they were free, so I really only spent $5 this time around.