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Eye Candy for Crafty Folk: Diana’s Designs

October 24, 2012

Did you enjoy Monday’s guest post from Shauna MacKenzie? Well, this isn’t so much a guest post as it is eye candy. Or creative genius. Or card-making porn. You choose!

You know how Peter Parker’s grandma was floored (but yet, not really surprised) when she found out her grandson was moonlighting as Spider-Man? That pretty much describes my reaction to when I discovered that fellow blogger Diana of Toronto Teacher Mom has an alter ego: in fact, she’s been leading a very crafty second life, if you please.

(However, I’m fairly certain that spider webs don’t shoot through her wrists… for now.)
(She does know how to move, though – I’ve watched her dance. Hmm…)

Anyhoo, I just had to share some of her handmade cards with you – who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful work of art? And I’m a huge admirer of clean lines, balanced embellishments and complementary colour schemes. Translation: her pieces are drool worthy.

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Today’s Feature: 7 Money-Saving Crafty Ideas!

March 21, 2012

It’s a pleasure for me to introduce Anna, owner of Bargainmoose.ca. Bargainmoose is a very popular website for Canadian deals and discounts, where you can find the latest shopping bargains and coupon codes, helping Canadians save money every day. Today I welcome Anna as a guest blogger on Listen to Lena – she’ll be sharing seven crafty ideas that are easy to create and easy on the wallet!

7 Money-Saving Crafty Ideas

Hi! I’m Anna. I’ve been enjoying seeing all the amazing pictures and ideas over on Pinterest, and that led to an idea for this very post. There are quite a few ideas on there for various art and craft projects, and quite a lot of them could be considered frugal or potentially money saving. Here are some ideas that I spotted on there, which look cool and could save you money.

1. Make a Jewellery Rack from an old rake

Over on Little Lucy Lu, they show us how to make a cool jewellery rack from an old rake! Looks great, and a brilliant way to store your necklaces. It’s definitely something people would admire if they saw it on your bathroom wall.

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OOAK Art Show Toronto: Tickets Just $6!

September 15, 2010

My foolproof way of getting into the holiday spirit? Attending the One of a Kind Art Show in Toronto. I’ve been faithfully attending both the Spring and Christmas shows for years now – it’s just so me. Handmade items, Canadian artisans, unique (ahem, “one of a kind”) pieces and tons of exciting vendors and products. I don’t believe I’ve ever left a show empty handed – on the contrary, I usually have both arms full of goodies (and a very populated Visa statement).

If you’re a fan, take note: For 6 days only, September 14, 2010 to September 20, 2010 (5pm), you can grab all Adult Admission tickets for just $6! That’s a savings of 50%!

The show runs from November 25th thru December 5th at Exhibition Place, Toronto. I can’t wait to attend!

To grab your discount tickets, you must purchase through this link, or use promo code FALLTIX6 during checkout. Hope to see you there!
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Carlon Cards: Buy 3 Get 3 FREE

July 26, 2010

I love this sale! For a limited time, buy 3 cards at Carlton Cards, and you can grab 3 FREE! I was in the mall yesterday and selected six oh-so-awesome cards for upcoming birthdays and other occasions.

It just makes sense to stock up – how many times have you run into Carlton on the day of an event to quickly grab a card? I’m terribly guilty of this – and of actually signing the card in the car en route. But I’m happy to say that I’ve now got the next few birthdays, baby showers and anniversaries covered – while saving over $12!

Not sure how long this promo will last, so stop by soon!

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Michaels: 50% off One Item

July 5, 2010

Why pay full price at Michael’s when you can almost always use a coupon? From July 4th thru 9th, save 50% on one regular priced item with the coupon linked on the left. Simply click, print and present. You may use one coupon per day, so if you’re like me, grab a friend and plan to make a few visits this week. After all, can one have too many arts and crafts? I think not.

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Crayola.com: Free Activities for Kiddos

May 17, 2010

I saw this freebie on Red Flag Deals and wanted to share (especially since I just spent a few hours with a six year old who really could have used a distraction – ugh, do they all get so whiny?)

“If you want to avoid all those cries of “Moooo-om, I’m booo-oored” you’ll want to bookmark this great site from Crayola! It has a whole slew of activities for kids, including:

- Create & Color Coloring Page Maker where you can craft your own colouring book scene to print out and colour.
- Crayola Digi-Color with virtual crayons, pens, pencils and stamps.
- Coloring Pages & Sheets for Kids with more than 1000 pages to pick from.

Although the site is from Crayola – which is a company in the business of selling crayons – we thought that the advertising was kept to a minimum and the activities were pretty fun. Your kid can definitely kill an hour or more exploring – which just might save your sanity!”

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Zellers: BOGO All Crayola Products

March 29, 2010

Looking for an alternative to chocolates and candy this Easter? Why not fill up your Easter baskets with colourful tools for sparking the imagination?

I was in Zellers over the weekend and I stumbled across their Buy One, Get One FREE Crayola deal. I can’t believe I missed it in the flyer, but was happy to load up on crayons, chalk and paint (all washable, of course) for my budding artist.

The prices start at $1.97 and go all the way up to $24.99, making it one sweet deal! Just make sure to purchase the higher priced items in separate transactions, or the cashier will attempt to discount the lowest priced items… ie. if you purchase two $19.99 items and two $6.99 items, purchase the first two items separately, thereby receiving a BOGO $19.99 item for free and a BOGO $6.99 item for free. If you purchase them all in the same transaction, the cashier will automatically give you the two $6.99 items free (boo).

Now if your Easter baskets must include chocolatey goodness, Zellers is also a good stop – they’ve got a ton of Easter-themed chocolates and candies on sale too. Mix it up!

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Michael’s: Two Fab Coupons

February 19, 2010

When was the last time you paid full price at Michael’s? If you can remember the occasion, shame on you – Michael’s has a coupon for 40% off one regular priced item almost every week! When I’m in the scrapbooking mood, I usually print off a bunch and make several visits (and annoy the heck out of my husband).

This week, they’ve released several bonus coupons, but as there are too many to upload, I’ve just presented you with the cream of the crop: Save 20% off your entire purchase on Saturday, February 20th, and another for 40% off one regular priced item from Feb 20th thru Feb 26th. To Redeem, simply click, print and present.

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Michaels: Three Fabulous Coupons

November 20, 2009

Michael’s is a great place for holiday decor – they’ve got almost everything imaginable to make your place full of cheer. In addition to the coupons, there are great sales on Christmas ribbon, trees and other ho-ho-ho essentials.

The first coupon is valid this Saturday, November 21st from 9am to 1pm only; it’s their Madness Event, where you can save 15% on your entire purchase. Simply click and print the coupon below:

The next two coupons are valid Sunday, November 22nd thru Tuesday, November 24th:

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