Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Erica Weiner Jewelry--

Happy Leap Day!

Sadie Hawkins Ring

I'm loving this LEAP YEAR ring from 

She tells a little history behind leap year and this special ring.

Leap Year was historically a year of gender role-reversal: once every four years, women were allowed to propose marriage to men. This is our hand-cast reproduction of a 1920s-era ring commemorating this rare, exciting event. It's named for the American comic strip character "Sadie Hawkins," whose creator spawned the February 29th trend of "Sadie Hawkins Dances." At these, women could boldly invite the man of their choice out on a date, typically to a dance attended by other bachelors and their assertive dates. Click the image to see a postcard commemorating the 1908 Leap Year hysteria.

Be sure to stop by Erica Weiner Jewelry for more inspiration.
I'm currently obsessed with a few pieces in her under $100 category!
Take a look..

Infinity Ring

Aurora Borealis Rhinestone Studs

Heart Padlock Bracelet

Have a happy day!!! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

I can't stop drooling over these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
made by RecipeGirl

Don't these look delish?

click here to get the recipe-

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hunger Games Printable

Happy Friday!!

Who's ready for the Hunger Games?
I know I am--less than a month away-eek I'm so excited!

When I saw that Amy from had made these amazing printables 
I literally screamed!! 
Amy is soooo talented- she makes amazing printables and throws the BEST parties ever!!!

A few friends of mine were talking about throwing a Hunger Games party-
Now I'm all set, I can't wait to use them!!

Head on over to her amazing blog to print them out!


ps. make sure to stop back by on Monday--
I'll be featuring a Hunger Games inspired Etsy shop

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ideas For Old Window Frames

Happy Tuesday!

A few days ago my dad was at our local Flea Market, just looking around, 
when he scored me THREE old window frames-- for around $5!
I'm so excited to use them in my house-
I was browsing Pinterest and found some amazing ideas on how to use my old windows.

Take a look.

wall art...

Old window to display photos-I love this idea, then don't have to worry about hanging multiple frames straight


old windows as headboard

Use them as a headboard

Do you have any other thrifty ideas on how to use old windows?
I would love to hear your ideas!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gathered and Sown Giveaway Winner

A big thanks to everyone who entered the Gathered & Sown giveaway.
We have a winner...

Lucky # 48! 
Hannah T

A email has been sent!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine S'mores

I love this idea.
Simply add three heart marshmellows, a few Hershey kisses, and two graham crackers.
Super simple & adorable!

Stop by Two Shades Of Pink to see the entire party!

Friday, February 10, 2012

GIVEAWAY: Wristlet From Gathered & Sown on Etsy

Happy Friday!
I have an amazing GIVEAWAY for you today!
One lucky reader will win a purple polka dot pleated wristlet!
but the girl behind the sewing machine who creates them!
Angie, take it away!

Hey! I'm Angie, the happy pursemaker behind 

A couple of years ago, my  friend and I were sitting around with our then toddlers, itching to create something, just to fill the days. So we thought it would be fun to get out some sewing machines and see what we could do. I knew the basics, but had no idea how to read a pattern, thread a bobbin or even how to adjust tension. Easily put: I was a sewing virgin. With Kerrie's help, she guided me through how to make a cute purse, using a commercial pattern. And after a few more tears and naughty utterances, I decided commercial patterns we NOT for me! I was ready to give up on sewing. But I had this great new bag, and everywhere I went, people would comment on it, or ask where I got it. When I told them I made it, they would ask me to make them one. GulpSince I don't understand the meaning of the word no, Kerrie and I decided it might be fun to do this together. So we prayed about it, and scoured the internet for ideas.
I found this thing...called a tutorial. I was amazed. It told me what to do. In plain english! So I did the unexpected. I made a purse without getting even a little bit emotional! It was a breakthrough! That's how I discovered that I'm one of those people who learns by doing and seeing. ( I guess that means I'm visual.) I quickly discovered the untapped talent I had for sewing. Designing and creating my own handbags and patterns comes really easy to me. Through the last 4 years I've seen my designs grow and change and I get excited everytime I come up with something new. That's the cool thing. My job energizes me to work harder! I believe that a well placed pleat,  a bold ruffle, or an unexpected combination of colors or textures can come together and make an ordinary bag something truly unique!

Here are a few of the amazing items Angie creates.

Grey/WhitePolka Dot and  Salmon Ruffle Bible Cover- Made to Order

Avocado Green Ruffle Purse Large with Shoulder Strap in Rich Vintage Cotton

Pleated Purse in Vintage Style Patchwork Cotton Print  with polka dot handles

Plum Purple/White Polka Dot Wristlet with Yellow/White Floral Ruffle

How To Enter The Giveaway:

Simply tell me your favorite item from 

Extra Entrys:

Become a follower of Gathered and Sown

Share about this giveaway on Facebook 

Tweet about this giveaway on  Twitter.
tag me in your tweet @KeepinItThrifty 

Pin the Purple Clutch onto one your Pinterest board.
or repin THIS one.

{be sure to comment for each one you do. leaving your email address}

Giveaway will end on Wednesday February 15th 
12 Midnight EST 

Good Luck!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Motivation: The Simple Life

Monday Motivation & Inspiration 

I love this subway art below. 
It's such a good reminder of the good things we should do everyday!
Live life as simple as possible-It will make you much happier. 

I try and do all these things every day
{no source}

Happy Monday!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What I Wore: Hospital Style

Happy Wednesday!

Many of you know about my recent stomach issues-
If not then you can catch up on it here and here

What I Wore:
Here I am sporting the lovely blue gown and many IVs

{trying to be cool and give a peace sign}

Yesterday I went for a Upper Endoscopy.
It went really well--
They actually think they have figured out what is causing my severe stomach pains.
He diagnosed me with a  Hiatal Hernia ..My esophagus is inflamed with some kind of yeast/bacteria,
It's being sent off for further testing -should be getting results back soon.
I'm on a antibiotic to help--but the doctor said the main reason for this is

I can't be letting the little things cause me stress.
My life is to short and to amazing to be letting little things bring me down.

Found these saying today and it pretty much sums up my new attitude!

SOO TURE! Just be YOU!

and this one--


and this..

love more worry less

Thank you all for the messages-emails-and comments during this time.
I am blessed with such wonderful friends!

I'll be back in a few days-Taylor is on his way home{been away for 2 weeks}
and just told me to have my bags packed--
were going on a little mini vacay!!!!!

A PERFECT way to start my new stress-free life .

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