Fun & Funky DIY Beaded Statement Necklaces with Hello Kitty & Power Puff Girls


DIY Hello Kitty Statement Necklace


DIY Power Puff Girls Statement Necklace

For the final installment of this week’s theme of “Pre-Blog Projects Revisited” I decided to share a little fashion fun with you. I actually made these necklaces almost a decade ago, and I still love them…

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DIY Exotic Asian-Moroccan Gazebo Restyle with Thrift Store Finds


My Backyard Oasis

In keeping with this week’s theme of Pre-Blog Projects Revisited, here’s one of my favorites. I’m sorry I do not have a “before” picture of this one (I did the bulk of this make-over about 3 years ago). It was just the basic structure when I moved in, being used for bicycle storage…

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Mackenzie-Childs Inspired Chair Make-over on Found “Alley” Chairs


MC Chairs – After

Continuing the “Revisiting Old Pre-Blog Projects” theme this week, here are my Mackenzie-Childs Inspired Chairs. Again, I apologize for the lack of my usual how-to pictures, but I’ll do my best to explain what I did..

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How to See New Movies at the Theater FREE…Yes I said FREE!

Woo Hoo! FREE MOVIES! Read on to see how you can get into Free Movie Advance Screenings…


Summer Movie Season is in full swing. So far in the last few weeks we’ve been to see Star Trek: Into Darkness, After Earth, The Internship, Kings of Summer, and I have passes to see Man of Steel and The Way Way Back next week. And they are all FREE! We haven’t spent a dime (not even for parking so far).

If you live in a major metropolitan area, chances are there are Free Movie Advance Screenings. You get to see new movies before they hit the theaters, free! (how many times can I say “free” in one post? ;-)) I’m going to tell you how. I stumbled onto this phenomenon about a month ago when I entered an online contest for tickets. At first, I thought it was way too good to be true, but after seeing all the movies above, I am now a believer. Basically, major movie studios do free advance movie screenings all across the country to spread the word and get a buzz going about their movie. There are many websites online that are involved in giving away passes to these free screenings, and some are better than others. For some movies, you’ll enter a drawing for tickets through email or text, and some you just sign on and claim your passes, and others will require an rsvp code that will be available through local tv and radio stations or other sources. You do have to enter your contact information, which I was wary about at first, but (so far at least) I have not been spammed in any way.

Here’s the gist of it: Sign up for email notifications at the websites listed below. You’ll get an email notification (or sometimes a text, depending on who’s sponsoring the screening) saying you “won” passes, or just that you can claim passes online. (this can be anywhere from the same day as the screening to a few weeks before the event) You’ll print out your passes, and head to the theater. The screenings are on weeknights, usually around 7pm (sometimes later). The catch is, you have to arrive early. They overbook these screenings to ensure a full house, so you’ll need to arrive at least an hour before showtime, sometimes earlier if it’s a big movie. (FYI: in this case I’m referring to Denver. We are lucky here in that we are a smaller city. I’ve heard that getting into these free screenings in larger cities such as LA can be more challenging, and you’ll probably need to arrive even earlier) You’ll wait in a designated line (I always bring something to do), and they generally let you in about 30 minutes before showtime. Usually, there are no previews, just the movie you came to see. With bigger movies, there is sometimes security that will ask you to turn in your cell phone and will want to search your bag for recording devices (we’ve only encountered this once, I honestly just turned off my cell and put it on my back pocket, don’t tell on me ;-)) After your movie, usually within a few hours, you’ll get an email asking you to rate the movie, write a little review, and share it on social media. That’s it. (while I have been diligent about writing the reviews, I haven’t always shared them.) It’s actually fun to get my Siskel & Ebert on and write a movie review (I know, I dated myself with that reference) it usually takes me about 10 minutes. Well worth it for two free movie passes!

While there are many free screening websites out there, so far I’ve found the best ones to be and Just sign up for the email notifications, and they will let you know when there is a new screening in your area. If you are really active on Facebook or Twitter, you can “friend” them and get notified that way.

Denver-Note: Most of the Denver screenings seem to be at the Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall. Park in the Pavilion’s underground lot, take your parking ticket to the theater, and get it validated for 4 hours in the theater lobby. The machine is hard to see, but it is just inside after they take your movie tickets to the left on the wall.

So sign up, go see some free movies, and have a great summer!

One More Day till Friday! Denver First Friday & Other Great Free & Cheap Stuff to do this Weekend…

Ah Thursday. With the weekend just around the corner, I can feel Denver pulses quicken in anticipation…

We have a very rare occasion this month. Second Saturday (June 8th) will arrive directly after First Friday (June 7th), so your art viewing options cover two days in a row! Here are some FREE & CHEAP things to do this weekend:



On Friday there is a FREE public concert at the Clifford Still Museum downtown featuring ATOMGA (sponsored by Swallow Hill Music) from 5:30pm-7:30pm, and museum admission is FREE 5-8pm! Clifford Still Museum


My top pick for this weekend is the Art Student’s League of Denver Summer Art Market  on Saturday. I haven’t missed one in a decade now. A marvelous mix of student, faculty, and professional artists selling their wares in a relaxed atmosphere. Looking for new art for your home? There are tons of great art bargains to be had here! (maybe Dad would like a little something cool for Father’s Day, this is the place to get it) Hint: I always arrive right when they open (10am), as parking can get difficult, and it will be a hot day. And of course, it’s FREE! (it is also on Sunday)

If you’re into Bluegrass, the South Pearl Street Brew Grass Festival is for you. It begins at Noon on Saturday. While it is not free, it is only $5 for 8 live bands in a quaint neighborhood setting.

Also on Saturday is the 9th Annual Downtown Littleton Block Party, another fun FREE event, there’s even fireworks!


On Sunday there’s the FREE Festival for Water at Civic Center Park, starting at 4pm. Live music featuring the Motet.

And of course, there’s all the First Friday & Second Saturday art festivities. Here is a listing of art openings, courtesy of (remember that the museum events are usually NOT free)

[Upcoming Events from the Calendar]

June 06, 2013
June 07, 2013
June 08, 2013
June 09, 2013
June 10, 2013
June 12, 2013

Have a great weekend everyone!

If I’ve missed a great free event, let me know in the comments section. Thank you!


How to Have an Awesome & Profitable Yard Sale, Part 2 (Think like a Retailer)

How to have an Awesome & Profitable Yard Sale, Part 2 (Think like a Retailer)


Garage Sale

A Nicely Set-up Yard Sale (picture from

First, I’d like to apologize for being late on Part 2. Honestly, my own yard sale took much more time than I had planned (I was selling a sizable vintage collection for a neighbor, in addition to my own things, and 3 other friends joining the sale) and frankly, I wanted to take a day or two off to recover 😉 As I said in Part 1, hosting a yard sale is a lot of work! So without further ado, here is Part 2…

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Found Mail Box Victorian DIY Re-Style (and it was FREE!)

Found Mail Box Victorian DIY Re-Style


OK, I know most of you probably don’t have gee gobs of art supplies lying around like I do, but even if you had to buy the supplies for a project like this it would be pretty cheap. I found this old mailbox abandoned in an alley near my home, and I used supplies I had on hand to fix it up to match our Victorian house so this project didn’t cost me a dime…

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Alley Art Update: A Cool Hipster DIY Word-Art Street-Art from Thrift-Store/Found Painting


Another project for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom make-over…This was a fun one. I was inspired by this blog post on Apartment Therapy, “5 Ways to Update Thrift Store Art”

A couple weeks after seeing this blog, I spied this “beauty” in an alley near my house and knew it would be perfect:

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How to Have An Awesome & Profitable Yard Sale, Part 1: Organize & Prep (Think like a Shopper)

It’s that time of year again…YARD SALE TIME! I hold a Yard Sale every year. (my annual sale will be on June 1st) With all the yard sale & thrift store shopping I do, I’m always “trading-up” my things, redecorating…and accumulating. This is my yearly “Purge”. With a life-time of yard sales on both sides of the table under my belt, I’m here to pass on my hard-earned selling wisdom in this 2-Part Series…


How to Have an Awesome and Profitable Yard Sale, Part 1: Organize & Prep (think like a shopper)…

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Modern Nightstand (Bed Side Table) DIY Made With Old Art Magazines

Modern “Artsy” Nightstand made with old Art Forum magazines…


Another project for the Chic Rock Star Glam Bedroom is complete! I finished this one up over the weekend. I am very pleased with how it turned out! I am now on the look-out for more Art Forum mags so I can make another one of these…

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