Big Spring Closet Cleanout Week #2 + How I Made $70 In 2 Hours From My Home

 

 

 

Need some motivation to clean our your child’s closet?

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This is for you.

 

Remember last week how I cleaned out my daughter Reagan’s closet? Well I took everything to our local Once Upon a Child, and for just 2 hours of work I made $70 selling her used clothing. 

 

WOOHOOOO!!! :)

 

(Needless to say, I was pretty excited.)

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So, last night I asked my 12 year old to start cleaning out her closet.

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It was in pretty bad shape, but she worked on it for a solid hour (cleaned out her drawers too), and sure enough now we have several boxes to sell, donate, or pass down to Reagan.

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(I was tickled that she folded her clothes relatively neatly ~ after doing most of the work myself in Reagan’s room, it was so nice to see Caroline handle so much of the work herself!

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I’m hoping to have Jackson work on his closet this weekend so that I can take a large load again next week to re-sell (most of their clothes will go to Plato’s Closet, a consignment store for teenage/adult clothing), and was so pleased with how simple it was to sell items. 

 

The best part about working on their closets? It makes managing laundry so much easier because there’s room for the actual clothes they wear, and I save so much simply by knowing what they really have. (It’s so easy with a crowded closet to forget a long lost sweater, but a good de-cluttering lets you know what’s really there!)

 

If you have a few minutes ahem, an hour or two to tackle your child’s closet this week, I soooo recommend it ~ you’ll feel amazing to have that project marked off your list, and might just earn a few dollars too! And if you have other tips on how to earn money re-selling your child’s clothing I’d love to hear those suggestions too.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fruit of the Spirit Jar

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A few years ago, I shared my friend Melody’s idea for a “Fruit of the Spirit” jar that we used over the summer to help teach our children a small lesson in the fruits of the Sprit each day.  At that time all three of my kids (then ages 11, 8 & 4) worked on learning Galatians 5:22:

 

 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Even though my kids have grown quite a bit since then, we still (of course!) have moments where we struggle with discipline.  I happened to remember the Fruit Of The Spirit jar again (somewhere it had been stuffed back in a cabinet. . .) so I’m pulling it out again to encourage a little positive behavior in our home.

 

It (obviously!) is pretty simple to make.  I used a mason jar (an empty spaghetti jar would work too), some clearance Easter jelly beans (I really liked the idea of using Runts since they’re shaped in fruit shapes – you can pick those up at the Dollar Tree!) and labeled the jar with the verse.


 

I try to keep my ears alert for moments when they model the fruit of the spirit.  If Jackson does something sweet for one of his sisters, I’ll ask which fruit he’s displaying and he picks a candy from the jar. (Folks, even at just-turned-15-yesterday, candy is highly motivating.) :) If Caroline manages to show patience when she really just wants to hurry, she’ll choose a treat.  And, when Reagan manages to make it down the stairs for school without any griping or complaining, she might get a treat too.   I also ask them to share again what the fruits of the spirit are before they get their treat.

 

I am simply amazed at how much more effective positive motivators work in our home, compared to all my efforts at hollering, griping, and whining-to-the-point-of-exhaustion to encourage my children.  Yesterday my daughter was so pleased with herself when she earned a fruit of the Spirit for helping make my bed without being asked. . . because that one definitely exemplified some goodness on her part, and made me much kinder to boot!

 

If you’ve been looking for a way to positively encourage your kids as well as teach them the values of the Fruits of the Spirit, take a peek at how we set up our Fruit of the Spirit Jar to work in our home.  I’d love to hear what other tips you have on teaching biblical principals as well as encouraging good behavior in your kiddos, as summer is just a few weeks away and I have a feeling I’m going to have to be on top of this one again this year!

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Big Spring Closet Cleanout Week #1 + How I Earn Money When I Organize

Guys, I absolutely love sharing fun little crafty Friday Fluff Up projects here on PPP (even though I’m not all that crafty . . . I sure do love trying!) But, this month I’m determined to tackle all four bedroom closets in our home, so this week I started with my daughter Reagan’s room.

Yesterday morning, as soon as she and I woke up (and before I sat down to the computer!) I forced myself into her closet (BLECK.) We turned on some music, and determined to really, really work on a good clean out. After moving last year I learned just how important it is to constantly pare down your stuff, so I spent a solid 3 hours doing a complete re-organizing of of her room, switching her winter clothes out, and deciding what she really needed to hang onto this year.

Y’all, it was bad.

But every single time I organize, I earn a little moo-lah as I go.

 

First I separate items into trash bags, Goodwill donations, and clothes that I’m going to sell at our local kids consignment store. My husband and son are begging for a riding lawn mower, so I’m challenging myself to see how much I can sell this month to earn some money towards their new fun toy . . . I’ll update you on how it goes! :)

 

The other way that I save every time I tidy things up around our home? 

 

It never fails that I after cleaning things out I realize my kids have plenty of clothes (clearly.) While I might pick her up an outfit or two if I see something super cute, we really don’t need to spend a single penny on new summer duds for her. That’s like making (at least!) $100 by actually being able to find the clothes she already has, rather than heading to the store for new more clothes (when she has way too much here already!)

 


As you can see this after picture she still has more than enough. (Although the clothing on the far hanger are dress up clothes, jackets to grow into, and special items that my kids have worn through the years that no longer fit, but I simply can’t part with. Anyone else relate?)

 

Folks, I’m amazed at how much more content I am with what I have simply by taking care to make my home the very best space it can be. As a girl who’s spent years thinking if only I had . . . “, I’ve been reminded that just taking care of what I already own can make even the tiniest space just enough.

 
If you’re in a place today where you feel like your home isn’t big enough, your closets will never be large enough, or there’s just no way you can manage without a bit larger kitchen, bathroom, garage (or whatever), I encourage you to choose to do the very best you can to make the space you already have just perfect for you.

 

I promise from experience that our family has lived in a tiny home and one that’s plenty big, and there is always (always!) someone who has something bigger, better, fancier, and way more impressive than what I’ll have in my own home (and I really do love my  home!)  But, taking care to clean, organize, and “fluff” the space that you’re in (no matter the size), can make what you already have just perfect for you.

 

Take pride in what you have right now – whether it be your home, your car, or even something as trivial as the purse you carry, to make it the very best space you can have with the money you can afford. I promise it’s worth it, and choosing not to sacrifice what you really want for what you want right now will change your family’s future.
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Goodwill Lamp Makeover

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I’m going to keep it short and sweet today, but here’s the most fun little Friday fun I was able to make using just a few Goodwill lamps! I realized after painting them that the lighting in one didn’t work (I think it worked when I first started the project?) but one lamp for under $20 works for me. Here’s what I did . . .

Bought 2 Goodwill lamps, each $4 (if I do this again, I’ll only purchase ones without any decoration on them – the decoration somewhat bled through the paint of the blue lamp.)

Cleaned them really thoroughly with Dawn dish soap.

Used Krylon Looking Glass spray paint to paint them (it did take several coats spraying very carefully so that the paint didn’t run.) I bought the paint using a coupon at JoAnn’s, but this price on Amazon is the lowest it’s been priced at. (One can would have been more than enough to do the lamps, but I didn’t want to run out so I grabbed two.)

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Added a $10 shade I’d found at Ballard Designs Outlet (love that store!)

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Set it next to my Dollar Tree jelly beans jars. 😉

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Considering this lamp costs $179 at One King’s Lane (yikes!), I’m pretty pleased with my little Goodwill fun!

 

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Looking for more Goodwill ideas? Here are a few of my favorite updates:

 
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

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Dollar Tree Easter Craft

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Did you know today’s the first day of Spring? Woohooooo!!! 
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(Yes, that’s coming after a long, cold winter up here in Ohio . . . I can’t wait to get out and start planting around here!)

 

In the meantime though I am so excited to get ready for Easter, and found this super cute easy Dollar Tree craft that’s just a fun little happy for your Easter table. You could give these away as teacher gifts or treat your kids to them as a little surprise – nothing fancy but just a little fun.

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Here’s what you’ll need . . .

 

  • mason jars – $1 at Dollar Tree (may be able to find those less if you purchase them in a larger box at Walmart)
  • small ceramic or even plastic Easter shapes – $1 at Dollar Tree (I was looking for something smaller but the ceramic ornaments were all I could find – my kids have already used the extra paint to paint a few pictures, so the paint didn’t go to waste!)
  • spray paint
  • glue gun
  • candy to fill jars with

 

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Here’s how to make these in less than 20 minutes . . . 

  • hot glue the mason jar inner lid to the ring to hold it in place

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  • hot glue Easter shape onto mason jar (I had to remove the hooks from the ornaments using needle nosed pliers, however if you can find a plastic Easter shape you can skip that step)
  • spray paint the lid and let dry
  • fill jar with candy ~ that’s it!
Note – mine were all a little crooked because my seven-year-old Reagan was absolutely determined to help. Hopefully next time we’ll get them on a wee bit straighter! :)

 

 

 

Are you making any special crafts this year for Easter? I’d love to hear what you’re up to! You can also join the PPP Easter Pinterest board, and be sure to see how I made these centerpieces at the Dollar Tree last year as well. Here are a few other ideas to get you thinking . . .

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Thanks for the inspiration, Hearts Desires at Home! I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

 

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The Friday Fluff Up: Simple (Free) Paper Crafting

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Here’s just the tee-tiniest little fluff up project that I was able to put together this week! My husband has been working hard on adding some molding in our home as we’re finishing up our breakfast room (I can’t wait to show you the finished results) . . .

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so in the meantime this is just fun little proof that you really can craft on next to nothing. :)

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Last weekend when I was scrapbooking with my friends (I had to just work on digital scrapbooking because I couldn’t haul my scrapbook stuff on the plane), there was a table for everyone’s “leftover stuff” they weren’t going to use. Every time I went by I saw so many cute things, and finally decided I had to at least tackle something crafty because I spend way too much time on the computer and doing something with my hands always feels so good!

 

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So, I grabbed some super cute paper and decided to make a little banner for Caroline and Reagan’s bathroom. Because I was worried I’d run out of paper too quickly I made the flags way too small, but it’s a fun little Easter happy even the way that it is . . .  I’m good with that.

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(For the record, I’m soooooo not a paper crafter . . . pretty sure I painted an entire piano in less time than it took for me to schlep this little baby together.) 

 

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All I did was use one of the pennant die cuts on the Cricut machine, then take string and tie everything together using the buttons. Nothing fancy here, but it’s a fun little happy to brighten up their space! If you don’t have a Cricut you could so easily cute triangles out and use a hole punch for to string them together.

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Simple!

 

(I had to take pictures on our chalkboard because it’s so hard to get a good picture with the light from the window.)

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There you have it . . . nothing fancy but a lot of fun. 😉 

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Are you doing any crafting this weekend? I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

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Looking for more paper crafting ideas? Here are a few of my favorites . . .

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

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$35 Metal Pendant Shade Update

 

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I’m so excited to share this little $35 update to my kitchen that I found a few weeks ago at the Ballard Designs Outlet in Cincinnati! I’d been eyeing these Metal Replacement Shades in the Ballard Designs Catalog, but at $45 a piece, there was no way I would make the change.

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The original light shades in our kitchen were fine, but just kind of builder grade and I loved the idea of something a little more custom looking. There was no way I’d convince my husband to switch the light out completely, and really they were brand new lights!

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So when I found these for just $17.39 each at the Ballard Outlet Store, I knew I found the perfect solution! I just did a quick search on Amazon, and even their metal shades were $35+. So for $34.78 I got a bit more custom look for a fraction of the cost. Yay!

 

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I just unscrewed the old light fixtures, put the new ones in place, and in about five minutes the project was done. Love that!

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And, while I was there I also found this fantastic chair at the Frontgate Outlet. (Frontgate, Ballard, and Grandin Road Outlets are all their together near Ikea ~ I love that!)

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This chair was originally $600, marked down to $174. While I know it’s not nearly as penny pinched as my $2.50 Goodwill chair . . . ballard1

 

I absolutely love it. 😉

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And if you look closely at the top picture, you’ll see it also matches the barstools I found at the Frontgate Outlet here in Columbus when we first moved.

I’d actually been watching for chairs for awhile, and a few weeks ago almost gave in and picked up a $180 side chair at a local store similar to Garden Ridge. I knew the quality really wasn’t great on them though (I was just settling, again!), so I decided to try a little patience and am thrilled with the quality of this chair at the same price.

 

Folks, we’ve been at this penny pinching thing for years (really, almost nineteen years!), and to be able to enjoy some of the fruits of that success now on things we just love is oh-so-sweet. If you’re struggling to stick with itpromise it’s worth the wait ~ and you really never know what deal may be right around the corner.  Yay! 😉

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle

$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle

 

A few weeks ago I noticed these framed prints at Goodwill. 

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For whatever reason, one of them was priced at $5 and the other one was just $3. I asked the cashier what the difference in them was (and if they’d consider taking $3 for each of them), and sure enough brought them home for just $6, total.

 

I’ve seen so many pretty botanical and patterned prints in the Ballard Designs Catalog (I love that store!) , but there’s no way I could justify shelling out nearly $200 for the set. (Especially just to hide in our bathroom!) The frames were in decent shape, I liked the linen matte that they already had, so all I had to do was switch out the print to make it match our home.

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So, I took these two apart, purchased $8 in fabric at Joann’s (after my 30% off coupon), and came out with two prints that are perfect to add some color to our walls.

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(I use my hot glue gun for everything – since I couldn’t convince my husband to hunt down his staple gun in the garage, I used hot glue to put it all back together.) 😉

 

$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle Collage

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Here’s what I spent: 

  • Goodwill frames – $6
  • Fabric – $4
  • Total = $10 – woohoo!

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If you’re looking for inexpensive ways to fluff up your walls at home, I’m telling you what . . . a trip to your local thrift store is so worth it. If you’ve seen anything fun at your local Goodwill or thrift store recently I’d love to hear about it ~ leave a comment to share!

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

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DIY Barn Style Door Track For Under $60

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A friend of mine has wanted to turn her laundry room door into a sliding door for a long time, so she finally got her husband on board to start the project with a little help from my husband.  This idea came from many years of frustration with a narrow laundry room and the huge presence of sliding barn doors on every DIY show out there!

 

The regular hinged door opened into the laundry room and took up almost 3 feet of space when opened.  She wanted to have more room to move in and out of the room without the door always being in the way.  She began by researching all the ready-made options available online but decided to try to create a less expensive design based on many DIY versions.

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With most DIY “Barn” style sliding door projects the DIYers build a door and a track system, but she wanted to give it a try using the regular old door.  This did add a few challenges when it came to finding hardware that word work because there was more space between the track and door, but after a couple trips to the hardware store (ok, maybe 15 trips…) she was able to come up will all the pieces needed for the track.

Here’s a list of exactly what they used:

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If you are considering a project like this, here are a few links to help you get some more ideas:

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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My 20 Minute Kitchen Makeover

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I’d really hoped to share you with you some awesome Valentine’s craftiness today (if you need some ideas, you’ve got to go check this out . . . I love how Saidah planned this Valentine’s party for less than $50!), but I’ve had a ton of tax-time-why-do-I-run-a-small-business-little-things to deal with this week. (I don’t have a good handle on business stuff at all, and business stuff in addition to moving this year has pushed me a wee bit over the edge.)

 

In addition to that we’ve had frozen pipes (twice), so I now have a lovely torn up dining room while we’re getting the situation fixed. Honestly, moving is hard, and while I love our new home it’s just taking a little while to figure out all the kinks!

 

I did tackle a tiny project though in our kitchen yesterday (um, really tiny), and thought it might be something that would encourage you today too.

 

Yesterday morning I happened to see my copy of Ballard Designs in the mail pile (I love that catalog!), and as I was thumbing through while eating breakfast I looked up at my kitchen.

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Yikes.

 

(yes, my daughter is sitting up on the countertops, because in the morning our puppy is a little too excited and constantly nips at her feet. she doesn’t always sit on the countertops though. promise.) 😉

 

I decided to spend about 20 minutes really cleaning things up, and pulled out a few items from the cupboards to “fluff” our kitchen up.

 

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It’s amazing how much better our kitchen feels after just a few minutes of work, and it didn’t cost me a penny . . . just a little time to really look over what was there and consider how I was using the space!

 

Could your kitchen countertops use a freshened up look today? Determine to take a few minutes this weekend and really look at the space you already have . . . you’ll be so glad you did!

 

 

Because I just can’t stand it, here are a few of the deals I’ve scored in my kitchen:

  1. Bar stools were $50 at Frontgate Outlet
  2. Lamp in the back corner was a gift this Christmas from Sugar Babe Antiques (love that store!)
  3. Kitchenaid Mixer total splurge but crazy good deal at Christmas
  4. Dollar Tree fruit in glass jars bought at Walmart :)

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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