Monday, March 30, 2009

Home Decorating Job in St. George

My sister was hired on by some of her neighbors to redecorate their vacation home in St. George. 3 1/2 weeks ago we piled Kim and her 4 girls and me and my 2 girls in my mom's Expedition and headed down to check out the place and evaluate what needed to be done as well as have a little vacation. I was the designated babysitter while she met with subcontractors, etc. To say the least the place needed a little update, it was pretty outdated. She was very productive with the help of our cousin's husband who is a home builder in St. George. She lined up subs for carpet, paint, granite counter tops, and tile all in one day. We were able to swim, visit a couple of parks, shop, dine out, and manage the 6 crazy girls, ages, 9, 7, 5, 2, 2, and 8 mo. When we left we had completely stripped the house of bedding, wall hangings, decor, etc. and cleaned the place pretty thoroughly. As we were leaving on Sunday, the owner called and said, "Oh I just wanted to let you know that my niece is coming down in 2 1/2 weeks for her honeymoon." "What?", is what we were both thinking. So the challenge began. She had 2 1/2 weeks from start to finish to completely remodel and redecorate this home.
She began scheduling subs literally on top of each other. Fortunately with the economy and the badly hurt housing industry in St. George, they were all desperate for work and willing to start right away. She shopped everyday for furnishings, bedding, and decor, put it all in her minivan and 2 weeks later Kim, I, and Audrey headed down to complete the place. When we arrived, it looked awesome, with just the carpet, paint, and tile done, but the paint fumes were so strong that we couldn't sleep there so we ended up staying in a hotel the first night. The last hotel room that we could find in the whole town since it was college spring break. As we hit the pillow at midnight, Audrey woke right up and did not want to go back to sleep. So the first night we got about 2-3 hours of sleep. The next day was Saturday and we worked from 7 am to about 1 or 2 am the next morning. Slept for a few hours, then got up and finished cleaning and making the final touches. My sister did an amazing job, on a very slim budget as well. I learned a lot of really important design tips and had fun doing it as well. The owners were thrilled to say the least and quite a bit surprised. It by far exceeded their expectations. Here are a few pictures of the bedrooms she decorated. Unfortunately, the counter tops were not done and some of the furniture didn't get delivered by the time we left, so she didn't get finished pictures of the bathrooms and kitchen, which looked great minus the granite. I wish I had before pictures so that you could appreciate the transformation.

In return for my help she's helping me redecorate my bedroom and part of my family room...pillows...she says pillows make a room. So I will post some pictures of my house later when we're finished.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Deal of the Week!

So I am getting a little addicted to all of these coupon stock up sales and have decided that I'm going to really get on board with this and post my deal of the week. So here's what I got at Walgreen's today for the blue light special price of ... $45 with a total savings of $112.

(4) packs of Huggies diapers
(4) boxes of Huggies wipes
(2) packages of Pull-Ups
(2) boxes of tampons
(3) boxes of Kleenex
(1) 12 rolls Scott toilet paper
(2) Glade air freshner kits
(1) box of aluminum foil
(1) Colgate toothpaste
(3) Garnier Fructis hair care products
(9) packages of Wrigley's gum

Thursday, March 5, 2009

CoNsIgNmEnT SaLe...Coming Soon!

Here is some info on my favorite consignment sale that I go to at the Hilltop United Methodist Church in Sandy (985 E. 10600 S.) I actually sold about 34 items last fall and made a quick $90 by just getting rid of a few things I didn't need rather than dropping them off at the D.I. It is twice a year and it's coming up soon, and if you have young kids and want a good deal on clothes, toys, strollers, baby gear, etc or want to sell some things, I highly recommend it. If your interested, here's their advertisement from their newsletter:

Calling All Sellers! Spring UMW Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale to be held April 17-18. The sale accepts gently used, quality spring & summer items such as: clothing, strollers, toys, books, DVDs, bikes, cribs, outdoor toys and much more. New this year—seller packets will be available on the church website ( March 23rd. Sellers keep 70% of the selling price. The remaining 30% is used by UMW for local, national and international mission work.

Calling All Volunteers! Volunteers make the sale a success. Volunteer sign-ups will be available on the bulletin board March 23rd. All volunteer shifts are 3 hours and earn you one ticket per shift to the private pre-sale on Thursday, April 16th. Volunteer Opportunities:
· Floor/Security – Thursday p.m., Friday or Saturday
· Tagging/Seller Check-out – Thursday p.m., Friday or Saturday
· Breakdown – Sat. – 2-6 p.m.
For more information , contact Gygi at 619-7035.
If you have more questions you can leave a comment or call me and I'd be happy to answer them. I can't wait, this sale is one of my highlights throughout the year. I just get so excited when I come home with so many fabulous things for such a good deal. Happy consigning!