Once you have finished designing your quilt creation, you either can purchase the whole kit (fabric, pattern and materials from Connecting Threads) or use it to inspire you for your own creation. I found it fun to waste a few minutes while I created an intricate quilt design just for fun. It got me motivated and inspired to start my next quilt. (http://www.connectingthreads.com/KitBuilder/)
Smilebox allows you to get all this for free:
• New designs every week
• Personalize your one-of-a-kind creation
• Share via Facebook, blog or email. (You can upgrade if you want more designs or options.)
This simple application for PC or Mac lets you quickly and easily create slideshows, invitations, greetings, collages, scrapbooks and photo albums right on your computer. With more than 1,000 customizable templates to choose from, you’ll find inspiration around every corner. With the new iPhone app, you can share your moments on the go as well.
And Smilebox gives you more ways to share: Facebook, email, blog, printing at home or to a store, and burning to DVD. Smilebox makes sharing photos with your family and friends easy, unique and memorable. (www.smilebox.com)
Build a garden online
Better Homes and Gardens has a free tool that will allow you to design and plan your garden online. There are tons of choices you can drag and drop to help you design your spring/summer garden now.
Note: You will need to log in or register. This is free, of course — no credit card needed.
One of the things I love about gardening is every year you can start fresh. This is a great way to get an idea of how your garden can look. You have the option of printing or sending to a friend as well. (http://bit.ly/yWW9GO)
Design a deck
Want to spruce up your backyard with a beautiful deck? Decide on the best layout, stain color, stairs, railings, accessories and more, and start designing your dream deck. You’ll create a deck you love before you start shopping. With hundreds of possible combinations, Design-a-Deck is also the perfect tool to get deck ideas before you start building your deck. (http://bit.ly/zCVNis)
No matter what you decide to do, there are ways to save money. What’s your best tip for saving money in real life? I’d love to hear!
Sharon Williams blogs about saving money in real life at www.reallifedeals.com and ways to pursue your hobbies without breaking your budget at www.hobbiesonabudget.com.