Last Chance for Romance!

I sincerely hope that’s not the case, but if you are planning to do something extra special today, you need to get on it! Hopefully, your love won’t be to upset at you for being a little late to the party. Here are some cute, simple, and cheap ideas to stay out of the dog house:

Jazz up a store bought bag of Hershey kisses  and mini chocolate bars with a felt fortune cookie From the Grand Dame of DIY.

I love the wine bottle candle holder idea from Design Sponge, but I don’t have a glass cutter, so I just stuck the candles in my cleaned-out wine bottles and it worked out lovely!

Dana at MADE went paper and staples to make these easy and cute hearts you can fill with more candy!

Keep the special dinner easy! You don’t have time for cooking craziness! From ivillage

End the night sweetly-make your own candy box filled with their favorite candies.  From Delia Creates

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Nighty Nights!

I did a little search on what men like to see women wear to bed and what women themselves like to wear if there’s a man in a bed. The findings were interesting to say the least! Men prefer women to wear nothing (big surprise!), but if a woman isn’t that comfortable with being in the buff just yet, they like women’s sleepwear to be sexy, but without trying too hard. Think white tank tops and some cute cotton underwear, his t-shirt or his favorite team jersey! I don’t know why the jersey surprised me, but it did!

Of course, women prefer comfort. It seems that the only reason we buy fancy lingerie for a special occasion (I’m not talking about buying fancy lingerie for ourselves!) is that we think that’s what men want to see. But it looks like men could care less about lace, garters and underwire. If I’m wrong, please let me know!

I feel like the pressure is off, and I don’t need to bother with the underwear theatrics. Oh, who am I kidding?! I’m not interested in buying that stuff! I do, however, want to wear something cute and comfy when heading to bed. A plain t-shirt is not going to cut it. Refashioning some t-shirts into a cute nighty is right up my ally!

I used:
An extra large t-shirt. I actually had extra large t-shirts scraps, so I used those.
elastic
thread
something to decorate-I used Simply Spray, but you can use markers, appliques, etc.

I cut a band from one of the t-shirts big enough to cover the chest area.

I went over one end of the raw edge with an overcast stitch on my sewing machine. I sometimes prefer overcasting to serging. See if your machine has an overcast stitch. You can use a blanket stitch if you want to do it by hand.

Then, I cut the bottom from another t-shirt the length I wanted.

I did some scrunch and spray effects with the spray paint. I let it dry for at least 30 mins.

I then sewed my top piece to my bottom piece.

I measured two pieces of elastic for the top egde and for the under bust area.

Using a zig-zag stitch, I attached the elastic, pulling taught while sewing so the fabric gathers.

I cut an inch-thick strip from the leftover t-shirt and pulled it so that it rolls. I gave it some spray paint treatment.

I pinned and adjusted the straps to my liking, then sewed them to the elastic.

With the leftover pieces from the strap, I made bows and attached them in front where the straps are. I sewed them on like I would a button.

I love the results! Cute, but really easy to sleep in!

Need some other ideas?

Pillowcase nighty at Burda Style
Pillowcase nighty at Threadbanger (video)
It’s not a nighty, but everyone loves the underwear made from a men’s top that Clare Bare showed at Threadbanger (video)


CrazySexyCrafty: DIY Dirty Dice

You’ve seen these before right? They are called dirty dice or naughty dice and they tell you to do something to a certain part of the body. They are a lot of fun, and very dangerous! Sometimes though, they are limiting, since there is only six sides of the die. You can make your own and get really crazy with it and use whatever verbs and body parts you like!

 

I found a pic of a cube template. I downloaded it, and put it in my graphics program and typed in the words. If you don’t have a graphics program, you can just print out blank cubes and print words separately, then glue the words on the cube.

Print the cubes on card stock and cut them out. I changed the template when printing so that I would get four smaller images instead of one big one.

 

 

Fold. You can score the straight lines with a butter knife or a fabric tracer and a straight edge.

 

 

 

Glue.

 

 

 

 

Roll.

 

 

 

 

You can even add a third one that has the location! Have fun!


CheapSexyEats: Cocoa Chocolate Sauce

cocoa chocolate sauce
I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. It’s history is not very sexy. The commercialism is ridiculous. And how are you gonna express ALL of your love for someone in ONE day with a measly, poor quality, store bought box of chocolates? Or a meaningless card? Or a bland pre-frozen cake? Why are we letting a day on the calendar tell us when and how we should express love?

On the other hand, I’m aware that Valentine’s Day is just the reminder that some people need to show the one they love a little more appreciation. I knew an old man who hated holidays, but always celebrated Valentine’s Day because “everyone needs all the love they can get.” I totally agree with him on that!

So if you want with all your heart to participate in the holiday for your cutie, but don’t have enough green, this week is full of low cost ideas with a whole lotta heart!

Let’s start with the obvious: Chocolate!
I need chocolate sauce, and I’m not going to buy any. I don’t eat it that much, and the stuff in squeeze bottles in too junky! I have cocoa though, and I know that you can add an oil to it as a substitute for baking chocolate. I did a little more digging, and I found a few good recipes.

From food.com
From the infamous Alton Brown
From epicurean.com

Drizzle this on a store bought cheesecake, homemade cookies, or various body parts. Just don’t limit it to February 14th.


Still can’t drop “F Bombs” on dating profile!


It really disturbs me that you still can’t say the frugal word on dating sites. But then again, since we JUST started saving money as a nation, nobody has yet learned to have some finesse when approaching the subject. This article gives a few good suggestions on how to handle such a delicate subject without tarnishing your suave image.

Guys ask me about frugal dating alot. They want to know if it’s ok to use a coupon at a restaurant, if they can take a first date to a free concert or if hand picked flowers cut it. Is McDonald’s acceptable? What about the dollar movie?

For me, what it boils down to is HOW WELL you plan the date, not how much money you spent on it. I don’t really need or want to know how much or how little the date cost you. It used to be that a guy would spent A LOT of money on a date and made it known so that he can get something back at the end of the night. That is just as crass and classless as declaring upfront that you don’t plan on spending anymore than $5 on a girl. Neither one of those approaches are a good idea, especially if you want to see her again.

How well you plan is determined by how well you listen and pay attention. If she says that she does frequent McDonalds, then eating there shouldn’t be a problem. If she follows a strict diet, Mickey D’s is a “NO”. Does she like horror movies, Comedies? Love stories? Make sure the dollar movie you’re going to see is something that is of interest to her or both of you.

Keep the coupons to yourself. Pass them quietly to the waiter or stick the two-for-one under the 20 dollar bill at the box office. Keep the focus on her and the possible connection.

You cannot be cheap AND lazy! Lack of money does not mean you stay at home flipping through TV channels and eating canned soup. If you are low on funds, then that means that you need to be high on creativity! If you don’t plan on spending but so much on a date, then you better be exercising your creative muscles! You should be doing that anyway if you are a true cheapskate!

Just create the best atmosphere for deepening the connection. The amount of money spent is secondary.