The Learner Observer

Before we get this party started, can I just toot my own horn for like 3 seconds? 

I not only wrote EVERY SINGLE DAY for 31 days (and yes, I know THOUSANDS of other people also did this), I also wrote an additional post on Insights into Blogging with some bloggy friends, and now this Friday 5 post.

That makes 33 posts in 32 days!

Alright.  I’m done.  That’s as much tooting as I’m gonna do.

Yep… that sounds weird.

Let’s move on…

The Friday 5: First Edition


This week’s picks didn’t seem to have any sort of theme at first, then it dawned on me – they are all frugal , DIY and awesome ideas!!!  Who doesn’t love that, right?!?

Here are this week’s picks:

6a00d8358081ff69e2019b003ecf78970b-800wiUmmm ok.  Yes please!  Homemade twix bars by A Beautiful Mess.  GET IN MY BELLY!


plantHow about a $5 project?  I know… awesome, right?  Head on over to Meggie’s Window for her succulent tutorial, which would make a perfectly sweet hostess, Christmas, teacher, or anything gift!


f93b20533ca637903f56b0ba026fabd0Want another inexpensive and awesome project?  Look no further than Good Ideas For You – this bowl is made with some string, fabric stiffener, saran wrap and a bowl!


524daac2dbfa3f2cb5007882._w.540_s.fit_If you don’t love fresh flowers in your house you better have a good darn reason because they are amazing.  These are grocery store blooms, but they look waaaaay more lush than the typical sad $5 you see, don’t they?  See how it’s done over at Apartment Therapy


tripod lamp 0One is $400.  The other is $35.  Enough said… oh and it’s easier to make than you might think, so go on and see Sarah M. Dorsey Designs for the full tutorial!


Now it’s time for….



MORE of The Friday Five: 5 Tips for a Successful Wedding Photo Shoot with Lauren at The Thinking Closet!  She has had some incredible projects this week with her glittery pumpkins (LOVE! and there’s a giveaway with this post too) and a photobooth backdrop made with dollar store tablecloths!  Genius!


I hope you have a fantastic Fall weekend, and don’t forget to turn your clocks back!  

One more hour of sleep.  YAY!

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    Tara @ Suburble

    November 2, 2013

    Great round-up, ladies! I love that lamp hack. Definitely checking that out!

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      November 4, 2013

      Thanks Tara!!! I am definitely tempted to DIY that lamp myself… Love a good hack!

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    Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    November 4, 2013

    Ooooh, those flowers! I love me some $5 grocery store blooms, but I could use some help with arranging. Off to check out that link now!

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      November 12, 2013

      I LOVED seeing that post. The grocery store by my house always has a for $20 deal, and they are nice big bunches. Imagine the possibilities! Flowers EVERYWHERE!!!!

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    November 4, 2013

    You did it!!! So proud of you, Thalita! Now, rest those tippity typing fingers, kick up those feet, and treat yo’self (name that TV show!) to something warm and yummy in a mug. 33 posts in 32 days deserves fanfare. And a standing O. And a neck massage. Oh, Aaaaaaleeeeeex! ;-)

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      November 12, 2013

      Wow I am super late in replying! I’ve been better at posting comments on others’ posts than keeping up with replying to my own these days!

      Thanks so much for the support and HELLOOOOOO we’re SO twinsies! Love me some Parks and Rec!

      Off to mention that neck massage thing to Alex! haha

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