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Oct 26 2012
5 years ago
6:21 PM MDT

Happy Friday: Amazing Pumpkin Carvings, Movie Theater Floor Costume and Family of Pirates Costumes

Oct 26, 2012 @ 6:21 PM MDT
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We had so many fun Happy Friday submissions this week and it was hard to just choose one so I decided to choose the three below. Enjoy! 😀

Sent from reader, Brandy:

I am an artist at heart and I absolutely love to paint. I occasionally do 3D pumpkin carvings around the Fall season and I find that everyone enjoys them and generally walks away feeling inspired to carve their own. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, “If my art leaves people feeling inspired, then that is enough reason to keep me painting for the rest of my life – money or not.”

Having said that I just wanted to let you know that I have been following your blog for many years thanks to my friend Sarah. I have seen your blog develop from its early stages into what it is today and I am always so amazed at how you never cease to give so much advice, time, and money away to those in need, including your readers – inspiring others in the process. This e-mail is to remind everyone that whether your talent is saving money, art, cooking, writing, or you name it, it is always important that we remind ourselves to use our talents to inspire others and give when we can. Happy Halloween everyone! And Happy Friday!

* To see more of Brandy’s amazing artwork and Pumpkin Carvings, check out her web-site here.

Sent from reader, Liz:

Here’s an inexpensive, easy, and fun costume idea– a movie theater floor! We hot-glued empty candy and popcorn boxes, soda cups, straw wrappers, popcorn, wrappers, etc. to a black sweatshirt and beanie. It was a huge hit!

Sent from reader, Heather:

Just wanted to send you a quick pic of our brood’s Halloween Costumes this year. We LOVE Halloween, but it can get expensive so following the sales the past few months we were able to come up with costumes for all 4 of us and a pirate ship for under $30.

My son got his pirate costume from the Children’s Place sale you posted about a few weeks ago, with free shipping and cash back his costume came out to $14.57. My other son (the baby) was his parrot. I made the costume myself using a romper I bought on sale at carters for online for $6 (another sale with free shipping). I got the felt, eyes and fabric glue at Michael’s which was on sale and I paired with another 20% off entire purchase coupon you posted totaling a whopping $5. A few stitches later he had a great costume.

My crafty hubby made the pirate ship around our kiddo’s wagon with cardboard (free at the appliance store), tape (free during a Staples sale after coupons and rebate) and misc paint and parts we had lying around the house. I made the jolly roger flag with felt included from my Michael’s purchase.

And My husband and I who were also both pirates got our costumes totally free at a Costume Swap our Parent Group had! Everyone so far has loved our costumes more than those pricey store bought ones, my kids even won the costume contest at our local farmers market~! Thank you for always inspiring us to save creatively…See you can have fun on a budget!


Do you have a funny, “Hip”, or unique photo to share?! Email us at happyfriday@hip2save(dot)com. Every Friday, I will post one photo, submitted by you and/or another Hip2Save reader, that gives us a glimpse into your frugal lifestyle or simply makes us smile. If your photo is published on Hip2Save, we’ll email you a $10 Amazon e-card!

** Check out all of the previous Happy Friday pictures here.

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