Party decorating on a small budget || dollar store ideas

Our family recently flew from Denver to Dallas to see our nephew graduate from High School. He was born a month after Ben and I got married. I'm still trying to figure out how he's old enough to graduate?! There was a huge party planned for our nephew and a bunch of his graduating friends to help celebrate the occasion. The party was so cute. Each graduating senior had a table set up just for them, to show them off and share all their accomplishments and hobbies. (There were 11 tables total I believe; and was held in a local church.) My sister-in-law tasked me with decorating the table for … [Read more...]

creating PRIMAL FURS for Indoor Percussion

Last week I introduced y'all to Indoor Drumlines, or Indoor Percussion Ensembles. My son is in high school and had the cool opportunity to be a part of his high school's Indoor Drumline. They preformed a cool show called Primal, which included awesome costumes created on the cheap by the parents of the group. Here's the final costume: In this post I showed you guys how I created the loin cloth (skirt) and belt for the costume. Today I'm here to wrap up this Indoor Drumline PRIMAL series with a play-by-play on all the furs the kids wore. The pit kids (the ones in the front who … [Read more...]

Creating the LOIN CLOTH SKIRTS & BELTS for Indoor Drumline show

Last week I introduced you to my son's Indoor Drumline group, where they put on a show this year called Primal. The teens put in countless hours of hard work into pulling off a 1st in State show and we parents coudln't be any prouder of them. The show would definitely not come together without the help of all the parent volunteers as well. My "job" this season was "Costume Coordinator". I made sure each entire costume arrived at each show during the season and made sure each kid had what they needed before they preformed. I also was heavily involved in creating the costumes, especially certain … [Read more...]

Mini Ornament Wreath {holiday}

As promised, I'm back with a 2nd wreath. This is pretty much the same as the last wreath, but in mini form. Because honestly, what's cuter than a mini wreath? My daughter wanted to make a wreath, and how can I say no to a) this adorable face, and b) a daughter who wants to craft with me?! So we made a mini wreath. We started with a bunch of mini ornaments from Target, a wreath form, and some fabric. We wrapped the form in fabric first. Now we have a good surface for the hot glue to stick to. Next, she wrapped the wreath in some silver tinsel. And from … [Read more...]

Huge Nutcrackers for your porch

Happy Holidays my friends! As you've probably figured out already, I love nutcrackers, especially brightly painted ones! I found some pretty ugly huge plaster nutcrackers at Home Depot on sale for black friday and just had to pounce on them. Of course, I couldn't display them as-is; I had to paint them first. Check out this post for a step-by-step of the process. Here's the original nutcrackers I bought. I actually bought one at first, but then I ran back to Home Depot and picked up a 2nd one. They were only $19.98! Seriously. They are HEAVY and are plaster. These guys aren't … [Read more...]

mini NUTCRACKERS get a mini makeover!

You guys. I am such a sucker for nutcrackers. I don't know what it is, I just love them! I especially love really inexpensive super ugly ones because when I blast them with spray paint I have no remorse about it! This year I found all these little nutcracker ornaments at Michaels, and I thought they would be so so so cute in rainbow colors. What's cuter than a bunch of little nutcrackers? Rainbow nutcrackers. That's what.       Aren't they the CUTEST ever?! Gah, I love them! So, here's how to make some of your very own. They are easy … [Read more...]

Make your own fancy ORNAMENT WREATH! Easy and inexpensive

In an effort to be festive this year I've made two wreaths! Today I'm sharing wreath #1 with you, and I'll share wreath #2 in a few days. This big ornament wreath was so easy to make! It is festive and fun, and I get compliments on it from everyone who comes over. Follow the simple step-by-step tutorial below to make your own festive ornament wreath - for much cheaper than if you bought one! To make this ornament wreath, you will need the following items: wreath form a lot of plastic ornaments tinsel a strip of fabric or muslin hot glue gun First, cut (or tear) … [Read more...]