Turn gift bags into {cheap} art

Every summer during my childhood my mom would pack up her daughters, and her best friend would pack up her two girls and we would hit the road for our annual "no boys allowed" beach vacation (they both have only daughters. No sons were left out). The moms we're dubbed (and still to this day are called) "Beach Barbara" and "Beach Lynda". We would stay at a condo for a week, eat all the fresh boiled shrimp we could, and play in the sand and surf from sun up to sun down. Of course, there were plenty of shenanigans going on as well. With 5 girls all within a few years of each other we reeked … [Read more...]

Make cheap Dollar Store Halloween Decor

There's still a good two weeks before Halloween, so if you haven't decorated yet, YOU STILL HAVE TIME! It seems like I'm always strapped for cash (who isn't?!) and I really hate spending loads of money on holiday decor that you use for only 3-4 weeks. So I did what I do best; I headed to the dollar store (Dollar Tree) and loaded up. I spent about $10 and ended up with an entire yard and mantle full of Halloween decor. I purchased the products above plus some spider webbing and a bag of moss. If you want to decorate for Halloween on the cheap real quick, head over to the … [Read more...]

Another cheap & easy Dollar Store decor; Wheat Grass Tins

A friend of mine gave me some leftover grass she had from one of her projects. She got it at a craft store, but you can always get a variety of random grasses at the dollar store. Improvise! You know I love me some grass... Here & Here So of course I had to create a project pronto. I headed to the Dollar Tree (one of my favorite stores!) and found this tin planter: It is perfect for grass! This project is so easy, even you mom can do it, I swear. Get some floral foam. I keep scraps in a bag, so I just pieced together enough to fill the planter. I hot glued all of … [Read more...]

Pinecone framed artwork

I finally get to use my pinecones I've been saving since March! For this project I used the mini pinecones, not the jumbo ones, but don't worry! I've got some jumbo pinecone crafts in the works! Yippie! First, I found a frame in my stash of extra stuff I'm not using. I love that this one is square. Next I grabbed all my mini pinecones. I patiently sat there and hot glued each pinecone directly onto the glass of the frame. It was actually really easy and took me about 10 or 15 minutes. I love that you can see through the frame. And here's the back … [Read more...]

Round 3: Readers create wreaths & pumpkins

I'm seriously in awe that I was able to inspire so many amazing people to create their own wreaths and pumpkins! Here are more crafts done by my readers. More wreaths! This Fresh Fossil's wreath. You HAVE TO go read what happened to her wreath. Too funny! Here's Mommas Kinda Crafty's version of the Dollar Store wreath: Addicted to Homes made one: Kat emailed me her wreath: Sandy Sewz also made a wreath! AND a dryer pumpkin! Keeping It Simple enlisted her boys to help make some pumpkins. Today Along the Journey was inspired by all my ORB talk (Oil … [Read more...]

H A Double-L O W Double-E N spells “Halloween”

I've temporarily taken down the Fall decor and busted out the Halloween stuff! I pulled out my box-o-scariness... ... if you can call it "scary" I'm more of a "cutesy" seasonal decorator. I had most of my decor already, but I did make a few spray paint adjustments... I painted the wreath black as well as the candle stick that I bought months ago. For the wreath I decided to go low-key. I just painted a wreath black and hung it with a 1 1/2" thick orange ribbon. I was planning on doing more detail on the wreath, but once it was painted I really … [Read more...]

A Fall centerpiece

As much as I liked the centerpiece on my coffee table, it really needed a Fall makeover. My new centerpiece took me less than 10 minutes to put together and was free! (I only used stuff I had laying around the house) To create this super cute centerpiece, I took the tray from the last centerpiece, set it on top of a placemat I already had, and added some fake leaves. Then I added two dollar store glass vases and a few fake plastic acorns and apples from the Dollar Spot at Target. You can see that I was playing around with which size candle to use. I … [Read more...]