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...]

$2 outdoor Holiday wreaths {tutorial}

I've got these great windows in front of my house that are just screaming for wreaths with big red bows. Since I needed 4 wreaths (3 windows and the front door) I didn't want to spend a fortune so I headed to my home-away-from-home; the Dollar Tree. For $9 I outfitted all three windows, plus a wreath on the door and a garland swag. It was so cheap and easy! (Please don't look too closely at our undecorated porch and lack of shrubs. Trust me, it drives me batty.) Here's how you can make $2 wreaths for the front of your house too! First off, the gear: I bought 5 … [Read more...]

Quest for cuter glitter {presentation is everything, right?}

When I shared my office filp-flop with you a few weeks ago, I showed off my cute glitter collection and storage basket. Truth be told, I don't really use glitter all that often, but I do love looking at baskets of pretty glitter. :) Well, there was one two things that stuck out like a big ol' fat sore thumb; those honkin' big containers of sparkly white glitter. I knew on my eternal quest for absolute cuteness that I could do so much better than those big eye sores. And a quick trip to my local Dollar Tree proved just the solution. The dollar store has these fun big sugar … [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...]

Pinwheel Wreath; dollar store style

Ladies and Gents, be prepared to be shocked. I made another Dollar Store Wreath. {I have a thing for wreaths.} Yup. I did. And this time it's a Pinwheel Wreath for the Spring and Summer! Yippie! Are those pinwheels not just the most freaking cute thing you've ever seen? I found these Pinwheels at the Dollar Tree. They were just so mini and adorable that I just had to create a project to use them for. After a little more browsing, brain-racking, and scheming I finally came up with a great wreath idea. On that same trip I also purchased some floral grass and a … [Read more...]

Is SPRIG a word?

Did you know you can buy these little plants at Dollar Tree? Oh, sure, they are pretty fugly, but the actual little plant at the top is cute. And kinda fuzzy. In the end I decided that no amount of tweaking could make the planter part look good, so I checked to see if I could remove the plant itself. A quick little tug and that plant was outta there! Now I've got this little sprig. Is that a word? Sprig? Anyway, now that I think about it, I could probably have gotten a little sprig of plant for way cheaper than a dollar at a craft store. Ha! O-well. I still … [Read more...]