Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Halloween Decorating with Dollar Tree Items

I've loved the fun finds at Dollar Tree for many years. I've found their holiday decorations to be inventive, on trend and always within budget. That said, many of their seasonal items are on the smaller scale. Since these items only cost a buck, scale is something that is often on the small side. This year I wanted to do something BIG but I still had a teeny, tiny, budget to keep. It only took a few minutes of daydreaming in the aisle to realize I could make a huge impact for just $3 with a tomato cage, a laundry bag, a skeleton door hanger and a spider web. Here's how I pulled it all together:


Supplies:
Dollar Tree skeleton door hanger
Dollar Tree spider web
Dollar Tree black laundry bag
Scissors
Tape
Tomato cage


Tak your tomato cage and turn it upside down before gathering the legs and securing them with tape.


Next, cut a hole in the center of the laundry bag and slip it over the gathered prongs of the tomato cage. Repeat this same process with the spider web material to create a creepy looking grim reaper robe.





The final steps are to attach the skeleton door hanger to the tomato cage. I just wove the hanger around the tomato cage prongs but securing with tape would help keep things more wind proof.



To finish off our graveyard scene, I grabbed a few tombstones and skeleton fences to complete our spooky entryway. All in all, this entire yard scape came in at $17. Not bad for seasonal decor which can be used year after year.

Happy Haunting, Y'all!




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Halloween Decorating with Dollar Tree Items

I've loved the fun finds at Dollar Tree for many years. I've found their holiday decorations to be inventive, on trend and always within budget. That said, many of their seasonal items are on the smaller scale. Since these items only cost a buck, scale is something that is often on the small side. This year I wanted to do something BIG but I still had a teeny, tiny, budget to keep. It only took a few minutes of daydreaming in the aside to realize I could make a huge impact for just $3 with a tomatoe cage, a laundry bag, a skeleton door hanger and a spider web. Here's how I pulled it all together:


Supplies:
Dollar Tree skeleton door hanger
Dollar Tree spider web
Dollar Tree black laundry bag
Scissors
Tape
Tomato cage


Tak your tomato cage and turn it upside down before gathering the legs and securing them with tape.


Next, cut a hole in the center of the laundry bag and slip in over the gathered prongs of the tomatoe cage. Repeat this same process with the spider web material to create a creepy looking grim reaper robe 





The final stepstep are to attach the skeleton door hanger to the tomato cage. I just wove the hanger around the tomato cage prongs but securing with tape would help keep things more wind proof.



To finish off our graveyard scene, I grabbed a few tombstones and skeleton fences to complete our spooky entryway. All in all, this entire yard scape came in at $17. Not bad for seasonal decor which can be used year after year.

Happy Haunting, Y'all!








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Halloween Decorating with Dollar Tree Items

I've loved the fun finds at Dollar Tree for many years. I've found their holiday decorations to be inventive, on trend and always within budget. That said, many of their seasonal items are on the smaller scale. Since these items only cost a buck, scale is something that is often on the small side. This year I wanted to do something BIG but I still had a teeny, tiny, budget to keep. It only took a few minutes of daydreaming in the aside to realize I could make a huge impact for just $3 with a tomatoe cage, a laundry bag, a skeleton door hanger and a spider web. Here's how I pulled it all together:


Supplies:
Dollar Tree skeleton door hanger
Dollar Tree spider web
Dollar Tree black laundry bag
Scissors
Tape
Tomato cage


Tak your tomato cage and turn it upside down before gathering the legs and securing them with tape.


Next, cut a hole in the center of the laundry bag and slip in over the gathered prongs of the tomatoe cage. Repeat this same process with the spider web material to create a creepy looking grim reaper robe 





The final stepstep are to attach the skeleton door hanger to the tomato cage. I just wove the hanger around the tomato cage prongs but securing with tape would help keep things more wind proof.



To finish off our graveyard scene, I grabbed a few tombstones and skeleton fences to complete our spooky entryway. All in all, this entire yard scape came in at $17. Not bad for seasonal decor which can be used year after year.

Happy Haunting, Y'all!








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Halloween Decorating with Dollar Tree Items

I've loved the fun finds at Dollar Tree for many years. I've found their holiday decorations to be inventive, on trend and always within budget. That said, many of their seasonal items are on the smaller scale. Since these items only cost a buck, scale is something that is often on the small side. This year I wanted to do something BIG but I still had a teeny, tiny, budget to keep. It only took a few minutes of daydreaming in the aside to realize I could make a huge impact for just $3 with a tomatoe cage, a laundry bag, a skeleton door hanger and a spider web. Here's how I pulled it all together:


Supplies:
Dollar Tree skeleton door hanger
Dollar Tree spider web
Dollar Tree black laundry bag
Scissors
Tape
Tomato cage


Tak your tomato cage and turn it upside down before gathering the legs and securing them with tape.


Next, cut a hole in the center of the laundry bag and slip in over the gathered prongs of the tomatoe cage. Repeat this same process with the spider web material to create a creepy looking grim reaper robe 





The final stepstep are to attach the skeleton door hanger to the tomato cage. I just wove the hanger around the tomato cage prongs but securing with tape would help keep things more wind proof.



To finish off our graveyard scene, I grabbed a few tombstones and skeleton fences to complete our spooky entryway. All in all, this entire yard scape came in at $17. Not bad for seasonal decor which can be used year after year.

Happy Haunting, Y'all!








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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Day 7 of the 25 Days of Christmas



Eli is finally old enough to really understand the fundamentals of Christmas. He knows this is the day we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus who came to reunite us in righteousness with our heavenly Father. He knows we make a birthday cake and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus on Christmas day and he understands that Santa represents St. Nicholas, who gives presents in recognition of the giving of gifts to Jesus by the three wise men.


He also knows that Christmas time is a season of unlimited cookies and treats and he is very much looking forward to leaving his first plate of cookies out for Santa on Christmas eve. To celebrate this first offering of cookies, I invited a bunch of my mama friends to a local pottery studio to make keepsake Christmas plates of our little one's hand and footprints.  I was overjoyed to share this special day with these loving, Christ centered women and their adorable babies and I hope to continue this tradition with them for many years to come.

Eli and Desmond both loved having their hands and feet painted. The assistants at the pottery shop are complete professionals and expertly placed each print on our plates.  Some of my friends turned their plates into presents for family members so I won't be sharing pictures of those but just trust me, those little piggy prints were to die for. Nothing like a tiny baby foot to make a Mama's heart swoon!




I'm pretty proud of how our plate turned out. I didn't realize just how big Eli's feet had grown this year until I saw his footprint on the plate. This kid is going to be tall! I have no idea how considering the DNA he's working with but I am very excited to have a son who'll be able to reach things on high shelves for me in the future.

If you're a local, head over to Color Me Mine in Highland Village and make your own keepsake to treasure for years to come.
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Day 6 of the 25 Days of Christmas

Keepsake ornaments are a tradition in our household and every year we purchase a special ornament to symbolize the year we've enjoyed (and sometimes survived). We have a plaster bride and groom from the year Michael and I were married, a key ornament to commemorate the year we purchased our first home and a giant heart ornament the year we had Eli. We both felt like our heart for children just grew and grew the second we laid eyes on him, much like that famous scene from the Christmas classic, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" so the heart ornament really hit home for us.








This year I wanted to make a DIY ornament to represent the addition of our Desmond. I picked up a large shatter proof bulb from the store and snipped a portion of the very first blanket he was wrapped with from the hospital. I also tucked his tiny little hospital wrist tag into the mix and I couldn't be more pleased with this simple, sweet reminder of our baby boy.





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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Day 5 of the 25 Days of Christmas



I have a few treasured memories of Christmas past, among these recollections of the childhood magic that is Christmas is the tradition of baking Christmas cookies. Growing up, we made sugar cookies but since gingerbread in such a common occurrence in our home, we baked gingerbread cookies.

In previous years, I've made a gingerbread playdough for Eli to pretend bake but this year he was old enough for the real deal. So out came the mixing bowls, measuring cups and spices and away we went. Eli was so excited to roll out his own dough and cut out the shapes. He especially enjoyed cutting out the gingerbread men. For some reason he just couldn't stop laughing over each little man being formed and he even named a few. Apologies for his blurry picture, he was also "Batman" at the time. Fact: heroes bake cookies.



We later decorated each precious cookie and Eli helped by declaring which candies were placed and what colors to use. We've had so much fun handing out plates of cookies to our friends and anticipating leaving cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. In the blink of an eye Eli will be too old for these sweet moments and I'm savoring every second I have with him during this innocent, fleeting time.


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