Halloween Dime to Dollar Decorating

Halloween decor can be overwhelming for some. Wait. Let me rephrase that, Holiday/Festive decorating can get super overwhelming. With all the terrific ideas you find on Pinterest, and all the wonderful items you see at Home Retailers, it’s so hard to stop yourself from an impulse by, and then not know how to style with it. Take it from me. I’ve been there. That’s why I’ve cut out HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, and other decorative retailers out of my shopping go-to places.

When it comes to Halloween, and getting spooky style, start off with looking around your home and seeing where you can place certain things. WAIT. HOLD UP. Let’s back up e v e n fuuuuuurther than that. Let me hype a place where you can get all the Halloween accent decor items you need that costs no more than a dollar. The DollarTree.

You’ve heard me praise this store in probably every craft post, along with Thrift stores. It is my holy grail. My number one spot to check out when it comes down to little holiday festive occasions. Take your $5-$10, $20, if you’re a big spender. LMAO! Yes, you read it right! I’m a budget queen, so if you want to save money and decorate with Chic DIY style, continue reading.

The DollarTree/99Cent Store/Dollar General, is the Halloween headquarters. You’ll find everything form spiderwebs, to skeleton garlands (see below), to glitter skulls, spiders, rats and bats. All the creepy, crawler things you need to spook up the home.

My favorite item for Halloween, have been these skeletons, which come on a garland. I purchase them every year, because I just take them off the twine, and sprinkle them everywhere in the home. Now back to your home/living space in where you’d like to add some spooky style. It’s easy.

Take whatever inexpensive items you’ve purchase, and throw them in your everyday decor. That’s it. No special HGTV Special, or interior designer can break it down to that. I’ve added skull heads, skeletons and spider webs everywhere. It’s that simple.

Above it a corner ledge of where my staircase and front door entry meet. I usually just have a styled vignette of a faux succulent branch, and candle sticks. Adding spiderwebs, and a fake pumpkin UP’d my Halloween game to 3000. Really though. That simple.  Don’t overthink it, that you’ll overdue it. There’s no such thing, during the Holidays. No limits, just have fun with it!

Like these budget friendly decorative posts?! Check out my Home & Style Pages of the blog!

From Kids, Decorating, Seasonal Style, to Thrifting! It’s all there, to share!

 

Summer Lemonade

This September heat is just not going away!!! Fellow Sacramento residents, including myself, are oh so tired of the heat, that all we’ve been dreaming about the past few months are, wearing socks, sweaters, and enjoying hot coffee all day!!! Now that October is around the corner, Fall Decor is technically, NOW! But I just want to shake off this heat before I get into the full spirit of fall!!

Lately, I’ve been organizing through my photos and stumbled upon this fun summer lemonade craft I did with my son 4 years ago!! I thought, with the crazy heat of summer boiling us down, I thought this sweet citrusy drink would be a perfect post to share for a much needed September heat afternoon drink!!

This is a perfect kitchen summer activity to do with your kids! My son was in first grade when we did this, and he did it all on his own as I watched him go to town!!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blender
  • Ice
  • Frozen Lemonade
  • Glass Carafe
  • Water
  • Ice Cubes

Directions:

  1. Open your frozen lemonade and pour into your blender.
  2. Fill your now empty canister with ice, up to the rim and add into blender.
  3. Add water into the empty canister filling it up to the rim, and add to blender.
  4. Blend!!
  5. Blend until its a good frozen/frosty consistency.
  6. Pour into your favorite summer cup with a straw and enjoy!!!

This frozen lemonade slush is perfect for hot summer days, as well as parties! For serving details pour your lemonade slush back into the glass carafe or any glass serving decanter. It’s so handy for serving to guests, and displaying. I love my glass carafe!!! It also plays for holding a bouquet of cheery flowers for a table centerpiece!!

Summer Floral Crown

How adorable are summer floral crowns? During the summer days at outdoor markets, music festivals, to summer bbqs, there’s always an occasion to wear these dreamy bohemian crowns. Here’s a tutorial I’d love to share, as I made a bohemian flower crown, for the perfect for a summer city wedding. Nothing to fancy, just love, city hall, and a touch of boho.

All the following items can be found at your local craft store. They can also be found at WalMart in the craft department, and also at the DollarTree!! Yes! The DollarTree/Dollar General/99 Cent Store!

What You’ll Need:

  • Floral Tape
  • Scissors
  • Wire Pliers
  • Twine/Decorative Neutral Ribbon
  • Faux Florals
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

  1. Starting with preparing your flowers, start by cutting the flowers down off their stems using your wire pliers. Leave enough length to work with, as we need them to bend around the head.
  2. Flowers should be cut by the neck, and long greenery stems should have a longer length. Repurpose the green leaves from rose’s as well! They are great fillers towards the end of the project!
  3. Arrange all cut pieces to in groups.
    This helps create an easy work method, for easy efficiently, and careful creative selection. I’d place all my florals together, separating the roses large pinks and small white in separate piles.
  4. Once separated, start designing your floral crown. Carefully select different sizes, and place them together.
  5. Place large greenery stems towards the back, which would be against the head, and the small dainty florals, towards the outside.**Having the florals facing outward will look more visually compelling, along with having a strong dynamic look, so while creating your floral crown, also we aware of the weight distribution. Try to avoid compiling heavier rose buds to one side. Regardless, the floral crown will look amazing no matter what!!
  6. Cut, snip, trim as you go. Once you find the grouping you like, start wrapping the floral tape around the access stems. Gather as you go, similar to a french braid.
  7. Continue wrapping the floral tape along with each access stem until you reached the start point.
  8. Tighten, and reenforce for floral tape if needed.
  9. Try on your floral crown, and fix the weight. However it feels, is how it’ll fit for you, or whoever will be wearing it. If it’s comfortable on your head, it’ll definietly be comfortable on another.

And voila!!!  You’re ready to wear your floral crown!! The perfect easy accessory for a music festival, wedding, bridal shower, or photoshoot!!! Secure the floral crown if needed with bobby-pins. Otherwise enjoy your new bohemian style floral crown forever!!

 

Easy Embroidery Hoop DIY

You all know I love to thrift. Thrifting this summer has been a weekly thing for me, as I hunt through the racks and shelves of my local Goodwill. One of my focuses when looking around at a thrift store have been embroidery hoops. This wooden hoop is ideal for embroidery, for use as a stretcher of fabric, painting and more!

In this post, I’ll share with you the easiest craft you can do with this wooden hoop. Available in numerous sizes from 4″-14″, you can fit your project with ease.Typically at the craft store a standard embroidery hoop will cost you around $1.50. At the thrift store, you can find these for about $0.19-$1 if you’re lucky. Let’s get started!!

Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoops
  • Scissors
  • Printed Fabric
    I used these decorative fabric napkins from Target on Clearance for $2!
  • Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

  1. Take your embroidery hoop and loosen the notch to release the second inner hoop.
  2. Place your decorative fabric or napkin on top of the smaller hoop.
  3. Take the outside hoop and place on top of the fabric.
  4. Push down the outside hoop, having the fabric pull down, tightening in the inner hoop inside.
  5. Tighten the outside loop notch.
  6. Once fastened, take your scissors, and trim around the hoop, leaving a 1.5″-2″inch space between cut and hoop.
  7. After cut, use your hot glue and apply on the edge of the back exposed inner hoop.
  8. Quickly fold extra fabric over the edge of the applied hot glue. This will tuck the extra fabric away from the front of the piece.

And that’s it!!! Hang with a push pin in any fun layout! Since the fabric were originally napkins (sold from Target), I placed my group of embroidery hoops in the kitchen to give it that casual, fun and bright vibe.

Take this craft and make it your own, use children prints, modern patterns, or go the distance and paint your own print on a blank fabric! The skies the limit with embroidery hoops!! Hang and enjoy where within the home!! Happy Wednesday everyone!!

 

Throwback Thursday: Kids Chore Chart

2 years ago, at the early start of my blogging career, I had made the first attempt of a chore chart for my boys. Still young, beginning to read, and also still trying to understand responsibilities within the home… I thought it was was great way for him to show mommy and daddy that he can help around the house.

At the time my children were 7 and 4, it was a bit pre-mature for me to create a chore chart that wasn’t so “kid-friendly,” for them to use. Mason jar, and post clip. I might as well have painted “Job for hire,” on the wooden slab!!

In honor of Throwback Thursday, here’s the actual blog post.

| HERE |

If you’re interest in more crafts and DIY Repurposing Projects check out my Makeovers & Repurpose Page

Today, my boys are now 10 & 6. Both capable of reading. My older son has grown up already understanding house chores, and what his responsibilities are in the household. Having him is also a great example for his little brother to understand the concept of working hard around the house, and having to do it without mommy or daddy telling you to.

Earlier in the month, I had found a wall display board at my local Goodwill for $5. In perfect condition, I purchased it, and new I needed a display board to communicate the kids chores.

Here, I’d like to share my new and improved — or updated chore chart!!!

As the kids get older, it’s best that their chores get harder, as they can gain more responsibility.

For my older son, his chores are more difficult than his little brothers.

Here’s a few examples I have posted for my 10 year old.
Ages 8-10 would be capable of doing this as well

  • Make Bed Every Morning
  • Unload Dryer
  • Fold Clothes
  • Vacuum Main Living Areas
  • Wash Car
  • Put Away Dishes 
  • Make Lunch & Simple Meals
  • Prepare Small Snacks
  • Pull Weeds
  • Water Outdoor Plants
  • Feed/Clean Pets

As for my 6 year old, his chores consist of:

  • Wipe Down Bathroom Counters
  • Keep Living Room Clean/Organized
  • Sort Recycling
  • Put Away Dirty Clothes
  • Match Socks
  • Dust
  • Put Away Toys
  • Wipe Spills
  • Vacuum Small Corners
  • Water Indoor Plants

Nothing fancy riiight? It’s straight to the point. Look, review, take action. For my little one, I do have to read it to him, but the chart is definietly something for the boys to refer to.

As my oldest son turned 10 this month, it was just a reminder that I’ve been at parent for 10 YEARS!!! Yes girl, yes! Out of the 31 years I’ve been on earth, 10 years I’ve been a parent! So, hopefully that would give me more credibility on my blog as a dependable resource for motherhood. Eh?! I hope so.

This time around with my updated chore chart, I’ve left it a little similar like the first one, but this time, with a marketing tactic with my neon colored messaged. My oldest son loves it.

(It’s a great reminder for him, that along with chores, comes allowance at the end of the week.)

#ParentingPerk #ChoreBenefits

What are your chore chart solutions? Anything similar to my message board? Comment below, and share with me your chores for each age group! I’d love to see what jobs you give your children!!

Tassel Tutorial

Let’s continue adding more to the tapestry!! To add more of a detailed finish on our tapestry, we’d need a nice accessory that creates movement. Usually, tapestries  are multi-colored & multi-textured. Creating texture, movement, and more color will emphasize the placemat, I mean our tapestry. ;P

Featuring 4 different color of embroidery floss, adding them as tassels, will even create more texture and movement to our piece. This DIY is perfect for a nursery, bedroom, or any living space! Let’s start making our tassels!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Embroidery Floss
    I had four colors, all picked from the same color theme of the placemat.
  • Scissors (Sharp fine ones!)
  • Sewing kit (Needle and thread)
  • Thread ( same colors you’re planning to use for your tassels.
  • Square cardboard.
    Whatever the size, your square will be, will be the size of your tassel.
    I used a size of 2″ x 2″inch.

Where To Buy:

Creating tassels, can be very time consuming, so put on your favorite show on Netflix, and have a crafter-noon! I tried my very best capturing each step while creating my tassel, so please refer to the photos in case my step-by-step directions seem unclear. Here we go!

Directions:

  1. Take your embroidery floss and place against the cardboard square, leaving an 1.5″inch out.
  2. Wrap a few times around the square. I wrapped mine exactly 20 times.
  3. Clip the rest of the floss off, and tie at the top.
  4. Cut a 5-6″inch long floss, off the same color and tie in the middle of one side of the cardboard square.
    This will be the top of the tassel.
  5. Push the ream of embroidery floss off the cardboard square.
  6. Pull the hanging exposed top of the tie up, and cut ream on the opposite end.
  7. Cutting another strand of floss, tie together the entire group of floss, creating the top “poof” portion of the tassel.
  8. Double/triple knot the tie, and trim off excess floss.
  9. Trim floss down, to desired length.
  10. REPEAT steps over, until you have enough tassels for your tapestry.
    I made 11 tassels for tapestry, using 4 different colors.
  11. Once all tassel’s have been made, style your tassels in a cool color pattern that ties in with your placemat.
  12. Sew on tassels on bottom edge of placemat. Secure, and you’re done!!

This easy and affordable wall tapestry brings a small touch of bold colors throughout. Subtle, simple, and boho all at the same time!! Hung on a wooden dowel, its true beauty comes in its simplicity of color yet variety of colors and textures! This once placemat, now turned tapestry is sure to add charm to any room!!

If you liked this tutorial, or found it helped, please follow me on Pinterest!! Click the Pinterest icon above and add to your Pinterest board!!! I had such a great time creating this, I actually want to make more to scatter around the home, and also start making a few for special holidays and occasions!! Stay tuned for more DIYs later this summer! Happy June everyone!!

Placemat Tapestry

This week, I’ll be crushing through a series of wall art ideas I’ve created, or have been inspired by other creators via Pinterest or YouTube. From sharing easy home decor posts focusing on filling up our walls with inexpensive, budget friendly decor! We all have been seeing this great wall tapestries on Pinterest, as well as in the department store from Target, World Market to UrbanOutfitters. These wall tapestries bring in the Bohemian vibe into any home.

Create a focal point above your bed with a hippie bedcover mandala/boho tapestry to a, relaxedwoven hanging piece that warms up a wall. I personally, love geometric designs with tassels, and tribal global prints. These neutral designs, and tribal chic trends add great accents to any hallway or living space.

In this post, I’ll create the EASIEST tribal tapestry that looks to chic, your friends will be asking where you purchased it from!!!! This “hand made wall art,” will be perfect looking on walls with your Interior. Easy to hang on walls too!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Decorative Placemat.
    (I purchased mine at Target) Many stores have fantastic prints you can use, especially for the summer. But overall, any seasonal printed fabric works for a project like this.
  • Twine/Or necklace chain
  • Hot Glue (Optional for those who aren’t into sewing).
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Wooden Rectangular Dowel
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer/Nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Embroidery Floss

Directions:

This is so easy, I’m sure many of you will read over my instructions, by just looking at my photos. BUT, for those of you who are technical learners in reading things (like my husband), here it is:

  1. Position your placemat long-sided down.  Place the wooden dowel rod above the top of the placemat, and measure the exact place where you’d like to cut.
  2. Using a hack saw, I purchased mine at WalMart for only $4, carefully saw your wooden dowel, and sand down the freshly cut edge.
  3. Using your hammer and a few nails, nail in your placement to the back of wooden dowel.
    If you don’t have a hammer and nail, you can easily just hot glue the placemat to your wooden dowel.
  4. Lastly, take your necklace chain, and nail it in, and the ends of the wooden dowel. I used slim nail, with a fairly larger head, in order to keep the chain in place.**Make sure there’s enough in length to support the tapestry to be hung on any wall.**

And viola!! Short, quick and painless DIY thats totally trendy and looks just like the ones from the Nate Berkins Collection at Target or straight from UrbanOutfitters!!!!!! Stay tuned for the embroidery floss tassel tutorial up next, to add more to this easy tapestry!!!!

 

Craigslist Find! Board Game Cabinet

Summer is in full effect!! Vacations have been made, weekend visits to the Bay Area are planned, summer birthday’s to celebrate, and afternoons at the pool!!!! When we’re my family and I are not always on the go, there are streaks of days when we’re at home, avoiding the crazy three digit heat. Being locked up inside, gives up the options of toys, reading, coloring books, play-doh, crafts, computer time, tv and video games. BUT let’s face it, they’re mainly on screens. As much as I’d like to limit screen time during the summer, it’s best that I creak up their day with time frames of classic games. The “original,” games before the iPad apps.

Last summer, I scored this beautiful wooden glass case cabinet which had future plans for me to repaint. BUT, it ended up sitting in my garage for a couple months. Life gets in way sometimes you know (Basketball season, field trips, weddings, and oh, the stinking holidays.) I’ve finally managed to get my Craigslist purchase out of the garage, and just bring it in my home! So without further ado, I’d like to share my new home furniture piece that holds our favorite family games!!

One thing that I love doing during the summer is Craigslist-ing!!! With an open schedule in-sync with the boys summer vacation, I too — am on summer vacation (I work under the same school district FYI) so Craigslist and letgo, have been my guilty pleasures. From avoiding any Netflix and any binge watching, I chose to search around these digital penny-saver platforms to find the next piece for my home!

Not familar with letgo? Download the app, and just scroll around!

I’m sure there’s something you may find!

iTunes AppleStore  | HERE |

Google Play | HERE |

I scored this fantastic wooden glass case cabinet from a nearby city in Sacramento. My original thoughts were to flip it, but I’ve grown to love the look, as it matches our stair banister, and kitchen cabinets. The original knobs have these cute dainty flowers, with gold lining, and the for glass panels on each door reminds us what’s inside.

After collecting so many games from the classics, board games, card games, brain games and magic trick sets, over the years of birthdays and holidays, we’ve definietly grown a very large collection. It was always stored in random places from my sons closet, under the coffee table, and in a zippered closure fabric storage bin from the Container Store.  | Container Store – Storage Box REISENTHEL |

Placing all our family board games in an accessible place, keeping them seen, and tidy, is a win, win in my house. Oh, and did I also forget to mention…..The cabinet was only $60! #Boom #MicDrop

 

Etsy Inspired Pom Pom Baskets | Dollar Tree DIY

Whoa nelly!!!! It’s definietly been awhile since my last post! Can’t have any excuses, except I’ve been enjoying summer!!!! When June hit, summer vacation kicked in real hard as the family and I went on vacation to Beverly Hills to celebrate my 31st birthday! That’s right, Beverly Hills!!! The city in California’s Los Angeles County, home to many Hollywood stars!! I promise there will be a full travel post on that, which will be posted in my Family Adventure’s Page of my blog! But if you’re itching for some travel, feel free to check out that page for some traveling inspo!! | CLICK HERE for more TRAVEL |

After settling in after a long trip in Southern California, and back in the swing of things here in Sacramento, I was itching for more organization around the house. The kids are on break, and I needed more storage to make the house in “order,” to keep their HotWheels, gem stones, BeyBlades, marbles, fidget spinners and other knick-knacks in placed. I searched around my home for containers, because of course, I’m such a container/basket hoarder. Low and behold, and had a bunch of Dollar Tree wicker baskets hiding in the garage!!!

To give there baskets a facelift, I had extra pom poms from my latest DIY craft for my Summer Basket. Cheap, affordable, and inexpensive options to jazz up these simple baskets, that make DIYing so easy, you don’t even need a hot glue gun!!

Here, I present to you my Pom Pom Baskets!!! Pom poms are the summer trend for any basket! Etsy, to Pinterest, to Nordstrom, and Target you’ll spot these adorable precious poms poms from a mile!! If you search on Pinterest and Etsy, these summer baskets with pom poms are the “it,” thing! Instead of purchasing these beauties, why not just make them?!?!

Of course, a basket you can purchase anywhere. You can easily get wicker baskets from the thrift store, or even the DollarTree. Next, you need yarn pom poms. If you haven’t seen my post yet, you can check it out right below:

DIY Summer Bag | Pom PomAccessory

Supplies Needed:

  • DollarTree wicker baskets.
    You can also check out your local thrift store, if you want larger sizes at a great price! Otherwise, check out Michael’s or any other craft store to find a basket of your choice!
  • Pom Pom Balls!
    If you haven’t made pom pom balls before, again, you can check out my Pom Pom Accessory Tutorial | HERE. |
    For DIY Pom Pom Balls, you’ll need:
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Chair

Once done creating your pom poms, you just need to tie them to your wicker basket, and that’s it!

What’s great about these pom poms,if you want to change the color due to the season, or redecorating your living space, or even using the baskets for an event, you can easily change them out!!!

 

These DIY pom pom baskets, are so beautiful and practical!! With so many uses, they can be used as a tote (like my Summer Basket) for a day on the beach or a trip to the farmers market or they can be used all around the home, for smaller items! They make great planters or are perfect storage for toys in the nursery or vegetables in the kitchen! They really can be used for anything! Extremely versatile and they add fantastic interest and texture to any room!!!

 

Stay tuned for my next few posts on our vacation in Beverly Hills, and more DIY home decor organization!!! Happy June!!!

 

DIY Summer Pom Poms

It’s the last week of school for the kids, and I’ve already booked a full week ahead for us before we leave on our first summer vacation trip!!! From doctors appointments, seeing the orthodontist, dentist, and seeing optometrist. When I get a block of time when the kids are off from school, I typically go mom-crazy and book the kids doctors appointments. With all the appointments, errands and things I have to do, I have to be summer ready with a go to bag. And I’m not talking about no go-to mom messenger/cross body bag,  I’m talking about the big woven summer bags you see trending around.

It’s called the pom pom basket, or pom pom beach bag, or maybe the straw tote with pom poms. Whatever, you call them, its the bag of the summer!! Have it ready in the car, filled with your wallet, a go do light weight park blanket, water bottles, and snacks. It’s everything you need filled in this fun carry bag.

Last year, I had already a woven basket purchased from Target, but the pom poms were not included. What better way to add some pom poms with some yarn I already had!

Now, the lazy me didn’t want to do the technique of measuring out a cardboard circle, and creating a tool to do this. I honestly, dont have time for that. So after a few Pinterest & YouTube searches, I found the technique that works for me! Follow along my quick tutorial, to make these beautiful yarn pom poms, that only took me about 45 mins to make!

 

DISCLAIMER:

Step-by-step heavy, BUT if you’re a visual person, I took enough photos for you to follow.

Good luck & have fun!!

What you’ll need:

  1. Yarn (Colors of your choice)
    I chose a color scheme that paired well with my Target woven basket.
    (Dark teal, aqua blue, and a neutral cream.)
  2. Scissors
  3. Chair

Directions:

  1. Take your chair and flip it over, so that the legs are facing up.
  2. Tie your yarn on one leg of the chair, and start wrapping it around the leg across the tied-end.
  3. Keep wrapping, until your yarn is at 1/2 of the thickness you want your pom pom to be at.
  4. Next, take a string of yarn the length of how long you want the pom pom to hang from your bag.
    (It’s ok to do long, you can always snip off the access length.)
  5. Tie at point of how big you’d like your pom pom to be.
    TIP: Be sure to wrap the yarn using the strength of 2 yarn strands. This will lock the pom pom in place securely.
  6. Depending on the size of your desired pom pom, you repeat the tied knot along the wrap of the yard strands.Since I wanted larger pom poms, I only tied two ties. This made about 2 inch thick in diameter pom pom balls.
  7. Once completely tied and secured, cut through the strands leaving 1/2 the size of the pom pom, having equal lengths on each side of the tied knot.
  8. Now, you should have a bundle of card, with a tied knot and two strands hanging from it. Almost like a bow-tie like shape.
  9. Fluff out the strands creating the full figure of the pom pom.
  10. From here, using your scissors, trim down the pom pom to create a fuller, and goofier pom pom.
  11. Once complete, take 2-3 pom poms and hang them off your basket bag. Tie securely.

And that’s it! Repeat the steps over and over, until you’ve gathered enough pom poms for your bag or project. I ended making a couple for future projects!!!

 

Did you find this DIY tutorial fun and easy?! Comment below, I’d love to read your comments, what can I improve on, or what other DIYs shall I do next?!