Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration and a DIY Tablescape

Bonus Buys at Dollar Tree

(I'm thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event 
Bonus Buys with you today!)


I love shopping at Dollar Tree!

I love that everything's a buck. I always find something that I turn into unique home decor, like my easy DIY pumpkin. And I love finding inexpensive cleaning products that really work!

Dollar Tree is having an Anniversary Celebration Event now through October 11! This is a great opportunity to get special Bonus Buys throughout the store! With many products offering 58% more for the same low price, you'll save money with every purchase!


These are some of my favorite products at Dollar Tree:
Totally Awesome - an amazing spray cleaner for just about anything. Laundry stains, carpets, counter tops. My favorite use - baseboards! That sticky, icky residue doesn't stand a chance with Totally Awesome!


Party Supplies - from tabletop coverings, plates, napkins, plastic utensils - to gift-wrapping products, Dollar Tree has me covered!


Glassware - Vases, votives, even stemware! Why pay more elsewhere for this basic staple?


Seasonal decor - My decorating buck goes a lot further when I pick up cute supplies from Dollar Tree!


Now through October 11, shop in stores and online. Stock up on awesome Halloween decor and take advantage of the special Bonus Buys throughout the store (please note that Fall and Halloween decor are not included in the Bonus Buys - but they're still just a buck!!).


I used products from Dollar Tree to create this neutral centerpiece that is loaded with texture. My mini pumpkins got a coat of metallic spray paint, followed by glitter...and I jazzed up these glass cylinder vases by adding rope, jute and burlap, popping in candles and mounting them on my mercury glass candle holders. Easy, pretty and best of all...inexpensive, thanks to Dollar Tree!



For more information about Dollar Tree's Anniversary Celebration, visit Dollar Tree's website today.


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

How to Antique a Mirror

Antique a Thrift Store Mirror

How to antique a mirror by www.diybeautify.com
When I stumble upon mirrors at the thrift store for a good price, especially if the mirror itself is beveled, I love to pick them up.

Mirrors are one of those decorating gems that can be used in so many ways! Hanging, leaning, even flat on a coffee table, they reflect light and make a room appear larger.

If the mirror's frame has a few dings and scratches, it doesn't deter me. When you paint the frame, all of those 'deformities' become much less noticeable. And if your goal is to antique or distress the mirror, dings and gouges work in your favor!

This mirror started out as a plain, boring, dark wood mirror with several gouges. Marked down to $8.99, it was a great buy because the beautiful, beveled glass was in great shape.

After cleaning all the dust, grease and unknown grime off it, and taping off the mirror, I painted it with two coats of DIY chalk paint in my favorite vintage white, 'Cotton Whisper' by Behr. It's like an 'instant face lift'! I didn't stop there, however. I painted an antique-friendly blue on the elevated border around the frame. I didn't bother taping...I just used a small brush and went slowly. If you don't have steady hands, by all means tape off your edge. Just give the base coat of paint a day to dry first so you don't accidentally remove your hard work when you peel off the tape!!

tape off edges

I sanded and distressed the frame to emphasize all the edges, paying special attention to the corners which would naturally wear..just like if it was 100 years old!

Paint to hide gouges and dings

To antique my thrift store mirror, I waxed with clear and then dark wax. If you don't use the clear coat first, the dark wax will be significantly darker and will be more difficult to work with. With the clear coat on first, the dark wax spreads nicely and can be manipulated to be darker in areas, lighter in others by simple wiping (it slides on the clear wax). I used this process on both the white and the blue paint, and I love how it adds an instant antique and aged look. It looks like a family heirloom that might have hung in my grandma's home when she was growing up!

How to Antique a Thrift Store Mirror www.diybeautify.com

So, the moral of today's DIY...don't overlook those mirrors (and other frames, etc) when you see them for an outstanding price. Try to imagine them painted with a whole new look and you'll be saving yourself the price of a brand new mirror (or pricey antique) and getting a unique one in the process!
 
Antiqued Mirror by www.diybeautify.com



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cute Halloween Decor at a Great Price

Halloween Decor and Other Fun Stuff


So you might be up on your Fall decor...but have you thought about Halloween yet?

My very favorite part of Halloween - the candy!

I admit it, candy is my guilty pleasure. I love chocolate and I love chewy candy, preferably cherry-flavored! I may be guilty of helping myself to my kids Halloween candy buckets while they're in school (c'mon admit it, you've done the same!).

It's not easy to find cute Halloween decor these days....everything tends to be creepy and scary. That's SO NOT my decorating style.

So when I spotted these absolutely ah-mazing Halloween items at equally amazing prices, I wanted to share them with you.


GroopDealz...haven't heard of them?

GroopDealz is an online deals boutique that offers the greatest variety of on trend jewelry, accessories, home decor, party trends, children’s goods and so much more all at a fraction of the retail price!

Every day GroopDealz features a variety of fabulous limited finds that have been hand picked for a unique shopping experience! You enter your email address to be notified of new sales.

Okay, on to the cute stuff I spotted...


How about these Festive Halloween Lanterns with LED lights? These make it easy to add Halloween charm to your porch or anywhere in your home!



Don't own a Cricut or Silhouette machine? No problem! These Fall Vinyl Decal Kits are just the thing! Decorate pumpkins, your wall, a frame, etc. with your name, initials, etc. These can be used for so many projects, not just Halloween!



 I love these adorable Halloween Buckets! They look like they'll hold a ton of candy, they are very sturdy and super affordable!


Love the monochromatic look? These Screen Printed Pillow Covers are the perfect finishing touch for a sofa or bench!



Aren't these BOO Letters cute? I could see these sitting on a shelf or table!


All of these products are available in Groopdealz' No Tricks Just Treats collection. This is just a sampling of the Halloween items that are available.

But Groopdealz has way more than just Halloween at a great price. Other offerings are trendy jewelry and clothes (for both women and children), hair accessories, craft supplies, accessories for your cell phone, kitchen products....and on and on!

I'd happily use any of these featured products in my own home. And the prices are SO reasonable, in this case it might be cheaper to buy than to make! Gotta love a deal like that!

Affordable Halloween Decor ~ www.diybeautify.com


(If you purchase something from these links, I will receive a small commission which goes towards my blog expenses; be assured that I will only post about products I love and would use myself! that's my disclaimer to you)



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shabby Pumpkins

Make a Crop of Sweet Shabby Pumpkins

 

Good morning sweet readers. I want to take a moment to say a huge THANK YOU for hanging out with me each week! I've seen my page views more than double in the last couple months...and it's all because of you!

I absolutely adore pumpkins! Real ones and fake ones alike! I've made my share of DIY pumpkins, but this time I wanted to do something a little out of the box.

Pink pumpkins. Made from soft, vintage chenille ~ reminiscent of grandma's bedspreads...and cozy Warm and Natural batting (a cotton filling used for quilting).

Nothing says Fall like warm cozy sweaters or snuggling in bed with a favorite soft blanket or quilt. So why not pumpkins that remind us of our favorite things!

These little pumpkins are sweet and just the perfect shabby touch for Fall.

Shabby Chenille Pumpkins with burlap leaves at www.diybeautify.com

I  made them the same way I made my Sweater Pumpkins last year so rather than repeating all the steps here...just click over to see the step by step instructions for making your own.

Shabby Pumpkins at www.diybeautify.com

I love crafting with Warm and Natural batting...it's perfect for DIY snowmen...but who knew it would make the sweetest little pumpkins too?!

I used sticks for the stems, but cinnamon sticks would be perfect to use as well!
 
Make a patch of Shabby Pumpkins from old quilts and bedspreads! www.diybeautify.com

The leaves are simply scraps of burlap cut into leaf shapes and hot glued at the base of the stems.

A simple raffia bow finishes them off!

The dried beans at the base of the pumpkins helps them hold their shape so they don't fall over.

I hope you try making these - we all need a little sweet and shabby in our lives, right?! Maybe you have scraps from your grandma's bedspreads or quilts that you can use for this project.

DIY Shabby Pumpkins at www.diybeautify.com

These DIY pumpkins will be part of the handmade items I will be offering for sale at the Community Church (of Hendersonville TN) Street Festival on Saturday, October 18. If you're local, I'd love it if you swung by and said 'Hi' and shopped in my booth! It's going to be a great block party ~ with activities for kids as well as loads of fun for adults!


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Getting Organized

Organizing my Craft Space

 (Disclosure ~ this post may contain links to  my affiliate partners. When you make a purchase after clicking on the link, I will receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thank you for helping to support my blog in this way!)



Lately I have been feeling completely overwhelmed by all my 'stuff' and desiring a calmer, clutter-free space.

I have begun the de-cluttering process around my home. One of the first places I focused on was the space where I create.

Because we don't have an extra room where I can have a dedicated craft space, I am using a wall in our bonus room.  This is the room where we watch tv, hang out, use the computer, exercise....and where I craft. It's definitely a  multi-purpose room and so I need to try to keep my area clean and clutter-free.

This is the bigger picture of my craft space...


And a close up of my desk area...


You can see how any clutter and mess can make this room look and feel chaotic!

I found that having specific zones helps me be better organized and more efficient because I know where to find things, and where to put them away.

Here is a breakdown of my zones. Starting on the far right of the space is the Computer Zone. I removed all the clutter from the wall and brought in my giant yard sale frame-turned-chalkboard from downstairs. I love how it fills the nook and creates a focal point. My burlap covered lamp sheds light on the computer area.


Next is my Cricut and Ribbon Zone. This is where I store all my cartridges, cutting mats, vinyl etc for my Cricut Diecut Machine, as well as the machine itself. I'm also storing some of my ribbons, trims and embellishments in baskets. I hung chalkboard tags on the baskets with the name of the contents to make it easy to quickly find what I need.

What's new here is I added the antique window frame (that was hanging above the computer) and just leaned it against the wall. It adds oomph to the smallish bookcase and makes it look more substantial in the space. I found the bookcase in my neighbors trash last year, and it was the perfect size to fit this narrow space. I painted it to match the wall so it would blend in. Love freebies like that!


Next up, on the other side of the open stairway, is my Sewing Zone. I didn't change much here, although I removed clutter from the shelf that holds my threads and added some painted tins that nicely conceal sewing supplies.


Beside this is my Desk Zone. Previously, the shelf above the desk extended all the way to the wall on the left. I had Mr DIY cut the shelf down so now it's the length of the desk. I like the way it looks better now and rather than just stuffing it with supplies, I took time to "stage" it so it looks more attractive while still being functional. I added my handmade Love never fails sign and even had room at the end for my little vintage fan. The small chandelier was a thrift store find several years ago and I love how it adds a feminine touch to my desk area. It's also a powerful illuminator!



Moving along to my Paint Zone, this is where the biggest change took place. This area used to be a mess. All my paints were piled haphazardly in baskets and were sitting on an old nightstand. It was clutter-central! You can see what it used to look like here.

By cutting the shelf above my desk down, I had room to add a narrow tall bookcase. The shelves are fantastic for organizing all my paints and painting supplies like brushes, rags, waxes, etc.

  

I've got my paints organized by color so it's easy to find what I want. The baskets are now on top of the bookcase and hold extra craft supplies that used to crowd up the shelf above my desk. They are now invisible inside the big baskets.

This solution also freed up the wall for a cute little DIY hanging. It's just an embroidery hoop with burlap. I can easily pin inspiration pictures or quotes to the burlap. I'm liking how clean it looks right now though, with just the key and my pearl initial, and may just leave it this way!



I know I'll be able to be a more efficient crafter now that I can easily find everything and put things away where they belong.

If you're struggling with overwhelming clutter in your craft area, I encourage you to get rid of what you don't use, and think in terms of 'zones' as you reorganize. It will make your space much more user-friendly! Utilize baskets, jars and other storage that is pleasing to the eye (and corrals the clutter).



And...because I think you're awesome, here is a link to get free shipping when you shop at Cricut.com. Use your machine to create labels for your bins and baskets and organize your space!


And I sourced some chalkboard tags for you if you're serious about reigning in your clutter with labels but don't own a Cricut.



Happy de-cluttering!


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chicken Burritos (in the Crock Pot)

Simple Dinner Recipe - Shredded Chicken Burritos



How to make chicken burritos in the crock pot www.diybeautify.com


As a busy wife, mom, blogger,  DIYer who works part time, it's a good day when I serve my family a nutritious, delicious meal (we eat way too much of stuff like this).

Enter this easy, amazingly delicious Shredded Chicken Burrito recipe...that's made in the crock pot! While you work. Or Clean. Or Blog. Or DIY!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Abstract Painting

To a DIYer, an estate sale is even better than shopping at say, the Mall of America.

So much promise, so much possibility.

So imagine my chagrin when I sent Mr DIY out for bread and milk one Saturday...

And he comes home a couple hours later and tells me that he went to not one..but two estate sales...

...without me!