Dollar Store Spring Decor

Have you all been to your local Dollar General lately? If you haven’t, you might want to pop in. If you’re a fan of the Pioneer Woman line at Walmart, you will love their spring stock. They have some of the cutest kitchen items I’ve seen in a long time…and it’s not expensive at all!

I came away with these salt and pepper shakers, a melamine mixing bowl, a Dutch oven (for looks, it’s probably not food safe) and a cute picture frame.

And those are just the things I bought. I wanted waaaaay more! I thought I’d share the cuteness that I loved, but left behind (and might still go back and get).

These sweet melamine juice glasses for $1.50

My kids are not allowed to use glass drinking glasses for obvious reasons. They sometimes get offended that they can’t have a pretty glass like the adults. With these, they could feel like they have a fancy glass…and at $1.50 a pop, if they drop it and break it, it’s no big deal.

These are $3 a piece but still adorable and worth the price.

Any hobnail fans in the house? I love that these glasses are hobnail and I love the color.

Pretty bottles for $3-$5

If you like glass bottles, grab a few of these to stash on top of your cabinets. Or you could even fill one with mini Christmas lights.

I just love these colors!

These small canister jars would be great to buy and fill with candy for a small gift, or even to store small goods in your own kitchen.

Who doesn’t want a flowered piggy butter dish?

This flowered butter dish is a cutie. I have a cow creamer that I’d like to put this beside.

A lettered sign that looks like a grain sack!

You all know how much I love lettered signs! Here’s a pretty one for $10!

What an adorable “tag” frame!

This tag frame could look cute in any room.

This would make a great utensil bucket.

This bucket reminds me of enamelware.

Which item was your favorite? My favorite would definitely have to be the drinking glasses. Comment down below and tell me which item you liked best!

And have a wonderful weekend.

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Spring DIY projects: Chalk-painted mason jars

Does anyone else collect wayward, neglected mason jars? Does a box of mason jars on a store shelf speak to you like it’s begging you to buy it? Well, maybe that’s just me.

I’m kidding, of course. Sort of. I have a shelf full of empty mason jars in my pantry. They’re all different brands, sizes and shapes and I love them. I store things in them, give them away filled with goodies for gifts and make things with them. Recently, I combined some mason jars with another favorite of mine.

Chalk paint.

Chalk paint makes the letters and details on a mason jar pop. Chalk paint makes a mason jar more than just a mason jar. It makes it decorative and pretty. Chalk paint also makes you walk, talk and speak foreign languages. Actually I’m just kidding about that last part.

Just apply one layer of paint first. You won’t like it after the first coat dries, but just like a lot of projects, it does have an ugly phase. Give it 12 hours to dry and apply a second coat.

And then you can use your jars for whatever you’d like. We use them to store pencils, markers and crayons.

Or we sometimes use them to show off spring flowers.

Or just put them on your shelf and enjoy them.

The possibilities are pretty endless.

Have a great week! Join us Wednesday for a little room refresher, family style!

From Christmas to Winter: transitional decor that works!

Have you ever undecorated after Christmas and immediately felt that your house looked naked or empty? I have.

Did you know you can leave some of your Christmas decor out to serve as winter decor? You definitely can- don’t pack away all of your Christmas pretties. Today I’d like to share how some of your Christmas decor can transition to winter decor.

1. Candles

Do you love the look of soft Christmas lights and candles? There is no reason you can’t use white Christmas lights and candles for a soft, cozy winter look.

2. Do you want to display a snowman?

You know you just sang that like Anna from Frozen. Snowmen are perfect for winter or Christmas and you can leave them out from November to March if you want.

3. Pine branches and pine cones

You know what I love? Decorating with natural elements. Pine cones can be used to decorate for fall, winter or spring, and they can be used as vase fillers too. Plus, they’re pretty easy to find.

4. Red berries

Red berries are great for fall, Christmas and winter. I love how these things look mixed with the soft glow of candles or white lights. Pair them with some fake snow and they’ll look amazing.

5. Bottle brush trees

I love bottle brush trees but I especially love how versatile they are. They work well for Christmas or winter and they look great with almost anything.

I hope this gives you some great ideas for filling in those after Christmas bare spots.

Winter home tour coming soon!

5 Friday Favorites: Christmas edition

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The big day is finally less than a week away! I am trying to finish my Christmas shopping, packing for travels, and cleaning my house. School has been out for a week now for my oldest daughter, and today, my school let out for winter break. Bring on the Christmas movies and sweet girl cuddles, the Christmas gifts and the downtime!!

It’s been a long time since I did a “Five Friday Favorites” post, so I am going to share a Christmas themed Five Friday Favorites with you today. I hope you will enjoy these and even comment with a few of your own favorites.

1. DECOR: Tree Farm Truck Christmas Countdown Plaque

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This countdown plaque is absolutely adorable, and it contains my favorite red truck! I absolutely love it! I want one.

2. Clothing: Christmas leggings

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I don’t often wear leggings, but these adorable and cheap leggings from Walmart are some of the comfiest things I’ve encountered in a long time. I bought mine for a little over $5- there are certainly more expensive options, but as little as I wear them, the cheaper option works just fine. You really ought to check them out!

3. Christmas movies: Home Alone 

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Does this movie ever get old? Not in my house, where we watch it several times during the Christmas season. My children love it as much as I do, and they have a blast laughing at it and even quoting the lines. Do you have a favorite Christmas movie in your home?

4. Christmas traditions: baking and decorating cookies 

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In our house, we have many favorite Christmas traditions, but baking and decorating cookies is a big one. My girls are now old enough to help mix the dough, roll it out and cut it out. We enjoy the bonding time, but we also enjoy the tasty cookies. Maybe someday I’ll even share my recipes.

5. Christmas song: “The Christmas Waltz” by Karen Carpenter 

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It isn’t even Christmas time in my opinion until I hear this song. And what’s more fun than belting it out while you’re decking the halls? Or wrapping presents? Try it- it’s fun!!

What are some of your Christmas favorites? Check us out next week for some final Christmas fun 🙂

Easy Christmas Crafts: sweater trees

Sometimes you just need to make a cutesy, fun and girly craft. These little sweater trees definitely fit that description.

Awhile back, I got into making scarves. I’m not very good at crochet and I didn’t have the time to get really good at it. I made a few of them and then I got stuck with all this yarn I’d bought .

I was able to find another use for almost all of my yarn, but what on earth was I going to do with this pink?

I may have mentioned my girls each have a pink and white themed Christmas tree.

What if I make something Christmas themed and pink with this yarn? I went to my local big box store and perused the craft section. I came up with this.

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I used a hot glue gun to attach my yarn to the cones and then I had this:

These adorable little yarn trees look so cute in my girls’ rooms. I may just have to make some more!!

What yarn crafts have you created recently?