Goodwill Candlesticks to Easter Topiaries

Apparently there is a theme with Goodwill candlesticks on my blog! Maybe it should be called Look at All The Cool Stuff You Can Make with Candlesticks Blog…..I have been wanting to try to make some topiaries and when I saw these cute boy and girl bunny candlesticks for $1.99 each I knew I had my chance!

I bought some plain pots at the craft store and sprayed them pink.

Then I bought two 6 inch Styrofoam balls and cut almost a whole yard of felt circles. This is about 4 (kiddie) naps worth of work! I used the same technique to make the felt ruffle heart wreath last month. You just fold the circles in quarters and pin away! The Idea Room is where I originally saw this method.

I put two green kid cups upside down in the pots because I didn’t have any floral foam. I placed the candlesticks on top and then put moss around the edges. That was it! So simple.

I think these look super cute with the rest of my Easter decorations! And fingers crossed my kids haven’t tried to destroy them 🙂

xoxo

Lina

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Pedestal Vases

I love turning thrift store items into fancy decor. Here is another example from my kitchen table. I started off with some glass vases I had and some thrift store candle holders. These were about $6.oo for all three. The beaded one is very heavy and my fav.

Then the candle sticks were sprayed white (hence my white spray paint addiction). Ha ha. 🙂 I placed the vases on top and there you go! Fancy smancy 🙂 I filled mine with lemons and moss. I am now mossing all over the place since my Mossy Monogram post! I placed a small nest with eggs over the moss to make it extra chic! Ha. The bird I bought looks creepy so I left him out..ha. The pedestal vases found a home on my kitchen table along with these citrus lovelies I received from my Grammy as a housewarming present many years ago. They are so special to me and I am thrilled to be using them again!

Now I think I need that cool lemon wreath that’s been floating around bloggieland Ive seen…hmmm..

If you haven’t already seen, here is the link to my Vintage Cupcake Stand you can make with thrift store plates and candle sticks!

Thanks!

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Lina

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DIY Crystal Embellished Converse

Today I thought of a project I did last summer and said, “I wish I was blogging back then.” Do you feel that way too sometimes?

My daughter wore these shoes a bunch last summer and I am surprised they have held up this long!
I took a picture today and will tell you how I embellished them.
Have you seen these cute crystal embellished shoes in boutiques and on etsy?
These are from an adorable Etsy store called Diamonte.
They are listed for $99.00
I love these but could never spend that much on a pair of shoes, because sadly they grow so fast. In fact my daughter doesn’t fit into the ones I embellished anymore 🙁 Boooo
I spent about $20 total on mine including shoes.
To make these the Fancy Frugal way you will need the following:
  • E600 Glue
  • Pair of converse ( I got mine for $4.00 at a local consignment sale, Target has great clearance ones sometimes)
  • Crystals (I used the Jolee’s brand from Michael’s–use coupons)
  • Tweezers
  • Ribbon for laces

The main tip I have is USE LOTS OF GLUE!

Its better to have too much and peel away after they dry than not enough. As you can see my daughter only lost a few after a summer of use. Magic eraser is your best friend for keeping the bottoms white.

You can create a design or not. Really it’ll look great once all of the white lip of the shoe is covered.

I used the left over ribbon to make matching hair bows!

Speaking of my daughter……

I entered her in my local Kid to Kid resale store “Best Dressed Contest” to win a $100 gift card! It is a SUPER close race and she needs your help!!! Contest ends March 31

I loooove designer kid clothes but can’t and won’t spend a ton on them. I keep my kids stylin by shopping at resale shops like Kid to Kid, seasonal consignment sales, and of course Goodwill! This is great tip for all you fancy frugal mommies out there!!

Pretty pretty pleeeeeeeeease stop by the Kid to Kid of Ahwatukee facebook page and vote for my pumpkin? Just click “like” on THIS photo on their wall to vote. You have to “Like” Kid to Kid first. I would be so grateful! And I don’t ask for stuff like this often…or ever! In fact I am never entering one of these again…STRESS! Ha ha. It is a close race so now Hubby and I are obsessed! Plus we could use some summer duds around here!
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Lina

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Today I am thrilled that Hani from Craftionary is having me guest post on her blog! She has some wonderful tutorials so make sure to check it out!
Thanks Hani for having me over!

I will be talking about my satin flower spring wreath that has received alot of attention lately!

I just want to take a second to thank everyone who has visited, commented, and followed my little blog. My first post was in February and since then I have been so excited at all the traffic and sweet comments! This wreath was featured on some pretty big fancy blogs such as Tatertots and Jello and Savy Southern Style! It is fantastic to know people are actually reading and liking!! Yeah, thanks again!! 🙂

On another unrelated note…..

I entered my daughter in my local Kid to Kid resale store “Best Dressed Contest” to win a $100 gift card! It is a close race and she needs your help!!!

I loooove designer kid clothes but can’t and won’t spend a ton on them. I keep my kids stylin by shopping at resale shops like Kid to Kid, seasonal consignment sales, and of course Goodwill! This is great tip for all you fancy frugal mommies out there!!

Pretty pretty pleeeeeeeeease stop by the Kid to Kid of Ahwatukee facebook page and vote for my pumpkin? Just click “like” on this photo on their wall to vote. You have to “Like” Kid to Kid first. I would be so grateful! And I don’t ask for stuff like this often…or ever! Ha ha. It is a close race so now Hubby and I are obsessed! Plus we could use some summer duds around here!
Thanks,
XOXO
Lina

DIY Moss Monogram Wall Art

I’ve been seeing some great monogram moss art lately in blogland and decided to give it a try!

First I found a fab frame at Goodwill for $3.00 and sprayed it white.

I had a black letter D already that was currently not being used.

Then I bought some moss at Hobby Lobby and went to work. My glue gun litterally blew up mid project (sparks and smoke)! Scary! Ha ha…So I had to finish gluing with E 6000. Guess I need a new glue gun ASAP! 🙂

My fav detail of this project is this rosette trim I bought at Hob Lob for $2.99.

I think it’s pretty, Hubby thinks it looks like an O. Oh well, can’t please em all, right?!

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Glam Dora Backpack Invitations

I started my party planning for my daughter’s 3rd birthday today and I’m excited on how well her invites turned out! Especially since I am not an artist and didn’t have a template to work off of!

This image I found online was my inspiration.

First I folded a sheet of paper in half and made two shapes like this one, for the front and back.

Then I traced my template and cut out the two parts on my purple paper. Then I glued the edges around to secure.

I wanted to glam up the backpack a little so I attached ribbon to the bottom front and feather boa stuff to the bottom back
I found the backpack face pieces on Nick Jr. here,
I made an insert for the invite info to place inside the invite. I also embellished the top with ribbon.
Also I glued a tiny velcro circle to keep the backpack closed.
The invites say this:
We need your help!
Will you help us celebrate Lily’s
3rd birthday?
Great!
Come on Vamanos! Everybody let’s go!
Where are we going?
Lily’s House-
When are we going?
date and time of party

I will be working on some cute decorations next so stay tuned for some chic Dora fun!!

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Raffia Hat Wall Art

My five year old has a cute surfer/beach themed room. He has had it for a few years, but since our recent move I have been revamping his room too!

See all my ideas aren’t girly! Ha ha
I had this metal picture in the garage sale pile and now am now happy to repurpose it. I picked up this beachy raffia hat at Goodwill for $1.99. The seahorse and shell were from Ross at $6.00 each.
I glued the hat with E600 to the metal picture and sprayed the seahorse and shell cream to make them more uniform and lighter. The shell was a Goodwill find as well. I think it turned out cute!
Stay tuned for the rest of my son’s surfer room reveal. That is if I can ever get his room clean enough!
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Goodwill Wall Sconces

I recently picked up these very heavy and expensive looking wall sconces for $9.00 each at Goodwill and now they have found a great home!
This is our sitting area in the master bedroom. The couch was in the play room/loft of our former house. Although we no longer have a dedicated playroom I love this area in the master. We are enjoying it.
I added an inexpensive linen curtain and rod from Ross, and those cool sticks from Ikea!

Enjoy!

xoxo

Lina

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Mod Podge Bow Holder

This weekend we are attending a cute 4 year old’s birthday party named Ella. As soon as we were invited I knew exactly what I wanted to make her! A personalized bow holder. I am obsessed with making bows for my daughter and have been wanting to try out mod podge. Plus as a mom I love receiving homemade thoughtful gifts instead of toy clutter, don’t you?! Her mom will be thrilled I know 🙂
Here’s what I started with. I bought an already painted white E at Michael’s for a couple bucks and some Mod Podge, and cute scrapbook paper. I also got out some matching ribbon from my stash…and yes for those who know me I have quite the ribbon collection! Ha ha….And yes my daughter does have a matching bow or flower for every outfit 🙂

I traced and cut out the E, then painted a thin layer of Mod Podge. Then you place your paper on and very carefully smooth out the bubbles. I used an old gift card to smooth mine out. Let that dry and then add a layer of Mod Podge on top. So easy and cute!!

After mine dried I added ribbon on top to tie and also ribbon on the bottom for bows!
I also made Ella a couple bows to match her holder.
Here’s the end result!!!! Love 🙂

Look at this cute pillow case dress I found yesterday at my local Kid to Kid Resale store for $6.99! This will be perfect for my little girl to wear to the party! And of course I had to make some matching bows for her 🙂
Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend. I am excited for a sunny spring training baseball game with my family as well this weekend! Perks of living in the desert!
Xoxo
Lina

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Mod Podge Bow Holder

This weekend we are attending a cute 4 year old’s birthday party named Ella. As soon as we were invited I knew exactly what I wanted to make her! A personalized bow holder. I am obsessed with making bows for my daughter and have been wanting to try out mod podge. Plus as a mom I love receiving homemade thoughtful gifts instead of toy clutter, don’t you?! Her mom will be thrilled I know 🙂
Here’s what I started with. I bought an already painted white E at Michael’s for a couple bucks and some Mod Podge, and cute scrapbook paper. I also got out some matching ribbon from my stash…and yes for those who know me I have quite the ribbon collection! Ha ha….And yes my daughter does have a matching bow or flower for every outfit 🙂

I traced and cut out the E, then painted a thin layer of Mod Podge. Then you place your paper on and very carefully smooth out the bubbles. I used an old gift card to smooth mine out. Let that dry and then add a layer of Mod Podge on top. So easy and cute!!

After mine dried I added ribbon on top to tie and also ribbon on the bottom for bows!
I also made Ella a couple bows to match her holder.
Here’s the end result!!!! Love 🙂

Look at this cute pillow case dress I found yesterday at my local Kid to Kid Resale store for $6.99! This will be perfect for my little girl to wear to the party! And of course I had to make some matching bows for her 🙂
Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend. I am excited for a sunny spring training baseball game with my family as well this weekend! Perks of living in the desert!
Xoxo
Lina

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