DIY Dollar Store Chalkboard Candles (Thrifty Upcycle)


Would you believe me if I told you these l-o-v-e candles and vase are from my local dollar store?! Well they are and guess what? We used these on one of the tables of my little brother’s fall outdoor wedding.

If you’ve been reading along you might be realizing my latest addiction….It automatically makes things look expensive…like MAGIC! Oh and not to mention A-dorable, chic. unique, and just awesome in general!!!

Chalkboard spray paint…It turns anything into a chalkboard! Sweet. I found mine at Michael’s craft store for around $5 with a coupon (of course!) from Michaels.com.

Let me show you how I made these cute candles. First, I picked these tall glass candles up from the dollar store and soaked them in hot soapy water until the labels were easy to peel off.

After they were clean and dry, I used masking tape to create a rectangle on the candle. Nope, I didn’t measure….you can though 🙂

Next, just spray two coats of chalkboard paint and let dry 24 hours. That’s it!

After peeling off the tape you get amazing results!

And people will think you are uber crafty…(even if you aren’t!). It’s our little secret… 🙂

This same can has gone pretty far…all of these past projects were completed with it!


See….this small investment can go pretty far…and the possibilities are ENDLESS!
Hope you can find a way to use some of these fun chalkboard spray paint ideas!

xoxo
Lina

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Stephanie McBride Photography (My kids)

Today I am excited to introduce you to Stephanie McBride of Stephanie McBride Photography near Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the incredibly talented and lovely person who photographed my brother’s recent wedding at Soda Springs Ranch in N. Arizona.

She is also the person responsible for their amazing engagement pics. Yes, that is a couch in the water!! Gorgeous…. Oh and she happens to be the bride’s aunt 🙂

While we were at the ranch she also caught a few priceless shots of my kiddos…




All I can say is WOW! These will be going on our Christmas card this year….And I can’t wait to see the finished wedding pictures! Can you?!

Stephanie can be contacted at stephanielmcbride@gmail.com and visit her website http://www.stephanieleemcbride.com/ to see more beautiful examples of her work. You should consider her for your next family, graduation, or senior picture session! I wish she lived closer to me!! 🙂

As always thank you very much for stopping by. Have a great day 🙂

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DIY Vintage Ruffle Cake

Whew!…This was a busy week for us! My little brother got married last weekend at a gorgeous ranch called Soda Springs in northern AZ. It was AMAZING..I can’t wait to share pics of all the details. My gift to them was creating wedding decor around their sweet and stylish vintage theme. I will be sharing more of my projects in coming posts.

Here is the cute couple sharing their first dance!

Yesterday was our 5th wedding anniversary and I was inspired to make a vintage looking ruffle cake to celebrate. I watched a great video tutorial from My Sweet & Saucy to get an idea of how to make one. Also this was technically my second ruffle cake. My first one was kind of a big fail and looked wonky and got ruined in the car on the way to the party…sigh.

Oh and I am so not a profesh cake decorator at all…..just trying to upgrade my usual 9×13 sheet cake 🙂


This is a number 104 Wilton petal cake decorating tip. All you do is hold the tip facing down on the sides of the cake. Go back and forth in one inch wide sections to create your ruffles all the way around the cake. It really does goes fast. One tip though. I used store bought icing (with food coloring) and it wasn’t stiff enough. I added powdered sugar and that helped.

Oh and this was a box cake…cause that’s how I roll sometimes..well most times 🙂 It still tasted yummy! My kids kept asking whose birthday it was…so confusing with all these weddings and birthdays, and anniversaries!

I made a mini bunting banner out of fabric triangles and hot glued them to a piece of floral bamboo I had.

Happy 5th anniversary to the best hubby and dad a girl could ever dream of!

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Pinkalicious Applique Cupcake Top Tutorial

My little girl’s favorite book right now is Pinkalicious. It’s about a girl who eats too many pink cupcakes and turns pink. We read it almost daily and thank goodness there’s a whole series now because I know every word!

This cute cupcake top was inspired by this story and here’s how you can make one for your very own princess!



Yes we all know I’m obsessed with applique kids clothes….they are just so seriously cute!

For this tutorial I am starting at the point where my fusible web (I used wonder Under) is already ironed onto the cupcake shape of fabric. See my previous applique post here for more details.

First iron on your fabric cupcake to the shirt. Then I used 1.5 inch thick grosgrain ribbon to make a ruffle. I sew with a running stitch down the right side and when you gently pull on it, it’ll make a ruffle. I didn’t cut the ribbon from the spool until I made enough of a ruffle to embellish the top of your cupcake like frosting. This is where you need to shape your ruffle so it’ll look nice. Then cut the ribbon and sew off the ruffle so it won’t come undone. Then pick random areas of the ruffle to make a few stitches so it lays nicely on your shirt. The last thing I did was sew around the edges of the bottom fabric shape and sewed on a red button for the cherry!

This is the Halloween costume I came up with for less than $10.

-Wings from Target $1 bin

-Wand form Target $1 bin

-Tutu skirt $4.99 Target

-The white tank was $1 via Old Navy. When they have the tank sale I stock up!

The fabric & ribbon scraps were on hand along with a tiara!

I hope this post inspires some fancy & frugal Pinkalicious fun!





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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

The cooler weather is definitely putting me in the mood for some fall baking! Moms everywhere in AZ are rejoicing that kids can play outside in parks and ride bikes once again! We’ve only had one minor bike crash so far 🙂

I picked up this way cool baking pan at Ross for $5.99 with their seasonal stuff. I have also seen it for around $14.00 at Joanne’s… so bring a coupon!


And here is the recipe from the back of the pan.

Pumpkin Woopie Pies
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup solid pack pumpkin
1/2 cup buttermilk
Filling
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Makes:
About 15 whoopie pies (30 cakes total).

Instructions:
Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray Whoopie Pie Pan with vegetable pan spray.
Step 2
In medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cloves. In large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Step 3
Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with pumpkin and buttermilk, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
Step 4
Fill pan 1/2 full, spreading batter to edges of cavities.

Step 5
Bake 7-9 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely before filling.
Step 6
For filling, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla together until well combined. To assemble, spread filling on one cake and sandwich with another.

I used Halloween colored sprinkles to be extra festive!

Now it’s time to play tea party with the kiddos!

Hope you get to enjoy some baking goodness soon 🙂

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A Cowboy Nursery

Are you ready to see the cutest cowboy room EVER?! My sweet friend Lacy just had her second baby boy and he now lives in this incredible space. Remember when I made these western applique baby gifts this summer? Well these were for baby Brock.

He arrived about six weeks ago and I snapped a few pics of his pad for you when I recently went to visit and have a fun playdate.



Lacy is a former co-worker of mine and wonderful friend. We used to have a fun group of gals to have lunch hours with. Truly an entire hour of free time to eat or shop is what I miss most about the corporate world! 🙂



It’s great that we both have two kids and have so much in common.



What makes this room special are the details and love that made it all come together.

Lacy’s father passed away before he got to meet these sweet boys. He was a real cowboy and his spurs and some of his western things are now displayed here.





Lacy is a talented decorator and should definitely have her own blog! Her entire home looks professionally done.

She also happens to have both a creative mom and mom in law. They made these curtains and bedding! Seriously, they did such an awesome job!





My favorite part of this room is the border near the ceiling. They painted these star hooks from Hobby Lobby red, and then hung rope around them. The rope is nailed down. I asked how they made the tiny circles so perfect and she said they used a cup. How smart!



Here’s some shelves with more cute cowboy details….That Howdy sign is so perfect!

The cow prints used in here make everything so western and FUN!

This was a craigslist changing table that Lacy painted herself!





Every new cowboy needs some newborn boots!!! AWW he is so yummy!

Thanks baby Brock for showing us around your way cool room 🙂

Welcome to the world little partner! (Insert Woody Voice)



Thanks for stoppin in!!!

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DIY Vintage Graphic Candles

This was one of those fun projects I had the stuff for on hand and it worked out the first try! …Plus they are so cute I will for sure be making some again for myself and gifts!
While researching candle ideas for my brother’s wedding I came across these pretty burlap french script candles for $28.00 from an online site called The Inglebrook Decor.

I hoped with the help of the Graphics Fairy and my printer I could make something similar!

First I found an this post stamp image from The Graphics Fairy site and pasted it to Word three times for 3 candles. Then I cut this linen looking fabric I already had (bought a ton from Goodwill on $1 tag day Thursdays!). I’m a regular now:) So cut the fabric a teeny tiny bit smaller than the paper and use double sided tape to secure to paper. When I ran it through the printer it came out great! I don’t know why I’ve been scared to print on fabric..IT WORKS!

Then I cut the strips and hot glued them to votive candles!

I am a dedicated couponer and always seem to have a stockpile of free or cheap Glade candles!

I duplicated the same process for two other bigger candles and used burlap strips behind the cotton. The crown and clock can also be found via Graphics Fairy.

These will look so great at my brother’s vintage/rustic outdoor wedding this month!

Speaking of candles at the wedding….I also embellished this one with some thrift store lace and a trim from Hobby Lobby.

We will also have a lot of mason jars with wild flowers…This one has lace and a ribbon flower.

Look how cute their engagement photo looks in this vintage looking frame that was passed on from our Grammy 🙂

In an effort to save even more money each of the 18 tables will have a different arrangement of

vintage or rustic looking accessories, frames, vases, jars, and candles.

Many of these items will be borrowed from myself and other family members. We are all so excited to pitch in!! 🙂
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