While at Dollar Tree, I found some stones in a neutral color pallette. I decided take a candle stick combined with a small fishbowl to create an inexpensive vase which make a tall candle holder.
You will need:
Small glass bowl, fishbowl, or cylinder
4″ glass candlestick
Super Glue such as E6000
Bag of stones or gems
Glue the stones on the bowl positioning them like you’re playing a game of Tetris. Alternating sizes throughout.
Glue the bottom of the bowl on the candlestick. Then all you need are yummy smelling votive candles! This project cost $3 plus tax. I love how it looks and it fits perfectly against a white or cream colored wall because of the neutral stones and the shadow it casts. The spaces between the stones allow muted candlelight through. I ended up putting it on a tall armoire near our entryway. It’s so pretty when lit.
I’m already preparing for Thanksgiving and we’re going to visit family. As a kind gesture and a thank you for having us, I made a centerpiece for the dinner table. I even the vase. The best part is… it’s all Dollar Tree products!
You will need:
Floral in any color
Berries or something chunky or bulky for contrast
2 4″ glass candle sticks
1 6″ glass vase
Floral foam ball
Super Glue (I recommend E6000. The glue from Dollar Tree did not end up bonding the glass)
Falling floral or greenery that droops
Take the labels off the bottom of your candle sticks or vases. The easiest way to do this cleanly without residue is to peel off what you can. Grab a Clorox wipe and press on the label for a few seconds and wipe clean.
Take the two candlesticks and glue the top ends together.
Prepare your flowers by cutting them leaving 2″ of the stem. Take the floral foam and press in the flowers until secure leaving a small bare circle so it will rest on the vase. You can also hot glue the flowers if you need it more permanent. But they stay pretty well. I inserted each flower on opposite sides to make them random and spaced out. I kept the leaves on so it would fill gaps hiding the foam.
Once you have the look you want, fill in with your berries. I used a cranberry red and taupe color. Then add your droopy floral on the bottom to make it more elegant seeming the vase it quite tall.
Fill the vase with leaves, rocks, stones, gems, even pine cones like I did which were free. Glue the bottom of the vase to the candlesticks and you have yourself an inexpensive, affordable, handmade centerpiece. Now I’m thinking of doing one for Christmas!! 😮
I have been wanting to finally tackle our laundry room for quite some time. I’m teensy at just 5′ so Babydoll being 6′ has a hard time fitting through the garage door. I had the walls to the left in the picture below lined with shelving for my canning jars and household items, so the pathway could only accommodate me or a child. The door would only open enough me to squeeze through. All you’d hear everytime is “woman!” Haha!
I always go to Dollar Tree for a lot of my organization and home products. Not only are most high quality, but they sell metal items as well comparable to department stotes. The plastic storage bins, plastic baskets, and collapsible cloth bins are amazing!! They are good quality and for $1 each you can’t beat it. Similar bins at Target or Walmart are at least $3.99 each or more. Dollar Tree tends to bring in colors according to the season. Bright white, teal, and pinks typically come out in Spring while Fall brings in chocolate brown, rusty red, and burnt orange colors. Sometimes you will find black and navy blue along with the fluorescent and primary colors. If they don’t have a color to fit your color pallette just use spray paint.
When we moved into our home, I had everything organized in labeled room by room boxes for easy unpacking, but the laundry room tended to hold a lot of the odds and ends because we did recaulking, bug control on the patio, projects, replacing fixtures, etc. After a while, it got really cluttered. So I decided to redecorate it by putting up a spare sheet folded in half and hung in front of all the shelving to hide the mess.
Here is the original laundry room makeover post from last year.
I started by emptying the room entirely except the appliances. I steam mopped the floor and wiped down all the walls, doors, shelving, and baseboards. I then organized all of the items on the shelves putting like items together while purging what I could. Then, I filled the baskets as I went along.
I put non frequent items at the top and everyday items near the bottom. The art work, ironing board holder, broom/mop holder, dryer balls, night light, plastic canister is all from the Dollar Tree. The rug, ironing board cover, and waste basket are from Target.
Laundry Room Tips
A Lint Container is a must have! We have a Rocket Stove and a fire pit outside. Dryer Lint makes fantastic fire starter as it is highly flammable. Save your toilet rolls, put dryer Lint inside and lite.
Tip Jar is a great way to store loose change that makes its way into the laundry. I call this my Dunkin Donuts Fund.
Broom and mop holder for mops, brooms, dryer lint trap brush, dustpan, mixer spoon for the homemade detergent, you name it. Tailor it to your needs.
Ironing board holder simply comes two ways. Either to bolt to a wall or hang over a door. The door I wanted to use was an outdoor door to the garage so it wasn’t wide enough for the hooks to fit. I had to use the laundry room inside door instead. But it is neat because you can use it as a pop of color or focal point of your room. There are tons of beautiful and inspiring prints for Ironing board covers pretty much sold in any housewares section.
Dryer balls are a must have as well. They are just plastic balls with texture to fluff your clothes and soften them. They eliminate the need for pricey dryer sheets. The few ive seen in stores will last a long while as they are really thick flexible plastic. One time purchase versus $3-5 every month.
Label everything using labels from Dollar Tree. I didn’t find them in this trip, but all the baskets should be labeled to easily find items. This saves time especially seeming I’m short and need a stool.
Adjust the decor to your needs and use inspiration from the rest of your home. I wanted it to blend in with all of our decor seeming it’s off of our kitchen and patio. Nightlights and small lamps give a glow so it looks cozy compared to the ugly long commercial light most have.
Landry room makeover for less than $50. Happy Sunday Lovelies!
I hope everyone is having an incredible summer. The heat is definitely here in North Dallas so I try to keep my outside chores to a minimum. But that definately doesn’t stop me inside. My son is traveling as he does every summer and babydoll is working super hard as usual. This leaves me…bored!! When mama is bored, she cleans lol I’m not kidding. Tonight, I thought I’d give my pantry an overhaul by organizing, cleaning, and purging. We’ve actually been doing quite well with our pantry stock although we have a ways to go before we have the food storage we need so it is a work in progress. However, I rarely have to run to the store for oddball items because I can work off what I have which is nice.
I reused a couple plastic bins I purchased from the Dollar Tree, chalkboard labels also from the Dollar Tree, and pint sized canning jars. Now, I do can our food basics like veggies, chicken, jams, sauces, stock, beans, and fruit butters, but canning jars are also perfect for storage for things like dried beans, nuts, flours, and rice.
By combining like items in baskets things are found much more easily. It also gives those items a place making putting things away more efficient. I don’t have to waste time trying to find what I need and neither does the family. I have categories such as pasta, rice, snacks, storage items like plastic bags/tinfoil, and mixes. Plus it looks pretty 😉
I have quite a few cookbooks that I’ve either gotten as a gift, been passed down from my grandparents, or that my mother made for me that contains all her family recipes from both sides of my family. They look much better organized and are more easily accessible.
Outside our pantry:
We purchased food grade storage bins to hold our 25lb bags of sugar and flour. Buying food grade containers is so important so be sure to check your buckets, bins, and containers.
Canning jars are fantastic for bulk spice storage. I’ve added to my collection so some spices are not labeled. I think I have enough 😊
Tonight, I wanted a comforting meal. I have been so busy this week I wanted a nice glass of Merlot, a good meal and relax.
Babydoll and I got a 10lb package of ground beef in bulk on sale for $14. We pre-made seasoned taco meat, Italian seasoned ground beef along with a few meat loaves we stored in the freezer. The tins we use are from Dollar Tree. Remember those tin containers with the press down edges you get at mom and pop Italian restaurants? Find these at Dollar Tree 3/$1 in round, square, and rectangle. They are fantastic for storing freezer meals such as casseroles, meats, anything that you would just throw in a casserole dish and pop in the oven. These aren’t ideal for large family because they are on the smaller side. But for us three with Babydoll not being home much, it’s perfect. Just beef up the veggies and fresh bread on the side!
Italian Hamburg Bake
-1/2 lb ground beef seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, Italian seasoning
-1 bag or box of pasta shells
-1 jar low sodium Alfredo sauce
Cook your pasta in salted water until just shy of al dente. Meanwhile, bake your hamburg at 400 degrees for 15 or so minutes. Remember to just reheat as the meat is already cooked. Or brown and season your meat until cooked through. Drain the pasta and put it back in the same pan. Add jar of Alfredo sauce or you can make your own. Simmer for a few moments. Add your beef and taste test for flavor. Pour into a buttered casserole dish and top with fresh grated parmesan or buttered breadcrumbs and bake for 5 minutes until lightly browned.
There ya go! Easy peasy dinner in less than 30 minutes. Cook your meat ahead so you can just pull from your freezer and pop the tin in the oven. By doing this, i used one pot that can transfer from stove to oven in the end.
Total cost for this meal is around $2.32 and I got 4 good size single portion containers to pop back in the freezer for a quick meal next time. That’s .58 cents a serving.
Suburban Homesteading & Frugal Living with a Twist!