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DIY FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

I’ve mentioned my small obsession with fresh flowers before. Part of the reason I am so obsessed with them is because you can create something so beautiful for such a low cost. I love creating the arrangement just as much as I love looking at it day after day after day. I am no florist but I do enjoy creating. So, today, I thought I would share with you some very simple tips I always use to make a budget-friendly, DIY flower arrangement.

1.  To start, I always select three main pieces. Greenery, a main flower, and a filler (either a small flower or additional greenery). I love to buy these wholesale and usually grab about 3-5 stems of each. Sometimes I will grab a wider variety of florals or greenery, just depending on what look I am going for and what’s on sale. Some of my favorite chain stores to buy bunches of flowers from are Trader Joe’s, Harris Teeter, and Costco. 

NOTE: Eucalyptus is my favorite greenery right now. Lavender, Limonium, Baby’s Breath, Aster, or even cat tails make for great filler. The main florals I use vary by season but some of my current favorites are hydrangeas, roses, gladiolas, and delphiniums.

2. Cut at least an inch off the bottom of each stem, cutting the end at a sharp angle. Remove all greenery from the stem at least 8″ up the stems.

3. Begin arranging by adding in your greenery first. Loosely arrange it into the shape you are looking for. You want your arrangement to build up from the sides up into the middle so cut lengths accordingly, always cutting to a sharp, angled edge. The trick is to loosely get your shape. You are not looking for perfection. I usually just plop it all in and pull, tug, and snip stems here and there to get an overall even shape.


4. Add in the filler flowers or extra greenery to fill in the blank spaces and add a little more height to the arrangement.


5. Lastly, add in your main flower(s). I add these in so they stick just slightly further out than the greenery. I may pull a bit at the filler flowers/greenery to help them fill in around the main flowers a bit and create volume and even more height to my arrangement. Try to evenly disperse the main flower without being too uniform.


Here is an example of an arrangement that is heavy on flowers. The florals and greenery to make this whole arrangement cost me $15 at Trader Joe’s! 



What do you think? Any tried and true tricks you always use for your arrangements? Let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t already then please subscribe to get updates on all my latest money-saving tips and DIY ideas. If you like this post, then please give it a like so I know to do more like this one.

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Shark-Themed Party and Mini Shortcakes

Baby A turned 1. O. N. E…ONE! And just like every mom when her precious baby’s first birthday looms, I found myself wondering how it was even possible that he joined our little family almost a year ago?!?! After recovering from the shock, I turned my attention to planning a first birthday. How could we celebrate baby A and his first year of life?

I began thinking through what we could do to celebrate. Here is a summation of my thought process. I started by asking myself how we could host friends in our little apartment? We could have the party outdoors! How could we do something outdoors in the July desert? We could have it in the morning at the pool! What theme goes well with a pool party? An underwater theme! And it just so happened that A just got a new pair of shark swimming trunks. Sharks.  And just like that it was decided. An early-morning, shark-themed birthday party.

Next was the menu planning. Early morning party = breakfast food. Breakfast is easy, affordable, and has so much presentation potential. I focused on strawberry shortcake in different forms and added in fresh fruit and an egg casserole to complete the menu. Easy to prep the day before or morning of and so good!

One sheet cake of strawberry shortcake is all I needed to make the smash cake, mini cakes, and trifle. I simply baked a sheet cake of strawberry shortcake. I “cheated” and used the gluten free bisquick mix and recipe right on the box. So easy and delicious! 

I used round cookie cutters to cut out A’s smash cake and the mini shortcakes. 

The mini shortcakes were topped with a dollop of jam and then cream cheese frosting, a fresh strawberry slice, and shark fin cupcake topper made by the awesome Sonora Handmade

A’s smash cake was simply outline in piped cream cheese frosting and filled in with jam on top both layers and then lightly frosted on the outside to get a naked cake look (and also lock in the moisture). And topped with a laser cut number “1” also made by Sonora Handmade.

I crumbled up the leftover shortcake and topped with the leftover strawberry jam, strawberries, and whipped cream in a glass bowl to get a quick and easy trifle.

Three different presentations out of one recipe.

The decor was a mix of things I had and a few things I picked up. I used galvanized buckets, linens, and severware I already had. I purchased sharks (which doubled as party favors), plates, napkins, forks, and straws from the Dollar Tree. I also picked up some balloons for the backdrop from Party City. Cut out a few shark sillouhettes from blue bags. And, lastly, I added in fresh flowers. Fresh flowers are always such a nice touch for any party and I scored all the greenery and flowers for this party for $10 total from Trader Joe’s!

What do you think? I was pretty pleased with how everything turned out and how budget friendly it ended up being. It was such a precious time with friends celebrating our sweet boy.

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FIVE Tips to Maximize Use and Enjoyment of a Small Space


My little family recently moved across the country. In the process we downsized from a four bedroom, over 2000 sq foot home with a nice back and front yard and large garage to a two bedroom, under 1300 sq foot apartment with a small balcony. It’s been a challenge to downsize. Everything we own has to be questioned. Does it have a place? Is it a need? Will it fit? In the process of downsizing I’ve tried some things that have helped me utilize the stuff I own in the space I have. So, today I want to share FIVE tips for maximizing use and enjoyment of a small space with you today. Let’s get to it.

1. MULTIPURPOSE: can this item or room serve more than one purpose?

This was especially helpful when thinking through what furniture to bring. Instead of just a side table I wanted each side tables to have another use. For example, our couch side table is actually a storage ottoman. Our bedside tables are a bookshelf on my husband’s side and a desk on my side. I saw a storage basket with a wood table top at Target that would make a great side table and storage for extra blankets. Multipurpose to the max. You get the idea.



So, what furniture can serve multiple purposes? Any creative ways to rethink your furniture uses?
This works not just with furniture but also with your space. Can this room have multiple purposes? For example, our dining area is also a play area. Our bedroom is also an office. The key is to keep it organized and clutter free so the two purposes don’t overwhelm the room.


2. VERTICAL: how can I store my stuff vertically instead of horizontally?

Vertical storage (think up the walls instead of across the floor) is a great way to maximize storage in a small space. For example, door hooks (dollar tree!) are a great way to create extra storage. You can use door hooks to hang towels or pool floaties or shopping bags or whatever your need may be, freeing up floor and shelf space. We also used some command strip hooks to create places to hang our backpacks and essentials we need when heading out the door (baby carrier, nursing cover, etc.). Again, using wall space instead of floor space.

Rethink what you have. How can it create some vertical storage for you? For example, I did not have any cube storage shelving. Instead, I had a tall bookcase and some storage cubes. I combined the two. 1Cubes can help organize everything from toys, to clothes, to craft supplies and takes up very little space when stored up in a tall bookcase. I even used an over the toilet organizer in my small laundry room to make a space for cleaning supplies and bulk toilet paper and paper towels instead of buying a shelving system. Again, creating storage up the wall more than across the floor.


The following picture is our laundry room that we can close the door to lol. But by using an over the toilet bathroom storage unit I created the perfect shelving system for cleaning supplies, bulk supplies, and hangers/laundry needs. And you can also see the pool toys hanging on the back of the door.


With little ones vertical storage can be a little more challenging but think creatively and question everything. Can this be safely stored vertically?

3. MINIMALISM: is this really necessary?

Clutter can make a small space feel even smaller and, if you’re like me, take the enjoyment out of the space. Clutter isn’t something we all try to accumulate. Its just the accumulation of things we can’t “live without”. During this move, I found that all the things I couldn’t live without I mostly could live without. It was tough but good. I’m not a person who wants to do minimalism to the max (ie: almost no decor anywhere). I want to feel free to decorate my space. But I did try to limit it and really give myself push-back on whether each item would really add to the decor or just be more clutter. In a small space it can feel cluttered so quickly. So choosing your favorite pieces and being picky is important.

The room I want to focus on under this section is the bathroom. It is definitely the most minimalistic place in the whole apartment. But it makes it so easy to keep clean and decluttered which leaves more time for other things I actually enjoy. Happy momma.


Minimalism applies not only to trinkets and decor, but also to furniture. Bulky pieces aren’t great for small spaces. You know this. So when shopping what you have or what new pieces you want to invest in, look for simple, clean lines. It can really make your living space feel so much more open when you have clean lined furniture and a few select pieces of decor.


What is in your space as decoration that is really just collecting dust and giving you one more thing to clean? What furniture or color scheme just makes the whole room feel dark and cramped? Consider getting rid of it all together or sell it and buy something else that works better.

4. ROUND and/or COMPACTIBLE: does this come in a round shape and/or can it be easily compacted when not in use?

The only furniture we really needed to buy was a bed and a dining table. When choosing the dining table I had to keep a few things in mind. I knew I wanted our dining room to double as a play room and, therefore, I knew I wanted a round table. A bonus was that it also has leaves that can fold down. As we all know, a round table (dining, side, or coffee) takes up less space and can visually make the room feel more spacious. Add leaves that fold down and it’s a total small space win. I love that we can fold the leaves down and push the table aside as a two-seater or pull it out and put the leaves up for guests or family dinners when our kids will actually stay sitting. Bonus is it doesn’t feel cramped either way.



What rooms could use a roomier feel? Any way to add circular furniture to replace blockier options? Only using a furniture piece occasionally? Is there a way to buy a compactible version?

5. ORGANIZE: how can I create a space for everything I want to keep?

Lastly, as I mentioned before, a small space can start to feel so cluttered if you aren’t careful. A few out of place items and chaos is creeping into your environment. Especially if you have small children.

Create spaces that are practical and livable. What I mean by this is let your kids have play areas, just make them easy to clean up. Keep cozy blankets and TV-trays accessible, just find a place to easily store them so they aren’t visually cluttering the space. Let your husband have a pile of papers that he just doesn’t want to deal with immediately, but put them in a basket. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but organization is the key to thriving in a small space.

To save space by organizing, here are just some of my ideas I am currently using. I store the kids foldable chairs, yoga mat, internet router and modem, and TV trays behind the couch. Behind the couch is often just wasted space. Redeem it by using it for storage. I have bins in a tall bookcase that hold toys, craft supplies, and clothes and turns the dining room into a play room that is easy to clean up. My husband has a basket to throw all those random papers into that he plans to deal with later. When it starts to overflow he knows it’s time to just purge. We have a basket for tv controllers. We store tons of blankets in a basket by the tv making them accessible, I don’t have to fold, and it looks pretty stored away by the fireplace. Our kids’ stuff like socks, shoes, diapers, wipes, even their pjs (don’t judge…I just want them fast when bedtime comes and I don’t care if they’re wrinkled lol) etc. all have their own bin in the kids’ closet (thank you Dollar Tree!). I can just toss said random items into their individual bin and they are “cleaned up” out of sight. I could go on and on but you get the idea.




How can you create a space for each item that gives it a home and keeps your small space from feeling cluttered? What items tend to clutter and pile up the most? Start with those!

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DIY TACO FIESTA…on a budget (including recipes!)


One of my husbands most favorite things on this earth are tacos…specifically my barbacoa tacos. So when his birthday came around it was an easy decision to make tacos for his birthday lunch. The kids and I planned to meet him for lunch at his work with the tacos in tow. He was excited! What he didn’t know was that I had also set up a surprise lunch with some of his friends and co-workers. Surprise!


I made a few decorations throughout the week…hiding them on the porch. It’s been over 100 degrees here so I knew he was not going to be going out on the porch lol. I made some avocado piñatas, a faux chalkboard sign, picked up a few fiesta looking linens from goodwill, and used some old Voss glass water bottles to hold some fresh sunflowers I picked up.

I needed to be able to set up the whole table in a matter of minutes to avoid being caught (which I almost was!). I laid down a white curtain as the table cloth, laid a fiesta looking blanket (goodwill for $4) and hand painted pillow cover in bright fiesta colors (goodwill for $2) over the curtain to give a pop of color, hanged a party sign (“hooray” sign from target for $5) on the front of the table, and then added the table top decor of the faux chalkboard, flowers, and avocado piñatas. Easy. Easy. Easy.

HERE’S A TIP: Cloth linens easily dress up your decor over the cheap, plastic ones but they can cost so much! So look around your house and secondhand and thrift stores. What can you repurpose as a linen from what you already have or for only a few dollars? I’ve used everything from a curtain to a sheet to a blanket to cheap fabric and it makes such a big difference!

The avocados were an easy DIY using two bowls, paper mâché, and streamers and tissue paper. There are plenty of DIY tutorials out there so I won’t waste your time. Rather,  here  is my favorite link. A couple notable differences: Instead of balloons I used two bowls covered by Saran Wrap (since I already had Thor on hand = free), and instead of a brown seed I used gold foil to make the seed similar to the avocado piñata sold by Urban Outfitters here.


The faux chalkboard was a last minute attempt to DIY something that resembled a chalkboard for cheap. My chalkboards are being borrowed right now so I wanted to make due with something I could make fast and cheap. I grabbed black foam board and pom poms from the dollar tree, glue, a gold pen I had on hand, and stencils and got to business. I have to say I was pleased. For $2 I had a pretty good centerpiece that matched so well and made the area so much more fun!


The sunflowers were a bulk purchase from Costco. $10 for 12. They add so much color and height to the table.

HERE’S A TIP: Instantly add a sophisticated touch by using fresh flowers and/or greenery. It doesn’t have to be expensive though. What bushes and trees can you use in your or a friend’s backyard? What plants are on clearance in your local nursery? What bulk flowers are available at a discount cost? I’ve used all of those for different events and loved the results of every one of them.


I wanted some tall, thin vases to keep the height of the flowers and also to be able to hold the heavy stems up. After looking around at what I had, I came across some old glass water bottles I had stored for such a time as this! Perfect and free! I turned them around so the writing faced the back and you’d never know they were old water bottles.


Lastly was the food. I wanted a catered feel to the table so I chose some foil food containers from the dollar tree. We had meat, corn tortillas, rice, beans, chips, taco toppings of lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream, and donuts for dessert. Delicious and about $50 to make it for a group of 20 people ($2.50 a person!).


So, I am not a cooking blog but I thought I would quickly share the easy recipes for the food to make this a one-stop shop blog for your future fiesta. It isn’t perfect (I usually eyeball it when I make it) but hopefully it helps! 

Barbacoa: a chuck roast or London broil, box of beef stock, can of chipotle peppers in Adobe sauce, 3 garlic cloves, 1 white onion sliced, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 3 Tbsp chili powder, 2 Tbsp cumin, salt, pepper. Combine all ingredients except the meat in a slow cooker, add meat, if meat isn’t covered by the sauce then add water until covered, and cook in a slow cooker for 10-12 hours on low or until cooked thoroughly and falling apart. If possible, cook on high for the first 3-4 hrs for the most tender results IMO.

Beans: 4 cans of black beans, drained, rinsed, and warmed in a pan with some of the cooked barbacoa juice and salt.

Rice: basmati rice, box of chicken stock, can of tomato paste, and can of stewed tomatoes. Bring stock to a boil, add in tomato products and a cup of the cooked barbacoa juice, salt, and lastly add the rice. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and let simmer 20 mins or whatever time your rice directions say. 

Chop up the toppings. I had pre-made salsa, chips, and corn tortillas for convenience but made my own quick version of guac. For the quick guac, mash 3 avocados and add a few spoonfuls of some pre-made salsa, dash of salt, and Tbsp of mayo (weird but trust me…soooooo creamy!). Mix thoroughly.

That’s it. You’re done! Easy right? What do you think? Any ideas you have for a great fiesta party? Let me know in the comments below. 


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Play Kitchen Renovation Of 2017: $4 DIY faux marble backsplash

Toys. Bless them. Colors of the rainbow litter every room. They are taking over our home! 

I don’t know about you but mismatched toys everywhere can make me feel a little chaotic. Add in normal toddler messes that are hard to clean up and my day is gone admits the chaos. I mean, this is just an example of what my toddler can do in about 14 seconds. Tiny. Paper. Everywhere. 


I’m on a mission to organize said toys and random stuff in an effort to calm the chaos a bit and make it easier to clean up at the end of the day. I mean, who wants to watch the bachelorette in the midst of that mess? Not me.

I’m dedicating a play area for the kids in one of the main areas of our home. I mean, I want the kids to be able to play and enjoy our home still. I’m not a total Scrooge. In doing that though I knew I would want to tweak some of the toys blend in more with the decor of the room and keep things feeling even calmer. 


I was so close to be doing done organizing (can you already feel the chaos coming down?) but that play kitchen really needed a facelift.


I scored it for $15 so I wasn’t out much if it didn’t work out. So much to gain and so little to lose. I was off to lowes for what I jokingly dubbed the “play kitchen renovation of 2017.”

Supplies:

1. Spray paint. You’ll want at least two colors. The color you want the kitchen to be and color you want the hardware to be (and any additional colors if you want to do the kitchen in multiple colors). I chose a brighter navy blue for the kitchen and stainless steel for the hardware.


2.  Stick on floor tile (large size) for the backsplash. I only needed one for this project but you may need more depending on size. I used Item A3263 to get a marble look. There’s so much variety and it was less than $3! It would have cost me quadruple that for the premade stick on backsplashes!

3. Painter’s tape and scrap paper/bags

4. Super glue

5. Sharp scissors

Steps:

1. Prep for painting. Scrub your kitchen down and remove and/or tape off the sections you don’t want painted.

Our knobs were removable so I took those off to paint separately with the stainless steel paint and then used scrap paper, plastic bags, and painters tape to cover the remaining areas of the kitchen I didn’t want painted.


2. Paint your kitchen. Self explanatory. Follow use, dry times, and safety precautions on your spray paint can.

3. Backsplash. Cut your floor tile into subway tiles (or your preferred tile style). My subway tiles were 3″ tall and 6″ wide. I traced them out on the paper back and then cut. Once I had my main tiles done, I practiced placing them where I wanted before removing the paper backing and sticking them more permanently. This let me see what space was left and cut some special sizes to fit in the leftover spaces (just like you would when tiling a real backsplash). You can see the special, shorter pieces I needed on the ends.


TIP: to figure out the easiest and best size tile for your kitchen measure the width and height of the black splash area. I didn’t want to cut a ton of special sizes so I just evenly divided the 9″ tall backsplash area by 3 (because I wanted three even rows so if yours is taller or shorter you may want to divide by less or more than 3) which got me 3 rows of 3″ tall tiles. I just doubled the 3″ to get my width and keep it simple. 

Practice placing the tiles before removing the backing. Once you have all your tile pieces cut out and you’re pleased with their practice placement, remove the backing, add super glue around the edges (for extra hold), and place your tiles permanently(ish).


I placed mine edge to edge and I think it gave it a cool, marble-looking backsplash. Much more sophisticated than what it was before for sure. 

$3 Tile + dollar tree super glue + a little math and elbow grease = $4 backsplash!

Here’s a little peek of the kitchen in its new home. Don’t mind the blurry pic. I was trying to to snap the pic as my destructive toddler headed straight for the play area. But, I mean, doesn’t the kitchen fit in MUCH better?


I love the new, modern look of the kitchen! What do you think? Any tips for tackling your own play kitchen project? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Water colored succulent planters: easy kid craft for the special adult(s) in their life


So this year my three old has really become her own, independent person. She loves to be the one in charge. So, for Father’s Day I decided to let her develop what she wanted to do for daddy with just a “little” help. The results are this trio of hand-painted, succulent planters that cost me a whopping $2 and took only an hr or two to put together. 

They’re subdued enough to be the perfect touch to any dad’s office or space and are sure to remind him of some littles that really, really love him.

 So here we go. You’ll need:
1. Clay pots. We scored a three pack at the dollar tree.

2. Succulents. We found a four pack for $1 in the clearance section at lowes.

3. Paint (markers, stickers, decals, whatever you have on hand). We just used whatever paint we had on hand.

4. Potting soil for succulents. Again, we just used what we already had on hand.

To Make:

I’m sure you guessed it, just let your kiddos imaginations run wild! I just pulled out old paint, taped down some paper protection on our surface, and let little boss go at it. 


HERE’S A TIP: I created a water colored effect to give the project a little more of a sophisticated feel. I let our little boss create her own design on each pot. Let that dry. And then painted a watered down coat of paint in the same color over the whole pot to give that water color effect. I think it adds a subdued touch keeping the project from  being too much of a whacky, kid crazy, macaroni necklace status project. I pictured this in my husbands office, a professional environment, so it needed to be somewhat subdued but still a sweet reminder for him every day of a little three year old girl who loves him so dearly. 

Plant your succulents and you are done! 

HERE’S A TIP: our pots had small draining holes at the bottom. I did not have time to pack everyone up and go buy something to keep the water from leaking out all over my husbands desk. So, I added some painters tape over the hole on both sides and painted over the tape on the bottom of the pot. Since succulents are best kept damp, this quick fix worked like a charm to keep the dampness in. 

So, what do you think? What Father’s Day gift ideas are you trying out this year? Let me know if you give this one a try. And, if you aren’t already, make sure to subscribe so you’ll get notices of all my new posts right when they happen. I can’t wait to share everything I’ve been working on! Until then, happy Father’s Day! 

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Americana Themed Party Decor on a Budget

11722120_10153505240071672_3090114973966614293_oY’all…you like that southern slang right? But seriously, I am inspired by some dear, southern friends today on the blog. I recently had the opportunity to decorate for a one year anniversary celebration of the youth leader and his wife at our church. Not only was I excited to celebrate all they had done at the church, but I was also excited to celebrate them becoming our good friends over the past year. Now, these two are Georgia peaches so I definitely wanted the party to have a Georgia country vibe. I took that into an Americana feel (I mean I was still feeling very patriotic after the Fourth of July) and ran with it. I had a budget of $100 and a lot of ideas running through my head. I can’t wait to share what I came up with you!

Without further ado, here is what I hope you can use as inspiration for an Americana themed party complete with DIY “how to”s and money saving tips for your own party no matter the decor you decide on.

imageFirst, I started by creating a ton of rag garlands in our party colors. I used some affordable material in our red, white, and blue color scheme to create my own DIY, budget friendly, country rag garlands. It cost me about $18 to make them all.

To make the garland, I purchased one yard of four different patterns (about $16). I then cut my material into one inch strips. Taking each strip, I folded each one in half with the pattern facing me and placed the folded edge about 2 inches above a long piece of twine (from Dollar Tree) like so: image Be sure the twine is the length you want your garland to be. Then I simply wrapped the two loose ends of my folded, one inch strip around the back of the twine and through the folded edge above the twine like so:

imageimageimagePull from the bottom of the strip to tighten and start with your next strip. I bunched some strips really close together on some garland strands and left them about 6 inches apart on others to give the different garland strands some variety. I hung some on borrowed pallets (donated to our youth group for free by a local home improvement store) and others above the food tables to add a real country, summer feel.

11264855_10153505240066672_2074573162746211750_nNext, I made banners with words on them by cutting small triangles out of material, using paint and stencils (you can use whatever you please to match your party) to add the letters, and gluing those triangles onto twine (again from the dollar tree). So easy! I splurged on this material because I loved the striped pattern. All in all, it cost about $14 to make all my word banners but you could easily do it for about $5.

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imageI used plastic table clothes (from the Dollar Tree) covered by a thin, natural linen material (from Wal Mart for $2 a yard). I love cloth tablecloths but needed the ones for this party to feel more rustic. The natural linen was perfect and so affordable! I added two rolls of burlap about 4″ wide purchased from the Dollar Tree down the center as a runner, fresh flowers from a friend’s garden in mason jars (from Dollar Tree and old ones I already had), and some homemade wood cuts to finish off that rustic feel. Cost me about $24 for two food tables, a cake table, and a punch station.

imageFor the card area I hung twine from a pallet and added clothespins to hang all the cards from. I love displaying cards like this. It really makes the one or ones we are celebrating feel so loved when they see all their cards up front and center. Clothespins were $2 and the rest (twine and pallet) were from left over supplies.

imageTo add height to the food table, in addition to large wood cuts (homemade so they were free), I also made my own tiered server for $3! Simple glue the bottom of martini glass to the top of one plate and the top of the martini glass to the bottom of another plate. So simple and yet it adds some great height to any table! I got my plates and martini glass from the dollar tree.

11745404_10153505240061672_1268914120188250075_nFor the drink station I used an old spool to display the punch and cups. I found this spool in our church attic. It had been used for electrical cord. I added in a pallet, a circular plastic tablecloth (from dollar tree), a burlap tablecloth (just a yard of burlap from wal mart for $3) and fresh flowers from my friend’s garden to create a whole new station to add to the decor feel.

imageAdd in a few flags and checkered paper from the dollar store and you have a completed Americana themed party. I also purchased plates, forks, cups, serving trays, and napkins from the Dollar Tree which added to my expense list but with what I saved by making all of the party decor I was able to easily get those supplies and still come in under budget.

What do you think? Let me know what ideas you were able to use for your next party and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. Next up will be a DIY door hanger. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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DIY Woodsy Themed Baby Shower: Navy, pink, and gold

1609951_10153307341651672_161327033171356564_nThis past weekend I had the privilege of hosting a baby shower for a sweet friend. Thankfully I also had the help of three other amazing hostesses to pull this shower off. The shower was so much fun and the guest of honor just loved how it all turned out.

I wanted to share the decorations from the shower with you in the hopes that they can help inspire you for your future party and/or decor needs. So, a little back story. For the decor portion of the shower I was given the theme of woodland animals and a color scheme of pink, gray, navy, teal, and gold. I decided to really hit on the woodsy feel and use primarily pink, navy, and gold with just a few teal accents. Gray seemed to be a bit too much in the color schematic with everything else so I dropped it.  One of the hostesses so graciously allowed me to use the wood cut outs her husband had sliced up just a week before for another event (an easy DIY if you have wood and a chain saw) and some silver deer she had around her house and with that, the mood was set.

Oh, and you may have noticed in the past few blogs I have been redoing my mantle with DIY floral arrangements and gold accents for spring. But in addition to spring I was also redoing my mantle to match the decor of this baby shower. If you missed those posts check them out here and here. I also made some more of the DIY bird’s nests I showed you in this previous post for the shower as well.

So, without further ado, here is the woodsy themed shower in navy, pink, and gold.

First is the entry way filled with special pictures of mommy, daddy, and baby hung on a DIY magnet board made from spray painting a pizza pan from the Dollar Tree gold and modge podging scrap book paper into the middle. The table holds one of my DIY floral arrangements, a dollar tree frame spray painted white, a frame holder from Michael’s holding an ultra sound picture, and accented with a pine cone spray painted gold.

11223308_10153308301146672_7691437643708614853_nSecondly is the sign in area. Since our sweet friend will be moving away right after baby is born, she may not be in town when she writes her thank yous. With that in mind we used thank you card envelopes and a sweet prayer journal in place of a sign in book. Guests wrote their name and address on an envelope and then left a sweet prayer for the new mom and dad to be and for their little girl. The banners were an easy DIY that I discuss in the next section. The mirror is just four mirrors I glued together from the dollar Tree, more gold pine cones, and the birds nest and floral arrangement are from past DIYs I already shared with you all.

11110450_10153308301536672_1677661230269535825_nThirdly is the gift area. The banners are an easy DIY made from scrap booking paper on sale at Michael’s for $0.20 a page cut into small triangles and hot glued onto Jute. Easy, simple, and affordable. I scored some foam letters in a wood print from Target for $1 a bag to add sweet messages to the banners. What was even better than having them for the party was that the guest of honor took them home afterwards to hang above her sweet baby’s crib in her nursery. The mirror I scored at a local thrift shop for $15 and the rest of the decor is just my mantle done up for spring/summer.

11146491_10153308301621672_3307086081900762586_n We had so much fun hanging up all the sweet baby clothes on jute string with clothes pin. Such a fun way to display all the tiny, adorable clothes and I wanted to share it with you.

11243470_10153308296126672_6796614585932905416_nLast, but not least, was the food table. I loved this table so much. From the DIY cupcake stand made from wood cut outs, to the silver deer, to the bird’s nests, to the gold pine cone picture holders, to the yummy and colorful food. I loved how it turned out.

1609951_10153307341651672_161327033171356564_n11265080_10153308299446672_7626414816283824762_n1524705_10153308299626672_6978722553916027368_n10422154_10153308299531672_5066228516445577953_nWhat do you think? Let me know how your next party goes and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips.

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DIY Spring Wreath Ideas

I was so inspired by some grapevine wreaths I found yesterday that I decided to spend my Thursday evening crafting some new spring wreaths. I want to share them with you to inspire you to make your own as well as get your input. I’d love your input on what you love and what you could do without. Let me know in the comments below what you think. Now, without further ado…

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Also, I just opened my first etsy shop and these two are my first items. Check it out – https://www.etsy.com/shop/Trendythrifting.

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DIY Floral Arrangements: Spring Peonies


So I have to share this while the spring florals are still available at Dollar Tree. These florals are amazingly beautiful for how cheap they are. Please forgive this quickly written post. I really, really, really don’t want you to miss out! I mean, look at those peonies! So, without further ado, here you go.

I originally made these arrangements for a baby shower coming up and loved them (and the price) so I used them for a missionary luncheon and then my home. Anyone can add a pop of spring to their home or event with these arrangements and bring a little cheer inside for a very affordable price (approximately $4-$8 an arrangement depending on the amount of blooms and accents you use). Who doesn’t want that?

wpid-20150330_101013.jpgTo make each one you will need:

1 Queen Rose Bouquet in white

1 bunch Peonies in pink (I ended up buying one in a peachy pink and another in a more white and pink ombre coloring but both will work and look great)

1 rose bouquet in a peachy pink

Feel free to pick up any other florals that have a full bloom and go with the color scheme. I added in a few random florals like white and pink Magnolias and fern leaves to add more variety.

I also picked up floral foam and a glass globe shaped vase and a tall, cylinder shaped vase at the dollar tree so I had some variety to work with.

To make these you need to:

1. Cut the stem of each floral to the height needed for your arrangement. You will want a shorter stem (3-4 inches) for the globe shaped vase and a longer stem (7-8 inches) for the cylinder shaped vase.

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2. Cut your foam to fit in your vase and then place your brightest, biggest bloom in the center about an inch or two higher than the top of the vase. How high you place it depends on how full you want your arrangement to be..the taller the bigger and fuller the arrangement will be. I used my peonies to start. I just love them so much!

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3. Begin to fill in around that center bloom. I go in circles around the bloom until the arrangement is to the fullness I want and then use smaller blooms to fill in any gaps. Feel free to pull and push at the blooms to get a very organic look to your arrangement.  I also added a few bird embellishments to add interest to some of the arrangements.

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4. I added in burlap strips into the globe vases and glued burlap around the outside of the cylinder vase to cover the floral foam and add texture to the arrangement.

(you can see the fern leaves I used in this first arrangement)

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(this second picture is one of the centerpieces we made using the floral arrangements for a missions luncheon)

Just as a heads up, for the arrangements in the globes, I had florals left over from each one so I was able to get a few more from the leftover florals since I wanted a lower arrangement height in those.

HERE’S A TIP: Add even more interest to your vase by spray painting it. I added a few arrangement to various Dollar Tree vases I spray painted gold for a pop of metallic color.

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What do you think? Let me know how your arrangements turn out and don’t forget to check back soon for more DIY ideas…on a budget of course. And, as always, if you enjoy what you are reading then feel free to follow my blog to get all my latest decorating and money-saving ideas and tips

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