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Friday, May 24, 2013

Geckos and Cookies at the Dollar Store

Have your ever bought cookies at the Dollar Tree Store? Well, Wednesday was my day to get cookies for Mr. Z ... "the cookie monster". They have a great variety.

Walking into Dollar Tree you are greeted with all this colorful summer fun stuff ... decorations for Memorial day and Spring.  

Looking at all the fun stuff, I almost forgot about the cookies. If I was having a pool or patio party and needed decorations or cookies, the first place I would go would be Dollar Tree. 

Well, I remembered Debbie at Debbiedoo's and Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage are having a Dollar Tree Summer Decor Link Party and just maybe I can find something to blog about.  

Dollar Tree Party Banner 500 
I loved what "bj" at Sweet Nothings made for her pool party.  (see post #4 or hop over to Sweet Nothings and see what she made). 

Truth be told ... after I saw that cute Gecko on "bj's" plate ... 
I just had to have one. 

So, when I saw this big green Gecko in the $ Store ... the decor wheels started turning.  They were so nice and I loved that he was green. I bought five ... just knowing I would find uses for them.

These bug/fly swatters in the shape of butterflies, flowers and bugs in the middle were really nice and only 50¢ each. 

Then came the colorful plastic watering can ... (can always use one of these) ... then picked three clumps of grass and the Gecko.  All I needed for a cute flower arrangement.  Cost would be $8.00. Not bad for a cute centerpiece and usable items. Can also be used for a door decoration ... but might need a burlap bow.

Wet play sand in the watering can kept the swatters in place. I bent the handle on two of them to make them shorter; added the grass and attached Mr. Gecko to the front. Hot glue did not work, so used some rolled-up, double-sided, foam mounting tape. This worked for the moment, but to be permanent, he needs to be wired on.

Swatters could be used as table favors or fold the handle over and secure it to a stand and use for name place tags.  

I was in the check-out line and saw this nice summery yellow cloth bag $1.00, thinking that would make an nice cover for a potted plant ... and so it does.

I tucked the handles inside ... cut a plastic milk jug and a plastic juice jug in half and fitted them in the bag added cardboard inside the front to strengthen and give it shape. Glued the Gecko to the bag with hot glue and put some potting plants inside that I had bought for the yard. This centerpiece cost $2.00 to make, plus the plants, but you have a choice of live plants, live flowers or anything from your yard or garden. 

I really liked this look and enjoyed it while I had my lunch.  
 I topped a thick slice of tomato and some lettuce with a small amount of left-over chicken salad. Fruit and crackers rounded out the simple lunch.

For dessert, I had two chocolate covered gram crackers that I bought at the Dollar Store ... I think there are 18 cookies in the package for $1.00.  

Now wasn't that fun ??? 
Summer decorations, cookies and Geckos all over the place. 

Just hanging around and waiting for the party to begin.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Junk Drawers and Silhouette Cameo

As some of you know; we added a storage room to our workshop and for the past month, I have been going through a lot of JUNK, sorting, cleaning, purging and moving stuff from the garage to the workshop storage room. (will blog on that later) ...   

Junk Drawers FEATURED....

Garage Sale coming soon ... 
do you think people coming to our garage sale will pay me to haul off our junk if it is in pretty drawers ?

Found three boxes at the Wednesday 25¢ Sale at Finds Thrift ... not really a drawer, but they will work. Saved me making them! After I painted my mirror ... had paint left, so painted the drawers.

  (oops, forgot to add the knob) ... oh well.

(Just had to add a knob ... funky and off to the side ... but cute !)
I bought a Silhouette Cameo stencil cutter with some of my Christmas money and today, I set my mind to try to learn how to use it. I had tried to cut stencils before ... did research, but I was not getting it ! Finally called Support and was able to cut a stencil. I wanted something simple ... so chose JUNK drawer.

I wanted to do a sign like Angie at Knick of Time does, but that is a little bit complicated. Check out her signs ... love them and she sells some of them. I will learn how to do that too.

I had some just regular household clear contact paper, so that is what I used. It worked ...

 I used both the positive and the negative parts of the stencil
Using just the individual letters; I dry-brushed white over them, letting the green show. The white letters were done with the stencil. Was able to use them a couple of times.  The paper was pretty thin and flimsy, but the more paint I got on it the better it was.  I was pretty happy with the results.

I think it made pretty cute Junk drawers. I was not too careful with the paint or the lettering, because ... they are what they are ... junk drawers. 

? Would you buy one of my 'junk drawers'   full of goodies ?

Thanks for your visit.
Hope you enjoyed my JUNK story.


Linking to Knick of Time
Homemaker on a Dime
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The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday

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