Dollar Tree DIY 101

A couple weeks ago I discovered Dollar Tree DIY. I had no idea how many people took items from Dollar Tree and turned them into such beautiful items to display and sale. I totally fell in love with this concept and went to Dollar Tree to see what I could find. I have had so much fun taking items I spent $1 on and turning them into items to display in my home as well as some items to share with others.

One item I bought was a small crate that measures 5″ x 3″ x 2 1/2″. I wasn’t sure what to do with them even though I bought six of them. I had watched some YouTube videos with different ideas, but none of them seemed to fit my personality. I took to Pinterest to see what I could find and sure enough during my search a cute idea popped up. The idea I saw was actually for a crate that is probably 3-4 times the size of my little crate, but it didn’t matter I was going to make it work.

I went to work in design space to design the words I wanted to add as well as the leaves, pumpkins and acorns. I picked my colors and started my project. I wanted to start off by staining the wood. It took me several different stains before I decided I wanted a brown as none of the others looked right. After staining I used three different colors to accent it with. Once all my paint was dry I cut out my vinyl items on my Cricut and applied where I wanted them. As for decorating the inside I pulled out my stored decorations and added a couple small pumpkins, acorns and pine cones along with some berries and straw.

Personally I think they turned out adorable looking. I have a lot more Dollar Tree DIY items in my future. Check out my Instagram @afwhite14 for more of my designs as it’s easier to post there than here on the blog.

Crate before!

Fresh baked pies…PUMPKINS…Hayride – sounds like a great fall day!

WELCOME to our PATCH!

Crafting with a Cricut

One of my favorite things in to make crafts. I love turning an object into something beautiful. I might not always get the outcome I was hoping for, but it was still worth the effort that it took to try. This year I was at a new job with new co-workers and wanted to make something special for all 13 of them. Two of the 13 are my bosses, so I made something different for them.

I have spent countless hours creating and attempting to make my stuff look half as good as what it looks like on Pinterest. When I bought a Cricut I thought it would make it easier. Not sure I have succeeded in that, but I still give it the old college try every now and then. This year was no different.

For my two bosses I wanted to do something a little bigger for them, so I went with a potholder and added a bag of brownie mix and a whisk. My direct supervisor is always bringing in sweets that her young daughter bakes, so I thought that would be something she could also share with her family. I was also thinking the boss boss could do the same as she likes to bake as well.

For the co-workers I went with a painted or glittered ornament with the old red truck design with a Christmas tree and the words, “Merry Christmas” on it. It took a couple tries to figure out how to get the paint to stick to the inside of the ornaments, but once I figured that out the rest was easy. You can find anything on YouTube, and it has become my friend here lately as I watched several videos to figure out the best way to do this while receiving the best results.

I also used my Cricut to design a couple of blankets for my girls. I hadn’t planned on doing anything for children as it is hard enough to figure out what to do for the grandkids, but when I seen someone posts what they had done on Facebook, I had to recreate it and do my version. I think they turned out pretty good. It’s funny what you can do with a $2.50 fleece blanket from Wal-Mart.

Who knows what I will end up making next year, but for now my Christmas gift giving is complete for 2019? Hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Signs and boards with Cricut

Once I started working on some projects, I seemed to get on a roll and started doing all types of stuff. Anything from signs for my guest bathroom to signs for the front of my house. The signs for my bathroom were simple to make. I purchased a 6” wide by 8’ long board from Lowe’s and had my husband cut it into six-inch lengths, then I sanded and painted them. Once the boards were ready, I was able to cut out the designs I wanted using my Cricut and then it was just a matter of applying them to the board itself.

For my sign in front of my house, I wanted to have a weenie dog since that is what type of dogs we have. For the O in home, I put a weenie dog. Just like the signs, I purchased a white board the width I wanted and cut it in half so I could get more than 1 sign from the board. I applied the cut-out vinyl design using the spacing I thought was applicable for the affect I was looking for. I added a little twine to the top just for the hell of it and now it was ready to be placed by the front door.

I couldn’t let the master bathroom go without having a few little sayings in there, so for these I bought a wider board for the backs and added framing to the sides to make them look like picture frames. My husband done the cutting, then I sanded and stained them. The designs were cut with my Cricut and applied directly to the board and then hung up on the wall.

Busy Weekend Doing Renovation Projects

This weekend was super busy as we are trying to finish up some of the renovation projects we started on the sticks and brick house before we decided we wanted to be full-time RVers. The bathroom finally got its paint makeover and it looks so much better. The doors have been hung throughout the entire house, but they still need handles added. I’m starting to lose my patience with getting everything done as I want the house on the market like yesterday so we can move into the RV. I am so ready for this new life we are embarking on and the anticipation of getting started is really starting to get to me.

Another thing I am looking forward to is having more time with my camera. In anticipation of that, my hubby wants to buy me a new and better one so I took a couple of hours on Saturday to go try out one that I had rented to see if I like it before buying it. I’m a Nikon girl and currently have a D60, but am looking at upgrading to the D610.  I was trying a 24-85 mm lens as well, which I really like.