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!


New Year’s Eve

As 2014 comes to an end, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year’s! Not sure how we will be able to top this year as we got married, had a new grandbaby, sold our sticks and bricks house and so much more. I can only hope that 2015 will bring us many miles on the road exploring many locations throughout the US as that is the only way we could ever attempt to top 2014.

We spent tonight watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve Rock n’ Roll wondering where some of those artists come from as I have never heard many of their names much less their music. Looking forward to watching the Rose Parade on HGTV tomorrow. Maybe once we start traveling we’ll find our way to Pasadena to see the parade live…in the meantime I’ll enjoy it in the comfort of my house where it’s warm and cozy.

Speaking of our house….I am loving the comfort of my 400 square foot. We have everything we could ever need and it’s great not having so much to take care of. Although it does seem strange not having stuff to do like clean yards, repair this and that and all the other stuff that goes with a big house. I question why I never done this sooner.

Happy Fourth of July

Since we didn’t catch any fish back in May, we opted for another trip to West Virginia to try our luck again. Unfortunately the fish weren’t biting very well, but we still had fun while there. Greg took me to his hometown a couple of hours away and we visited a few other places as well. The scenery in West Virginia is beautiful and I enjoyed just driving around seeing parts of the US that I’ve never seen before. We went to the Exhibition Coal Mine. It was eye opening to see how coal miners had to live and survive.

The New River, Hinton, WV

If you look real close below, you can see the deer in the water. We watched him go from one side of the river to the other.

The New River, Hinton, WV

The New River, Hinton, WV