Country vintage chic wedding and shower

My friend Mary had a country vintage yet chic wedding shower and wedding. I loved so many of the items.
Country vintage chic wedding shower

Cupcake stand made with wood logs, wood slices and crates.

Country vintage chic wedding shower

Doilies were halved, attached to twine and hung at the windows. A small, fake tree was there for people to hang well wishes on with paper tags.

Country vintage chic wedding showerWood slices were centerpieces with tea cups, gold glitter dipped candles and decorated jars filled with baby’s breath and carnations.

Country vintage chic wedding shower
Cards were put in a small suitcase lined with lace.

Country vintage chic wedding shower

Twine wrapped dairy glass for an inexpensive vase. Could also use a Starbucks frappuccino bottle.

country chic centerpieces

If you do not have time to saw down a tree, you can always get wood pieces from Hobby Lobby.

country chic platter

More centerpieces.

twine wrapped vase

A vase wrapped in twine as a centerpiece.

Country cupcake holderThe cake topper is a cheap thin wood piece from Hobby Lobby that Mary painted and attached tiny pearl stickies. This Cupcake tower holder was made by the groom’s grandfather.

The flower box is actually a wine rack made from pallets.

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Coffee until Wine Chalkboard plaques

Coffee until Wine

My sweet friend Mary is a crafty little bee. We have a lot in common (other then the crafty part). She loves coffee and wine just as much as me!

Well, that crafty Mary put together this adorable chalkboard display. It totally speaks to me. This would be a cute DIY gift for your coffee/wine loving friend’s kitchen or yours.

Now if I could just get Target to sell wine, I would have my three favorites in one spot!

Mary let me in on her tutorial and here’s what you need in order to replicate:

Wood piece to paintThe large chalkboard was just a piece of thin wood. I’m not sure what kind (Mary’s husband’s grandad made it for them).

chalk holderMary attached a piece of wood with a groove in it to hold the chalk.

back of chalk holder

Back of chalk holder.

She painted the top with Rust-oleum chalk board spray paint.

chalk board paint She did 3 coats. Two coats would probably work. If you are not used to using spray paint, practice on something else first. Remember to stand back when spraying. If you get to close, the paint will run.

close up of grooved chalk holder Then she used Annie Sloan chalk paint in old ochre on the bottom and sealed it with Annie Sloan wax.

top of chalk boardAfter that was all dry she tried to figure out how she would hang it, so she actually hammered nails through the top sides. She pulled the nails back out and threaded the twine through the holes.

small chalk boards The small ones were left over from her wedding. They were like $1 at Wal-Mart but they could only be used with the chalk paint markers because it didn’t have the actual chalkboard surface. Mary took out the twine out and painted 2 coats of the spray paint over them and then just shorten the twine to the length she wanted and restrung it.

Halloween Sugar Skull Crafts- Dollar Tree hacks

Cheap Halloween crafts dollar tree hacks #halloween #sugarskulls #dayofthedead #halloweendecorI know, I know- It’s August and I am posting Halloween, but If you’re a crafter you know every store is full of Halloween crafts and décor already. I have come across some things that I knew I could make cheaper and have found some things that are a great deal. SO I needed to share. I was at Jo-Ann Fabrics the other day admiring all their Halloween décor and came across these sugar skull candles. They were selling them for $6.99 sugar skull Very cute, but I remember coming across these candles at Dollar Tree.

dollar tree candle4Well in the next aisle at Jo-Ann’s I found these Sugar skull embellishment’s.

sugar skull decalFor two they were $4.99 with 25% off, making it $3.75. I turned my craft into two projects. I came across these goodies as well and couldn’t believe the price. They were not on sale but even if they were 50% off the price is still crazy. Halloween craftsI drink wine so I have wine bottles already able to use, but even if you don’t drink wine find a friend that does. You can also ask restaurants that serve wine if you can recycle their bottles for them. wine bottlesBuy a can of spray paint. I always buy mine at Wal-Mart for less than $4.00.  I wanted to spray my bottle with a gloss black instead of chalkboard.  The best tip for spray painting is to give yourself enough space to avoid paint runs. sugar skull crafts2

Once dried I added one of my sugar skulls.

sugar skull crafts 3

sugar skull crafts

For my candle, all I did was add the other sticker.

dollar tree crafts5

I also found this pumpkin at Dollar tree that I spray painted.

dollar tree crafts1I made myself a cute little arrangement for just a few dollars, with plenty of spray paint left for many more projects.

Sugar Scrub Dollar Tree Mason Jars

Vanilla sugar scrub crafts free printable Dollar tree crafts

Yes, it’s that time of year – that everything in the craft stores inspires me to start crafting again. This project was inspired by these adorable mini mason jars I came across in Dollar Tree the other day. Two jars for $1.00!  Last Christmas I made my associates a sugar scrub and they all loved them. When making sugar scrubs the recipes are endless. I have seen some made with just about everything. This recipe is simple: 3 ingredients

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all your ingredients together and place in your little jars. This recipe filled 4 jars. Because everything is just cuter with a printable, I made a free set to share. I gave a few of these to my friends and my daughter’s teacher.

vanilla sugar scrub diy

vanilla sugar scrub

Click to download or save the picture to your computer.

Vanilla sugar scrub crafts free printable

Peace Sign Birthday Party and Hippie Costume

peace sign invite

We have a true hippie in our mitts. She loves Peace Signs and has them on everything. She even went as a “Peace Hippie” for Halloween. Her costume and the DIY  is at the end of this post. When she asked for a Peace party this year, we were not surprised. This party was very low key and inexpensive because she was going to Disney to celebrate her and her sister’s birthday this summer.


Peace sign wrapping paper as backdrop

I found this wrapping paper at Dollar Tree. I used it as the backdrop for a photo booth. Bought an extra roll to wrap her present in. Could use it as a table runner too.

Hippie decor

My sister got these felt cut outs at Wal-Mart in the art section. They are for her bedroom, but we used as decor at the party too. She had some peace sign lights from Target that we used. Couldn’t find a lava lamp, but that would have been great too.

Peace sign backdrop

peace sign backdrop

Couple shots from the Groovy photo both. The lighting was not the best.

We had a few different stations at this party. I did not get pictures of them, as I was the hostess and moving around a lot. We had a “Flower Child Nail Parlor” where the girls could get their nails done. The birthday girl had a peace sign makeup container full of polish to choose from. We had a “Peace Out Art Studio” that had coloring pages and the guests got to decorate a magnet foam picture with hippie things. I got the foam squares at Dollar Tree and a bucket of peace foam stickers at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart had tie-dye plates, cups and banner flags. Picked up a cookie cake from Kroger and had them put a peace sign on it. However, the baker put a Mercedes logo instead of a peace sign. The kids did not seem to notice.

peace sign platesI had bought these plates at Target. I bought extra tie-dye plates from Wal-Mart. Kroger also made us some cupcakes with tie-dye frosting.We put them on a large round platter in the shape of a peace sign.

Peace sign Hippie girl

Here’s her costume from this past Halloween. Peace sign tank top, she already had. We put it over a long sleeve tee since it was cold. I picked up a tie-dyed t-shirt from Goodwill and cut it into a vest. The glasses we got at Michael’s Craft store. The flower hair bows were something I saw at Delia’s. They were daisy flower tops that I hot glued velcro to the back of. The velcro were circle already and you only use the scratchy piece. It sticks in the hair actually well.

hippie flare legs

Her flare legs were created by one crazy looking tie-dye smiley face bandana that I got at Hobby Lobby. Cut in two parts. Do a running stitch across the top raw edge to create a bunch. I attached them by wrapping around her leg and securing with velcro on the bandana. People thought I sewed them onto her jeans. I was afraid she would not wear them as much if I made them permanent.

Back To School pencil box make over

personalized pencil boxBack to School is next week for our crew. The summer flew by. Every year I decorate my oldest daughter’s and some of her friends pencil boxes.

Plastic pencil box

What you will need:

– Plastic Pencil Box

– Sharpies or paint pens

– Small pictures or coloring pages

olaf pencil box

I take the pencil box and clean it. Take all the stickers off. I can free hand a lot of things, but Characters are not one of them. I usually take the small picture or coloring page of the character and tape it inside the box so that I can see the image through the plastic. I then use the paint pens to draw the characters. If I just free hand it, I try my best to keep it neat and even. If you mess up, just use a cotton swab of nail polish remover to take it off.

personalized pencil box

Pencil boxes can also be used for other things, like a makeup box.

pencil box as other things

These usually go on sale after school starts. You could get one for next year too and decorate it for something down the line.

Pencil box

I freehanded her favorite things on here. Vinyl would last longer, but I do not have a vinyl cutter.

Care Bear Birthday Party

Funshine paint a rainbow

Welcome to Care-A-Lot. My daughter loves Care Bears. She even went as a Care Bear for Halloween this past year. You can find that tutorial here. Care Bear things are hard to find these days, so when she told me she wanted it for her birthday theme, I knew Sierra and I would have to make a lot of it and improvise.

Care bear Halloween

I used a lot of her Care Bears for decor. She has a Care Bear book that has small figurines that we used too. I found it at Barnes and Noble. I bought a lot of stuff on Ebay and Amazon. Her sister and I decided to wear Care Bear shirts to the party. The birthday girl, I put her in a rainbow shirt.

Cloud and rainbow backdrop

We found rainbow backdrop/table cloths at Target. We used one of them as the backdrop to the photo booth. Sierra made signs and cupcake toppers for this event. Visit our Etsy site if you would like to buy them. I found some free printables and bookmarks on

Care bear cupcake toppers

Her birthday is in the dog days of summer, so we decided to go with an ice cream theme. So hence the Ice Cream land as part of Care-A-Lot. We had scoops of Neapolitan ice cream and ice cream toppings that included: chocolate syrup, magic shell, rainbow sprinkles, M&M’s, Teddy Grahams in birthday cake flavor, Gummy Bears, and Reese cups.

Ice Cream Land

I found rainbow stripe ice cream snack bowls at Dollar Tree. I also found the rainbow treat bags there as well.

Care Bear Treat Bag

Each treat bag came with a bookmark (I printed from, rainbow pencil that I found in a pack of 10 at Target in the Dollar Spot section, pixie sticks, gum, Care Bear Stickers and Care Bear coloring roll. I actually got these at Target in the Dollar Spot section last year when they had them.

Care bear cup favorCare Bear cupsThe younger children got a Care Bear cup that I got in the party section of Target. Dollar Tree has Care Bear coloring books. Target and 5 below have Care Bear blind bags.

rainbow napkins

Rainbow stripe napkins and plates, I found at Dollar General.

Popcorn bags

Sierra found Chevron rainbow bags at Hobby Lobby that we put popcorn in.

We had a few different stations for this party.

Funshine Bear's Paint Salon1. Funshine Bear’s Paint Salon was a nail station.

care-a-lot art studio2. Care-A-Lot art studio had copies of coloring pages.

3. Was pass the care bear station. Attendees pass a Care Bear to music and once the music stops, the attendee with the Care Bear gets a prize. No picture of this station. Our kiddos were having so much fun, we actually did not play this game.

Grumpy Bear's Build A Cloud 4. Grumpy Bear’s Build a Cloud station was a relay race with two teams racing with a spoon of cotton balls to a bowl. The team that built their cloud fastest won.

Cloud and rainbow backdrop 5. Rainbow photo booth.

We did not do a craft during this party, but you could do decorate a heart wand; build a cloud by using cotton balls and glueing them to wood frame or cardstock; build a rainbow by using rainbow color streamer and gluing it to foam – I actually saw this craft at Dollar Tree.

tissue rainbow craft

I purchased vintage invites and thank you cards from a local flea market. I found a Care Bear CD at Goodwill. Second-hand stores and consignment places did have a few Care Bear finds.

Care Bear Vintage invite

Care Bear Thank you Cards

Plastic Flamingo re-do

Cute flamingos

I love my plastic Pink Flamingos in my yard. I would be that lady that has a whole flock of Flamingos. They stay out in the sun year-round, though. They have seen better days.

Flamingo redo

Poor thing  looks like a malnourished white flamingo these days. I could just go buy more flamingos or I could fix mine. I had medium pink spray paint on hand.  One bored afternoon later …flamingos 2

After 1 coat of pink spray paint.

These could be painted black for Halloween.

Flamingos redo

I hand painted the beak and eyes after 2 coats of pink dried. Now I have a gnome in the garden that needs a touch-up.