Holidays · Recipes

Recipe Round-Up for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Hello friends! In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I’ve rounded up some delicious recipes to kick off you fiesta feast. Scroll on down and check ’em out!

 

7-Layer Fiesta Dip

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Pico de Gallo

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Salsa Verde Queso

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Chicken Enchiladas

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Mexican Street Corn

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Beef Empanadas

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Pink Dragon

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Churros

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I think I’ll be trying quit a few of these recipes out, especially those churros!

That’s it for this recipe round up and I hope you enjoyed it. Have a fun and safe weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

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Holidays

DIY “Dia de los Muertos” Luminaries

For those of you wondering what this is…it’s a  holiday celebrated in Mexican and Latin culture. It’s a happy time to celebrate, remember, and honor friends and family who have passed away and is usually celebrated between Oct. 31st-Nov. 2nd.

According to Mexican folklore, the gates of heaven open for these few days and allow the spirits of the deceased to reunite with their families for 24 hrs. Family and friends of the deceased create altars  with “offerings” of the deceased favorite foods, sugar skulls, sweet bread, candles, marigolds & trinkets. People also dress up and decorate their faces like a sugar skull with jewels and flowers to visit the gravesites.

Today, I wanted to share this simple DIY luminary project you can make yourself!

 

Supplies:

clean, clear vase

print out of a sugar skull coloring page or a plain skull if you want to design your own

sharpie markers or fabric paint

double-sided tape, regular tape

 

To Make:

Clean and dry your vase where you will be adding the skull.

Next, cut the skull out leaving a few inches of paper around the edges of the skull and apply it to the inside of the vase with the tape you have on hand.

 

Now you’re ready to decorate! For this one I used sharpie markers and traced along the lines of the skull. You can use whatever colors you like and get creative!

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Now remove, your “skull template” and your luminary is finished!

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I didn’t seal these so be careful not to get them wet. The marker will wash off. Each year you can wash them and design a new skull.

Here’s a pic with a few tea lights at night:

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I hope you enjoyed this little project and learned something new! Make one for your loved ones and join in on the fun!

Thanks for stopping by,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

DIY · Holidays

Top 10 Cutest Mother’s Day Gift DIY’s

Hey guys…happy Friday! I just wanted to share some of the cutest Mother’s Day gift DIYs I have found this week on the web. If you’re still searching for the perfect gift, check these out and give one a try!

 

  1. Mother’s Day gift in a Jar from Jillian @hellosplendid.comhellosplendid.com

 

 

2. Cozy Slipper gift Set from Sarah & Jessica @prettyprovidence.com

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3. Mason Jar Succulent Pots from Kelli & Kristi @lollyjane.com

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4. Mother’s Day Mason Jar gift from Melissa @polkadotchair.com

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5. Spring Basket from Carrie @theglitterguide.com

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6. Scented Natural Candles from Julia @bunnybaubles.com

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7. Boxed Floral Arrangement from @VasseurBeauty

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8. Prayer Box from Sarah @travelersdream2012.blogspot.com

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9. Colorful Grandkids Make Life Grand Wood Sign from Christine @wherethesmileshavebeen.com

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10. Yankee Candle Tart Bouquet from Lynn @indulgy.com

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I hope all you moms have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

Holidays

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Hi there!

With Mother’s Day being right around the corner, I thought I would share some fun gift ideas for that special lady in your life. Scroll on down and take a peek at some options I’ve rounded up for you.

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  1. SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Beaded Tassel Pendant (pink) 2. My Creative Bible 3. Fizz & Bubble Bath Truffle 4. Formations “Best Nana Ever” white/gold mug 5. Create 365 “The Medium Happy Planner” box kit (faith edition) 6. Merona Tote Handbag 7. Lush Hello Gorgeous Box Gift 8. Charming Charlie Gift Card 9. I love Mom (Lilac Blossom) Candle 10. Pretty as a Peach Sparkling Gift Set 11. Memories by the Minute Wall Clock 12. Dana Buchman Lucille Tote 13. Stella Rosa Wines/Stella Berry 14. The Pioneer Woman 5-Piece Stoneware Prep Set 15. Nana Floral Scrapbook Shadow Box

1. SUGARFIX by BaubleBar for Target Beaded Tassel Pendant (pink)-Tassels are everywhere this season and I love the pop of color for Spring.

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2. My Creative BibleBible journaling is a new thing I’ve been seeing and I’m wanting one myself. How fun to be able to create something that speaks to you and your unique self.

3. Fizz & Bubble Bath Truffle-Dipped & drizzled in Shea Butter, these bath truffles are simple and sweet!

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4. Formations “Best Nana Ever” white/gold mug– Fill this stylish mug with chocolates and wrap with cellophane or add a pair to a basket filled with coffee goodies!

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5. Create 365 “The Medium Happy Planner” box kit (faith edition)-Give Mom something she can use all year-long! Love this faith-based themed planner kit.

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6. Merona Tote Handbag- give me all the pineapple things! Love this playful print. Perfect for the beach or a picnic.

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7. Lush Hello Gorgeous Box Gift-Fruity, floral, luxurious bath in a box! Fresh, handmade, vegetarian, and cruelty free.

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8. Charming Charlie Gift Card-Accessory heaven! Pick one of these gift cards up in store or shop their e-cards online.

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9. I Love Mom (Lilac Blossom) Candle-I love the 3-wick candles from Bath and Body Works and now there’s one just for Mom.

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10. Pretty as a Peach Sparkling Gift Set-I’m a sucker for cute packaging! Get a full size ultra Shea hydrating lotion, full size fine fragrance mist, and a sparkling mist sleeve in this boxed set.

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11. Memories by the Minute Wall Clock-I saw this clock and thought it was just too cute! I love the farmhouse style. How fun would it be for Mom to display all her favorite photos year round.

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12. Dana Buchman Lucille Tote-I’m getting all the spring/summer feels with this bag. Just look at that floral print! Comes with a removable shoulder strap.

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13. Stella Rosa Wines/Stella BerryI’ve recently had this wine and it’s so delicious! It’s semi-sweet and semi-sparkling with hints of wild strawberry, blackberries, and red berries.

Add this to a basket with all of Mom’s favorite snacks, some cute stemless wine glasses, and wrap with cellophane for a fun DIY gift basket.

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14. The Pioneer Woman 5-Piece Stoneware Prep Set-I’m such a fan of The Pioneer Woman and her kitchen collection is now available at Wal-Mart. The entire collection has a vintage vibe with fun and flirty prints like this stoneware measuring cup and bowl set.

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15. Nana Floral Scrapbook Shadow Box-I’m always on the look out for “Nana” framed art or wall hangers. This one is a good size and is on sale! Also comes in a “Mimi” or “Gigi”.

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I hope you enjoyed this gift guide. Drop me a line if you have any questions or feel free to say hello!

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

Holidays · Home Decor

Easter Home Décor Tour

Spring is here! After the cold and all the winter white, I’m anxious to get my Spring/Easter decor up. I love all the pastel colors that come with Easter and it just makes my home so cheery and bright.

I made this fun carrot “wreath” for my front door last year. Let me tell ya, it was a lot of work but so worth it! It’s so whimsical and such a statement piece.

 

This large grapevine bunny has to be one of my fave thrift store decor finds!

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This “HOP” sign is a great little inexpensive DIY I put together with scrapbook paper and Dollar Tree frames.

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A simple cake stand and some raffia make a cute little nest for this bunny!

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I love mixing high/low-end to decorate my home. I put together this vignette and you would never guess some of the items are from Dollar General and 99 cent only store! Don’t be afraid to check out some of these stores, you can find really cute items for next to nothing.

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Thanks for checking out my Easter/Spring décor. Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing more Easter themed projects and recipes.

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

Holidays · Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Rice Crispy Treats

20170317_102230Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing your green? I am!

I don’t really decorate for this holiday but I love to make a green dish or treat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This year I made green rice crispy treats! They’re super fun, easy to make, and a hit with the kids.

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What makes these so fun is the green color you get from adding food coloring to the mix! Here’s the classic “Rice Crispy Treat” recipe I used. After the marshmallows are melted, add a few drops of green food coloring to the mix (you can use the liquid or the gel coloring). Be sure to stir it well, then continue with the rest of the instructions. After I smoothed the mix out in my 13 x 9 , I sprinkled a little green colored sprinkles on the top for some sparkle!

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I hope you enjoy this simple, fun treat!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

DIY · Holidays

DIY Self Laminating Valentine Card Embellishment

Hello! Today I wanted to share my self-laminated Valentine card embellishments with you. They’re fun to make and with a few craft supplies, you can customize these to your liking.

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All you need is some scrap craft paper, glitter glue, stickers, etc. and some self-laminating sheets. I happened to score 2 packs of the 5 x 7 size from the Dollar Tree but you can find these at any store that carries laminating products.

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The self-laminating sheets are easy to use and will make your embellishments last a long time. You just center your project on the hard side and the back is peel and stick.  It comes with instructions and shows you exactly how to seal your craft.

For the love tag, I started with a cream 4 x 7 piece of cardstock for my background. I then cut a piece of pink scrap paper smaller than the background and added a couple of stickers to the center. After, I went around the edges making hearts with my mini heart puncher and affixed it the background piece.

The cupcake card was actually a card so I just cut it in half and decorated it. I added glitter glue and the pink hearts from the previous punched card. You could create a cupcake with  a few scraps of paper if you like this one.

For the larger card I used a page out of a dictionary. I love using dictionary pages in my crafts and decor! You can find them just about anywhere. I found mine at my local library. They sell books for like .50 cents so I’m always there getting old books. It’s just something about those old, worn out pages that I love. Just add a little glittered heart cut out or punch and you have a cute little card.

There are so many possibilities on how you can use these. Punch a hole at the top and add some twine and you have a cute little ornament for your Valentine tree! You could also use these in your planner…add some sequins to the front before sealing and you have a shaker dash-board. Also, these would be fun as a gift tag, or a love note for your special someone. Leave one on the night stand for your love to find or even drop one in your kids lunch to find at school.

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My cards are hanging right next to my tree. I display extra Valentine cards here too during the holiday and it makes a pretty festive display.

 

Feel free to use these if you’d like. I’d love to see how yours come out. You can find me on Instagram @thedimestoregypsy for home decor inspiration and more.

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy