Holidays

Valentine’s Day Tree

I’m in the process of decorating my home with Valentine’s Day decor and wanted to share my Valentine tree I have in my kitchen.

After the new year, I take all my ornaments off of my gingerbread themed tree and decorate it with Valentine ornaments. It’s a great little transition and an excuse to keep my little tree up just a bit longer!

I found my tree a few years back at Dollar General for $12.00. They still carry them so be on the look out next Christmas season. Here’s the one I bought.

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Once it’s set up you can start to decorate! I made some felt hearts and re decorated some old Christmas ornaments I had.

Felt Hearts:

The felt hearts are really simple to create. All you need is some felt sheets, fiber fill  (stuffing), embellishments, needle and thread, or a glue gun.

1st, make a template of a heart any size you want, then trace it onto your felt sheet. You will cut two of these out (front & back pieces).

2nd, glue the edges together leaving an opening big enough for you to be able to add stuffing. If you are handy with a needle, you can sew the edges together and leave an opening.

3rd, add your stuffing and be careful to not overfill. Glue or sew your opening shut.

4th, now you can embellish them. I added an assortment of glitter, bows, and buttons to mine. Add a loop of twine or ribbon to the back for hanging or you can hang them with hooks like so.

Old Ornaments:

1st, take some old ornaments (I used plastic)  and paper mache small pieces of newspaper to the ornament until it is completely covered and let dry.

2nd, once dry add glitter or paint to the exterior. I brushed mine on with a light coat so the paper would show thru. Be sure to let these dry after painting.

3rd, you can start embellishing. I made some gift tags with cardstock and Valentine’s Day themed stamps. Add these to your ornaments with pretty ribbon or twine and your ornaments are ready to be hung.

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These were picks I found at Dollar Tree and I just removed the stick and hot glued some hooks to the top.

Add a bow or embellishment to the top of your tree and your tree will be complete!

I’ve linked some fun options below If you’re not into DIY and you can have your tree up in no time!

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Purple glittered heart ornament Hobby Lobby $1.39
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Set of 6 Valentines Day Mini Heart Ornaments $15.00
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Felt Heart Ornaments Set of 6 $10.00
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Pink Glitter Heart Ornaments $2.99

I hope you have fun creating your own tree decor. Let me know if you put one up. I’d love to see it.

Thanks for reading

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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DIY · Holidays

Vintage Halloween Card Tree

Hi friends, It’s been forever! A lot has changed in the past month….I recently started working full-time again and my blog/creative time has been put on the back burner. I sure do miss having my craft & blogging time! Now that I’ve gotten into a routine and the craziness has slowed down a bit, I would like to start making time to share my crafts and stories with you again.

So why not start with a craft for one of my favorite holidays…Halloween! I found these cute, vintage Halloween images online and thought they would be fun hanging on my little black Halloween tree.

All you need is a few printed images, some self laminating sheets from the dollar store, and a little bit of ribbon to make these fun little hanging cards.

To make these cards, start by printing out your images at about 3 x 5 size. Follow the simple instructions on the self laminating sheets and trim off the excess. Be sure to leave a small 1/8 in border so your sheets stay sealed. Punch a hole at the top of the card and string your choice of ribbon thru. That’s all you need to make these cute little cards!

 

 

 

 

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There’s so many ways to use these cute little cards…scrapbooking, planners, attach them to cute goody bags, or even use them as postcards/cards! I hope this gives you some ideas for ways you can add to your Halloween decor with just a few inexpensive supplies.

 

Thanks for all the support, likes, and comments!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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

 

 

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