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!



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!




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



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:



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



Fall Comfort Food: Shepard’s Pie with Cheesy Tator Rounds Topping

Hey guys! We had our first cold front blow thru this week and I must admit, I’m loving it! I thought I’d share with you one of my recipes I made this week for dinner. It’s Shepard’s Pie with Cheesy Tator Round Topping instead of the traditional mashed potatoes.

You’ll need:

1 lb. lean ground beef (can use regular, just drain fat after cooking)

1 bag frozen mix vegetables

1 small jar brown gravy

1 small can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup

1/2 bag of tator-tot rounds

1-2 cups of reduced fat shredded cheese

seasonings of your choice for meat and filling mixture



  1. Cook the tator rounds as per instructions on the bag. While these are in the oven, you can brown the beef and season to your liking.




2. Next, add your mixed vegetables, brown gravy, & cream of mushroom soup. Season and stir to mix. (I used a sprinkling of garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, & pepper) Remove from heat.




3. Place the beef mixture in a casserole dish & top with the tator rounds.



4. Add 1-2 cups of cheese, depending on your liking. (I used about 2 cups)



5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 min. or until cheese is melted. Dig in and enjoy!



I hope your family enjoys this as much as we did! Thanks for stopping by!

~The Dimestore Gypsy


Home Decor

The Dimestore Gypsy Etsy Shop Now Open!

Hello friends!

There’s been a lot of revamping around here and I just wanted to give you a quick update. I have created an Etsy shop where you can shop my handmade, seasonal home decor!

On the home page you will see a “shop” tab on the menu. Click on that tab and you will be able to see updates & previews of items available in the shop. I look forward to creating something fabulous for you!

~The Dimestore Gypsy


Home Decor

Fall Home Tour-Kitchen & Nook

Hello! This past Friday was the 1st official day of Fall, yay! Bring on the cooler weather and pumpkin everythaang!!

I like to decorate for Fall and then around the 1st of October, I re-arrange/put away some of my decor and transition it into Halloween. Today I thought I’d share with you how I decorated my kitchen & nook area for Fall.


Kitchen Hutch (this would also make a great centerpiece on your table)





I found these little harvest corn cobs from the dollar tree!






I love having this chalkboard in the kitchen. I decorate it just about every holiday!





I found a big bag of these acorns at a “market days” event and I always incorporate them somewhere during Fall.






That’s it my friends! I hope you enjoyed the tour. I’ve linked similar items for you down below if you’d like to re-create any of these looks.

Thanks for stopping by and taking  a peek!

~The Dimestore Gypsy





table runner
table runner


acorn & pine cone mix
harvest corn
harvest corn cob 3 pack



filler pumpkins
pumpkin filler set of 6


grapevine cornucopia




Kitchen Island:


berry stem
matte berry stem


cylinder vase
cylinder vase (can also be found at dollar stores)
pumpkin candle
pumpkin praline candle


vase filler
vase filler



acorn filler
acorn filler






17 x 23 magnetic chalkboard





table top 16″ scarecrow



brown basket



fall bush
fall floral bush



fall mix
fall mix










DIY Farmhouse Style Dollar Store Pumpkins

Hi guys! Happy Friday!

I’ve finally busted out the fall decor and pumpkin everything! I was wanting a few more faux pumpkins (because you can never have enough, right) for my mantle and I remembered seeing them at the dollar store a few days ago. They are the brightest shade of orange and I thought maybe I could paint them to match my home décor.


So that’s exactly what I did!


I mixed a little of brown and white paint to get the color I was wanting. Then I applied 2 coats with about 10 minutes of drying time in between. I went back and added some dimension with a slightly darker shade in between the segments. After they were completely dry, I added 1 coat of matte varnish to protect the paint from chipping.



Here they are completely dry with a bit of Spanish moss around the stem!


I just love the way they came out and they look great up here on my kitchen hutch!

This a fun and inexpensive way to add some fall touches to your home. You can paint them whichever color you like and get pretty creative with these. I hope you enjoy this little project and I’d love to see how you incorporate these into your home decor!

Have a great weekend,

~The Dimestore Gypsy


Dressed Up Dark Chocolate Boxed Brownies

Hello everyone! Hope all is well with you guys and for all my fellow Texans that were affected by the hurricane, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! #TexasStrong

As we get back to some normalcy around here, (bedtime and schedules went out the window during the storm) I decided to share this quick recipe for dressed up dark chocolate brownies I made from a boxed mix.



I mean…hello yummy goodness!! Get in my belly!!


For these yummy brownies all you need is:

1 boxed dark chocolate brownie mix

1/4 c. creamy peanut butter

4 tbsp. pecan chips



  1. Prepare cake-like brownies as instructed on the box.
  2. After adding your brownies to the pan, warm the peanut butter for a few seconds in the microwave just to loosen.
  3. Drop a spoonful of peanut butter into the batter evenly around the pan.
  4. Take a fork and swirl the peanut butter & chocolate back and forth almost like a marble effect.
  5. Sprinkle the pecan chips evenly around the pan and bake as instructed. Let cool and cut into squares. Enjoy!



Hot and Fresh out of the Oven!





Tasted like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups



These will probably become a new family fave! Hope you and your family enjoy.

You can find me on Instagram, just follow the link on my home page and come say hello on Pinterest too!

Thanks for stopping by,

~The Dimestore Gypsy



Hurricane Harvey Relief: How You Can Help

The sun has finally come out and the storm has moved…thank goodness! While that’s great to see and hear, the devastation from this storm is not.

So many people are displaced right now in the Houston and surrounding areas due to flooding and rising waters. Some coastal towns closest to the hurricane have been completely wiped out!

There are so many ways you can help! Please consider donating to one of the many organizations accepting. Texas appreciates it and will need it in the months to come! Here are just a few to start:

  2. (hurricane Harvey relief fund set up by Mayor S. Turner)
  4. (by Houston’s own JJ Watt)


Thank you so much,

~The Dimestore Gypsy  #Texas Proud!