CUTE little gold (silver and metallic red were available too, but I just bought gold) metallic piggy banks. I’m trying to figure out a way to ‘cover’ the coin slot, the I will glitter them and add a crown. Doing a ‘woodland’ themed Christmas in my booth NEXT year.
I know. I KNOW!! It’s not even Christmas yet and I’m thinking about Valentine stuff!
’tis the life of a crater though. When you start working on Christmas stuff in the summer, you are ready for the next holiday this soon. It’s a necessity really. I do sometimes still crank out a few Christmas items this late in the year, but usually set them aside for a jump-start on NEXT years projects.
The other vendors at the antique mall tend to look at me kind of funny when I am there the day after New Years with my Valentine goods. But HONESTLY, I sell more of the Valentine stuff in January than I do in February.
I was just perusing Pinterest to get my Valentine creative juices going and found pin that I just HAD to share:
Pretty FABULOUS, eh?!?!?
And if you aren’t already a fan of mrspollyrogers blog, you MUST add her to your list of favorite dollar store sites.
I actually HAVE all the supplies needed for this project in ‘my stash’. Well the heart boxes ans stickers at least. bought them some time ago and just never came up with an idea for using them. I’ve never worked with gold or silver leaf, so I may have to improvise on that part.
I always have a big tool box in my car. Keep it stocked with anything I may need at a craft show or at the antique mall when I am working on my booth. Glue is one of those things that I need in my tool box, but I need it so seldom that it usually dries out by the time I need to use it for the second time.
So, I’ve always bought the smallest tubes I could find at Dollar Tree to stock in my tool box. I just hate throwing away a nearly full tube of adhesive, but it’s no good once it dries out.
Hallelujah!! My glue wishes have come true! Look what I just found at Dollar Tree!!! Tiny tubes of adhesive in a four pack!! Exactly what I needed for stocking my tool box!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014 is Dollar Tree stores customer appreciation sale day! Pick up your coupon for 10% off your entire purchase at any store.
. Stock up on staples and everyday needs. Stocking stuffers. Extra plastic plates and paper napkins for holiday entertaining. Cookie tins and platters. Buy gloves, socks and scarves to donate to shelters for the homeless.
They have been doing this every year for quite some time, and typically it is the Sunday before Thanksgiving. They don’t advertise it much though. Usually only start handing out the coupons at the registers the week before.
I make a note on my calendar every year to remind me to stop in and get a coupon. They probably still hand them out the day OF the sale, but I can’t promise that!
Little black wire Halloween trees! Just one per package, but still not a bad price. Haven’t decided what to do with them just yet. They also had ALL the stuff it set up an entire “Halloween village”, like the Christmas village stuff. You could paint these ANY color. I might cover mine with black GLITTER!
It was utterly IMpossible to get a picture of these without a glare from the flash! They look MUCH prettier in person. They had a few different styles of these ‘Mercury glass looking’ votive holders and in silver as well as the gold, which I bought.
Look what I just found at Dollar Tree?!?!? Really pretty paper party napkins in VERY CURRENT designs!
Dollar Tree has always been a great place to buy the ‘basics’ for party wares. Plain colored paper plates, cups, napkins etc. I was totally surprised and delighted to find THESE beautiful dinner and cocktail size paper napkins on my last trip in.
In this design they also had small and large plates; so perhaps they will eventually have more matching accessories. I honestly think that they are every bit as pretty as the ones you see at the high-end stores!
In this design they had both sizes in both colors; I just selected the opposite colors to go in a gift set I am putting together. (yes I AM doing CHRISTMAS shopping already!!!)
I’d love to hear any ideas you may have for craft projects using them. I think the only thing I’ve seen done with paper napkins is to decoupage them to the underside of clear glass plates or the outside of glass vases or candle jars.
How CUTE are these little chicks from Dollar Tree?!?!
They have ‘bobble heads’ and were in with the Easter decor. They had bunnies too, but I didn’t really care for the bunnies.
I glued pointy party hats to their heads and tied a bow around their necks.
The hats are made from some ‘ice cream come holders’ that I bought a long time ago on clearance; thinking that they would make cute little party hats! The little pom-poms glued to the top of the hats were something that I had on hand.
I stuffed the hats with crumpled newspaper to make them nice and sturdy. First a dab of glue (tacky glue) in the point of the hat and a tightly twisted little piece of paper. A bit more glue and a crumpled piece of paper, tightly tamped down with a pair of scissors. Just kept doing that, layer by layer until I had just enough space left to glue the hat to their heads. Used tacky glue for that too. Only had to ‘hold them in place for a minute of two white the glue set.
Ready to PARTY!!
Environmentally friendly even! Slightly smaller than composition books, the measure 6″ x 8″ and the cardboard covers are sorter and pliable. Nice size the carry along with you for notes.
Bundled, as they are on the shelf, you really don’t notice that there are three of them to a package. I just bought one set for my personal use. But these would be perfect to ‘alter’. Add some pretty scrapbook paper to the front and a few embellishments. Would make great little gifts or party favors.
These previous posts show some ideas of different ways I have altered journals in the past if you need some inspiration.
I remember them doing this ‘Customer Appreciation Sale’ several years ago, but then it seems like they stopped it for quite some time. I was pleasantly surprised the other day when the cashier handed me a coupon after I paid for my purchase!
They also sent out the coupons via their email list. I hope THIS LINK works for you to print up a coupon for yourself.
Spread the word to your thrifty friends! And while you’re there, sign up for the email list so you don’t miss the next one!
I’ll be buying some Christmas crafting supplies for NEXT year, some brown wrapping paper that I use to package signs that I sell on etsy (that don’t fit in flat rate boxes) Goodies for a big ‘treat basket’ we do every year for our post office (small rural office with only about 10 employees) some gift bags (always nice to have a few spares on hand), the low watt light bulbs that I use in the lamps that I sell in my booths, refills for my tape dispenser . . . .
I could easily spend $100.00!