The Dollar Diva


BEAUTIFUL paper party napkins from Dollar Tree

Look what I just found at Dollar Tree?!?!?  Really pretty paper party napkins in VERY CURRENT designs!

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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.

P1130517They had both sizes in all of the designs.  These pictures are just of the ones I bought.  There were MANY more designs.  I just didn’t have my camera with me.

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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!

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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!!!)

P1130518Don’t ask me WHY I needed so many of these?!?!?  I just loved them all!  Actually had a lot MORE in my basket, but put a few back . . . at least UNTIL I come up with a USE for them!!

P1130519OR come up with an excuse to have a party to use them for!

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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.

Party chicks

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How CUTE are these little chicks from Dollar Tree?!?!

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They have ‘bobble heads’ and were in with the Easter decor.  They had bunnies too, but I didn’t really care for the bunnies.

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I glued pointy party hats to their heads and tied a bow around their necks.

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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.

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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.

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Ready to PARTY!!

Soft cover journals at Dollar Tree

P1120906Found these journals at Dollar Tree last week; the three of them, in these three colors,  to a package.

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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.

P1120904Bundled, 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.

FINALLY!!! A new post!

Greetings Dollar Diva blog fans.  Were you worried that I’d fallen into a sink hole or abandoned my dollar diva ways, since it’s been so long since I’ve posted?!?!?  It’s just getting harder and harder to find ‘good stuff’ at the Dollar store these days.  Much of it is repeat product that I’ve already shown.  Slim pickins on the new stuff!  ‘The birds’ that I look forward to every year were a complete disappointment to me this year.  They were ‘okay’ but just not really ‘alterable’ as they were all perched on a rock or branch.    FINALLY found some fun Easter stuff yesterday at Dollar Tree!

P1120037Bags of 36 little glittered styro eggs in PERFECT colors for me!

P1120038I only bought these 2 colors, but they did have more colors.  Solid color bags also in yellow, green, and a weird pinkish-orange.  And some bags with a mixture of colors.  What will I DO with them?

P1120041I had this recently acquired jar still sitting out on my work table and it was perfect to fill with the eggs.  Each section holds an entire bag.

P1120040A pretty bow on top and done!  Now I have to go dig through my ‘jar stash’ to find more suitable containers.  They’d also be cute in little baskets with some grass.

P1120039Just AFTER I had ‘cleared the shelf’ of both shades of the blue glitter ones, I found these unfinished styro (actually I think this stuff is called ‘dynalite’) ones.  These are a little bigger than the glitter eggs, but a tad smaller than a chicken egg.  They also had a 6 pack of larger plain ones.  Not sure what I will do with these yet, but I KNEW to grab ‘em while I could because they will all be gone by the time I go back!

10% off at Dollar Tree – this Sunday only

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!

MY kind of crazy idea!!!

I am SO excited to actually see a BRAND NEW idea in Pinterest!!!  Seems like lately I can only last about five minutes before I am bored with seeing the ‘same-ole-same-old’ stuff yet AGAIN!!

Do you LOVE this fabulously fluffy white wreath as much as I do?!?!?   I JUST saw it on Pinterest and HAD to post it here in my DD blog; because YES indeed it was made using stuff from the Dollar Store!

I don’t even think that “I” could have ever come up with this idea!!!  Pop on over to the  Craftberry Bush Blog for the complete step by step tutorial.

Those big round plastic Christmas ball ornaments from Dollar Tree

I have bought and used these big plastic ball ornaments ‘as is’ here and there in the past when we had our brick and mortar store.  They are great to add to color theme decorated trees for added interest, in moderation.  I’d say no more than three of them on an average size Christmas tree.

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Or tie some curly ribbon to a few and scatter them about your Christmas dinner table as decorations.  OR tie on little name tags and use them as place cards.  We used them for outdoor decorations at our store, hanging them from the Dollar Tree pine rope garland (the single strand kind w/o any branches).  I don’t have any pictures, but they looked quite nice hanging along the ENTIRE front of the building.  It was in a strip mall, and we were in about the center of a 7 store strip.  Thought it would look cheesy to ONLY decorate our tiny store front, so we bought enough to do the entire strip.

They packed away and kept well for several years of use.  Now that we don’t have the store, what to do with the leftover decorations?!?!  Most of them we donated.  I saves a few of the balls and prettied them up:

10.18.13 both malls prijects 162These are the big ‘softball size’ ones.  I covered them with strips of vintage sheet music, then mica flakes.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 157Leaving the plastic tag loop made them easier to work with.  After I put the mica flakes on, I used an opened up paper clip through that loop to hang them to dry.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 158I also had some metal stars leftover from last year; purchased after Christmas on clearance:

etsy-stars-12-24-11-012You have to look very carefully at PAINTED items like this.  Oftentimes the paint is RAISED, and therefore the design will still show though when repainted.  Luckily these were nice and flat.

etsy-stars-12-24-11-062Last year I papered a few of them with vintage sheet music then added the mica flakes; and displayed them with some ‘seed bead’ ornaments.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 160I had ‘started’ working on some more of them last year, and spray painted them gold and silver.  Dug them out this year and just added mica flakes.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 159Didn’t want them to be TOO ‘matchy-matchy’ to the balls!

10.18.13 both malls prijects 161I also found a few smaller balls.  I think they were from a set of assorted blues/aquas and I just didn’t care for this particular color.  Not that it’s a BAD color, it was just more ‘ice blue’ than aqua and didn’t work with my color scheme.  So I covered them with the sheet music strips and mica flakes also.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 169The small balls have silver tops and the bigger ones have gold.  I decided to see how it might look to just mix them all together with the silver and gold stars.  Not bad actually!

10.18.13 both malls prijects 166I still want to tie some pretty bows through the hanger loop on the ornaments.  Still pondering whether or not I need to do anything more to the stars. . . .

10.18.13 both malls prijects 168Will price them individually and put them in a big bowl or tray; for sale in one of my antique mall booths.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 160I know it USED to be a real ‘no-no’ in the decorating and fashion worlds.  And I don’t think I’d ever put just ONE big silver adornment with an otherwise gold room (or outfit!).  But I really am liking this particular mixture of a little of each!  Maybe it’s because the mica flakes on everything helps tie it all together visually?  

What do you think about decorating with gold and silver like this?

Pumpkin bobble heads at Dollar Tree

Posted in Dollar Tree,Fall / Halloween by trash2treasure on October 21, 2013

This is about the time of year that I try to frequent my local Dollar Tree stores more often, looking for Christmas supplies.  The good  stuff goes REALLY fast, so if you snooze, you LOSE!  White and gold are ‘the’ colors for Christmas this year, at DT at least!

They USED to wait until the day after Halloween to put the Christmas stuff out, but it has been appearing earlier the last few years.  As soon as some of the Halloween stocked shelves empty, they start putting out MARKED DOWN Christmas stuff left from last year.  I’ve found some really great deals on mark down!

I was just ‘running in real quick’ to buy some new hair clips on the way home from the movies (Gravity in 3D!  It was amazing!) and spotted these little guys on one of the front displays:

10.18.13 both malls prijects 005How cute are they?!?!?  And I’d been into other DT stores in my area recently and NOT seen these in any of those others?!?!  They also had a witch and a mummy, but they were not as cute as the punkin heads!

10.18.13 both malls prijects 006Seriously, almost cute enough to use ‘as is’.  But of course you KNOW I can never do that!  They actually remind me of one the style of my favorite modern folk artist, Dan DiPaulo.

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The paint was a little sloppy in a few places; the orange from the base was on the boots in a few places, so I painted over that to neaten it up.  Then I glittered the heads!

10.18.13 both malls prijects 045Let my glitter glue dry overnight, then shake to get any loose glitter off; then a quick coat of clear spray to keep the glitter from ‘shedding’ too much during use.

10.18.13 both malls prijects 105This cloche made from a DT beverage glass and thrifted knob fit over them perfectly!

Dollar Tree cookies make over!

Not MY idea, but a great one that I found in bloggeritaville and had to share!

Pretty cute. eh?!?!?  If I hadn’t mentioned cookies in the post title, would you have EVER guessed that that is what these are made of?!?

This is the package that the cookies came from. Now I don’t usually peruse the cookie aisle when I go to Dollar Tree so I don’t know if we get these locally.

And these are the cookies that were used.  See the complete how to in the post by BLISSFUL ROOTS .  And you can see what she did with the same cookies for Christmas ornaments  HERE.

Eons ago I hand painted some McDonald cookies.  Do they even still have those?  In a little box like animal cookies, but in the McDonald’s characters shapes.  Here’s what I did to mine to preserve them for YEARS.

After painting you need to dry them out really well and crisp them back up.  Turn your oven on to it’s LOWEST temp.  While the oven heats up, spread your cookies out on a cookie sheet.  TURN THE OVEN OFF as soon as it heats up and put your sheet of cookies in for an hour or so.  The oven will stay warm enough to get ALL the moisture out of the cookies.

Immediately after removing your cookies from the oven, attach the string or ribbon for them to hang from and let the glue dry overnight.  The next day apply a couple of coats of clear varnish to the cookies, front and back.  You’ll notice that the first coat of varnish really soaks INTO the cookies.  That’s fine. and it really helps to strengthen them.

To preserve the cookies that Blissful Roots has shown us, you would want to varnish them BEFORE adding the glitter.  And remember, it’s a good idea to give ANY glittered item a coat of clear spray after your application glue is completely dry to help minimize ‘glitter shedding’.

I’d LOVE to see any variations that you come up with on ‘altered cookies’!

SERIOUSLY slim pickins at the Dollar Store!!!

I used to NEVER leave the dollar store empty-handed!  Lately though the picking have been really slim.  Slim to ZIPPO!!  I hardly ever have anything new to share here in the Dollar Diva blog, and it’s making me very SAD!!

Was hoping for some new items for fall, but it’s mostly the same old, same OLD stuff.  And it seems like the longer an item remains in stock, the poorer the quality becomes!

Case in point.  I went in to buy a few more of the feather crows they have every year.  Still have a few from a couple of years ago that I had stashed then couldn’t find, so I bought more; then found my stash.  The ones they have this year all look like they have MANGE!?!?  

The little chocolate truffle candles they first got in 4-5 years ago in very short supply.  I buy them mostly for display on the cupcake and dessert stands that I upcycle; but people always want to buy them so I started buying more and putting a price tag on them.  Last year they had HOARDS of them in stock, and several new ‘flavors’ too.  Glad I bought about 5 cases of them then because the ones they are getting in now, and seem to have year round; look like CRAP!!

  I did find some cute little ceramic glittered pumpkins earlier this month.

P1080309But there is nothing more that you can really DO to them.  I used to buy the plastic gourds and pumpkins and paint and glitter them.  These I can use ‘as is'; but I prefer to ‘alter’ my DT finds.  All I had to do to these was give them was spray on a coat of clear varnish to keep the glitter from shedding.

***These would be PERFECT to use for Thanksgiving table place-cards!   Just tie a little tag with the name written on it to the loop on the stem.

P1080306These black owls were nice.  Hoping that maybe next year they will make the crows like this, with velvet like bodies and just a few adorning feathers.  But all I could think of to do with the owls was add a crown.

P1080537And I did have to ‘work with their feet a bit’ to get them to stand up.  They kept falling over, until I got the feet bent ‘just so’.

P1080302These sets of magnetic frames are cute, but NOT very magnetic!  They wouldn’t even hold up a small piece of paper.  That’s okay though because I didn’t buy them for their magnetic use.  I’ll use them for some altered art projects; and probably paint them black or white.

P1080300These buttons will be great for some spring projects.  I bought several packages.

P1080307I bought these resin pumpkins to repaint, but I’m not liking how they turned out at ALL!  Will maybe paint them white or gold them glitter just  the outer most raised ribs. 

THAT’S IT!!!  That is ALL I have found at DT in MONTHS.  sigh.

So that leaves me wondering . . .  what do I do with this blog?!?!  Do I remain true to my original ‘mission statement’ for this blog and stick with ONLY posting about dollar store projects; potentially leaving it ti fizzle out and die due to lack of content???

Or do I ‘get with the times’ and start posting about ‘discount store finds’ and make overs?  Because now that I spend so little time perusing DT stores, I get out to Ross and Marshalls a lot more and am finding some pretty cool stuff there.  It just costs more than a dollar!  

I’d love to hear what direction you’d like to see this blog move in.

*Stick with Dollar Store finds no matter what.

OR

* Expand my posting repertoire to include ‘bargain finds’ from other sources also.  (which I have done occasionally in the past)

WHAT’S A DOLLAR DIVA TO DO?!?!?

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