The Dollar Diva

Another old candle jar idea


Remember this post  about upcycling these old candle jars:

Click HERE  to go over to my Trash2Treasure blog to see the next batch of similar jars; as shown below:

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So NOW I have some candle jars with the GLASS lids.  blech!  Not much I can do to disguise the fact that these used to contain candles.  Still, it’s a pretty cute and simple idea:

1.15.13 stars projects 044They are the perfect size to hold one of the DT nests with eggs into the jar; just plopped it in!  (well, I ‘sparkle varnished’ the eggs and added some reindeer moss to the nest first!)

1.15.13 stars projects 045Rummaged through my rubber stamps to find an appropriate one to make into a tag to tie onto the jar with a piece of pretty ribbon.

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You could even do this with jars that you don’t have a lid for, and tie a piece of muslin, burlap or cheesecloth over the top; which might actually look BETTER than using the original glass lid.


MORE upgraded Dollar Tree gift boxes

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 009Prettied up a few more of the white fabric covered dollar Tree gift boxes.  This batch I used ‘as is’, and didn’t tea stain them first.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 011They come with a bow glued to the top, which I pulled off.  (you have to pull very hard!)

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 012They have always come off ‘cleanly’ for me.  But even if removing them did do some damage, the whole reason I am removing them is that I want to re-decorate the top!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 010These ceramic cherubs are from DT a few years ago.  They usually have ‘some kind’ of white ceramic cherubs every year, and I almost always buy a few.  Just don’t always get around to using them right away!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 013I glued some tea stained crepe paper rosettes to little tea stained paper doilies; then to the top of each box.  Then the cherubs.  I really don’t like to use hot glue unless I absolutely HAVE to.  For these I used my good ole tacky glue, and wrapped a couple of rubber bands around the tops of the boxes and the angel wings to hold them firmly down while my glue set.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 015I also use the tacky glue for gluing on the crowns.  You can see the doily and rosette better in this picture.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 014 The rosettes needed to be trimmed back a bit for the doily to show.  I used a pair of ‘deckle’ edged scissors to create a bit of interest along the edge.

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On display and for sale in by booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 016I did one little nest topped box also.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 017Glued a glitter rimmed crepe paper rosette under the nest and painted the eggs with ‘glimmer varnish’.  The bow is the one I previously removed from the top of the box.

So now that I have a few of each in my booth, I can ‘test’ and see which sells better; the white boxes or the tea stained boxes.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 127I had a cute little vintage Avon perfume bottle that I placed next to the nest topped box.


Meant to be

For as much time as I spend thinking about new craft ideas and techniques, every once in a while, one practically hits me over the head!  That is how this idea came to be:

11.18.12 etsy finds trees 062I had bought a few of these glitter bird-cage ornaments at Wal Mart for $1.98 each and the birds at Michael’s in a 2/pk for $1.50.

11.18.12 etsy finds trees 063Hadn’t really bought them specifically to use together, but the idea hit me as I unpacked my purchases at home and saw the two together.  Pretty cute and VERY simple idea.   And not necessarily JUST as a Christmas ornament.

11.18.12 etsy finds trees 064I only managed to get these two done and to my booth at Stars to sell.   The ‘leftovers’ were tossed into my ‘catch all box’ to be sorted, organized and stored later.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 098And when I finally got around to sorting through the catch-all box, and as I was packing away all my Christmas craft supplies; these gold candle bases (removed from battery operated taped candles) just happened to be right nest to the gold bird-cage ornaments.  And the proverbial ‘lightbulb’ went off in my head!

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 099How absolutely perfect is this pairing?!?  Like I said, meant to be!

Vintage bottles – love potion Valentine decor

Pop over to my Trash 2 Treasure blog  to see what I did with these old heart shaped bottles.  I collected the bottles from thrift stores and rummage sales throughout the year.  Never pay more than a dollar for one!

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Here’s one little sneak peek!

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Are YOU working on any Valentine crafts of decorations yet?

CUTE Red glitter hearts at DT

Not buying much these days (focusing on using up what I have!) but still try to breeze through at least once a week and see what’s new. Gotta ‘watch like a hawk’ for this years new shipment of birds for spring!   I have already sold though almost ALL 125+ of the birds I bought last year!  Gotta keep a few sets set aside for custom etsy orders.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 006Anyhooooooooooooooo . . check out these adorable red glitter hearts I found at DT last week.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 008Love, LOVE, LOVE that they are asymmetrical.  I frequently re-cut the normal shaped hearts to a more uneven shape like this.  Now I don’t have to!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 007These came 5 to a pack; 1 large, 2 medium and 2 small.  I bought 2 packages so I will have 4 each of medium and smalls so that I can use them for “LOVE” banners.

Prettied up little trinket box

These little satin trinket boxes were in the $1.00 at Michael’s craft store some time ago.  I’m still working away at using up all the craft supplies I have stashed away.  Figured I could get away with adding some PINK to my product mix since Valentine’s day is coming. 1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 010I started with the box, a small tea stained doily, a crepe paper rosette, ribbon and glue.

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 015I trimmed the crepe paper rosette to just a tad smaller than the doily and glued them to the bottom.  Then another rosette to the lid.  Ribbon around the rim of the box.  A tiny nest (purchased wholesale last year; these are MUCH smaller than the more recent ones from DT)  And one of the pink glitter bird picks (with pick part removed!) that I got on clearance last week at Michael s.

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 017Added a flocked paper heart inside the lid.

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 016Pretty quick and easy craft.  I had some blue boxes like this that I glued a sand dollar on top of.

Collaged spiral Dollar Tree journals

Gosh, I’ve had these little spiral journals for YEARS!  Bought them back when we had our shop and was offering to personalize them with monogram letters.  Never did sell very well, and they got packed away when we closed our store.  In my recently renewed quest to ‘use up what I have’, I can across the box of them and decided to fix them up and sell them on etsy.

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 030There were some in the original batch that I bought that the covers were ALL kraft color.  It’s these with the strip of color on the edge that I had a hard time with because I had to coordinate that side color with what I put on the front.  There were also some with pink on the sides.

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 029They are actually quite nice little journals.  I’ve not seen these same ones at DT since ‘back then’, BUT it doesn’t HAVE to be a ‘blank cover’ journal for you to alter.  Just be use that it is a color and pattern that you can easily work .  OR, if you can’t find a journal, grab a good ole composition book!  Altering those is quite popular these days!

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 023These are the ones with the pink strip.  I just rummaged through my scrap book supplies until I found something that ‘worked’ for me.

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 024On these I did 2 different prints of paper; 3/4 and 1/4.  Any combination of papers will work; just avoid going 50/50.  Remember the rule of ODDS in decorating.

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 025Then after all my papers were glued on, I looked for embellishments  and just happened to have this set of six that worked perfectly with the paper colors.

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 027The purple and green ones were much harder to find the right papers for.  I just don’t have much in those colors; and I was NOT about to go out and BUY any more.  Just as I was about to resign myself to the fact that maybe these were just ‘meant to be’ tossed in the Goodwill donation bag . . .I found paper that worked!

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 028And I think the green ones are now my favorites, with the addition of the turquoise!

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 031A couple more pink ones.  This time I just did one color on the front; after i realized that one color actually looked okay when I did the purple ones!

1.1.13 etsy signs boxes 032And with the few plain kraft cover ones I was able to add more papers to the front; three layers here: old dictionary page, scrapbook paper then old sheet music.  The embossed kraft color embellishments were the perfect finishing touch!

These will soon be listed for sale in my etsy shop.

Shopping the after Christmas sales

I didn’t go out much this year.  Need to USE UP all the supplies I’ve gathered over the past ten years; so I’ve just not been going out shopping much AT ALL.  Because if I GO, I’ll BUY!  Have to FORCE myself to use up what I have!  Seriously, I could open up my own craft supply store with all the stuff I have!!!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 073BUT, I got a Michael’s gift card for Christmas AND they had a coupon for $5.00 off every $25.00 spent.  And I DID need some tacky glue, so off I went.  Practically EVERYTHING at Michael’s was marked down!  Got some pink glitters for Valentine crafting,  Aleen’s tacky glue (always need that!) and a packet of ephemera.

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You know all the ‘impulse buy’ stuff they have that you walk by on your way to the register?  The stuff that USED to always be $1.00 each, and went up to $1.50 a few years ago?  It was all 50 CENTS!!!  I got these 2 little notebooks to alter.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 075A couple of new stamps to make gift tags with.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 074Some bird and ornament shaped cardboard shapes.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 077Some cute Christmas cards.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 076More cards and matching tags.  I really like that FONT!  Will probably use these for something other than their intended purpose.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 079A few glittery bird picks.  Most the the stuff in the bins of ‘picks’ was pretty beat up, so I had to search carefully!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 084Cute soft cover journals.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 081A packet of little keys to do this with:

12.29.12 stars Val buys 134Necklaces for the little birds!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 082Some slightly bigger and different keys. (sorry about the bad close up photos!)

12.29.12 stars Val buys 083And some key HOLES to go with the keys!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 085And quite a few of their individually wrapped skeleton keys.  That was it at Michael’s.  Next to WalMart.  I almost NEVER go to WM!  We’ve only had one close enough TO go to for a couple of years now, but I’m kinds set in my ‘shopping ways’.  Do like to check out their Christmas ornaments after Halloween though.  And again after Christmas, on sale.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 059Donut and ice cream cone orns were 50 cents each.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 060SO pretty glittered church ornaments!  These will eventually adorn some gift boxes.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 061Not my favorite COLOR.  Was LOOKING for turquoise dragon flies, to no avail!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 063Grabbed quite a few of these little bird orns for 50 cents each.  Can add wings and glitter . . .or maybe use them with those DT nests???

12.29.12 stars Val buys 067Shoot!!!  The ornament hanger thing sticks out too much to use with the nests!  Oh well.  I can always give them crowns!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 064A couple of little brush trees to maybe paint PINK for Valentine’s decor?  Worth grabbing for just 50 cents each.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 065Cute little bear ornament for 50 cents also.  He needs a crown!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 062These ornaments are SO pretty.  I foresee them embellishing some big paper rosette wreaths.  That was if from my venture to WallyWorld!  Next up, Target!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 068Not much leftover at ALL at Target!  This peacock ornament was a bit of a splurge at $3.00!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 070These glittered deer heads were a bit more than I usually spend too.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 071But I envisioned making some cool wall plaques out of the 2 that I bought.  And that was IT for Target!  Nest stop, Dollar Tree!

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I did not NEED a new one of these, but I simply could not resist those colors!!!  I got a few of the round red cookie tins (like I used for my cupcake ornaments) and picked up the case of nests and owls that they were holding for me.

I got a couple more VANILLA scented bottles of hand sanitizer.  MUCH more pleasant the the alcohol smelling kind!  I keep one in my car and use it before and after each venture.

And that was IT for my after Christmas shopping!  I don’t DARE ever shop for GIFTS this far in advance.  I’d surely forget not only what I got and where I hid it, but whom it was for as well!!!

Happy New Year to all my Dollar Devotees!!