The Dollar Diva


Little glass jars

Since ‘good crafting stuff’ has been harder to find at the dollar store, I’ve been looking at the craft stores a little more.  Found these cute little glass bottles at Michael’s.

P1110593Very ‘vintage’ shape; came in just these two colors.  (was HOPING for aqua ones too!)

P1110591Grabbed a few of these little key charm packets.

P1110592And these little embellishment sets.

P1110599A snippet of scrapbook paper and some string or muslin and a little key turned the bottles into mini works of art!

P1110601Just be sure you really secure the keys in place or they will disappear!

P1110603On this bottle the key is GLUED on as well as tied on.

P1110590Here are some other bottles (thrift store finds) that I embellished.

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P1110568Old spools of string are fun to embellish too.

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On these I used some wired tissue paper ribbon.  Hard to work with.  Liked the prints on them but NOT working with the wire.  And the wire made it tear really easily if you tried to make a bow out if it.  Lesson learned.  Wired tissue ribbon LOOKS cool, but it’s JUST for looks!

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For most of the rest of these, I hand stamped tea stained paper.

P1110538The old yellowed book pages I used as the background on these three bottles was VERY brittle.  Even just applying glue to them caused them to tear.  My remedy:  Took them outside and sprayed them with a couple of quick coats of clear spray on varnish!  Still had to handle it very carefully, but it made it strong enough to glue in place.

P1120083Another recent batch of thrift store bottles.

P1120095Scraps of scrapbook paper for the label.  (I LOVE all the different papers with writing on them; even the stuff that is illegible looks cool!)

P1120088Another little strip of paper and some jute twine around the neck and a vintage repro key.

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More of my favorite papers with a snippet of old dictionary page sandwiched between.

P1120085Sheet music scrap and white twine around the neck, and a vintage repro key charm.

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More of the writing scrapbook papers, and a paper repro clock face (from a booklet of such assorted things)

P1120090Scrap of paper and some bakers twine on the neck of this one; and a key charm.

P1110956All these bottles are in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland.

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?

Altered DT wood plaques

5.13.13 mancave ETSY 012Got these plaques a couple of years ago.  Actually liked these ‘as is’, but still intended to re-do them.

5.13.13 mancave ETSY 013It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the center part where the writing was is a separate and raised piece; so it was easy to sand all of that off with an orbital sander.

P1070284The hardest part of this do-over was matching the paint to the background.  First I painted the center black, then Ivory.  While it’s not an exact match to the border, but distressing the center and letting some black show through; you don’t really notice the slight color difference.

P1070285I think they tuned out pretty darn good!!

P1070289I left the original hanger on the back and just added another to hang the horizontally.

P1070288NOW I’m kinda wishin’ I had MORE of the to re-do!!

 

Got another ‘wire (trash can!) cloche done.

Since I showed you this base for another wire cloche that I was working on:

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I thought you might like to see it after I finished it:

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 045And on this one I remembered to take a picture of how I attached the knob:

4.24.13 buys stars etsy crap 046I just painted the little wood oval (you can buy these at the craft store) black at the same time that I was painting the wood knob.  Pre-drilled a hole in the oval so the wood wouldn’t split when I added the screw.  Then I was actually able to drive the screw into the knob with a hand-held driver. (BECAUSE the hole in the wood ‘washer’ was pre-drilled)

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This looks SO much better than seeing the ‘screw stem’ of the knob hanging down on the inside!

Dollar Tree wire cloche

I have to admit that this was NOT my own original idea.  I saw this picture on Pinterest:

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And BAM!!!  My wheels started turning! Dashed out to Dollar Tree the first chance I got and looked for the wire trash cans (which is what the biggest one is made from)  There were NONE!  Rats!

But I seem to recall seeing them there ALL the time.  Maybe more were coming in soon.  I checked at different DT later in the week and found them.  I opted for BLACK.

I had made these, using old lamp shades in the past; but the ‘right’ lamp shade can be hard to find.   You need the ones that were attached to the lamp with a screw on finial at the top.4.19 .13 projcest Curiousities 040Here’s my version using the DT trash can.  The only thing I didn’t really care for in the Pinterest samples was that you could SEE the rest of the knob screw coming through the inside.

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I brainstormed a bit with Michael and opted for a big wood finial (I grab the whenever I see them at thrift stores!)  Made a small round wood ‘washer’ and screwed it in from underneath.  NO screw stem showing!

4.19 .13 projcest Curiousities 041I wanted mine on a taller pedestal base.  Just happened to have this vintage heavy resin cherub statue in my stash; and the top of it was FLAT.  I had bought a pile of the plastic charger plates at DT when they were half price after Christmas; not knowing WHAT I would use them for.  They were the perfect size for this project. I glued the plate to the statue with e6000.  Let the adhesive set for a day; then spray painted!

4.19 .13 projcest Curiousities 039Now I can’t wait to make MORE!  This one is for sale in my booth at Curiosities in Beaverton.

2.12.13 etsy projects 031This pretty urn (plastic painted gold!) was found at a thrift store.  It has some very ugly fake flowers in it, and was half price.  I bought it specifically for the urn only.  Originally intending to put a little Christmas tree in it.  That didn’t happen.  So it was just ‘sitting around’ when I made the previous pedestal; and was a perfect size to fit the DT charger plates!

2.12.13 etsy projects 032For better ‘footing’ I inverted the urn and glued the plate to the bottom.  Painted it all black too.  Working on the top for this one right now.

4.19 .13 projcest Curiousities 044Here’s another lamp shade one; sitting atop a little upcycled table.  Cast iron base and round metal tray glued together, then spray painted black.  These are also in my booth at Curiosities, but the table and cloche are priced individually.    The cherub one is priced as a set; top and base together.

Trying to decide if I want to try some white ones now; or the smaller ones from the Pinterest picture.  Although I’ve only seen those smaller baskets in OVAL; which would be hard to find a base for.

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!

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.

Started my Valentine crafting

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 107I hunt for empty used heart shaped candy boxes throughout the year at thrift stores.   Then I do a bit of  collage work on the lids and sell them on etsy and in my booth at the antique mall.  These two are the smaller size heart shaped boxes.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 109First I covered the lid with vintage sheet music, then a red metallic paper doily, then a tea stained white paper doily, then this ready made heart tag.  There’s no real method or system to what I layer on top, or when.  I just ‘play around’ with the assorted papers that I have and select what I think works best.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 115Oftentimes the boxes even still have the divided plastic trays in them.  Which was the case with these.

12.12.12 projects Stars 044Remember these SMALLER 3 to a pack chocolate candy candles I showed you a while back????

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 113They fit into the divided plastic trays in the box!

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 111Is this too cute or what?!?!?  No calorie chocolates for Valentine’s day!

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 112The heart shaped paper insert was still with the box too!  I’ll probably add some embellishments to that too.  Maybe a sweet Valentine sentiment of some kind?

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 110The ‘chocolate fragrance’ on these littler ones is not as strong as on the bigger ‘cupcake size’ ones, also from DT.  But that I can fit them directly into the heart shaped candy boxes is a big plus!

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Trying to decided whether or not I need to ‘pretty up’ the side of the box too.  What do you think?  Is just decorating the top enough?  Or should the sides be done too?  Maybe just the vintage sheet music on the sides?

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Pinterest inspiration for thrifted baby shoes

I have a BOX-FULL of old baby shoes.  I cannot resist them!  I COLLECT vintage baby and child size saddle oxfords, and display those amongst my other treasures in the living room.

But the other baby shoes are just sitting in a box.  sigh.  I needed some inspiration!  Off to Pinterest I went and found THIS PAGE.

This is just one of the precious little treasures I found there.  This is the type of baby shoe I tend to buy.  But I LOVE the things they did with the little Mary Jane shoes with the angel wings!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . .  I feel a baby shoe crafting marathon coming on!!!

TINY glitter skulls

I have NO IDEA what the intended use for these was.  Such a big package of them make me think they are for something specific though.  Forgot to take a picture before I started crafting with them.  Sorry!

I removed and used all the black skulls first.    These are small.  Trying to think of the best way to describe them so you ‘get’ how small they are.  They would easily fit inside a plastic Easter egg size.

All I did was give them a crown and a paper rosette collar.

Would be cute used at individual place settings for a Halloween dinner party.

I had just made a batch of small cloches, and these fit perfectly under them.

Seems I can NEVER have too may small cloches in my booth.  They always sell well!

This cloche had a pretty silver rim, so I matched the knob to the rim.

Ready to sell at Stars.

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