Autumn Dollar Store Owl Wreath

Happy Fall Everyone!!!

So Glad to be posting a blog about Autumn crafts. I am so ready this year for Fall. It has been a hot and humid summer and I am ready for cool autumn breezes,apple cider and pumpkins please!! So today I wanted to share a quick and easy craft. Just a simple Fall update to my plain burlap wreath.

Earlier this year I made  a cute little burlap wreath. (Check out Duke Manor Farm’s easy burlap wreath tutorial to make your own. It’s super easy once you get the hang of it.) The idea being I would just keep this one wreath up all year but give it a little tweaking each season. Here is what my wreath looked like for spring and summer.

Simple Burlap Spring Wreath

Simple Burlap Spring Wreath

I kept it simple with just a pretty little blue hydrangea from Hobby Lobby. I loved the color!! But for Fall I wanted something a little more fun. So here is  what I purchased:owlwelcome

This cute little owl from Family Dollar. (FYI… I love owls!) He was only $2! I loved his cute little beaded legs and welcome sign.

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Next I found this pretty little burgundy floral clip at The Dollar General for $1. Since it brought out the burgundy on my owl I thought it was perfect. So easy just simply clip on your wreath.

To attach the Owl Shelf Sitter to my wreath I used 2 small safety pins.(Pictured Below.) One at the head and one on his side. Just so my owl wouldn’t move around when opening and closing the door. This worked perfectly!

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I didn’t want to glue anything to my wreath, so I could simply swap out new accents for each new season. Which makes this very versatile and easy to change with the seasons.

I just Love how my little wreath turned out. It’s so cute! And of course super easy and super affordable!

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                                                                     Check out last years Autumn wreath Here!                                                                  Simple

So what is your favorite Fall Decor? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

   Thanks for stopping by and have a cozy day!

 

 


Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Tips

So it has been waaayyy to long since I have posted. Basically squashing one of my New Years goals. But life has been crazy busy and hopefully it will start winding down soon.

I have been looking around my house lately, noticing all the dust bunnies,hairballs and general ickyness lurking in all my nooks and crannies. Which had my brain begging for spring cleaning planning. So this Spring/Summer, until all of my home has been de-cluttered,organized and spit shined, I am slowly cleaning it all! But instead of trying to clean it all in one very long and stressful week. I have devised a much better plan.

With warm weather starting and leading to cookouts, parties, weddings and so on. I am scrubbing my house one room(or zone) a week. This way my regular chores and just general busy tasks all get done and if life gets busy, No Problem! Just set aside one day (or two 😉 )to get it done. Which seems so much easier and way less time consuming.

Here is the list of things to get done:

  • Clean Walls,Ceiling and Trim etc..
  • Dust Everything
  • Clean Windows
  • Scrub Door Handles and Hinges
  • Clean Window Treatments,Light Fixtures and Couches.
  • De-clutter
  • Clean out Closets
  • Mop and Shine Floors
  • Oil Furniture

I even created this cute little checklist. Its very basic and covers the whole house. Just something I threw together while bored at work one day. Click the following link to download Spring Cleaning Checklist.

Want a more detailed list check out Not Quite Susie Homemaker’s Checklist this one is more detailed room by room.

Now on to the tips……

Some of my favorite cleaning tips are:

Mr Clean Microfiber Duster used for spring cleaning

Mr Clean Microfiber Duster used for spring cleaning

  1. Use Microfiber Duster(or Swiffer) to dust ceilings and walls. I love this trick it takes half the time to dry dust your walls and ceilings. Grabbing all those dust bunnies and cob webs that are just hanging out. The handles on these traditional floor dusters are great for reaching high areas. My favorite choice is my MR. Clean Microfiber Wet/Dry Mop I purchased at the Dollar General for around $8-$10.The refills are only $3. I usually keep 4 on hand. (Swiffer products work just as well and the cloths are disposable which makes clean up easier.) I also use this handy tool when washing my walls as well. Simply wet and wring out microfiber cloths put on duster and wash away! To dust properly start at the top and work your way down throughout the room. Example: Clean light fixtures,ceilings and tops of tall furniture first. The dust from these objects will fall down and you will pick it up as you work your way down.

    Magic Eraser Variety pack Cleaning scuff off of floor.

    Magic Eraser Variety pack
    Cleaning scuff off of floor.

  2. Magic Eraser is my FAVORITE scrubbing tool. This inexpensive scrubber is perfect for marks on walls,doors and scuffs on wood floors. Which I love because no harsh cleaners are required just simply wet and scrub away. Check out this post from to see other great uses for this product.
  3. Use toothbrushes for cleaning baskets and more.  I love using soft bristle toothbrushes for cleaning baskets, grooves and even the corners of floor trim. I also love soft dry toothbrushes to clean any fancy detail on furniture( where cloths and dusters just don’t reach). Stop by your nearest dollar store (where you can get multi-packs for a couple bucks!) if you prefer cleaning with new brushes or simply bleach out an old one.

    Pile'o'Socks

    Pile’o’Socks

  4. Old Socks!  Yep one of my favorite dusting cloths is old  socks. Holey or not these are perfect for dusting. These are great when dusting because you can simply turn them inside out ,to trap dust, as you move around the room. I mean why pay tons on expensive cleaning rags when you can just clean out drawers! Right?mcmicrofibercloth
  5. Microfiber Cloths. Now I know I just said why pay more for cloths when socks are free, but these are super fantastic for scrubbing. They absorb liquids fast as well. These are also usually rather inexpensive. You can pick these up anywhere from online,grocery stores,department stores, and all the way down to my favorite, Dollar stores. If washed correctly these will keep there scrubbing effectiveness and last for a long time.
  6. Vinegar & Baking Soda. What can I say these natural home ingredients are perfect for tough jobs. Not to mention deodorizing almost everything around the house. Vinegar and dish soap is a great way to clean windows and showers. Want to know more about this powerful duo check out tons of Pinterest Boards  dedicated to these amazing cleaners.

While I have only finished two rooms so far. I am hopeful to have my whole house squeaky clean by July!! So hopefully I will be ready for the many cookouts  this summer.

I’m sure none of these are new to many readers out there. I just wanted to share some of my favorite products and tips to make spring cleaning not such a chore. Hope this was helpful! Looking for more tips and tricks?Check out my Pinterest.

What helpful products and tips do you love for spring cleaning?  Post your tips or suggestions in  the comments below.

 

*This is not a sponsored post. All views and opinions on these products are mine and mine alone! I only support companies and products I trust and use!


Cute Valentine Milk bottles

Cute Milk Bottle V-day Gift

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Hello everyone!

Hope you all have had a great week. Can you believe how fast this year has flown by already. I can’t believe that Valentines Day is only a week away! That’s right A WEEK!!
So that means get out your romantic and sweet treats for the ones who are close to you. I wanted to find a gift for some friends that were fun.

I was inspired by these cute little bottles I saw at The Dollar General. They had a good selection of glass Valentine’s containers.  Now I don’t know about you all but I LOVE dollar stores. Especially for goodies like these.

Cute Milk Bottle Valentine

So I saw these and had to have one.

I took one home with me used it and loved it. It was so  super cute with hearts (they also had ones with lips). As I was drinking from my cute bottle..I thought these would be a great gift filled with goodies and a cute tag. So VOILA! I added some healthy nuts,granola and conversation hearts.(Cause it’s just not valentines without conversation hearts!) But you could add whatever goodies your love bugs crave.

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I made these cute little tags.

They are Heart shaped gift tags from Hobby Lobby. Then I just printed off a cute heart shaped message using Canva. I picked up the bakers twine in pink and red from Target’s Dollar Spot for $1.

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So Cute and simple.

These gifts would be great for teachers,co-workers,kids,neighbors…anyone in need of a little Love and appreciation this Valentine’s Day! I know I love receiving this cute simple unexpected gifts. Goodies that all my peeps will enjoy munching on this Valentine’s Day!

Hope this helped inspire you to find a quick and easy Valentine’s gift.

♥HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! ♥


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Free Rainbow Valentine Printable

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Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us soon. So  I wanted to share a cute Valentine card craft that is great for class parties. I used to love making Valentine’s when I was a little girl. (Honestly, I still love making these for people!) I realize that most people are running themselves ragged. So by the time the holiday gets here. We are always  throwing something together last minute for parties.  I decided to create a printable card to make it easy for all the busy moms out there.

I found this cute rainbow background at Graphic Stock . I already had a package of rainbow colored pencils that I had picked up at Dollar General. These were great 8 in a pack for only $1!!

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I decided these pencils would be cute with a rainbow valentine. But I didn’t want to just add a pencil. Originally I was hunting for erasers that go on the end of pencils in fun V-day shapes. But they were nowhere to be found. I found mini ones and flat ones ,that do not attach to the pencil, so instead I saw cute heart shaped pencil sharpeners. I decided to go with these instead. They were bright colored and cute.

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I created this cute card on PicMonkey. It’s so easy and fun to use(even for graphically challenged peeps like me!). Here is the Free Rainbow Valentine Printable. I added a cute rainbow graphic to my super cute background. And 3 cards fit across one normal size sheet of paper.(see pic below.)

Free Valentine Printable

Once I created my printable,I printed it out on white paper,cut down and glued to a piece of  cardstock to strengthen the card. (Since my printer was too small to add the cardstock sheets in and print on those.) After they dried, I cut 2 small slits in the card with an Exacto Knife. Now After doing this I did not like the fact that my card would not lie flat. It kind of curled up from the pencil running through. So for the rest of my cards I decided to attach the pencils and sharpeners with scotch tape. Now my cards stayed flat and didn’t curl up. This seemed to work so much better and they look so much cuter. Most importantly they packaged better in bags to transport them.

Voila!! Super cute and easy cards for class parties! These would be easy for any small party. Just have your child sign the card and done. These are also easy to have the kids help with as well.

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Hope you enjoyed this fun project! Don’t forget to grab your free printable HERE!

Feel free to leave me a comment or question below! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post! 🙂


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Valentine Message Bookmarks

 

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I love making cutesy little crafts to gift and share with my family. Cute,fun and simple! Crafts that are quick and easy to make. Especially crafts that are easy for all ages to make. My cousin and her 3 kids are always ready to craft away! So I wanted to create something fun that would be good for all ages. I loved seeing all the different bookmark crafts and came up with a cute idea.

Here’s  what you’ll need:

  • Scrap Paper (i used scrapbook paper that was v-day themed and left over from old projects).
  • Cardstock or Blank Cards
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Decorative glass stones
  • paper clips
  • hot glue gun  Super Glue
  • foam craft brush
  • pencil

Step 1: Check your stones for any scratches or chips. I always pick out the largest without many imperfections. Clean them with rubbing alcohol or just wash them well with soap and water.Then let them dry completely.

Step 2: I always take my stone and place it over the section of paper I want to use,then trace around it with a pencil. After I do this step I cut out the paper, just inside the line I’ve Drawn, to make sure it just fits on the flat underside of the stone. This way I do not have excess paper sticking out from behind when i adhere to the back of the stone.

Step 3: Next flip over your stone, so the flat side is up, and add your first layer of Mod Podge. I just did a light coat. Then add your paper,make sure the design is face down in the glue, so you will see it thru the stone. It takes a couple of minutes to dry so this is a good time to do all the others you are making.

Step 4: After the first part is dry go over the back side of the stone with the second coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry. This will seal the paper to the stone. Now that the second coat is dry you can glue your stone to the tip of the paperclip. Make sure you place it where you are still able to attach to book pages correctly. If you place it to low the paperclip will not be able to attach to pages.Once the glue dries you are ready to use. (Update:  I originally used a Hot Glue Gun, but when I used my bookmark, I popped off my stone. So I decided, before gifting my bookmarks, to super glue them instead so they would not break when in use.)

Step 5: Now grab your card stock or blank cards. I used my blank  cards for crafting. Then cut them in half along the folded line,and then again in halves. So I ended up with 4 small cards,about the size of pre-made valentines you buy in the store. (See pic below.)

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Step 6: All you need now is whatever stickers and embellishments you would like to use to create your card. I bought these super cute stickers at the Dollar Tree. I fell in love with them!! They are so cute!! Next cut a Slit in the card to hold your bookmark using an Exacto knife. Be careful with this step not to tear the papers.(I will admit, I am not the best at using my Exacto Knife.) When adding your bookmark into the slot be extra careful NOT to put pressure on the glass bead. I popped off one or two while inserting them. So I had to re-glue them to the paperclip.

And here is the cute finished product!!

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I hope you found this project easy and fun. Below I have added a few other blog projects that inspired today’s post. Don’t be shy check them out!

1:Cupcake bookmarks

2: DIY Glass Magnets

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them below. I look forward to hearing from you all soon.


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Simple Autumn Wreath Tutorial

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I love this time of year. The beautiful colors of the leaves. The crispness in the air. I love putting up fall decorations Mums, pumpkins and a scarecrow or two. And of course adding a new wreath to my front door.

This wreath is simple and easy to make. Here’s what you will need:

  • 6 gorgeous flowers of your choice
  • floral wire
  • scissors
  • ribbon for bow(if you want to add one)
  • grapevine wreath

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I bought these flowers at Hobby Lobby. I choose my favorite autumn colors. The stems were long on the flowers, so I trimmed them down enough to wrap around the wreath. Some of my flowers were not facing the direction I wanted them to so I used floral wire to attach them at the right angle. See figure A and B.(Sorry my pics aren’t the best.) The wire was not necessary with most of my flowers. They seem to stay in place fine without using the wire.

TADA!

That’s all I did with this wreath originally. I made this wreath a few years ago and didn’t add a bow to it. But last fall I added the pretty copper wire edged ribbon to jazz it up a bit.
See so simple to make and a great quick project to try for Fall.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.

Hope you have a cozy comfy Fall!!


My spice drawer orginization using foam board and contact paper at Hope's Crafty Niche.

My Spice Organization Revamp

 

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I have been having a time lately trying to come up with a great storage solution for my spices. Everything in the cabinet thrown in and strewn about. What a mess! I started with these cute little shoe boxes, which I covered with some very fabulous wrapping paper I picked up on clearance last Christmas at Hobby Lobby.

Before spices above the stove in shoe boxes.

Before spices above the stove in shoe boxes.

And for a while this system seemed to work okay. That is until i started picking up more spices for recipes I wanted to try. Boom! Spices everywhere. There had to be a better solution.

I looked all over Pinterest and the web looking for ideas that might work for my 50 year old cabinets. Now, I have bought a lot  of organizational products from multiple stores all with the same results, most of these did not work well in my older cabinets. Nothing seemed to fit my odd sized cabinets and drawers. After checking out a few pins I realized I had never tried seeing if any of my drawers were deep enough to stand them up. I had tried these for other storage purposes, only to realize most of my drawers were rather shallow. AHA! Luckily one was deep enough. Thank goodness.

My sister had showed me this great idea on YouTube. Where the amazing organizer used foam board as drawer dividers. Click HERE to see her YouTube tutorial. The foam board cost me about $1.30 a piece at Walmart.  I had left over shelving liner so I covered them and made them look pretty. I also purchased the shelf liner from Walmart as well. Here are the steps and supplies used in this project.

Supplies needed:

  • Foam board
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Paper or Fabric to cover Foam Board
  • pencil and ruler
Steps 1-3 of How to make dividers.

Steps 1-3 of How to make dividers.

  1. Step 1: measure Length and depth of drawers and mark them on the foam board using a ruler. This is also where you will make any smaller pieces to make smaller compartments.
  2. Step 2: Cut them out using a good pair of scissors ( or Box Cutter as I did in the picture). Be careful when cutting ,as the edge of the foam board tends to get ragged and tear, leaving a not so clean edge.(Don’t worry if this isn’t perfect. You will be covering the edges anyway.)After you cut . Double check that the foam fits tight.

Step 3: Cover the foam with whatever paper, liner or fabric of your choice.

Step 4:    Now place the foam board pieces in the drawers. If you made smaller compartments like I did, this is when you will glue the smaller dividers to the main longer ones in the drawer. Hot Glue works best. It dries faster and firms quickly. Make sure you only glue to the other foam pieces. So you do not damage your original cabinets. One side should be glued to foam board and the other should fit firmly against the drawer edge. To see a video tutorial please click the link to YouTube  above.

TA DA! Instant drawer dividers.

TA DA! Instant drawer dividers.

Now it was time to label and organize my spices. I had bought these cute Martha Stewart Labels on clearance and was dying to use them. I had to cut some of the labels down in order to fit the tops of the original containers. After pulling out all of my spices, I realized how many extras I had that I just didn’t need, money wasted 🙁 !  But no longer! Now I can see everything I have and what I am running low on so much easier.

My spice drawer orginization using foam board and contact paper at Hope's Crafty Niche.

Here is my drawer before and after.

 

 

This project only took me about 30 mins and believe it or not a lot of fun. (I ‘m such an organizing nerd!) A great quick project you can do anytime.

Thanks so much for checking out my first post. I am looking forward to sharing more great crafts and organizing tips with you soon.

 

 

 

 

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