Sunday, September 21, 2008

Dollar Store Jackpot!

Whenever I say that, I always sing it to Grease's "Beauty School Dropout". And yes--I DO sing it. We had some houseguests again this weekend (yes, again), so I once again got behind on my blogging. However, I DID get to do some shopping on Friday, and I hit the motherload at the dollar store.

Lookie lookie!! Eat your hearts out, ladies. Susie found these some time ago, and they've been on the hot list ever since. I have to admit that I've had them in my cart MANY times only to put them back. Shame on me, I know. I finally saw them used as a napkin holder for a fall placesetting, and I was sold. I host Thanksgiving every year, and every year I struggle with how to decorate the table. Now...if I could only find 8 more of these!
I just can't get over how cute the dollar store's Halloween (all holidays, for that matter) stuff is! These aren't in their "finished state" just yet, but look at what I have to work with! I love little signs hanging on stuff all over the house, so these made me squeal with delight!

Can you tell what I'm going to do with this stuff? Aren't you just dying to know? Get it? Dying? Hooo ha ha ha hee hee...I just kill myself! Get it? Kill myself? Oookay. Moving on.
Right now you're thinking, "Is she crazy?" Yes, I am. No harm in trying it though, right?
I am a tea towel fanatic. I really only use them in my kids' bathroom--you know, the one that doesn't have the painted cabinets yet--but I just love having them for every little holiday. However, I didn't like these. (I tried turning this picture, and it didn't work. Huh.)
I like these instead. Plain black tea towels are VERY hard to find. A little ribbon and glue fix for ya!
Yes. That's a wet wipe container. I've been trying to come up with something decorative to do with it. Ideas? I need it there, but it's not too pretty to look at.
I've got about 9 projects going on right now, so I hope to have some good stuff coming up for you. It will include a tutorial of the Halloween advent calendar. A lot of you have asked, and I aim to please!

51 comments:

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Ooo! I'm the first to comment! I checked your site a couple hours ago - no new post. Then I just felt like just maybe there would be something brand new. And I was happy to be right! Can't wait to see the projects in the works. Love love love the ribbon on the towel idea. How did you attach them? Fabric glue? Hope all is well!

The Berry's Patch said...

You girls must have better dollar stores where you live. Mine stinks. Literally. And they don't have those cute white pumpkins. I'm so excited to see your projects. I need some scary ideas for my house. :-)

Deb said...

You are so lucky to have found those pumpkins. They are gone here. Apparently, everyone must have read these blogs, and thought they were a great idea too. Love the tea towels. Much better than the little designs they had on them originally.

Can't wait to see how your skull and bones come out.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Chris,
I haven't seen those little white ones here...but found the orange and brown. The other day they were out of them all!

Love what you did with the tea towels. Very cute!
diane

AJ said...

I drove all over God's green earth last week in attempt to find a Dollar Tree. Nothing. Nada. By golly I'm finding one this week! Knowing my luck they won't have the good stuff.

I too am a tea towel lover. I just realized yesterday that I need to weed out some in the girl' bathroom. Way too many to fit in the cabinet. I like how you added the ribbon.

Can't wait to see how your skeleton bones turn out:)

Jennspiration said...

I love a good dollar store shopping spree! As for the wet wipe box...I've seen some really cool ones covered in fabric. I don't know how to do it...but I'm sure YOU could figure it out!

Kris said...

I've been to 4 different dollar trees looking for Susie's black crows with no luck. But I did fine the white and brown pumpkins that I picked up! I'll keep my eyes open for you :)

Love your tea towels and can't wait to see what you do with those signs!

salpetitt said...

Did you really paint those skeleton bones? Cool! I recently scored some pumpkins at a .99 cent store. That was exciting for me too!
Sherri

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Hurryyyy up would ya...jeese. LOVE the towels. I can't believe you work full time and have time for everything else. I am warning you....I bought some of the skulls as well and last night...I started to glitter them with good ole marth glitter...and what a mess I am not giving up....maybe you have a better plan up your sleeve...I'm just saying...........rofl. I just posted a Dollar tree/etc post myself. cherry

Lacy said...

I have been out of the loop due to IKE, but Im back and OH....MY....GOLLY......JEEPERS!!! You can really jazz up some bones! Terrific stuff you found and Im re doing my bathroom and have ribbon for the same purpose. Super way to dress up a towel. Can wait to see your million other awesome projects. Missed you and your blog.

Stephanie said...

That is a great idea to take a plain towel and dress it up with a ribbon. I never would have thought of that!

Layla said...

SOOOO not fair that I can't go shopping with you, friend.

You wouldn't want to come near me right now though....I'm sporting a lovely PINK EYE. :-(

Layla
The Lettered Cottage

sandra/tx said...

When you say "dollar store," do you mean Dollar Tree, where everything's a dollar? Or do you mean a store like Dollar General? Cuz I'm going to one of those tomorrow to see what goodies they have! :-)

MaryCatherine said...

Don't ya just love a good Dollar Store fix? Love your blog, very inspiring! you make me want to craft :)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

You are a busy little Bee, Missy!!

I am lovin' that glass cake server full of heads!

Do you have a Halloween party?

The little white pumpkins are pretty darn cute, too!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..the dollar store???I can't believe it! You can do some fun things with that! I love the tea towels!

-Sandy Toes

Laurel MacD said...

I've been going back and forth with the glitter bones - You've inspired me, I think I'll try it.

Marie said...

CUTE hand towels! If you only glued the ribbon on, are they okay to use? I need details. :o) Can't wait to see how your bones turn out! Your Dollar Tree must be a good one. My local one realllllly stinks and they have almost no fall/Halloween items left already. They didn't have much to start with, but now it's all Christmas!

the undomesticated wife said...

I saw those bag of bones at the dollar store and almost bought them.

Our dollar store doesn't have any of the good stuff.

You scored big time! Yay you!

Michelle said...

LOVE LOVE the skelton arrangement...how clever is that:)

Cute stuff...I love all the dollar stores....

Twice as Nice said...

LOVE those towels. What a great idea. The colors are great. Love when someone thinks outside of the box. Theses blogs are the best!

ROXY said...

Love the towel makeover! The green and white polka dots are perfect!! Thanks for sharing:)

Tara said...

I like the ribbon on the tea towels! Clever! :)

Momma to Bug said...

Very good ideas! I really like the skull and bones.

As far as the wipes container...I always use baskets to put on top of toilet lids then I hide stuff in them like wipes, combs, washclothes, etc. If you don't like that Idea how about hot-gluing ribbon around the container? Good luck!

Rambling Girl said...

I live in a small town and my dollar store is nothing compared to what some of you bloggers have, guess I need to head to the BIG city!

Oh I did get those bones, skull and so on...yep you must be going to do what I am doing...

Love all your stuff, gotta do me some tea towels with ribbon. Never even crossed my mind!

Shannon said...

I love it all!!! I can't wait to see your glitter skeleton!! Great idea on the tea towels!

Natalie said...

I love that "Witch Way?" sign, and have it out front by the door. It's great how the Dollar Tree's decorations are getting better and better. Paying a buck for adorable wooden Jack'o'Lantern signs instead of the $7 or more elsewhere is great. I am excited to see how your glitter bones turn out. I've watched Martha glitter her heart out for Halloween and wanted to attempt it myself. I'm not brave enough...yet, lol! (I also stock up on glow bracelets - 12 for a $1!)

Stephanie said...

Where do you find the time? And yes, I'd love some tutorials! I need how to's in order to be "creative". Haha!

mommy2gabby said...

Love the tea towels and the little pumpkins. I am going to have to find some black towels.

If I finde some little pumpkins that match do you want me to send them to you? I am willing to do that.

Can't wait to see all the new projects. I am like you twenty things going on at once. Prohects galor and not enough time!

Have a great day!
Jody

paperjunk-lc said...

I can't wait to see how the skull turns out!

ThriftyDecorChick said...

Love your blog!! Can't remember how I found it, but do you mind if I link to it?? I am a HUGE fan of covering lampshades as well! ;)

Julie said...

OMG you did hit the jackpot! I've been looking for those pumpkins and still have not found them and we have 4 dollar trees around here.
I got the witches hat sign the other day not finished with it yet I will have to go back and get some other stuff. Have a great day!
Julie

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Yea for hitting the jackpot. Such fun!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Girl, I love the tea towel makeover! Love it! I had a cute one in my cart this morning but I put it back because I thought to myself "I can make something cuter than this." And then here you are, making them so cute for your kiddos bathroom. Way to go! As for my vinyl letters on my Boo pumpkins...I got them at Hobby Lobby. They were 50% off last week...they come in a cylindrical cardboard container and they are meant for putting words on walls but obviously we don't need to worry about that rule. They had mostly pre-written phrases but the container I got just had the alphabet. I bet you can find them at your HL...just bring a coupon because regularly the letters were $29.99. Little too pricey for me!
Carrie

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Yep, those towels are just too cute! Lucky you, finding the Dollar Tree white pumpkins. I looked at 3 stores & nada. But, one of my friends found some for me & I'll get them yet.

Barbara said...

Man! I've been checking your blog and now there are 34 people ahead of me. Really like the tea towels. I too want to know if you sewed or glued? Those cute signs are great, where do you plan on putting them? Perfect color...black and cream. Hope you had fun with your house full of company. Bet they love all your crafts!!! mom

megan said...

I too agree that the tea towels are darling. Super-de-dooper! Can't wait to see what you do with the signs. I saw them at the store and thought that they were cute, but not cute enough. How's that for no imagination. As for the wipes container, you could cover it in fabric and batting and trim. I have done it and it looks nice. It still looks like a wipes box though so you decide if you want it to stand out more.

Lorie said...

Oh! I love the white pumpkins! And the black towels! Cute stuff!

Misty said...

I found your blog recently and I LOVE IT!!! You are so talented and inspire me to be more creative! Also judging from your profile, we have a lot in common! Please check out my blog and I hope it is okay that I have you on there as a link! Have a great day!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

My favorite line from this last post, "Ok, I have about 9 projects goin' on right now." A girl after my own heart...is there any other way to be?
Feel free to come take a peek at my weekend project...and the funny story that goes with-Hee-hee!
M.L.

Kelly said...

Love 'em black towels!!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Biteofpunkinpie said...

LOVE the pumpkins! We will probably be hosting Thanksgiving too, so I might have to go in search of them... which dollar store are they at? dollar general? dollar tree? dollar somethingelse?

oh, and I do the little tea towels all the time too. I only have halloween, thanksgiving, christmas, and valentines day. all summer long the plain ol' purple and white ones just stay. i love the idea of dressing them up with ribbon. love love love love

Saucy said...

Okay! Same wavelength. I glittered some of those dollar store bones last year (why pay Martha prices?) and even glittered up those exact same signs! I nailed them right to the trees in my yard, very very cool. I guess all dollar stores are the same.

Angie said...

LOOOOOVE those tea towels with ribbon on them!!!

Rachel said...

Okay I think I NEED to make a run for the dollar store today!

:)Rachel

Susie Harris said...

I just love that store! I had to give them a visit today~ Cant wait to see how you use all of your goodies!

duchess said...

Love the towels & can't wait to see what's next with all of your finds.
I think I need to check the dollar stores again - those pumpkins are great.

queenbee said...

I love your projects especially the towel idea. I just may have to make some to give away for Christmas.

countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Chris ~ I love the dollar store..I found a bunch of decorations there too! Just have to finish all the projects that I've started!

Hugs,
Michele

Mandy said...

What a good idea with the ribbon! I'm totally stealing that idea! You are so crafty!!

Angela said...

I used some of the same signs from Dollar Tree to make a halloween wreath, check it out if you have time--no one seems to appreciate my love for all things HALLOWEEN!

You seem like you "get it", though!

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