Design and Devise your Dream Outdoor Space on a Budget!


Design and Devise your Dream Outdoor Space on a Budget!

Today, I’m so excited to share my little summer living outdoor getaway, with you! Plus an entire blog hop full of other beautiful outdoor spaces, The Great Outdoor Living Event: Summer! (At the end of this post you can find all of my awesome fellow bloggers’ links to check out their amazing outdoor spaces too!)

This year, I decided that I really wanted to make our outdoor space the perfect family hangout spot! It took a lot of designing, and a little bit of devising in order to make this affordable, on my way-to-close to zero dollars budget… But, I think that I may have achieved exactly what I was going for! 

So let’s check it out, and you can let me know what you think!  Continue reading

Mason Jar Pumpkin Candle Holders

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Yah Halloween! One of my favorite times of the year! Halloween is such a big event in my life, that in my “younger” days, I used to stay up till like 3am in the morning working on my costume during the weeks before Halloween!

Now, x-amount of years later, with two little ones, I have to divvy up my time a little differently…

Being a new blogger, I recently realized that I don’t have any Halloween posts… a HUGE fail! So last week I managed to find a little time to do a little Halloween crafting.

My good friend Lindsey, made the cutest little wine glass Halloween candle holders a couple of weeks ago, and they were SO cute, that I decided to try and create my own version to blog about!17

Crafty has two meanings in my books… 1. Being super creative in an artsy way, and 2. Being super creative in a money-saving way! Therefore, I decided to head out to one of my favorite stores to gather my supplies – The Dollar Store!

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After checking out the wine glass section of the dollar store, I decided that these gorgeous mason jar wine glasses would make really cute pumpkins! I actually liked them so much, I almost chickened out of painting them… but then remembered that they came from the dollar store, and at that price, I can always buy some more!

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I already had some acrylic orange paint at home so I decided to use it, but if you don’t have any, the dollar store also sells this too!

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For some reason, I have this really weird obsession, where I have to mix my own paint colors for everything… even my dining room and office wall colors! Once I made the color that I was happy with, I started applying a base coat to all of my mason jar glasses.

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I actually ended up applying a total of four coats to my glasses… (Tip: use a soft bristle brush to apply additional coats of paint, and wait until each coat is fully dry before applying another when painting on glass.)

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After my mason jar pumpkin glasses were all dry, I pulled out my magical Sharpie! Ok, well not really magical, but pretty darn close! And guess what – you can also get Sharpies from the dollar store!

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I then started turning my pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns! I colored on eyes, noses and mouths! I made all of my pumpkin faces a little different, but you can totally make them all of the same if you want!

 

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See my new little helper, here?! Miss Soffia Rose, just ten days old! Such a sweetie, and what a great little helper!

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Although my candle holders were looking pretty cute at this point, I decided that I wanted to add just a little more detail…

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On the weekend my dad found some bittersweet for me out behind my aunt and uncle’s house… (Hi Aunt Maribeth! Did you wonder what I was doing lurking in the bushes behind your house?! LOL)

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Anyways, I have been dying to do something with this beautiful bittersweet, so I thought why not add it to my mason jar lids and shape it into little, cutesy pumpkin stems!

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I then added a pretty little, gold bow! (Ribbon is also available at the dollar store!)

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And well, here they are!

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The nice thing about these is that you can leave the lid off if you want to use real candles or tea-lights…

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Or, if you want to leave the pretty lid on, you can buy flameless candles from the dollar store!

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