Halloween Series/Refashion Series: From Angel to Winter Princess

My Halloween Series was abruptly cancelled due to personal reasons. I do apologize for not posting any announcements. However, despite my mental/emotional health issues, I was not about to disappoint my princess who has not forgotten that she’s going to be a Winter Princess this year – at least in my household.
I had already purchased the materials as I find them and, did work on her outfit 6 months prior – that is before I started to lose my grip with my battle that I ended up putting a lot of things in the back burner. Eventually, I tried picking up where I left off with the refashion, only to have ruined the whole thing since my muse was never home when I was working on her outfit. And I would never ever say no when her dad finds time to be with her. That is more important than an outfit and a blog post!

With literally a week before our church festival, I was forced to buy an Angel costume @ TJ Maxx. I knew I had to turn that into a Winter Princess with the materials that I already have. She had already worn the outfit in its “raw” stage to her school Boo Bash and garnered some WOWS. That fueled me to work on it to finish everything from head to toe – and the bucket too! I guess in the end it worked out when almost each booth we went to complimented my angel’s costume.

The snowflake is an ornament from Beverly’s. Her belt is a snowflake garland also from Beverly’s
The feathers on her bucket was originally from the costume.
Her wand is an ornament from the 99c store. I just bought a beaded wand from Dollar Tree, took out the beads and attached the snowflake and used glitter pipe cleaners.
Her head piece is a tree ornament from Walmart. I took out the clip and attached it to a bobby pin.
Her cape – believe it or not, is a tree skirt that I got from Kmart for $0.00 – I used my points.

So what do you think? Does it still look like an Angel costume or A Winter Princess?

Until Then,

Keep Your Passion For Refashion.

***My daughter has requested to make her outfits for school in December. After getting some “pins[piration]” from Pinterest, I think I can make it work depending on my mental and emotional health*** As of today, I have materials for two designs…..stay tuned

[2014] Valentine Series: Crayon Hearts

My son opted out this year, but plans for a gift for his teacher. That’s for another blog. my daughter is still on board for this year’s valentines. After browsing @ Pinterest, she’s had her heart set on making crayon hearts.

The cost for this would’ve been $0.00 if I didn’t get tempted to buy another $3.97 set of molds @ Walmart, and had any leftover valentines from previous years. I already have the crayons from school year’s past.

Since this is a special year where she picked out what she wants to give, I thought I’d put in a little extra….
diy crayon hearts

Total cost:
$1.00 – label stickers @ Party City
$1.00 – bags @ Party City
$3.99 – valentines

Until then,


[2014] Valentine Series: Preview

What’s in store for this year for our DIY?

As the dollar stores roll out their Valentines decor, I started buying them with no clue what I’m going to make out of them. It’s already Jan. 17, so I figured, I should start making something else out of these.

Valentine preview

Garlands, Cookie Cutters, Heart Ice Tray/Mold, Flower Petals, Felt Fabric, Heart Gems Table Scatter, Plain White Mugs, Valentine Picks, Ladies Lace Top, Girl’s Headband.

Stay tuned…..

[2013] Christmas Series: DIY Snowgirl Costume

My daughter has a presentation. I knew about it two weeks prior. I found out about the prop – two days before. I’m not an artist, so I can’t draw. I couldn’t force my son to draw for her. My only option was to sew a costume.
I purchased those fluffy fabric that looks like snow @ Dollar Tree, a black hat @JoAnn’s, used some of our ornaments. This was the fastest costume I have ever made.

diy snowman costume

This marks the end of our 2013 Christmas Series.

Until then,


[2013] Christmas Series: Keeping Her Entertained

One day, while washing dishes, I heard this little voice saying “I have nothing to do”. Everything I offered her to do, the diva said “NO”. Until I asked if she wanted to “CRAFT”. With her eyes lit up, I thought of what was on hand for her to pass the hour I’m in the kitchen, and her big bro spending time on Minecraft.

So, I found a long string of beaded garlands that never made it during the Holidays.

I took the scissors out and cut it. Grabbed all of our pipe cleaners, and told her to string them into ornaments. That did the trick.

But here’s a couple of the ornaments, and I brought some to work.
diy christmas ornaments

Until then,


[2013] Last Minute Decorating

One of the bosses asked if we could decorate his office too. We happily obliged because we do have some left over ornaments, and garlands to hang. I only made one DIY out of a box lid, extra gift wrap, and a few more ornaments that didn’t get to hang on the garlands. My goal at this point, is to use all of the ornaments.
diy christmas wall decor

Until then,


[2013] Christmas Series: Is There A Thing Such As A DIY Fail?

I found the perfect size I wanted to make another set of ornament wreath. But as soon as I’m ready to close it up, it comes out looking like an egg. We’ve changed wires and reinforced the wires, I even added more ornaments, and it’s not coming out the way I want. My kids were teasing me that I should save it for Easter. I didn’t want to let it sit in a box, especially I paid regular price for the ornaments at Big Lots + 99c store ornaments.

I decided to just hang it outside and work on it next year.

diy ornament garland

Until then,


[2013] Christmas Series: Making It Work

It’s fun to decorate at work especially when: 1. they don’t mind you’re the one decorating, and 2. you’re decorating with your boss and co-workers in your department. This year, I still wasn’t able to contribute by buying decorations. Good thing they purchased some last year and just didn’t get to use it. I still have some leftover pieces that I don’t want to tuck away, there’s left over ornaments as well. So, I made 2 vertical wall decor

left over Dollar TreeĀ  garland + ornaments
diy christmas wall decor

Until then,

[2013] Christmas Series: No Ornament Left Behind[

Last year, I wanted to have a “Candy Cane” theme. Because of budget issues, I only bought Dollar Tree garlands. I didn’t use them as a garland, I took them apart and used them as an ornament on the tree. This year, the candy canes didn’t make it on the tree. I didn’t want to leave them out either. So I thought I could make a decor out of it. I still have enough candy canes left to make 1 or 2 more.
candy cane wreath diy

Until then,

Update: I made a second wreath after dinner.

Halloween Series [2013]: It Starts With A Wreath

This is the second year that I’m working on DIY decor. I honestly didn’t think I’d come this far. This year, money has been really tight, and I don’t know how I came about making these projects. I guess buying the materials as they become available helps instead of buying them altogether.

Anyway, our department started decorating for Halloween, and I was inspired the last minute to come up with a wreath. As always, the materials were bought at Dollar Tree/99c Store. The left one is the one at work, the right is on my door.

diy halloween wreath

The materials are:
1 garland from last year
1 carvable pumpkin @ Dollar Tree
2 spider web wreath @ Dollar Tree
2 pvc bows @ 99c store
Total purchase $6.00+ tax

Until then,

Why buy when you can DIY?