Dollar Store Decorating–Colorful Accessories at a Great Price

I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive items to perk up my home and dollar stores can contain little gems, but you have to visit them often and sift through a lot of junk to find the gold nuggets. This time it was my mom who did the sifting and look at these adorable gifts she gave me.

These colorful candles in mini buckets are adorable on their own:

or nestled on this white plate from Target’s new white dinnerware collection:

They’ll look great on the coffee table on my newly redecorated yellow porch:

These neon melamine flower pots are show stoppers on their own:

and are even more delightful nestled in this square tray, which came as part of the set:

They would look fabulous at a summer get-together filled with colorful fruits or vegetables; on my desk filled with paper clips, binder clips, and rubber bands; or filled with tiny artificial flower bouquets–another dollar store find:

And they look stunning on my colorful bistro tables in my garden:

These adorable dip bowls came from Target–not from the dollar store–but they are so sweet I just have to include them here:

They also look fabulous nestled on a plate from Target’s new white dinnerware collection:

So the next time you visit the dollar store, spend a little time there digging for gems. You might leave the store with some real finds.

Spring Garden Frolic

I spent the last two days cleaning up my yard and tending to my garden. The Phlox are in bloom and I don’t want anything to detract from the spectacular show. My garden always needs a lot of attention after a long winter of neglect. The puppies, especially the boys, are excellent garden buddies–and always so helpful. They enjoy digging holes, stealing my gloves and small garden tools, soaking up the sun, barking at neighbor’s dogs, and engaging in a game of tag, or two, or three.

I also spent the last two days with a dozen or so cans of spray paint in a multitude of colors. My garden furniture needed some serious sprucing up and I wanted to add touches of pink to play up the color of the Phlox. I ran out of light before I finished painting the furniture, so I’ll have to take additional photos and post them tomorrow. I’m so pleased with the results of my work, and boy am I achy.

In the meantime, here are photos of my boys doing what they do best–frolicking in the Phlox, eating grass, and enjoying a few games of tag.

Steve in the Phlox

Piggy in the Phlox

Dexter enjoying the Mandevilla

Piggy with the Mandevilla

Steve and Piggy enjoying a game of chase

Steve in motion

And the best thing after a hard day’s work (and play) in the garden–besides the dogs being seriously tired for the rest of the night–is the fabulous dinner my mother had waiting for me when I was done working (eggplant Parmesan, a green salad, some rustic bread, and peach iced tea). Love you, mom.

The Porch That Started it All

Here’s a photo of the front porch on my first home. It was a pint-sized porch, but there was still enough room for me to squeeze in a comfy reading spot where I could sit back and have a cup of coffee or enjoy my little garden, which I packed with as much color and as many flowers as possible. The rocking chair in this photo is still in use on my porch today–only now it’s painted a sunny yellow.

If you have a small porch like this one it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to create a lovely outdoor space. All that’s needed is a chair with a comfy cushion and a colorful pillow or two, a cheery wreath for the front door, some colorful accessories, and a few hanging pots of flowers.