Monday, July 25, 2011

A Few New Gifts and Finds

I found these three glass pillars recently at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for only $19.99. Which means, with the 20% coupon, they were only $16! 

Since then, I've been trying to find monogrammed candles with black letters to put inside. All I could find were these on Amazon for $28.00 each, and these for $14.99 each. Very cute, but kind of defeats the purpose of getting the pillars for so cheap. SO, I started thinking that maybe I could MAKE the monogrammed part on regular cream-colored candles! These "crafty" ideas come few and far between my regular thoughts, so I immediately felt quite impressed with myself. I actually had a vision for a crafty decoration in our house. And on top of that, I even planned to make them myself. :)

Thanks to my sweet mom who came to stay with us last Thursday, my craft project got a kick-start when she brought me three candles to use.

While we were out shopping for some things for my classroom, we found these monogrammed stickers at Michael's for $2.99. Perfection!
It's definitely worth mentioning that while we were there, we each bought 4 tiki torches for $2.50 a piece! Those will be going up around our patio at some point- once we muster up the energy to hack away at all of the monkey grass laying in the spot where they should go. 

Back to the craft project. . .
Step One: Peel
Step Two: Stick
Step Three: Place candles back in opening

The craft project is now complete.


The second surprise she brought was an outside thermometer for our garage! I was super excited to put it up so we didn't waste any time.

 My cute mama :)

Please look at how quickly the temperature rose. . . last time I checked, we lived in Georgia. GoodNESS!

The third gift she brought was a really pretty vase. Which happens to be on a very cute new table that Matt's mom gave us last week! We are seriously lucking out with sweet gifts from our parents!

This naturally prompted a trip to T.J. Maxx (see favorite finds page :) ) to outfit the top of the table. Here's what I came up with:

So thank you to both of our moms for surprising us with new goodies for the house. We definitely appreciate it!!


  1. I love the candle idea!! So cute!

  2. The candles look so pretty! And I LOVE that corner table!!

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