Sticking it to the Man

I didn’t realize I was sticking it to the man at the time, but I did. I really let him have it.

Last week I stopped at Goodwill after work for no particular reason. I don’t think this is going to come as a surprise to anyone, but if you want to find awesome stuff at the thrift store you need to check back often, be patient, and have an open mind. I was working my way through the home aisles when I spotted glittery goodness. Someone donated an entire bag of gold and bronze glitter leaves. Perfect fall and winter decor and for $1.97 it was too good of a deal to pass up.

Leaf collage

Rewind to last fall. I was checking out the Dollar Spot at Target and they had items marked off 70%. I bought a branch wreath for 30 cents. 30 CENTS, PEOPLE! I should have bought them all! The wreath has been sitting in my craft room since last fall because I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to decorate it. Glitter leaves, meet wreath. Wreath, meet your destiny.

To make the wreath, I weaved the stems of the leaves through the branches to secure them. Hot glue wasn’t needed because I was able to use the wire in the stems to keep them in place. I alternated size and directions of the leaves to add variety. This project ended up costing about $1 (30 cent wreath and I didn’t even use half of the bag of leaves).

Leaf wreath close up

Front of house with wreath

You’re probably thinking “How exactly are you sticking it to the man?” A few days ago I was shopping at A.C. Moore with a friend to find inspiration for Christmas. We spotted some adorable leaves which we both wanted, but I didn’t need to buy any since I had already scored big time during my last Goodwill run. The most simple sparkly leaves were on sale for a 50 cents each at A.C. Moore and the fancy flowers were selling for 4-8 dollars. Not happening. It would have cost at least $15 to buy enough of the cheapest leaves to make the wreath. I’ll pass. I mean at that point, you might as well skip all the hassle and by a pre-made wreath.

Sam with wreath
Here’s a gratuitous picture of my dog, Sammy who looks eternally sad in photographs, posing by the door. Apparently, his life is horrible.

Final Score:
Chelsea: 1
A.C. Moore: 0

I win craft store, I win.

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6 thoughts on “Sticking it to the Man

  1. Oh my…”glittery goodness” :) “Eternally sad” :) Sticking it to the man :) Stopping by Good Will and browsing the Home aisle…:) Your blog makes me smile and often laugh out loud…besides the pragmatic aspect of great and cost effective DIY ideas!!! Keep em coming!

  2. I too like the writing. And I LOVE Sammy!! I especially loved the photo of him last year (?) of him with the Christmas lights around his neck. His expression was priceless. Would love to see it again. (hint, hint!)

    • Esther– here’s the picture of Sam. He totally peed when I put this on him! But then I figured he I might as well get the shot since the worst had already happened. He’s the happiest dog but he looks so so sad in every picture!
      And thanks for the compliment about my writing! I’m having a lot of fun with it!

  3. I think a picture of the wreath around Sammy would be a great idea! I love the door with the wreath. A good modern twist to the traditional fall colors

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