Monday, February 22, 2021

Mini Wooden Crates Handmade Restyled Repurposed DIY Crafting


Mini Wooden Crates Handmade Restyled Repurposed DIY Crafting with LilacsNDreams! Welcome to all who are visiting.

Today I am going to share with you an item that is used for crafting, and give you a few ideas that have been shared too. All of the pictures below came from one of the Facebook Groups that I follow, Dollar Tree Farmhouse DIY. So much fun, others helping others, and sooo many crafty ideas are shared there too. Many crafters you will find get a lot of their supplies from the Dollar Tree stores, and Dollar General stores along with other places too. With these 2 stores you get new products you can create with. Painting, Mod Podge, glue, calendars, placemats, wired garbage cans, pizza pans, sheet pans, and the list goes on. 

So, one of the members of the facebook group asked for some ideas that have been done with the wooden mini crates that are sold at the Dollar Tree store. What you see below the picture of the crates is just a few things of what everyone was sharing. 

Crates shown are what is being used for the craft ideas people were sharing

The mini crates here were painted, chalkboard tags added to the front, some wooden balls making mini pulls, and these mini crates were placed inside the bigger crates which have been painted, and stacked too.

This project was created with the mini crate which was added to 1 of the handled cutting boards. You can see what was painted, paper/cloth added, wording, ribbon, etc. How cute for a counter top, or on the table too.

This is cute too! Looks like the crate was stained, had some stained feet added to the bottom, white wording was added on the side, and some cute embellishments were added in the top of the open crate.

This is another crate stand that had been made by putting the smaller ones into the bigger stacked crate boxes. Chalkboard tags added to the front, and this piece shows how they can be used for pull out storage drawers probably in the bathroom.

Another popular craft to make with this mini crate is the appearance of stacked books with wording, some saying, names, dates, etc painted on the side. This one was decorated with some twine wrapping the books together.

Both of these pictures show the front, and side of this stand. You can use popular arrow signs for the sides with the wooden crates/boxes, or you could even use some paint stir sticks put together. A rope twine had been wrapped on the sides adding a little more character to this stand. The mini crate boxes could set within the trays used on this stand. 

There are so many things that can be used to craft with, and create with at your dollar stores, things found from thrift stores, and so on. The possibilities are endless. The next time you see something you like, you want it, but don’t want to pay the price on it. Keep in mind that maybe you can still have it by making it, and spending a lot less than what you see in the store. Plus, you can alter a little by putting your color on it, some little touch you want to change, something you might want to add, and etc. 

Hope you enjoyed this, and maybe are able to get some ideas of things you can do too. If you’re not the crafty type, but know someone who is, maybe they can help you out with your idea. Don’t forget to check online too. There are a lot of crafters out there who would be happy to help you because they love what they do.

Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Hope to see you again. Till the next time take care, and be safe. Toodles . . . . . . 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Wooden Spindles Repurposed DIY Upcycled Craft Ideas

Wooden Spindles Repurposed DIY Upcycled Craft Ideas with LilacsNDreams. Welcome, and glad to have you stopping by today!

I myself have not done much crafting with wooden spindle pieces. I so adore the different things you can do with them! You can find scrap piles of the wooden spindles being offered from some of your favorite thrifting shops, or maybe inquire with some too. If you google it you can maybe find some offered by homes being brought down, and another place to check is with your Habitat For Humanity stores too. You might have some within your possession now with maybe an old chair that is falling apart, some old table legs, some from an old fence, finials from some old beds, another place is from balusters, and so on. 

Let your creative minds find many ways to craft different things with them. You can make different candle holders with them, make some different tiered stands that are popular, make side tables with them, ladders,  dragon flies can be made using ceiling fan blades attached, angels with different items for wings, and just so many endless possibilities it’s exciting. I have a few candle holders myself that were made from these. I have 2 heavy white ones that came from a baluster, and 1 is part of a table leg. I’ve had other simpler ones made that are lighter and painted a slipper pink, and french blue too. 

Wooden spindles are great to use for either small, or bigger pieces for different holidays of the year. Some can be made for different seasons, and you will find some made for outside uses with the porch, and gardens.

Here is an angel that I mentioned earlier. So many ways to make these, and have fun too! No rules, but made the way that suits you with your decor, style, and likes.

This is one of many dragon flies you will see made. This particular one was made using some old ceiling fan blades. I have seen some made using different wires to form the wings too. Again, endless possibilities which is so much fun!

The joys of crafting with all the possibilities is so fun. Even thoughts, and thinking about it you easily get caught up with the flowing creative juices. 

The pictures above were all found on the internet by googling wooden spindles images, and another great source for ideas is with Pinterest too. A couple of crafty places to see is with , and also with too. Couple of pictures came from them sharing their creative ideas. 

I hope the ideas shared here will help you with your own creations, and help you with some ideas to consider too. It’s always a pleasure having you visit LilacsNDreams. Hope to see you again soon. 

Take care everyone, and be safe with all you do. Till the next time. Toodles . . . .


Monday, February 8, 2021

Valentines Day DIY Handmade Homemade Gifts Ideas

Valentines Day DIY Handmade Homemade Gifts Ideas at LilacsNDreams. Welcome Everyone!

Valentines Day will soon be here. Maybe you have some last minute shopping, or creating you need to do.  You could deal with store bought gifts for your valentines interests, their passions, deepest desires, and so on. Instead of doing that you could consider giving a DIY valentines gift. Give a heartfelt handmade homemade gift which would make it something special for anyone who fills your life with joy, love, and heart. If it’s your spouse, your child, a coworker, teacher, etc. Crafting a gift is something special you can offer too. 

If you are not crafty you can still whip up something without to much time, money, or effort too. For crafting you would not have to get out the paint, glue, or other craft supplies to put things together. Assemble a customized care package with products that will be loved, and will be used. But, if crafting is your creative way for you to tap into that love language, then by all means go all out with your gift ideas.

You could make a box with some makings of like a self care package. In a box, or basket you could put like a mini bottle of bath salts, a candle, small bottle of bubbly, chocolate, and so on.

You could make some I Dig You treat bags. Use some small plastic shovels, use some gummy bears, chocolate coins, put some chocolate candy pieces at bottom for the dirt, etc. Use sandwich bags, write a valentine message on a heart shaped tag which you can then attach with some twine.

Make some cute Coffee Mug Mixers. You could add some loved sweetness to their morning coffee with some made mix-ins. Use silver, or plastic spoons for this. Pour some melted chocolate into them. Sprinkle, or top it with some mini chocolate chips, some nuts, some shaved or crunched peppermints, and any other flavored garnishments you know of. 

Do some lovely, and fun Printable Wine Labels. You don’t need to show up empty handed. You can have fun sticking a custom label with sweet sentiments to any wine bottle. 

Do the Baked With Love Gift Basket. Ok, you can lean on your shopping talents with Amazon, or wherever you choose. Maybe whip up some budget friendly gift baskets. You could complete this with some mixing bowls, measuring spoons, baking embellishments, and so on.

Don’t worry about Valentine’s Day quotes, valentine sweet and funny Valentine’s Day cards to make, lyrics, and things like that. Most popular thing to use for help is to Google it. You don’t have to use word for word for your gifts, but it will surely help you think of something, or give you some ideas.

Well everyone I hope this helped you in some ways to get ideas for what you would like to do Valentines Day with that special someone. Have fun with it!

Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams everyone! Great of you to stop by, and hope to see you again. Till the next time take care, and be safe with all you do. Toodles . . . .


Monday, February 1, 2021

Blog Blogger Blogging Social Media Networking

Blog Blogger Blogging Social Media Networking with LilacsNDreams. Hello, and Welcome to all who are visiting!

I don’t quite have my valentine piece done to share the completed vision with you. I picked up a few more things to try with it. Sorry about that. So, I grabbed another topic to discuss with everyone. I know I’ve covered some of the Blogging, and Social Media Networking before, but I wanted to share a little more with it today. 
Blogging, and Social Media Networking had grown fast over time. Today it is still very much used with online sales, marketing, brick and mortar stores use different forms, and so on. So, a question is Why Blog? There are different reasons I will point out to you. 

1) Social Media Networking is one reason for it. Blogging is another form of Social Media like Pinterest
FacebookInstagram, and so on.

2) Another reason to Blog is it gets you published. How you ask? By working with things in regards to like your SEO, your keywords used, topics used which helps you get noticed in search engine rankings.

3) Another reason to Blog is for you to get your message out there that you want shared with others. There is no right, or wrong words and pictures to put out there. It’s up to you what you wish to share, what you want others to see, and what the message is that you would like others to relate with. 

4). Blogging is another way to share some tips, ideas, tutorials, questions, answers, and just sharing. 

5)  This has become a great way for teachers, and students to share work, class notes, pictures, etc. Kind of like a newsletter for some companies, and places too. 

Blogging is not just for one form of profession, but for many forms and ways of things that people do. Online Sellers, Brick and Mortar Store owners, Big Companies, Small Companies, Journalists, Photographers, Publishers, Writers, etc. Many people have turned to forms of Blogging as the Social Media Networking area grew.

Choosing the right platform is a task that you yourself will have to look at, and determine the fit for you. Couple of popular ones are with, and Some platforms will be for free, and some will offer paid versions too. Some people have websites that they include a blog with it, and I’ve seen some use their domain, or one of their domains, for a blog too. Choose the platform that works for you, that you are comfortable using, and depending on what you want to do for your blog too. 

As you can see I use Blogger, and I have used them for years. I have wordpress too. But, I don’t spend much time with it. I am use to blogger, I’ve accustomed to the ease of use of things around here, its been easier for me to learn to do things without changes done all the time. I have noticed I can be seen in search with wordpress, and if I work things like I should my blog shows in search engines too.

I wish everyone well, have fun in all you do, enjoy, and please be safe. Thank You for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Take care, and see you soon. Toodles . . . . . .


Monday, January 25, 2021

Social Media Tools Use Vintage Collectibles Handmade Crafts


Social Media Tools Use Vintage Collectibles Handmade Crafts Repurpose at LilacsNDreams. Welcome Everyone!

I wanted to touch base a little bit about our Social Networking, and Social Media that we all participate in for pleasure, and many do it for business too. 

I think we can agree the more popular sites we use for our social connections are with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and LinkedIn too. Keep in mind there are a lot of places out there being used. Remember this is not all of them, and there are others that some use depending on your interest, business you might have involving it, your personal thoughts and feelings, your goals, etc. I hope this will help you a little bit with what you do now, or maybe any personal goals you have. 

FACEBOOK is a social networking service that allows its users to upload pictures, and share text. There is Facebook Messenger that many will use to contact people with, send notices, share things, etc. Facebook Pages are still around. Some use them for maybe a personal blog, use for their business pages, and so on. With Facebook Pages you can collect fans, and followers that can better follow you, and your updates to things too. 

INSTAGRAM has become quite popular to use too. Those accounts can be connected to your Facebook accounts which is good for business. When you can connect some of your social media accounts you can put 1 message, picture, announcements in 1 spot that will share to some of the other accounts. This is good to get backlinks that will refer to your website, blog, business page, and so on. 

PINTEREST is another form of social networking we do by using pin boards. You use a photo sharing technique of things you find of interest which could include vintage collectibles, handmade projects, crafts you’ve done or of what others have done, repurposed projects, blogs, websites, selling platforms, etc. It’s a great way to organize some thoughts, and another way to bookmark things you find of interest too. 

TWITTER is yet another form of social media, and social networking that is used for people to share things. Pictures can be used, usually limited wording, and we seen how it was popular for our former president Donald Trump too. Usually when I share something on Facebook it will also go to twitter too.

LINKEDIN is another social networking sight that does focus a little more with business relations. 

For those who use the internet for selling, or maybe advertising your products Social Networking is something good to use. It’s free unless with some you want to pay a fee to get a little more of what they offer. Keep in mind being involved with social media will help you be seen, or found at times on the internet. Google picks up on things with your use of keywords, use of backlinks, and so on. Connecting everything where you can, or with those that offer that. Keywords, backlinks, and it all works together. Google LilacsNDreams some time. You will see places I’m connected with, and what is maybe working for me. Takes time, patience, and being consistent with it too. Don’t forget that for some it’s their pastime keeping in touch with people, and their interests. 

Remember you are always welcome to share along with things that have been discussed. If you have had success, or good things with a place please share with us. 

Thanks so much for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Always happy to see you. Till the next time take care, and be safe. Toodles . . .

Monday, January 18, 2021

Candy Cane Valentine Wall Decor Handmade Repurposed Upcycled


Candy Cane Valentine Wall Decor Handmade Repurposed Upcycled at LilacsNDreams. Welcome to Everyone visiting today!

I’ve been getting things in order that I can easily grab things to sit down, and craft with. Some days I’m slower than others because I have a problem of looking at an item, staring at it, picturing what I want to do, thinking of other things I have that I can use with it, and so on. Needless to say I do that more than I should, and it becomes time consuming because time just slips by when I do that. I’m guilty of that, but I so enjoy doing it too. I know time slips away, but for me it is fun and relaxing to do this too. 

Below you will see a picture of a Valentine craft project I am working on. It is not fully completed. I have not glued pieces together quite yet because I’m not settled with it being completed. I feel I want to do something around the truck, maybe some kind of cloth or doily underneath it, something that I’m not settled on yet. Once I am I will glue it together, and add some kind of hanger to it as this will be a wall hanging I am making. I am using the plastic christmas candy canes that use to be in the Dollar Tree during the holidays. I got the truck from Dollar General. I really enjoy being able to use some holiday items for any project it can fit into making it more of a universal item. 

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my place at LilacsNDreams. Thanks so much, and hope to see you again. Remember, if you have any questions don’t hesitate in contacting me. Saying Hi is always welcome too. Take care everyone, and be safe! Toodles . . . . . .

Monday, January 11, 2021

Repurpose Upcycle Handmade DIY Valentines Decor


Repurpose Upcycle Handmade DIY Valentines Decor at LilacsNDreams.

Welcome Everyone, happy to see you! I don’t know about you, but this time of January, time of the month, time of year just seems to be a little blah don’t you think? With all the rush for the Christmas season, and now things are slowing down a bit to breathe. About this time it usually hits me like this every year. I am looking at different craft projects I could be working on, but my mood isn’t quite there. So, I look at things, see what others are doing and sharing, and make some mental notes of things to do. 

First of all I guess I should finish removing the rest of the Christmas decorations, and putting things away. That’s  something I usually don’t rush. By the end of the month it will be done though. Pretty much same thing every year. 

Before Christmas was over I was seeing things in the stores for Valentines Day. For that I do wait till after Christmas to deal with any crafty projects I want to do. I wanted Christmas to be Christmas. Also. I’m not one who makes a whole lot for this holiday. I bought an item to go with a small project I want to do for this time. Maybe this week I will get to it so I can share with everyone on the next visit. Wish me luck.

So, not a whole lot for me to report, or really discuss this time. Sorry about that everyone. I’ll try to be better prepared for your next visit. Thanks so much for stopping by, and visiting with LilacsNDreams! Be safe, and take care till the next time everyone. Toodles . . . . 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Pointsettia Christmas Tree Elf Candy Cane Ladder Handmade


Pointsettia Christmas Tree and Elf Candy Cane Ladder Handmade with LilacsNDreams! Welcome to all who visit!

Last time I was here I showed a couple of things I was working on for Christmas. I noted I would show you finished projects. See pictures below here for that. With the Elf Candy Cane Ladder I added another elf sitting. So, instead of 2 elves on the ladder I ended up with 3 on it. The Pointsettia Tree was fun to make, and is unique I think. I have it sitting in a little metal christmas pail I had found at Walmart. Next year I think I will redo around the bottom of the tree since it looks a little too busy. Fun part with these projects is that I can always decorate in other ways since I did not glue any of the extra figures, and things I decorated with. 

I used jewelry wire to attach the elves, and the decorative candy canes to the ladder steps. I did this in case I wanted to decorate it a little different the next time it was used. With the tree I just sat everything around the tree in the snow, and pushed in the different decorative pinecones in the front. Now that I look at it its a little overwhelming with that. So, next year I’ll redo some of that too.

These were fun to make, and I enjoyed showing them off in the house during christmas. It added a little character along with any store bought decorations.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and wishing you all a Happy New Year! Thanks for visiting with LilacsNDreams! Take care, and be safe. Till the next time everyone . . . Toodles!