Bargain Alert!

I found a great product, just arriving in The Dollar Tree stores, that won’t last!  And if you don’t think you need them, you may change your mind when you check out the suggestions I have for their use!

What is it?  Large bamboo poles (apx. 5 ft. tall x 1″ – 2″ in diameter).  Although they vary slightly, in height & diameter, I found most of them to be fairly large.  Typically, bamboo poles cost $5-$7 each in DIY, craft or floral supply stores and  make great decorative accents.  At this price ($1.00), they are very affordable and will provide inexpensive inspiration for you!

Here’s what they look like (in the store) to make it easier for you to spot them, or when asking your local Dollar Tree staff where to find them. I found them hovering between the (teeny) craft section and toy dept.

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Distance photo (for size scale)

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By the way,  I didn’t see this item on their website, so it is probably an “in-store” item only.

The first (and easiest!) suggestion I have for you is to place a few inside a large planter, vase or pot to use as a trending, contemporary and nearly care-free decoration (just a little dusting once in a while).  It would look great inside OR (because they’re weatherproof) outside, as seen in one of the photos below:

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Consider a greenery base to avoid dust inside the container

Great with the new, trending Asian decor

The perfect accent with the current, popular trend of Asian decor

Consider adding a light!

Add lighting (in container) for a super-contemporary look

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Because they are weatherproof, they make the perfect outdoor accent

Another great idea is to use them to create your own fencing.  There are tons of DIY instructions for many versions of this type of project (on the internet),

from easy to complex!

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You could also use them as inexpensive curtain rods, “as-is”, spray painted or bundled!

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photo courtesy of The Gardener’s Cottage.
For a thicker rod, bundle several together & use 2 pre-made finials or unique wine bottle stoppers as finials

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photo courtesy of etsy shop “Copper Bamboo”

And if you’re handy enough to hang a couple of rod holders on the wall, you could use them as a shower curtain rod in a tropical-themed bathroom:

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Create your own floor lamp!  Or cut smaller pieces for a table lamp.

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Or how about an accent to a wedding reception centerpiece?

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Need something sturdy to help you support your garden greens?

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How about making a DIY frame to hold bamboo creating an inexpensive Privacy Screen… inside OR outside your home?

Adding some lighting creates even more ambiance!

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OR, do you need a privacy screen from the “Sun”?  Then, use them to create a cover for your pergola.

photo courtesy of Beautiful Bamboo Blogspot

photo courtesy of Beautiful Bamboo Blogspot

Ok, as long as we’re talking back yard, HERE’S a project for ya!  Buy a bunch to create your own Tiki Bar.  LOL 😉

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I absolutely LOVE how great they look glued to the back OR front of a mirror to create inexpensive wall art!

[clicking on either of the next 2 photos will open a separate internet window with each of these creative blogger’s free tutorials]
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photo courtesy of Savvydesignwest.com

photo courtesy of Domestically Speaking blog

photo courtesy of Domestically Speaking blog

And, of course, my favorite…. as part of a fountain… ahhhh serenity!

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photo courtesy of Saaffect.wordpress blog

Enjoy the Creativity!

EILEEN

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Pre-Fall SALE!!!!

PRE-FALL SALE

This SALE is for the Early Birds among my readers – those of you who have some idea about your holiday themes and want to grab unique decorations to spice things up…. at a great price!   For a LIMITED TIME, please enjoy 20% off your ENTIRE ORDER in The Seasonal Home’s Shop!!!  Also, included in your order will be a BONUS gift…… AND…… shipping reduces on each additional item you add to your SHOPPING CART.  In other words, we combine your shipping rate to save you money!

So, take your Coupon Code with you (SPOOKY) and enjoy browsing the adorable holiday items among the Categories of The Seasonal Home’s store and take advantage of our sale.   Don’t wait because many of our items are one-of-a-kind!

  • 20% OFF SALE
  • BONUS GIFT
  • COMBINED SHIPPING
  • MANY LIMITED AND ONE-OF-A-KIND ITEMS

For your convenience, here’s a direct link to my shop:  www.theseasonalhome.bigcartel.com

I’ll be adding more items as time permits, but there are almost 100, hand-chosen or handmade (by me!) items for you to choose from now and once (some of them) are gone…. they’re gone!

Happy Shopping and thanks for your support!

Eileen

The Seasonal Home’s STORE debuts! :-)

EXCITING NEWS!!!

For a long time, I’ve been trying to find the time to open a little store and it has finally happened… The Seasonal Home’s STORE is only 2 clicks away (see SHOP! in the top tool bar of my site or click HERE).  Once there, you’ll find:

  • One-of-a-Kind, Holiday Designs.  I’m thrilled to add my own creative originals!
  • My Favorite Seasonal Decorative Accents.  These are favorite “finds” that I’m excited to share with you and many of them have been (or will be) featured in my blog posts, for inspiration!
  • My Publications (Book and DVD), productions of Creative Families, LLC (The Seasonal Home’s publishing company) featuring hundreds of family traditions (my book) and easy-to-follow decorating secrets & shortcuts (my DVD).

New items will be added as items sell out and the seasons change.  And closer to the holiday season, the store will grow to offer you even more of my favorite seasonal finds and original designs.

Very soon, you can look forward to a GRAND OPENING SALE, but if you see something you like, grab it as soon as your budget permits because some of the items in the SHOP are limited or one-of-a-kind.  In other words, once they’re gone…..

So, check it out to see what goodies are in STORE…  I’ve done the shopping & creating for you! 🙂

Enjoy the Creativity!

Eileen