Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall $15 Challenge - the big reveal!

Here it is, the great $15 reveal! Well, let me explain something first.

I had a big vision for this. I had dreams. I had $15. And I went to a handful of dollar stores and thrift stores and they all failed me in various ways. And I had to re-think my dream.

So, I went back. And I picked up a few things at the dollar store.

And then I picked up something else at the craft store (is that cheating?).

And then I used some fabric scraps I had (possibly cheating some more?)

And my vignette turned a little more into a project. Like, a single project.

My little helper, always nearby.

But then I thought I need some more vignette in my vignette. But money and time were running out!  So, I got some more things at the grocery store (3rd time cheating??). And then I had a plan to pick up some sticks in the park. Just plain old sticks. But I had an incredibly busy weekend, and an incredibly busy Monday and Tuesday, and I never got to the park. So, I beg you, use your imagination and pretend like there are some sticks in that white jug. And pretend like this jug is on a little table or plant stand, and not on the grubby ground.

And voila... ?

And here’s my breakdown:

Brown yarn from the dollar store: $1.99

Green yarn from the dollar store: $0.99

Foam wreath from Michael’s: $6.99

Assorted mini gourds from Trader Joe’s: $0.69 each ($3.45 total)


But wait! I can’t not cheat more, and I can’t leave my white jug without sticks. So, yeah, I bought some weird pumpkin sticks (or “pumpkin tree” as Trader Joe calls it) for $7.99. Ouch. So, my for reals total is $21.41. Oops.

Anyway, it’s been a blast and I hope that H. and our neighbor across the hall enjoy my efforts (we don’t get a lot of traffic in a fourth floor walk-up).

Have you checked out the other displays?


  1. Haha! I don't think using anything you had at home, or buying stuff at the grocer is cheating, although that may be because I did that too!
    Also, I love your 'cheat' those branches with the pumpkins are great!

  2. love it! I also made a yarn wreath recently. They are so pretty and cute!

  3. The wreath is super cute :) I had some troubles with finding good stuff at my local dollar store too. Maybe everyone else and their grandmas had the same idea back in September.. when the fall decor first hit the shelves haha.

  4. Hahaha I actually really like the "pumpkin sticks!" I think it all looks great! :)

  5. Cheating! Hahah! The point was to have fun with this, so I don't think cheating was against the rules. And I love how it turned out!

  6. not sure what's more fun - the vignette or your commentary :-) for some reason I find the keys in the door too funny.


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