DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Challenge

DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Challenge

I always enjoy a good decor challenge on a budget, so when my friend Terrie, from Decorate and more with Tip  invited me to her DIY Dollar Tree Challenge, I knew I would love it!!

DIY Dollar Tree Challenge:

Rules: Purchase an 18 inch tree from The Dollar Tree and decorate it as budget friendly as possible!! Challenger accepted ✅

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Next I decided to use my wood star garland from one of my fav shops, 302 Wood Works  .

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 Along  with these mini ornament hooks  for .99 cents at 50% off. For the tree skirt, I used a piece of canvas drop cloth! I only spent $3 and some change on the supplies for decorating the tree. My total cost for decorating my tree was $4.32!!

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I wanted to style the tree in our girls bathroom upstairs, which is decorated in a boho theme. I wanted the tree to reflect that, with a pop of pale pink for color and a fun flair! What do y’all think?

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❤️-Shae

Please don’t forget to head on over to each of my friends, as they show us what magical transformation they made to their Dollar Store Christmas tree!!

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Terrie – Decorate and More with Tip

https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/dollar-tree-table-top-christmas-tree/

Kelli – K’s Olympic Nest
https://olympicnest.com/blog/dollar-tree-christmas-tree-hack-creating-a-farmhouse-buffalo-check-christmas

Shae – Sweet Southern Grace
https://wordpress.com/post/sweetsoutherngrace.blog/1001

Rebecca – Rebecca Anne Home
http://rebeccaannehome.com/?p=315

Dayna – Just Another Farmhouse
https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/diy-christmas-tree

Christine – CD’s Country Living
https://cdscountryliving.com/diy-rustic-mini-christmas-tree-centerpiece/

Dani – Welcome to the Taborhood
http://www.thetaborhood.com/blog/mini-tree-diy

Tammy – Patina and Paint
http://patinaandpaint.com/diy-challenge-dollar-tree-mini-tree

Carol – Bluesky at Home
https://blueskyathome.com/3-ways-to-style-a-dollar-tree-christmas-tree

Mary – Shady Oak and Sassafras
https://shadyoakandsassafras.com/dollar-tree-thrift-store-christmas-tree-challenge/

Jessica – Jessica Welling Interiors
https://jessicawellinginteriors.com/decorate-a-dollar-store-mini-christmas-tree/

Teresa – Through a Vintage Door
https://throughavintagedoor.com/03/12/diy-dollar-tree-challenge/

Michelle – Blessings by Me
https://www.blessingsbyme.com/?p=4491

Jessica-Jessica Simmons

Decorating a Mini Dollar Tree Christmas Tree

Creative Thursday’s Christmas Craft

Creative Thursday’s Christmas Craft

This year with my collaboration with King of Christmas, I knew I would be going neutral with my Christmas decor, which meant I would need to do a complete 360 and either make or buy new Christmas stockings. I went and checked a few of my fav decor spots and they were a no go for stockings. You know when you get that picture in your head of what you want and you can’t find it anywhere? I was feeling a little defeated, until, I got the idea to make my own stockings from painters drop cloth canvases. Say what? It sounds funny, I know, but I knew I could probably make 6 stockings for under $10! I actually only spent $2.98 on the Drop cloth because it was on sale!  I mean, my entire main living area of my home, has drop cloth ruffle curtains. I already had some left over drop cloths from when I made the curtains from our eat-in kitchen or i.e. playroom for our youngest daughter.

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I knew I wanted fairly nice sized stockings. We have had some of our Pottery Barn Kids stockings for 17 years and they are a great size for Santa to fill! I decided to use one of those stockings for a pattern.

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I basically just laid the PBK stocking on top of the canvas, that I double folded, then added about 1/2 an inch for seam allowance and cut out. I took both pieces of canvas and sewed right sides together, then turned inside out and decided on the size that I wanted the ruffles to be.

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For the ruffles, I decided on the size, which was   6.5 inches in width by 20 inches in length with 1/2 inch seam allowance. I sewed down the raw edge then folded over, sewed down again and began the process of ruffling the canvas. If you have never ruffled before, its not hard, you just need set your machine to the loosest stitch and the widest stitch. Once you’ve run your stitch the whole length of your fabric, gently begin pulling the bottom (bobbin) thread.

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Next, begin slowly pushing your bunched fabric towards the end of your fabric until you have the whole fabric ruffled.

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Next, I made the stocking holder loop. I used a  piece of 4×6 size of canvas.

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First I folded down the fabric on one side to the middle and then did the same for the other side.

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Next, fold over the entire piece in half.

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Like this…

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Then sew down the edges.

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Next, I turned down the stocking and decided on the width of the cuff, then sewed the edge with a 1/2 allowance.

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I decided to go ahead and attach the stocking holder, then sew on the ruffles.

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Next on the agenda is sewing on the ruffle!

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I also decided that I wanted to make stocking name tags! I knew we had some pine underlayment left from our faux shiplap wall we had just completed. I asked my husband to cut out 6 that were 5.75×2.75 plus drill a small hole at the top.

A8F573EB-F462-44E5-AEEB-DBE6575140D2I decided to stain with one of my favorite colors of stain, Minwax Dark Walnut.

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After finishing with the stocking name tags, I added twine for tying around the stockings. These cost me zero to make because I already had all of the supplies!
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We are done! What do y’all think? I absolutely am loving my neutral, very budget friendly Christmas decor this year! It definitely took some time to grow on me since I’ve had traditional for the past 20 plus years but our entire family is enjoying it.

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Please check out my friends to see what Christmas Crafts they have come up with for  our monthly Creative Thursday’s! We have some pretty amazingly talented ladies, if I do say so myself!

Love, Shae

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https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/christmas-creative-challenge

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Creative Thursday ~ easy to make candy cane garland

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Creative Thursday – Christmas Craft

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Creative Thursday: Classic White & Gold Framed Ornaments

How To Style A Basket Wall

How To Style A Basket Wall

Today, I am teaming up with several bloggers for a Thrift Store Blog Hop! Y’all know how much I love a good budget friendly DIY! This basket wall cost me under $15 and took me about an hour to create! Baskets are a great way to add decor to your wall for cheap!

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First things first! I found all of the baskets at my local thrift shops or rummage sales. All of  the baskets were .10 cents to $1 each except for the large round placemats. The trick to finding these baskets is finding different colors, textures and patterns.

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The colors do not need to be the exact same but similar in tone, to create a cohesive basket wall. One other thing to consider is to using an odd number of baskets on the wall. It will help balance with an odd number.

Next is to decide how you want to place your baskets on the wall. You can draw out a pattern on paper or lay them out in the floor first.

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I chose to go at a diagonal pattern with the three large placemats as my focal point.

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You can also lightly draw with pencil to mark where to hang each basket. I like to use very thin nails, called finishing nails, to hang the baskets with. They are small enough that the basket can hang on plus they won’t be an eye sore because they will be hidden by the baskets.

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I also enjoy adding touches of greenery throughout my basket wall. Now, be honest, what do y’all think? Do you have a basket wall?

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I hope you hop on over and visit my friends to see what they have found on their thrift store finds this month!

❤️-Shae

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Thrift Store Challenge: Autumn On My Mind

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/10/28/thrifted-treasure-October/

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https://hydrangeafarmhouse.com/thrift-store-challenge

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https://www.thehousehouse.com/thrift-store-finds/thrift-store-challenge-tray-makeover

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https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/10/21/thrift-store-challenge-wood-shutters

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https://wordpress.com/post/clochesandlavender.com/12036

It’s All About The Fall Vibes-Fall Home Tour 2019

It’s All About The Fall Vibes-Fall Home Tour 2019

Hey y’all! Come on in! Yes, it’s still in the upper 90’s here but that hasn’t stopped this gal from decorating my home for fall! After you’ve seen my fall home tour, you’re in for a treat because I am linking up with a few other bloggers this week that are also inviting you into their homes to see their fall décor!

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Welcome to our home! Pull up a chair and I’ll fix you a cup of warm apple cider, but we will leave the air conditioning on. This year, I based all of my color scheme on my pumpkin patch sign! I wanted warm fall tones! My Pumpkin Patch Sign was made by my husband and I, last year and it also doubles as a Christmas sign on the back side. The frames behind the Pumpkin Patch sign are some frames I have had from over the years and I just chalk painted them! I added green eucalyptus and warm fall tones of birch sprays, both from Hobby Lobby. They were purchased when 50% off! The two chairs were purchased from Amazon, a couple years ago. I think they were $50 each. The pillows are from my sectional. The blanket was purchased from TJ Maxx, this year for $15. The pumpkins are a mix of real and faux from Trader Joe’s and Hobby Lobby. The planters I have had for 15 plus years. I spray painted them back in the spring to refresh them! I bought the mums for under $5 at Wal-Mart.

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Our farmhouse style tv cabinet was designed & built by my husband and I. The wheat grass wreath above was made by me. I purchased the grapevine wreath at a local thrift store for a couple dollars. I bought all the wheat grass from Hobby Lobby and Micheal’s, all for 50% off. If you happen to live near wheat grass fields, you could ask the farmer for any scraps and you could basically make yours for free! My wreath is quite large and cost around $60 to make. Still much cheaper than you can buy in the store for the size that I needed! Warm fall toned birch sprays are from Hobby Lobby for under $10 for 4 sets.

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I am loving the warm fall vibes this year! Can you tell? For my tablescape, I chose to use my dough bowl that my husband made from a salvaged log that he found on the side of the road! Again, I used warm fall toned birch leaves & pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. I also added a couple acorn sprays that I cut and made into several sprays from just one! They were $1.49 from Hobby Lobby this year. I also used my Leaf Plates from Pottery Barn, White Linen Salad Plates from the Pioneer Woman Collection & the crystal glasses were from my Mother. You can read all about my fall tablescape and links on where to purchase here.

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Our farmhouse dining room table & light fixture was designed and built by my husband and I. I also made the drop cloth curtains. Super cheap to make at $16 for both curtain panels. My rug is from my fav rug company, Well Woven Rugs.

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In our recently renovated kitchen (under $500), blog coming soon, I made a fall floral arrangement. I bought the crock from an estate sale for $5 and used the fall birch sprays and other greenery, plus pumpkins, that I already had on hand. All from Hobby Lobby. You can read all about how I styled the fall floral arrangement here .

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I decided it would be fun to style my youngest two daughters kitchen set for fall as well! What a fun morning we had with an impromptu tea party at 7:45 am! I used all the same goodies from Hobby Lobby! Drop Cloth curtains were made by me for three sets, it was around $9.00!

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I also decorated my white chalk painted piano with those fall birch leaves and pumpkins! I really do love the color vibe they give off in my home!!

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I even added a few pumpkins in our master bedroom along with those acorn sprays & amber jar bottles. The amber jar bottles were purchased from Whole Foods for a few dollars. I also added a funny letter board. Lamp is from Hobby Lobby at 50% and it was $43.

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I even added a few touches of fall to our half bath. Of course I added the warm fall toned birch sprays, along with a few fabric pumpkins that I made! You can see how I made my fabric pumpkins, all for under $10 here. The green market sign was purchased from Target’s Dollar section at half off for just fifty cents! The amber bottles & antique books were purchased from an estate sale and my fav local antique shop for a few dollars. The mirror and shelves were also designed and built by my husband and I. We also recently renovated our half bath and all for just under $200. You can read that post here .

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I added the same pumpkins, birch sprays & acorn sprays to my smaller dough bowl. The fresh soap bathroom sign was designed and built by my husband and I.

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Lastly is my outdoor tablescape. We love eating outside when the weather is cooler! We are finally expecting cooler temps here next week! It is so nice to sit outside and enjoy a meal with our family!

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I hope y’all have enjoyed my Fall Home Tour and I hope I have inspired you to decorate your home on a budget! Please take a moment and read my friends fall home tour! I know you will enjoy it and find that fall inspiration you are looking for!

Love~Shae

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/10/07/its-all-about-the-fall-vibes-fall-home-tour-2019/

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It’s All About The Fall Vibes: Fall Home Tour 2019

Fall Floral Arrangement

Fall Floral Arrangement

Today I am excited to share a new monthly challenge with y’all! Recently, Tara from Stilettos And Shiplap , Emily from LeCultivateur and I came up with a idea for a new monthly challenge which will consist of something a little different each month! This month we will be creating  a Fall Floral Arrangement and the rules were simple. Use a container we already owned, fall florals were a must and keep it budget friendly under $15. Ok, challenge accepted. Now, I must admit that it is definitely a challenge for me. I am definitely floral arrangement challenged, but I am always up for a challenge for my creative mind. Think outside the box. Mind you, my car is in the shop, so I will need to use everything I already have on hand or natural elements from outside. Shouldn’t  be to hard, right? If you are a blogger and would like to join us, please email one of the hosts!

I wanted to start with a vintage crock that I found at an estate sale for $5, last fall. That would be my container.

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I originally thought I would use some clippings from my butterfly bush outside, along with some flowers from Trader Joe’s, that I already had on hand. My husband buys me flowers from Trader Joe’s, a couple times a month, so we always have fresh arrangements on hand.

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I went outside to cut a few stems off the beautiful butterfly bush! It has grown so much this year alone! There were so many butterflies as well! If you look closely, you can spot a few of the orange and black Monarch butterflies.

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I just love the flowers from the butterfly bush! So beautiful and vibrant! Now to start filling the crock!

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I rearranged the floral arrangement, three times before I decided it was not going to work. Scratch that idea.

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I decided to bring out all of my fall colored eucalyptus, pumpkins, candlesticks, acorn sprigs and a few pieces of greenery. I began to arrange them in the crock. Finally it felt like it was coming together. Styled our candlesticks that my husband and i made from a vintage bed post, along with my pumpkins from Hobby Lobby. I love adding the wood farmhouse beads too! I am definitely no professional but I did enjoy challenging myself with this fall floral arrangement! Best thing is that I made it for free because I already had everything on hand for this fall arrangement. Had I went out and purchased the fall florals, I would have only spent $10!

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Have you made a fall floral arrangement? I would love for you to check out my friends to see their stunning fall floral arrangements!

❤️-Shae

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https://stilettosandshiplap.com/creative-thursday:-are-you-faux-real?/3538/ (Co-Host)

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https://lecultivateur.com/2019/09/26/creative-thursday-its-all-faux/  (Co-Host)

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https://www.thahousehouse.com/creative-thursdays/fall-flower-arrangement

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https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/fall-floral-arrangement

Vintage DIY Chenille Pillows

Vintage DIY Chenille Pillows

Hey y’all! It’s time for our monthly Thrift Store Challenge and I’ve teamed up with several of my blogging friends today! 💃🏽 The rules: We each need to find an item from a thrift store, yard sale, estate sale, antique store…you get the idea! We need to take the item and basically make it our own, plus style the item in our home! Challenge accepted!!

I decided to go straight back to that white vintage chenille blanket that I found at a church rummage sale for $2.50. Remember the blog post I did on the handmade chenille pumpkins? Just in case you did not see it, click  here to see the post.

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I have been wanting to make a few vintage chenille pillows for our master bedroom and this challenge was perfect for that! Since I already had this blanket and the poly-fil, this practically cost me zero dollars for this challenge!!

I love how there is a few spots on the chenille blanket that has been mended over the years. I can tell the blanket was hand-sewn and I can’t help but wonder how that tear must have gotten there…but I love the character it gives!

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First thing was deciding what size I wanted the pillows to be! To be honest, I just held the fabric up to my pillow shams and decided I wanted them about half of the size (give or take) of the shams. After deciding on the size, I cut my first pillow template from the vintage chenille blanket. I cut two pieces per pillow.

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I chose to leave the fringe on one pillow, to dress it up a bit more!

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Place right sides of fabric together, pin or not pin, if you prefer. The one below is the fringe pillow, so if you chose to use fringe, make sure to tuck it inside!

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Sew all sides, leaving enough room on one edge open, so you can flip your pillow inside out, then stuff with poly-fil!

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Wallah! You have an easy vintage chenille pillow! I made a total of 3 and I love the one with the fringe best of all!

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I hope you will hop on over and visit my friends to see what they have found on their search for our Monthly Thrift Store Challenge!

❤️-Shae

Thrift Store Challenge: Tables & Graphs

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https://decorateandmorewithtip.com/make-your-own-towel-shelf/

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Thrift Store Challenge – September

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https://barnhousemess.wordpress.com/table-centerpiece-thrift-store-challenge/

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Vintage Chair Makeover – September Thrift Challenge

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Kitchen Essentials with Rod Works

Kitchen Essentials with Rod Works

Hey friends! I always like to have total transparency! This blog post includes an affiliate link and we collaborated with Rod Works on both of these canister sets. My opinions are always my own and I would never share anything with y’all that I don’t truly love. Thank you for your support friends!

Hey y’all!! My name is Shae. My husband and I like to say we are a powerhouse when it comes to our DIY’S for our home and in between raising our four daughters, being an Instagram Influencer, I brought in my blog this past January! We share anything from home décor styling, DIY budget friendly renovations, recipes, and more!

Have you wanted to update your kitchen on a budget with products that don’t break the bank? The hubs and I recently updated our kitchen with concrete countertops, a white subway back splash, a white farmhouse sink and white chalk painted cabinets.

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After the renovations were completed, (it took about 3 weeks) I began searching for décor to complete our kitchen renovation. I knew I wanted a whites and woods type of pallet. My husband made the wood cutting boards that you can find in this post from a large 75 year old tree that had fallen onto our property. I found various baskets from thrift shops and a few that I had in my décor closet. I also added touches of greenery and a couple signs that we had previously made. I felt like this one counter space was missing something and couldn’t quite place my finger on it. When I found these canister sets from Rod Works , I knew it was the perfect kitchen essential for my countertop! The Coffee/Tea canister set can be found here and the Flour/Sugar canister set can be found here .

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The canisters are ceramic with a slight gloss finish and a seal to insure freshness! I have had them in my kitchen for the past couple of weeks now and I love how all of the items I use on a daily basis are right at my fingertips! They are practical, convenient, free up space in your pantry and are budget friendly! Please check out my friends over at Rod Works for all of your home décor needs!

Thank you for stopping by today!

❤️-Shae