Halloween Candelabra for Under $10

Hello! Halloween week has finally arrived. I’m the biggest chicken when it comes to scary anything therefore so glad all the scary shows and movies on TV are almost done!! My favorite is seeing all the neighborhood cuties decked out in their costumes. I have been so excited to write about today’s post for weeks now. I used them for our Church’s Halloween party so I wanted it to be a surprise, (in case any of my sweet neighbors are kind enough to read my blog).

The theme for the party was Dracula’s Castle and I immediately thought of candelabras. I was inspired by a guest post on Tatertots & Jello:

Gorgeous, right? She combined two lamps and a PVC pipe to create the base. I also thought of using a floor lamp. Well, after hitting many thrift stores with no luck in either of these options, I tried the Re-Store by Habitat for Humanity. This place is a candy store for those DIYer’s who like to turn worn items into fabulous again. You can seriously find everything including the kitchen sink! The prices are ridiculously low as well. I was starting to become discouraged when I spotted a bin with stair banisters.. BINGO!

Here they are in their unfinished glory:

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They were only $1.00 each!! The chandelier I found for $3.00!  I “gutted” the chandelier of all its wiring before they each got a few fresh coats of Black spray paint. My hubby helped me attach the base and the chandelier onto the banister with a few long screws. Throw on a skull, a fly, beading, candles and this is what I got:


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With red candle wax, I added the “Blood” to the candles and the skull.

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I made two of these bad boys. Nothing like spider web to make it even creepier. For the second one, I used the chandelier I had put up in the backyard this past summer. These will be on the porch Halloween night! I will be adding a post shortly on the rest of the decor and how these guys came into play.

Thanks for stopping by! I wanted to add the Pin it button for Pinterest but can’t figure it out. I would appreciate any help.

Norma xoxoxoxo



DIY Faux Dripping Candles

By: Norma Juarez

Can you believe Halloween is just 2 short weeks away! In honor of this fun celebration, I wanted to try something fun and different. Browsing on the internet, I found this easy ( why didn’t I think of that), tutorial on creating these fun candles.

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I found it on DIY Network’s site. They are made out of PVC pipe and hot glue. I tried some with the white but I didn’t really like that the “wax” didn’t stand out as much so I decided to try it on black and what a difference!

My husband helped me cut the PVC pipe into different lengths and then I spray painted them black.


Once they were dry, I used my hot glue gun and went crazy!

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Add some Styrofoam insert to hold the tea-light. I really liked them grouped into threes. You can make super tall ones or super short ones the sky’s the limit!

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Thanks for stopping by! I will be linking my project on http://www.utahmamalatina.com please stop by and visit!  Stay tuned for more Halloween fun!




Half Bath + Fall/Halloween Family Room

Hey all! Sorry about the super long post, this is going to be a doozey!

When we vacationed in México this past summer, I became obsessed with seahorses. As it is, I am a big fan of Mexican Artisanal in any way shape or form. I knew I wanted to bring the coast/beach theme into the half bath downstairs. I really wanted porcelain seahorses but I couldn’t find that I liked for a reasonable price so I bought these ones that are lightweight and made out of metal.

This is what I came up with:

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Just like a lot of things in my life, it is a work in progress. I am still hard at work convincing the hubs to paint the vanity white. I know by doing this, it would really bring it all together. Let’s not forget about those hideous vanity lights… The color is by Glidden called Bermuda Bay and I get it at Wal-Mart for about $20 a gallon.

I also spruced up(used the term very loosely) the family room a bit for Fall by adding these wonderful Orange pillows I found at Home Goods. I found this delicious throw blanket at Wal-Mart for about $15.00 to accentuate the orange a bit more. It is a Better Homes and Garden line.

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Speaking of “sprucing”, here is my very simple Halloween tablescape this year.

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I am over my church’s Halloween party this year so I have been going crazy on other crafts, which I am so excited to show you. These melted wax candles are one, plus two candelabras are also in the works. I can’t wait to show you how cool and inexpensive they are.

Thanks for stopping by!

Norma xoxoxo

The Kitchen Gets A Much Needed Face-Lift + Fall Touches

Hi all! In the words of my sweet mother, ” Long time no see you”. I have been doing things around the house I just hadn’t gotten around to taking the pictures let alone updating the blog in about a month.  As you might remember, I was laid off in April. Between then and beginning a new job three weeks ago, I have only managed to do a little work in three rooms, the guest room, downstairs half bath, and the kitchen. In my opinion, not one of the rooms is what I would consider finished.

Keep in mind that the kitchen is an on-going project. It is nowhere near my dream kitchen yet. I would love to add granite countertops, tile backsplash, board and batten on the island, and white cabinets through out. I don’t know if any of you can relate, but it is like pulling teeth to get my husband to agree to a project that can dramatically change the look of either a bathroom or kitchen. He is not a risk taker in these areas. He has other amazing qualities that I need to focus on…… Love ya babe!

Anyways, back to the kitchen. I did not take any recent pictures of the kitchen but I did find some from 2011 or so. I love the color red so I have always loved having it in my kitchen which is why it made it so long without new paint.

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And now with a fresher look:

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We decided to stick to the lighter grey that we used for the guest bedroom to continue into the kitchen. It will also carry over to the family room. We painted the doors black and I love the way they fit right in with the appliances! I also got my Fall on! My most favoritest season ever!

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I really love the yellow mustard as the accent color! I found the placemats at Target and the fabric for the curtains at Hobby Lobby.

Here are more pictures of the Fall touches:

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I am planning on painting a few more doors on the lower level Black as well to tie it together. I will post the changes of the downstairs half bath soon.

Please share how you get your Fall on if it is your favoritest season too! Feel free to leave your comments below.

Thank you for stopping by!

Norma xoxoxo





Playroom to Bedroom (again)

We have a spare room downstairs, right off the kitchen, that was originally the home office. Since we moved the office to the dining room, it has been a multi-purpose room. After Ellie’s playroom, it became a bedroom for my mother-in-law. When she left, it was a gym. She is visiting again therefore it is her room now. Before she came, we wanted to spruce up the place. The carpet was so gross and it needed a fresh coat of paint.

Here is the before before:

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Here it is during:

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And the after:

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We loved it so much we are going to use the soft gray throughout the main floor. It is called Pebbled Grey from Glidden. I get it at Wal-Mart with the primer included for $25.00 a gallon. We bought the laminate flooring from Home Depot for 0.99 sq/ft. The brand is Traffic Master and the color is Saratoga Hickory.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you liked it as much as we do!

Until next time,

Norma xoxoxoxo

Our New Addition

Our beautiful grandson was born on July 10, 2014! My daughter, Stephanie, had to be induced at 37 weeks and it was a long day at the hospital. He was only 4 lbs. and 17 inches. So glad we bought him some onesies in preemie size!

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Lucky for me, they stayed with me for about a week while she recovered and they got the hang of it. He has not been put down very often as all of his aunts fight over him!

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We are all so in love with this little guy and so blessed he chose us as his family!

Thanks for stopping by,

Norma xoxoxoxo

Celebrating America in Utah

(The following post was originally posted on http://www.utahmamalatina.com last week)

Hey all! I hope your 4th of July celebration was wonderful! Ours sure was. We started the day by sleeping in and ended it with watching fireworks with family and friends. In between, we celebrated my nephew William’s 12th birthday! On the bummer side, my other nephew, Brandon, had his appendix removed so he missed out on the fun.

Here, we do things a little bit different in the month of July. Our celebrations on the 4th are just the beginning. On the 24th of July we celebrate the trek of the Pioneers across the plains to reach Utah. There are parades, days off, and fireworks. Therefore, the patriotic theme stays put the entire month. In other words, I am justifying the delayed project I am going to show you today.

My front door wreath:


I found this idea on Pinterest and  thought it would be cute and super easy to do. It was.

I got the letter at Hobby Lobby for 60% off! Score! I painted the entire letter white and then used painters tape to mark off the red stripes and the blue on the top. No measuring = abstract art. I’m ok with that. It looked like a candy cane or a Christmas stocking until the stars and the blue were added. Phew….. Of course, I messed up on the stripes but instead of fixing it, I decided I liked whatever it was so it stayed.

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A closer look:


Here are pics of the display table I did inside (with close-ups):

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BTW- the red roses are from my garden! Aren’t they beautiful?

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Norma xoxoxoxo