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Christmas is Coming!

Wagner's the perfect gift for young readers:

Wagner, The Dog With No Tail wonders how he'll ever be adopted if he doesn't find a tail he can wag to show he's friendly.  Follow Wagner's comical adventures to see the end results. Find out more about Wagner here.  

Wagner - The Dog With No Tail is available on Amazon  or at the Dorrance Publishing bookstore in paperback or e-book versions. 

Find of the Week:

Since Dollarama started stocking $4 items, bigger and better vases have become available to dollar store decor enthusiasts that still won't break the decorating budget. This one is about 18-inches tall with a metal accent. It's meant for use with artificial flowers only but you can add a liner, not included, if you want to display fresh flowers in it.

You may want to check out the great new glass vases in the same price range, as well.

See past Finds here.

Quick Tip

Here's a quick and easy party favour for your next fall party: Simply wrap regular-size chocolate bars in scrapbook paper. Here, we've left the ends open. Place a faux leaf on top and secure it in place with baker's twine as you wrap the chocolate like a gift. Tie a knot in the twine, leaving the ends long. 

Print messages such as "Thankful for You!", "Give Thanks" or place names, if you prefer, onto a sheet of address labels and cut them out. Apply messages or names to small tags, add a small embellishment like the leaf confetti shown here and tie the label onto the ends of the baker's twine.

See past Quick Tips and easy decorating ideas from the dollar store

Contact Marlene  Found something exciting at the dollar store? Got a beef with a dollar store item? Do you have an easy decorating idea for a craft? I love to hear from my readers!


October Features: 


Autumn is a favorite time of year for many people because the temperatures become more moderate and for home décor enthusiasts, the urge to bring more warmth to their homes becomes evident. One good way to do that is with candles because you can make them over in so many creative ways. 

See Fall Colour for the full story.

Need some autumn inspiration? Try these easy ideas for decorating your home for fall that include a candle, a centerpiece and party favors.

Read Celebrating Autumn for the full article.


Many of the gift boxes you can find at the dollar store are almost too pretty to give away. In fact, I found some patterned boxes that are perfect for storing various items and attractive enough to display in the open.

Here are four different boxes, along with some ideas on how you can use them to hide everyday necessities in plain sight. 

Read Boxed In for more.















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