I like to think of myself as an artistic person, but, in reality I am more of a graphic designer/photographer/crafter. NOT a fine artist in any sense of the term. I’ve painted, I’ve drawn, but I’m not all that good. So, when I had the opportunity to try out DecoArt’s Social Artworking sets, I was all for it! First, I picked out the picture I wanted to paint off of the Social Artworking website. While there were a few I was trying to choose from, I ended up with “Day at Sea” print. [Read more...]
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Over the past few years, I have been at the helm of quite a few parties and celebrations ranging from bridal showers to crazy kids’ parties. And, with almost every party, there always seems to be something that just doesn’t quite go as planned. When that happens, I have learned that I shouldn’t stress about it – more likely that I should just expect something to go wrong.
It is that reason that I usually pack a toolbox for me to take for all of those mishaps. And, I’ve decided to share my little secret, so that it might help you stress less and have more fun at your next party!
With summer winding down all too quickly, I find myself having a little panic attack. What about all those amazing things I had planned on doing this summer? And, yet, lazy ol’ summer has gotten the best of us and we have joyfully played the summer away with our daily routine of breakfast, chores, and play until bedtime. While it isn’t a bad way to spend the summer, I was planning on having more adventures and easy clean up crafts. So, yesterday the stars aligned, and I dragged the girls out to the store to gather up a few watercolor supplies. And, then after dinner, I dragged them (kicking and screaming this time) up the mountain to a little park to enjoy an evening of playing and painting with watercolors together.
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I always feel like I am packing up a lunch for my kids. School days, museum trips, park playdates, even day trips to Grandma’s house usually involve a packed lunch in the car. But, now that I am packing so many lunches, I am finding it easier and easier – especially thanks to Rubbermaid’s LunchBlox.
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I love the current bar cart fad going on. They are so useful for parties. I love topping off my bar cart with all sorts of fun foods or drinks for almost every party I host. Bar carts are one of the easiest ways to serve food at a party. If the party is too big to have all of the food on my bar cart, I usually will host the drinks on it instead. But, for my get together this afternoon, this bar cart was the perfect size for all my bite sized treats.
But, after a few different times using my bar cart, I’ve figured out some great tips and tricks to making a bar cart look good every time.
Like I said before, my little sister recently had a baby, which meant I got to plan and host a baby shower (hooray for parties!). Hosting parties and get togethers really is one of my favorite things to do, and then put that together with celebrating an adorable little baby! Really, how could life be better?
When I ran across BabyLit’s Moby Dick: An Ocean Primer, I knew it was the perfect theme for a baby shower. (And, I love the illustrations in the book! So, if you haven’t ever seen it… you need to.)
To start, I ran into a dilemma about what type of garland to make. I’m a huge party garland fan, and I knew it had to be something fabulous since it was going to be the main decoration. You can read all about that story right here.
I am a firm believer that parties don’t need a lot going on, just a few very well picked out details. And, for this party, my details included:
Welcome table with ship wheel, baby pictures (cause, who doesn’t like seeing pictures of the baby?), little nautical flags, and Moby Dick: An Ocean Primer books as party favors.
Next, I had the adorable nautical flags hung up from the ceiling in our main gathering room, but (saddly) no pictures.
For the food table, I had my nautical flags as well as a Little Captain banner cut up and hung on the wall. Then, we served a variety of small bites – salmon dill cucumbers, mini chocolate cupcakes, meatballs, cheese and prosciutto logs, vegetable sticks, etc.
And, to finish the party, I gave out Moby Dick: An Ocean Primer books with a little bag of swedish fish.
Overall, it was a fabulous party, and the perfect way to celebrate my new little nephew joining our family!
In this day and age, it seems like everyone is trying to DIY everything. Which, personally, I think is great. (Probably because I am one of those people). It gives way to so much more creativity and individualism. Instead of needing to pick out an invitation template that hundreds of other people have chosen, I get to quickly create my own, print it out on my computer, and mail it. All in the same day.
But, that being said, it is hard to sometimes match the same quality that certain shops have when it comes to printing. I like my printer and feel it does a decent job. But, the hardest part I have, is finding good paper. It’s hard to find it heavy enough for me to be happy with. And, I feel like the weight of an invitation has a lot to do with how luxurious if feels.
So, back to the main point of this story…
I created these adorable invitations for my sister’s baby shower. And, I didn’t have any time to get them professionally printed, so I had to do with my thick cardstock at home. Once they were all printed and cut out, I felt like they were pretty and looked great, but they were missing a little something, and looked a little homemade – enter in – Elmer’s gold metallic painters marker. I love this marker because it really shines and reflects the light (the photos really don’t do it justice).
I used a flat piece of paper as an edge and lined my baby shower invitations with the painters pen. It instantly gave it a classic, upscale look and feel – even though my paper was a little thin. I don’t think any of the guests would have even thought these diy invitations were printed at home once they had a little gold trim around the edges. Gold makes everything better, right?
A few weeks ago, I hosted a cute little nautical themed baby shower for my little sister. I based the whole party off of one of my favorite baby books and had a lot of fun creating a nautical atmosphere. One of my favorite ways to add a little “celebration” to a room is to create a banner to hang overhead. I’ve seen a lot of banners hung up on walls (like in my last picture), but I hardly ever seen them hung overhead. And, it might be that it is extremely hard to get a good picture of an overhanging banner. I’ve tried many times. So, just believe me when I say it adds a whole new feeling to a room when there are decorations strewn across the ceiling.
So I decided to create some nautical flags for the ceiling. My first grand idea was to purchase fabric to cut down, hem, and sew together. While, it all sounds beautiful, it also takes a lot more time, work, and money. Instead, I ran across my ever growing collection of flat party bags in an arrangement of different colors and patterns and knew that I could make up something just as fun and nautical. And, afterwards, I didn’t feel nearly as bad throwing it all away (I seriously have a problem with this! But, what crafter doesn’t?) [Read more...]
So, apparently, life just keeps getting in the way with all my awesome blog plans. I prep, plan, and execute, but then can never find enough hours in the day to post anymore. Hopefully I’ll be able to start sharing more regularly again, but I am making no promises now that summer is here.
But, I did want to hurry and get this fun activity box posted just in case anyone else was needing such an idea. Every year we head out to go watch a local firework show. But, by the time we get to the park, unload everyone, and are waiting, I realize I probably should’ve thought of some sort of activities to keep the kids entertained for the next 30-60 minutes until it gets dark. Obviously, I am not the only one who has thought of that, since our firework shows are always littered with vendors trying to sell overpriced cheap glow sticks to my kids.
It is time to pull out all those fun packed lunches and head to the park, amirite? It seems that over the past week or two we have been to the park more than any other place, aside from home. But, along with all of those park dates and playing with friends, I am finding myself packing more and more summer time lunches. While I usually go for an easy out of crackers and fruit dumped into baggies, last week I wanted to try something new.