Sunday, July 31, 2011


Well, one party down!!! Only two more birthdays and school clothes shopping to go!!! Whew....I'm tired from thinking about it all!! I wanted to share some of her party decor!! We did a black, white, and pink theme. We used leftover wrapping paper from her bedroom redo...(that is still not finished)!!! Anyhoo, these are pics of her school cafeteria. Although it looked like birthday party threw up in the living room all week, I knew with the size of the cafeteria it wouldn't look like very much.

The gift table. Complete with monograms, and tulle I purchased at a thrift store for $1.00 a bag. I used frames from her bedroom and the photo holder from my living room.

The side wall. It was a huge wall to fill up. I know it's difficult to tell in the photo but tulle was draped along the top of the wall. We wanted the entire middle of the floor to be clear for her "dance". She wanted some of lights off to mimic a school dance. We did lower the lights, played music, and danced....I'm sure the ones sitting were entertained by a few adults (myself) attempting to dance.

I love paper roses...she also wanted lanterns and we hung them over the food tables. Like I mentioned before lots of space to huge in living room....not so big in the cafeteria.We were limited on wall space and couldn't take posters off the walls.

We made our own candy bouquets. We hot glued florists foam from the Dollar Tree and placed lollipops, gum on toothpicks, and wrapped smarties with the black and white paper (it looks like cow into the foam.

I opted to do finger foods only, so we made two different types of cupcakes and added a monogram cupcake pick. I tried to find only black and white was more difficult than what I thought!!

More cupcakes.....we cut large squares of black and white paper to break up some of the white of the tablecloths. I also printed out place cards to label all of the need to doubt what kind of cupcakes your eating or flavor of dip.

Here is a small niche which happened to be the only place with a plug in....use what you have I suppose. I turned it into the area for the "hot foods". We had chili, chips, and cheese. We made the banner and of course more roses.

I took the birthday girl outdoors for a photo shoot the day before. I made her a hair bow and matching flowers to go on her shirt. We also used the paper roses we prepared for the party. We dressed her following the black, white, and pink theme. I also used ribbon that I picked up at a yard sale to make rosettes to use on the front of the tables.

Here are our custom boards we made from wrapping paper, streamers, and a pizza box. I also had a few extra pictures and used those as well.

I wanted to fix up a dress up area for them to use to take pictures. I thought I would do a photo shoot and post them on Facebook. Let's just say the boys had SO much fun with feather boas and pink party hats!!! I should have covered the table and kind've wanted a mirror...but there was only so much time.

Here is the backdrop for the photo shoot quick, simple, and easy!!!! More streamers and wrapping paper.

The birthday girl ready for her close up!!!!
Thankfully we can use all of her party decor for her bedroom. Can't wait to hang the roses up in her room...did I mention I love those???
How do people do these grand parties??? I thought I had everything figured out....I can't imagine how people do these completly over the top parties!!!
Well, off to bed...busy week ahead!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

God's Blessings

     I can't believe I'm going to say it.....but, I've found something way more important than blogging!!!!
                                                    Yes, it's true!!!! ( I never thought I would say it either).
Sometimes I am amazed by the blessings God throws our way. We had the pleasure of keeping this little guy for a few days!!!

 Isn't he just adorable??? I forgot what it was like to have an active 3 yr. old around. Needless to say there were a few days I was exhausted. We have had so much fun with him. We have played.

 But have also found moments of quiet time. My oldest daughter is reading to him.....right now it's his favorite. We took turns reading about "spooky noises".....we read the same book several times. I truly forgot about reading the same book over and over and over again. It's funny how certain things come back to you.

 He's a keeper!!! Can't wait to go pick him up for another visit. We're all counting down the days til Friday to see him again.

We're getting a lot accomplished between visits. It's almost party time.
I can't believe I've used an enter bottle of white glue. I thought these things lasted forever!!!!

                                                                     I've made a banner.


                                        Decorative boards....and paper roses for party time.

I've been so busy no time for blogging.
I hope to post party pics soon.
My youngest daughter is so excited with all of the party decor.
It's been fun spending special time with her creating.
Hope you're having a great week......
I'm hoping to survive a weekend of little one and partying tweens!!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Few Projects

I thought I would share a few projects today. I have been so busy and seriously slacking on blog duty!!
First I will show you paint before and afters. My daughter thought I was insane for buying this little step ladder. It was only $1.00.

 Here is the after. I think it's an adorable display piece now. I'm thinking of adding a couple of shelves for display.

The sewing drawer in the background had some great detail. It's a repro so I didn't feel guilty about the paint.

                         The after!!! I just did a dry brush technique one it. I wanted to age it a little.

 Here is a tray full of graphics from The Graphics Fairy. I spent so much time on there one day I had to stop myself!!! I spent hours looking at all of the wonderful graphics.

 A super inexpensive jar I purchased at a yard sale with a dog label for doggie biscuits!!! I love this label!

                                                                            A glittered tag!

 I printed half a page of these crowns out, cut them, glued them onto a piece of card stock, then glittered around the edge. I love crowns and glitter!!!

 I printed this graphic, cut it out and glued it to the bucket. The bucket is rusty and has no bottom but I think I can hang it up, or fill it with berries or grapevine and it would be cute. I may distress the image to darken it a little more.

Well, as you can see I've been finishing projects. Just haven't had a lot of time to post.
Between VBS and birthdays I've been booked up!!!
My "baby" turns 11 today!!!
Where does the time go???
Happy B-Day Myleigh!
I have more projects to share later!!!
Have a great week!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

See The Beauty

Isn't it funny how sometimes you grow up with certain places you forget to see the beauty in them?
This is one of two of falls at our state park.
It looks like a lagoon in a movie scene.

It's not very big but, I remember swimming here when I was young. The water is always cool even in the middle of summer.

The way the water cascades down...the sunlight. It was beautiful. I've always loved it here but, noticed it's beauty today.

In times past if you were very still the little minnows would come and nibble  your about giggly girls!!!

                                                       I even saw beauty in a tree covered in moss.
God has surrounded us with beauty....I need to be more aware.....

and thankful. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in life I don't stop to look.

This was a day for appreciating nature!

                      I hope you can go outside and appreciate the beauty you've been blessed with!!!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Been Framed?

Isn't it nice to be able to rearrange prints and frames.
Sometimes they just look as though they were meant to be!!!
A friend bought me this wonderful frame and the marriage certificate seems to fit it perfectly!

 This is the frame that (up until recently) held the marriage certificate. I think this print fits much better!

 Here is another of the prints I scored for $4.00!! Still can't believe I found these for such a great price!!! Aren't they darling?

 And this little guy!! I found him at Goodwill for $2.00. He will be covered soon....poor thing!!! I see a fresh coat of paint for the entire piece!! The mat is metal....I can't wait to finish.

Hope you are having a wonderful week....mine has been BUSY!!! Some days I would like to have a happy medium. I'm either too busy or not busy enough!!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

More Fun Weekend Finds

I didn't realize how much I brought home. Isn't it funny you carry everything inside and it doesn't seem like you bought very much. Now, it looks as though I bought A LOT (after I said I was going to tone it down)!! Moving on.....
I bought both of these drawers for $3.00. One is real and one is fake....can you tell which is which?

Do you know what this is???? I had no clue but I knew what I wanted it for!!! It's used for canning food. I thought it would make a great plant stand!!!! For $.25 I didn't really think I could go wrong.

Other than the prints these were the finds of the day!!! I love this stuff!!! I sat in the car and looked at them over and over again. Does anyone else do that? You get so excited about "new toys" you ogle them in the car for miles down the road? I've been waiting to find a great deal on keys.....this entire lot of goodies was $1.00!!!

I love my pink for Christmas and it's somewhat hard to find.....this darling Santa had an original price tag of $25.00......I got him for $.25!!!! Not bad (Merry Christmas to me in July)!!!

Finally, (I'm sure you were wondering if it was ever going to end) this lovely candle holder was $1.00. I had found one at Hobby Lobby recently and wouldn't pay their price for it! This one will do just fine!

That concludes my goodies for the weekend. Thankfully I'm still on my yard sale high (isn't it terrible you get a rush from great bargains!) so, I've finished a few projects.
I'll be sharing them soon!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Fun Weekend Finds

I had a wonderful time out finding yard sales today!! I found some awesome deals!!!!
First I found these wonderful candle holders for $1.00 each. I love the way they sparkle in the sunlight (they look like disco lights)!!!

 This small planter was $.25 I wish I had known things were $.25 BEFORE I checked out I would have found more stuff!!!

 This cute basket was $1.00 I thought it would make a great basket for garden tools, especially paired with the cute $.25 table cloth.

 My obsession with vintage prints!!! I cannot tell you how much I love vintage prints!!! I drove 3 hours last year to find more prints and was devastated to find they were all destroyed by rain the year before!!! I wanted to scream out NOOOOOOOO in the middle of the flea market (but barely managed to contain myself....ha ha). I paid $3.00 for the ones at the flea market and found this one and two others today for $4.00 each.

 I thought this wooden ladder would be adorable painted white (of course) and placed outside with shelves. I always need more storage, even outdoors.

 This wonderful metal tray was $.25. I can't wait to paint it white and maybe put sheet music on it?? I'll have to weigh all of my options before I decide.

 These pillows were a steal....I got 5 pillows for $3.00. I may put slipcovers on them so I can use them for summer and winter. They are very pretty!!!

That's all for now. Believe it or not I have more to share!!!! I'm so excited about upcoming projects. I guess this will keep me busy for another couple of days! 
I hope you had good luck as well!!!!