May 29, 2012

Embellishing a Wire Dress Form

Embellishing a Wire Dress Jewelry Holder

For my daughter's Style Party, I found this dress jewelry holder at Michael's.  I had my eye on it for a few weeks, but kept holding off buying it.  I was so excited when I finally found it to be on sale! 

It looked a little plain, so I thought I would add some tulle to it.  The party colors were Coral pink, Golden yellow and Medium gray.

1.  Start by cutting lengths of tulle.  I eyeballed the length of tulle by holding it up to the waist line, and having it come down on both sides. 

2.  Once, I found the desired length, I cut several pieces to fill the entire waist.

3.  Simply loop around the waist line, and fill in around the entire waist until reach your desired fullness.

4.  I finished off with a yellow sash and a bow at the shoulder.

I think it made the perfect touch for the entry table
at her party!

The full party details to come soon!

(A close up, excuse the photo quality!)

How do you like to use tulle?  I would love for you to share!

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May 27, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

Remembering today and everyday of the people who have helped make our life free.

"May the sweet blossoms never cease
To bloom in love and trust and peace"

Thank you and Happy Memorial Day!

May 22, 2012

Party Planning

Style Party - Party Planning

I am party planning for my daughter's 4th birthday.  She is my girly girl and so I decided on a Style Party for her.

Here is my color inspiration.

The colors will be coral pink, golden yellow and medium gray (for the boys.)  I love the freshness of it!

Here are the fun invites I purchased through Etsy:

Tyler with Lollipop Ink was wonderful to work with, and designed this lovely invite in my colors.

And I found this awesome dress at TJ Maxx on clearance in the colors of the party!

Here is my ham modeling the back of the dress.

I  have been busy tonight making tulle pom poms.  I have exhausted all of the local options for just the right coral pink tissue paper, and so I have given up on the tissue pom poms and went with tulle instead.

I found this wonderful tutorial on Once Wed on how to make tulle pom poms. (there are a lot of different ones out there.  I like this one, it looks the easiest!)


Here's a sneak peek of a dress form I  embellished.  The dress form was on clearance (love when that happens) and this used very little tulle.  Big impact for little money.

I am stumped on the food ideas. I am trying to keep it more simple (I tend to get carried away!) and do more snack foods. I would like to offer some healthy snacks.

Here is on the Menu so far
PB+J sandwiches in the shape of high heels and tennis shoes
Star shaped watermelon on sticks
Pineapple and Strawberries
Hummus and Pita Chips
Marshmallow pops
Wafer cookies in pink, yellow and brown
Cake and Ice cream
Iced Tea

Any other  food ideas?? 

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!  I will be sure to post the final party.

May 17, 2012

Vintage Style Art - on the cheap

Vintage Style Art - on the cheap 

I created a fast and inexpensive family picture made from Scrapbook paper, and an awesome frame from Ikea for my Mother-in-law for Mother's Day.

I found this nice vintage style paper, and this great quote paper.  I selected my favorite saying for my Mother-in-Law's home.

I had this wonderful scrap of deep henna paper that I added to the back of the quote.  I stamped the quote on the edges to add a vintage feel.

I paired it with a blue patterned paper, her favorite color.

I then added this beautiful fabric ribbon.  I have used this on several projects, and it seems to tie in perfectly with anything. 

This is a fast and inexpensive accent to any home.  You can do any colors to match any decor.

Here's what I did for my living room:

I mixed framed scrapbook paper with black and white images.  You can see the post here.

And my daughter's room:

What have you done with scrapbook paper?  I would love to see!  Don't want to make it yourself?  I have a few listed in my Etsy shop.

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May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day with Love

Happy Mother's Day

Thank you to all of the wonderful mother's.  The most rewarding thing you will ever do.  The most important job you will ever do.   A love that will last a lifetime.

Happy Mother's Day!

May 11, 2012

Foodie Friday - Roasted Beet Carpaccio Salad

Roasted Beet Carpaccio Salad 

by Resident Chef James Wood

What is your favorite way to make beets?  What salad would you like to see next?

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May 9, 2012

DIY Kitchen Accessory Refresh - Spray Paint

With all of the wonderful spray paint projects out there, I had to try one for myself.  I was looking for an update in my kitchen.

My tired mug tree.  It blends in with the beige counters. (Does anyone else use one of these?)

My house is small, and I cannot fit all my mugs in my cabinets.  I have searched and searched at different stores for a new mug tree.  My husband had the one above before we met, and you can see the wear after almost 11 years of marriage.

I decided I would try spray painting my mug tree, instead of tossing it.  I have started a lemon collection for decor in my kitchen.  This is due to it being our last name!  So, I decided on a fun and bright yellow.

I started the project with using Krylon primer.  I had read several posts that suggested using a primer first.

* Here's my issue I discovered.  I had difficulty deciding between the gray and white primer at the store.  I chose gray (because I always think of gray when I think of primer.)  My final color you will see was light, and so it took more coats with the gray primer to cover vs. the white I know now I should have  gone with! *

All primed.  And ready for the color!

I was limited on the cardboard I had to spray on (I have to use my boxes for shipping.) and found the bottom of a water bottle case.  The little lip worked great in keeping the paint confined.

It looked too perfect, so I very lightly sanded the edges and pegs to make it look like it is vintage.

The yellow brings a cheery accent that I didn't realize I needed!  I am so glad I did this.  I used Design Master Yellow 736.

What are your tricks for spray painting? What is your favorite brand of spray paint?  Have a project you have completed with spray paint? I would love to see them! Please feel free to share!

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