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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
I love it when customers email photos of their parties they put together with a little help from my party printables! I had to share this one with you, it's a 1st birthday party Amy created for her daughter, Farrah.
Photos by Bella Vita Photography
Amy incorporated a lot of great ideas, starting with the beautiful cake. I love the pink ombre icing! The medium size custom party hat picks from my shop and some "1s" were perfect toppers. The smaller custom party hat picks adorned the cupcakes dressed in shiny pink foil wrappers. The colored wire "Farrah is one" banner hanging behind the birthday girl's highchair is so creative and you can't get more fun than the highchair decked out with loads of curly ribbon! Happy birthday Farrah!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
We had a fun and somewhat busy summer. Elle has been in various camps and we've done several "family fun" activities on the weekends. However, I think this summer will go down in history... well at least in my mind... as the summer of the gym and the tea. Two major new developements have occured over the course of the last couple months 1) I started going to the gym every week day and methodically tracking the number of calories I consume and 2) my nanny introduced me to her addiction... tea.
Monday, August 6, 2012
We took advantage of the tax-free weekend here in Florida and bought school supplies. My soon-to-be 7 year old is going into 1st grade so it's the "real deal" this year, evidenced by the staggering number of school supplies we had to hunt down!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Sometimes I start out attempting to perform a seemingly simple task (like buy a new pillow because I'm waking up with neck aches and think my *ahem old ahem* pillow is to blame) and end up complicating things far more than I ever anticipated. My search for a new pillow is the perfect example.
- One half pound eco wool (I found mine at the Bungalow Bear & Friends shop on Etsy)
- Approximately 4lbs buckwheat hulls (source - Serenity Pillows)
- 3/4 yard ticking (you'll have to ask JoAnn's for the "real thing" (not the looks like ticking but isn't stuff) it's not pretty but it does the job of holding all the buckwheat hull bits in)
We're going to make a simple box shaped pillow from the ticking and add a separate chamber on top to stuff with the wool to make it softer. Here's how:
Cut two 25"x21" rectangles from the ticking
Cut one 20"x16" rectangle from the ticking
Sew the 20"x16" rectangle into the center of one of the larger rectangles (there's no right or wrong side of ticking, so it doesn't matter which side you sew it to), leaving a hole to stuff through.
Stuff the small rectangle with the wool and sew the hole closed.
Lay the rectangle with the chamber of wool with the raw sides of the chamber down. Place the other rectangle on top and sew all around, leaving a hole to stuff through.
At each corner, line up the side seams and sew perpendicular to the seams to make a boxed corner (like how I made the bottom of the library tote bag)
Turn the pillow right sides out.
Fill with desired amount of buckwheat hulls & sew the opening closed
Lay your head on it and sleep
Okay so here's the low down... for me at least. If I'm perfectly honest, I have to tell you two things. Firstly, my neck aches are completely gone since the first night I used this pillow but also, I'm not super in love with it. I apparently move around quite a bit in my sleep and this pillow holds its shape extremely well, so I wake myself up having to re-adjust it when I change positions in the middle of the night. But it's easy to re-adjust and an inconvenience I have thus far (almost 4 months into sleeping with this pillow) been willing to endure in exchange for no neck pain... I am however, thankful my Doug gets out of bed before me so I can steal his flimsy goose down pillow every morning.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
For the Shoffice's grand opening, I needed a way to direct guests to the backyard and thought a sidewalk chalkboard would fit the Happy Hour theme perfectly. I saw one at Home Goods for $80 but knew I could make one for much cheaper.
Large framed chalkboard - since you'll be drilling into it, the frame needs to be wood
1"x2" board in a 12' length
2 one foot lengths of small link chain
a set of small hinges
drill & drill bit
Cut the 1"x2" into three lengths - 2 pieces that are the same height as your chalkboard, and 1 piece the width of your chalkboard
Paint the boards black
Nail the stand/legs together - Lay the short board on the ground, place the long boards perpendicular to and at either end of the short board. Nail in place.
Attach the stand/legs to the chalkboard frame with the hinges - Pre-drill pilot holes for your screws (if you don't use a large enough bit for your pilot holes you'll strip the screws to your hinges and have to get your husband to muscle the last screw in for you)
Attach the chains - stand the chalkboard up leaning against the legs. Mark the chalkboard frame at the point where the chalkboard and the legs are approximately 10" apart. Measure the distance from the mark to the bottom of the chalkboard and mark the legs & the other side of the chalkboard frame at the same point. Pre-drill pilot holes then screw the chains into place.
I have a feeling this chalkboard is going to make an appearance at more of my parties in the future!
Monday, July 2, 2012
After all that hard work and the many hours we put into designing and building The Shoffice, a happy hour celebration was in order!
But the real treat was in the Shoffice! My very fun, but typically very office orriented, storage piece became the bar. For the transformation, I made a runner for the top from chalkcloth, lined the drawers with leftover wallpaper, and opened 2 drawers for the plates, napkins, and the glasses. The spread included:
homemade guacamole (I posted my delicious recipe including the secret ingredient here), salsa and chips.
Caprese shooters I made with balsamic glaze in the bottom, fresh milk motzerella balls, a basil leaf and grape tomato speared with a cocktail sword
Mojito jellies served in asian spoons on platters lined in the wallpaper scraps. I made the jellies from the super fun Jelly Shot Test Kitchen book... sophisticated jello shots who knew?!
Hurricane jellies displayed in these stands I made by gluing the domes to chunky white candlesticks and lining the bottoms with more wallpaper scraps cut into circles and laminated (do you recognize them from the 1 year old in a flash party?).