Sunday, April 1, 2012


My new craft obsession is redoing trays. I have only redone two completely but I have about 6 hanging out waiting for their makeover.  

The first one I made over had a rooster in the center.  I sanded it down, sprayed painted it and used stencils and acrylic paint to  hand decorate it.  I sanded it when all finished to give it shabby chic look. It lives on my coffee table now.  Trust me when I say it was ugly before.  

The second one I have finished is perfect for spring.  Bright colors and white.  It sits on a shelf in my laundry room as a catch-all.

I can't wait to do more. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pink makes me happy

I love pink which is no surprise.  My grandma gifted me with some new pink glassware that is over 100 years old.  I am displaying those pieces with some other ones on my dining room table for spring.  It makes me happy (Jason has learned not to argue with my decorating anymore; that is what 11 years will do to a relationship).

excuse the dust and cat hair, evidently at night my table becomes the party zone for the cats

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Party Strikes Back

To continue to Star Wars birthday party rant:

After all the kids went home or to bed the adults came out.  We definitely had an adult party that made me regret drinking the next day. It is so true that your hangovers get so much worse as you get older.  Jason and I ended up trading time with Colton the next day because both of us had our moments of illness.  Colton thought the day after was great because he ended up getting to pick out a lot of movies and books to play with.  My house looked like a frat house the next day and ended up getting a deep scrub but it was worth all the fun.

These pictures display the good times had even if alcohol was involved :)

you can kinda see my "princess leia buns" in this picture which were just pig tails wrap around my head

These were glow star glasses I found at Walmart and were meant for the kids but I guess "kids at heart" work too

sisters always love each other (even when you don't look alike)

yep, illegal fireworks.  Good thing we live across street from open field and only have 4 neighbors

Always have to represent JMU!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

May the Force Be With You

Last weekend was Colton's Birthday Celebration.  We have it after the holidays because it is just easier with traveling for family and friends and the weather is nicer.  I had a lot of fun planning this one and am already can not wait till next year's party.

The theme this year was Star Wars.  This definitely was a party more for Daddy than son but Colton does like Star Wars a lot.  He knows a lot of the character names and has tons on light sabers and Star War toys.

I made his invitations on our computer and printed them out then embellished with a small star sticker.  Everyone loved them and they only took me about two hours total to make and mail.

The decorations were so much fun to put together.  I found this Hallmark kit with a bunch of Star Wars paper decor.  Some of it was meant to be fork/cup decorations and confetti but I turned it into other things like streamers for window and light saber chair decor.

I made small streamers for the windows and placed a banner in the dining room above the table.

Around Christmas I found popcorn tins in the theme and emptied (ate) all the popcorn and used the tins to hold food.  I also found tins at the dollar section of Target to use for food items.  I bought star fabric on clearance at JoAnne's and placed it on both the dining and kitchen table as runners.  I did not even hem it; I just folded it in place and will reuse it for Independence day. The food was pretty simple: dips and chips, shrimp, cookies, cake, fruit and veggie trays and we ordered BBQ from our favorite place.  I made labels for all the food with Star Wars names (thanks Pinterest).

The birthday boy in his Star Wars shirt. 

Part Two later with pictures of everyone and after party.