Friday, August 5, 2011

High Chair Redo

I got this high chair back in February at an estate sale (also got a 60's Sears Roebuck sewing machine there.) With the two new babies in the family, we needed an extra high chair at Grammy and Papa's!! 

Isn't that vinyl lovely? I'm pretty sure it's from the 60's! The skirt was impossible to remove. Stapled in with huge staples, I had to pry them out! 

I decided not to remove the stain that was on the chair because I waited till the last minute to paint this (as usual). I painted around 5 coats with Killz primer and it still wasn't covering up the stain in some areas. Oh well, I was going to get this done before the party even if it killed me! I will probably end up stripping it and starting over someday. But for now, it's done!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Ally!!

I asked my sister Amy if I could take over decorating and planning for my nieces first birthday party and she was more then happy to let me do that for her! I had a total of two weeks to plan, which was plenty of time for me. I was so inspired by this blog Kara's Party Ideas that I immediately started brain storming. First, I chose my colors. Pink, blue and yellow...

After creating the invitation, my sister printed them up real quick and got them in the mail.  The fist thing I created was the garland. Most tutorials out there use fabric, I used tissue paper to cut cost. I will post a tutorial on how I made those eventually, I promise. The pinwheels were next, and so much fun to create! I was able to use paper that I already had, and of course that made me happy! I did however buy matching die cuts on CLEARANCE at Michael's. To my defense they were only $1.99!

(this was up in the yard!)

(the large pinwheels went outside, around the yard.)

My parents yard looked great. They were worried that they wouldn't be able to get it up to par in two weeks, but they did! 

The candy was easy, really easy... I just had to find some cute bowls around the house to fill. My mom has so much stuff, you could probably turn her house into a store. Literally. 

Aren't those glass bowls cute?  The fruit pints I obtained during a berry picking trip with my BF. I found the lemon wedge tray from the 80's under a hutch! SCORE! :)  Here is everything put together. 

After I disbursed the decorations on this table I made a dessert display. My Sister-in-law Dawne makes the BEST cookies EVER (among other great treats). I am serious. My mom and I always fight over the leftovers, and what I end up taking home Tommy usually eats!! Needless to say, they are really delicious cookies. They are also available to purchase for events or even just to snack on!  

The treat bags were super fun, but I was told by Tommy that I needed lessons in treat bag making. Apparently not having noise makers or kazoos in the bag was a big mistake. I guess I had the parents in mind and didn't want them to go crazy with annoying noise makers!!! The bags had candy, a pen and note pad, silly bands, stretchy worms and more candy. Ok, well, maybe I lack in the treat bag department... but don't these bags look cute??

Here are some more pics for your enjoyment...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I can't wait to post my recent painting and finishing projects!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here are some things I've done the past few months... Needless to say, I really love bunting. And Instagram. 

I was inspired to make this bunting from Blue Cricket Design. I used tulle, fabric, brown paper bags, eyelets, little paper flowers and ribbon. This was fun and easy and would totally make another one.

This wreathe I made a couple weeks ago. I ripped the fabric into strips and wrapped it around the styrofoam wreathe. The flowers are natural coffee filters cut into smaller circles and layered. I used a hot glue gun to secure the fabric in the back and burned the heck out of my finger! I think its time to get low temp glue gun!

These were some Easter egg candles I made that I didn't even get to use on Easter! Of course I forgot to bring them to my moms! Anyway, this idea is from Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts. I modified a little for lack of supplies, but they turned out cute.

MORE BUNTING!! See, I think its becoming a problem... I got these frames at wallmart for around $4 a piece and just placed 12 x 12 pieces of paper in them. Because I love paper, this was enough for me! I cut out triangles with matching paper for the bunting and sewed it all together.

These are the paper designs in the frames. My Mind's Eye has really cute paper!!

I made this for Valentines day but never quite finished it in time. I really like it so it's still hanging up. I cut the heart out of red leather and stitched it onto the stripped fabric. This was the frame that didn't stand up to the Command strips and came crashing to the floor. The glass didn't break, but the frame did. Gorilla glued it back together and tah-dahhh! Good as new... sorta.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I originally thought I wanted a bunch of different papers and textures in this.. But I ended up with just a couple. I love my Silhouette. I haven't used the vinyl yet. I feel like I don't want to waste it!!

Some Valentine Descorations....