Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thrift Store Tray Makeover

This morning I was browsing Pinterest and someone pinned a tray makeover that I loved.  I had the tray and was just waiting for inspiration to strike.  Today was the day!
I bought this tray after Christmas at the Idaho Youth Ranch for $3.  As cute as the snowmen are, I think my made over tray will get a lot more use! 
The sun is shining and the spray paint dried really fast.  Next time I would prime it first because those snowmen were hard to cover up.   
Next up, I took some twine and wrapped it around the handles.  Super easy makeover that makes such a big difference! 
The twine handles are probably my most favorite part. 
I had this vignette on my coffee table on a different tray and I switched them out. Bella refused to get off the couch, I guess she wanted to be part of the photo shoot! 
I have done a similar coffee table vignette using these elements before but I changed this one up just a little bit.  I added the lantern and put the little nest and eggs inside of it. 
Another picture with Bella in the background.  My tray makeover turned out great and makes this vignette even better!
I have 2 more trays that need to be made over.  Hopefully inspiration will strike soon for those too!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring Tea Cup Exchange

This is the 3rd Teacup Exchange I have participated in at The Enchanting Rose and as usual, it was fantastic!  Stephanie does an amazing job organizing this and I have always been so lucky to receive wonderful packages in the mail.  
Esther sent me a beautiful box of goodness with this Vintage Snack Tea Set.  The pretty aqua background is accented by purple violets and little splashes of gold.   I do not have a snack set like this and I love the shell shape of the plate. 
She also included a ruffled baking dish in my favorite color, tea, cocoa, chocolates, mini whisks and a sweet notebook.  Everything was wrapped in pastel colored tissue paper and it was so fun to unwrap it all. 
The markings on the bottom of the plate and cup helped in finding out more information about my newest tea set. 
My collection is growing and growing and I think it's time to figure out a new way to display all of my lovely tea sets.   
I had some fun taking photos of my new tea set.  Here it is with a little birds nest and eggs in it.  Perfect for spring! 
All decked out in pretty pearls. 
And sitting on a luscious bed of hydrangeas.  I had a lot of fun playing and finding ways to show off my beautiful new tea set. 
I sent a package to Jennifer. who I just found out is one of the bad apples that doesn't play by the rules.  She didn't send a package but gladly received one.  It makes me sad that I gave her this and she didn't return the favor to someone else.  She also hasn't communicated with Stephanie or me. I love the vintage looking roses on the tea set I sent her.  I also sent some tea, a vintage doily, some lights, washi tape and a sparkly letter J. 
A big thanks to Stephanie for another awesome tea cup exchange and to Esther for all of my goodies!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

60th Birthday Party

My dad turned 60 on March 15th and we threw him a surprise party to celebrate!  When my mom and I first started planning this, she didn't know that she was headed to the ER soon to have her gallbladder removed.  So at first, she was planning a small little party with nothing too special.  Once she had her surgery and started feeling better, the plans for the party grew and grew.
Trying to find ideas for party decor for a man's 60th birthday party wasn't very easy.  So using my very favorite picture of my dad as a little boy, I decided to create a theme using a picture of him as a little boy and a picture of him now.  I created this invite and sent out over 60 of them to all our friends and family. 
I made a fun fact sheet about the year 1957 that I framed.  This picture was used on his birthday cake, which I didn't get a picture of.  My camera was stuck in my sisters car so I didn't get pictures of the food set up or of the party and all of these were taken with my phone.
The place where we had the party has a mantle that was perfect for decorating.  The centerpieces were double-sided and I placed one on each side of the mantle.  The fact sheet was in the middle along with a picture of my dad then and now.  I also made a fun little banner to hang. 
I have a huge craft closet at work where I keep all of my event inventory.  I knew I was going to be using black so these boxes that I used at the 2015 Scholarship Gala were perfect.  I wrapped some twine around them, glued a piece of styrofoam in the bottom and stuck a dowel in that with some kraft paper basket filler on top. 
I bought a roll of kraft paper at the Dollar Tree and made the medallions with it.  Black poster board was glued to the medallion and then a cut out of the picture was glued to both sides of the medallion.  I set these on top of a slice of wood and used these as centerpieces on all of the tables.  Each table had a black tablecloth as well. 
The banner used the same elements: kraft paper, black poster board and pictures of my dad.  We were able to keep this party a surprise which we didn't think we would be able to pull off.  My dad and the boys went shooting that morning while the girls set out to decorate and prep food for the party.  My brother told my dad he needed to go look at some shelves and when my dad said he would just stay in the truck, my brother had to tell him no.  Then my dad saw his cousin's truck and knew what was up but he was still surprised! 
For the second surprise of the day, my dad was honored with a Quilt of Appreciation from the American Legion.  He had no idea that he was receiving the quilt but the biggest surprise came when he turned around and saw us all there.  We all drove up to see him receive his quilt and he was so surprised! 

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Best Cobbler Recipe Ever!

I found this super cute Strawberries 'n Cream baker by Sheffield at the thrift store this weekend and just had to buy it.  I have 4 plates and 2 ramekins that match so there was no question as to whether I would be bringing this home with me or not.  It was meant to be mine! 
The only question I had was, "What am I going to make in it?"  Cody was quick to chime in with his idea.  He wanted Cherry Cobbler.  The boy loves Cherry Cobbler and after trying many different recipes, I finally found the one that he can't get enough of.  I found this recipe in a magazine, it's for Peach Cobbler but it works for any fruit cobbler. 
It's so easy and so delicious.  Just melt half a cube of butter in a bowl, add 1/3 cup each of flour, brown sugar and oats and sprinkle in a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.  Mix it all up and spread it on the top of your fruit.   
You can see the recipe calls for 2-15 oz cans of fruit but my new baking dish held just one can perfectly.  I normally double the cobbler recipe but for the size of my baker, I just did one recipe. 
Bake it in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.  The smell is phenomenal and makes your mouth water while it is baking. 
Cody can't eat a cobbler without whipped cream so I made some homemade whipped cream to top it off. 
It comes out golden and perfectly baked.  Let it cool for a bit, if you can handle it! 
Then dish it up and add a dollup of whipped cream to the top.  You will probably go back for seconds or thirds or just eat it straight out of the baker.  It's up to you! I promise once you try this cobbler recipe, you won't be disappointed.  Cody wants me to make the cobbler plain so he can he can eat it by the handful!  It's just that good.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dollar Store Terrarium

Have you heard about the newest craze called Plant 'n Sip?  It's the same notion as Paint 'n Sip but instead of painting, you plant.  I heard about it and just had to try my hand at it just in case I decide to lead a Plant 'n Sip class at work one of these days!
Off to the Dollar Tree I went!  They have the perfect little round glass bowls in varying sizes.  I happened to have a larger one already but I also picked up a small one. 
I also had some succulents in my office that needed a better home.  However, the Dollar Tree has faux succulents if you don't want to have to take care of the real ones.  I bought one of those as well. 
I bought a bag of rocks and my Dollar Tree even has potting soil so I picked up a bag of that for my real succulents.  You could also use the glass marbles in different colors for this if you would like! 
I came back to my office and got started.  I placed some rocks in the bottom and then added some potting soil.  I then transplanted my succulents into the new soil and added a few rocks around the edge.  Now the corner of my desk has a perfect little terrarium that I just love! 
As for the fake succulent that I bought...well, I made a tiny little terrarium for my boss.  She is the worst at keeping plants alive so this will be perfect for her! 
I am pretty good at keeping plants alive, but I think I may need to go back to the Dollar Tree and buy some more of these faux succulents so I can make more terrariums!  Wouldn't they look so cute in a big mason jar?! 
I think I am definitely going to have to make a Plant 'n Sip class happen soon!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 Scholarship Gala

Another Scholarship Gala has come and gone!  This year's theme was Mardi Gras and I had so much fun coming up with centerpiece ideas.  To see what I have done in the past, here is my post for 2016 and 2015.
One of these days I will go to New Orleans and I would love to be there during Mardi Gras!  I knew what I wanted to do for my centerpieces, I just had to figure out a way to make them.  To Amazon I went and found these outdoor solar lights that were perfect for my street lamp centerpieces.   
We built the bases for the lamps to slide onto, drilled a hole through the post for the street sign to hang from and I made cute little street signs that looked like they belonged right on Bourbon Street. 
The flowers were donated again and we just asked that they be purple, yellow and green.  The yellow flowers came all bruised and brown but they made good and gave us a whole bunch of different yellow flowers to use.  No two centerpieces were the same! 
I made 46 total centerpieces and the saddest part is, at the end of the night, I threw away all of the flowers.  I kept the lights and will use them again for many other things.  The VIP tables had a set of beads and a mask at each place setting so that people could wear them if they wanted to.  We also served Creole-inspired food, drinks and desserts that were so yummy!
We set up and tore it down in record time!  I left my house at 6:30 in the morning and was home by midnight.  We met our fundraising goal and then some!  And now this awesome team of mine will start planning for next year's gala!  I love my job!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kitchen Makeover Part I

Phase 1 of our kitchen makeover is finally complete!  The cupboards and walls have been painted and as usual, it is amazing what a little paint can do.
I don't necessarily have a theme in my kitchen but I knew that I wanted it to be reminiscent of blue mason jars.  My original idea was a paint color that was a lot lighter than what we ended up with, but I really, really love it! 
Cody has a torn labrum in his shoulder and is having surgery on February 21st so he had no business doing all this work while he is in so much pain.  But when he gets going on something, there is no telling him no! 
He made the ultimate decision on the color of the paint.  It is called Teal Lake from Glidden at Home Depot.  I have always wanted a colored island and now I just need some new barstools! 
A little before and after to see where we started!
I love how my egg sign pops on these newly painted walls.  This is the door to my pantry and it will be staying white. 
This little wall is the perfect spot for my chalkboard and apron collection.   
Our next project will be the counterops and the floors.  I hate having white formica countertops but it is amazing how much better they look since we have painted the whole kitchen. 
I also want to put different lights above the island, something similar to what we have hanging above the sink now. 
This little nook just needs to have the shelves painted.  Here you can see part of my gumball machine collection. 
My parents have cabin fever and came over to visit today.  I somehow talked my dad into hanging my new light while they were here...thanks dad!  This is hanging above my sink and it is from Home Depot. 
The knobs on the cupboards and pulls on the drawers are from Lowe's and they are the perfect finishing touch. 

I love how we were able to match all the metals from our light to our knobs to our towel bar.   
I can't wait to finish this kitchen makover and get new floors, countertops and lights.  But for now, I am so happy with the way it is turning out! 
In other news, I recently got a promotion at work and will be the Special Events Coordinator which means I will be in charge of coordinating all external events (think wedding, galas, etc.) Our own Scholarship Gala is on February 18th and I can't wait to share my centerpieces with you again!

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