Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Quick Hostess Gift

My kids and I are lucky enough to be spending a few days at the Jersey shore this week with my aunt, my cousin and my cousin's girls.  We really appreciate being invited to share their beach house so I wanted to bring a nice hostess gift to thank them.  Of course I tried to be a bit more creative than a bottle of wine! Here's what I came up with.

Michael's seasonal "trinket trays" turned into drink coasters.  I loved the nautical motifs!  These trays are available in the dollar section.  I just added adhesive felt circles so they won't scratch the furniture.  To finish I tied the stack of coasters with twine and a sand dollar.
Elegant (and easy) silver star fish frame.  I simply hot glued a piece of drop cloth to the frame matting and then glued the star fish to the drop cloth. Reassemble the frame for instant art.
Add in two colorful beach towels and put it all in a basket for the perfect beach house hostess gift!
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Black Bathroom Inspiration

Lately I've been slightly obsessed with painting my boring, closet of a powder room black.  But I'm hesitating.  I mean, it's BLACK!  And the room has no windows to let in the light.   So of course, I headed over to Pinterest to find some inspiration...
Sexy and glamourous no?  Have you ever painted a room in your house black?  Or do you want to?  I would love to hear your opinions!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Comic Book Themed Baby Shower

You might be wondering what I have been up to lately...  Well if you're a fan of my Facebook page you know that I've been busy crafting a co-ed baby shower BBQ for one of my husband's oldest and dearest friends and his wife.

The father-to-be is a serious comic book collector so I used that as my inspiration for the decorations and color scheme.  Typically superhero or comic book themed events are for children's birthday parties.  I worked hard to keep the decor sophisticated enough for adults without losing the element of fun!  Here's what I dreamed up.

Guests were greeted by this fun wreath.  Ribbon, card stock and a foam wreath form is all it took to whip it up.
The cityscape backdrop really makes the dessert table come together.  Guests asked if I painted it - but it's just a Target shower curtain!!  So. Easy.

I knew from the start I wanted a comic book banner.  You may have seen this before at One Charming Party.  I scored these comic books on Freecycle and hot glued them to dollar store ribbon.
Comic book sound effect toppers dressed up the cupcakes.  I simply designed the cupcake toppers using my word processing software and printed them on card stock.  (This party is all about the paper crafts!)
Dessert also included lemon cake pops, red velvet cake (we were celebrating a birthday as well), cherry pound cake, superhero lollipops (printable found here) and caramel corn.  Cityscape table runner also from Target.
The bar area dressed up with streamers and color coordinated accessories from Target.
The onesies were fun and easy to make with printer transfer paper.  The parents-to-be got to take them home as part of their gift too!
Martha's tissue paper pom-poms over the kitchen table.  So addictive you may find them in every room of my house soon.   You can see the tutorial for yourself here but you have been warned. :)

The whole shindig came together more beautifully than I could have dreamed and was a totally fun time with great friends!  Congratulations Dennis & Veronica!

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