Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Please Have A Seat

Today, I'm continuing the party theme with more details from my mom and sister's b'day celebration. We set her dining table and her bar with these perky little place settings. Although, when I look at the tabletop now, I wish I would've set a few little vases of daisies on it. Oh well. Maybe next time. They liked it, so that's what matters. I think having the table set is nice and inviting. Both of my nannies(grandmothers) were sitting at this table and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. They even played our purse game. So funny! I'll share that later in the week.

Now, a little tip! When setting your table, use a sheet of scrapbook paper for the place mat. It's a good option for parties.( At home we use the sad little plastic ones with Elmo and multiplication tables on them. )I used a textured card stock that was already cut with scallops. I think they were .79 each. Yeah! I like the pop of color it adds, too. There's so many possibilities using paper. Textured, solid, flowers, graphics, etc. Try it!
Some friends at the party were commenting and asking about the square plates. They came from Target. I like their party section! And they have several different colors of these plates to choose from. I think they add a nice touch.

Monday, September 29, 2008

You're Invited

We just got back last night from visiting my family a couple hours north of us. As always, we had a good time with family and friends while we were there. It was so good to see everyone. I also had a "girl" birthday party for my mom and sister. Just their girlfriends and the ladies in the family. I hope everyone had a fun time laughing, eating and celebrating. Since I like to craft, cook and entertain, it was fun for me to do.
I thought I would share some of my party ideas and details with you. These are the invitations I sent out a couple weeks ahead of time to our guests. I was happy with the way they turned out. The yellow and brown color scheme is a favorite of mine. They were pretty simple invitations to make using my computer, a few different colors of card stock and a cute flower stamp. Inexpensive, as well, which is always nice. Come back and visit during the week for more party pics and details.

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Delicious Treat ?

Nope. It's actually not a treat you can eat, but a treat for the bath. It's a Bath Sundae. I found this idea on Sugardoodle.Great site!(Click the link on the side bar)The young women liked this one a lot and so did I. It's so, so easy to make. I used my Dollar Tree finds again to make this a frugal craft. The shake glass and the bath poufs(2 for $1) came from DT. I just colored Epsom salts with a tiny bit of food coloring and filled the glass 3/4 full. You could use some essential oil to scent the salts, but I opted not to. Then I put the bath pouf on and topped it off with a strawberry bath bead, which came from Ulta beauty store. Those bath beads smelled, well, like yummy strawberries. I searched high and low for them and could not find them anywhere except Ulta. My daughter,Laci, thought this sundae looked good enough to eat!

A super easy craft and you can use the glass for a real sundae when this one's done.

Cute and fat free!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Shabby Chic Recipes

For "Talk to me Tuesdays" at TipJunkie were talking about homemade Christmas gifts we've made or received. I will be making these cute shabby chic recipe books this year for teachers and my husband's female coworkers. These are fun and simple!!

For my first post on my new blog, I want to share a recent craft that I did for the young women at my church. They were having a Personal Progress Fair and I was asked to create 2 crafts to teach them. This shabby chic recipe book is one of them. I was given a budget, so I had to get creative to keep the costs down, but I think it turned out darling. Thanks to my friend Renee for suggesting to use a photo album. Fab idea! They were $1 each at Dollar Tree. So if your a crafter ,you probably already have paper, ribbon and staples to finish it up. It's a super cute $1 recipe book. I'll definitely be making more for gifts. Oh the possibilities! Teacher gifts, co-workers, neighbors. Make it your own by changing up the title and adding your own spark. Visit tomorrow to see the other craft we did.

This is how I made it:

*print off or stamp 4 food categories using a small size font
*punch out categories using 1 1/4 circle punch. punch 4 other circles of matching card stock using 1 3/4 punch
*cut scrapbook paper to fit album cover(I'm not a measurer, I just eyeball it,mark and cut)
*matte the title"Recipes" or whatever you want your title to be on scrapbook paper
*cut 6 pieces of coordinating ribbon or ric-rac. staple 2 pieces onto cover sheet
*insert cover
*divide album into categories using your circles and staple them on the edge of the album pages
*staple on 1 piece of ribbon beside each category
*insert your 4x6 recipe cards

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