September 25, 2012

a whole lot of purple...

My friend wanted me to create a tutu for her co-worker who is about to have a baby. She said she's anti-pink (no comment) and thought purple would be a good color choice...purple it is!  It's always fun making these since it's for friends and not "work" anymore and really who doesn't love a tutu?

Don't forget I have a tutu tutorial HERE which I've gotten a lot of great feedback on. 


Rapture

I'm a HUGE JR Ward fan as I've stated numerous times.  Her new fallen angel series book is out today and I'm so excited to read it!  You can grab yours here.


September 18, 2012

chocolate covered oreos

I've been seeing chocolate covered oreos everywhere these days for parties and events.  I did a google search on how to make them- I know it doesn't seem that complicated chocolate and oreos!  I found this tutorial by Amanda's Parties To Go on how to make them.  Seems easy enough. I didn't want to tackle the chocolate transfer sheet topper this round...just keeping it plain with chocolate.  I ordered my mold from Lori's Candy Station.

Pretty simple...melt your chocolate melts...pour a bit into the bottom of the mold...squish in a double stuffed oreo...pour more chocolate...tap and put in the fridge.

The result...an over the top delicious cookie!


dresser redo

I've been searching high and low for a dresser that would fit into my son's closet.  He doesn't have a ton of room so I've always just kept his clothes in his closet in those hanging shelves.  They were fine when he was a baby but bigger clothes need a dresser.  The problem was the size of his closet, it had to be narrow enough to pull the drawers out.  My friend found a dresser that would work on Craigslist for me but it sold before we could purchase it.  Lucky for us he had another one (seeing all the dressers in his garage- he must be a hoarder or makes a few bucks buying and reselling on Craigslist).

The only problem with the dresser was the smell.  It had an awful musty old smell and no amount of Febreze or sachets solved the problem.  I talked to my furniture makeover expert and she told me I'd have to prime it and paint it to get rid of the odor.  *sigh* I hate painting furniture.  Hats off to those who love it but it drives me crazy!  I sucked it up though.  Of course my son wanted orange, his favorite color, but it doesn't match anything in his room (yes I know it's in the closet and therefore isn't on display but one day it could be and I'd like it to match) so I compromised with orange drawers and a navy blue outside. 

Here's the before...

And the after...

The shelf paper doesn't really match but it was the best I could find at the time.  It turned out pretty good I think and the best thing?  No smell!

September 16, 2012

6th Dinosaur Party!

This year my son wanted a dinosaur themed party so dinosaurs it was! Jess from Party Box Design designed the invitations, labels, stickers and signs for me...thank you Jess! Most everything I did myself with my trusty sidekick and bff...thanks Tara!  I was so thankful to have Vicki from Victoria Lynn Photography shoot the party.  And thanks also to my mom, dad and brother for helping me clean up.

Everyone had a great time and the investment on a second canopy was well worth it.  It was pretty hot and humid but we had plenty of shade.

Here we go...

Colors: Burlap (yea I know not a color but I used it everywhere)/ Brown/ Aqua/ Yellow/ Green/ Orange

"Dino Duke" banner...
Dino Duke signs on all the tables...
The sand pit (AKA pool covered in burlap) was a hit...
The buntings I sewed myself, a little tedious but they looked great...
Party Time...
Dessert/Treat Table
I made little dinosaur terrariums for each table.  A light lunch was served: sandwich wraps, chips and grapes...

Lots of snacks... peanuts...

Oreo popcorn...
Lave Tubes (or red jelly beans)...
The cake...
Beverages...

Sugar cookies: Pterodactyls & Dino D's
The Favor & Gift Table...

We even had a pinata (great Target find)...
Custom Dino Duke bath bombs from Feeling Smitten...adorable!
The kids favors included...a bath bomb, sticker book, dino rings, a dinosaur figure and dino pinchers.

AND...the birthday boy...he's so fierce! 

I want to say a BIG thanks again to Jess from Party Box Design ,Courtney from Feeling Smitten and Vicki from Victoria Lynn Photography!!

September 7, 2012

back to the routine

The dino-mite party has come and gone, pictures coming soon!  It was great, I think everyone had fun.  It was hot and humid yet again.  This year I added another canopy to sit under so it wasn't quite as bad.  My bestie was here to help with all the set up and take down.  Thanks Nanny T!

School started this week.  I had a rough start...I all ready had anxiety about D-Man going to such a big school then we had a major debacle on the first day.  I went to pick him up and he was no where to be found.  I got out of the car and went looking - I found his teacher and they had put him ON A BUS!!!  Oh my gosh...in retrospect it was probably good I was struck dumb because I think if I had to do it over again I would have lost my mind and turned into a raving lunatic.  I did start crying...I had my sunglasses on so I don't think my son saw me-- I didn't want him to get upset because of course he was perfectly fine.  He told them he wasn't supposed to get on the bus and they said to me "we thought he was riding the bus?"  Uh no...I filled out paperwork saying I would be picking him up.  The rest of the week has been fine but let me tell you that was not a good start to the school year.  He seems to be enjoying it so far.

Oh and as a side note...my latest obsession...anyone else?

Have a great weekend!
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