Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy Fall

Everyone's favorite season is fall.  Not mine!  Yes, it is pretty but for me it means the cold winter is just around the corner.  Football has the same meaning...winter!  I will complain about the winter but in all likelihood will remain here until it's time for my dear hubby to retire.  He says we'll go somewhere warm then.  We shall see, I think it all depends on where JP is in life/school too ;)

I'm also mot much of a Halloween fan because so many decorations are spiders and that's my phobia.  I get the chills driving past houses in the neighborhood that have the big outdoor spider decorations.  I also just got the chills typing that!  Now that JP is getting older I want to be festive for him.  When I started seeing all of the cute yard signs popping up on Pinterest I remembered all of the scrap wood we had on the side of our house in the wood pile from when we finished the basement as well as some the neighbor's contractor gave us when they finished their basement too.  One day when JP was taking his nap I went and gathered the ones I was going to use and came up with my plan.  

The first is with a leftover piece of plywood from when we built my scrapbook table.  It was perfect for a sign to have on the front porch.  

I didn't take a before picture but I painted it white and due to the natural roughness in the wood it was easy to give it the distressed look without having to actually distress it.  I just didn't get a ton of paint on the brush and it left areas unpainted.

This is a during photo.  I cut out the bats and cat with my Eclips and traced them onto the sign.  I found a font that I liked but needed it too big to cut out with the Eclips so I had to free hand the stencil to use.

It was a windy day so the black stake is just holding down my templates so I could lay it out and trace it.  After it was traced I painted.  This is the finished product.  

The same afternoon I painted all of the other pieces of wood for the street style sign.  I gave JP a small scrap piece of wood and the lid of one of the cans of paint to keep him occupied while I did a lot of this.  Shortly after we started some of the neighborhood kids came outside too so he ran around with them.

For this I had 4 pieces of wood and painted 4 different colors.  I forgot about cutting them to look like arrows until after I was done painting and this was supposed to be a quick project so I had to think about what to do there.  

This is what I came up with, hombre arrows painted on the end.  I semi free-handed the letters.  I found a couple of fonts but they were too detailed to actually cut out and trace so I just did a rough outline by tracing hard so the pressure went through the paper onto the wood so I'd have an idea about size and spacing then free-hand painted the letters from there.  

I screwed it all together from the back and ta-da, we now have another DIY decoration.  I didn't really distress this too much because I figured being outside and stored away every year that it wouldn't take long to distress on it's own.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

To view items from this party or request an item visit my Welcoming Sentiments Etsy shop.

Another year has come and gone and JP is now 2.  Everyone told me it would go fast and I've noticed all along but it doesn't help slow it down at all!  That's why I love that I can be home with him so I can soak up all of these fun moments.

We have started to watch a little TV.  Sometimes I just need to get dinner cooked or something done and need his attention elsewhere.  It's life, and we shouldn't feel guilty about doing it a little.  I say that but still have that 'mom guilt' that I'm not paying attention to him.  Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is one of his favorites.  Mickey Mouse was his first unprompted 2 word phrase and Mickey Mouse House was his first unprompted 3 word phrase.  That only meant that we needed a Mickey Mouse birthday party.  This year I did do most everything for the party myself so I was happy about that.  We kept it small this year and once again managed to forget to get us in pictures.  I think it was our pictures for our Christmas cards last year that was the last picture of the 3 of us.

All of my printables were designed in my Creative Memories Storybook Creator software.  I purchased a Disney paper pack and this software is a breeze!

Come Inside Its Fun Inside was cut with my fabulous Sizzix Eclips and eCal software.  Mickey is popular so I was able to find free SVG files and fonts.

The only thing I did not make is the banner.  I just ran out of time so I found the perfect colors and patterns in a printable from Fay Town Creations on Etsy.  

The centerpieces were done with the same Mickey SVG on my Eclips.

The cake was from the wonderful Creative Cakes.  They never disappoint!

I tried to come up with food for each character and was actually able to do that!  Not pictured are Toodles Noodles which was a pasta salad and the Professor's Potato Salad.  Those didn't come out until dinner.

Chip & Dales chips and dip

Daisy's garden veggies

Donald's cheese & quackers

Minnie's fruit kabobs

Pluto Punch (aka lemonade)

Pete's Pretzels (spelled wrong...ha!)
I love making these pretzels.  They are so easy to customize colors for the party plus the sweet and salty combo is a winner.

We've got ears say cheers

Great Grandma and Grandma

Grandma and Grandpa


Uncle Scott

cousin Tyler

Great Uncle Jerry

He loves to swim

Cousins Tyler and Shawn

He couldn't take his hands off of the string for the hat

Another sweet treat as a favor, chocolate dipped Oreo's.  Half dipped in red with 2 white baking pearls.  Please enjoy some clubhouse treats for making my party extra sweet.  Thanks for coming!

Created in Storybook

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Monkey 1st Birthday

This post is very late but as my multitasking mind takes over I am now on my 3rd different thing that I'm doing on the computer besides what I sat down to do.

When planning his birthday party and theme I went with a general monkey theme.  We don't watch a lot of TV and really it's hard to tell what a 1 year old in really 'into'.  My cousin Beth with Beth Kruse Custom Creations designed my party printables.  I normally do this kind of thing on my own but there were just too many things going on in our lives at the time for me to add 1 more thing to my plate.  She has fabulous parties so I knew I was outsourcing to someone great!

The invitation

Welcome sign

I scoured Pinterest for food inspiration and was pretty pleased with what I found.  

I thought this popcorn was really good.  I have a sweet tooth so it was a great treat!

You can't have a monkey party without mokney bread :)  We were doing a cupcake cake as the cake so I also needed to do something in little cups so I could use the topper printables from Beth.

Safari Fruit
Just a regular old fruit and cheese tray.

Monkey Sandwiches
I saw a few different versions of this, some included Nutella but I just did the Vanilla Wafers with peanut butter and sliced banana.

Monkey Tails
White chocolate covered pretzel rods with sprinkles.  I love the sweet and salty combination of these.

I picked up random blue, yellow and brown candy at Party City to fill the boxes with.

I found the hat and shirt on Etsy and for the life of me can't find the link to the shop that did them.  There were a few that did them like this.  Of course he wouldn't wear the hat!  I was a little nervous about the shirt though.  I ordered a size larger than he was based off of their sizing recommendations and then it shrunk in the dryer.  It just fit him thank goodness.

The cake is from Creative Cakes and they are great.  When we went in to order my husband saw a wedding cupcake tower and decided we should get cupcakes.  Ok, I didn't really care.  I had the invitation so they could figure out something to do based off of that and they copied the invitation onto a cupcake cake.  It was great!

For the smash cake they did a different kind of frosting, I don't know what but it had less ingredients that could be potential allergens since kids that age typically haven't been exposed to some of those.  That was nice that they suggested that because it wasn't something I'd thought of. 

At first he didn't really know what to do with the cake.  We had to show him what to do and then he dug in a little.  He's not a messy eater so this is about as bad as it got.

Beth did the chalkboard sign too.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Stitch Fix

It's been over a year since my last 'Fix' and I decided to give it another try.  Ever since JP was born I haven't really bought many clothes for myself.  Some of my old clothes still fit and some don't but a big problem is that I have completely different needs.  Now that I am an at home mommy all of my cute business casual outfits don't get much use (at all!!) and it turns out I didn't have much for everyday casual.

I really don't enjoy shopping.  I think it is partially because I have a hard time finding things that will fit right, I am not a large person but on the taller side and typically smaller sizes just aren't long enough.  I'll take 10 things into a fitting room and maybe 1 will fit right.  It's frustrating.

I really love shopping online because it give me time to do things I want to do instead of need to do.  I've eluded in previous posts about the products we use in our home and I get them from an online wellness .com store so again...more things delivered to my door, I love it (and it saves money!).

On to my fix.  Allison was my stylist and for the most part this Fix was great.  I requested color and everyday casual things that still made me look 'put together'.  I also mentioned my issue with finding tops long enough in the arms and torso and the things she sent had a longer style.

Beau Fringe Infinity Scarf

I don't have a scarf this color or texture so it's a keeper.

Aleah V-Neck Heathered Dolman Sleeve Shirt

In a previous Fix I got a black shirt just like this and I love it.  It has a different label but feels and looks the same.  It's long enough that I can wear it with leggings and have my back side covered.  Leggings are not pants!!  It's also easy to accessorize with jewelry or a scarf.  Another keeper!

Braddon Airy Knit V-Neck Sweater

If I were at a store I probably wouldn't have tried this on.  That's one of the things I like about Stitch Fix is it helps you expand your style.  I like it but the fit just wasn't right.  It was a little baggy and the sleeves were an odd length.  They were too short but not short enough to look like 3/4 sleeves.  It's a no for me.

Lizzy Colorblock Striped Sweater

This is another keeper.  This is my style, easy and casual but still cute (at least I think so!).  The fit is also good and long enough.  The only thing I'm not crazy about is the price.  It's a little expensive but I am still going to keep it.  Finding things that fit well isn't easy so when I find it sometimes I just have to roll with it.

Natoma Ikat Embroidery Crossbody Bag

This bag is just not my style.  I'm not trying to offend anyone because there are probably plenty of people who don't like the things I did above but this bag is a big NO for me.  

If you didn't already know there is a Facebook group called Stitch Fix B/S/T and Discussion.  People post themselves in their new items and if there is something you got that you didn't like there are lots of people that will likely buy it that way you can keep everything and get your discount.  I've heard that even if you rate the items when you checkout with your honest opinion it still can be misleading for future picks because you kept the item.

If you are new to Stitch Fix and want to give it a try they have a great referral program.  Here is my referral link if you decide to give it a try!