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Sunday, September 29, 2013

It was a GOOD MAIL day!

I got a box of goodies in the mail the other day from an order I placed. OMG! It was like Christmas....actually better than Christmas because I don't usually get many (if any) presents!

Check it out!

All my ink pads from many years ago are drying up, so it's time to buy more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love maps and I love stencils!!





 The new Ranger Distress Paint colors.
Since I have all the rest of them I figured I should get these!


October Afternoon Very Merry Flash  Card Book (I think this is an "old" product)
 
 
in Grecian Gold, Antique White, Pewter, and Autumn Gold
 
 
 

 
 
Here's a few cards I made with the BG Carte Postale stuff:
 
 
 
 
 
:-)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dyeing to be crafty!

In preparation for the pre-wedding party I'm hosting in October for my oldest son and his soon-to-be bride, I am sewing tablecloths that will cover the hot tub and pool table that are in our screened porch. Can't move them, so I might as well use them, right? On those said tablecloths will be runners dyed to (hopefully) match the bride's chosen colors. Yesterday was dye day. It was a gorgeously sunny day and I tackled this project as soon as I was back from spin class. I was already hot and sweaty, so why not?!

I used liquid Rit Dye. Of course, I don't like to read directions too much, but I could have had a much better end result if I had! It was a success none-the-less.

On the Rit Dye website you can find the Color Formula Guide where you can concoct your special recipe to get the color you want. Make sure to read Tips for Success...I didn't! You may get the exact color you wanted, unlike me. Mine is pretty close and it will be an evening party, so it will be close enough.

I started with bleached muslin and liquid Rit Dye in "Taupe" and "Evening Blue" for my desired "Quarry" color (Blue-Green #570).

I used the hose to fill my plastic tub. Yes, if I would have read the directions properly I would have used hot water!!

 I laid the dyed fabric on the lawn to let it dry a bit. It will dry lighter than the wet fabric, so I wanted to see if I needed to put it back in the dye bath a bit longer.

As long as you're dyeing, you might as well add in some paper and paper towels to use for art. And save some of that dye for later. Who knows if you'll want to dye buttons or paper flowers! (or coffee filters, or...)

Once I was OK with the color of the cloth, I wrung it out and popped it in the wash. I added in a few sheets of Shout Color Catcher and look how beautiful they turned out! Yes, another great art product!

Today, I am all about pressing and stitching the fabric for my runner. It will add a great pop of color to my white and crystal party decor!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It's all about the cupcakes!

I hosted a bridal shower this past Saturday for my future daughter-in-law, Danielle, who will be marrying my oldest son, Evan.  My good friend, Yvonne Williams of www.designacake.info, made the cupcakes. Not your ordinary cupcakes, mind you, but a cupcake bar!


There were eight different flavors and she also provided a little framed menu to let you know which cupcake was which flavor.

 
Pink frosting was white cake with raspberry filling,
the one with the umbrella was pina colada!
 
 
The yellow flower cupcake was banana and was absolutely scrumptious!
 
 
Blue frosting was chocolate cake with butter cream frosting.
 
 
Cookies and Cream, of course!
 
Cappuccino...the Bride's favorite!
 
Peanut Butter (another winner!!)
 
 
White was white cake buttercream frosting.
 
 
If you are looking for a fun and tasty treat for your next gathering(and you're in the Orlando area) I'd say definitely give Yvonne a call!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Crock Pot Remake

I was browsing through Pinterest this morning and ran across THIS PIN, which I loved. I will be serving meatballs at my #1 son's wedding party in October and just had to come up with a way to disguise my ugly Crock Pot. As soon as I saw the above-mentioned pin, I got to work.

Tape off the handles and any other part you don't want painted. I stuffed some paper towels into the center to keep from spraying the inner portion.



Spray a few coats of paint - I'm using RustOleum Chalk Board Spray Paint. Do this outside and protect your area from overspray!





When it's dry, remove the tape...and you have a lovely "new" Crock Pot!
 
 
Just label the outside with chalk so everyone knows what is inside.


It's great to take with you to a pot luck!
 
 
Just remember the dial setting from left to right: Off>Warm>Low>High


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Gearing up for a wedding!

My #1 son is getting married in a month...in Paris, no less! I am hosting a bridal shower at my house a week from Saturday. I have planning like a mad woman and am pretty much ready to go. I have the next two weeks planned out as to what needs to be done: cleaning, shopping for food, cooking, decorations, etc.

A good friend is making several different flavored cupcakes (I'm REAL excited about that! YUM!!!)

I've got the shower games ready and some prizes wrapped.

 
Helium tank and balloons ready to fill...
 
Bridal Shower banner made and ready to hang...
 
 
I've been busy pinning all the cute photos on my Wedding Pinterest board.
 
 
 
Until next time...