Neverland Party

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Welcome to Neverland. For my daughters 8th birthday party she wanted a Neverland tea party inspired by Peter Pan. We had her party at a cupcake Shoppe, where the kids could decorate their own cupcakes and have their own tea party.  I didn’t go all crazy for this party but I did make a few things that added a special touch to her party and didn’t spend to much money. My daughters birthday is in the spring so lucky for me I found a bunch of items to match my theme. neverland-party-1

I made little fairy jar party favors for just a few dollars.  I found a pack of Fairies in the Target dollar section that I spray painted white and hot glued onto these little jars. You can find these jars at grocery stores or at Wal-Mart in the canning section. I spray painted the rims white also.  I filled the jars with Robin eggs candy. I created this little printable and tied with twine.  I made all the little girls flower crowns with florist wire wrapped with florist tape. neverland-party-2I found these green cute little jars again at Target. I found these clock stickers in the scrapbooking section at Hobby Lobby.  I bought a pack of feathers also at Hobby lobby and painted the tips gold and added some cheap flowers.neverland-party-3I found this little trunk at Hobby Lobby along with the coins and little jars. I gave all the kids pixie dust made with cosmetic safe glitter that you can find online.neverland-partyI loved our little candy setup. You can find this candy straw grass during Easter time. We made little bird nest and added Jelly beans, pixie sticks, pretzels, chocolate gold coins, robin eggs and Rolos. neverland-party-7neverland-party-5I have seen these flower cupcake holders at all the craft stores, I bought mine at AC Moore. neverland-party-6You usually can find Pirate’s Booty popcorn at the store.

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Anthropologie chalkboard placemats hack

Anthropolgie Chalkboard place mat

$28 for a set of 25

Yeah, I don’t need 25. Maybe for a birthday party… I just need 2 for right now. So off to the Ol’ Dollar Tree for 2 plastic placemats and I already had some chalkboard spray paint. You can pick a can up at craft stores, Wal-Mart and Amazon.

I actually had these placemats on hand. You can pick them up at yard sales, Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon. You could have some on hand from when your kids were toddlers. I had a Dora and Princess one.

$1-$1.50 placemat

$3-$5 can of chalkboard spray paint (don’t forget to use a coupon at the craft stores)

$1-$2 chalk

Chalkboard placemat DIY

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I used chalkboard paint on the bottom one with a sponge paintbrush. Spray paint works better. Two coats on a plastic placemat and Bam! instant doodle pad.

 

Minion Easter Egg Hunt

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My church is hosting an Easter Egg hunt this year and was asking that each child bring 20 eggs prefilled for the hunt. The children in our Awana group love “Bubble Gum” night, (this is where they receive bubble gum for completing so many verses.) I knew I had to get wrapped gum, but with having the 2 kids, I didn’t want to fill 40 eggs with just candy. So we were off to the store to find affordable, yet fun things to fill some of the eggs with.

I decided on filling the eggs with stickers, marbles and small party favors. I do run a special event company and always have party favors laying around anyway. Easter is the “second most” candy buying holiday in America, next to Halloween. So as much as I love Chocolate bunny rabbits, I do not want to give my kids a sugar overload. Plus they have two more Easter Egg hunts to go to this year.

Minion eggs

I also want to jazz up a couple of the eggs. I saw on my beloved Pinterest some Minion eggs. All it takes is yellow and blue plastic eggs. Put blue on the bottom and yellow on top. Need a black sharpie or black paint and googly eyes. Hot glue their eyes on and then use sharpie or paint to draw on their hair, glasses and mouths.

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I must say it was not a Pinterest fail.

Minion fruit snacksI found some Despicable Me – Minion fruit snacks to fill them with. The kids loved the Minion eggs and one child asked if I would make him one since he did not find one in the Easter Egg hunt.

Chalk paint furniture makeovers

Diy furniture makeovers #diy #diyfurniture

Guarantee these next projects will inspire you to find some antique furniture pieces and give them a makeover. I love simple projects, and I have stayed away from furniture makeovers because I was terrified of the time and mess I would make.  My mother opened a hair salon, and it is absolutely gorgeous, and the best part she did makeovers on all her furniture pieces. Our first project was this antique couch that she fell in love with the structure but not so much the fabric. before couch

As you can see much needed tlc was needed to this couch. Did you know you can paint fabric furniture pieces? Neither did but there are many tutorials all over the internet with chalk paint.

We first taped off the wood pieces on the furniture.

Next you wet your fabric with a spray bottle, you don’t want it soaking just damp.

Next we started painting on the wet pieces making circle movements. Once we painted the whole couch you let it dry over night. The next day you have to sand the paint a little and apply a second coat.

After the couch was dry we used Annie Sloan clear coat wax. This will help seal your paint and soften your fabric.

Our last step, we painted the wood a metallic silver. after diy couch

Not bad for a$60.00 couch!

My next project was this Hutch I found at Goodwill for $111.00. We are opening up our own spa line at the salon and we have been looking for a hutch to display some of our products, so when we came across this hutch, we had to snag it up. 20160102_171511

What I love about chalk paint, is you don’t have to sand and prime down your furniture pieces, which saves a lot of time and headache. This piece all I did was tape off my mirrors took the back off and painted away. We took out the middle door so it was more open with our products displayed. The back part we took off and covered in silver glitter wrapping paper.  after diy hutch12391364_1630752460518547_1809668577535423340_n 10313784_1630752490518544_3091979651299645046_n

a few other pieces painted with chalk paint.

Fun with Elf on the Shelf and DIY clothing for your Elf

ELF DIY Clothes and fun

We have an Elf on the Shelf named Bob. He has come to visit us for 4-5 years now. I decided to post some of his fun adventures he has had at our house and some fun clothes that you can make for him.

A lot of the stuff Bob does is similar to the elves you see on Pinterest. Sometimes he stands out on his own.

  • He has left me a message in the fridge to throw out Thanksgiving left overs.
  • He put a lot of my daughter’s stuffed animals in the dog kennel and put a sign on it saying “Zoo”.
  • He was caught eating the filling out of oreos and trying to put the empty cookies in my daugher’s lunch.

Chalkboard Christmas tree

He was tired of waiting on us to put up the Christmas tree, that he drew his own on our chalkboard.

Snowmen marshmallows

He printed off some basic elf cards one year.

Dog biscuits

He got into our dog’s treats.

Super hero elf

Our star was leaning one year and he decided to save it.

Elf super hero cape

Closer view of his super hero cape.

Elf super hero cape

It is made with 3 different colors of felt and some hot glue. The felt sheets are from a pack that was purchased at Dollar Tree. I did not cut the width of the yellow. It is the size that it came. I cut a “V” in the top. The royalish blue felt I cut into a shield pattern small enough to fit on the yellow. The lighter blue, I traced a “B” initial on it before cutting. The “B” stands for his name, Bob.

Super hero Elf

Once I hot glued all the felt pieces on top of each other, I tried it on Bob. I then made it loose enough to go over his head and hot glued the top of the “V” cutout together at his neck, but not to him.

Horse riding elf

Bob loves Rapunzel and the next day he took her for a stroll on their horse. Still wearing his cape.

Elf riding surf boardWe have a surfboard ornament that I got years ago when I worked at Hollister. Bob decided to ride it on the tree.

Elf clothes from a sock

This year my youngest daughter wanted Bob to have clothes. I decided to make him some elf clothes myself. This sweater is made from a Toddler size TMNT sock. It had lost it’s mate, so I recycled it. The sleeves are made from white felt that I had on hand. I cut the sock and fitted it over his chest and stomach. Then I cut out the white felt and covered his arms. I hot glued the white felt seams while on the two arms, but left them loose enough to come off. I sewed the white arms to the top of sock. It is very easy to get off and on.

Sock into Elf clothes

Another toddler sock that I turned into a sweater for Bob. I completed it the same ways as above. This would be great with any holiday socks you may have or buy in the Dollar bins.

Elf apron

I came across this last year and loved it, but not the price. My kids do not need another apron either.

Elf on the shelf apron

So I made an apron for him this year. He is wearing this with a note saying it is time to make cookies.

Elf apron

I saved a Barbie size apron template on one of my Pinterest boards. It is the perfect size to fit an Elf. I got the template from Brassy Apple here. I just placed the template on the felt and cut it out. You can use fabric, but I wanted to sew as little as possible during this project. No sewing is needed on felt.

Elf apron

I did use the stretchy elastic thread that Brassy Apple does, but I hot glued it down to the felt. I then cut very small rectangles and hot glued them over the elastic to make it more sturdy.

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Closer view of what the elastic and felt look like.

Barbie felt apron

I also made one in pink for his “Barbie” friend. Her’s has white felt pockets and pink tulle at the bottom instead of fabric like Brassy Apple made, but it is cute and easy to do. The tulle, I gathered and ran a running stitch through by hand. Then I hot glued the pockets on and the tulle.

Elf and barbie aprons

They are ready to make some cookies.

Michael's sweater ornaments

I came across these sweater ornaments at Michael’s while they were 50% off, making it $2.98. You can usually find a coupon if they are not on sale. They do fit the elves, but mine needed cut at the top to fit his head. You may find wine bottle sweaters or clothes that will fit elves too.

Elf wardrobe

Here he is wearing one of the sweater ornaments. It comes with a hanger, so I decided to hang up some of Bob’s new duds in Barbie’s wardrober. My daughters bought Bob some presents from Target this year too. They were more expensive at $9 a piece.

Christmas Decor Ideas

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Christmas is finally here!! I am officially allowed to decorate the house, listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies.  This year I did a hot cocoa bar set up for my family that I can keep up through the winter. Once it gets cold outside, my children have to have hot cocoa. Here is just a little glimpse of my home for the holidays.hot cocoa bar #christmas #hotcocoa

I created this poster on Picmonkey and emailed the file to my local FedEx and had them make a copy and blow it up. Because it is a black and white photo it only cost little over $2.00 to make. Next, I went to Dollar Tree and purchased these snowflakes. I used command strips to stick to my walls. I suggest using a few on each snowflake because the next day i had snowflakes falling off. hot cocoa bar #christmas #hotcocoabar

You can buy hot cocoa cups for your keurig, but my kids complain they are to watery. I use my keurig to make tea and hot cocoa just by running the hot water over my tea, or hot cocoa, with no k cups inside. hot cocoa bar #christmas #hotcocoa Christmas ideas #christmas #masonjars #antiques

So I have a little obsession with vintage mason jars. I thought the teal mason jars would look pretty on my fireplace lit up with some string lights. One of my favorites this year! Merry Christmas!

Candy themed birthday party

Candy buffett

Recently did the printable’s for a little girls, Sweet Shoppe party. It was like a walk down Candyland.

You can find a lot of  the Candy inspired decor at Hobby Lobby right now in the Christmas section.

Sweet Shoppe decor

Peppermint cake

The cake was ordered from Kroger and all we did was ask the decorator to make the icing pink with peppermint design on the top.

Sweet shoppe cupcake toppers

Multicolored cupcakes from the grocery store and our custom made cupcake toppers were a hit.

Visit our Etsy page for a custom order.

Birthday girl's sweet shoppe

candy buffet

Put an assortment of different candy in a variety of containers on a table for the candy buffet. The purple candy is a plate wrapped inside basket wrap that you can get a craft store.

Candy buffet

Pink candy is the same with a plate and basket wrap.

Candy buffet

The more children you invite, the more candy you will need.

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Fall decor for your home dIY

Sierra has some of the best decor at her house and a lot of it, she has made herself. Being inspired by things we find out and about shopping and on Pinterest. DIY Burlap garland

Her fall mantel. The directions for the burlap garland are here.

Spray painted picture frame and mason jar

Using the same colorful fall flowers throughout the house. She spray-painted the mason jar and Ikea picture frame with the same color paint to tie it all together.  DIY  Here. Then stuck a flower to the frame.

Halloween Home Tour

Halloween decorating ideas #halloween #fall #halloweencrafts

October is here, so I had to get my decorating on so I can enjoy Halloween for the whole month. Some of my decorations I have made myself and others bought at some of my favorite stores.  One of my favorite things I did this year, is cover up one of my photos with black scrapbook paper and command strips and used this $1 Drink up Witches sign I found in the Target dollar section, for literally $2.00 I made the cutest sign.halloween cheap decorations

halloween decor Pretty sure I was a witch in my past life because I love anything, witches. I created my little witches corner. I found my Witch at Tuesday Morning for $24.99. They have all different Witches to choose from, but I suggest going in early September because by October they are gone. Learned my lesson from last year. halloween decor A few years back I made these DIY spell books Diy Post here. I found my little potion bottle in the Target dollar section. It completed my little witches corner. halloweenEvery year Target has these spooky talking phones, that my kids love. I covered Dollar Tree cobwebs over everything because my children can’t keep their hands off everything.halloweenI bought this little bag of bones while I was in New Orleans, however I saw the same bag at Stein Mart for $6.99

halloween decor I found these Day of the Dead decals at Jo Ann’s (2015) here is my diy post. halloween decor This year I am having a Day of the Dead Halloween Party, and my color theme is black and white, so when I came across this at Joann’s I had to have it.   halloween82015

I crafted this little sign together with a piece of scrapbook paper and these foam stickers I found at Hobby Lobby.

batsYou can find these sticker bats at Target and they are only $5.00. I bought this picture at Kirkland’s a few years back, and I have so many friends that love it that I made a copy-cat free printable, you can print it out and frame.Free Halloween Printable #halloween #halloweenprintables #halloweenquotes

fall porch ideas
My little fall porch set up I did this year. I went to wal-mart for the best prices for mums. Don’t buy your mums from the display, first check their nursery for better deals. When I checked their nursery they had over two full rows of 50% reduced mums, not because they were dying just because they were the older batch. Each Mum only cost $1.99. Another tip, of course buy your Halloween decor the day of Halloween or the very next day. Wait any longer and it will be picked over. I found this sign for less than $5 at kirklands last year after Halloween.  flowers
full of new budshalloween porch ideas

Christmas isn’t the only holiday you can decorate your house with lights. You can buy a box of orange or purple lights for less than $4.00. I added black tulle every foot on my string of lights. I added more this year under my roof of my porch sweeping back and forth, to make it a little more magical. Yes, I’m a little kid at heart.

Country Wedding decor

 

Cupcake holder

I love country wedding decor. These are from a recent wedding that I wanted to share. The cupcake holder the venue had = too cute. It had a small cake on one tier and mini cupcakes on the others. Decor around the location included mason jars with roses, baby breath and ribbon. This would also be great at a bridal shower.

Cupcake holder

wedding photo boardHandmade photo board with jute and clothespins to hold the couple’s engagement photos.

A.C.Moore has a lot of burlap and country inspired wedding decor.