Monday, July 21, 2014

"Love is Sweet" Bridal Shower

My baby sister got married Saturday! It's been a crazy couple of weeks... you know how weddings go. But the wedding is done, she is off on her honeymoon, and I finally have a second to breath and catch up on all the happenings.

First up, my other sister and I worked together to throw her bridal shower. She's a food blogger and I'm a crafty DIY blogger, so teaming up was perfect! 

We decided to go with the theme "Love is Sweet" mostly so we could eat a lot of treats. haha. Here's the spread:

I used my trash-to-treasure chalkboard as a menu. That thing has come in so handy! I also reused the tissue paper poms and paper lanterns I used at the tea party. Then I bought a girly floral paper pack from Michaels ($5 yo!) and made it into a banner. It says "Love is Sweet" but it's kinda hard to see in the photos.

I found a wire picnic caddy set at a thrift store. It had a big tray, a cup dispenser and a napkin/utensil holder, all for $3. But they were ugly hunter green plastic coated wire. A little aqua spray paint, and you would never have guessed how they looked to begin with:

And aren't those little cups stinkin' cute? I have been collecting them from thrift stores. The chevron spoons and yellow baker's twine are from Joanns.

The food was to die for. Seriously. Bacon-wrapped pineapple with a honey-sriracha glaze, Nutella mousse, oreo cake donuts, homemade churros, chocolate chip cookie cup shots ... are you drooling yet? You can get copies of all the recipes on my sister's blog HERE.

Next up is the gift table:

I am in love with this vintage sheet. It adds so much color and whimsy.

This chalkboard is actually not a chalkboard at all. It's a piece of dollar store black foam core. I used chalk on it and it worked smashingly. How did I get such neat lettering? I just have really awesome handwriting. Ha! Not! Actually, I printed it from the computer and used THIS technique to transfer it to the chalkboard.

The little triangle border? I had all the triangles left after cutting the banners and thought, "Why not use them for something!" I love being able to use something that otherwise would have been thrown away.

The last little thing was the sparkling waters we gave out as party favors. I made a little tag that said, "Love is sweet. Please take a treat." I printed them out, punched holes in the corner, then tied them to the drink with more yellow baker's twine. Easy peasy! And those drinks are yummay.

The party was a success. It was kind of special to be able to work with one sister to throw a party for my other sister. Now all three girls in the family are married women! Love really is sweet.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Progress! (Downstairs Family Room)

This week is CRAZY week around here... my sister is getting married on Saturday! Plans were going smoothly until she went to pick up her wedding dress and the alterations were atrocious. Seriously, it was bad. Now we are scrambling to make things work. I am taking over a lot of the tasks my mom was going to do so that she can fix the hot mess of the ugly wedding dress.

But, I have been meaning to share the progress I've been making downstairs. Do you remember the before picture?

Here's the "halfway there" photo:

It's a little better, huh? I painted the bookcases and stained the top of the desk. I dejunked the bookcases, too. Man, we had a lot of stuff  that just needed to be tossed! I decided to pack up old college textbooks because I know we are not going to be reading those any time soon. And I moved some books to other parts of the house. With the extra space, I was able to style things a little more nicely:

Do you see that apothecary jar full of marbles? They belonged to my husband's uncle when he was a boy. I just love them and am so glad we can have them on display!

I still need to:

- paint the desk legs
- add art to the wall
- hide the jumble of computer cords

But it's coming along!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Thrifted Frames Get An Easy Update

I really need to stop going to thrift stores and yard sales for a while. I keep bringing home treasures I didn't know I needed. Ha!

When I saw these three matching square frames for 50 cents each, I was able to look past the art that was in them and the dirt that was on them.

It was an easy fix... a little windex and some cute scrapbook paper and the makeover was complete! The problem with buying things you didn't know you need is that you may not have decided on a spot for them. I may use them on the freshly painted bookcases downstairs:

But I think they will probably end up hanging in the downstairs bathroom/ laundry room. They are a little too cutesy for the family room. Better for the laundry room, definitely.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How To Choose A Can Opener That Will Last

A couple of years back, we had a string of bad luck with can openers. It seemed like every time I turned around, we were having to buy a new one! I think we bought four or five in the course of a year because we just couldn't find one that worked and lasted for more than a few months. A can opener is one of those things you don't think about until you have to wrestle with a junky one every time you want to open a dang can.

I had told my mom about our can opener fiasco and she gave me one for Christmas. Funny gift, right? That was probably four years ago and our can opener is still going strong. Freedom from can opener woes? I'd say it was a pretty awesome gift!

So what's the secret? There are two things that will end your search for the perfect can opener once and for all.

1. It's the manufacturer. Swing A Way can openers are the best. Just trust me. All different companies use Swing A Way can openers, so just look for the name printed on the metal somewhere. This one is from Target. (P.S. No affiliation... just sharing a product I love!)

2. Rinse your can opener off after each use and stick it in the dish drain to dry. This will keep the blades sharp for a long, long time. My mom's can opener lasted something like 15 years because she does this religiously.

So there you go. Now you know how to choose a can opener that will actually last.
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