More Shower Ideas

Here are a few more shower pictures for you. If you have any questions on how things are made leave a comment. This was the other serving table. One table had savory food items and this table had sweet food items and the drinks. Love the tutu clothes lines on the window.

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This wreath was made with strips of tulle on a cross stitch frame. 

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The party favors were coffee. The said “A Baby Is Brewing”

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Our “thank you” notes…..please address your own envelope. 

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The corsage was made by Amy, our oldest daughter. Great job!

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We displayed gifts that came in the mail on the mantel.

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Wrapped scrap book paper around Starbucks bottles and added fun straws.

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Baby Shower Idea’s

Last Saturday we had a baby shower for our youngest daughter who is expecting her first baby. It was a lot of planning and work but it was all worth the out come! 

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There were so many things that were made for this shower that I will have to divide it up into a few post but if you see anything you want info on before I post it leave a comment or shoot me an email.

It took me a bit to figure out what to do but once I had that idea it was on! Busy, busy, busy! Every spare minute was spent on shower stuff.

Let’s start with the table cloths:

1 King size pink sheet (size depends on your table)

20 yards of pink tulle

2 rolls of ribbon

strips of fabric 

handmade flowers

sewing machine (optional)

glue gun

Wash and iron the sheet.

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Get your sewing machine out or glue gun. I choose to sew the tulle together. I just pleated it and sewed away:

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Place the sheet on the table and pin the tulle to the sheet:

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Then the ribbon:

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I went right over the pins that held the tulle with the ribbon.

Next the handmade flowers and strips of fabric. Cut skinny and wide strips for this and make them uneven. I bought 2 yards of 3 different fabrics from the colors from the baby’s nursery and used them over and over.

After you are sure that you like the placement get your glue gun warmed up and glue away. Don’t forget to remove your pins after the glue dries.

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I placed my strips under the ribbon but it really doesn’t matter because it doesn’t show.

Next the flowers:

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These are made with twisted fabric, ribbon and button covers. I did leave a few pins in on the corners to help hold the flowers but I also glued them on.

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Lastly, I made a table runner with gray chevron fabric. It took 2 yards per table but you would have to measure your table to decide how much fabric you would need.

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Tutu’s

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Items needed:

1 yard tulle

ribbon

pins

sewing machine

Fold the tulle to be the length you want and pin

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Next, sew and remove pins.

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Add ribbon.

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Cut tulle open at the bottom and you have a tutu.

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We used clothes pins and twine to hang and added fabric strips and flowers to the ends.

More to come later.

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Baby Girl Headbands

This is another little tidbit of a baby shower idea. We can’t do this at our shower due to having so many people but for a smaller shower, this would be awesome! I have made a few baby headbands lately and they are extremely easy!

Items Needed:

Stretchy Ribbon

Fabric

Glue Gun

Sewing Machine

Scissors

This is the stretchy ribbon:

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I measured 12 inches for newborns and then used the sewing machine to connect it. You can also buy the headband already made at Wal-Mart or Target.

I then made flowers from fabric that I twisted and glued and button covers that you can get at fabric stores:

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Then added to the headband with glue:

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For a girl baby shower you could have a station with all the items above. Make all the flowers and sew together the headband ribbon ahead of time. Place the glue gun, scissors, buttons and what ever else you choose in a area for whoever wants to can make a headband. Check this out for a cute set up that I found on Pinterest:

http://blog.lb-boutique.com/2012/09/12/tired-of-the-typical-baby-shower-game-2/

Tired of the typical baby shower game? » Lb Boutique Blog

It is a cute and easy project and will last past the baby shower. 

More to come later………..

 

 

 

Tutu’s and Baby Showers

This week I will be having a baby shower for our youngest daughter at my house. Our new grand child will be a girl so of course I have to do something really girly. I can’t share everything but I wanted to give a little preview of the shower.

One of my decorating ideas is the diaper cake. Not that I came up with the idea, I just copied someone else and made it my own. I couldn’t find direction or instructions on how this is done so I hope this helps you if you decide to make a tutu flower cake.

This was my inspiration from Pinterest:

Diaper cake Baby Girl Shower - I love the headbands on this cake and the tutu can be reused!

I like the simplicity and the light colors but the fake flowers are just not my thing. So that is where I made it my own.

I took strips of fabric and twisted them to make flowers. You twist and twist and the roll it in a circle using a glue gun along the way on the back. Do a little at a time until it is the size you like. I like to make different sizes.

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I also used buttons that I covered with fabric.

For the back drop of the flower I took 6 pieces of tulle cut about 8 inches long and folded them like a fan.  I bought this tulle at Hobby Lobby. Wrapped wire around it as if I was making a pom pom.

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Then you just pull the pieces apart to make a flower/pom pom. I cut the edges to make it round.

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Add the flower to tulle with a glue gun and you have completed your flower. With this diaper cake I made 3 flowers. I like to decorate in odd numbers.

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Now to make the diaper cake:

Cut a lot of strips of tulle 22 inches long. I used a little hot pink tulle to make it pop!

Cut a 10-12 inch piece of stretchy headband ribbon. (You can find this with the ribbon at most craft stores. It is a stretchy ribbon with holes in it). Sew the headband fabric together and wrap 10-12 diapers with it. You can make you band bigger if you want a bigger diaper cake. Of course the top layer of the cake has less diapers.

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The smaller diaper layer has a headband around it that I made a flower out of ribbon and a button that I covered with matching fabric. This layer was made small so Ady can really use the headband. You can buy button cover sets at most craft stores that sell fabric.

I put the flowers I had made earlier on top by pushing the wire into the diapers. I also added tulle on the inside under the flowers to hide the wire. You could use white pipe cleaners to skip this step but I didn’t have any.

Now to put it all together…….my final product:

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I really dont know why it looks like my diaper cake is glowing…I just took a picture with my IPhone.

If you are giving a girl baby shower and need ideas…check back next week for a lot more!

More to come next week!

These Cold Winter Days

The days here in the south have been very cold! Most people are staying inside to keep warm. It makes me want to go to the islands where there is clear blue waters and warm sunny breezes! But instead I am working on redecorating my bedroom. With this project I have tried to incorporate some (island) blue in my room. I am not 100% done but I wanted to share what I have so far.

This is a before picture:

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I also was trying not to repaint my room since the paint is in perfect condition.

Here is a picture of the same chair but recovered.

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Do you notice that I took a very tradition chair and made it modern with fabric and removing the skirt. I think it is beautiful!

I had never made curtains for this room because I was afraid it would darken the room. Well, it didn’t!!! It made the room look grand and finished.

Before:

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The curtains are hung as close to the ceiling as we could get them so your eye will be drawn to the height of the panel and the room will seem bigger and taller. I am not finished by far. I have pictures to replace, lamps and picture frames. The towels and rugs in the bathroom etc.

I actually have one lamp with the plastic still on the shade because I am not sure if I like it for 50 bucks or not.

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I buy things and bring them home to decide if I like them or not. I leave the all tags on until I decide. If I love it I keep it, if not I return it. Still undecided on this one.

So far I have bought new bedding, made panels and had a chair recovered. All for about $500.00. You could do this for less if you found fabric that you like for less.I am not buying new furniture due to budget but the changes make a big difference for me. You can also buy panels cheaper than you can make them but it will not have the “custom” look. I am making pillows this week and switching out some of the small things. I hope to buy new art work for above the bed too.  I will post finished pictures when completed.

If you would like some warm homemade soup to sooth the soul during these cold days, check out this recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/broccoli-cheese-soup/

I have made it twice this winter and it is great with homemade bread:

http://www.theprudenthomemaker.com/index.php/rosemary-olive-oil-bread

I hope this helps warm your soul!!

 

Office Christmas Party……Fun or Dud?

At this time of year there are many parties going on with lots of family, friends and yes, that dreaded office party. Well, I wanted to make a change from dreaded to AWESOME with the office Christmas Party. We have a family owed carpet and rug cleaning company and we do an office party every year. I am forever trying to make it fun and enjoyable. We have done dinner and Tanglewood, lunch at the Tavern and the candle light tea in Winston to mention a few. This year we have a young group of guys who may have thought that the office party would be a dud so I had to come up with a new party plan.

Our ice breaker was a “beer tasting” that went over well. I went to Total Wine and bought several strange beers. I took pictures of the descriptions with my phone and read them aloud while trying each beer. I covered the lables on the bottles with red paper so no one knew what they were getting. I don’t like beer so I have fun picking the cool looking bottles and I had a little help from the staff at Total Wine. It was fun to watch the faces of our guys as they tried the beers. 

Next, I gave out small gifts.This gift was several fast food gift cards that you could keep or…….give to homeless people on the street corners. I hope to instill the joy of giving. The feeling you get when you give is unexplainable and makes you want to do it again and again. I gave the dates of our employees a small hot chocolate gift.

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Our dinner menu was: Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Cheese and Sage, A Baked Potato bar, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, Salad and Bread! I made candied pecans and a vinaigrette dressing for the salad. Dessert consist of Strawberry Cheese Cake and one of our employees, Joel, made a Apple Cobbler. I put an ornament on everyone’s napkin that they could take home.

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After dinner we did a Dirty Santa exchange. All the presents were already under the tree because I didn’t want anyone to bring anything! I Googled “good dirty Santa gifts” and came up with: itunes, Starbucks…the normal items but I wanted to get some different gifts. I did do itunes and a Starbucks hot chocolate with mugs but also our gifts were: wine with stemless wine glasses, Jersey Mikes, Movie tickets with Godiva chocolate, brownie in a mug, Juice Shop Certificates, Hickory Farms gift set, a gift card to a local beer store to make up your own 6 pack and Bailey’s and a pound of coffee. All gifts cost between 15-20 dollars. It was a blast. Everyone, including dates got a gift.

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I googled office games and came up with this: wrap a cool present several times and play a game by using music. Sorta like hot potato but if the music stops you unwrap one layer of the wrapping paper. The person who opens the last layer of paper gets the present. I bought a “Catch Phrase” game that was gender neutral. 

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I was at the stereo turning the music up and down. Not looking at the people passing the gift. Becca, one of our employees girlfriend won. 

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This was a fun game because you didn’t have to be and employee to win. Everyone was on equal ground!

We also gave small bonuses with a “Thank You” card to let everyone know how much we appreciated them. I made a small speech stating our great appreciation of their hard work and how important they are to us. I think if people feel appreciated they will work hard for you and feel like a team!

Our last gift of the night was a gift card to a popular restaurant in town.

If we as employers make our employee feel appreciated it builds team mentality. If I feel appreciated, I will work even harder for the cause. My reason for posting this party is not to make myself or our company look good but to help others have party idea’s and to help companies see that we need to appreciate our employee’s. After all, they are the face of our business. we truly couldn’t do it without them!

 

 

 

 

Pinterest Is My Friend!

Do you have those nights when you can’t figure out what to do for dinner? Or one of those weeks when you didn’t have time to plan your meals very well?  Well, I do! When this happens I turn to my friend Pinterest. I first look at all of my own food pins and then others. In just a few minutes I have my dinner planned.

For some reason I have been super busy lately and not planning well but I love to cook and have those warm cozy dinners ready that make everyone smile. Our daughter and her husband who just moved back are staying with us while they search for their perfect home and I get to cook for them at least 4 nights a week. This makes my heart VERY happy! Our son-in-law loves good food and appreciates it. I like to come up with different sauces and dips for every meal. Last night we had a fajita and taco bar. The whole family came for dinner. It was one of those spontaneous dinners that bring us all together for food and fun. I made two special sauces and had lots to choose from to build your taco or fajita.

Last week from Pinterest I made this recipe: The only thing I added was a few pieces of bacon crumbled in the mushrooms! Awesome!

Smoother Chicken With Spinach

 
 
 
 
Ingredients:
For the Creamed Spinach:

1 large bag of spinach leaves

4 ounces cream cheese

1/4 C shredded parmesan cheese

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 T red onion, minced

2 T olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

For the Sauteed Mushrooms:

8 ounce package of mushrooms, sliced

1/2 stick butter

2 T olive oil

1/2 C white wine

2 cloves garlic, minced
 
3 pieces of cooked bacon crumbled

Salt and pepper to taste

 

For the Chicken:

4-5 boneless chicken breasts

8-10 slices Mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/8 inch slices

1 T garlic powder

1 T seasoned salt, like Lawry’s

1 teaspoon pepper
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Sprinkle the garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper on both sides of the chicken.  Bake for 16 minutes.
 
Meanwhile, make the creamed spinach.  Over medium-high heat, melt 2 T olive oil in a skillet.  Add in the onions and saute 2-3 minutes.  Add in the spinach and garlic.  It will shrink ridiculously.  When it’s cooked through, stir in the cream cheese and parmesan cheese.  Continue cooking and stirring until the cream cheese is melted.  Remove from heat.
 
For the mushrooms, melt butter and 2 T olive oil in a skillet.  Put the mushrooms in and cook until browned all over. Add cooked bacon crumbles.  Don’t season with salt until they are browned or they will never brown.  Deglaze the pan with the wine.  Add in the garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until most of the wine is cooked out.
 
Flip the chicken pieces over.  Divide the spinach and mushrooms over the top of each breast.  Lay two slices of cheese over each piece of chicken.  Cook another 12-14 minutes or until cheese is browned and chicken is done.
 

 

 
This recipe was a hit! I have a few others to share next week. Making new recipes is so much fun for me and the last 5-6 have been hits!!
 
I encourage you to try something new this week. It is a lot of fun and your family will love the new experiences!
 
According to a number of reports issued by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University(CASA), children who eat at least five times a week with their family are at lower risk of developing poor eating habits, weight problems or alcohol and substance dependencies, and tend to perform better academically than their peers who frequently eat alone or away from home.
 
 
 

 


 
 
 

Halloween Has Come And Gone

Halloween is over but I have been too busy to post so you are getting Halloween today.

Our night started out with: Stomach Bile (aka…Curry Chicken), Maggots (aka….Rice), Foot Cakes (aka…Naan), Brain Matter (aka….Mango Chutney), Mummy Fingers (aka…hot  dogs wrapped with dough), Spider Pizza, and lots of other goodies. One of my favorites was Nail Clipping…..which was really Macaroons. Some of the names made it hard for me to eat the food. I did not have any Stomach Bile! 

I do all this craziness for my grandchildren because I love them so much and want to make holidays special. Amy told me that the kids were trying to figure out what each name of food meant and if they would eat it or not. It was the talk of their day! This is why I do it! Yay!

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I think the Worms were the worst to look at and forget about eating them:

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Not too many people tried the Worms but everyone was talking about them. I got this recipe from Pinterest and I must say it was a lot of work for such a small bowl of worms.

Our grandson Cohen came after school and helped me make the Bones….veggies up:

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I also found that on Pinterest. Pinterest is a great tool to use when planning anything.

I came up with the cute little Web’s…aka mustard and ketchup. Just put ketchup in a dish, draw a few circles with mustard and use a tooth pick from the center mustard spot to the outside of the dish.

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When our family has parties we always have “adult drinks” and the kids know they cannot have any of the “adult drinks”. Because Halloween is a kid holiday in our house we had “kid drinks” and the adults could not have any or better yet the adults may have not wanted any. “Beetle Juice” with Worms of course! I made a punch and put gummy worms in it. 1 can white grape juice to 2 bottles of ginger ale and gummy worms. The kids loved it!

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Our entire family came and my husbands family. Hunter sat at the bottom of our driveway and gave out candy with a fire pit burning, we walked around the neighborhood with most of the family getting candy with the kids. While the rest of the family chatted inside the house with Grandma Dot. It was a very fun evening that I hope the grandchildren will cherish forever!! I just have to work on topping that party next year! No pressure!!

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Happy Fall from our group to yours!!!!!!

The next holiday is Thanksgiving and I will be posting some tips for keeping that Turkey moist!!

 

 

Halloween Fun

Can you believe it is Fall already? Where did summer go? You know the old saying about “the older you get, the faster time goes by”? Well, mark my words, it does!!!

It is time to start thinking about our Halloween Bash! I love to rename foods and make weird foods on Halloween! The grand kids love it! Caleb, our oldest grandson is 11 years old so I only have a little time before he becomes 18 and goes away to college. Although, Caleb will still love coming when he is older because we all have such fun together.

Last years costumes:

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Caleb was a homeless guy, Kealee and Joy were peacocks and Cohen was Iron man. I was a gypsy.

I am putting together the menu for the Halloween Bash this year and these are the choices:

Mummy Fingers (hot dogs wrapped in pizza dough)

Spider Pizza (make spiders out of black olives and put on pizza)

Worms (make from straws)

Bile Stew (curry chicken)

Maggots (rice)

We will have a few other things too but I have not decided it all yet. The Bile Stew is for the adults but the kids will eat it too.

I will make a menu for the kids and they can have some or all of the yucky sounding foods.

Mummy Fingers:

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Last year we had ‘Stomach Juices” which was really Pumpkin Thai Soup. The meatballs were cooked cow eyes.

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You to can do these fun things for your family! It is things that they will always remember about being at nana and umpa’s or about Halloween when they were little. We were never big fans of Halloween when our kids were small so I had to be creative about it. We always went to my mother-in-laws house for dinner and it was fun for our kids. I wanted to continue that tradition with my grandchildren but with a little twist. I am sure that Caleb will come over with no costume and I will figure something out for him before we go out that he loves. It is a little crazy but that is what makes it so fun!

Family is only here for a short time and time slips by fast so enjoy every minute of what time we have!

I hope I can inspire you to make memories and have fun with your family. In this crazy, fast paced, chaotic life that we live take the time to enjoy the children!

Recipe for the Pumpkin Thai Soup:

Pumpkin Thai Soup:

1 can Libby’s Pumpkin

1 can coconut milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream (1/2 more if you like a loose soup)

1 ½   teaspoon coriander

1 ½ teaspoon cumin

2 teaspoons curry

½ teaspoon red chili pepper

2 Tablespoons of brown sugar

In sauce pan add all ingredients and mix well.  Cook until hot. Serve hot or cold. If you want it to be more spicy, add more red chili pepper.

Don’t Forget The Porch

I almost forgot to put up pictures of the back porch. When we were looking to build this house I knew I wanted a pool and a screened in back porch. Well the pool is 2 doors down and a neighborhood pool, but I have a pool non the less. And the porch is all mine. On most days so is the pool. Anyway, I love my back porch! I sit out there and have coffee as I read, write or just enjoy nature.  So of course it has to have some fall decor too!

I went simple and all natural. I used fresh pumpkins, and mason jars with a some cut herbs from my garden and a few stems from my pampas grass plants.

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For the coffee table I used a lantern. Most probably think a lantern is for Christmas but not this one….

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I filled it with gourdes and wrapped it with burlap and ribbon. Easy as pie to do and it looks good too. If you have a lantern, you should try this.

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My porch now feels like fall too!!!! I can enjoy all the beauty of the outside with my coffee and feel all fallish!

 

For the front porch I used my painted pumpkins, scarecrows and my plants that I planted in April. I have switched out a few summer plant and added mums.

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Decorating is easier than you’d think and even the simplest things add beauty and a festive feel for your home. Try something and send me pictures.

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