Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hangin Out on the Line

Ever wanted or needed to Host a Baby Shower for a friend that you can't or don't want to say NO or I can't to? Well, here are some simple, easy and inexpensive ways to decorate and pull it off to being a hit !
I used the baby gift as the decorations. Cute little onesies hanging on the line ! So tiny...

The name cut out of chip board covered with scrap booking paper, then embellished with fibers and little flowers. We knew who this shower was for !

Can't find the right color plastic table cloths? Go to your local retail store (wal mart is the less expensive) find the Flat Twin sheet... pretty much any color you want. Yep that's right, a flat sheet makes a perfect table cloth and guess how much.... $4.00. Only .05 cents more than a plastic one and you can WASH it and reuse it ! Same with the curtains in the back ground that stay on my back porch to add more shade. Eight bucks for 2 panel's (aka flat twin sheets) cant beat that !

If you have any flowers in your yard they will make the perfect table topper ! Just cut, and add to an old glass bottle or small vase in the cupboard... There you have it...a touch of color !
Also added for color was a baby fleece soft blankie. It added texture plue looked so cozy. White cake plate with brown satin ribbon to hold the yummies chocolate suprise cake with cream cheese frosting. Brown, Pink, and Cream basket holds the napkins and plates. Little green cup found in cupboard makes the perfect holder for reuseable brown plastic forks. The forks were perchased for a previous dinner, washed in the dishwasher then stored for another gathering. It pays to purchase reuseable utensils. Little cream birdie salt and pepper shaker found at Pier 1 for only $3.00 for the set (Thanks Auntie)

A comfy spot for the Guest of Honor ! Touches of Hot Pink Geraniums added to a light pink pale found in my daughters room add sweetness !

Pale Pink sweet and dainty !

The guest who got the swing...Never got up, they were cozy, comfortable and relaxed ! What a perfect day for a Back Porch Baby Shower~

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dancin Feet

We are now officially done with another year of dance ! Kenzi has made it through her fourth year. Amazing ! She has grown so much in all area's of dance, yet still wants more ! This year we tackled Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. I am so very proud of her !

This was Zak's first year of Dance. He has such character. He was liked by all in both Hip Hop and Break dancing.He did such a great job ! He says, he for sure is coming back next year !

I found the "blue" color I wanted to paint my kitchen.... then chickened out. I settled for a similar color but in a spray paint, Bahama sea. I thought I would start out by playing it safe with just adding touches of the color that I LOVE then maybe venture out and put it on the walls.
So, this was before I began. Look at that mess. Cluttered counters are a BIG NO NO and doesnt make for a happy Momma !
As I looked around for what I could "re" paint to add color too, I ventured outside to the side yard. I found an old piece of fence board. Yep, I sprayed it...

(Excuse the color of the photo, our camera is on its last leg. I am dreading the day it goes out. I can only hope it will be replaced before hand !)

The finished project. Something random, unique, a one of a kind... I like it. I am not a country girl or frilly... Simple is what I think.
Once I was secure with my spray paint.. I was on a roll. A shelf was made, I re painted the paper towel holder, added little touches of Bahama sea around. I decided to pull out all of my "old" things. But added it to some of my "newer" things. I like the mixture. Give its a character and our house is FULL of that !I got a little carried away with my clock...painted that too. In the process, I broke it so, its always on 5 O'clock..cause its always 5 O'clock somewhere right ! I pulled my old milk bottle out, LOVE it ! Added a little "blue" polka dot tie. Mrs. Buttersworth was excited to see the light ! So many surprises hiding in the cupboards

Another piece of old fence board painted Bahama Sea. Love it ! Its held up with to metal scrolly brackets I have had tucked away in the basement. The old flower sifter and cute ! My sugar jar is a new find. The price to good to pass... $1.60. Cant beat that !

The mason jar that was tucked away has the perfect "blue" tent. The basket isnt quite done. That was spray painted black...looking for the right thing to place in it.

Such a old cheese grater, but looks so proud hanging up tied with 3 ties. It hangs on an ivory coat hook I found in the basement as well !
There she is, hanging around the kitchen reminding us to "SIMPLIFY" Look at the end of the old potato masher...its "blue" Absolutely the greatest find in my cupboard. The little touches of red geranium flowers add cheer in an old measuring cup.

This little pitcher I found in my grandma's house. I am so glad I kept it.
My plate rack is back on the counter. It holds my Grandma's red "your special today" plate. It was the last plate she used with us all as a family before she passed. Its reminds me daily to take each day and make it special !
The once black paper towel holder is now Bahama Sea Blue. It stands out so much on the black counters. I even got a compliment from my 18 year old son. He really liked it.
Oh the color is so bad ! But in person it looks so warm and welcoming. The hen and rooster that belonged to my Great Grandmother have always sat on my kitchen counter no matter what decor was there ! I ran out of "blue" ribbon to run around the plate, but that will soon be done. The message changes frequently in our house, it just depends on whats going on.

This was a shower curtain that I ruined but saved. Now, I am glad I did. I love the look for the kitchen. Although its not quite done. It will soon be in two pieces so I can open it during the morning light. As for now, I am please with the little touches added. There is still something missing though...I think its the Bahama Sea Walls. =)