March 31, 2016

march favorites

Piece by Piece  by Kelly Clarkson. both versions are great but i had the idol version of the song playing on a loop. you can watch her beautifully heartbreaking performance of this song on american idol here

Fuller House. I didn't really want this show to happen because I didn't want one of my favorite childhood shows to be ruined. I watched with very low expectations and ended up loving it. I think there is a fine line between reviving a show the right way and reviving a show by relying way too much on the original show and trying to making it exactly the same and it being weird to watch. They did a great job. The perfect amount of throwbacks balanced with a whole new show.

Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande. i love when she does this kind of song and we can hear her amazing talent

New York City by The Chainsmokers. this one gets stuck in my head but i love it

The Martian. i never got around to seeing this movie in theaters but it's out on dvd now! really liked it.

Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves. the whole album! i love her lyrics and simple songs

Work From Home by Fifth Harmony. love when this song comes on the radio. it's the best

Peter Pan by Kelsea Ballerini. love the sound of this song

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. just finished this book! definitely recommend

Stressed Out by twenty on pilots. another favorite when it comes on the radio. these lyrics are so relatable

Pillowtalk by Zayn. surprised myself with how much i've been liking his solo stuff

Patina eyeshadow by MAC. like the dark horse of eyeshadows. it's so light and simple but it really adds the perfect touch

Cake by The Ocean by DNCE. this is just so catchy, i always want to sing along

Love yourself by Justin Bieber. another great one when it comes on the radio

Hands & Hearts by Katrina Stone. this song is so upbeat and fun. belongs in a summer video or something

American Idol Finale. I was an extremely loyal fan all the way up through the first half of season 9. I had to quit the show when I got too frustrated with the wrong things happening. I was way too into it and the pressure of voting and stressing about the right people getting through was taking over. But watching every week was such a big part of my life. I watched with most of my family and then talked about it at school the next day with all my friends. We all watched it. I learned all the classic songs from watching performances on the show and the themed weeks. I used to be an american idol encyclopedia when it came to contestants and which season they were on and what songs they sang. With this being the last season ever, I had to watch. I've seen some different rotations of judges but I have to say the final panel was probably the best since the original (which was only good because it was the original). They finally got it right with this panel. Anyway, this season had good parts and bad but the finale to the series was absolutely perfect. It seemed like everyone came back and it was the most bittersweet homecoming. It made the current season's final two contestants seem like an afterthought but I didn't care at that point. It really wasn't about them anymore, and I think that was fine. The finale was so well done and the perfect send off that I wanted to see for a show so important to my childhood.
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March 30, 2016

diaper napkin party favors

When I was browsing pinterest in the early stages of making a secret pinterest board for this baby shower, I saw a lot of cute ideas. When I came across these diaper napkins, I knew I had to include them in the shower. They were so cute! Also easy and a very inexpensive party favor/decoration. Just like the diy confetti, this one can take a bit of time but is a great task to take on in front of the tv.

We chose pink napkins and made one for each guest to have at their seat to munch on before lunch or during gifts. To fill the diapers, we mixed easter M&M's with chex mix. We got pretty lucky that the easter M&M's came out in time for the shower and matched our baby pastel color palette. They looked adorable and everyone really loved them!
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March 23, 2016

onesie banner display

For almost a year now I had been racking my brain trying to figure out how to make some kind of a party display to go with a table. I needed something that could be decorative on its own but also that could be customized for different events with decorations. It needed to be easy to transport and completely temporary in the space. My solution: a 4'x4' lattice square that would sit on the back of a table and lean against the wall.

I absolutely love the way it turned out! We placed it on the gift table and balanced it with balloons on either side. It looked just like I imagined for this baby shower, and I can't wait to use it again.
I bought a 4'x8' piece of unfinished lattice from Home Depot.
My dad helped cut the piece in half (using a circular saw) so that I had two 4'x4' lattice squares.
I only needed one to use at this baby shower but at another event, two squares might be a good idea. After I took this picture and did some light sanding on all edges, I used this spray to stain the wood. One can covered two coats of both sides of one lattice. Even though the stain didn't turn out quite like I imagined from the picture on the can, it still looked much better than the unfinished wood. It ended up have a little bit of a natural distressed look that I liked.
For the onesie banner I used four 0-3 month onesies, clothespins, kraft paper, and rope.
Once everything was spaced out nicely, I attached four onesies to the rope using the clothespins. 
Luckily, my cousin has a Silhouette Cameo machine and was kind enough to help me cut the letters for the banner! I used brown kraft paper and made them about 8" tall to fit the onesies. I used 4-6 pieces of rolled scotch tape to attach each letter to the onesie. I couldn't think of anything better at the time and it ended up staying just fine.
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March 16, 2016

diy confetti

I had a vision of what I wanted for this baby shower in my head. I wanted large circle confetti in "baby pastel" colors sprinkled around the centerpieces. I searched the stores and every corner of the internet and just couldn't find anything that matched the image in my head. So I decided to make my own. It sounds like a tedious job, but it really wasn't bad. I would do it again. It does take some time, but it was an easy task to do while watching tv.
I picked up 4 colors of tissue paper: light pink, light blue, light yellow, and light green. In the paper and scrapbook section of the craft store, I picked up a Fiskars 0.6" circle lever punch. I love this little gadget so much! It was the perfect size circle and even has a "confetti catcher" on the bottom.
I kept the tissue paper folded to 6 sheets and ran the punch along the bottom. After about 6-8 punches, I would empty the "confetti catcher" and separate each circle in to a tupperware container.
Continue punching and repeat with different colors until it looks like a good mix!
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March 9, 2016

chalkboard lettering

A few months ago I made this chalkboard with the idea that it could be used for decoration at all of the various events coming up in the next couple of years. The board was made from some fiberboard cut to 24"x37.5" at Home Depot. For the frame, I purchased a very long piece of white molding and cut it into 4 pieces at a 45ยบ angle to fit the board. After a few coats of chalkboard paint, I used "liquid nails" glue to secure the frame pieces to the board.

Now to get in to the chalkboard lettering from the baby shower!
After selecting my fonts (KG Two is Better Than One and CK Carolyn), I typed the phrase in Excel so that they would bleed to multiple pages at the large size I would need. Viewing Excel at about 30% helps. Mine printed on 7 pages.
After trimming excess paper, I arranged them how I wanted on the chalkboard. 
Starting with the first paper, flip it over and rub the side of a piece of chalk all over where there are letters on the other side.
Place the paper chalk-side-down on the board where you want it and lightly tape it in place. Use a ball point pen to trace the letters. 
When you remove the paper, a chalk stencil remains.
Trace and fill the letters with a piece of chalk. Go slowly so that the lines stay smooth! Blow away any remaining chalk dust or keep a microfiber cloth nearby.
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March 2, 2016

winnie the pooh baby shower

Over the weekend I co-hosted my first baby shower! A bit intimidating but I enjoyed putting it all together and working out the fun details. I made a lot of the decorations and will update the bottom of this page with blog posts for each of those items. Some were more involved than others, but I'm hoping to be able to use those for many more showers and events to come. It was definitely worth all the time put in (I was able to finish multiple seasons of Scandal while getting all of these done haha), and I think it turned out pretty cute! Everything went smoothly, and it was so nice to see family that came from out of town.

The mom-to-be has always loved Winnie the Pooh so it was an easy theme to decide. We wanted the shower to have a Winnie the Pooh presence but not Winnie the Pooh everything. And while we knew the baby was a girl, we didn't want an overload of pink. We tried to stick to neutrals with elements of "baby pastels" and Winnie the Pooh.

I found the perfect invitations on etsy here and the process was so easy. We decided to do two activities: "Guess the Birth Date" and "The Price is Right" game. All of the supplies for "Guess the Birth Date" were downloaded from here. I changed the instructions slightly since we decided this would just be a fun activity in the background with no formal winner or prizes. As for "The Price is Right" game, I found a few pre-made ones on etsy but we didn't love the wording. I ended up making it myself using picmonkey. That way I was able to use the etsy products as a template, but customize a few of the baby items. I used the font Two is Better Than One and the same Winnie the Pooh graphic from the invitation. That same font was used on the chalkboard sign and the name cards at each table.

More details are coming soon!

Additional blog posts
chalkboard sign // http://bit.ly/1R7oqFd
confetti // http://bit.ly/1pnUPun
onesie banner display // http://bit.ly/1pHYqEp
diaper napkins // http://bit.ly/1ZKA7lx
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