Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Children at Play" Boy and Girl Shared Bedroom

Time for baby girl to share a room with big brother! I gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, repurposed the curtains, sewed a pillow and got a few new pieces of art/decor for the walls and the rest we already had. It turned out so great and the room feels bigger and cleaner. I am happy to report everyone is sleeping through the night now :) Sources at bottom of post.


ROOM BEFORE:


 ROOM AFTER:


















Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray
Curtains: homemade by me using queen size sheet and old red panels
Letters: old, from Kohl's
Crib bedding: old, pink chevron sheet from Target; quilt: gift; pillow handmade from Sarah Jane Children at play fabric "On Parade." 
Twin bedding: levi quilt old, handmade by me; standard pillow sham made from repurposed mens dress shirts; throw pillow handmade from Sarah Jane Children at play fabric "Rocket Launch Club."
Wall decor/art: Art clip boards from craft fair/sister in law; I love to see the temple and Rocket Launch Club art prints from Sarah Jane Studios; On Parade canvas handmade by me; Love one another and Seek after these things art prints from Jones Design Company.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

March Teacher Appreciation Idea: Dr. Seuss and School Supplies.


"The news just came in from the County of King.
The staff here at ____ is A-MA-ZING!
March is the month, the 2nd's the week.
A celebration we're having, so try not to shriek.
We want you to show thanks for all that you do.
You're the best of the best, we appreciate YOU!

Have a COLORFUL week!"





poem idea credit here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A "Frozen" Birthday Party! (with ideas and links to sources)

We had so much fun putting on a Disney Frozen birthday party this past weekend for my daughter. I feel like saying "This birthday party brought to you by Pinterest," because seriously. I could not have done it without so many ideas and online links from Pinterest!


Welcome!
If you've never seen it, "Please open up the gates" and "Love is an open door" is from the movie. I thought it was a fun way to greet our guests. There were balloons, but it was so windy they didn't last long.



We had the living room decorated with streamers and any Frozen paraphanelia I could find. The bags are from the Target dollar spot. I had the sing-along version of Frozen all cued up so that as guests came in and we were waiting for everyone to get there, they could stay excited and occupied by singing along. We also did that as the party was ending and we were waiting for pick up.




We all loved the chalkboard art I drew! But I can't take credit for it, I just searched "Frozen chalkboard" on Pinterest and copied an idea I found.



The cake was my favorite! After looking at tons of ideas, I decided upon this idea where you make a sheet of homemade hard candy and then break it up to look like "Elsa's ice" and decorate the cake with it. My kids had these Pez candy dispensers so they let me brake the tops off so we could decorate the cake with Elsa, Olaf and Anna. Then I took a number candle we had and painted it purple. The idea for the cake and "Elsa's ice" is found here, although if you are an amatuer candy maker like myself, I highly recommend reading the more detailed instructions on making hard candy here.






For an easy activity, I printed these placemats I found here for each guest, with a Frozen "plate" picture for them to color, which I found here and cut into circles and glued on, which I had them color when they came to the table while I was cutting cake and scooping ice cream.



I printed this personalized Frozen banner I found here and glued onto some scrapbook paper. My daughter also wanted to color some pictures and hang them up for decorations like the ones here.



The plates, napkins, hanging snowflakes, party favors and streamers I got for cheap on Amazon. I got better prices than Walmart.com and Target.com with free shipping.



We played "Do you wanna build a snowman?" with this super cute Olaf game printable from here. The winner got a prize.



And we played "Krostoff's Ice Chipping" game. I took small toys and froze them in water in cups. Then I gave them each a butter knife and just let them go at it (after giving them a warning to be careful!) I didn't know how it was going to go or how long it would take, but they seemed to know exactly what to do and just went for it! It was hilarious and ice was flying everywhere as they just hacked at it fast and furious. A couple girls got to their toys right away! And the first winner got a prize. The only thing I would do differently is freezing them in tupperware or harder plastic cups since these disposable ones ripped apart easily.


Another really fun game we did (I don't have a picture of) was a scavenger hunt with clues of movie quotes. I had a Frozen plastic cup from Target filled with Frozen fruit snack bags as the treasure they had to find at the end. It was a hit! They had a great time doing this, I thought it was the most fun game. Found here.

For the favors it was totally worth it to buy a favor pack from Amazon. It came with 6 things for 8 girls and was cheaper and faster and easier than trying to buy a bunch of different little things. It ended up being about a dollar a person. If you're not shopping online, you could probably do the same by buying 8 Frozen things from the Target dollar spot. I know they had a ton of Frozen stuff around Christmas time. We ordered these super cute thank you photo cards from Walmart which matched her invitations.


Overall, it was a super fun, super cute Frozen party! I know my daughter loved it so that's the most important thing :)

Have a great week! ~ Rebecca

Monday, February 9, 2015

February Teacher Appreciation Idea with Sharpie Markers


THE P.T.O. THINKS YOU’RE
Sharp!


Supplies: Sharpie Markers, fun tape or washi tape, printed and cut tags.
Assemble, and deliver for the teachers to enjoy! It would also be cute in this month to put "Happy Valentine's Day on the bottom or back of the tags.




Have a happy LOVE week!
~Rebecca

Monday, January 26, 2015

January Living Room Refresh

Does anyone else feel like "Spring Cleaning" after Christmas? I love Christmas and all our decorations but I also am always ready to take everything down, do a good cleaning, and start fresh for the new year. I pretty much took down the tree right after Christmas and our living room has been like this ever since. We are loving it.


I brought down my grandmother's side tables to flank the couch and the lighting situation is much better now and it's much more functional having them to put "stuff" on/in.

The quilt on the couch was a handmade wedding gift- on of my very favorites. I love the colors as you can see we chose to use it for inspiration around the room. The pillow covers are from here  with the front covered in Williamsburg Chippendale Fretwork fabric in Mocha.




Simple organization:



Another pillow from H&M:

This book, by one of my favorite bloggers, was not only a thoughtful Christmas gift from my MIL, it also looks great as decor. And I'm super excited about these Potterybarn Emma mugs I found at a great disacount home store, the start of my dream dinnerware collection. If I would have registered for china for my wedding, this is what I would have chosen.


This cute little tray was a birthday present to myself last week from Tai Pan Trading Co. I was on the lookout for one and knew it would work perfectly.


I also added some new fun artwork to the kitchen/dining area using frames I had on hand and these free printables.



I hope you have a wonderful 2015! So far, things are off to a good start for us!
~ Rebecca