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Pinterest Party

Ok ladies let’s get real with each other. How many of us can spend hours a day on Pinterest oohing and aahing and pinning to our hearts desire, with very good intentions to make this and bake that, and never really get around to doing any of it?


It’s simply in my DNA to create and I do all the time, but I find so many wonderful things I’d like to do on Pinterest that I’d seriously have to quit my job to find the time to do it all, (wouldn’t that be nice?) Well, I decided to try to defeat the pinning procrastination habit and get a group of Pinterest junkies together for a day of crafty fun.

We live in Florida and so Fall does not really bring about much of a difference as far as the weather is concerned. As soon as there is a slight drop in the temperature though, I’m in the mood for hot cocoa and anything pumpkin flavored (even if it is still almost 80° outside.) Regardless, we decided to make our Pinterest Party Fall inspired and would tackle making wreaths and decorated pumpkins like the ones I’ve listed on our Pinterest Board HERE.

Inspired by all the beautiful pins we gathered, we decided to focus on the pool noodle wreath wrapped in yarn, and adorned with felt flowers. It has so much character and provided so much flexibility for everyone to make something very unique. We also had some grapevine wreaths on hand for an alternate look. For a tutorial on how to make the foam pool noodle wreath form, click HERE. I attempted this form several ways and Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff nailed it. The only step I added was to rough up the pool noodle ends slightly with sand paper or a nail file so that the duct tape adheres a little better.

Once your form is made, start by hot gluing an end of your yarn onto the back of the wreath (no one will see it), then start wrapping. You can make nice straight lines or just wrap messy style with a little overlap. I also recommend doing this step in sections even if you are going to use the same color yarn all the way around, it just helps make this process easier to manage.

Now let your creativity and style take over. Some ladies used different colors of yarn and even wrapped some sections in felt and burlap. Always keep your glued ends on the back. Once you get all the way around, start the decorations. Berries, twine, felt leaves and flowers. The possibilities are endless.

Here is my mom’s wreath. I think it looks great!

For the pumpkins, we had several goodies on hand and let everyone play and be inspired by the pins on our board and by seeing the plethora of decorating supplies we had on hand.

The afternoon was a blast! We had plenty of goodies on hand to keep us fueled along with a couple of rounds of pina coladas which are an essential “craft supply”.

Click on the gallery below to see the fun day we had! I can’t wait for the next one. It was a great day to connect with friends, be creative and check off the list one of the 10,000 pins we’ve compiled.





Baby Shower Fun!

Kortney’s baby shower was last week and we had so much fun designing the decor and coming up with fun things to do, and delicious things to eat. We thought we’d share with you some of crafty little ideas we had in hopes to inspire you for your next shin-dig.

S’Mores Station

Besides the absolutely delicious homemade, mini-cupcakes that were made by great-grandma a.k.a. “GG”, we decided to make dessert an activity as well, and who doesn’t love s’mores? We took a candle holder and filled it with Sterno cans and rocks for that campfire look, and placed marshmallows on skewer sticks so they can be roasted over the Sterno flame. We placed a jar of graham crackers out for the traditional s’more maker, but also had different dipping bowls for the toppings. Hot fudge topping, caramel topping, crushed graham crackers and crushed chocolate cookies. Yum, yum and more yum! This was a fun way to do dessert.

Chalkboard Signs

Chalkboard signs are somewhat popular right now and can be a little easy to find, but can also be expensive. We like to keep thinks as cheap as possible so decided to make our own. This can help with providing variety in the sizes you may need too.

Most craft or hardware stores, even Wal-Mart, sells chalkboard spray paint. We went to the thrift store and bought some various size pictures and frames for our chalkboards. Simply, take the glass out of the frame and spray it with chalkboard paint. You can also paint the frames with acrylic paint if you have a particular color scheme. We painted most of ours white and left two of them wood tone. We used plain old chalk for some of the larger signs but on the smaller signs it was hard to write small, so we bought a chalkboard pen from Michael’s craft store. It worked really well, but did not erase as it said on the package. We made a mistake and had to repaint the glass and start over.

Baby Blocks

One of or activities for the shower was to have the guests make their own baby block. We bought 3 x 3 inch wood blocks and sanded the edges a bit so they weren’t so sharp and pre-painted them. We got scrapbook paper and cut it out in squares slightly smaller than 3 x 3 and also purchased alphabet stickers. To make it easy, we packaged 4 squares of paper and one letter in a small baggie for each block. Guests grabbed a baggie and a block and applied the decorations with Mod Podge and a foam applicator. We pre-made one as an example for the table. Afterwards, we sealed the entire block with another layer of Mod Podge.


Love Letters

As a keepsake from the shower, we asked each guest to write a note expressing their love and encouragement in a scrapbook. We cut out small pieces of paper and taped them into a scrapbook and left it out on a desk and throughout the night guests stopped by and wrote some beautiful messages.

We will also add to it, any cards that were received and decorate the book up with cute pictures and stickers. It’s a nice way for Kortney to reflect back and someday share with Kenzie when she’s older.

Diaper Messages

This was a fun idea we did at my daughter Amy’s shower as well. Guests simply wrote funny messages with Sharpie markers on a diaper. Amy said she would wake up at 3 am exhausted and weary and laugh when she saw a funny message or word of encouragement on one of the diapers. It was an easy activity and our guests had a lot of fun coming up with funny things to write.

Photo Booth

A photo booth is a perfect opportunity to bring out the silly in someone. This was also a great way to get pictures of all of the guests, and looking back at the pictures, it was far more amusing than standard poses. We went on the internet and found several places that allowed you to download props for free to print like here, but search around, you’ll find a lot. We printed them onto card stock and cut them out. We used the wood skewers that we bought for the s’mores station and hot glued them on as a handle. When setting up your photo booth area, find a well-lit location that is out of the way of walking traffic. We used the corner of our patio since our shower activities took place indoors and outdoors. We hung a tapestry on the wall and set out the props. As you can see, it was a blast and I saw quite a few Facebook profile pictures being updated with these fun photos.

Whatever you decide to do, get creative and think outside the box. To see photos of the entire shower, CLICK HERE!

What fun and creative ideas did you do at your baby or bridal shower? I want to hear about it.