Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Themed girls nights

Pin It I have received alot of requests and questions about girls nights. I know I have only mentioned them on the blog a couple times, but I do have "themed" girls night at my house almost every month. I can say they are alot of fun and I think my favorite part is the theme :) Well besides for my friends, oh and the great food, and we cant forget the fun we have. :)

Well my sister called me about a week ago asking about throwing a girls night (she lives in a different state and does not attend mine) so I wanted to put together a few ideas for her, even an invite, without spending ALOT of money or time. She is a very busy young woman that is just starting out on her career, no kids, 2 jobs and a boyfriend. :)

I asked her a few questions about what she was wanting to do and she mentioned inviting a few of the ladies from work and wanting to get to know them and grow some friendships. Since her career moved her to a different state she is really missing family and the close bond you get with a true girl friend. She mentioned wanting to start a monthly girls night in June, I immediately thought what is better in June then flip flops and sunning your toes, theme picked!

Flip Flops are so fun and colorful, to be honest I don't wear them but love them! They make me feel like summer time, if that makes sense. :)

Now I am going to keep this party, decor, and food very simple since she is very busy and doesn't have a stock pile of party throwing items.

Well, lets start with the invite, I created her a e-invite in word document so she can edit the date, time, etc. I am sorry I am not sure how to attach it here so if you like it please comment with you email and I will email it to you. Thanks

This is a perfect invite for the first girls night since it describes the "rules" and to please bring a dish to pass. It is simple enough to attach to a email or print off and hand out. I always e-invite and it goes over well, then your guests can rsvp through email even work with the ladies on who is bringing what.

Now that everyone is invited on to decorating.
Remember the concept here is, fast, easy & cheap!
Off to the dollar store! :)  My favorite part about the dollar store is for about $10.00 you can change the whole feel in your house.
I started by purchasing
4 pair of fun colored flip flops (maybe more)
4 place mats
a bag of shells
a tub of sand (you may need to go to a craft store for this)

The thing about the cheap dollar flip flops is you can do so much with them.
A door wreath

This is so cute, I left them hanging for my summer wreath! :)

All I did was tied them together with a little piece of white ribbon and hung them on the hook.

Easy, Cheap, and Totally Cute!

When you walk in my front door you walk right into the living room so I wanted to decorate that too.

By the front door

A beach bag, beach towel and a couple pairs of flip flops. Added lots of color and made it feel like we just walked in from the beach.

Coffee table

A pair of flip flops, some sand poured on them and a couple sand dollar shells. So cute!

Now another idea (but you will need more flip flops) would be to make a swag for your mantel or windows

All I did here was take some ribbon and tie it around the thong of the flip flop and created a colorful swag in minutes and for $4.00.

Now I will admit I used the same flip flops all over for this party since it was staged to give my sister and you guys some ideas. But let me tell you this, I did all my decorating and picture taking in one hour! So, don't be concerned about time you can do this in an hour also.

Next is food and drinks
Now I always do girls night as bring a dish to share, and no one every complains and the food is always good! But I do supply drinks normally a punch and something "adult".

My favorite punch!
I created this punch and it goes over VERY well.

1- 2 liter of Canadian Dry (or your favorite Ginger Ale)
1- Bottle of Cranapple juice
1/2- can frozen White Grape juice concentrate (still frozen)

That is it, easy and so so good! I also top it with frozen fruit, raspberries, grapes, blueberries even pineapple. This punch is so easy you can make it as guest are walking in and they would never know. In the picture you see I added a colored straw and a paper umbrella (to add to the feel).

Do NOT be afraid of color for this theme, the more color the more fun!

The rest of my counter I just added color and function.
The two green place mats were the place mats I purchased at the dollar store they are bamboo and I thought the colors were great. I had some funky colored straws I placed in a cup, behind the punch bowl another beach towel to bring in some color and on the corner a pair of flip flops.

My silver ware bucket, I actually purchased this a few years back for just this thing. It was a dollar store purchase and I loved the colors, I brought it home took of the handle and placed 3 plastic cups inside of it for my silverware. Another cheap, easy project with a big impact.


Also, think outside the box, maybe buy a cookie cutter in the shape of flip flops and use it to cut your brownies, or little cucumber sandwiches. Just be creative and have fun!

You do not need to spend 2 days preparing for (which I have) or gads of money decorating for (have done that too) to have a great themed party. I  hope I gave you some help and ideas on having a night with the girls of your own.

To see another girls night feel free to check out Italian themed girls night HERE.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter (Part 2)

Pin It OH MY GOOD GOOD GOODNESS I think this is my favorite project so fare. I absolutely love this planter. I keep stepping out the door and looking at it. In <3
I have been wanting a strawberry planter for a few years now. When I started seeing these Funky Planters at the Nursery Shows for sale for 60 or more dollars. I decided this was the year I was going to build one. But you know me! :) I wanted mine more colorful. To see how I painted my pots you can go to Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter (Part 1)

 I have never seen a demonstration on how to build one of these planters from the beginning so I want to share mine and Jeanne's steps with you.
You have to start out with your bottom pot a little larger then the rest, and of course you will need a rod. I wanted to anchor my rod in a little and weight down the bottom pot, to make sure it would not blow over.
I placed my rock so tight that the rod stood up by it's self.
My entire planter took 4 of these bags of soil.
I added water to the soil and pushed the soil down as hard as I could, to try and make the soil fit in around the rocks as tight as possible. I wanted to make sure the rod didn't tilt over in the pot. This trashed my nails, why didn't I wear gloves?
I completely filled this first pot with dirt. That completes the base pot of the Topsy Turvy Planter.
On to the tipsy pots; these pots have holes in the bottom all ready but when we placed them over the rod the holes were way off to the side, we found they were just to tipsy and would not stay up. Thank God I had Jeanne helping me today because she is real good at handling my husband big drill. She drilled a hole in the bottom just off center for me, but it wasn't big enough to go over the rod so she just moved the drill bit around in a circle until the hole was large enough. Thank You Jeanne!
Sliding the pot over the rod was really a lot of fun and very exciting. (I might have some problems if this is my fun and excitement.) LOL
Great fit! All you have to do is tip the pot to the opposite side of the rod and add dirt to hold it in place.
Just keep repeating these steps until you have all your pots stacked.
At this point I added more soil to top off my pots and started planting strawberry plants.

I used 3 different kinds of strawberry's one is my favorite only bears fruit in June and the other 2 are ever bearing so they will produce fruit all summer. I am so looking forward to just stepping out the front door and picking a strawberry, YUM YUM YUM !!! I am also hoping I can move this in to my garage in the winter and move it back out next spring so we can use it again next year too. I did notice the next day that my pots settled about 3/4 of an inch so my rod is just slightly higher then my top pot. So cut your rod about an inch shorter then what your pots measure.

If you remember in Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter (part 1) I wasn't sure if I was totally satisfied with the finish of the pots, But I no longer think that the pots are too bright at all, and I also decided that they didn't need anymore decorating either. I know one thing, I am going to really enjoy this strawberry patch just out my front door step. :) :) :) Who wants to come visit me this summer and have a bite of strawberry on the way in the door?

I hope you try this space saving planter, it was one of the funnest and most exciting planters I have ever done. This would be great city or patio garden.
Hope you enjoy, Rosemary

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Weekend

Pin It Hey Everyone,
  I am so sorry I have been MIA, it has been a crazy weekend.
First off I had 5 cakes, 2 wedding cakes, 1 grooms cake, 1 anniversary cake, and 1 baby shower cake. Which leaves me one busy lady! :)
So, with that said I have done ZERO projects. BUT I have cake photos for you! :)

Wedding Cake #1

And the grooms cake to go with

Wedding Cake #2

Baby Shower Cake

Ok and I did a MAJOR no no. I forgot to take photos of the anniversary cake :(

On top of these cakes last night my Best Friend (Jackie) and I went to a roller derby competition. Let me just say, WE HAD A BLAST!!! It was a great girls night out!

Today I helped my Mom finish building her strawberry topsy turvy pot. It looks AWESOME! I can not wait for her to share it with you.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and I cant wait to get back to some projects this week.
Talk with you soon.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter (Part 1)

Pin It Happy Sunny Day Everyone,
I am so looking forward to a sunny weekend. I have been planning on building a Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter for a few weeks now. I know its still rainy but I got started painting my pots any way.
I know there bright but They will fade fast and calm down when there stacked and full of strawberry plants.
I was giving these pots one winter after a Nursery Trade Show had ended. The booth beside mine was a wholesaler for plastic pots. This stack of pots was just for his display at the show so when the show was over he gave them to me. I always thought I should make a strawberry planter out of them. So this is the year I'm doing it!
Of course I didn't like the color. I do like the color of real clay pots, but I don't care for the look of clay plastic pots. Besides I wanted my Topsy Turvy Planter to be bright & fun. I started out with a thin coat of Plastic Primmer.
Then I went right in to another coat of color :) Raspberry & Pumpkin :) Woo Hoo !!! I just want to say this was the first time I have used the new spray cans from Krylon Paints. I'm impressed the lid came off easy, the trigger pushes down very easy and it sprays like it is coming out of a spray gun not a spray can. Good Job Krylon with your new spray paint.
This was my idea; use this spray paint left over from Carnations in a bottle Just spray paint right over the stencils. Keep in mind I usually hand paint on all my stuff, this was a first for me.
This method worked out fairly well for me but I sure could of used another pair of hands. (Where is Jeanne when ya need her?) It was much harder then I thought it would be. I'm really glad I have the "always wear rubber gloves when spray painting rule" my gloves were covered in paint!
All in all I like the way they turned out, I may add a few more designs to the pots after I stack them. I will know more about what part of the pot will be showing then. The next time I post I will be showing you how to stack these pots to Topsy Turvy. So keep checking back daily. I don't know if Jeanne is going to post this week end or not she has 5 cakes to do all in a couple of days. Maybe she will take time to show you pictures of her cakes.
Talk to you soon; Rosemary
Part 2

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My 2- Tiered Serving Tray

Pin It
I saw Jeanne's 2-Tiered Serving Tray she made.
I loved it
I wanted one
it was way to cute.
Funny thing happened just after I said that to her
we stopped at a yard sale and there was 2 plates,
country style.
So you know I bought them.
There was no candle stick
but I was sure I could find something at home
for a pedestal.
I did have a candle stick
but I like the looks of this dessert cup or
flower vase better.
I'm not sure what is was or where I got it.
You know me I Love color and have to paint everything.
Always wear rubber gloves spray painting,
a lite coat of primmer,
2 lite coats of color, and waa laa,
I used a ruler and a marker to find
the center of the plates,
and epoxy glue to attach the plates and cup.
I can just see it this summer setting outside 
on a cloth covered picnic table,
filled with single size desserts.
Don't forget to link to Jeanne's
and check out her style.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Band Concert

Pin It Good Evening Everyone,
  It's me again! :) I know it is not my night to post but I wanted to sneak in and share some proud Momma photos! :) 
I know my Mom wont care since she is a proud Grandma :)

Tonight was Spring Band Concert

My cute little boy!
Wait Zechariah does not want to be called cute or a boy anymore so let me correct that,
My Handsome Young Man! :)

He is just too Cool for Words in this photo! :)

He is a drummer for the school band! I know I am partial but he is darn GOOD too!

He really does love playing the drums (even if his face doesn't show it in these photos) and we are very proud of him! I am truly blessed with a great young man!

Hope everyone has a great night!
Look for us tomorrow I am going to put together a Flip Flop Party!