Monday, April 30, 2012

Spray Paint.. Again!


I told you.
More spray painting project.  And more party planning stuff to come too.
So if you can bear with it for one more week.. we'll all get along nicely.


I'm so happy for this transformation especially.
I've had this vase since I first got married.  It was one of my first decor items I bought for our place.
But it's been a few years since I used it at all.  It needed a facelift.

Here's the before:  a simple glass vase


I know, I know.  There's nothing wrong with it.  
But really, I never used it anymore.  And I LOVE the brown.


If you're thinking of painting clear glass, this is what I recommend.
Prime the heck out of it.
It turned out perfectly because of it.


And seriously.. the best primer I've used is Kilz.
It covers thick and it's very saturated.  So it works all the time.



And it worked great on my cake plate, too.  Remember this buy from this post.


Well, I needed some new white cake plates.  It's not a big change, but white is classic.


And so it is.



I even got use it at the party this weekend.  You'll see that tomorrow!

Have a great day!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Free Printable Friday: Mother's Day


Since we will be celebrating our mothers again soon, I figured I'd put together some Mother's Day printables.  
And bonus:  there's some free Mother's Day card printables, too!
Who hates spending $5-10 on a card?  It's just ridiculous, am I right!?  I'd rather give a $5-10 gift card for something useful!
Anyways, enjoy!!

A simple and sweet printable collection from Oh Happy Day.


Here's a few from Catch My Party that I just had to share!
This one is just so pretty!  I love the pink flowers and girly details.  Check out the printable that includes party circles, banner, cards and more!


And I love this one, too!  Something about the yellow and pink that reminds me of spring.  Find this printable here!


For the mom who loves to read.  Get the little ones to help create some fun bookmarks for their mother/grandmother.  Check out the freebies at My Shae Noel.


Now for some sweet cards to give out.

I always loved owls, here's a fun card from Wee Gallery.


Check out this site for five different printable cards, plus an envelope template!

printable mothers day cards

Hope you can find one you like!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

In The Works...



You may have noticed my craftiness has subsided slightly.  
Well, not really.  I've just been busy busy with my spray painting and party planning.
Are you sick of my spray painted projects yet?

There's a few more additions.. and yet another party in the works..

So to keep you occupied, here's a few shots for a little guessing game.
They're all related to the party going down this weekend.  Do you know what it is!?






Let's hear it!
What's the theme?!
And what the heck are in the pictures!?


See you tomorrow for Free Printable Friday!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Railroad Tycoon Themed Party

As you know, my oh so talented sister from Candy & Cake hosts the most marvelous parties.
Well, she's done it again.
It was my brother-in-laws birthday and we celebrated with a 'Railroad Tycoon' themed party.  Maybe you all don't know what it is.  I've actually never had heard of it until now.  
My brother-in-law enjoys playing the iPhone game version.


Here's the superb dessert table.  Wow, right!?  I love the vintage look.



A fabulous pocket watch cake made by her, too.


Under the cake, they added some real money and stamps from years ago to add to the vintage feel.


Yum!  Rocky road and skor marshmallow pops.







Homemade rootbeer 'mustache' lollipops.




And of course, her awesome table added to the charm!






She also whipped up some bowtie clips for all the gentlemen.  They were asked to arrive in a dress shirt and  they each got a bowtie.



I always love her creativity and unique parties.  
Check out her blog for more awesome party and cake ideas!

Have a terrific day!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Painted Utility Rug

So I've been needing a back door entrance rug ever since we moved in to our house 2 and a half years ago.  
Last year, I bought a cheap utility rug for the summer (which is when the back door is used the most) that got moved into our garage in the winter.  
So now that spring is upon us again, I needed a new rug.  Again.
I didn't want to spend much and I wanted it to be as sturdy as a utility rug.  The drawback.. utility rugs are UGLY.
So.. why not paint it right?


So we did!  And it was pretty easy.
Here's what we started with:


Isn't it classy?  Um, no.


I opted for spray paint.  I recommend using a flat/satin finish.  Gloss tends to have a sticky finish.
So I started with 2 coats of primer.  This was necessary because I wanted it a lighter color than the dark grey.
Then 2 coats of the blue.  One coat probably would've sufficed, but I figured I'd use up my paint and be sure the grey wouldn't show through.



Then, using painter's tape, we stenciled out the diamond shape across the rug.  Since I wanted the majority of it blue, we covered the large parts with tape and newspaper, leaving the lines to be painted.


We spaced out our lines 6 inches apart.  The lines were an inch thick.


Once we had our shapes, we cut the tape at the corners.




After 2 coats of red paint over the lines..


We had this.


Apparently, I wasn't very careful and had some seepage.  


But I easily fixed it by spraying a bit of the blue paint into a pool and using a brush to touch up the spots.



It worked great.
And that's all there was to it.


I love it!  


The colors are perfect and the pattern is better than I expected.
I was unsure if I wanted a chevron pattern.  But I am so happy with it.  


The verdict:  I would do it again.  It takes quite a bit of paint.  When the outcome is something you love.. like this, than it's SO worth it!



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