Friday, January 31, 2014


So just a few words- these are from my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary reception last weekend. More photos here.

Linking up to Photography Friday.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

DIY Reception Garland and Party Numbers

Last weekend we had the honor and privilege of celebrating my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. I'm so thankful God blessed me with parents who have been an example and upheld marriage as He intended it.

I had lots of fun preparing and decorating. The huge panels behind the food bar are there to hide the kitchen. The reception was held at their church social hall which hasn't been updated since 1986 so it takes a bit of work to make it magical. 

I enlisted the help of the hubby to make a large "50" to hang on the panels. I purchased a sheet of poster size thin foam board from Dollar General and asked him to draw and cut the numbers. Each number is roughly the size of half a sheet of board. Once he cut them out, I wrapped them in gold/silver tinsel garland purchased on clearance after Christmas at Dollar General. It took six strands of 9 ft garland to cover the letters. I attached it at the beginning and ends with a little hot glue. Total cost of party numbers= $13!

We attached the numbers to the vinyl with pipe cleaners, but command strips would work.

Next year when my older brother turns 50, we might use them again. Just a thought. You could make any number for any occasion in any color using this idea. (Check out the ideas using numbers here and here.)

One of the other DIY decorations I made was a garland to go in the corner over the gift/display table. I got the idea/inspiration (and somewhat the inspiration for numbers) from Thirty Handmade Days.

I added a bow to a bird cage I already owned and added some butterfly spheres inside and clip on butterflies outside. You'll notice the butterflies clipped in the garland. They were clipped into the tulle garlands at the head table and food table as well. They were a Micheal's after Christmas clearance score! 

I cut a banner for the little chest with my Silhouette and spelled out the word with Thickers stickers. I strung the banner on wwth some gold metallic ribbon.

The white strip garland was made from white rope, a full bed sheet and a lace table cloth. I picked up the sheet and table cloth at Goodwill- $4. I just cut them into strips and tied them onto a six foot piece of nylon rope.

Thanks for letting me share a little of this awesome event.

Linking up here:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WIWW- Sweater and plaid

Shirt- JCPenney
pants- TJMaxx
shoes- Ross
tote- gift
Worn Jan. 26, 2014
This has been the coldest winter thus far since I moved to my current location. All the others had been so mild, I had gotten rid of most of my sweaters. I have been in need of them this season. When I saw Caitlin at Southern Curls and Pearls in a white cable knit and red plaid, I knew that a white cable knit would be a good addition to my wardrobe.
This sweater that I'm wearing isn't a true cable knit, but I used rewards to get it free from Gap. The cable knits were sold out in my size. This one is really soft and comfy, so I'm happy, as long as it holds its shape.
Linking up to WIWW.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Organize it: The craft room- 10 ways

Have a craft room (or closet) that needs organizing? Yes, I do. Even though I had a new work/storage table built last July, I'm still not finished rearranging and organizing stuff. By far, I think this is the most fun room to organize.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

One Dozen Valentine's Day home decor crafts

Valentine's Day will be here soon, so I've rounded up a dozen ideas for decorating your home.

Valentine's dish towels by A Little Clairefication


Love sign by Crafting in the Rain


Sharing here:


Friday, January 24, 2014

WATW- My Bella

I was attempting to work out Saturday, doing some sit ups in the living room floor. My malinois is always there to coach me. When she finally settled down in the floor with her kong, I noticed she was facing the most perfect light, so I grabbed the camera and took some shots.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Glitter heart mason jar

I haven't forgotten that Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. I just haven't had time to do much crafting or decorating for it yet because I've been getting ready for a bigger love celebration- my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. I promise to share details and projects from the reception next week.

I did manage to squeeze in a few minutes to make this heart glitter jar. I'm sure you've seen other versions around the web with paint or glitter. I had an old mason jar that has some sort of film on it that I can't get off so I though it would be better suited covered in glitter. I decided to add a few heart "cutouts" to it for Valentine's day.

I grabbed my heart punch and some left over vinyl.

I applied the hearts to the jar. (See that gross film? I'm about to cover most of it up. Some of it was from my attempt at cleaning the jar and I was able to get that off later where it was showing through my hearts.)
I covered the jar with Mod Podge and then glitter. When it set for a bit, I applied another coat of Mod Podge over the glitter.   Before it completely dried I peeled away the hearts. Now I've got a pretty shiny jar!
Even prettier with candlelight coming through.
Sharing here:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WIWW- Emerald velvet and leopard

Jacket- thrifted; shirt- JCPenney
jeans- Levis
shoes- DSW; clutch- Forever21
I wore this Saturday night to our little "red carpet" event. My hubby did some prop and makeup work for our younger friend who is an aspiring film producer. He has gotten connected with a local film council and has been making "no budget" films. My hubby ended up with an acting role in the movie as well and Saturday was the premier. It was lots of fun. But this was as glamorous as I got for the event because it was too cold for anything else.
Linking up with WIWW.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Organizing the entry- 7 ways

The next area we are looking at in this series of organzing is the entry way or command centers. (Check out kitchens here and baths here.)  If everyone has a designated place for those things they bring in and out- keys, bags, phones, work, homework- getting out the door on time can be so much easier.

Friday, January 17, 2014

WATW- Warthogs

August 2013
These guys were a lot of fun to photograph at the zoo last summer. Aren't they adorable?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ten minute earrings

Calling these ten minute earrings is being really gracious. A skilled jewerly maker could make these in under five. This is another great bead stash busting project that will use those up those random leftover beads, so it's got another thing going for it.
I made these as a Christmas gift. If you get in a pinch for a Valentine's gift, they would be great for that too. If you want them to be more in theme with Valentine's switch out the dragonfly charms with heart charms.
You will need:
a set of earring wires/hooks
two sterling silver charms
two beads of your choice
two eye pins
two jump rings (optional)
jewelry pliers
Thread your beads on the eye pins and make a single loop at the top of each one. Attach the charms to the bead unit with a jump ring or attach directly to the loop of the eye pin. Attach earring wires to the top of the bead with the loop you just made. DONE!

Sharing here: