Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WEDDING :: Sunshine Yellow Inspiration Board

Hello everyone & welcome to "Wedding Wednesday"!

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::  lemon centerpiece  ::  necklace  ::  cake   ::  birdcage  ::  place setting cards  :: flowers   
::  lanterns    ::  clutch     


This week's theme is all about a little happiness. There is just something about the color yellow that exudes happy. It is the color of the sun, so that is why this board has been named 'sunshine yellow' . . .enjoy!
  Capture the attention of your guests by using something unexpected as your table centerpieces. Place lemons in a glass bowl for a pop of color and an inexpensive alternative to flowers. This ombre yellow cake is sure to be a hit with the gorgeous flower adorned to the side.  Use vintage style birdcages and votives of flower petals to add some interest to your tablescapes all around your wedding. Make sure your guests know where to sit by having place setting cards like these yellow butterfly ones with the names of your guests written on them. Hang sunshine yellow lanterns from the trees or tents if you are having an outdoor party to add some happiness to the day. Your bridesmaids will be stylin if they are carrying these clutches in this amazing fabric and they are the perfect size to carry their essentials. Simple flower arrangements can add the right touch and dress up your tables.


Have you ever been to a wedding where they used yellow? Did YOU have one or are you planning one? What was your favorite element of the event?  I would LOVE to hear the details . . .spill below ;)


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

DIY Craft :: Anthropology Book Letter Knock Off

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Anthropology Book Letter Knock Off
by Jessica

Hi, it’s Jessica from Everyday Party Magazine sharing an Anthropology knock off DIY.   

In the spring issue of Everyday Party Magazine, My Thrifty Sister shared a lovely books and brunch party for her book club friends.  Included in her beautiful table center piece was an Anthropology book letter.  I knew I needed to have one of my own! I also knew that going into an Anthropology store is nearly as dangerous to my wallet as a trip to Pottery Barn.  I knew I could make a similar book letter for just a few dollars and about an hour of work.   

* A book you don’t care to read (again).  I bought mine at the thrift store for just $2 
* Painter’s tape 
* Decorative paper  
* A straight edge tool  
* A marker and a pencil 
* Scissors 
* Spray adhesive (I prefer 3M brand, or Elmer’s) 
* A jigsaw or a bandsaw 

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First, tape your book closed with the painter’s tape.  Once you have your book closed securely, draw your letter on the cover with a sharpie.  You can use a printed letter or you can free hand it, I chose to free hand it.  

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Once you are happy with the look of the letter, clamp the book to the table and cut it out with your jigsaw. (I wasn’t able to get any picture of this step because I did this project on my own) Or, if you use a bandsaw, simply follow your lines and cut out your letter.  It is very important to be careful while cutting your letter out.  Also, remember to keep the book’s original binding as in tact as possible when you cut your letter out. 

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Once your letter is cut out, remove the tape and trace the letter on your decorative paper.  Leave a 1/4” border on the paper letter when you cut it, and cut the boarder in sections, leaving tabs to fold over.  

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Dry fit the paper, if it fits, spray a liberal amount of spray adhesive to the paper and carefully apply it to the book letter, gently smoothing any bubbles as you go.  Then, fold the tabs over to the inside of the book.  Repeat these steps for the back cover as well. 

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Now, the inside of the book cover and back need to be dressed up some to cover the tabs.  I chose a coordinating color, and traced the letters again.  This time, I cut them a tiny bit inside the trace lines to keep it from over lapping to the front and back sides.  Dry fit it again, and if you are happy with the fit, apply a liberal amount of spray adhesive to the colored paper and apply it to the inside covers.  

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I added a strip of washi tape to the inner edge as well. Finally, measure the spine of your book and cover it with coordinating paper cut to size and spray with more adhesive spray.   

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If you prefer a more monochromatic look, this would look 
AMAZING sprayed with chrome spray paint too!  



Guest Contributor: Jessica Roe

Jessica is a DIY’er and the editor in chief of Everyday Party Magazine.  When she isn’t styling parties for her magazine, she can be found tinkering with tools or playing at Disney with her family.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CRAFT :: Teacher Appreciation Gift - Mini Note Stand

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Teacher Appreciation Gift : Mini Note Stand
by Melissa Newell


Teaching is one of the most rewarding and challenging careers. In my opinion, teachers never get the recognition they deserve.  I remember my favorite teacher, Miss Hoag.  She was my mentor in 5th grade.  I will never forget the kindness and dedication she showed me. 8)

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In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week I have a fun DIY Craft.  
A Mini- Note Stand

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This project, like most of my projects, is very affordable and can be adapted in other colors and patterns. 

I started out with this adorable unfinished wooden clipboard from a craft store (Cost $ 1.00). What a bonus it doubles as a “stand” since it has a peg that goes into the back of it to make it stand up!

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I choose to go with a black chalkboard look in case the teacher wanted to write notes on it or use it for a calendar. 

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After painting it and letting it dry, I used my Silhouette SD machine and put the words NOTES and a few cherries at the bottom.  If you don’t have access to a silhouette machine, no worried, you can also use washi tape or other embellishments (hot glue them on).

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Add a clear bag, piece of chalk and a tag from the Teacher Appreciation Party over at Laura’s shop and there you have it.  Cute, budget friendly and so usable!

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Until next time – Party On Friends!


Guest Contributor: Melissa Newell

Melissa Newell has been planning and executing parties for over 20 years - parties have always been a passion of hers.

 Melissa’s motto is Go Big or Go Home! She celebrates with her children every chance they get - making each day a celebration of Life!

Creativity on a budget and the attention to the smallest of details is what she is known for.

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