Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
First order of business: Invitations. What do you make for a Mad Hatter Tea party for an invitation? How about a "mad" hat.
I found a package of brightly patterned cardstock. (50% off at Hobby Lobby!)
Raspberry colored paper, because you have to be able to read the invitation.
12 envelopes in a scrumptuous teal that coordinates with the cardstock.
Various supplies that I already had on hand.
I found a kooky top hat on the internet. It wasn't the size I needed for an invitation so I used the outline of the hat to help me sketch a larger hat.
I traced the outline of the hat onto the cardstock and cut it out. I made a hat band out of a sort of coordinating cardstock and tucked the raspberry paper with the invitation on it behind the hat band to look like the tag that the Mad Hatter has tucked into his hat band. And voila a mad hat invitation.
So did I accomplish $15 or under for 12 hand made custom Mad Hat invitations? Here's the break down.
I could have used plain invitations for less. Or maybe I could have used the plain invitations with the origional hat that I used to help me make my template pasted to the front, but once again I made it complicated.
PS. I added this to Kimba's ASPTL DIY Thursday link party.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The other day I was driving to a store I don't usually shop at and drove past a Big Lots. I thought what the heck. I don't have the kids with me. I'll check it out and see what kind of deals they have going on right now. I remember that they had some good deals on things like picture frames, office supplies, and crafting supplies, but wow, Big Lots has started carrying some high end things.
I'm adding this to Southern Hospitalities Thrifty Treasures Party.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This picture was accidentally drug and dropped into my Picasa pictures and became this beautiful black and white picture with a negative effect. I don't know how it became this, but I thought it was beautiful accident. I thought ya'll would appreciate it because I know that you understand that so many beautiful things come from things we don't plan or at least not exactly as we planned.
I accidentally double clicked on a picture and drug it into a program, and now I have a fabulous, modern picture from ordinary objects. I accidentally broke a piece of my black transferware now maybe I'll create a new black and white mosaic top for a side table in our living room. The secret to handling the accidents is to always see the possibilities. For me it's easier to see the possibilities in decorating than it is in life. A door falls off of a "bird house" cd tower. Well now it can be painted antique white and used in a little girls nursery to hold baby shoes, and the door door can be used as a piece of architectual art work. Now that I can handle it just gets the creative juices flowing, but what if your transmission goes out on your car or a hurricane topples an ancient and huge oak in your back yard? I find it a little harder for me to find the possibilities in those things. That's where I have to trust that God is working, and He will take care of me.
I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,My God, in whom I trust!"Psalm 91:1-3
Lots of projects are in the works around the house. I hope to have those up to show ya'll soon.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I have several of these beauties scattered throughout my home, but my favorite grouping of them sits atop a pie safe in the dining room. These apothacary jars ended up on the pie safe, because it seemed to be a safer position than grouped in the middle of the dining room table. They would be beautiful on the dining room table, but I had vivid visions of my children pulling the tablecloth from the table along with all of these fragile ladies. So on top of the pie safe they went, and I am so happy they ended up there. It's a position of honor that sits above everything else in the room.
Now the question is what's in my jars? Well, the jars in my dining room change with the holiday or season. During the Christmas holidays they contained glass ball ornaments (of course I forgot to take a picture of that). For Easter I filled them with various colors of Easter basket grass and chocolate bunnies.
Before Valentine's day I needed to fill them quickly. It was late at night. We had guests coming the next day, and I didn't really want to spend any money. So, I went from room to room in my house and collected all things red. Ribbons, pipe cleaners, gift wrap, toys, marbles, and silk flowers if it was red it went in the jars.
So for Summer I was inspired by the dining room itself and my shell collection. Shells, sand, and sea glass set a beachy tone.
Thank you for stopping by to meet these curvy ladies. I'm so excited that Jen at Pear St. Studios hosted a linky party so that we can all see see how everyone fills their jars.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Well, here's my solution to spending a fortune on those little details, and it's a green solution too. I use glass bottles and pumps that I already have. The bottles may have previously been water bottles or lotion bottles. They could be from anything as long as they have threaded tops. Just pair the bottle with a pump top that you aren't using anymore. Again it could be from a lotion bottle or a body wash bottle. The trick is to find a pump that fits the bottle you have, and you need to make sure the tube that goes into the bottle is long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle you are using. It's that simple, if you can find the pieces that fit together. You're recycling and you have a unique, elegant soap dispenser that you can taylor to your own design scheme.
Glass lotion bottle and water bottle that dispense soap in my kitchen.
I have not yet updated the new liquid foaming soaps, but if I could find the right bottle I would.
Thanks for visiting. Now head over to Twice Remembered to see what everyone else did for the Make Your Monday party.
Thursday, August 13, 2009