Thursday, August 28, 2014

Custom 70th Birthday Printable & Party!

Custom 70th Birthday Printable & Party!


Guess what? My beloved father turned 70 this year! I can't believe how much time has flown by! I can't believe how old he is and how old I am! Gulp.  Life is so special-so fragile.  I wanted to celebrate my father's 70th birthday with a surprise party so I spoke with my sisters and mother about it.  We set a date, emailed out the invitations, planned, and waited for the big day! Relatives and friends flew in from all over the country.  We asked guests to bring a dish if they could.  My mother prepared Brazilian black beans & rice-a family favorite for our Brazilian family.  My sister, Denise, made delicious cupcakes and my sister, Angela, provided her 5 acre estate for the party as well as smoked pulled pork meat.  I made punch, gluten free macaroni & cheese, and created these custom party printables for the party.  And guests brought various plates of deliciousness!  Below are some photos of the custom printables I created from old photos of my parents and our family.

Didn't these custom printables turn out great? The letters are glittered! I set the blue glitter letters that read "Happy 70th Birthday Guido" against a background of old family photos with a small amount of color in the photos.  You can purchase a completely custom printable set like this one from Dunham Design Company for your next Birthday or Anniversary or Celebration here.  What a fantastic way to celebrate someone's Birthday or Anniversary! My father was pleasantly surprised by his party and we all enjoyed a great time! Happy Birthday Dad!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dino Party Ideas {Seen on The Kitchen}

Dino Party Ideas {Seen on The Kitchen}

So, I was watching the Food Network the other day when I saw this idea for a Dinosaur Party! I quickly got my phone and started snapping pictures.  The hosts from The Kitchen glued a dinosaur to a plastic cup and used it as the cup handle.  How cute is that? Wouldn't that make cute party favors?! And they created a two tier party tray with a dinosaur in the middle! I thought these were cute, easy DIY, and inexpensive ideas that you could use for your next Dinosaur Party! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kitchen Drawer Makeover

Kitchen Drawer Makeover

I'm so excited because I've been wanting to do this Pinterest inspired DIY Kitchen Drawer Makeover and it's finally done! And it was inexpensive, took a short time, and was pretty easy! I have two very large drawers in my kitchen and I constantly found myself looking for certain utensils in either of these drawers because the utensils were always sliding around in my drawer.  I knew I needed to get things organized and that is when I found this idea on Pinterest.  Why had I never thought of this before?! So, I convinced my husband and son to come to Lowes with me so we could complete this project.

Items You Need:

Saw
Poplar Craft Boards (1/4inX3inX4ft)
Hot Glue Gun with Hot Glue
T Square/Ruler
Medium Sanding Sponge
Pen

I used about 3 pieces of the 4 ft Poplar Craft Board for each drawer.  The amount of wood may vary depending on how you lay out your design in the drawer.  First, measure your drawer on the inside to make sure the wood is long enough.  Next, purchase the items you need.  I wanted the 2 ft long craft board, but there was not enough so we bought the 4 ft long boards and had them cut in half in the store.   Inspect the wood for imperfections and snag the best pieces.  Then, remove your kitchen drawers and figure out how you want to lay out your design with the wood.  Make sure you look through your utensils and account for those larger and smaller items.  My drawers do not have extenders so I designed the layout with larger/longer utensils at top and smaller at bottom.  {See photo above.} Once you figure out your layout, start measuring and drawing lines where the wood needs to be sawed.  This is where your T square comes in handy.  If you don't have one, just use a ruler.  Next, I had my husband saw the wood for me.  Make sure the wood is cut as straight as possible-you'll reuse the smaller pieces to create smaller spaces for utensils.  Then I hot glued the pieces of wood directly in my drawer.  Work quickly because the hot glue dries quickly! Sand any rough edges.  Clean your drawer and put your utensils back in it.  Put your drawers back on the cabinet and you're done! I told my husband not to be surprised if he sees me opening my drawers at night and staring at their beauty-ha ha.