Sunday, January 29, 2012

Party Favors

This weekend I had the privilege of hosting an engagement party with 7 of the Quail Hollow ladies that John grew up with. Kelli & Ben are one of the sweetest couples I have ever met and a fun couple to host a party for!

The party was themed a "Wine & Dessert Cocktail Party." We had a chocolate fountain with strawberries, pineapples, homemade marshmallows, brownies, pound cake, and bananas. There was also a delicious cheese tray, nuts, lemon cheesecake, cheese bites, and other yummy goods. I was in charge of making cookie party favors. Here is a little glimpse of the evening:

 The homemade marshmallows that my mother-in-law made. 
They were delicious and I'm not normally a 
marshmallow person!

 Before all of the food was put out. Don't know
how I missed getting a picture of the finished product!
 Ben & Kelli

 Some of the wonderful hostesses

Oh, how I love wedding stuff! :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fabric Covered Magnet Boards

Not to long ago my friend (and co-worker), Ashley, and I went to the Shopping Spree and saw fabric covered magnetic boards. Ash and I both thought they were super cute but kinda pricey, so we decided we were going to try to make our own. Ash has a sweet little baby girl due in just 3 weeks so we decided to have a Saturday craft date to work on the boards. Thanks to Ashley we had this wonderful website to guide us through our project: Fabric Boards.

 (Sorry about the bad photo quality - I was using my phone)

We started off by purchasing the following items:
  1. picture frame ($10.00)
  2. zinc-coated steel ($10.00 -> could make 2)
  3. steal-cutting scissors ($10.00)
  4. extra strong magnets ($2.29 for a pack of 8)
  5. fabric (mine was only $1.50!!!)
  6. buttons ($2.29)
  7. adhesive spray ($6.99)
To begin our project we used the mat from our frame to outline where we needed to cut on our steel

*A little side note: Cut the steel slightly smaller than your outline so that it will fit easily into your frame. We broke 2 frames learning this the hard way. 
** If you could get Lowes or Home Depot to cut your steel.. DO IT!!!! Otherwise, the scissors make it super hard.

Unfortunately we didn't get pictures from the rest of our experience because the adhesive spray was super sticky. But we did learn that it is easy to have 2 people to help keep the fabric nice and tight. After our first board we decided to use a "scraper" to help press down the adhesive spray so our fingers didn't get so dirty - I also think it helped our fabric to lay down better. 

Lastly, we used the adhesive spray to glue the magnets to the back of our buttons. 

Here are our finished products:
 For baby Kaylee

Ash kept the glass on the front of hers and the magnets still worked great!! Unfortunately, my glass broke so I wasn't able to do this but I highly recommend it. It seems to make the fabric stay down better as well. 

For me:

This was a super fun project and fairly easy to do! Ash and I both agreed to start having "craft days" more often! Baby Kaylee is going to have lots of great crafts!! I can't wait to meet her!

Monday, January 16, 2012

A little bit of this and a little bit of that...

I want to begin by apologizing for the lack of posts within the past couple of months. I have had every intention of updating it since December when several of my co-workers wanted the site to share with their friends and family members for gift ideas. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. BUT last week the assistant principal at my school asked me to share my blog with one of my students who is SUPER creative (she made cutest clutch out of duck tape). I promised to update my blog and share it as soon as I could, so here we go:

Here are a few goals I have for the next couple of months/ maybe even summer:
  • Try to make a shower curtain
  • Try to make wine charms
  • Try to make monogramm koozie wraps
Notice I said "try to make" because I haven't made any of these before but I thought they would make cute little gifts.

Until I get to some of those new projects, I will share some pictures of some other projects I have been busy with lately:

Lots of baby burp cloths: 

Stocking Stuffer Keychains:

 Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting and Candy Canes
(Christmas-inspired birthday party)

Chihuahua and Bone Cookies
(for the little girl I babysit's birthday party)
My first attempt at
Strawberry Scones

I've even tried my hand at designing invitations:

Well, that's it for now! A co-worker and I have a "craft date" this upcoming Saturday, party favor cookies coming up at the end of January, and cookies "out of town guest" in June. Hopefully, I will get started with some other sewing projects as well!

Hope you're all having a wonderful LONG weekend!

PS: As of December I have graduated with my Masters in Reading Education K-12! WOO HOO! For those of you who are my teacher friends, here is a blog I created last semester, hence why there was no time for this blog too,  21st Century Learning. Although, I don't post on there much anymore, I would love for you to share your technology ideas!