Thursday, May 31, 2012

Good Old Fashion Homemaking Night

If you are LDS you may remember back in the day when Relief Society Night was called Homemaking and every month is seemed like the sisters in Relief Society would get together and make some kind of crafty project.   So when I realized the theme for Relief Society Night in May was homemaking I thought to myself lets have a good old fashion craft night.  Plus I am kinda a little bit crafty so it seemed like something I could handle doing.

My wonderful committee made all the food.  I love how the desert table turned out.   I was quite excited when  had the idea to use the chalk board thing as a backdrop.   Sadly, the lighting just isn't good in the church gym so I don't feel like to cuteness really translates.

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We offered 4 crafts and here is the cool part,  we were able to do it without making people pre-pay or sign up for anything.  I find there is always a better turn out when you can tell people to just show up and have fun.

The first of our crafts were these cute wooden signs.

These are very simple and inexpensive to make.


We had about 10 different colors that people could choose from and there where 3 different designs.

Here's how you do it.

1.  Go to Home Depot or Lowes and get the 10" by 8' pine boards.  Then nicely ask one of the guys working there to please cut them down so you now have a whole lot of 9.5 by 12 inch boards.  Even if you have a saw at home, it is a lot quicker and less mess for you to have them cut it, unless you are just cutting a few.

2.  Spray paint your boards.  I like spray paint for this because it goes on nice and smooth and it lets a lot of the wood grain show through.  For our RS night I just used spray paint I already had around the house.  I doesn't take much paint.

3. I used my Silhouette to cut out stencils on sticky back card stock.  (I bought mine from the Silhouette site when I had a 40% code.)  I am guessing you get sticky back card stock other places too.


You could also use regular card stock.  I used the sticky stuff so people could just peel off the back, stick it down, and then pull out the letters leaving the middles of the letters stuck there.

4.  Then just paint over the top of the stencil.  We used foam brushes.  And here is am important detail... Are you listening?.. less is more.  You only want the littlest bit of paint on your brush when you use a stencil. Leave the stencil on for about a minute.  Then let it dry. Once it is all dry, use a fine grit sandpaper to distress it a little.

Next we made these cute little rings.  These are SO easy they can barely be called a craft.
 If you just want to make one or two of these rings you can get the supplies for less than a few dollars at just about any craft store.   If you want more you can find good prices on etsy.  The flowers are called cabochons and the ring bases are often called ring blanks, you can just do a search.  If you want a REALLY good price might I suggest going to pandahall.com.  That is where I bought mine.


They come in so many colors and sizes.


To make them you put a dot of E-6000 (my new favorite non hot glue) on the ring base and then stick the cabochon to it.  I like to center it and let it dry upside down.  It will be pretty well stuck after a few minutes, but the glue is cured after 24 hours.  

We also made these super cute aprons from those super cheap reusable store bags.
There is a great tutorial for these over at Restless Risa.  The only thing I really did differently is that I suggest buying two bags (did I mention they are a dollar each most places) so you can use the two handles to make longer ties.

This project was the one thing that people did have to think about in advance.  We just told people to bring their own bags if they wanted to make them.  That way everyone could pick out their own design and since we life all of 3 minutes from a Ross, Home Goods, and Marshalls it wasn't we were asking them to go out of there way.  It was really fun seeing everyone's bags.  We have found you can get these bags just about anywhere.  Some really cute ones came from Office Depot and I just bought two today at the target dollar spot that are super cute.

Our last project where cute felt flowers.  I am sure I have told you before, but I live in a very kid saturated area.  Like kids out number adults but a lot.  So there are a lot of women who want to know how to make cute felt flowers for hair bows and stuff.

We used this tutorial from The Crafted Sparrow.  You get all five flowers there.


I was pretty busy making sure things were running smoothly all night, but I think everyone had a lot of fun and got their craft on.



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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Log Inspired Groom's Cake

One of my husbands cousins got married this past week and she had asked me to make an awesomely tacky groom's cake as a surprise for her new hubby.
She didn't give me to much direction (just how I like it.)  But she did tell me she wanted two tiers, a few things he likes, and these frog bride and groom ornaments they had gotten for Christmas (they are some kind of inside joke).

This is what I delivered to the reception on Thursday.
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I kinda think it is AWESOME!

She seriously gave me what seemed to be a very random list of things he liked, including Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles.  And for the longest time I could think of how I was going to put them all together on a cake.

And then it was like "light bulb"

Carve them on it like bark.


Although Sarah didn't include herself in the list of things her fiance liked I thought putting her on there was a pretty safe bet.  I mean he is marrying her so he has to at least like her as much as Raphael, right?

I really tried to add a lot of detail so make it look as real as I could.

I was hoping it would be hard to tell where the base ended and the cake began.


The whole reception had a beautiful vintage feel.  Lots of details like lace, soft colors, ribbon, old doors,  Grandma's old shoes and Grandpa's level.  It was a beautiful collection bringing a real since of history to the space.  I loved it. 

I have been looking at old globes at DI since January and have never found one.  I walk into the reception and my first thought was "well this is where all the globe have been going."  She must have made SO MANY trips to the DI to get that many globes.  They probably had about 15 vintage looking globes.


Hats off to my Aunt Pam.  She did an AMAZING job!!


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Night features

OH my goodness guys...  This time next week ALL of my sweet little angelic bundles of bliss will be out of school and home with me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 3 months.   Can't you tell how excited I am about this?  They have already been going more and more crazy every day.  I did a grooms cake for a wedding yesterday and I took all 4 kids with me to deliver it.  Long story short, the cake got there safe, but we left quickly because the boys almost broke about 4 things while I was setting it up.   Think 3 hyper bulls in a china shop.  They weren't being bad, then were just being boys.  (I will post about the cake and reception tomorrow, oh and if you have been waiting for the relief society crafty night tutorials I PROMISE to post them next week, PROMISE).

Anyway, my kids being home all the time and crazy has brought me to my first feature of the night....

drum roll please...

Crystal at Crystal and Co. has compiled 80 free or inexpensive things to do with your kids this summer.  Now according to Phineas and Ferb there are 104 days of summer vacation, but I am guessing you could come up with a few of your own, or repeat a few things, or just ignore your children's whining from boredom for a few days (that is what I am planning to do).

Maybe you could add "take them out for a photo shoot" to the list of things to do with you kids.  Then you would have to make this cute frame from It's Overflowing.  I love that she used little clothes pins the hang the picture.

SO CUTE!  Why didn't I think of doing this simple art from 52 Mantels.  LOVE it!

I also love this stenciled china cabinet from Burlap and Blue.  It is just so bright and fresh.

I was actually planning on doing this same thing to one of Emma's shirts.  But now I don't have to put nearly as much thought into it because I can just follow this great tutorial from Simple Simon and Company.  I have actually had a lot of sewing projects on my mind.  If only I had more time and less laundry.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rainbow Food and Drinks

I know I have asked it before, but why is rainbow food so fun to eat?

For Emma's luncheon I definitely wanted to carry the rainbow theme to the food.

We started with rainbow drinks.


The key ingredient here was invisible Kool-aid.  

(side note that upside down green bottle is KILLING ME.  I ran out of time to take pictures before the baptism and when I went to take pictures a few kids had already grabbed a bottles and when I asked them to wait a moment while I took a few quick pictures one of the kids nicely put the bottle back.  I was in such a hurry I didn't notice that is was upside down and kinda in the blue spot.  :(  It really is messing up the whole rainbow effect, but what can you do?)



Okay so back to the drinks.  For the rainbow of bottles I bought 3 twelve packs of mini water bottles.  (They were on sale, score.)  I also bought 2 things of invisible Kool-aid.  In a 2 quart juice pitcher I mixed up the Kool-aid and the water from the little bottles.  Then I poured a little bit of Kool-aid back into a bottle and added just a drop or two of food coloring.  I did this for each oh the 7 colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.)  I shook it up in the bottle and then poured that back into the pitcher turning all the Kool-aid that color.  I found this was the best way to tint the Kool-aid, especially since I was using a lot of gel colors and I found that if I put the dye straight into the pitcher it bits of dye wouldn't fully dissolved.


Then I filled 5 bottles of each color.  After filling the bottles each time I had enough left over to fill a regular size ice cube tray.    I only had two trays so I did all this in phases.  
Once I had the ice cubes of one color I would pour them into a zip-lock baggy, put them in the freezer, clean out the ice cube tray, and start again.    


The ice cubes came into play in the glass drink thingy (that is a technical term).  When it was time to party I  poured then ice cubes in revers rainbow color pattern.  Purple, then blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. 

 When planning a rainbow party the rainbow color order really gets drilled into your head.

Then I just poured diet 7up over them.  Now, for the record I had no idea how this was going to work out.  It could have been a total FAIL, but I am please to report it wasn't.  It was awesome!


Even after hours the colors didn't get all mixed up to much.  The color of the 7up changed depending on how much 7up was in there, but over all it stayed awesome and tasted really good.  I did like to keep it on the fuller side so looked nicer.  I am thinking this would be cool at wedding receptions with the ice tinted in the wedding colors.  

We also had another glass drink thing that was filled if regular ice, lemon slices, lime slices, strawberries, raspberries, and blue berries.  I don't know how I neglected to take a picture of it, but it was pretty and the water tasted really good.  


I also used fruit in a rainbow of colors for these cute kabobs.  


Possibly my favorite food was the rainbow Jello, which is funny because I actually usually don't like Jello.  But make it rainbow and I just can't get enough.  I love that Jello comes in all the colors of the rainbow.  This was super easy to do, but it does take some time so you will need to plan ahead (like a day head).  I had two of these glass bowls.  Each layer is two boxes of Jello, 2 cup hot water, 1 cup cold water, then divided between two bowls.  You just have to make sure the layer in the bowl has set up enough before you pour the next one in and make sure the stuff you are pouring in has cooled enough that is won't melt the layer you are pouring it on. 

Seriously, even if you don't have a rainbow party, you should make rainbow Jello.  It is just so fun.  Sure to being a smile to your face.


Oh and did I show you these super cute glass cups and plates we used.  I borrowed them from a neighbor.


I know a few guests where quite surprised to have real plates and cups, especially glass, but not a single one was broken and I really feel a special day like this deserved real plates.  Ya know?

If you are looking for more rainbow party fun you can check out my post on rainbow cupcakes and other awesomeness
here

and a tutorial for the rainbow cake
here

P.S. Thanks to all my family who showed up just in time to help me not loose my mind trying to get all the food done stuff done.



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Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Night Features

With my awesome stuff I want out of my house sale in the morning I have a ton to do, but I still wanted to feature some of your actual awesomeness.

I want to stay in this guest room from Dixie Delights.  Isn't it so beautiful and cozy.

I love this tutorial for fabric tape from Nifty Thrifty Things.  It is for simple and beautiful.  I can't believe I didn't think of it!

Tinted glass is just so pretty.  There is a great DIY tutorial at Twigg Studios.

I WANT this dresser from Primitive and Proper.  So Awesome

Need I say more?  You can get the recipe at Lil Luna.


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