Thursday, October 13, 2016

Housewarming Shower

I'm so happy to say that my son has purchased his first home. So of course I had to throw him a housewarming shower! I needed to make sure that I kept it "manly" so I went with a "Moving" theme. The little Thank you gifts were the first thing that I made for the shower. I had seen these on Pinterest and just ran with it. Of course I found the little candles at Dollar Tree and made the little shipping tags myself. I covered a box that I had on hand with plain brown kraft paper and added a sign and added some washi tape for decoration to the sign on the box.
I apologize that these pictures want be in any certain order as to when I made these things and during the please just bare with me as I explain what all that I did for the party.

 These are the invitations that I came up with. I used kraft cardstock for the invites as well as the envelopes. What I did forget to take a picture of was the envelopes in the way that I addressed them. They were so cute. I did a chalkboard font in my lettering each one. I believe that the stamps that I used for the invites are from inkadinkadoo and are a couple of different sets. Then I simply used some bakers twine from the dollar spot at Michael's for decoration.
I wanted to make sure that I made a guest book for my son so that he could remember who all came and on the inside cover where everyone was signing in I wrote a request that each person not only sign their name but to also give some homeowners advice to him. For example, "be sure to change your air filter the first of each month and check the batteries in your smoke detectors". To make the guest book I simply altered a $1 composition book from Dollar Tree and added kraft paper for the front and back covers. Then using my die cutting machine to cut out the lettering. I then added some little squares to make "boxes" and I put dimensional foam on the back for dimension along with some bakers twine. I also added some washi tape and then simply added a pen attached with more bakers twine to keep the pen with the book.
 This is how I did the display for the food. Going along with the moving theme I added some kraft paper shred as a base. Then I added some paint brushes in between each platter. I also used some of the dollar spot chalkboard signs from Michael's and labeled the food. In the far back of the food platters you can see where I have the peanuts stored. Those little containers I did make but forgot to take a close up picture of them. I bought Dollar Tree glass candle sticks along with 3 glass lidded jars from Dollar Tree as well and glued them on top using E-6000 glue then spray painted the lids black and found some little clear plastic tongs at Dollar Tree as well in the party section. Oh and I almost forgot to tell you that I had found some chalkboard labels in the dollar spot as well at Michael's and added those to the fronts of each elevated jar.
 This is the burlap sign that I made for his front entry welcoming everyone into his party.
 I had a couple of these tables set up for him. Yet I forgot to take a picture of the one for his gifts. I made another burlap sign that hung on it. The one in the picture above is how I had set up the welcoming table and placed the thank you gifts for everyone to grab on their way in or out the door.
 These are the little thank you cards that I made for him to send out to everyone who came or brought gifts. (sorry about the picture turned wrong, I couldn't get it turned around the correct way) I followed thru with the kraft paper "moving" theme on these as well.
 This is how I decorated his fireplace in his eat in kitchen. These were so simple to make using kraft paper and I really love the way that they turned out. By the way, the candle holder that you see in the fireplace is something that I added for him as well for a little decoration. I found the candle holder at a thrift store for $2 and spray painted it. Then the candles came from Dollar Tree.
Last picture for you....I had almost forgotten to show that I did make another burlap banner to hang for the food.
 I'm so happy for my son in the purchase of his new home. It's such a pretty house and I hope that he has many years of happiness in it.
 Thank you all for stopping by and hopefully I'll be able to post and share more with you real soon! Have a wonderful blessed day everyone!

Happy Fall Everyone!

 Happy Fall everyone!! I'm so sorry that I have been so neglectful in posting on my blog. I've had lots of life changes and health issues but seem to be getting things back on track and in order. It isn't that I haven't been crafting, I just haven't had the time to share with you and on top of that I was having serious computer issues. I am hoping to have those issues resolved now and can share with you past projects that I did take pictures of along the way. So back to what I'm sharing with you fall decorations for outside my apartment door.

 Starting with my wreath. I already had the grapevine wreath and like to fix it so that I can change it out whenever I get tired of it. The florals were purchased at Dollar Tree. By the way, if you haven't looked at their fall stuff lately you should go check them out. Its such an inexpensive way to create beautiful things. I already had the burlap ribbon as well. I couldn't find my wreath hanger so instead I simply took a regular wire hanger, bent it and then covered it with a burlap "sock" that I quickly sewed up. Waaa Laa! By the way, I have straightened my wreath back up. I didn't notice that it was hanging crooked on my door til after I took the picture.
Next is my stacked pumpkins. I waited until Michael's was having a really good deal on their fall stuff. Which by the way is still going on if you would like to run on over and snag some really good deals. They were 60% off plus I had gotten another coupon for an additional 20% off....can't beat that right? I did buy two strands of their fall garland as well to go along with some of the florals that I picked up at Dollar Tree. I used a wooden dowel to stack my pumpkins on and grabbed a ceramic planter from Lowes (on clearance) to put them in. Also, you can't see them but I bought some of the floral foam from Dollar Tree to put in the bottom of the planter to stabilize the pumpkins. I'm thinking that once fall is over and when we head into winter that I can convert this stack into a snowman! Which is why I selected the white pumpkins. Plus I really like the look of the white.
Oh and by the way, the door mat that you see.....I found that on clearance in the "as is" section for $4 at Tuesday Morning. The reason that it was "as is" is because one little corner had a slit in it where they opened the box it was in and sliced thru it. You can't even tell that it's damaged and for $4......Jackpot! The entire ensemble is done on a shoestring budget and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I've found so many really good deals in the clearance section of Tuesday Morning and shopping at Dollar Tree and ONLY buying on either clearance or sales at Michael's. I had seen some similar stacked pumpkin displays in various stores and they wanted at least $100 for them. Well I can assure you that I wouldn't nor couldn't pay that amount. So needless to say, I'm extremely pleased with not only the outcome or how it all looks together but the budget friendly amount that I spent on it.
 I hope that everyone is having a wonderful fall so far and that you find some inspiration here so that you can make your world a little brighter and chipper for the season. Please pray for those who are flooded from Hurricane Matthew. Thank you all for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more with you very soon! Maybe even today!