Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fresh Flowers, Birds & Nests and Vintage Floral Needlepoint....


 I'm still enjoying my flower bouquet that my husband brought me for Valentine's Day.....




  I've been thinking Spring with March fast approaching...I've not yet decided whether or not to put my white slipcovers back on the sofa and love seat for Spring and Summer.  I'm still liking the warmth of  the brown right now, plus it's easier to keep clean... so I'll wait and see.  


Some of my flowers have withered away, but a few blooms are still hanging in there..

So I took them and put them in a  smaller vase and bowl.....I'll probably only get another day or two out of these survivor's....



 Tell me, did you eat any chocolates this month? Here's what's left of mine, I think it's safe to say that I've had enough ...so please do help yourself. 

I'm looking forward to Spring, how about you?

Well, I better go, thanks for visiting, I hope you have a wonderful lazy Sunday afternoon! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rubber Ducky~ Baby Boy Shower....

Welcome to our Baby Shower...
 At the beginning of the year, we welcomed our second little grand-child into the world, (a sweet baby boy). It's been a wonderful eventful year so far! My husband and I love being grandparents...Memaw and Pawpaw...that's what our little grand-daughter calls us. It seems like just the other day she was born, now she's almost 3 yrs. old, and she's big sister and mommy's little helper. Time's flying! 

Anyway, back in the late fall, my husband and I hosted a co-ed baby shower for our son and daughter-in-law, so we could all celebrate. I decorated the party in a rubber ducky theme, with aqua blue and yellow. I got lots of great ideas for the party from pinterest, and just put my own twist on things, working with things I could get in my area, and with some things I already had on hand too. It was budget friendly and so much fun to put together, we had a great time.



The hanging paper pompoms were from dollar tree, they were a diy kit that you make yourself, you just pull open and fluff, they were very easy to make. The "It's a boy banner was pre-made and I purchased it. I made the diaper cake table centerpiece myself from newborn size diapers, ribbon, a cake plate, rubber ducks, and shredded tissue paper. 

Want a quick tutorial?

Well, all I did was rolled up the diapers, put rubber bands around each one, set them on a cake plate and pinned them together with straight pins, put shredded tissue paper in between the layers, (I made each tier a little bit smaller as I went towards the top), I tied each layer of diapers together with string, I pinned the tiers together with more straight pins, then put ribbon around each to hide the string, I secured the ribbon on back with straight pins, I added a few yellow rubber ducks to the sides and a larger rubber duck to the top. 

The best part about this table centerpiece is that it can all be taken apart and the diapers can be used for baby. I'll have to admit that it was hard for me to watch it be taken apart though! Ha! 

(photos as we were getting things together on the table) 
I used yellow plates, yellow polka dot napkins, aqua blue polka dot straws...

My chalkboard sign says "Rub-a-Dub-Dub-a New Baby To Love"  
I ended up taking down the fall swag above it and adding balloons and streamers to the top corners of the chalkboard sign, but I didn't remember to get anymore pictures...


we filled this basket with cellophane bags of popcorn and caramel pop-corn (crunch and munch), my husband was such a big help with this part....I forgot to get a picture once the basket was filled.....

I made the cake myself, it was white cake mix with homemade buttercream frosting that I tinted aqua blue using green and blue food coloring until I got this color...I cut pieces of marshmallow for the bubbles and added a few rubber ducks to the top... 

I filled this tiny galvanized tub bucket with Hershey Bars...I used a blue permanent marker to color in the "HE" 

we tried to keep things simple and buffet style for the menu, we had finger foods...beef nacho cheese in the crock-pot made with velveeta, cream of mushroom soup, rotel, and browned ground beef with tortilla chips, we also had a vegetable tray with ranch dressing, peanuts, pigs in a blanket, (I had a sign in front of them and called them "Babies In A Blanket", we had some rice krispy treats, cake, and punch....

The blue punch was made using blue raspberry-lemonade kool-aid, mixed with lemon-lime soda, I added miniature marshmallows to float around like bubbles.....



For party favors, I gift wrapped bars of Yardley soaps and set them in a decorated basket with the sign above....


We played a few shower games. We played the one where we had to draw a baby on a paper plate while holding the paper plate on top of our heads, and whoever's drawing ended up looking the most like a baby won a prize, (nobody really one that one). Then each person tried to guess the measurement of baby's mama's waist, we did this by cutting strips of ribbon the length that we thought she was around, whoever came closest won a prize. Then, I think the one where we had to take baby safety pins out of a bowl of rice blind folded was the funnest! Whoever got the most safety pins in one minute won a prize. We laughed and laughed on that one, everyone got a bit of a competitive streak, and that made it extra funny! 

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing the baby shower decorations, it's so much fun seeing the pictures again and thinking back to that very special day!

Thanks for stopping by to share in our joys.



Linking up this week with these inspiring places:

Home Sweet Home
Wow Us Wednesday
Share Your Style
The Scoop
Foodie Friday and Everything Else
Feathered Nest 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Roses, Ribbons & Lace.... My Handmade Fan Cupcake Topper Picks...

I wanted to announce that I have been able to make some more of my handmade paper lace fan cupcake topper picks and they are now available for purchase in my Etsy Shop. I hand make these little fans, and glue them together, I embellish them with dainty ribbon roses or other tiny flowers. These are all I have at the moment. However, I plan on making many more...they are so fun to make. I am just waiting for more craft supplies to arrive from my supplier, so that I can make some more. I hope to be able to offer larger quantities and more colors in the near future.  I have several sets to choose from at the moment....
lace fans with pink ribbon roses..... these are available in a set of 6 (I currently have 3 sets available)...


 lace fans with purple ribbon roses....(I have these in a set of 6)


 multi colored  lace fans with ribbon roses....(I have these in a set of 6)

  lace fans with aqua blue ribbon bows embellished with a tiny pearl bead....(set of 6)


 lace fans with medium blue flocked forget-me-not flowers and ribbon leaves...(set of 6) 


These are adorable and are so feminine dainty and pretty....great for bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, birthdays, mother's day, anniversaries, and other special events!
For anyone interested, you can find them HERE 

Speaking of baby showers, back in the late fall, my husband and I hosted a co-ed baby shower for our son and daughter-in-law.  It was a rubber ducky themed baby boy shower and it turned out cute.  I plan on showing you some of the party decorations in an upcoming post sometime soon. We welcomed our new baby grand-son into the world at the beginning of the year, he was born with a head full of dark hair like all the babies in our family. Our family is really growing. We've been blessed with two grand-children so far. Time is going by so fast, I want it to slow down. It seems like just the other day our first grandchild (a little grand-girl) was born, and now she's almost 3 years old and calls me Memaw, she already likes to play tea party!  And now we have her baby brother that we are looking forward to spending time with and watching grow too. I so love those little darlings!

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be looking forward to talking to you again soon.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Vintage Handbags, Vanity Items and Apothecary Jar....

I hope your week is off to a great start....I just wanted to share with you today my most recent vintage finds that I'm offering in my shop at Etsy....
 This black needlepoint floral rose design handbag purse....
 an old plastic powder holder with cameo lady....


an old gold metal filigree perfume bottle, this has a screw-on lid and so the bottle is refillable....
a shabby old gold metal filigree vanity lipstick holder....
a glass wide mouth apothecary jar....
this grey and black floral tapestry handbag evening bag....
and this little book from the 1960's "Mothers Are Very Special People" 
filled with poems and sweet illustrations...in colorful and delightful 1960's Style...
If you happen to be interested in finding out more about any of these items, you can visit my Etsy Shop HERE. 
Thanks for browsing around and stopping over!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Something Sweet...My Handmade Faux "Fake" Cakes...

This week, in my shop, I've listed what I have left of my little handmade fake cakes.... these are cute for your glass domes when there isn't any of your real treats in the house...
 I have a white cake with red rose....the red rose and leaves are handmade from clay
 I have a dark chocolate one with white chocolate rose and sugar (glitter) sprinkles....
 a chocolate one with cottage blue rose and sugar (glitter)sprinkles
white cake with blue rose and sugar sprinkles....
 cottage blue cake with pink paper roses and sugar sprinkles....and below I have a cottage green cake with pink paper roses and more sugar sprinkles...
For anyone interested in taking one of these home with you click HERE and you'll find them in my shop. These make great photo props for online sellers of china as well!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today. I'll be sharing more new arrivals in my shop soon!
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