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Reflections on Mardi Gras 2015

Mardi Gras martians The busy holiday and Mardi Gras seasons are finally over!  As we usher in Lent, I'm actually looking forward to Spring cleaning, home renovation and warmer weather.

The past couple months have been a whirlwind from Christmas to New Year's Eve, celebrating a new life with Beau's first birthday and life well lived at Grandma Stella's memorial.  Of course, we capped it all off with an extraordinary Mardi Gras Day in the French Quarter!

This year's costume theme was "Mardi Gras Martians" and I think we hit it out of the park.

Thanks to free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime (I swear they're not paying me), I ordered inexpensive costume items and accessories from all around the world.  We already had Joey's green suit, blazer and top hat.  After a few crafting sessions and a some serious stroller decorating, our in-style in-vasion was complete!

The partying may be over, but we have plenty to look forward to.  Our backyard is coming along, our upstairs is almost complete and our exterior facade renovation is getting underway!  I can't wait to see what the rest of 2015 holds for both our family and our home.

 

DIY Hydrangea Wreath

DIY Silk Hydrangea Wreath  

I decided to do something a little different for my grandmother for Christmas.  She had commented on a photo of a beautiful hydrangea wreath on my blog and I thought it would be fun to make one for her.  While she was in town for the holidays, we picked out the flowers and ribbon at Hobby Lobby and then I got to work!  I couldn't be easier to put this wreath together.  You'll need 7-8 large silk hydrangeas, wired ribbon, a wreath base, hot glue, scissors, wire cutters and wire.

  1. Lay out your basic design on the wreath to determine placement.
  2. Cut the stems off of your flowers using scissors or wire cutters.  Make sure you save the leaves and don't cut so close to the bloom that it falls apart.
  3. Hot glue your leaves onto your wreath base in a sporadic, but balanced pattern
  4. Hot glue your hydrangea blooms over the leaves in whatever color pattern you'd like.  Make sure they've evenly spaced and you leave room for the bow.
  5. Create a bow with wire or purchase one that's pre-made.   Leave "tails" that are roughly 2 feet long
  6. Hot glue your bow to the empty space on your wreath.
  7. Wrap the ribbon around the hydrangea blooms and secure with dots of hot glue.
  8. Trim the ends of your ribbon.
  9. C'est fini!

 

Beau's "Hole in One" Birthday Bash

Beau's "Hole in One" Birthday Bash Every parent has dreams for their child.  Mine involve completely unrealistic expectations of Beau becoming a world-renown professional golfer.  You know, winning the Master's and all.

Okay, so that might not actually happen.  But a mom can dream, right?

So in the spirit of Beau's future on the links, we decked out his first birthday party with all sorts of golf-inspired crafts.  We had fun coming up with golf-themed cuisine including club sandwiches, "chip" shots, Arnold Palmers and John Dalys.

Below, you'll find pictures and instructions for a few of the projects.  I'd say the event was a hole in one!

Pennant Banners:

  1. Cut large triangles out of decorative scrap-booking paper
  2. Cut out letters or buy die-cut letters and glue onto triangles with glue stick
  3. Flip over triangles and fold top down 1/2"
  4. Fold the triangles over a long piece of twine and secure with hot glue
  5. Make sure your words are not backwards!

Golf Buckets:

  1. Put a large wooden dowel in a galvanized bucket
  2. Carefully pour gravel around dowel and fill rough 3/4 of way to top
  3. Cut out messages from decorative scrap-booking paper and glue to wooden skewers
  4. Insert skewers into gravel
  5. Cover the gravel with inexpensive, plastic or used golf balls
  6. Hang pennant banners from dowels (just tie onto top)

Cupcakes:

  1. Bake cupcakes
  2. Use green frosting and decorative tip to make "grass"
  3. Use back end of tip to cut circles from white fondant. (I found an embossed fondant at Walmart that looked just like a golf ball)
  4. To create flag, cut wooden skewer in half
  5. Cut long diamond shapes from scrap-booking paper
  6. Fold diamond in half over top of skewer and secure with glue stick
  7. Decorate grassy cupcake with fondant "golf ball" and flag

Table with Grass and Bows:

  1. Cover table with tablecloth
  2. Using straight edge and box cutter, cut astro-turf roughly 6 inches smaller than tabletop (all the way around)
  3. Tie large bows using matching decorative ribbon
  4. Hot glue golf tees onto front of bows
  5. Safety-pin bows onto tablecloth from under-side
  6. Hang pennant banner from bows, if desired

Black, white and chic DIY chair makeover

Victoria's chic black and white lattice print DIY armchair My friend and co-worker Victoria is stylish and absolutely gorgeous!  She's one of those people who always looks great. So, it came as no surprise when I stumbled upon one of her DIY projects the other day and it was as trendy and chic as she is.

Victoria got the shabby old chair from her neighbor's trash.  It has great bones, but was ugly, dark and seriously needed new upholstery. She freshened it up with a coat of white paint, then picked a striking black and white lattice print for the fabric. The end result is a stunning statement piece that I'd love to put in my own home!

If you'd like to see more of Victoria's projects, follow her on Instagram at LoveByLam

Ditch the Vase and Get Creative

Teapot filled with fresh daisies Earlier this week, I brought home a bouquet of inexpensive daisies to brighten up our guest bedroom while my mom's in town.  Instead of using a boring vase, I pulled out our teapot and used that to arrange the blooms instead.

It was such a fun alternative, I thought I'd share some other ideas.  The next time you pick up a bouquet, don't be afraid to ditch the vase and get creative!