Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bubble Guppies Party


Cupcake turned three years old last month! I can't believe how the time has flown. We had a small, family party. Even though our parties are small, I like to make them inexpensively magical for her. One of Cupcake's favorite TV shows is Bubble Guppies on Nick/Nick Jr., so we had a Bubble Guppies themed party.

Invitation
Because it was just the grandparents and an uncle coming, I didn't send out invites, but I did find a cute, free e-vite if you're looking for one. I thought about it, but decided it was pointless. haha

Decorations
For the background, I wanted to make an ocean-looking wall, so here is what I did:

I got the idea for the blue background from Rain on a Tin Roof, where you can find a tutorial. It's super cheap and easy-all you need is three plastic table covers, which cost me $1 each.


I printed the banner from the Nick Jr. Website (it's free!) on card stock and hung each bubble from fishing line, which I taped to the ceiling with clear tape. I also hung the Bubble Guppies characters, which I bought and were already attached to fishing line. You can find them at Walmart, Target, and Party City.

Cupcake squealed with delight when she saw the whole thing, but she was especially excited about this jellyfish!


I mostly followed the tutorial from Party City, but I only used plastic table cover, crepe, and curling ribbon and not the other things it suggested (to save money). I had a hard time ruffling the table cover for the jellyfish skirt-maybe it was because I was using a cheap dollar store table cover? Anyway, I had some ruffly lace on-hand so I used that instead.


The table cover worked well for the tentacles, though.
Cupcake loved it so much, it is now hanging in her room for her to enjoy all the time.


I got the idea for the lantern fish from Catch My Party. They are super easy to make and I was able to find a pack of 5 pastel lanterns of various sizes at Party City. I only used two, but I have the rest for later!

I also put a few decorations on the table. Here's the whole table, with some of the food.


I made a tissue pom pom as coral.


The fishing net was under $5 at Party City and I bought a bag of seashells at The Dollar Tree for $1.

I put the napkins and plastic ware in a chest that normally holds my jewelry. I think I got it at Hobby Lobby. The pearls are Cupcake's :-) You can find Bubble Guppies plates, napkins, and cups at Walmart, Target, and Party City.

Food
We served lunch to our family, so I just made some simple things.

A fishbowl!

The bowl was $1 at the Dollar Tree.

We  made the chicken salad sandwiches look like crabs! We also served deli sandwiches.

To go with the Bubble Guppies theme, we had pasta salad made with pasta shells (served in a bucket) and cocktail shrimp. We also served chips and fruit skewers.


Cake
As usual, I made cupcakes (well, my mom made them). I kept it real simple.


The Molly, Gil, and Bubble Puppy candles came from Party City. The rest of the figurines came from the Bubble Guppies busy book, which I got at Michael's for 40 percent off (so about $5).


Needless to say, Cupcake had the time of her life and that's what matters to me!

Delightful Partying!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday 3/11/15

It's time for another What I Wore Wednesday with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy.


So, I've been meaning to do a wiww post for a while, but life often takes over and I don't get to blogging. So, here are 7 random outfits I wore recently, but I can't remember when!

I like combining blue, mint, and grey!

Cardigan-Thrifted, so I don't know
Shoes-Old Navy

 I love this new dress-makes me feel all regency era-like.

Dress that I'm wearing as a top-Zulily
Cardigan- Pick Your Plum
boots-Target

a little pattern mixing

Top and cardigan-H&M
Scarf and Shoes-Old Navy

This was an experiment-dressing up a plaid shirt, but I love how it turned out. Wish the picture was better!

Shoes-ModCloth

This whole outfit is from Target

One of my favorite casual combos

Top-Old Navy
Vest, Belt, Boots-Target

Top-Loft
Skirt-NY&Co
Boots-can't remember

That's it for this time!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Burlap and Lace Shamrock Bunting


St. Patrick's Day is near, so I made a bunting to go with my St. Patrick's Day bookshelf. I love burlap and lace, so I wanted it to be the backing. I cut each piece from a roll of burlap and lace ribbon. This makes it easy because the burlap and lace is already sewn together!


I cut the shamrocks from fabric using my Silhouette Portrait. I used the shamrock portion of the free design of the week so I didn't even have to pay for it!


I glued the shamrocks on with hot glue and glued the bunting on to the twine with hot glue. It was very simple and quick!


Delightfully Creating,

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fighting For Joy

"Indifference to the pursuit of joy in God would be indifference to the glory of God, and that is sin."
-John Piper, "When I Don't Desire God"

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I have periods when I don't pursue joy in God. I've always described these periods as "being in a rut." What a nice little name to mask the ugly truth that it is sin!

I've sinned all week, rarely pursuing joy in God. And yet, He continues to forgive me and pursue me anyway! The Lord is amazingly loving, merciful, gracious, patient, and faithful! How can I not love Him? How can I NOT pursue joy in Him?

No one desires God with the passion He demands. This truth is both devastating and relieving- devastating because I want to please Him and cannot and relieving because it reminds me that I can't do it alone. John Piper puts is best:



"...my indwelling sin stands in the way of my full satisfaction in God...It OPPOSES by making other things look more desirable than God. And it PERVERTS by making me think I am pursuing joy in God when, in fact, I am in love with His gifts."


Pursuing joy in God is REAL Christianity-not the manageable, duty-defined, rule-following, will-power Christianity we so often try to live.

If I don't and can't desire God, what then is my hope? My only hope is the Sovereign Grace of Christ. He will have to transform my heart and make it do what it naturally will not do-desire Him. He will have to change me from the inside-out.

That is bothy scary and exciting-scary because I can't manage the change or make it happen and exciting because my heart is in the Strong, Sovereign hands of the Almighty God of the Universe, Who can and will do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all I can ask or imagine!! (Eph. 3:20)


Will you pray with me?
Bring me to the place, Oh Lord, where I truly believe that in You I have a better possession and an abiding one (Hebrews 10:34) Help me to cherish You and not merely "choose" You. You are supremely glorious and supremely valuable. Therefore, You are worth the fight for joy!
Linking To:
Titus 2 Tuesday with Cornerstone Confessions 
SDG Connections with Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood
Thought Provoking Thursday with 3D Lessons For Life
Faith Filled Friday with Missional Women
Spiritual Sundays

Sunday, March 1, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Wreath Art



Do you decorate for St. Patrick's Day or do you skip right to Easter? It depends for me. If Easter falls in March, then I just skip to Easter. But, this year, Easter is the first week of April, so I went back and forth and decided what the heck? 

I have not decorated for St. Patrick's Day in a couple of years, so it was time to make some new stuff!
I made this wreath art with materials I already had on-hand.


It's pretty self-explanatory, but here is how I made the paper shamrocks:
All you need is
  • green paper scraps (this is why I keep every little piece of scrap in a box!)
  • heart punch
  • glue
  • floral wire
(I apologize for the bad lighting in my dining room ahead of time. :-))
First, punch 6 hearts to make one shamrock. Glue three of the hearts together by the bottoms, forming a shamrock.


Next, loosely fold the other three hearts at the center.


Then, glue each folded heart on top of the shamrock by the folded edge.


Finally, glue the floral wire to the back. I chose floral wire for the stem so that I could bend the shamrocks the way I wanted them to fall on the wreath.


And that's it-super simple and cute.



Delightfully Creating,

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Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Jewelry Holder


I have wanted to make a jewelry holder with drawer knobs for a while now and I FINALLY took the time to finish it. I admit, I was intimidated by using my power drill, but I feel so accomplished after using it for the first time! I love how it turned out too!


Here is how I did it-

Materials and Tools
  • 24" x 6" Wood Plaque (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • 9 drawer knobs (also purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • Espresso acrylic paint
  • chalk paint in any color you want
  • paper towel
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Picture hangers
  • pencil and ruler
Steps
First, I measured out with a ruler where I wanted each knob placed and marked it with a pencil. Because some of my knobs were not normal, round knobs, I started  in the middle with the awkward bird knob, so I could space the knobs evenly. 

Next, I drilled each hole where I marked with a pencil. Most of my knob screws were the same size, but I started out with smaller bits first-you can always make bigger hole, but you can't make a smaller one! Also, I recommend placing a small scrap board underneath while you drill, so you do not accidentally drill a hole into your table. I used a scrap piece of mdf board.

  
I also screwed in the picture hangers on the back before I painted. You can do this after you paint too, but I think it is easier to do it before you put in all the knobs. Make sure you get them as centered as possible between the top and the bottom. I made the mistake of placing them at the very top. I had to redo them because when I hung it, the whole plaque leaned upward, instead of hanging straight.


Next, I did the painting. I painted the plaque with espresso brown first and let it dry. It took two coats for full coverage.


Then, I painted over the espresso with two coats of green chalk paint. I used chalk paint because I find it much easier to create a distressed look with chalk paint. After the last coat dried, I distressed it.

To distress it, I simply took a wet paper towel and rubbed the areas I wanted distressed. This is what it looks like close-up after it is finished.


I chose not to put a sealer on top, but you can do it if you want.

Lastly, I screwed in all the knobs and hung up my new jewelry holder.


Delightfully Creating,

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