Friday, April 23, 2010

Sarah's Surprise Shower

So, among my other future dream jobs of being a teacher (in the works now), wedding planner, interior designer, baker, and lottery winner (you know, so I can make all these dreams come true), I would LOVE to open a gift wrapping/paper shop.  

Blame 4-H, but ever since I entered the "Gift Wrapping" category way back in 4th grade, I've been hooked.  Not saying I'm an expert, but I love taking time to wrap a present crisply.  (Sorry to everyone who has, and will be, getting a used gift bag stuffed with used tissue paper.  Sometimes we run out of time...err, I mean, I like being green.)

A group of us midwesterners threw our friend Sarah, the one who is getting married in Colorado, a surprise bridal shower while she was out here a couple weeks ago.  

Here is how I wrapped her shower gift.  

The final product.

The gift.  Thank you Hobby Lobby for having multi-purpose Christmas paper super cheap!  Don't be afraid to use the glue gun when wrapping makes bows stay and opening the gift all the more fun to watch! :o)

The card.  I used a plain white card and envelope.  Letter stickers were used for the words, and I cut out wrapping paper and some scrap black and white cardstock for the circles.  

I came up with a couple games to play.  Here were the prizes.  Simple white boxes tied with black ribbon (Sarah's wedding colors).  Easy and cheap.  

Inside of the boxes.  

Hopefully Sarah was sure looks like it here.  

Here is the group sans Lauren (who was the photographer for the night).  Love, Love, LOVE these women.  

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

House Before pics

Hey guys!  LONG time no blog.  We've been super busy with life lately.  Time seriously does fly!  We are officially living in our new house--painting and unpacking.  We have so many hopes and dreams for our house, and hopefully, someday we will have the budget to make them come true...or we are hoping that HGTV will read this blog and come redo our house.  I LOVE HGTV!!!  (Genevieve, Holmes....HELP!)  Heres hoping! 

Here are some before pictures!  

Living room/Front door

Living room--fake brick wall, stained carpet (sneak peak of paint)

Dining room (with another sneak peak of our two paint colors!)

Kitchen view from the dining room

More kitchen 
Our cabinets are actually utility cabinets...not strong enough to hold anything heavy.  Yikes!  Good thing we found that out with our pots and pans BEFORE I put our dishes in.  So, our Tupperware and rice have very nice and spacious homes. :o)

Bathroom view from the dining room.  (Yes, our ONLY bathroom is off the dining room.  Appetizing! :o)

 Some more bathroom.  What you can't tell from the pictures...the walls are covered in panels of a cardboard type wallpaper.  I think it is called wall board?  Anyway, we have the same thing in the kitchen, bathroom, and going upstairs.  Lots of dry-walling in our future.  

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Who says rehearsal dinners can't be just as cute as the wedding?  I saw this rehearsal dinner over at Style Me Pretty, and I had to share.  This could totally BE the wedding (wish I could see how they decorated THAT!).   This is a totally doable and cheap party theme for any occasion.  Fill cans and glass bottles with flowers, make the hanging flowers out of tissue paper (maybe I'll put a how-to on here???), and use thrift store finds for the birdcages or something else colorful for the centerpieces. Spray paint can make a world of difference.  I bet this dinner was a blast!