Happy New Year!
I’m your average 20-something woman. I want to lose weight, eat better, find my hidden abs, etc every year. Then for good measure I throw in less tv watching, more book reading and so on.
But this year I want to do something different. I want to make a list that goes beyond the typical – I want to get crafty, I want to learn, to challenge myself, to fill my apartment with all the homemade items I can and have someone say, “Where did you buy that?”
“Oh, I made that myself!”
So I am declaring on this blog my Resolutions for 2016:
- Learn calligraphy. I love making my own cards, but the way some people write BLOWS MY MIND! And I want to get in on that action.
- This one is pretty obvious if you follow this blog: I want to blog more! I want to do one post a week with a challenge or update or something. Once a week – easy peasy.
- Hone in on my cooking skills. I love reading blogs about people cooking and baking these wonderful dishes while I hear my microwave churning my dinner of the night. NO MORE! I’m going to get out the pans and dishes I never use and challenge myself. Fingers crossed it tastes decent.
- Upholster a chair. This one has always seemed really hard to me. I can do a cushion seat – but a chair? I have one that needs a re-do, and I will be the one to do it!
- Craft more. Since moving to Central Florida away from the helpful tools my parents provided I have really put crafting on the back burner. Grant it, it’s more challenging in an apartment as oppose to a garage and giant yard where I can spray, saw and making noise. But I love crafting and want to do it more!
I can count on one hand the gifts God’s given me that I believe I am truly amazing at, and one of those is themed parties. This year, I was inspired by my friend’s love for Jurassic World and decided to throw a dinosaur themed birthday party!
So what does a birthday party for a 24-year-old woman look like in dinosaur form look like? Let me show you!
I also Pinterested like a crazy person and found some really cute ideas! First, you have to have party hats for any decent birthday party – that’s just a rule for life. I added coloring paper to the back to add a little dino-decor to the hats.
I made meatballs for the “carnivores” and let me tell you – delicious! Add 32 ounces of barbecue sauce, 32 ounces of grape jelly and let it sit on High in a crockpot for three hours.
And like any good party, we obviously had to have some themed games. I had dinosaur trivia, pin the dinosaur fossil head to the skeleton and the spin the wheel and do what it says game.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 40,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
This was the first Thanksgiving where we didn’t go home but my parents came to us so we decided to make it a less traditional and classy Thanksgiving and really theme it up – my favorite thing to do!
We started with a wreath, which was simply brown yarn, turkey-colored tulle, googly eyes and construction paper!
We also wanted to make our time leading up to the meal interactive so we cut up some construction paper and did a grownup version of hand turkeys!
Then of course there’s the place settings and touches of decor. We found turkey plates and pre-bought turkey decor at a local party store.
Our favorite decoration we made were felt turkey napkin rings with ribbons, googly eyes and love! We got the white napkins from Walmart.
Last of all is our turkey lights, which was just construction paper, mason jar and googly eyes with a tea light inside.
Happy Fall, Y’all!
Since I live in central Florida there’s not much fall in my life. The key to staying seasonal with the rest of the country is to overwhelm your home with pumpkin-flavored everything and as much fake fall stuff as you can cram into a 700 square-foot apartment.
This past Saturday, the roomie and I hosted a fall crafternoon complete with pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin coffee and funnel cake (FUNNEL CAKE!?) and pumpkin painting.
To say the party was a success was obviously an understatement.
I highly recommend a pumpkin painting party. Your pumpkin will last the whole fall season and you can make it match your home (hence the gold and white all over).
Now, on to the food ideas – Time to make some funnel cake!
1 Cup Pancake Batter
2/3 Cup Water
Heat up the oil on the stove top – I saw somewhere that it should be 350 degrees, but as a normal person I did not possess a thermometer for oil so I guessed by putting some of the batter in the oil and waited until that began sizzling. Once it seems nice and cooked on one side, turn it over and prepare a plate with a napkin on it. When it is done, take it out and sprinkle some (or in my case, lots) of powdered sugar and serve up!
My little sister will soon be heading to the alter so a bachelorette bash full of diy projects was surely needed! Her future husband’s last name is Fruchtman, so we decided to do a play on words and theme the party with “Fruchting” (pronounced, Fruck-ting) at the center.
Washi Tape (I chose some sweet silver glitter washi tape)
Tags (I found chalkboard tags at Target)
We made pink lemonade and cut up lemons to make it look cuter. Super easy – just buy some from your local grocery store. I suggest the Old Time Country mix. We borrowed the drink dispenser from a friend.
We decided to make our own headband for the celebration – we found something similar online and then added our own spin:
Silver letters (also found at JoAnne’s)
Black fabric paint
Black stick-on pearls
We bought a dozen mason jars, cute paper straws and stick-on chalkboard lettering to make cups for each of our guests. (all found at the one-and-only JoAnne’s!) For the cupcakes, we ordered from Publix – they looked much better than anything I could have done and used a cupcake holder to liven up the display. Kaitlynn cut up bra- and undie-shaped toppers for the cupcakes (she’s clearly meant to be a party planner).
After the lingerie portion of the evening, it was time for the party! We slapped on some adorable tattoos and headed out for sushi, a piano bar and some dancing the night away. It was a pretty good time.
So excited for the rest of the bridal festivities for the little one. Congrats again, my love!
Later this month I will get to start volunteering at a local children’s hospital and I am so excited. I will be working under the child life specialists, so among my duties will be playing with the patients and coming up with crafts for them to do.
Right up my alley, right?
I’m still waiting for one more training session before I can start, but in the meantime I’ve started looking around the internet for crafty ideas to do with children. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
If you have any ideas that would work please share them!