Friday, July 20, 2012

The love/hate relationship

Oh Pinterest, How I love you and all of your wonderful pins! I browse through all of these brilliant, clever, sometimes oh so simple ideas and I become empowered!
I can create anything!
I frequently have the "why didn't I think of that?" moment, oh well, now I know.
I am going to do so many things!!! I absolutely love it!
My house is going to look like the museum of crafty things!
That is my idea, don't steal it. No, you can't make the museum of crafty things!
Because that is my invention/pin to come. Don't be jealous either, that's not nice.
Okay fine, you can be a little jealous...
You can't help it.
J/K, But really...
don't hate, just relate!

On to my love hate relationship,

So, I have a plan to start the day
I'm gonna get up and start this beautiful productive day!
Have some coffee, eat something...
get to the plan....

I'm going to conquer the secret mountain of laundry waiting to be folded and put away,
Clean the house, top to bottom,
organize the junk drawer, (you have one too)
Clean all the glass, get those spots on the windows,
sweep the porch, trim the hedges,
cook something delicious for dinner...

And then it occurs, while sipping my coffee
I find myself clicking on the bookmarked tab..
Pinterest, what clever tips do you have for me today,
maybe some clever idea to help with my tasks...
Yea, there are those, I have them pinned under household..
Maybe, a delicious recipe for me for me to cook for dinner...
Then the next thing I know, I'm tie dying a T-shirt with a sharpie and alcohol!
It's fun, but so much for conquering the mountain of laundry!
Next, I'm laughing at hilarious quotes, admiring clothing,
and fantasizing about a beautiful land I want to visit, and planning a vacation.

Now a few hours have gone by... NO WAY! I'm not going to do all that junk now,
Forget "The Plan"
I have to get dinner started. Besides, I wasn't in the mood for cleaning anyway.
Oh well, sometimes it is a total time trap for me, but to be honest,
I love every minute of it!!!
You know it's kinda funny,
I was only gonna look at a few pins...
then a few turned into a whole world of awesomeness!
Next, I'm searching, browsing and oh my goodness,
Can you believe it?
Truly one of my favorite sites!

So where's the hate? I guess there is none,
I got nothing but love for ya!

So while you're there pinning, and we both know you are...
Follow my boards!

Happy Pinning,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Welcome to Cafe' de Paris!

On Saturday July 14, 2012 we celebrated our daughter's eleventh birthday!  Hard to believe that she was born eleven years ago!
Chrissie's 1st  Birthday

 It's party time!

I began getting ready for the grand celebration a couple of weeks ago,
 and I must say it turned out quite fabulous!

The party took place on her birthday, Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 6pm.
The theme Chrissie, my daughter decided upon was Paris Glamour Girl. 
Chrissie has always been intrigued by Paris and the Eiffel Tower, 
so this didn't surprise me much, and I thought it was an awesome idea!

We decided to turn our kitchen into a......
Glamorous French Cafe!!!
 The party was very fitting for her and she loved it!
We all loved it!

We then decided on the invitations, in which we went with online Evites. 
I don't think I'll use the same company again though, wasn't happy with the dashboard really.
It wasn't as user friendly as sites I have used in the past either...

Next we began figuring out the menu and decor we would have,
 then it was time to get busy and make it all happen!
(Fun time!)

Chrissie and I also design the birthday cake for I am the cake decorator! 
So I get the privilege of doing it all,
and I do love it!!!
I love parties, and I love party planning. I love decorating, crafting, creating, 
and seeing it all come together!  I think it may be my calling! lol!
I do believe party planning would be an occupation I could embrace and love every minute of!

So here we go with some of the fantastic party details...

I created our own pennant birthday banners with cute accents! You'll notice them here and on the 
dessert table in the pictures to follow.

We placed black tablecloths over the windows and poked small holes through it, 
to give the illusion of stars at night shining. 
 We also had Parisian music playing in the background to help set the feel of a Paris.

I created a backdrop to go behind the dessert/food table. 
The dessert table had a white tablecloth with a pink tablecloth draped over it.
 I choose to do this so that a light could shine through underneath & emit a nice glow.
This would help to illuminate the room some slightly.
I also hung some streamers around our dining room light to create a party chandelier.

My husband painted a great version of the Eiffel tower for the party.

We set up a large table along one wall and two smaller table in the center of the room 
to give it a "cafe style" look and feel. 
Each table had a vase with flowers in the center and I found the some simple paper placemats that went great with the plates and napkins! 
I suspended a pom pom over each table.  I also made a balloon poof decoration that hung from the center of the ceiling and draped outward.  

Here's one of the cakes...
There was also a Barbie inspired cake as seen above on the dessert table.
 Here is the 
Chocolate Eiffel Tower!!! 
Say What? Yep, Chocolate Eiffel Tower!
 Oh my goodness! What awesomeness!?!?! 
 I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get it to hold it's weight, but after a couple of attempts,
Ta-Da!  I did it! It was soooooo worth it!  

My Niece, Lylah conquering the tower!
 and it was delicious!

The Eiffel Tower cake topper is made of royal icing and I will blog a tutorial on how I did this soon!
  The Chocolate Eiffel Tower was made using the same concept, just enlarged a billion times!

<3 Here is our wonderful birthday girl! <3
 Happy 11th Birthday to my sweet, fabulous daughter!  
I love you!

We all had a lot of fun, following the party the young ladies of the party stayed for a sleepover, and they begged me to leave up the decorations so they could play/pretend restaurant.  

I would say this was a very fun party to plan and to attend.  
All smiles here! 

May your day be filled with as much sweetness as our party goers, 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Almost Party time!

Party preparations are under way!

Our daughter, Chrissie is turning eleven.... NO WAY!   
 All I can say is WOW!!!
So, Miss Chrissie is turning 11! Time does fly.  
I find it so hard to believe that my baby is going to be eleven years old. 
 Happy Birthday Chrissie! 
We will be celebrating the occasion in the theme of  "A Glamour Girl in Paris!" which is super fun, elegant and prissy!  Very suiting if you know Chrissie!  She is a very fashionable young lady who brings sparkles to everyone's day! 

I have lots of things to prepare, decorations,  food which is including one fantastic cake and an Eiffel tower made of Chocolate!  I will remain busy this week to say the least!   So, onward to my creative place filled with powdered sugar, lots of imagination, and sprinkled with love!

Pics to follow of the grand celebration to come!