Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Budget Land of Nod girls bedroom reveal

My mom recently came up for a visit and we worked like crazy to finish pulling together my kids rooms (as well as a few other projects). Head on over to my moms blog, The Style Sisters, to see the full reveal and a few tutorials for some adorable and budget friendly projects!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bake Sale for Stone Family



A friend of mine was recently involved in a fatal car accident in which her sweet 2 year old daughter's life was taken back to live with our Father in Heaven again. This tragedy hit very close to home for us as we have a 3 year old little sweetheart.

Her family is cronicaling her recovery as well as the details from the accident on their blog, Prayers for the Family. It is a touching story of how a family has grown closer together amidst tragedy. 


There is a huge bake sale that is being held for my friend this Saturday, March 3rd from 10am till noon at their local LDS Church building (4080 W. 12600 S. Riverton, UT). If any of you are in the southern Salt Lake Valley on Saturday, please stop by and buy some delicious goodies and help out my friend. 

I heard Kneaders will be donating $200 worth of baked goods along with their pastry chefs who will be bringing home baked goods as well! Schmidts Pastry Cottage will be donating a cheesecake and Rod Works will be donating something as well. 

Please come, check out all the goodies and help support a family that is in very much need at this time. Also, if you aren't in the area and would still like to donate, please stop by their blog, Prayers for the Family and donate using the button on their sidebar or by sending a check to the Melissa Stone Charitable Account at America First Credit Union. There are also instructions on how to contact your local leaders to get changes made to the intersection where the accident happened. 

Thanks for caring, 

Madeline

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Princess Party Decorations How-to


Lets start from the base up.

TABLECLOTH -
We purchased a plastic pink tablecloth from Wal-mart (super cheap) and it came two in a package. We used a plate as a stencil for our scalloped edge. Here are the photo step by step directions:

Items Needed:
- Plastic Tablecloth
- Scissors
- Pencil
- 6" plate (for tracing template)

1: Fold one table cloth in half long ways then fold again matching the short sides together (you are going to be making a scallop on both edges of the long side of the tablecloth).

2: Place your plate on the tablecloth starting at the short side's fold. *Make sure you are tracing the semi-circle on the open edge (not the folded).
3. Start your pencil at the plate's midpoint and trace around the bottom of the plate to the other side's midpoint. (You are only making a semi-circle.) Move the plate over and make your next semi-circle. Continue until you reach the other side of your tablecloth and if your plate doesn't allow for a full scallop on the end just trace as much as will allow. Ours was about half way off (we even tried 3 different sized plates to try and make it fit but alas, no...).


4. Carefully cut out your scallop - note that the tablecloth is very slippery, it is like cutting satin so just take your time and go slowly if you would like a smooth edge.


5. Unfold and place on your table - VOLIA! Beautiful and girly tablecloth for CHEAP! These tablecloths are a little see-through so we used the uncut tablecloth over the top of this one to create a more solid color. Plus our table was extra wide and we needed the extra width.


FLOWERS -
I am not going to take all the credit on these beauties. I found the tutorial for these coffee filter flowers on Pinterest. The original tutorial is from Aunt Peaches. The giant pom pom flowers are a tutorial from Martha Stewart. Follow the links for the tutorials on how to create these yourself.

We attached the giant pom poms to the ceiling with fishing line and thumb tacks. I also wanted the table to feel like a princess sanctuary so I created the draping effect with 6 yards of tulle from Wal-mart. I would have liked it better if I had doubled that amount to get a greater thickness. I attached the tulle to the ceiling by pushing two thumb tacks through the tulle straight into the ceiling (being sure to center over the table). Next take a long length of fishing line and loop it around the tulle and pull up to desired height. I just hooked it onto the curtain rod behind the table but you could also attach it to the ceiling with a thumb tack if needed. Do this on both sides and now you have a royal looking backdrop.


We made the smaller pom poms on the table were made using the same method as the Martha Stewart tutorial we just cut the tissue paper sheets into quarters. They are so tight and fluffly, they were my favorite.



FOOD LABLES -
I created these food labels in Photoshop by using the flower shape that comes standard with the program. There is an outline of the same shape and that is what I used to make the pink border. The image size was 4"x4" and the font I used was Albemarle Swash. (Follow the link for the free font!) They turned out so fabulous! I just taped them onto the vessels or boxes. On the ring pop apothecary jar I used a length of ribbon to wrap around the lid and then cross behind the label and tape in place.


Be sure to check out the full post of the Princess Party and come back tomorrow for the details on the food and party games. If you need more party inspiration you can click on the Party tab at the top of the blog and see all the parties I have created!

Thanks for stopping by!

Madeline

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Princess Party: DIY Invites



I created castle and drawbridge invitations for the Princess Party. I wanted to keep things simple so I drew up a shape of a castle and cut it out of a grey-ish paper.

Next I cut the the tops of the castle out of a purple paper in three triangles. Two small and one large.

After assembling them all together I used a purple/pink glitter to outline the tops of the castle points.

If you want the castle drawbridge to open then you need to cut out a half oval shape without going all the way through the bottom of the paper. It is best to do this with an exact-o knife. I also glittered the edge of the cut out drawbridge and used glue to write a cursive E on the front and glittered it as well.


Then I created the wording and printed it on pink paper with purple ink. I glued it to the back of the castle so when you open the drawbridge it showed the wording. It took some adjusting in my word processing program but it finally worked out perfect.

The wording went like this:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, 
Princess Ella is turning 3!


Come join us as we celebrate
this princess who is really great! 
The royal celebration will be held
at the Grandparent's Castle. 


1234 N Street Lane on February 25th from 10 a.m. till 12. 


We will have perfectly princess-y treats
and fabulous games - sure to pick up your feet. 
Only your finest royal attire will do. 
We only require a can of food from you. 


We ask no gifts to be given; please
Ella will donate the cans of peas. 


We decided to request that no gifts be brought because Ella has plenty of toys and I know what it is like to try and figure out a cheap gift for your kids friends - not always the most fun thing in the world.

The food donations will still allow the kids to learn the importance of giving and it will also teach Ella how to give, even on her birthday.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Princess Party



My little Ella turned 3 last week and I asked her what kind of party she wanted and she exclaimed with a hint of hysteria in her voice, "A PRINCESS PARTY!"

Of couse, she wants a princess party. But not just a princess party, a Pink Princess Party!

So, that is what she got.



As I always do - I kind of exploded this idea a bit and it turned out magical and I think everyone lived happily ever after - at least during the party.

I couldn't have created this amazing party without the help of my Mom and my Sister. They are such amazing helps and supporters. Of course I can't forget the best Husband around, who lets me go wild with these silly parties and helps me by watching the kids during crunch time.



I will have a how-to post for the invites tomorrow, Wednesday I will post the how-to on the decorations along with the party activities, and on Thursday I will post the how-to for the food items. Hopefully you enjoy all my efforts on creating this princess party.

If you want more princess party ideas and inspiration, come check out my Pinterest board, E's Princess Party.

















Me and my little Princess. Honestly, we don't look anything alike... haha! She looks like her daddy.

Party Planning by: Eyes of Mad Parties and Events
Cake by: Emmy-Sue's Cupcakery
Food by: The Style Sisters and Eyes of Mad Parties and Events
Photography by: Eyes of Mad Parties and Events
Princess Crown supplies from: Wal-mart

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ella Turned 3!



My sweet Ella turned three last week. I can't even believe how old she is. She got ballet lessons from her grandma and grandpa, a strider bike from her "Rere and Papa", and ballerina clothes from Mom and Dad for her birthday.



She had a breakfast in bed of raspberry, pink pancakes (with a DELICIOUS homemade brown sugar/butter syrup - I will post the recipe soon) and whip cream with fairy sprinkles.



She got to paint with watercolors, then we went to sign her up for her ballet classes and afterwards she got to go to her Rere and Papa's house to get her new bike!





Later that day we had a little family get-together and ate homemade raviolis (at her request), salad and crostini. She got to open a few more of her presents and then dance around like a ballerina till bed time. I think it was probably the best day of her life.





I love her so much. I love how she treats and cares for her little brother. I am amazed at her grasp on spiritual things. I love how she LOVES to be Mom's little helper. I love how much she delights in the simple things.

Ella teaches me so much everyday and I am sure she will continue to do that for the rest of her life.



Happy Birthday my sweet girl!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Kitchen Secret Weapons: Ceramic Coated Pans

I was causally flipping through a Bon Appetit magazine one day when I saw what looked like a white dinner plate with a pan handle attached to it. Perplexed by this first glance I read the little blurb about it and was floored!

Some genius out there has developed a ceramic coated sauté pan. Bye-bye Teflon and HELLO CERAMIC. So it's not all that entirely new - Le Cruset has been doing it for years with the fabulous Dutch oven cookware but never have they coated a sauté pan with their goodness.


These pans offer amazing browning skills, a lightweight aluminum core, a SUPER non-stick surface (better than Teflon pans!), and they come in pretty colors! Oh and did I mention that they are CHEAP! Oh yes, we are not talkin Le Cruset prices, no no. I am talkin a 12" sauté pan for $40 (pictured below) and $60 for the deep sauté pan (pictured above).


Not only do they brown better than Teflon pans and provide a plastic free cooking surface, but they are also  free of PFOA, PTFE, Cadmium. The ceramic coating is a water based coating (not plastic or other chemical).

The only downside is that is is not oven save. It also recommends that you only hand wash it (which isn't that much of a downside for me) and with is super non-stick surface it makes that a BREEZE!

Bialetti Aeternum is the manufacturer of this most amazing pan and I must say that the red 12'' saute pan looks fantastic in my black, white, and red kitchen! What an amazing hubby to buy me one for Christmas - on short notice too!