8.27.2014

Picnic Party

Although I serve as the secretary in the Primary (as part of my church duties) I also serve on the board for the Relief Society Activities. For this activity I was in charge of helping with the decorations an the theme was "It's a Picnic."



We recently got half of another ward in our ward so we wanted to have a little get together dinner that was laid back where the sisters could get to know each other. And when they said it was a picnic theme I got pretty excited with a few ideas. ;)

Its funny how things work out because I literally did little to no work for the decor for this party and yet it turned out SO cute.

For our tables we had white table cloths, with red and white checkered fabric in the middle. Then we had a mason jar wrapped in burlap and red ribbon with these little printables on them:



You can download the free printable page of these HERE

Then I used my 2-inch flower punch to put a red and black border on them with scrapbooking paper. And did I get a picture of any of this? No. Smooth Ali. Smooth. 

(Oh and our mason jars had candles in them since the party was going to be in someones backyard)

But I did get some pictures of these amazing little ants. 


When I first started planning the decor for this party I had an idea that I thought it would be so cute to put some little ants at each table to go with our "picnic" theme. But where was I going to find any that weren't plastic and from the dollar store?

Turns out another ward in our building was cleaning out the R.S. closet and had a big table of stuff just for people to take home. My friend found this random big box of ants that someone had taken the time to make. And it just so happened that there were 18 of them...and we had 9 tables. Whoa. So she snatched them right up for me!

I think whoever made these, made them by glueing 3 balls of wood together and painted it black. Then drilled three small holes all the way through the body of the ant and threaded the wire through. The google eyes were just hot glued on. But seriously...can they get any more perfect for our theme?!


Oh and the Red and White cloths in the middle were a donation from a friend. (But we also had red and white plaid paper napkins that we got a the dollar store. :)

Then I thought our food table would need a little lovin' so I whipped up a quick fabric banner using this amazing black and white gingham fabric and some red ribbon.


I wanted to show you how easy this was to make. (And what the back side looks like.)


Start by making yourself a triangle pattern. I just cut mine from printer paper and I measured it 6 " at the top and 9" on the sides. Use that to cut out your fabric. Be sure to use pinking shears so your fabric doesn't fray and you don't have to do much sewing.

Next lay out your triangles every so often and zig-zag stitch them to your ribbon. I made mine 10 feet long and it fit perfectly across our food table.

The party was amazing including get-to-know-you Bingo and a Dutch Oven Dinner. We even had Dutch oven chicken, funeral potatoes and of course, black berry cobbler. The best! I ate way too much and had so much fun!

Happy hump day!!!
-Ali

8.23.2014

House Update 3 and Giveaway Winner

Happy Saturday! I feel weird posting on a Saturday since I don't do it very often but I wanted to show you guys the update on our house! I spent all morning covered in calk and putty doing some paint prep on our second house (out of 10) and now I'm here to show you all the fun things that have been happening with OUR house! (Plus scroll down to the bottom to see if you are the winner of our Foiled Prints giveaway!)

Our house got siding and insulation!


And this is what the back looks like:


On the side/front:


Do you see the bare sheeting at the bottom? Thats where the stone is going to be...one day. :)

And just in case you were wondering what boring pictures of insulation looks like...


And see all the drywall below just waiting to be put up? Me too. Pretty excited about that. I think they will start on that on Monday. I love when the drywall goes up because it makes the whole house actually feel like a house...on the inside I mean. You can better see the space with all the "walls" up.


Anyway, this is all probably very boring for everyone so lets get on to the fun stuff! And the winner of the Foiled Prints giveaway is...

Aubreanna Hennis!

And a big thank you to Ashley for hosting such a fun giveaway for us. I hope she comes back often. PS. She has TON of new prints in her shop that just went up this morning! Check it out HERE

-Ali 

8.20.2014

DIY Felt Doll for Boys

Hi guys! As you may have heard, we are having another baby! Woohoo! And as you also may have heard, we are having another boy. :) I guess that is the only recipe we know. :)

And with boys comes more trucks and boys stuff but that doesn't mean I was about to miss out on the finer things of life that come with having a girl. Therefore, I present to you, the "felt dolls for boys" set.



Hop on over to Positively Oakes to see the full tutorial and some of the outfits I made by clicking HERE!



While you're there, be sure to check out her products! I can't wait to get me some of the cute new boys stuff! Here are a few of my faves from around the shop.

This black and white bowsie. You can find it HERE.


This black and white blanket (what is with me and black and white?) You can find it HERE.


And this little Aztec Tee found HERE


Thanks for stopping by and happy hump day!

-Ali

8.19.2014

DIY Floral Crowns

Hi guys! Hop on over to the Crafting Chicks where I am sharing the tutorial on how to make these whimsical floral crowns.


Oh, and don't forget to enter our giveaway! Happy Tuesday

-Ali

8.18.2014

GIVEAWAY {Foiled Prints}

Good Morning and a Happy Monday to you! I had some big plans for this week but it turns out whenever you make big plans, your three year old gets sick. :( Oh well, there is nothing I would rather do than stay at home and snuggle my baby (and try not to get sick).

AND we do have some fun things going on today. A GIVEAWAY! (If you want to see if you were the winner of the Rock Paper Style Giveaway click HERE.)

Today's giveaway is from a darling little shop called Foiled Prints. It just so happens that the owner of this little shop, Ashley,  is a friend of mine and my family simply adores her. When she contacted me about a giveaway I couldn't be happier! She has wonderful customer service and is always up for doing custom orders!

She makes handmade prints with gold foil and has some amazing designs. In honor of it almost being fall (lets cross our fingers it comes quickly) she is giving away this beautiful print to one lucky winner!


This giveaway will end this Friday so hurry and enter! And may the odds be ever in your favor. :)

To visit Foiled Prints click HERE.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

And check out some of the other cute prints from her shop! (These are just a few of my faves...)




Good luck!

-Ali