Showing posts with label Crafts/Decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafts/Decor. Show all posts

Monday, October 30, 2017

A Well-Crafted Home Book Review

A Well-Crafted Home: Inspiration and 60 Projects for Personalizing Your Space

 By: Janet Crowther 

Being a crafter (and a somewhat of a good one) I am very disappointed in this book. 
There is nothing classy in this book that I would want to have in my home. I like my home to look like Joanna Gaines decorated it, not put together by odds and ends a teen could make.

Sorry, but there are better ideas available on Pinterest. Don't waste your money on this book.

I received this book in exchange of an honest review.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Beauty In Simplicity

~ "there is beauty in simplicity" ~


Look for the beautiful in the simple things.... in daily life, routine, and the unpleasant tasks. Beauty is everywhere and more often than not, it is in the simple things. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bridal Shower Lingerie and Paint Party


My sister Marla found her man!!! Don't they make a cute couple?!?!

Photo credit: Alicia Magnus

I wanted to have a small intimate lingerie bridal shower for my sister. Since she lives in Montana, we don't get to see her often. The guest list was small, just mom, sisters, sister in laws, and her two oldest nieces (4 ppl could not make it). I didn't want to have the normal 'how well do you know the bride' games, so this is what I came up with instead...

The theme was "In His Time"....

"Take Time to Date"
When guests first arrived... They could write down date ideas on wide pop cycles sticks and place them in the "Date Jar".


"Take Time to Play"
We started the evening by playing games.
The first, involved each guest, and the bride to be making a veil out of toilet paper. They had 5 min. and we're judged at the end. 




Next involved a bottle of sparkling grape juice and a garter. Each guest took turns trying to toss the garter on the bottle. The bride got to keep the garter (and if she wasn't flying back to Montana with limited luggage space, I would have also given her the bottle.)


Next was a fun "Panty Poem"
I read the poem as someone held up each pair of panties and then gave them to the bride.


Opening gifts came next.... 
PS. plastic wrap is always appropriate at a lingerie shower...


"A Time to Eat"
I decorated the table with gold dollies, rings, rose petals, pearls, a clock (which was gifted to the bride), flowers, and a sign that said: "God makes all things beautiful in His time".


The food was simple...
Taco salad (which I forgot to put tomatoes in it!)
Cornmeal rolls
Buckeyes
Cheesecake
Wedding punch


"A Time to Listen"
We all filled out advice prompt cards and the bride read them out loud, while we guessed who wrote each one.

"A Time to Create"
I wanted an activity we could do together, so that we could talk and have a good time.... so, we all painted a canvas. I purchased canvas, brushes, acrylic paints, and sponges. Then set cups of water, a spray bottle of water, paper plates, and paper towels around the table.


We printed off a picture to use as a reference and we all started painting.


 It was relaxing and so much fun!!! It was so cool to see how each person's painting reflected their own personality...




Overall, I think the party turned out great and was exactly what I had anticipated.

How about you? What do you do to make a bridal shower/party special? Tell me in the comments...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Planning a Graduation Party


Our beautiful daughter, Faith graduated from High School this Spring - so I wanted to have a graduation party to recognize that accomplishment... only problem was, trying to keep it simple, and not spend too much.... here's what I came up with....

Our theme was blue (her school colors), gold, silver, black, and white with pink peonies for a touch of elegance.


               

The Guest Table - 
We had guests sign a JENGA block with a message. Picture frames hung on the wall. A Vase of flowers, a card box, and a basket for the JENGA blocks on the table. We also had a quiz about the graduate for guests to fill out. You can see the quiz here.

The Gift Table was pretty simple - it was the top of a garage cupboard... I glammed it up with a sign and flowers...



We had her diploma, more pictures and some of her artist work (paintings and drawings) showcased in a bookcase.



Faith Through The Years - On one of the garage walls, I posted 8x10 pictures of our graduate from a baby to her senior year. I used gold stars to write her age on. And used cutout lettering above.



Another section of the wall had a picture of the graduate, along with an Inspirational Speech printed out. You can read the speech here. (This was my hubby's contribution!)



The Food Table was decorated in blue and white table clothes with gold doilies. We hung gold, white and blue table clothes from the ceiling to hide more garage stuff. We hung paper lanterns, paper fans, and blue paper swirls above the tables. 

Our Menu was simple....
We had a Cheddar Cheese ball, Dried Beef Cheese ball and crackers, Mixed Fruit, Assorted candy, and Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes. I also made a layered cake to use as a center piece.... we sprayed the cakes with gold color mist. I used clear plastic serving dishes from the Dollar Tree.





For drinks we had fresh garden mint tea, chocolate and regular milk, and bottles of water. I purchased the milk cartons from the public school and bought 'Class of 2017' labels for the water bottles.



The one thing that my daughter wanted most, was a Photo Booth/Selfie Station. I bought a room divider, hung a sign, and set a basket of props on a chair beside it! For props, we had a mustache, bow tie, masks, boa, top hat, sun hat, sunglasses, necklaces, leis, #DONE, and a chalkboard sign. I bought skewers and hot glued the masks, mustache, and bow tie myself.




  


The tables were covered in blue table clothes with confetti. We bought a helium tank and had balloons around the garage in several places and tied to a pole by our lane and at the walk in door. 



Overall, I thought the party turned out pretty much how I imagined it to be.... the only regrets I have is that I wish we would have had more people show up (out of the 90 invites, we only had 40 guests). And I wish that I would have taken more and better pictures....



Most of our party decorations were purchased at Party City.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Best of 2016

This year there were 48 blog posts at SRKindredSpirits....  There were a lot of different topics.... Things to say on a job interview, Recipes, Visiting Louisville KY, Getting rid of cookbook clutter, Book reviews, Bookcase redo, Why I don't sell, Making an orb, Crochet Christmas tree skirt, Understanding a INTJ, Adoption, DYT experiment, My first speeding ticket, What Instagram really tells you, How to review a product company, Family quality time, A free health quiz, and much more.

Here's the top 10 posts of 2016:

We had our first giveaway here on SRKindredSpirits and it was a success! The Happiness Dare is a highly recommended book!


Once you try these, you'll be hooked! Easy and yummy... you can't go wrong with these cream cheese roll ups!


I wrote this post after reading the definition of the word 'family', it will give you a little insight to my life.


Getting rid of the swimming pool was personal favorite and the relief we felt after the pool was gone was major! You have to click through and read the attached article.... it makes for a great laugh!


I think everyone could use a bit of a slow down in this thing we call life. Have you ever stopped and thought about all the errands you run or the many places you go?


Something so simple, but yet, so often, people don't take the time to do these ten simple things. It does make a difference!


Isn't it funny how most people always want more? From those of us who have been blessed with more.... all it takes to make you happy is enough!


What things are you great at? I really lay my heart out there on this post....


A fan favorite. This post has gotten the most talked about over on Facebook!


And lastly.... this post was the most popular all the way around. How qualified am I really?



What are some things you'd like to see on this blog in the next year? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for visiting us here at SRKindredSpirits... please share our blog with friends and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updated posts. 

Happy New Year! 
Here's to a great 2017!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Crochet Pattern for Christmas Tree Skirt


Materials: 

(1) 16 oz Yarn (color of your choice)
*You can use different colors of yarn. I wanted mine to match my Christmas stockings so I made it all soft white.

Crochet Hook (I used size H)
*You can use any type of yarn or any size hook.... (The smaller the hook, the tighter the stitches. The bigger the hook, the more yarn you will need.)

Glossery: (ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, st = stitch)

                              

Directions:

Row 1: Ch 22, dc in fourth ch from hook, dc in each ch across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in each st across to last st, dc in last st, turn. 

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn.

Row 4: Ch 3, 2 dc in each st across to last st, dc in last st, turn. 

Row 5 - 6: Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn.

Row 7: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) across, turn. 

Row 8 - 10: Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn.

Row 11: Ch 3, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) across, turn. 

Row 12 - 14: Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn.

Row 15: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) across, turn 

Row 16: Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn. 

Row 17: Sc in first st, (skip next st, 5 dc in next st, skip next st, sc in next st) across. Fasten off.



Please note: This is for a 4 ft. tall tree. If you wish to make a skirt for a full size tree you would repeat rows 12 - 15 two or three times before adding Row 16 and 17. You would also use more yarn for a larger tree skirt.

Friday, August 26, 2016

How To Turn An Old Chicken Coop Into A She Shed

We moved the chickens to the barn and turned an old chicken coop into a 'She Shed'.


Our oldest daughter, Faith (15 yrs.) shares a small bedroom with her 6 yr. old little sister. There's not a lot of room, and with their nine year age difference, they don't have a lot in common. So, I thought we'd make a 'She Shed' for Faith to use as her own art studio... a place to get away, a place to relax, a place to breath.

We took out the nest boxes, roosts, and all things chicken related, gave the whole thing a good scrub with Shaklee Basic H2 and Basic G to disinfect it, and let it dry.

Then we mixed up The Prairie Homestead's Whitewash (we added 1 bottle of purple rite dye to tint it), and the kids and I got busy painting it on. We didn't quite have enough to do the floor, so left it original. I was planning on painting it white, but never got that done. (story of my life...)

  

 It really brightened up the inside. After the white wash dried, we hung a new curtain, sheers, laid a new rug down on the floor, and brought out a saucer chair, stand, lamp, and a vase of flowers to make it cozy. We added my daughter's easel, rubber-maid drawers, and hubby attached a counter top for a small work space. (I would still like to add a chandelier and some more comfy seating, but I am trying to make it on a shoestring budget, so I'll wait till I find what I need thrift shopping.)

     

We hung my daughter's paintings, drawings, and photography on the walls!


I love the outcome. Some days, when the kids are being noisy, and I need some quite time, I'll go out there and curl up in the chair, shut the door, soak up the peacefulness, and see how long it will take before someone starts yelling 'mom'!!


You can see more of my daughter's paintings, drawings, photography, and writings on her blog Written In Windsor. Her blog is brand new, so follow her on google+, and leave her a comment and let her know you stopped by!

The Best of 2016

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